The head of the Maryland Attorney Grievance Commssion, Melvin Hirschman, will retire on June 30, 2010 after serving since 1981. The Daily Record reported this breaking story earlier today. Mr. Hirschman has led the commission, which investigates all complaints for attorney misconduct, since 1981. The AGC was created only six years earlier, in 1975. Attorneys who are publically sanctioned can be viewed at the Maryland Judiciary Web Site.
Belsky, Weinberg and Horowitzpartner Alan J. Belsky serves as a Panel Member for the Attorney Grievance Commision and has sat ona number of peer review panels hearing various complaints of attorney misconduct. Peer review is confidential unless public charges are brought. Thereafter, the matter is referred to a Circuit Court judge for findings of fact and conclusions of law. An appeal can then be taken directly to the Court of Appeals of Maryland. Unfortunately, a fair number of reported opinions are issued every year by the Court of Appeals on issues involving attorney grievances. Any reported opinion containing the AGC in the case name involves an attorney facing disciplinary action.