Personally, I say sometimes. My family and
friends know who I am. But I have an example, where this STIGMA was actually used against me, when I tried to
bring official attorney ethics charges against a Law Firm. The law firm had the local Vice-Chairman of New Jersey
Supreme Court's Office of Attorney Ethics working as a General Practice attorney.
Back in 2000, I hired this Law Firm, because they
had recently hired a divorce attorney. (My former wife had served divorce papers on me.) As with most
parents, my greatest concern was fair custody rights for my two minor children. Assets wasn't a problem. There
were no real assets.
the years, I heard many horror stories, where parents lost much of their custody rights, because they did not answer the divorce
papers properly and timely. It happened to a close, Vietnam War buddy of mine,
who was living with me at the time of the divorce papers were served. This Vietnam Vet didn't answer the divorce
papers in the court allotted time, so he fell into a divorce default. His wife basically
got almost everything, she asked for in the original divorce papers. It was cut and dry.
I was worried about losing my fair parenting rights, so I was overly concerned about
falling into divorce default. The day I signed the Law Firm's contract, I was basically begging the law firm's
partner and their divorce attorney to do their jobs. The Law Firm's Partner knew of my PTSD disability, so
he tried to reassure me that my requests were normal procedures for a divorce case. The Law Firm had 22 days
to file the simple, required court documents.
However, the Law Firm's divorce attorney came out and told
me that my fears of falling into divorce default were irrational and somewhat annoying to him. So, I shut up...
about falling into default, and instead talked about my other concerns for my children.
I paid the agreed upon retainer and went home. I tried
not to worry. But it was a stressful period. I admit that I made a number of phone calls concerning
divorce default to the divorce attorney over the next few weeks.
The rest is history. For unknown reasons, the divorce
attorney failed to file the simple divorce papers, notifying the court that his Law Firm was retained for my divorce case.
I wrote a complaint letter to the divorce attorney and his supervising partner, who signed their contact with me.
Sometime during the month after the Firm received my complaint letter; without
notifying me, the Law Firm's partners changed my representation from their divorce attorney to their general-practice attorney,
who happened to be the local Vice-Chairman of New Jersey Supreme Court's Office of Attorney Ethics. ( Why
this representation change took place during a divorce default was extremely strange for me. )
Their divorce attorney's DEFAULT, their total lack
of proper communication and the later on-going ethics violations by this Vice-Chairman, caused
my PTSD disability to be greatly exacerbated. This unprofessional, exacerbation of my disability is
all well-documented in my federal, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical records as it was happening.
Four months into the contract, I was still in divorce default. Although,
the general-practice attorney was the Vice-Chairman of the local Attorney Ethics committee, he had on-going problems trying
to remove me from divorce default.
Please visit the below link to read the letter that I sent the Law Firm's divorce
attorney and his supervising partner. At the link are other letters and clear evidence that are filed in the New Jersey
Supreme and Superior Court Systems.
I have already represented
myself (PRO SE) in New Jersey's Superior Court with my evidence and a judge ruled that my Legal Malpractice charges warrant
the Superior Court - Law Division for damages. The local Vice-Chairman of Attorney Ethics represented himself and
his Law Firm during this Superior Court case. When I went to use the Superior Court judge's court transcript,
the transcript strangely went missing. http://home.earthlink.net/~ptsd_discrimination/id12.html Because of the missing court transcript, in spite of all my clear evidence, my civil
case was thrown out for lack of merit. I wrote a number of letters to the Superior Court and the Superior Court judge,
but the transcript was never found. (The judge never answered my letters.)
The New Jersey Supreme Court's Office of
Attorney Ethics insisted that my ethics violations charges be brought against their Vice-Chairman in his own committee.
It took months, and hundreds of my letters calling a Cover-Up; before the New Jersey Office of
Attorney Ethics finally admitted to a Conflict of Interest.
The new Attorney Ethics committee assigned bordered the Vice-Chairman's own
committee. In the end, he was cleared of all ethics charges without an investigation.
Over the next week, I'll be adding more court filed letters and court documents at
the webpage at:
The battle to bring justice to this Law Firm, and their own Vice-Chairman of New Jersey
Supreme Court Office of Attorney Ethics is still going on. Once the stigma of PTSD breaks from this case,
I will get "Equal Justice Under The Laws." Until then, this case will remain,
"Just a PTSD vet against a Vice-Chairman of New Jersey Supreme Court's Office of Attorney Ethics and his Law Firm.
The evidence stands for itself...
And then pass this email around to your email lists. The
internet is the only way to get some Equal Justice. The federal Department of Justice (DOJ) insists that I deal with
the State of New Jersey.
Due to the major Conflict of Interest within New Jersey's Office of Attorney
Ethics, the New Jersey Government should call for an investigation outside the Office of Attorney Ethics on their Vice-Chairman
Robert Correale and his Law Firm .
Place in the subject line: Investigate Vice-Chairman Robert
Correale and his Law Firm