Attorney Tina Morin ordered to receive public admonition from COP
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Posted by: Joe Menden
The Montana Supreme Court has ordered Butte attorney Tina Morin to receive a public admonition from the Commission on Practice for filing a document purported to be from her attorney, but which her attorney refused to sign.
Morin and her law firm appeared as plaintiffs in a federal court action in which U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon ruled that she could not appear on her own firm's behalf. She retained counsel, but counsel refused to file a brief opposing a protective order because he felt the motion had no merit. Instead, Morin personally filed a "notice to court" and supporting affidavit, to which she attached a copy of the brief on her attorney's letterhead and with his electronic signature.
Morin claimed that she did not "file" the brief, because she only attached it to her affidavit that was filed. She asked the court to dismiss the complaint against her, saying there was nothing false or dishonest in her telling the judge that the brief attached to her affidavit was the brief her attorney refused to file.
You can read the court order here.