Disciplinary Reporter Case Digest

Attorney ID 200982
Attorney Name Rowe , Mark Eugene
DBP Docket No. 159 DB 2009
Supreme Court Docket No. 1536 DD No.3
County Butler
Disciplinary Counsel William R. Friedman
Counsel for Respondent None
Decision Date 2011-10-25
Effective Date 2011-11-25
Case Digest Respondent was convicted of two counts of simple assault. The Disciplinary Board found that, on two separate occasions, Respondent assaulted his girlfriend who was also an employee Respondentís business. In both instances, the victim required medical attention and law enforcement officials were involved. The Board further found that in less than three weeks after Respondent entered his guilty plea in the first assault, and even prior to sentencing, Respondent assaulted the victim a second time. The court sentenced Respondent to probation for 12 months for each instance. At the disciplinary hearing, Respondent testified but offered no explanation for his misconduct. The Board found that Respondent expressed no remorse and provided no mitigating evidence. The Board also found that Respondentís practice of law has been minimal and he failed to take the required Continuing Legal Education courses The Board stated that ďan attorney who engages in criminal behavior on multiple occasions and disregards his professional obligation to maintain his attorney license is not the type of attorney who should be permitted to represent members of the public.Ē On the recommendation of the Disciplinary Board, Respondent was suspended for 18 months.
Rule Violation(s) Pa.R.D.E. 214(i) and 203(b)
Discipline Imposed Suspension for 18 months.
Points of Law When an attorney has been convicted of a serious crime, the only issue to be determined is the level of discipline to be imposed. An attorney has an obligation to fulfill his Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education requirements and failure to do so may be considering an aggravating factor in a disciplinary matter.
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