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.
Raymond F. Fairchild, of Marion County, has been suspended by the Indiana Supreme Court for his failure to act in a proposed medical malpractice complaint or keep in contact with his client on the matter, which ultimately was dismissed with prejudice. The suspension is for 180 days without automatic reinstatement and begins Sept. 1. The costs of the proceeding are assessed against him.
Kenneth C. Kern, of Marion County, has been suspended for at least one year, without automatic reinstatement, beginning Sept. 22. Kern took no action on three clients’ cases after accepting flat fees, was largely unresponsive to client inquiries, and failed to refund any unearned fees. Kern also failed to cooperate with the Disciplinary Commission on two of the matters. The costs of the proceedings are assessed against him. Justice David voted to disbar Kern.•