A Racine lawyer who paid his bar association dues late and lost his license for two weeks says he didn’t know about his suspended license. Now, county court officials are looking over actions in more than a dozen cases he handled to determine if those actions remain valid.
During a hearing before Racine County Circuit Court Judge Eugene Gasiokiewicz last week, Robert Baratki admitted he paid his dues late, but he also said he didn’t know his law license was suspended until he got a notice on Nov. 23, a story in The Journal Times reads.
Baratki’s license was suspended from Oct. 31 through Nov. 24. During that time, he participated in court action for 16 cases – including a plea hearing in front of Gasiorkiewicz – and court officials are working to determine what actions were taken in those cases to determine if any will be invalid because of the license suspension, the story continues.
Gasiorkiewicz had the option to fine Baratki between $50 and $500 and chose the maximum $500.
After the hearing Wednesday, Baratki told the newspaper he needs to keep a “better watch” on things.
“It’s my fault. I should have kept better watch on it,” he is quoted as saying.
After paying a $50 late fee and signing a required certification, Baratki is once again listed in good standing with the Wisconsin Bar Association.