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The Daily Business Review sought Professor H. Scott Fingerhut to comment on a soon-to-be-disbarred attorney’s constitutional challenge to The Florida Bar’s authority to govern a lawyer’s ability to practice.

Rule Regulating The Florida Bar 3-5.2 provides for emergency suspension, interim probation, placement on the inactive list, freezing of trust accounts, and more, when a lawyer is deemed to be causing great public harm.

“No matter how hard any of us work to get there, and stay there, practicing law is a privilege, not a right, vested or otherwise, of any kind,” Professor Fingerhut said.  “And like the privilege to drive, we risk a forfeit when we break the covenant.”

Read Professor Fingerhut’s comments here.

Professor Fingerhut is Assistant Director of the Trial Advocacy Program at FIU Law.  He teaches Trial Advocacy, Pretrial Practice, and Criminal Procedure.  He is dually appointed as a Fellow in The Honors College at FIU, where he helps with pre-law advising and teaches the upper-division seminar Observing Ourselves.

Reach him at 305-348-8095 and

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