(Question XI, Legal and Judicial Ethics, 2018 Bar Exam)
Atty. Claire Cortez, a member of the Philippine Bar who was also admitted to the New York Bar, was disbarred from the practice of law in New York for violation of Anti-Money Laundering laws of that State. She returned to the Philippines in order to resume her Philippine law practice.
Can she also be disbarred from practicing law in the Philippines for the same infraction committed in the foreign jurisdiction? (5%)
Under the Rules of Court and jurisprudence, disbarment grounds in foreign jurisdictions may be adopted if they are also grounds for disbarment in the Philippines. Rule
In the case at bar, the act of violating a law is also a ground for disbarment in the Philippines as it may fall under malpractice. Apply
Thus, she can also be disbarred from practicing law in the Philippines. Conclusion
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