"I first read of Mich**le being disbarred on texas darlin td blog. The gal writing in said when you voluntarily give up your license to practice law it is done under Rule 756, but when it is court ordered it is under rule 770. She indicated Mich**le's was under rule 770, which does cover disciplinary reasons, and had something to do with insurance fraud. She provided no links to authenticate any of this, and it was some weeks back on the td blog. I think this gal also posted it on Gretawire.com, but can't recall exactly."
Posted by changeling, January 10, 2009
I couldn't find such a post on texasdarlin's website, but I did find exactly such a post in the comments at Atlas Shrugs:
Rule number 770..it is all about types of Discipine...and reasons for a lawyer to be disbarred
See, Rule 756 is about voluntary inactive status, which simply costs $105/year, no biggie. That's what you'd do if you were a lawyer wanting to go inactive, voluntarily without any extraneous forces.
But Rule 770 is all about DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS. An attorney may be on "voluntary inactive status persuant to Rule 770" but that is not the same as Rule 756, which is invoked purely on personal whim. Michelle's ARDC report states: "No malpractice report required, as attorney is on court ordered inactive status."
Court ordered means court ordered, not Michelle ordered.
If Michelle had ordered it, that would be via Rule 756. Michelle Obama is on "Court Ordered Inactive Status" pursuant to Rule 770, i.e. disciplinary rules, to avoid reporting of malpractice. Compelled to go voluntarily inactive would be the kindest description of this outcome.
Posted by tminu, January 04, 2009
What we have here from tminu is sloppy research. A quick glance at the text of Rule 770, which is available via tminu's own link, shows that the Rule 770 he's referring to used to be Rule 771. Another quick glance at the commentary below the Rule explains further:
"Effective April 1, 2004, former Rule 771 ("Types of Discipline") was renumbered as Rule 770 and a new Rule 771 ("Finality of Orders and Effective Date of Discipline") was adopted."
Michelle Obama went inactive in 1993, eleven years before this new Rule 770 was adopted. As my previous post observed, in 2000 the old Rule 770 was deleted , and Rule 756 was amended to include an inactive registration status. Under the rules that were actually in effect in 1993, voluntary inactive status was done under Rule 770, just as Michelle did.