July 5, 2008
A Question Of Timing
An attorney who had been suspended for failing to comply with CLE obligations was later convicted of conspiracy to sell unregistered securities. He did not report the conviction to bar authorities. When the conviction was discovered, he was suspended pending further proceedings.
The Wyoming Board of Professional Responsibility recommended a two-year suspension, backdated so that the attorney would be reinstated without a further proceeding. The Wyoming Supreme Court rejected the proposed disposition, concluding that the two-year suspension should run from the date of the interim suspension and that reinstatement was not appropriate. The attorney must also satisfy the CLE obligation prior to reinstatement. (Mike Frisch)
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