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Disciplinary Actions - 1/16/13

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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.

Suspension Rescinded
James A. Hanson, of Allen County, has been removed from the June 2012 court order suspending certain attorneys for failing to pay annual registration fees and/or performing CLE obligations. Hanson was included in the order for nonpayment and failure to satisfy his 2011 CLE obligation.

He petitioned for the suspension to be removed because it is impeding his ability to be admitted to the Indiana bar. At the time of the suspension, he was admitted to practice under a business counsel license, but after his employment ended, he was unable to secure later employment and his rights to practice in Indiana ended on June 26, 2011. He has since successfully passed the Indiana bar and Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam, but cannot be admitted because of the 2012 suspension order.

The justices found as the rules are currently written, Hanson’s license to practice automatically “terminated” June 26, 2011, and there wasn’t more he was obligated to do as far as payment or CLE. His name is rescinded from the suspension order, per the Dec. 21, 2012, Supreme Court order.•

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  1. Well, maybe it's because they are unelected, and, they have a tendency to strike down laws by elected officials from all over the country. When you have been taught that "Democracy" is something almost sacred, then, you will have a tendency to frown on such imperious conduct. Lawyers get acculturated in law school into thinking that this is the very essence of high minded government, but to people who are more heavily than King George ever did, they may not like it. Thanks for the information.

  2. I pd for a bankruptcy years ago with Mr Stiles and just this week received a garnishment from my pay! He never filed it even though he told me he would! Don't let this guy practice law ever again!!!

  3. Excellent initiative on the part of the AG. Thankfully someone takes action against predators taking advantage of people who have already been through the wringer. Well done!

  4. Conour will never turn these funds over to his defrauded clients. He tearfully told the court, and his daughters dutifully pledged in interviews, that his first priority is to repay every dime of the money he stole from his clients. Judge Young bought it, much to the chagrin of Conour’s victims. Why would Conour need the $2,262 anyway? Taxpayers are now supporting him, paying for his housing, utilities, food, healthcare, and clothing. If Conour puts the money anywhere but in the restitution fund, he’s proved, once again, what a con artist he continues to be and that he has never had any intention of repaying his clients. Judge Young will be proven wrong... again; Conour has no remorse and the Judge is one of the many conned.

  5. Pass Legislation to require guilty defendants to pay for the costs of lab work, etc as part of court costs...

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