Nova Scotia attorney Adam Rodgers has three more months to practice law before serving a year-long ban for professional misconduct.
Rodgers was found guilty by a disciplinary committee of the Nova Scotia Barristers ‘Society that dealt with allegations related to the collapse of Rodgers’ old law firm, Boudrot Rodgers.
The firm closed in October 2018 after it was revealed that one of its partners, Jason Boudrot, had stolen from clients’ escrow accounts.
The disciplinary committee did not find that Rodgers had stolen money or helped Boudrot with it. However, it turned out that Rodgers was negligent because he had no track of what was going on in the company.
The suspension was due to start on July 1st
Rodger’s suspension was due to commence July 1st.
However, he requested an extension so that he can complete his work on the Desmond Fatality Inquiry, which deals with the suicide of Lionel Desmond, his wife Shanna, mother Brenda, and daughter Aaliyah.
Lionel Desmond, a former soldier, killed his family at their Big Tracadie, NS home before turning the gun on himself.
Rodgers represents the Desmond family at the hearing. The family appealed directly to the disciplinary board to grant Rodgers an extension.
“It is in our public interest that the Desmond family get the representation they want,” said panel chairman Doug Shatford on Friday.
Desmond investigation is expected to be completed in September
Shatford and the other two panelists agreed to postpone the start of Rodgers’ suspension past the point at which the Desmond hearings are due to be completed. That will probably be in the middle of September.
Shatford told Rodgers that he had to close his law firm by the end of September and that any cases he was unable to close by then would have to be passed on to other lawyers.
He continues to be subject to restrictions imposed by the law firm, including not keeping client escrow accounts.