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June 27, 2002
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In Chicago, officials are investigating a lawyer who routinely billed the state's child welfare agency for more than 24 hours' work a day on uncontested adoptions.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the lawyer, Joyce Britton, "had a busy week" in April 2001, having worked 34 hours on Monday, 44 hours on Tuesday, 29 on Wednesday, 33 on Thursday, 25 on Friday, and 42 on Saturday. On Sunday, though, she put in a mere 3.4 hours.

Britton billed the agency $862,000 for fiscal years 2000 and 2001, according to the Sun-Times, which noted that the second-most-active attorney handling uncontested adoptions billed only $285,000.

"It makes her look bad, but it's not bad," said Britton's attorney, George Collins.

Collins explained for the newspaper that Britton lists the hours she spends on each case, based in part on the dates certain court documents are executed. "She didn't necessarily do the work at the time the bill shows," he said. "I agree that looks bad. The fact is she probably gets up at 6 and goes to bed at 10, and there isn't enough time to do all this. It may not be the best way, but it's honest."

Source: Chicago Sun-Times

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