OFFICE OF THE PRESIDING DISCIPLINARY JUDGE
No. 18PDJ081. People v. Dixon. 4/18/2019. The Presiding Disciplinary Judge entered summary judgment in this reciprocal discipline matter and publicly censured Eric D. Dixon (attorney registration number 23799), effective April 18,2019. The Presiding Disciplinary Judge also suspended Dixon for nine months, effective April 18,2019. To be reinstated, Dixon will bear the burden of proving by clear and convincing evidence that he has been rehabilitated, has complied with disciplinary orders and rules, and is fit to practice law.
On August 24, 2015, the Supreme Court of NewMexico publicly censured Dixon for engaging in conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice. Dixon was found to have engaged in such conduct by honking his horn at a judge who was crossing the street and then accelerating his vehicle on the lane that the judge was slowly crossing on foot. Believing he was in danger of being hit by Dixon's approaching vehicle, the judge jumped between two parked vehicles.
On November 9,2018, the Supreme Court of New Mexico suspended Dixon for nine months, with the requirement of reinstatement, for making a false statement of fact to a tribunal, knowingly making a false statement of fact in connection with a disciplinary proceeding, and engaging in conduct involving dishonesty, deceit, and misrepresentation. The Supreme Court of New Mexico determined that Dixon had filed a frivolous complaint in federal court that incorrectly named his client; intentionally misled the court and opposing counsel regarding whether his client was a man or a woman; knowingly made false statements to the court and to opposing counsel; failed to provide competent representation to his client; improperly filed a state action on behalf of his client after a similar federal complaint had been dismissed; and knowingly made false statements to disciplinary counsel.
Through this conduct, Dixon engaged in conduct constituting grounds for discipline under CRCP 251.21. The case file is public per CRCP 251.31.
No. 19PDJ030. People v. Hart III. 5/3/2019. The Presiding Disciplinary Judge approved the parties' conditional admission of misconduct and publicly censured William Thomas O'Connell Hart III (attorney registration number 41289), effective June 7, 2019.
In March 2017, Hart was arrested for criminal mischief. While intoxicated, Hart aggressively confronted a group of four children playing at a nearby residence. One of the children was photographing a vehicle parked in front of a no parking sign. Hart demanded that the child stop taking pictures, ripped the sign off the fence, and threw the sign at two children, missing them. He then yelled profanities at the children and the mother of two of the children, and he aggressively stepped toward the mother, causing her to be afraid. Hart was intoxicated during this event. He later pleaded guilty to municipal criminal mischief as part of an unsupervised deferred judgment. Hart failed to report this conviction to...