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Disciplinary Actions - 12/16/15

December 16, 2015

Indiana Lawyer Disciplinary ActionsThe 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. 


REINSTATEMENT

Terrance L. Kinnard, of Marion County, has been reinstated as a member of the Indiana Bar, effective Dec. 4. Kinnard had been suspended since March 2014 without automatic reinstatement. The charges stemmed in part from false statements he made in April 2008 on a petition to modify custody and to find a mother in contempt. Kinnard also filed a defamation suit against the mother, who filed a grievance against him, seeking more than $100,000 and attorney fees. The mother and respondent filed a joint motion to dismiss in August 2008.

Kinnard must pay any costs owed under Admis. Disc. R. 23(18)(d).


DISBARMENT

David J. Steele, of Marion County, was disbarred by the Indiana Supreme Court on Dec. 1. Steele was already under an order of emergency suspension. See story on page 1A.

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