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Board of Professional Responsibility, Wyoming State Bar v. Richard

Supreme Court of Wyoming

June 28, 2017

BOARD OF PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY, WYOMING STATE BAR, Petitioner,
v.
ANDREA L. RICHARD, WSB No. 5-2848, Respondent.

          ORDER REINSTATING ATTORNEY TO THE PRACTICE OF LAW

          E. JAMES BURKE Chief Justice

         [¶1] This matter came before the Court upon the "Report and Recommendation for Reinstatement, " filed herein June 19, 2017, by the Board of Professional Responsibility for the Wyoming State Bar. By order entered August 1, 2014, this Court suspended Respondent from the practice of law for a period of three years. Board of Professional Responsibility, Wyoming State Bar v. Richard, 2014 WY 98, 335 P.3d 1036 (Wyo. 2014). Respondent subsequently sought reinstatement. Now, after a careful review of the Board of Professional Responsibility's Report and Recommendation for Reinstatement and the file, this Court finds that the Report and Recommendation should be approved, confirmed, and adopted by the Court; and that the Respondent, Andrea L. Richard, should be reinstated to the practice of law. It is, therefore, [¶2] adjudged and ordered that the Board of Professional Responsibility's Report and Recommendation for Reinstatement, 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 the Respondent, Andrea L. Richard, be, and hereby is, reinstated to the practice of law in Wyoming, effective August 1, 2017; and it is further

         [¶4] ORDERED that, pursuant to Section 4(a)(iv) of the Disciplinary Code for the Wyoming State Bar, this Order Reinstating Attorney to the Practice of Law, along with the incorporated Report and Recommendation for Reinstatement, shall be published in the Wyoming Reporter and the Pacific Reporter; and it is further

         [¶5] ORDERED that the Clerk of this Court shall docket this Order Reinstating Attorney to the Practice of Law, along with the incorporated Report and Recommendation for Reinstatement, as a matter coming regularly before this Court as a public record; and it is further

         [¶6] ORDERED that the Clerk of this Court transmit a copy of this Order Reinstating Attorney to the Practice of Law to the members of the Board of Professional Responsibility and to the clerks of the appropriate courts of the State of Wyoming.

         [¶7] DATED this 28th day of June, 2017.

         BY THE COURT:[*]

         REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION FOR REINSTATEMENT

         Date: June 19, 2017

         The Board of Professional Responsibility (the "Board") convened by telephone conference call on the 12th day of June, 2017, to consider the Petition for Reinstatement submitted by Respondent, Andrea L. Richard, and the Stipulated Motion for Reinstatement filed by Bar Counsel and Respondent. Present on the call were all members of the Board; Mark W. Gifford, Bar Counsel; Shannon Howshar, assistant to Bar Counsel; Brandi Robinson, Board Clerk; Respondent Andrea L. Richard; Melinda R. McCorkle, counsel for Respondent; and James R. Clary, Jr., one of Respondent's lawyers in prior proceedings before the Wyoming Supreme Court. The Board having reviewed the stipulation, the supporting affidavit of Respondent, the procedural history of the case as forth in the attachments, and being otherwise fully advised in the premises, finds and recommends as follows:

         Findings

         1. On May 3rd, 2017, Respondent filed a Verified Petition for Reinstatement.

          2. Respondent was admitted to the Wyoming State Bar in 1991 and practiced law continuously in Wyoming until 2014, when disciplinary proceedings initiated in 2009 culminated with an order suspending Respondent from the practice of law for three years, commencing August 1, 2014. Board ...


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