Tuesday, May 15, 2012
The North Dakota Supreme Court has suspended an attorney for six months and one day.
Among the violations were instances of unauthorized practice while suspended for failure to pay child support:
[The attorney's] license to practice law in North Dakota was suspended on August 8, 2011, due to nonpayment of child support and reinstated August 25, 2011. On August 18, 2011, [he] met with opposing counsel and otherwise held himself out as a licensed attorney. On October 5, 2011, [his] license was again suspended due to nonpayment of child support, and reinstated December 15, 2012. On November 2, 2011, [he] appeared before the Honorable Lee A. Christofferson, District Judge, for a status conference in two criminal cases, and on November 15, 2011, appeared before the Honorable Donovan Foughty, District Judge, as attorney for the plaintiff in a stipulated divorce action.