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Disciplinary Reporter Case Digest

Attorney ID 46495
Attorney Name Ruben , Ann Adele
DBP Docket No. 6 DB 2011
Supreme Court Docket No. 1708 DD No. 3
County Philadelphia
Disciplinary Counsel Richard Hernandez
Counsel for Respondent Samuel C. Stretton
Decision Date 2011-04-28
Effective Date 2011-05-28
Case Digest In sixteen immigration matters, Respondent engaged in neglect, and lack of communication. In twelve of the sixteen client matters, Respondent made misrepresentations to her clients and others to conceal her neglect. Respondentís misconduct occurred from the winter of 2007 through November 2009. In mitigation, Respondent has no record of discipline and: self-reported her misconduct; admitted her misconduct; and cooperated with the Office of Disciplinary Counsel. Also, Respondent established Braun mitigation by presenting a report prepared by a board certified psychiatrist; the psychiatrist concluded in the report that there was a causal connection between Respondentís psychiatric disorders and her misconduct. Lastly, Respondent agreed to serve the entire term of her suspension before filing a petition for reinstatement. A three-member panel of the Disciplinary Board approved a Joint Petition in Support of Discipline on Consent for a suspension of one year and one day. On April 28, 2011, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court approved the Joint Petition in Support of Discipline on Consent.
Rule Violation(s) RPC 1.3, RPC 1.4(a)(3), RPC 1.4(a)(4), RPC 1.4(b), RPC 4.1(a), RPC 8.4(c), and RPC 8.4(d)
Discipline Imposed Suspension for 1 year and 1 day (on consent)
Points of Law
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