Thank you for your question and thank you again for requesting me.Perhaps he filed two copies, as that is possible--one for you and one for the disciplinary board. That is generally prudent if the parties know that multiple copies would be made of the documentation. I do not know if that is the case, I am making a reasonable assumption on past experience.I can also tell you personally that the disciplinary board is generally no joke. I do agree that in some jurisdictions there are more active than in others, but I personally know attorneys who have been disciplined or even barred from practicing law in certain locations for a variety of ethical violations. This isn't to say that some of these entities are far more deferential to each other than they should be, I will be the first to admit it, but legitimate boards do follow-up, do investigate, and do see if there is basis in your petition. The fact you filed and they requested him to respond is generally positive. Because quite a few complaints against attorneys truly have no merit, quite a few are thrown out in a cursory manner--but if filed and an attorney is requested to respond, then that is already potentially serious. I cannot tell you if this disciplinary board is merely going through the motion, but a response is already the next step of sort in this investigation.Hope that helps.
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