KBA v. PAT HARRIS
Order publicly reprimanded respondent
DATE RENDERED: 11/26/2008
The Supreme Court affirmed a public reprimand for an attorney found by Board of Governors to have engaged in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation by presenting false time records to the Department of Financial Institutions, her former employer. The Court rejected attorney’s arguments that the structure of the KBA’s disciplinary process compromises the impartiality of the proceedings. Further, the Court found it was not an error for the Office of Bar Counsel to present the Personnel Board’s findings of fact in lieu of retrying or re-presenting the case. The Court noted that public reprimand was appropriate only because the attorney’s license was otherwise suspended since 1997 for failure to pay dues.
From SC November