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Board of Professional Responsibility v. Abraham

Supreme Court of Wyoming

June 29, 2016

BOARD OF PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY, WYOMING STATE BAR, Petitioner,
v.
J. CRAIG ABRAHAM, WSB # 6-3436, Respondent.

          ORDER OF SUSPENSION WITH PROBATION

          E. JAMES BURKE Chief Justice

         [¶1] This matter came before the Court upon an "Amended Report and Recommendation for Order of Suspension with Probation, " filed herein June 13, 2016, by the Board of Professional Responsibility for the Wyoming State Bar, pursuant to Rule 12 of the Wyoming Rules of Disciplinary Procedure (stipulated discipline). The Court, after a careful review of the Board of Professional Responsibility's Amended Report and Recommendation and the file, finds that the Amended Report and Recommendation should be approved, confirmed, and adopted by the Court, and that Respondent J. Craig Abraham should be suspended (with probation) for his conduct. It is, therefore, [¶2] ADJUDGED AND ORDERED that the Board of Professional Responsibility's "Amended Report and Recommendation for Order of Suspension with Probation, " which is attached hereto and incorporated herein, shall be, and the same hereby is, approved, confirmed, and adopted by this Court; and it is further

         [¶3] ADJUDGED AND ORDERED that, effective immediately, J. Craig Abraham is suspended from the practice of law for six months, with that suspension stayed in favor of six months of probation. Such stay is conditioned on the following probationary terms: (1) Respondent has worked with Bar Counsel to arrange for another attorney acceptable to Bar Counsel to monitor Respondent's practice and to make monthly, written reports to Bar Counsel regarding Respondent's compliance with the terms of his probation. Such monitoring and reporting shall continue during the six-month period of probation; (2) Respondent has developed, adopted, and implemented detailed law office policies and procedures. The policies and procedures have been approved by Bar Counsel and reflect Respondent's vigilant commitment to best practices as set forth in the Wyoming State Bar's Law Office Self-Audit Checklist: https://www.wyomingbar.org/wp-content/uploads/Wyoming_Self_Audit_Checklist.pdf. During the six-month period of probation, Respondent shall continue to follow said policies and procedures; and (3) During the six-month period of probation, Respondent shall commit no further violations of the Wyoming Rules of Professional Conduct; and it is further

         [¶4] ORDERED that the Wyoming State Bar may issue a press release consistent with the one set out in the Amended Report and Recommendation for Order of Suspension with Probation; and it is further

         [¶5] ORDERED that, pursuant to Rule 25 of the Wyoming Rules of Disciplinary Procedure, Mr. Abraham shall reimburse the Wyoming State Bar the amount of $50.00, representing the costs incurred in handling this matter, as well as pay the administrative fee of $750.00. Mr. Abraham shall pay the total amount of $800.00 to the Wyoming State Bar on or before August 1, 2016; and it is further

         [¶6] ORDERED that the Clerk of this Court shall docket this Order of Suspension with Probation, along with the incorporated Amended Report and Recommendation for Order of Suspension with Probation, as a matter coming regularly before this Court as a public record; and it is further

         [¶7] ORDERED that, pursuant to Rule 9(b) of the Wyoming Rules of Disciplinary Procedure, this Order of Suspension with Probation, along with the incorporated Amended Report and Recommendation for Order of Suspension with Probation, shall be published in the Wyoming Reporter and the Pacific Reporter; and it is further

         [¶8] ORDERED that the Clerk of this Court cause a copy of this Order of Suspension with Probation to be served upon Respondent J. Craig Abraham.

         [¶9] DATED this 29th day of June, 2016.

         BEFORE THE SUPREME COURT STATE OF WYOMING

         In the matter of J. CRAIG ABRAHAM, WSB No. 6-3436, Respondent.

         Docket No, 2015-123

         June 13, 2016

         AMENDED REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION FOR ORDER OF SUSPENSION WITH PROBATION

          Judith A.W. Studer, Chair Board of Professional Responsibility Wyoming State Bar

         THIS MATTER came before the Board of Professional Responsibility on the "7th day of June, 2016, pursuant to the Court's Order of Remand dated May 10, 2016, for consideration of the Amended Stipulation for Suspension with Probation submitted pursuant to Rules 9 and 12 of the Wyoming Rules of Disciplinary Procedure, and the Board having reviewed the Amended Stipulation, the accompanying Amended Affidavit of Factual Basis and being fully advised in the premises, FINDS, CONCLUDES and RECOMMENDS as follows:

         Respondent been licensed to practice in Wyoming since 2000, and maintains an active practice of law in Gillette, Wyoming.

         Respondent's disciplinary history is extensive. In 2006, three separate complaints led to a public censure in which Respondent was found to have violated Rules 1.3 (diligence) and 1.4 (communication). The order of public censure stipulated that if Respondent committed any rules violations before December 31, 2008, he would be suspended ...


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