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Disciplinary Actions - 2/13/13

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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.

Public reprimand
Kathryn R. Janeway, of Hendricks County, has received a public reprimand following her guilty plea to Class A misdemeanor operating a vehicle while intoxicated. At the time, she was a deputy prosecutor in Hendricks County but has since been terminated from that job.

She self reported her arrest and conviction to the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission and is in full compliance with a treatment program through I.U. Health at Methodist Hospital. The costs of the proceeding are assessed against her.

Suspension
John W. Nelson, of Hamilton County, has been suspended for not reporting three criminal convictions, including for drunk driving, to the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission, per a Jan. 28 Supreme Court order.

Nelson violated Indiana Professional Conduct Rule 8.4(b): Committing a criminal act that reflects adversely on the lawyer’s trustworthiness or fitness as a lawyer, and Ind. Admission and Discipline Rule 23(11.1)(a)(2): Failure to notify the commission of a guilty finding, and failure to transmit a certified copy of a guilty finding to the commission within 10 days of the finding.

He has been suspended for 180 days beginning March 8, with 30 days actively served and the remainder stayed subject to completion of at least 36 months of probation. He is working with the Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program. The costs of the proceeding are assessed against Nelson.

Resignation
David F. Rees, of Marion County, has resigned from the bar effective Jan. 28, per a Supreme Court order. Any pending disciplinary actions against Rees are dismissed as moot. He must wait five years before petitioning for reinstatement to the practice of law. The costs of the proceeding are assessed against him.

Michael C. Kendall, of Vanderburgh County, has resigned from the bar effective Jan. 28, per a Supreme Court order. Any pending disciplinary actions against Kendall are dismissed as moot. He must wait five years before petitioning for reinstatement to the practice of law. The costs of the proceeding are assessed against him.•
 

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  1. CCHP's real accomplishment is the 2015 law signed by Gov Pence that basically outlaws any annexation that is forced where a 65% majority of landowners in the affected area disagree. Regardless of whether HP wins or loses, the citizens of Indiana will not have another fiasco like this. The law Gov Pence signed is a direct result of this malgovernance.

  2. I gave tempparry guardship to a friend of my granddaughter in 2012. I went to prison. I had custody. My daughter went to prison to. We are out. My daughter gave me custody but can get her back. She was not order to give me custody . but now we want granddaughter back from friend. She's 14 now. What rights do we have

  3. This sure is not what most who value good governance consider the Rule of Law to entail: "In a letter dated March 2, which Brizzi forwarded to IBJ, the commission dismissed the grievance “on grounds that there is not reasonable cause to believe that you are guilty of misconduct.”" Yet two month later reasonable cause does exist? (Or is the commission forging ahead, the need for reasonable belief be damned? -- A seeming violation of the Rules of Profession Ethics on the part of the commission) Could the rule of law theory cause one to believe that an explanation is in order? Could it be that Hoosier attorneys live under Imperial Law (which is also a t-word that rhymes with infamy) in which the Platonic guardians can do no wrong and never owe the plebeian class any explanation for their powerful actions. (Might makes it right?) Could this be a case of politics directing the commission, as celebrated IU Mauer Professor (the late) Patrick Baude warned was happening 20 years ago in his controversial (whisteblowing) ethics lecture on a quite similar topic: http://www.repository.law.indiana.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1498&context=ilj

  4. I have a case presently pending cert review before the SCOTUS that reveals just how Indiana regulates the bar. I have been denied licensure for life for holding the wrong views and questioning the grand inquisitors as to their duties as to state and federal constitutional due process. True story: https://www.scribd.com/doc/299040839/2016Petitionforcert-to-SCOTUS Shorter, Amici brief serving to frame issue as misuse of govt licensure: https://www.scribd.com/doc/312841269/Thomas-More-Society-Amicus-Brown-v-Ind-Bd-of-Law-Examiners

  5. Here's an idea...how about we MORE heavily regulate the law schools to reduce the surplus of graduates, driving starting salaries up for those new grads, so that we can all pay our insane amount of student loans off in a reasonable amount of time and then be able to afford to do pro bono & low-fee work? I've got friends in other industries, radiology for example, and their schools accept a very limited number of students so there will never be a glut of new grads and everyone's pay stays high. For example, my radiologist friend's school accepted just six new students per year.

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