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Disciplinary Reporter Case Digest

Attorney ID 85306
Attorney Name Chisholm, III, Donald
DBP Docket No. 57 DB 2009
Supreme Court Docket No. 1655 DD No. 3
County Philadelphia
Disciplinary Counsel Gloria Randall Ammons
Counsel for Respondent Samuel C. Stretton
Decision Date 2010-12-15
Effective Date 2010-12-15
Case Digest Philadelphia In one criminal matter, Respondent failed to file a brief on behalf of his client despite being given opportunities to file a brief. As a result of Respondent‘s inaction, his client’s appeal was dismissed. Thereafter, Respondent filed an application to reinstate the appeal, which was granted. In this matter, Respondent also failed to communicate with his client during the representation. In a second criminal matter, Respondent also failed to file a timely brief on behalf of his client, which resulted in his client’s appeal being dismissed. Respondent failed to notify his client that the appeal had been dismissed. Respondent filed an application to reinstate the appeal, but during this time period, Respondent was transferred to inactive status. Respondent failed to withdraw from the case as he was required to do. Respondent has a history of discipline. In 2005, Respondent received a private reprimand with one-year probation for forging his client’s signature on bail receipts. In 2008, Respondent received a public censure for neglect in that he failed to pursue criminal appeals on behalf of two clients as well as failed to communicate with his clients.
Rule Violation(s) 1.1, 1.3, 1.4(a)(3), 1.4(a)(4), 1.4(b), 5.5(a); 8.4(d), PaR.D.E. 203(b)(3), and Pa.R.D.E. 217(j)(4)(iv)-(vii).
Discipline Imposed Suspension for 6 months, stayed in full with probation for 1 year.
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