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Disciplinary actions - Aug. 17, 2012

IL Staff
August 15, 2012
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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

Thomas E.Q. Williams, of Hancock County, has been suspended by the Indiana Supreme Court for two years without automatic reinstatement for charging an unreasonable attorney fee to an elderly client, converting funds belonging to the client, and related misconduct. The July 27, 2012, order says Williams also denied under oath that the funds he took from the client as her attorney were in fact for legal services after stating under oath in a prior civil suit that they were for attorney fees.

His suspension begins Sept. 7 and the costs of the proceeding are assessed against Williams. Justices Frank Sullivan and Mark Massa believed that Williams should have been disbarred.

Cecelia M. K. Hemphill, of Morgan County, has been suspended for at least six months without automatic reinstatement, per an Aug. 1, 2012, order. The justices found she violated Indiana Professional Conduct Rule 8.4(d) by failing to abide by the orders and procedures of the divorce court and a CHINS order and instead substituted her own judgment for that of the courts. Hemphill wanted to investigate whether the child of B.T. made up a story that her mother’s boyfriend touched her so she could live with B.T. Hemphill picked up B.T.’s children from school to speak with them alone, eventually took the children to have dinner with father, and then got lost trying to find a birthday party one of the children was to attend. She had the children for nearly six hours before dropping them off at the mother’s home.

Her suspension begins Sept. 7, and the costs of the proceeding are assessed against her.•

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  1. Your article is a good intro the recent amendments to Fed.R.Civ.P. For a much longer - though not necessarily better -- summary, counsel might want to read THE CHIEF UMPIRE IS CHANGING THE STRIKE ZONE, which I co-authored and which was just published in the January issue of THE VERDICT (the monthly publication of the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association).

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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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.

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