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Disciplinary Actions - 6/4/14

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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.

Disbarment
Steven B. Geller, of Marion County, has been disbarred for engaging in multiple acts of attorney misconduct, including dishonesty to a court and the Disciplinary Commission, improper communications with a judge and with a represented party, neglect of vulnerable clients, disorderly conduct in a judicial facility and conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice. Justice Mark Massa would impose a three-year suspension without automatic reinstatement.

Suspension
F. Scott Stuard, of Clinton County, has been suspended indefinitely from the practice of law, per a May 15 order. Stuard was already suspended for noncooperation with the disciplinary process.

John M. Joyce, of Hamilton County, has been suspended 180 days without automatic reinstatement, per a May 15 order. For nine years, Joyce provided legal services to United Financial Systems Corp. customers. The business was an insurance marketing agency that provided estate planning services advertised to avoid probate. The Indiana Supreme Court in 2010 found UFSC engaged in the unauthorized practice of law for several years. The costs of the proceeding are assessed against him.

Jeremy S. Brenman, of Monroe County, has been suspended indefinitely from the practice of law in Indiana, effective May 22. The suspension is a result of his discipline and suspension from the practice of law in Illinois for three years until further order of the court. Brenman is already suspended for noncooperation and noncompliance with continuing legal education requirements in Indiana. The costs of the proceeding are assessed against him.•
 

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  1. Thank you, John Smith, for pointing out a needed correction. The article has been revised.

  2. The "National institute for Justice" is an agency for the Dept of Justice. That is not the law firm you are talking about in this article. The "institute for justice" is a public interest law firm. http://ij.org/ thanks for interesting article however

  3. I would like to try to find a lawyer as soon possible I've had my money stolen off of my bank card driver pressed charges and I try to get the information they need it and a Social Security board is just give me a hold up a run around for no reason and now it think it might be too late cuz its been over a year I believe and I can't get the right information they need because they keep giving me the runaroundwhat should I do about that

  4. It is wonderful that Indiana DOC is making some truly admirable and positive changes. People with serious mental illness, intellectual disability or developmental disability will benefit from these changes. It will be much better if people can get some help and resources that promote their health and growth than if they suffer alone. If people experience positive growth or healing of their health issues, they may be less likely to do the things that caused them to come to prison in the first place. This will be of benefit for everyone. I am also so happy that Indiana DOC added correctional personnel and mental health staffing. These are tough issues to work with. There should be adequate staffing in prisons so correctional officers and other staff are able to do the kind of work they really want to do-helping people grow and change-rather than just trying to manage chaos. Correctional officers and other staff deserve this. It would be great to see increased mental health services and services for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities in the community so that fewer people will have to receive help and support in prisons. Community services would like be less expensive, inherently less demeaning and just a whole lot better for everyone.

  5. Can I get this form on line,if not where can I obtain one. I am eligible.

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