SUPREME COURT OF NEW YORK, APPELLATE DIVISION, FIRST DEPARTMENT
June 13, 1968
IN THE MATTER OF AARON J. JAFFE, AN ATTORNEY, RESPONDENT. ASSOCIATION OF THE BAR OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK, PETITIONER
Disciplinary Proceedings instituted by the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. Respondent was admitted to the Bar on October 5, 1942, at a term of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court in the Second Judicial Department. By order entered March 24, 1966, Ruth Lewinson, Esq., was appointed Referee to take testimony and report to this court.
Stevens, J. P., Steuer, Tilzer, McGivern and Rabin, JJ., concur.
Author: Per Curiam
This is a motion to confirm the report of a Referee and to adjudge respondent guilty of professional misconduct. There were two charges against respondent -- one, that he neglected a client's case, ultimately permitting a dismissal of the action with costs, and two, that respondent failed to co-operate with the petitioner, the Committee on Grievances. Charge 2 was not sustained by the Referee. As to charge 1, there was evidence that respondent, apparently for substantial cause, failed to prosecute his client's claim. Respondent should have withdrawn promptly when he felt that he could not in good conscience continue to represent the client, turn the file over to her, and file a closing statement. The motion to confirm should be granted and respondent censured.
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