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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Ind. Decisions - "Indiana Lawyer Is Reprimanded for Threatening Ethics Complaint" [Updated]

A report on this ruling was first posted May 26th in the Legal Profession Blog, followed by an entry today in the ABA Journal Blog.

Here is the 2-page Supreme Court Order, filed May 25th: In re Julia E. Dimick. From the Order:

Violation: The parties agree that by using the threat of reporting professional misconduct to obtain a settlement proposal in a prospective civil action, Respondent violated Indiana Professional Conduct Rule 8.4(d), which prohibits engaging in conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice.

Discipline: The parties propose the appropriate discipline is a public reprimand. The Court, having considered the submissions of the parties, now approves the agreed discipline and imposes a public reprimand for Respondent's misconduct.

The ABA Blog writes:
Dimick was represented by Kevin McGoff of Bingham Greenebaum Doll. Asked if there were any lessons for lawyers in the case, he offered this: “My view is it always pays to carefully proofread and, if warranted, edit your letters and emails before hitting the 'send' button or dropping them in the letter box.”
ILB Note: Although the Order was filed on Friday, May 25th, and the Legal Profession Blog wrote about it the following day, the ILB does not believe the Order was posted online on the Court's website until earlier this week.*

[Updated at 4:36 PM] *Kathryn Dolan, Indiana Supreme Court Public Information Officer, writes to say: "The order was posted to the courts.in.gov website on Friday."

Posted by Marcia Oddi on May 31, 2012 11:11 AM
Posted to Ind. Sup.Ct. Decisions