find the latest legal job
Corporate/Commercial Lawyers (2-5 years PAE)
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: Adelaide SA 5000
· Specialist commercial law firm · Long-term career progression
View details
Graduate Lawyer / Up to 1.5 yr PAE Lawyer
Category: Personal Injury Law | Location: Brisbane CBD & Inner Suburbs Brisbane QLD
· Mentoring Opportunity in Regional QLD · Personal Injury Law
View details
Corporate and Commercial Partner
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: Adelaide SA 5000
· Full time · Join a leading Adelaide commercial law firm
View details
In-house Legal Counsel & Commercial Lawyers
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: All Sydney NSW
· Providing lawyers with flexibility and control over when they work, how they work and who they work for.
View details
In-house Legal Counsel & Commercial Lawyers
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: All Melbourne VIC
· Providing lawyers with flexibility and control over when they work, how they work and who they work for.
View details
You scratch my back…

You scratch my back…

Lawyers like this sexting senior practitioner give the profession a bad reputation.

The Ohio Supreme Court has suspended an attorney from Willoughby, Ohio for demanding sexual favours from a female law student he interviewed and employed.

It was a case of quid pro quo.

Mismas Law Firm’s John D. Mismas was looking for a law clerk and interviewed a student from the University of Akron School of Law on 9 December 2011, The News-Herald reported.

He was quick to get off the mark. Starting that day, he and the student exchanged several text messages, some of them sexually explicit.

He sent one text saying the student would “need to take a few beatings” before she could give one herself.

He apparently then re-worded that statement with sexual innuendo.

Folklaw thought “need to take a few beatings” was already sexual in nature, but anyway…

Mismas then asked the student to perform the sex act on him, which she turned down and asked him to stop.

Mismas then said her employment was conditional on her submission and told her “if you show up at 11 you know what’s expected”.

Are you kidding me?

The student was wondering this too and asked him if he was.

“Nope. Not kidding,” he replied.

He backtracked the next day, apologising and claiming it was actually a joke. But the student wasn’t falling for it.

She testified that she believed he was still serious.

Moreover, when the student turned down an invitation from Mismas to go with him to on an overnight trip to Washington D.C. due to an earlier engagement, Mismas was not happy.

“That’s strike 1 for you. 3 strikes and you are out.”

Well the student didn’t wait until her two other strikes were up. She quit the next day.

He was suspended from practicing law in the state for one year, with the last six months stayed.

This is on the condition that he does not engage in anymore misconduct and adheres to recommendations from his treating medical and psychological doctors.

The Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline originally suggested Mismas be reprimanded but a court deemed a suspension was suitable.

Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor said Mismas abused his position of power of the profession, and therefore he deserves a suspension.

Like this story? Read more:

QLS condemns actions of disgraced lawyer as ‘stain on the profession’

NSW proposes big justice reforms to target risk of reoffending

The legal budget breakdown 2017

You scratch my back…
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
Jackie Rhodes
Dec 12 2017
Report sheds light on LGBTQI inclusion in law firms
A recent report has revealed the varying perceptions on LGBTQI diversity and inclusion in the Austra...
Women in business
Dec 12 2017
Annabel Crabb headlines Women in Business Forum
Political journalist Annabel Crabb has appeared at the Coleman Greig Lawyers Women in Business Forum...
Dec 11 2017
Warm welcome for new district court judges
Three practitioners who were appointed as district court judges in WA have been congratulated by ...
APPOINTMENTS
Allens managing partner Richard Spurio, image courtesy Allens' website
Jun 21 2017
Promo season at Allens
A group of lawyers at Allens have received promotions across its PNG and Australian offices. ...
May 11 2017
Partner exits for in-house role
A Victorian lawyer has left the partnership of a national firm to start a new gig with state governm...
Esteban Gomez
May 11 2017
National firm recruits ‘major asset’
A national law firm has announced it has appointed a new corporate partner who brings over 15 years'...
opinion
Nicole Rich
May 16 2017
Access to justice for young transgender Australians
Reform is looming for the process that young transgender Australians and their families must current...
Geoff Roberson
May 11 2017
The lighter side of the law: when law and comedy collide
On the face of it, there doesn’t seem to be much that is amusing about the law, writes Geoff Rober...
Help
May 10 2017
Advocate’s immunity – without fear or without favour but not both
On 29 March 2017, the High Court handed down its decision in David Kendirjian v Eugene Lepore & ...