Late last week, I got an email from my previous employer (Dick Boss) demanding that I pay any sanctions brought against his firm for something I screwed up my first week. Let me clarify this a little bit without giving away specific details.
My first week, I legitimately fucked something up while in court. My former boss decided to continue filing additional pleadings in this case, knowing that they were based on something that I had fucked up and that there was a risk things could go wrong. Last week, opposing counsel threatened to file a motion for sanctions based on the fact that my former boss continued to file said pleadings. Evidently, he thinks that he can make me pay the sanctions.
So far, every lawyer I've talked to has told me that this is ridiculous for a number of reasons. First, and foremost, a law firm just plain can't make one of its associates pay sanctions. The firm takes the hit, not the individual associate. Additionally, I was working under his supervision, he filed the subsequent pleadings, his name is on everything and I don't even work at the firm anymore.
I even called the ARDC and, while this isn't really an ethical issue, the lady told me that she couldn't think of any way that he could make me pay his sanctions. It's basically a new lawyer's job to fuck things up for the first several years that he's practicing and only a vindictive asshole would even attempt to make him pay sanctions. (I'm paraphrasing a bit, but not nearly as much as you'd think.)
So, if there was ever any doubt that I was working for a crazy person, this should clear things up. The general consensus is that I have nothing to worry about. Thoughts?