This is an unfortunate tale, and also a serious transgression.
Can the Bar and voluntary associations do more to address these issues before they get out of hand?
Steffens said his troubles began when his first marriage ended.
"Unfortunately I let depression that set in after my first divorce cripple me," he said. "And instead of reaching out for help, I wound up with several Bar complaints. The result of that was decreased earnings and fewer clients."
Steffens told the court, "I believed my only avenue would be to take, although at the time I termed it borrow, from funds I had access to through the surplus trustee program."
Rather than seeking to decrease alimony and child support payments or finding other ways to save money, he said, "I became greedy. This is, without hesitation, the biggest regret of my life."
Steffens said he "manipulated" colleagues who had "no idea of the crimes I was committing. I will forever regret these actions" and "I take full and absolute responsibility for these actions."
Or is this justice served?