On Tuesday, November 14, 2023, the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission recommended the suspension of Attorney Robert Edward Lewin for six months following allegations of harassment and inappropriate behavior towards staff at the Will County Courthouse.
The case is titled ‘In the Matter of Robert Edward Lewin,’ with case no. 2023PR00042.
A formal complaint was filed against Lewin on June 23, 2023, by Commission Administrator Jerome Larkin. The single-count complaint alleged that Attorney Lewin harassed courthouse employees and interns in violation of Illinois Rule of Professional Conduct 8.4(d), which prohibits conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice.
The allegations stemmed from a written complaint received by Will County Courthouse administrators in March 2021 detailing Lewin’s inappropriate comments and physical contact with female employees dating back to 2016. An investigation uncovered several instances of Attorney Lewin making unwanted advances and comments.
In March 2021, Attorney Lewin patted a law library employee on the head and put his hand in her hair without consent. In April 2021, Mr. Lewin met with courthouse administrators and admitted to making inappropriate comments to staff members. However, the improper behavior continued.
In August and November 2021, Attorney Lewin told a clerk’s office employee to “eat shit and die” and asked another female employee out to dinner after being warned about his conduct. In June 2022, Attorney Lewin commented to law student interns about being interested in a female intern if he was younger.
Due to Attorney Lewin’s ongoing harassment, the Chief Judge imposed restrictions on Lewin’s access to the courthouse in July 2022, limiting him to courtrooms and the clerk’s office for case matters only.
A hearing was held on the complaint on October 17, 2023, before a panel of the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission. The allegations were deemed admitted as Attorney Lewin did not respond to or contest the complaint. Given the serious misconduct and Attorney Lewin showing no remorse, the panel recommended a six-month suspension.
The disciplinary action marks the second suspension for Attorney Lewin in two years. He had previously received a 60-day suspension in 2022 for improper contact with a represented criminal defendant. The continued harassment demonstrates Mr. Lewin did not learn from prior sanctions and constrained his conduct, resulting in further discipline from the Commission.
In part, the recommendation reads:
“Given Respondent’s misconduct, the serious aggravating factors present, the absence of any mitigating evidence, and relevant case law, we recommend that Respondent be suspended for six months and until further order of the Court.”
According to Avvo, Attorney Robert Edward Lewin is a lawyer from Skokie, Illinois. He acquired his license to practice in the state in 1974.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.