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Disciplinary Reporter Case Digest

Attorney ID 54700
Attorney Name Devine, Jill A.
DBP Docket No. 183 DB 2007
Supreme Court Docket No. 1600 DD No. 3
County Allegheny
Disciplinary Counsel Susan N. Dobbins
Counsel for Respondent none
Decision Date 2010-06-23
Effective Date 2010-07-23
Case Digest Respondent, who had no prior discipline of record, misappropriated $2,081 in cash of entrusted funds in one matter and failed to handle another client's civil action with reasonable diligence and communication. Respondent sought mitigation of discipline on the basis of drug and alcohol addiction, but did not offer expert medical testimony as to the causation of her misconduct by these factors. The Board did not find grounds for mitigation under ODC v. Braun.
Rule Violation(s) 1.3, 1.4(a)(4), 1.5(a), 1.15(a), 1.15(b), 8.4(c) and 8.4(d)
Discipline Imposed Suspension for one year and one day
Points of Law Although Respondent put her alcohol and drug addiction at issue in the disciplinary proceeding, she offered no medical testimony and failed to meet her burden pursuant to Braun.
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