Office of the Presiding Disciplinary Judge Disciplinary Case Summaries, 0421 COBJ, Vol. 50, No. 4 Pg. 80

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OFFICE OF THE PRESIDING DISCIPLINARY JUDGE DISCIPLINARY CASE SUMMARIES

No. Vol. 50, No. 4 [Page 80]

Colorado Lawyer

April, 2021

No. 21PDI004. People v. Conley. 1/27/2021. Conditional Admission of Misconduct—Attorney Suspended.

The Presiding Disciplinary Judge approved die parties' conditional admission of misconduct and suspended Jason R. Conley (attorney registration number 36743) for two years. The suspension took effect January 27, 2021. To be reinstated, Conley must prove by clear and convincing evidence that he has been rehabilitated, has complied with disciplinary orders and rules, and is fit to practice law.

In January 2021, Conley pleaded guilty to introduction of contraband in the first degree, a class 4felony. On three occasions in 2020, Conley smuggled synthetic marijuana wax into the Mesa County Jail and provided it to his incarcerated client. Conley did so because another inmate had threatened to harm his client unless his client could procure the marijuana wax. On a fourth occasion, Conley gave his client a baggie that he thought contained marijuana wax but actually contained methamphetamine.

Through this conduct, Conley violated Colo. RPC 8.4(b) (a lawyer shall not commit a criminal act that reflects adversely on the lawyer's honesty, trustworthiness, or fitness as a lawyer in other respects).

The case file is public per CRCP 251.31.

No. 21PDI003. People v. Edgar-Dickman.

1/22/2021. Conditional Admission of Misconduct—Attorney Suspended.

The Presiding Disciplinary Judge approved the parties' conditional admission of misconduct in this reciprocal discipline matter and suspended Lisa Michelle Edgar-Dickman (attorney registration number 33095) for one year, all to be stayed upon her compliance with the terms of probation in her California disciplinary matter. The probation took effect January 22, 2021.

On October 22, 2020, the Supreme Court of California entered an order suspending Edgar-Dickman from the practice of law for one year, fully staying that suspension pending compliance with a one-year period of probation, with conditions. The order was based on a stipulation between the California State Bar and Edgar-Dickman. The sanction was premised on Edgar-Dickman's misconduct in (1) failing to notify the State Bar of California that she employed a lawyer who had resigned with disciplinary charges, (2) allowing that lawyer to receive and handle client funds, and (3) filing a brief on appeal for an immigration client without complying with the relevant legal authority.

Through this conduct, Edgar-Dickman engaged in conduct constituting grounds for reciprocal discipline under CRCP 251.21, which calls for imposition of the same discipline as that imposed in California.

The case file is public per CRCP 251.31.

No.20PDI071.Peoplev.Halepaska. 2/17/2021. Conditional Admission of Misconduct—Attorney Suspended.

The Presiding Disciplinary Judge approved the parties' amended conditional admission of misconduct and suspended John D. Halepaska (attorney registration number 28653) for one year and one day, with nine...

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