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Disciplinary Actions - 1/19/11

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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
Deborah D. Kubley of Monroe County was suspended from the practice of law in a Supreme Court order filed Dec. 27, 2010, for failure to cooperate with the Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission’s investigation of a grievance filed against her. The suspension was effective immediately and will continue until the commission certifies to the court that Kubley has cooperated fully with the investigation, the investigation of any disciplinary proceedings arising from the investigation are disposed of, or until further order of the court.

Thomas C. Moore II of Marion County was suspended from the practice of law in a Supreme Court order filed Jan. 10, 2011. The court found that Moore violated Indiana Professional Conduct Rules 1.3: failure to act with reasonable diligence and promptness; 1.4(a)(2): failure to reasonably consult with a client about the means by which the client’s objectives are to be accomplished; 1.4(a)(3): failure to keep a client reasonably informed about the status of a matter; 1.4(a)(4): failure to comply promptly with a client’s reasonable requests for information; 1.16(d): failure to refund an unearned fee upon termination of representation; and 8.1(b): failure to respond in a timely manner to the commission’s demands for information. The court also found that Moore’s disciplinary history created aggravating circumstances. It ordered Moore suspended for a period of not less than 90 days without automatic reinstatement, effective immediately.•

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  1. What is this, the Ind Supreme Court thinking that there is a separation of powers and limited enumerated powers as delegated by a dusty old document? Such eighteen century thinking, so rare and unwanted by the elites in this modern age. Dictate to us, dictate over us, the massess are chanting! George Soros agrees. Time to change with times Ind Supreme Court, says all President Snows. Rule by executive decree is the new black.

  2. I made the same argument before a commission of the Indiana Supreme Court and then to the fedeal district and federal appellate courts. Fell flat. So very glad to read that some judges still beleive that evidentiary foundations matter.

  3. KUDOS to the Indiana Supreme Court for realizing that some bureacracies need to go to the stake. Recall what RWR said: "No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth!" NOW ... what next to this rare and inspiring chopping block? Well, the Commission on Gender and Race (but not religion!?!) is way overdue. And some other Board's could be cut with a positive for State and the reputation of the Indiana judiciary.

  4. During a visit where an informant with police wears audio and video, does the video necessary have to show hand to hand transaction of money and narcotics?

  5. I will agree with that as soon as law schools stop lying to prospective students about salaries and employment opportunities in the legal profession. There is no defense to the fraudulent numbers first year salaries they post to mislead people into going to law school.

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