The S.C. Supreme Court has unanimously suspended the law license of a retired attorney it says poses “a substantial threat of serious harm to the public and to the administration of justice” in the Palmetto State.
What is this retired lawyer accused of? The abominable crime of … not having an email address.
No really … attorney Cynthia E. Collie of Sullivans Island, S.C. (who doesn’t have internet access and says she hasn’t represented a client in more than three decades) is the subject of an exhaustive S.C. Supreme Court order removing her law license “until further order of the Court.”
All because she doesn’t have an email address …
According to an October 2011 court order, every attorney in South Carolina was given a one-month deadline to provide “a mailing address, an e-mail address, and a telephone or cell phone number” to the court’s Attorney Information System (AIS).
That same order also mandated that lawyers in South Carolina “verify and update their information in the AIS,” and “ensure that the AIS information is current and accurate at all times.”
Collie updated her information – but left the email form blank. Again … because she had no email address.
Collie has also been unsuccessful – repeatedly, it would appear – in creating an email account for the sole purpose of complying with the court’s mandate.
“Respondent has repeatedly refused to comply with the explicit directives, orders, and rules of this Court and of requests by the Clerk of Court by refusing to maintain and monitor an operational email account,” the Court says in its latest ruling. “As a result of her persistent refusal to comply with this Court’s directives, the Court finds respondent poses a substantial threat of serious harm to the public and to the administration of justice.”
Sounds more like a complete and total waste of judicial resources if you ask us …