Naivete Gets Lawyer Censured For Shady Real Estate Schemes
The Supreme Court on Sept. 5 ordered a censure.
Garcia, admitted in 1998, took up law as a second career after 27 years as a Bronx, N.Y., elementary school teacher. She primarily does pool work for the Office of the Public Defender.
Reached by phone, Garcia says she thought the sale-and-leaseback deal "was perfectly legal" but admits she should have spoken with other attorneys and not relied on a paralegal. She says lawyers should go into another practice area only "with your eyes open" and seek training beforehand.
Deputy Ethics Counsel Christina Blunda Kennedy, who prosecuted the matter, could not be reached.