You Will Be Reprimanded If You Steal a Giant Shark Tooth

You hear a lot about the most common reasons for attorney discipline: lawyers don’t communicate with their clients, they charge excessive fees, or they improperly handle client funds. What you don’t often hear about is someone getting  letter of reprimand for…stealing the giant tooth of a long-extinct enormous prehistoric shark-type creature. That possibility was definitely not covered in any Professional Responsibility course.

Yes, the North Carolina bar had to issue a written reprimand to one Alison Erca after she was arrested for tooth thievery.

In October 2014, you removed a Megalodon tooth from a display case in the North Carolina Maritime Museum, and left the museum with it. Your unlawful removal of this artifact from the museum constituted conduct involving dishonesty in violation of Rule 8.4(c) and criminal conduct reflecting adversely on your honesty, trustworthiness, and fitness as a lawyer in violation of Rule 8.4(b).

Sounds like someone may have been a bit too invested in Shark Week.

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