IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE CITY OF NORFOLK
VIRGINIA STATE BAR, EX REL,
SECOND DISTRICT - SECTION I SUBCOMMITTEE
v. Chancery Case No. CH 02-1767
FRANCIS SULLIVAN CALLAHAN
(VSB Docket No. 01-021-2010)
1. During all times relevant hereto, Francis Sullivan Callahan ("Respondent"), was an attorney licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
2. On October 26, 2000, Respondent was arrested by a police task force as he attempted to purchase Ecstasy.
The following Rule of Professional Conduct is deemed to have been violated :
RULE 8.4 Misconduct
It is professional misconduct for a lawyer to:
Accordingly, the Court hereby suspends the law license of the Respondent, Francis Sullivan Callahan, to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia for a period of Forty-Five (45) days, effective November 17, 2002 and terminating on December 31, 2002. The Court acknowledges that Mr. Callahan has previously served a fifteen (15) day suspension from February 26, 2001 through March 13, 2001 pursuant to a summary suspension order of the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board.
Pursuant to the provisions of Part Six, Section IV, ¶13M of the Rules of the Supreme Court of Virginia, the Respondent shall forthwith give Notice by Certified Mail, Return Receipt Requested, of the suspension of his license to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia, to all clients for whom he is currently handling matters and to all opposing attorneys and presiding judges in pending litigation. The Respondent shall also make appropriate arrangements for the disposition of matters now in his care in conformity with the wishes of his clients. The Respondent shall give such notice within fourteen (14) days of the effective date of this order and make such arrangements as are required herein within forty-five (45) days of the effective date of this order.
Respondent shall also furnish proof to the Clerk of the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary System within sixty (60) days of the effective date of this order that such notices have been timely given and such arrangement for the disposition of matters made. Issues concerning the adequacy of the notice and arrangements required herein shall be determined by the Disciplinary
Board, which may impose a sanction of Revocation or additional Suspension for failure to so comply.
Pursuant to Part Six, §IV, ¶13 B8 c.(1) of the Rules of the Supreme Court, the Clerk of the Disciplinary System shall assess costs.
A copy teste of this Order shall be mailed by Certified Mail, Return Receipt Requested, to the Respondent, Francis Sullivan Callahan, at his last address of record with the Virginia State Bar, 229 West Bute Street, Suite 630, Norfolk, Virginia 23510.
A copy teste of this Order shall be mailed by First Class U.S. Mail to Respondent's counsel, Michael L. Rigsby, Esquire, at Midkiff, Muncie & Ross, P.C., 9030 Stoney Point Parkway, Suite 160, Richmond, Virginia 23235, and to Paul D. Georgiadis, Assistant Bar Counsel, Virginia State Bar, Eighth & Main Building, Suite 1500, 707 East Main Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219-2800.
There being nothing further to be done herein, it is ORDERED that this matter be, and the same is, stricken from the docket and placed among the ended causes.
ENTER: / /
Wilford Taylor, Jr.
Chief Judge Designate
Donald H. Kent
Frederick B. Lowe
We Ask for This :
Paul D. Georgiadis
Assistant Bar Counsel
Virginia State Bar
Michael L. Rigsby