Debt Collection Attorney Listing: Attorney Who Can Sign Name is Good Enough

From Craig's List. The third paragraph is particularly interesting.

We are a collection agency/debt buyer. What we are looking for is a part time attorney to work for us as our corporate counsel, on our payroll, about 5 to 6 hours a week. This is a short term employment arrangement, no longer than 90 to 120 days.

Your job will be to sign pleadings, praecipe for entry of appearances, praecipe for writ of execution, and garnishment orders. Our paralegal will prepare all paperwork for your signature. This is very standard stuff for us.

If you are an attorney looking for challenging legal work, this is not for you. WE DO NOT NEED F LEE BAILEY- we are fee shopping. If you passed your boards with a D+, and you can sign your name, you possess all the credentials required for this job. If this opportunity interests you, please feel free to reply to this email with a brief description of who you are, when you got your law license, and what you will be needing from us in the way of compensation.

I hope that any attorney who works for them will tell them that an attorney who does no more than sign his or her name to documents someone else prepared would violate the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. That statute, as interpreted by numerous cases, requires attorneys to engage in a "meaningful review" of the file before signing documents in a debt collection matter. Meaningful review entails exercising independent professional judgment. Sounds like if the employer doesn't hire a competent attorney, it will soon need an attorney to defend a law suit. (HT: Gina Calabrese)

UPDATE: A commenter raises the question of whether the listing might be for a job outside the US, meaning that the FDCPA would not apply. In fact, the listing states the location to be "Pittsburgh west."