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Disciplinary Action; June 8, 2011

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Indiana Lawyer Disciplinary Actions

The Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission brings charges against attorneys who have violated the state’s rules for admission to the bar and Rules of Professional Conduct. The Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifications brings charges against judges, judicial officers, or judicial candidates for misconduct. Details of attorneys’ and judges’ actions for which they are being disciplined by the Supreme Court will be included unless they are not a matter of public record under the court’s rules.

Barred From Practice
Joshua S. Parilman of Arizona has been barred indefinitely from practicing law in Indiana, including temporary admission and solicitation of clients, until further order of the court, in a Supreme Court order filed May 27, 2011. Parilman practices law in Arizona and is not licensed in Indiana. In 2010, he advertised his practice on radio stations broadcasting in Indiana as a national firm that specialized in automobile accidents. The court found he violated Indiana Professional Conduct Rules prohibiting the following misconduct: Falsely representing that the attorney is admitted to practice in Indiana; Using a public communication containing false, misleading and/or deceptive statements; Making a statement that contains a representation or implication that is likely to cause an ordinary prudent person to misunderstand or be deceived; and, Making a statement of specialization when not authorized.

Contempt of Court/Fine
Richard M. Bash of Hot Springs, Ark., has been held in contempt of court and fined $500 in a Supreme Court order filed May 27, 2011. Bash was suspended from the practice of law in Indiana beginning March 21, 2008. In May 2009, he represented a friend whose house had been damaged. By holding himself out as an attorney and practicing law while suspended, the court determined Bash was in violation and in contempt of the court’s order. Because the misconduct did not appear to be ongoing, the court concluded that a $500 fine is sufficient discipline.

Resignation
Monty B. Arvin of Howard County resigned from the bar, pursuant to Indiana Admission and Discipline Rule 23(17). The Supreme Court accepted Arvin’s resignation in an order filed May 27, 2011. Arvin is ineligible to petition for reinstatement to the practice of law in Indiana for five years.•

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  1. Don't we have bigger issues to concern ourselves with?

  2. Anyone who takes the time to study disciplinary and bar admission cases in Indiana ... much of which is, as a matter of course and by intent, off the record, would have a very difficult time drawing lines that did not take into account things which are not supposed to matter, such as affiliations, associations, associates and the like. Justice Hoosier style is a far departure than what issues in most other parts of North America. (More like Central America, in fact.) See, e.g., http://www.theindianalawyer.com/indiana-attorney-illegally-practicing-in-florida-suspended-for-18-months/PARAMS/article/42200 When while the Indiana court system end the cruel practice of killing prophets of due process and those advocating for blind justice?

  3. Wouldn't this call for an investigation of Government corruption? Chief Justice Loretta Rush, wrote that the case warranted the high court’s review because the method the Indiana Court of Appeals used to reach its decision was “a significant departure from the law.” Specifically, David wrote that the appellate panel ruled after reweighing of the evidence, which is NOT permissible at the appellate level. **But yet, they look the other way while an innocent child was taken by a loving mother who did nothing wrong"

  4. Different rules for different folks....

  5. I would strongly suggest anyone seeking mediation check the experience of the mediator. There are retired judges who decide to become mediators. Their training and experience is in making rulings which is not the point of mediation.

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