Disciplinary Actions – 10/18/17

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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.

Tippecanoe County attorney Cynthia L. Garwood was suspended for noncooperation, effective immediately, per a Sept. 28 order. Garwood was already suspended for not meeting CLE requirements and failure to pay dues. She must also pay $526.66 for the costs of prosecuting the proceeding. Chief Justice Loretta Rush did not participate.

Madison County attorney Stephen W. Schulyer was suspended Oct. 5 following his convictions on eight counts of theft, five counts of check deception and two counts of corrupt business influence. Schuyler was already under suspension at the time of the order.

Marion County attorney Breanne Joy Strubinger was suspended Oct. 5 following her May 2016 guilty plea to operating while intoxicated with endangerment as a Level 6 felony and resisting law enforcement as a Class A misdemeanor. Strubinger has a prior conviction for OWI with endangerment and was on probation at the time of her arrest. She has been suspended for 180 days, with 90 days actively served and the remainder stayed subject to completion of at least 24 months of probation with JLAP monitoring and abiding by certain probation conditions. The costs of the proceeding are assessed against her.

Marion County attorney Brian J. Lutz was suspended Oct. 11 due to disability. He was granted an extension until Nov. 15 to close his attorney trust account. Lutz had already been suspended by the Supreme Court in July after the Disciplinary Commission filed a request for immediate emergency suspension. The justices declined to appoint Lutz’s father as his attorney surrogate or to assess costs against Lutz.•

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