Donnette Russell-Love Loses Bar License For 91 Days
Russell was charged with violating the Immigration and Nationality Act and put on "permanent inadmissibility," an immigration field officer told Palm Beach Circuit Judge Donald Hafele, who heard The Florida Bar's ethics complaint against Russell-Love.
"The client may seek a waiver to allow her to enter the country, although the referee found this a 'burdensome and expensive process,' " the Supreme Court opinion noted.
In recommending a 10-day suspension, Hafele said mitigating factors included Russell-Love's absence of prior discipline, inexperience in the practice of law, her character and remorse. Hafele said the attorney also was overwhelmed in her personal life with ailing parents, marital discord and difficulties involving other relatives.
"Given the serious nature of Russell-Love's misconduct and the harm caused to her client, the referee's recommendation for a 10-day suspension is not appropriate, and a more severe sanction is warranted," the unanimous court said.
The suspension is effective in 30 days to allow her time to wind down her practice. In addition, the court ordered Russell-Love pay The Bar's costs of $2,886.
Contacted about the suspension order, Russell-Love said she was unaware of it and might comment after reading it.