May 14, 2020
I had never heard of Massachusetts attorney Ilya Liviz until I came across an order that Massachusetts’ Supreme Judicial Court handed down yesterday.
According to his LinkedIn page, Liviz is a self-styled “Chief Jurist for Justice,” who writes that he is the “Founder of a new specialized field of law enforced by National Academy for Jurists (‘NAFJ’) which appoints attorneys to a specializing title of Jurist for Justice, by being awarded the honorary doctorate De Lux Doctorate (‘D.L.D.’) for purpose of enforcing civil rights & civil liberties within the U.S. courts.”
A quick Google search revealed that the NAFJ is something that Liviz created out of whole cloth. And I discovered that, a couple years back, he filed suit in the U.S. District Court against all nine justices of the U.S. Supreme Court. Unsurprisingly, the suit was dismissed.
But I digress.
The decision of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court caught my eye for the following reason. Liviz was disbarred. He was ordered to respond to the notice of disbarment. When he didn’t respond, he was held in civil contempt. In response to that second order, Liviz wrote (and this is a verbatim quote, caps and all) that he “DID COMPLY, and DID PROVIDE AN ANSWER, and my answer was provided in a form of SILENCE. (BOOM SHAKALAKA).”
I have to confess that I have never seen the phrase “Boom Shakalaka” in a pleading (or court order) before.
I don’t think his license to practice law is getting reinstated anytime soon….