ATTORNEYS – February 2009 Disciplinary Decisions by SCOKY

A. Ky. Bar Assn. v. Robert N. Trainor 2008-SC-000827-KB 2/19/2009
The Court imposed reciprocal discipline on an attorney publicly reprimanded by the Supreme Court of Ohio for violating their rule requiring lawyers to notify clients if they maintain malpractice insurance less than $100,000 per occurrence and $300,000 in aggregate. The Kentucky Supreme Court noted that while Kentucky has no equivalent requirement, by failing to follow an obligation under the rules of the Ohio Supreme Court, the attorney violated Kentucky SCR 3.130-3.4(c) which prohibits a lawyer from intentionally disobeying a tribunal.

B. James W. Conway v. Ky. Bar Assn. 2008-SC-000947-KB 2/19/2009
The Court granted attorney’s request for order of permanent disbarment. Attorney had previously pled guilty in federal court to conspiracy to engage in monetary transactions in criminally derived property and was sentenced to 30 months in prison, followed by two years supervised release and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $5.4 million.

C. Ky. Bar Assn., CLE Commission v. Robert Paul Martin 2008-SC-000964-KB 2/19/2009
The Court fined attorney $100 for failing to timely complete minimum CLE requirements. The Court found that the attorney failed to show cause for his deficiency of 1.0 hours of ethics credit.

D. Ky. Bar Assn., CLE Commission v. Adam Boyd Bleile 2008-SC-000962-KB 2/19/2009
The Court fined attorney $175 for failure to accrue minimum CLE credits as required under SCR 3.661(1). The Court noted extenuating circumstances, namely that he participated in an online class that was erroneously listed on the ALI-ABA website as being accredited by the KBA . However, the Court noted that even if the course had been accredited, the attorney would still have been .25 credits deficient.

E. Ky. Bar Assn., CLE Commission v. John Rudd McGeeney 2008-SC-000969-KB 2/19/2009
The Court fined attorney $750 for failure to accrue minimum CLE credits as required under SCR 3.661. The Court noted that an increased workload does not excuse a failure to comply with CLE obligations.

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