Attorney Misconduct, Gay, Legal Ethics

It’s About Time: Disciplinary Action Sought Against Andrew Shirvell

We’ve been keeping an eye on Andrew Shirvell, the Michigan attorney who has been conducting a personal crusade against Chris Armstrong, the University of Michigan student body president who happens to be gay. At the beginning of this month, we learned that Shirvell was taking a leave of absence from his day job in the Michigan Attorney General’s office. We also know that Armstrong has sought a restraining order against Shirvell.

Today, we’ve received word that Armstrong is requesting that Shirvell be brought before the bar on ethics charges. Finally. There’s got to be some kind of ethical rule that prohibits lawyers from gay bashing college kids, right?

It appears Armstrong has retained an attorney, Deborah Gordon. The grievance against Shirvell is on behalf of Armstrong and Gordon. The details on the complaint come from a press release from Gordon’s office:

Since his crusade against Armstrong started drawing media attention, Shirvell has argued that he is just exercising his freedom of speech. But Gordon doesn’t agree:

On the one hand, I’m afraid disbarring Shirvell turns him into a martyr for the cause of possibly closeted public officials who desperately want to have sex with stop gays.

On the other hand, screw this Shirvell dude. He’s harassing a college kid; that’s not ethical behavior from a lawyer. I’m not going to shed a tear if gay-bashing Pee Wee Herman gets disbarred.

Earlier: Michigan Assistant AG Andrew Shirvell Goes On Leave

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