Lawyer Suspended for 6 Months for Craigslist Term Paper Offer

Have you ever thought or wanted someone else to write that term paper you just did not have enough time for? Apparently, for $300, now you can.  According to an article posted April 13, 2011 by the American Bar Association, Damien R. Bonazzoli, a Massachusetts lawyer was placing advertisements on Craigslist to write term paper for students, and nonetheless advertising he was an attorney with the Massachusetts Appeals Court.  Guess he forgot everything he had to know to pass the MPRE.


Bonazzoli has recently been suspended for six (6) months and lost his job with the Massachusetts Appeals Court.  Bonazzoli was making $ 94,000 a year and he was seeking to write papers for students for $300 . . . makes you wonder, what kind of trouble was he in if $ 94,000 could not cut it.

Massachusetts Board of Bar Oversees was not too pleased to find out about Bonazzoli’s latest “side job.”  As reported, “[a]dvertising writing services, for a fee, for something that could be submitted for academic credit violates the rules of professional conduct . . . it is also against state law.”  Although it is against state law, there still remains uncertainty as to whether Bonazzoli will be prosecuted, reason being they “had never seen anything like this before.”

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