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180 lawyers suspended over CLE, fee or IOLTA violations

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The Indiana Supreme Court on Thursday suspended 180 lawyers who failed to pay attorney registration fees, meet continuing legal education requirements or submit certification of Interest on Lawyer Trust Accounts.

Thursday’s order  listed 108 Indiana attorneys and 72 attorneys with out-of-state addresses. Those attorneys now have a Roll of Attorneys status of “suspension pending,” and the order gives them a little more than a month to correct deficiencies.

“Although the suspension is effective as of the date of this order for purposes of the reinstatement procedures that must be followed and/or any reinstatement fees that must be paid for reinstatement, the Court directs that the proscription against the actual practice of law will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Daylight Savings Time on Thursday, July, 3, 2013,” the order said.

“The delay from the date of this order to the suspension date is for the sole purpose of allowing time for copies of this order to be sent, received, and acted upon by the suspended attorneys.”

Rules for reinstatement may be viewed online. The reinstatement procedure for payment of attorney fees is found in Indiana Admission and Discipline Rule 2(h). The rule for CLE requirement reinstatement is in ADR 29, Section 10(b). IOLTA requirements are found in ADR 2(f).

Far fewer attorneys are covered by Thursday’s blanket order than were last year, when more than 300 attorneys were suspended.


 

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