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The 'ILSCCP Blog': You Can't Judge a Blog By Its Cover

DaveArgentarYesterday I stumbled upon the ILSCCP Blog (via @BitterLawyer), the work of David Argentar (pictured) of the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism. Usually there is absolutely nothing that could get me to visit something called "ILSCCP" or some random state's Commission on Professionalism, but Bitter Lawyer described the site as "a professionalism website that is actually interesting to read" so I skeptically decided to see if that was true. It was.

Despite how effortless a trained professional like myself makes it appear, "legal humor" is not always easy -- often it ends very badly. Argentar, a former commercial litigator and "Jeopardy!" champion, however, is quite good at it, and he uses humor to make his posts on professionalism issues interesting and fun to read.

Today's post on the ILSCCP Blog probably wrote itself, as Argentar had the good fortune to have one of the most bizarre "professionalism" cases ever come to closure this week in his state of Illinois. That would be Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission Matter No. 6274702, in which an attorney basically tried to use the “Adult Gigs” section of Craigslist to hire a secretary/legal assistant/prostitute to work in his office and provide regular "sexual interaction with me and my partner, sometimes together sometimes separate." Wow.

The attorney advised one "candidate" that 

as part of the interview process you’ll be required to perform for us sexually (i didn’t do this before with the other girls i hired, now i think i have to because they couldn’t handle it). Because that aspect is an integral part of the job, I think it's necessary to see if you can do that, because it'll predict future behavior of you being able to handle it when you have the job.

Again, wow.

As Argentar summed it up,

Often, issues of ethics and professionalism raise complicated questions, involve shades of grey, and require serious thought and contemplation to resolve. Sometimes, however, all it takes to figure out whether a given action or decision is the right one is to ask: "Is this stupid?" If the aforementioned attorney had just asked himself that simple question, he might still be practicing law and still require secretarial assistance. Instead, he is likely putting up a Craigslist post looking for someone who wants to sublet some office space.

The ILSCCP Blog has been up and running since September 2011, and there are many interesting posts on it. I recommend that you check it out, and hope that you will also visit this post on the blog ("Name This Blog, Win Some `Bucks!") and help Argentar come up with a better name than ILSCCP Blog. This really should not be too difficult since, as Argentar notes, the current name is the "equivalent of naming your baby 'Female' for lack of a better idea."

My suggestion for the new name: Civil Shepherd

Posted by Bruce Carton on December 1, 2011 at 04:17 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)

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