The Athens Bar Association has stripped government vice president and retired lawyer Theodoros Pangalos of the title of Emeritus Lawyer over the latter's "slanderous and denigrating" statements of tax evaders with respect to lawyers.
The Athens Bar Association's board of directors late Tuesday unanimously adopted a proposal by Bar president Yiannis Adamopoulos, and stripped the title of Emeritus Lawyer "from the government vice president and retired lawyer Theodoros Pangalos due to the slanderous and denigrating statements concerning tax evaders he has repeatedly made with respect to lawyers, at a time that lawyers, and particularly young lawyers, are hard hit by profession inflation, reduction of lawyer-related work, the slowness in the attribution of justice and the bleak economic situation that the country has sunk into, and when it is the only professional class that immediately attributes to the Greek State the tax that is withheld from representations".

In an written statement, Adamopoulos noted that "this is not the first time that Mr. Pangalos attacks the lawyers' corps with denigrating characterisations", adding: "It appears that he has in no way appreciated the bestowal upon him of the title of Emeritus Lawyer by the Bar Association".