Not all professional screw-ups are created equal. For lawyers, as we saw on "The Good Wife" with Will Gardner, that can mean being suspended from practicing law. Those of us outside fields which aren't licensed can simply dust ourselves off and got out there again.
As a lawyer, Kenneth Schneider also has gotten hit with having his license suspended. Currently this former associate at Debevoise & Plimpton is serving a 15 year sentence in federal prison for engaging in interstate commerce for the purpose of having sex with a minor. The scandal was played up in the media as his keeping a Russian youth as his sex slave.
But that punishment hasn't been enough. Now, reports THE NEW YORK LAW JOURNAL,a Pennsylvania appeals court has ruled to suspend his right to practice law. A JD who can't perform as a lawyer loses that professional identity. The puzzling issue is why too many lawyers wind up in that pickle. Do they consider themselves too smart to be caught? Or do those who enter this line of work simply like to play close to the fire?