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Attorneys suspended over registration fees

Michael W. Hoskins
January 1, 2007
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More than twice as many Indiana practicing attorneys were suspended this year for not paying their registration fees, compared to 2006.

Those 133 attorneys were suspended this week from the practice of law - on top of 111 colleagues also suspended this week for not meeting continuing legal education requirements.

A set of two orders came from the Indiana Supreme Court on Tuesday, though the registration fee suspension order wasn't immediately available from the courts. It was posted online late Thursday. The orders come as an annual, routine task this time of year by the state's highest court. Both take effect June 12.

Overall, out-of-state attorneys comprised the bulk of each list - 52 were suspended for unpaid registration fees, while 41 non-Indiana based attorneys were suspended for not meeting education rules.

This year's suspensions are much higher than those in 2006, when 97 attorneys were suspended for not meeting CLE requirements and 65 were suspended for nonpayment of attorney fees, according those previous orders.

The registration fee order In the Matter of the Nonpayment of Attorney Registration Fees lists attorneys suspended for not complying with Indiana Admission and Discipline Rule 2.

That same day, justices issued an order In the Matter of Failure to Comply with Continuing Legal Education Requirements that listed the 111 for not meeting requirements of Admission and Discipline Rule 29, Sections 3 or 10.

Any attorney listed can be reinstated by complying with the reinstatement procedures and paying any necessary penalties.
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  1. The fee increase would be livable except for the 11% increase in spending at the Disciplinary Commission. The Commission should be focused on true public harm rather than going on witch hunts against lawyers who dare to criticize judges.

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