Federal foray

Attorney Clark has a Minnesota state law license.

She is also admitted to the federal court, United States District Court for the District of Minnesota.

It certainly appears to that that federal bench overwhelmingly waits to see what is going to happen in a state disciplinary case about an attorney.  If an attorney’s state license is suspended, the federal court can suspend the attorney’s federal admission “automatically,” unless the attorney can show she was denied due process in the state case).

It’s very rare that the federal bench starts its own disciplinary case.

The last time the bench commenced a lawyer disciplinary case, it was against an attorney who had criticized some judges.  Huh.

But at least that case was randomly assigned to a judge.

The Chief Judge of that bench, who used to be a state judge in Hennepin County, Minnesota, started a case against Attorney Clark in October 2012, and ordered the Clerk to assign him to the case.

Now, it just so happens that Attorney Clark had been working to commence a case against state court judges, Hennepin County judges.  Just when it appeared Clark might not be losing her state law license, Chief Judge Davis commenced some type of action.

First order in case, Davis assigning himself:

First order assigning Judge Davis

Ten days later, Attorney Clark filed a document preserving her right to file an “affidavit of prejudice,” the lingo for federal filings that ask the judge to take himself off the case.

Reservation of affidavit of prejudice