Oregon Supreme Court to rule on suspended lawyer Andrew Long’s case

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Multiple courts have found attorney Long to be unstable. The public needs to be protected - it should not be an issue worth debate. 

Oregon Supreme Court to rule on suspended lawyer Andrew Long's case

State Justice: attorney Andrew Long is unstable. He disagrees and says he will fight to keep his law license.

PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JONATHAN HOUSE - Attorney Andrew Long's license to practice law in Oregon has been suspended, pending a review from the full  Oregon Supreme Court. Long has been accused of stalking and harassing his former legal aides, among other allegations.

The suspension of Portland attorney Andrew Long from the practice of law will be decided by the full Oregon Supreme Court after one justice on the court called him "clearly emotionally unstable" with a "severe drug and alcohol problem that he denies," while noting he owes the city of Portland more than $21,000 in parking fees.

Long had lost his own eviction case last fall after being accused of assaulting a female acquaintance. On Dec. 1, barely a week after one of his former legal assistants won a stalking order against him, he was found by police wandering in her downtown apartment building, allegedly reeking of alcohol. He is fighting charges filed against him over the alleged stalking violation.

Similarly, Long says the recommendation to continue suspending his law license, made by Oregon Supreme Court Justice Richard Baldwin, is off-base and "disturbingly slanted," adding that he intends to file a response.

Long, a Willamette University School of Law graduate who spent years teaching at a variety of law schools, returned to Oregon in 2014 and started offering his services in Portland. But for more than a year he's been accused of increasingly erratic behavior by clients and former employees, including complaints of stalking, witness-tampering, pressuring assistants for intimacy, and the mishandling of client funds.

The Oregon State Bar, which regulates lawyers, pushed for Long's immediate suspension in November, which the Oregon Supreme Court granted temporarily, pending a hearing. Now, with that hearing complete and a recommendation issued, the Oregon Supreme Court will decide whether Long remains barred from practicing law until the Bar finishes a lengthier review of the many complaints against him.

Long had argued that he was being held to an unfair standard of review.

But Baldwin, the Supreme Court justice who was designated to review the case and issue a recommendation, wrote that even if one accepted Long's arguments about what standard to apply, Long should remain barred from practicing law for now. Baldwin cited the complaints filed by several former Long assistants.

"The accused has engaged in an extensive and outrageous pattern of harassing and threatening conduct toward three legal assistants from whom he demanded a personal relationship when it was not welcome. Indeed, his inability or unwillingness to see the difference between a personal or professional relationship is alarming."

Baldwin added that Long's instability, combined with massive debts, has contributed to poor management of his clients' funds. "The accused has taken money from clients for services he did not perform, and he has failed to return unearned fees."

Long, who has repeatedly denied wrongdoing, said in an email that "this may be the single-most egregious violation of due process in attorney disciplinary proceedings anywhere in the nation in the last 50 years."

Source: Portland Tribune