Thursday, July 31, 2014

Court: Strike Waterford attorney's name from The Bar (DOCUMENT)

A Waterford attorney will have his name stricken from the roll of attorneys licensed to practice in this state after pleading guilty to felony promoting a sexual performance by a child, according to a unanimous decision by the Appellate Division.
Erik C. Sanderson, of Waterford, was automatically disbarred on Feb. 7, 2012 after he pleaded guilty in Albany County Court. The Appellate Division decision said his guilty plea “was equivalent to a conviction for attorney discipline purposes” and the Committee on Professional Standards wanted to strike his name from the roll. Sanderson, however, wanted to resign rather than have his name stricken.
The decision states that there is no real difference since he is disbarred anyway and striking his name is merely a “formality.”
“Given these circumstances, respondents request to voluntarily resign … is inapposite and is rejected,” the decision reads.
In a footnote, the court said lawyers are required to report criminal convictions within 30 days but Sanderson, who was licensed in 2002, did not inform anyone of his guilty plea until April. Details of his arrest were not immediately available.

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