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Is Your Attorney Really an Attorney?

An "attorney" in the Bronx Public Defender's Office "practiced" for four years, handling thousands of cases.

The quotes are there for a reason. Turns out the "attorney," Diane Shamis, is not an actual attorney. The bar association found out when one of her clients filed a complaint against her, and she didn't show up on the list of attorneys.

That was their first clue. Apparently, the Bronx Public Defender's Office, who is not returning phone calls asking for comments, failed to check her credentials when they hired her. When the PD found out, she was fired on the spot.

Now, they're calling the thousands of clients to let them know about the mixup. It is unclear whether the cases will be relitigated or overturned.

Shamis faces up to a year in jail. Perhaps, though, it's not that much of a mixup. Her attorney, Marvin Raskin, said she graduated from law school and passed the bar, but did not fill out the proper paperwork to get her credentials. "At this point in time, we are attempting to resolve the issues of admission to the bar as expeditiously as possible given the circumstances of this unfortunate situation," Raskin said.

You can check your attorney's credentials here for California attorneys.

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