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Chandler v. Kentucky Bar Assn.

Supreme Court of Kentucky

May 14, 2015

MARY LOU CHANDLER, MOVANT
v.
KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION, RESPONDENT

Released for Publication May 27, 2015.

All sitting. All concur. John D. Minton, Jr., CHIEF JUSTICE.

OPINION

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IN SUPREME COURT

OPINION AND ORDER

Movant, Mary Lou Chandler, KBA No. 11465,[1] petitions this Court to resign under the terms of permanent disbarment. The Kentucky Bar Association (KBA) has no objection to Chandler's motion. Movant was temporarily suspended pursuant to SCR 3.166(1)[2] on December 20, 2014, and remains suspended at this time.

I. BACKGROUND

Movant entered a guilty plea in the Johnson County Circuit Court in the matter of Commonwealth v. Mary Lou Chandler, Case No. 14-CR-00152 to one count of Complicity to Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, a Class D Felony. Movant was sentenced to two years in prison, to be probated for five years. Under the terms of Movant's plea agreement, she must give up her membership with the Kentucky Bar Association and agree to no longer practice law in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. At present, although the KBA is investigating, the Inquiry Commission has not yet returned formal disciplinary charges. Movant requests that these proceedings be terminated and that she be allowed to resign under terms of permanent disbarment pursuant to SCR 3.480(3).

Movant acknowledges that the foregoing facts would support disciplinary charges for violations of SCR 3.130-8.4(b) (commission of a criminal act reflecting adversely on a lawyer's honesty, trustworthiness or fitness as a lawyer in other respects). Therefore, she requests that the Court grant her leave to resign from the KBA under terms of permanent disbarment pursuant to SCR 3.480(3).[3] We agree that

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Movant's motion to withdraw her membership is appropriate pursuant to SCR 3.480(3).

Therefore, it is hereby ORDERED that:

1) Movant, Mary Lou Chandler, is permanently disbarred from the practice of law;

2) Pursuant to SCR 3.390, Movant shall, within ten days from the entry of this Opinion and Order, if she has not already done so, notify all clients, in writing, of her inability to represent them; notify, in writing, all courts in which she has matters pending of her disbarment from the practice of law; and furnish copies of all letters of notice to the Office of Bar Counsel;

3) If she has not already done so, to the extent possible, Movant shall immediately cancel and cease any advertising activities in which she is engaged; and

4) In accordance with SCR 3.450, Movant shall pay all costs associated with these proceedings, said sum being $25.00, for which execution may issue from this Court upon finality of this Opinion and Order.

All sitting. All concur.


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