Lawyer suspended 20 years ago gets conditional reinstatement

An Indianapolis lawyer who was suspended more than 20 years ago has been conditionally reinstated to the Indiana bar.

The Indiana Supreme Court on Thursday reinstated Scott R. Jones on the condition that he remain on probation for two years. During that time, Jones will remain under a monitoring agreement with the Indiana Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program.

Jones was suspended in October 2000 for at least six months without automatic reinstatement for repeated convictions of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. Online court records show Jones previously petitioned for reinstatement in 2018, but that petition was denied in 2019.

He petitioned a second time for reinstatement in July 2020, and a hearing officer in January recommended his conditional reinstatement.

Suspended lawyers must prove eight factors before being reinstated They must:

  • Desire in good faith to obtain restoration of his or her privilege to practice law.
  • Have not practiced or attempted to practice law in Indiana since he or she was disciplined.
  • Fully comply with the terms of his or her discipline.
  • Demonstrate genuine remorse.
  • Show conduct exemplary and above reproach since discipline was imposed.
  • Have a proper understanding of and attitude toward the standards imposed on members of the bar and conduct himself or herself in conformity with those standards.
  • Show they can safely be recommended to the legal profession, courts and public as a person fit to be consulted and to represent them and otherwise act in matters of trust and confidence, and aid in the administration of justice as a member of the bar and officer of the courts.
  • Show the mental or physical disability, infirmity, or addiction that caused the discipline has been removed.

“Upon expiration of the probationary period, Petitioner may petition for release from probation provided he has fully complied with the terms of his probation,” the Thursday order signed by Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush says.

Jones must pay any costs owing under Indiana Admission and Discipline Rule 23(21)(B).

The case is In the Matter of: Scott R. Jones, 49S00-9904-DI-225.

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