LawReader Study Questions Efficiency of Work Produced by KBA Bar Counsel’s Office

By LawReader Senior Editor Stan Billingsley

In 2010 the Bar Counsels Office handled 2.4 cases or motions per employee, at an average cost of $25,000 per each case.  The annual budget for the Bar Counsel’s Office is $1,600,000, the largest single expenditure of the KBA.  This is paid by dues collected from Kentucky’s 17,000 lawyers.  

These numbers raise the question of whether or not the Board of Governors’ is spending attorney dues money wisely, and are they exercising proper administration of the Bar Counsel’s Office.

 

SUPREME COURT RULINGS ON ATTORNEY DISCIPLINE CASES FOR 2010

 This chart shows the actual caseload of the Supreme Court regarding Attorney Discipline Actions Originating from the Ky. Bar Association.

 RESULTS for 2010:

 50  Original discipline actions considered by Supreme Court

11  Restoration motions considered

  3 Temporary Suspensions (pending findings of Board of Governors)

 AS REPORTED ON AOC WEBSITE UNDER SUPREME COURT MINUTES.

 The annual budget of the Bar Counsels Office is $1,600,000 a year.   There were 50 original discipline actions considered by the Supreme Court, 11 Restoration Motions, and 3 Temporary Suspension Motions.   Total 64 actions.

 This averages out to a cost of $25,000 for each of the 64 motions.  (Or $32,000 for each original action.)

 The Bar Counsel’s Office has 24 employees.  This works out to only 2.4 cases (including motions) per year for each employee of the Bar Counsel’s Office.

MONTH ORIGINAL  ACTIONS SUPPLEMENTAL MOTIONS PENALTIES IMPOSED
Jan 21, 2010 7 suspensions 1 reinstatement 30 days,1  indefinite, 4 yrs. 30 days, 90 days, 120 days, 30 days
February- No Supreme Court Decisions      
March 18, 2010 5 suspensions  (1 unpublished) 3 restatements 1 year, permanent suspension, 3 years, 61 days
April 22, 2010 6 suspensions,  1 fine 1 revocation of reinstatement 3 permanent suspensions, $250 fine, 2 years, 1 year, 61 days
May 20, 2010 6 suspensions 1 restoration 2 permanent disbarment, 1 year, 1 year, 30 days, 30 days
June 17, 2010 1 Public Reprimand 2 restoration Public Reprimand
July No Supreme Court Decisions      
August 26, 2010 8 suspensions 1 restoration, 1 temporary suspension

1 reinstatement denied

181 days, 3 months, 1 year, 60 days, 181 days, 5 years, 30 days, 30 days
September 23, 2010 4 suspensions, 1 non-lawyer contempt 1 restoration 4 permanent suspensions,
October 21, 2010 4 suspensions 1 temporary suspension 1 Indefinite suspension, 1 year, 30 days, 1 permanent
November 18, 2010 4 suspensions -(including 1 motion to withdraw) 1 temporary suspension 1 year, Public Reprimand, 30 days
December 16, 2010 1 public reprimand,         3 motions to withdraw 2 restorations, 1 motion Public Reprimand
 

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