Kristen Parker, 27, has achieved the type of national notoriety that every prosecutor dreads. The assistant McLennan County district attorney who prosecutes DWI cases was arrested over the weekend for . . . you guessed it, DWI.
These types of arrests raise an issue that we discussed previously on how to handle lawyers guilty of offenses like DWI. Parker was an undergraduate of Vanderbilt in 2010 and a 2014 law graduate of Baylor University. Courts tend to be harsh with lawyers who break the law. However, this is only a misdemeanor offense. Assuming that Parker is convicted, should there be a suspension or disbarment as a result?
I think that disbarment is clearly too harsh and I think that there is little need for a punitive suspension beyond the period of the misdemeanor. Parker will already face considerable professional costs for her arrest and possible conviction.
What do you think?