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Thursday, May 15, 2008

Ind. Decisions - Supreme Court suspends Bloomington lawyer

Charles Wilson of the AP reports today on Tuesday's Supreme Court decision in In the Matter of David J. Colman - see Tuesday's ILB entry here. Some quotes:

An attorney was suspended from practicing law for three years for, among other things, participating in the preparation of a client's will that named the lawyer as primary beneficiary.

The Indiana Supreme Court voted 3-2 Wednesday to suspend David J. Colman for three years for professional misconduct. Two of the justices issued dissenting opinions saying the penalty did not go far enough and that the lawyer should be disbarred.

"Rather than seeing the (attorney-client) relationship as one of undivided loyalty to the client, Respondent (Colman) appears to view that relationship as a chance for personal financial gain wholly apart from compensation for legal services rendered whenever the opportunity arises," the Supreme Court wrote. "Moreover, Respondent displays a cavalier attitude toward the ethics rules intended to protect clients in transactions with their lawyers."

Posted by Marcia Oddi on May 15, 2008 08:26 AM
Posted to Ind. Sup.Ct. Decisions