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Lawyer barred from practicing

Woman held on porn, sex charges

The Manchester lawyer accused of coercing a teenage girl to engage in sexual activity on camera has been ordered to no longer practice law.

Lisa Biron agreed to the interim suspension of her law license, according to an order filed last week by the state Supreme Court. Biron is being held on federal charges of transportation with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, possession of child pornography and five counts of sexual exploitation of children.

Federal prosecutors say 43-year-old Biron took a teenage girl to Canada in May, had her engage in sexual activity and convinced her to let it be filmed. Last month a judge decided to hold Biron with no bail after prosecutors said she violated most of her bail conditions on child pornography charges pending in state court.

In her order, Judge Landya McCafferty said there were “no conditions or combination of conditions of release that will reasonably assure the safety of the community.”

Thomas Trevethick, general counsel to the state attorney discipline office, declined to discuss Biron’s case but said that in general the courts can temporarily suspend a lawyer prior to conviction if it is in the best interest of public protection. The courts must also find that suspension based solely on indictment would preserve the integrity of the legal profession, according to Trevethick.

According to the Supreme Court’s order, the attorney discipline office provided the court copies of the federal indictments Nov. 21 but did not recommend taking action against Biron at that time. Later that month, the court asked the office to clarify its position and also asked Biron to address whether she felt an interim suspension was appropriate.

The next day, Biron wrote back that it was.

On Dec. 5, the attorney discipline office filed a petition asking for an immediate interim suspension, a request the court granted Friday.

Records show Biron became a lawyer in both New Hampshire and Massachusetts in 2008. She is associated with the Alliance Defending Freedom, a national coalition of Christian lawyers, and has worked with that group in defending a Pentecostal Church on Mountain Road in its tax fight against the city of Concord.

Biron’s case is scheduled to go to trial in January.

(Tricia L. Nadolny can be reached at 369-3306 or or on Twitter @tricia_nadolny.)

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