Friday, January 19, 2018
The Indiana Supreme Court has suspended an attorney for not less than one year without automatic reinstatement.
Respondent was employed with the Juvenile Division of the Marion Superior Court. On October 18, 2016, Respondent was scheduled to conduct a CHINS case mediation at 1:30 p.m. Respondent failed to appear on time and the other attorneys involved in the mediation were unable to reach her. When Respondent finally arrived at the mediation at 2:00 p.m., she was in an intoxicated state. Respondent attempted to participate in that mediation and a subsequent mediation later that day but was unable to assist due to her intoxicated state. The presiding judge of the juvenile court had an officer administer a portable breath test to Respondent, which showed a BAC of 0.23. Respondent resigned her employment with the juvenile court as a result of this incident.
On December 29, 2016, shortly after 12:30 p.m., Respondent was arrested in Johnson County for operating a vehicle while intoxicated (“OWI”). Respondent currently is awaiting trial on charges that include, among other things, both a felony OWI count and a habitual offender count that are predicated in part on prior OWI convictions.
Respondent has prior discipline for similar misconduct. See Matter of Compton, 988 N.E.2d 262 (Ind. 2013).