When proof is provided that an adoption attorney [Steven I. Sklar] outright lied to the New Jersey Supreme Court’s Disciplinary Review Board, [Doctor report refutes his testimony] one should not receive a letter from [Julius Fienstien] of the State Office of Attorney Ethics, such as the following:
“Receipt of your Attorney Ethics Grievance form dated September 2006 is hereby acknowledged.
“Please be advised that your former case was reviewed by the Disciplinary Review Board and your grievance was reviewed by Julius Fienstien. Based upon all evidence presented, your grievance is being dismissed. I also referred your matter for review by a public member (I.e., non-lawyer) of this Committee. The public member agrees that your grievance, even if true, would not constitute ethical misconduct or incapacity Therefore, our file in this matter has been closed. A copy of the New Jersey Court Rule is attached.”
Here is the New Jersey Court Rule 1:20-3 D : “The secretary, with concurrence by a designated public member, shall decline jurisdiction if the facts stated in the inquiry or grievance, if true, would not constitute unethical conduct or incapacity.”
When an executive director of an adoption agency [Veronica Serio] is found by theDepartment of Human Services to be conspiring by “providing false information on behalf of an attorney” [Steven I. Sklar], one should not dispute sworn statements such as the following:
Children of the World Adoption Agency
Verona, New Jersey
State of New Jersey, County of Essex:
“I Veronica Serio, being duly sworn, according to law, deposes and says, 1. I am the executive director of Children of the World, a licensed New Jersey Adoption Agency.
2. That Steven Sklar, Esq., has contacted me concerning the ethics complaint filed by David Archuletta and that I am fully familiar with the facts of this case.
3. That Steve Sklar spoke to me at the end of December 2001 and informed me of the letter dated December 21, 2001 from [birth mother] to his clients that was forwarded to him. He read the letter to me over the telephone
4. Children of the World decided that we would not have any further dealing with [Birth mother] because of her extortion attempt Additionally, the policy of Children of the Way was not to attempt to contact a birth father who was named, as we believe that the New Jersey law places the burden upon the birth father to amend the birth certificate or commence a paternity action within 120 days of the date of birth. Therefore, even if we had known his name, we would not of taken any action Signed, Veronica Serio, M.A. C.S.W. Executive Director. Sworn and subscribed to me this 24TH day of December, 2004. [Notary Public].”
When is a signed, written and notarized affidavit is considered to have no credibility, as opposed to an unrecorded phone call conversation claiming otherwise? [Gary Sefchik of the Department of Human Services: His belief in a Veronica Serio verbal claim as opposed to said affidavit she provided to the Office of Attorney Ethics of New jersey.]
Veronica Serio was now caught in a “Damned if YOU do, and a damned if you DON’T,” situation. This is when Board President [Margaret Morissey] committed corporate suicide.