We were hunkered down. Gastric juices churned. And sweaty fingers held writing instruments in death-grips. Metaphorically, our noses ground down against grindstones of stress. And fleet-footed minutes chased a relentless clock.
But in the tried-and-true manner of hatchet-fleeing employees everywhere, he took a page from the ‘you can’t fire me because I quit’ style book and wrote in his resignation letter to the governor, that he was stepping down because of “attacks on my personal integrity” and not because a three-judge panel had recommended he be unseated for cheating on the test. Also see Todd, In re, 359 N.W.2d 24 (Minn. App., 1984).
And then there was the unforgettable and unbelievable case of In re Lamb (1989) 49 Cal. 3d 239 [260 Cal. Rptr. 856, 776 P.2d 765 concerning California attorney Laura Beth Lamb disbarred in 1989 for impersonating her husband in order to take the bar exam for him. Her husband, Morgan, had already flunked the bar exam once before and lost his job. So she took the test under his name and passed but only too well improving her husband’s score from the bottom 20th percentile to the upper 99th. Needless to say, this raised suspicions. But it was an anonymous tipster that dropped a dime on her, leading to disbarment or Jail in the Bar-Exam Switch. Subsequently divorcing her husband who she claimed had abused and forced her to do it, and also after turning her life around, now Laura Beth Salant was ordered reinstated in 1999.
Last summer, for example, in an unpublished decision,Valente v. University of Dayton (6th Cir., 2011), after being disciplined for Honor Code violations due to cheating, John Valente sued his law school for breach of contract, negligence, fraud and other torts like intentional infliction of emotional distress. Valente lost on summary judgment. And the 6th Circuit affirmed the lower court on all claims.
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