Loretta H. Rush, Chief Justice of Indiana. All Justices concur, except Massa, J., who did not participate.
Loretta H. Rush, Chief
Justice of Indiana.
PUBLISHED ORDER ACCEPTING RESIGNATION AND CONCLUDING PROCEEDING
A " Notice of Guilty Finding and Request for Suspension" was filed against Respondent on November 26, 2013, and on February 26, 2014, this Court entered a " Published Order of Interim Suspension upon Notice of Guilty Finding" pursuant to Admission and Discipline Rule 23(11.1)(a). Respondent has now tendered to this Court an affidavit of resignation from the bar of this State, pursuant to Indiana Admission and Discipline Rule 23(17), which requires an acknowledgement tat the material facts alleged are true and that Respondent could not successfully defend himself if prosecuted.
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that the resignation from the bar of this State tendered by Respondent is accepted effective immediately. The Clerk of this Court is directed to record Respondent's resignation on the Roll of Attorneys. Respondent shall fulfill all the applicable duties under Admission and Discipline Rule 23(26)(d).
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that any attorney disciplinary proceedings pending against Respondent are hereby dismissed as moot because of Respondent's resignation.
Respondent shall be ineligible to petition for reinstatement to the practice of law for five years from the date of this order. See Admis. Disc. R. 23(4)(a). If Respondent seeks reinstatement, the misconduct admitted in Respondent's affidavit of resignation, as well as any other allegations of misconduct, may be addressed in the reinstatement process. Approval of a petition for reinstatement is discretionary and requires clear and convincing evidence of the petitioner's remorse, rehabilitation, and fitness to practice law. See Admis. Disc. R. 23(4)(b). Acceptance of Respondent's resignation from the bar serves only to remove Respondent from the practice of law and does not relieve Respondent from any liability he/she might have for his/her misconduct under civil or criminal law.
The costs of this proceeding are assessed against Respondent.
The Clerk is directed to forward a copy of this Order to the hearing officer, to the parties or their respective attorneys, and to all other entities entitled to notice under Admission and Discipline Rule 23(3)(d). The Clerk is further directed to post this order to the Court's website, and Thomson Reuters is ...