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Kentucky Bar Association v. Teater

Supreme Court of Kentucky

October 31, 2019

KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION MOVANT
v.
CASSIDY ANN TEATER RESPONDENT

          OPINION AND ORDER

         Cassidy Ann Teater was admitted to the practice of law in the Commonwealth of Kentucky on July 30, 2012. Her Kentucky Bar Association (KBA) member number is 94855, and her last known roster address is P.O. Box 986, Nicholasville, KY 40356.

         Under Supreme Court Rule (SCR) 3.210, this disciplinary matter came before the KBA Board of Governors (Board) as a default case. The Board unanimously recommended that Teater be found guilty of violating SCR 3.130(1.1); SCR 3.130(1.3); SCR3.130(l.4)(a)(3); SCR 3.130(l.4)(a)(4); and SCR 3.130(8. l)(b), as reflected in Counts I-V filed against her. The Board further recommended that Teater be suspended from the practice of law for 30 days to run consecutively with her current suspension for CLE deficiency; that she be referred to the Kentucky Lawyer Assistance Program (KYLAP); that she be required to attend and successfully complete Bar Counsel's Ethics and Professionalism Enhancement Program (EPEP); and that she pay the costs incurred in this action. After careful consideration we agree with and adopt the Board's recommendations.

         I. BACKGROUND

         A. KBA FILE 18-DIS-0263

         Jesus Landeros hired Teater on October 19, 2015, to represent him in a deportation matter in the United States Immigration Court in Memphis, Tennessee. Teater and Mr. Landeros entered into a retainer agreement wherein Mr. Landeros paid Teater $5, 700.00 for the representation.

         A hearing on the deportation matter was held on December 1, 2015. Teater failed to prepare Mr. Landeros for any potential questions he might have been asked during cross-examination. She also failed to call one of Mr. Landeros' character witnesses who was present at the hearing. Instead, Teater called Mr. Landeros' 13-year-old son to testify, without first preparing him to do so. Following the hearing Teater did not return Mr. Landeros' phone calls, text messages, or emails, and did not inform him of the results of the deportation hearing.

         Because of this conduct Mr. Landeros filed a bar complaint against Teater in September 2018. Teater did not file a response to the complaint or participate in the underlying proceedings.

         The KBA's Inquiry Commission issued a five count Amended Charge against Teater based on Mr. Landeros' bar complaint and asserted Teater violated: (1) SCR 3.130(1.1) by failing to provide competent representation to Mr. Landeros because she did not prepare him for the hearing, failed to call his witness, and failed to prepare his son for his testimony; (2) SCR 3.130(1.3) by failing to act with reasonable diligence in the representation because she did not advise her client of the outcome of the deportation hearing in a timely manner; (3) SCR 3.130(l.4)(a)(3) by failing to keep Mr. Landeros reasonably informed about the status of the matter by not explaining the outcome of the hearing to him; (4) SCR 3.130(l.4)(a)(4) by failing to promptly comply with Mr. Landeros' reasonable requests for information because she did not return his phone calls and messages requesting information about the outcome of the deportation hearing; and (5) SCR 3.130(8.l)(b) by failing to respond to the bar complaint against her after being served with a copy of the complaint and receiving notification that failure to respond could result in additional charges.

         Teater was served with the Amended Charge on April 6, 2019, but she did not file an answer. The Inquiry Commission therefore submitted the matter to the Board.

         B. PRIOR DISCIPLINE

         On June 15, 2017, Teater was issued a Private Admonition for violating SCR 3.130(l.4)(a)(3) and SCR 3.130(1.l6)(d).

         On September 15, 2017, Teater was issued a Private Admonition for violating SCR 3.130(1.3) and SCR 3.130(3.4)(c).

         On January 19, 2018, Teater was suspended for CLE deficiency.

         C. ...


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