April 2, 2015
ROBERT L. HORRELL, MOVANT
KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION, RESPONDENT
Released for Publication April 14, 2015.
OPINION AND ORDER
John D. Minton, Jr., CHIEF JUSTICE.
Robert L. Horrell, KBA No. 33260, appeals his suspension from the Kentucky
Bar Association (the KBA) for failure to pay his bar dues. The KBA asks this Court to grant Horrell's appeal on the condition that he pay in full his bar dues for 2014-2015 along with any late fees and costs. Horrell, whose bar address is 610 Parkcrest Place, Marietta, Georgia 30068, has been a member of the KBA for 50 years.
The KBA sent dues statements to Horrell via regular mail on July 18, 2014 and September 5, 2014. On October 7, 2014 and November 6, 2014, the KBA sent a " blast" email to Horrell and other members who had not paid their dues. On November 14, 2014, the KBA sent an email to Horrell with a form and information-about applying for " Senior Retired Inactive" status-On November 24, 2014, the KBA sent Horrell a " Show Cause Notice of Deliquency" via certified mail, which was returned as unclaimed in late December 2014. On January 12, 2015, Horrell contacted a representative of the KBA's Membership Department and that representative forwarded a second copy of the Senior Retired Inactive Status form. It is unclear from the record whether Horrell completed or returned that form.
On January 16, 2015, the KBA Board of Governors suspended Horrell's license to practice law pursuant to Supreme Court Rule (SCR) 3.050. Horrell filed an appeal from that suspension, pursuant to SCR 3.050. In support of his appeal, Horrell notes that he has suffered from and been treated for a number of serious illnesses, symptoms of which can include vertigo, nausea, memory loss, disorientation, hallucinations, and tingling in the extremities.
In its response to Horrell's appeal, the KBA notes that this is the first time in fifty years that Horrell has been delinquent in paying his bar dues. The KBA also notes that, prior to his suspension, Horrell was eligible for recognition for his fifty years of service at the KBA's 2015 annual convention. Therefore, the KBA asks this Court to grant Horrell's appeal and to revoke his suspension, contingent on Horrell's payment of dues for 2014-2015 along with any late fees and costs. According to the KBA the total due is $410.00 - $310.00 in membership dues with a $50.00 late fee and a $50.00 costs fee.
Horrell has set forth good cause for his failure to timely pay his dues. Therefore, and noting in particular the fact that the KBA has no objection, we believe it is appropriate to grant Horrell's appeal.
ACCORDINGLY, IT IS ORDERED THAT:
1. The suspension for failure to pay dues imposed on Robert L. Horrell by the KBA is hereby revoked on the condition that Horrell pay the KBA $410.00. This amount includes $310.00 for the full amount of bar dues for 2014-2015, a $50.00 late payment fee, and a $50.00 costs fee.
2. Upon payment of the above referenced amounts, Robert L. Horrell shall be eligible for the recognition he has earned for his fifty years of service as a member of the KBA, absent some other disqualifying event.
All sitting. All concur.