VIRGINIA:



BEFORE THE SECOND DISTRICT COMMITTEE-SECTION I

OF THE VIRGINIA STATE BAR





IN THE MATTER OF VSB Docket No. 99-021-0223

PATRICIA MARIA WRIGHT



DISTRICT COMMITTEE DETERMINATION

(PUBLIC REPRIMAND)



On March 15, 2002, a hearing in this matter was convened at 9:30 A.M. before a duly convened panel from the Second District Committee-Section I, consisting of Afshin Farashahi, Esquire, LaRonda Jean Carter, Attorney at Law, Ray Webb King, Esquire, Mr. Kurt M. Rosenbach, lay member, Croxton Gordon, Esquire, Mr. Robert W. Carter, lay member, Paul Kevin Campsen, Esquire, Robert William McFarland, Esquire, and William Hanes Monroe, Jr., Esquire, Chair presiding. The bar appeared by its Assistant Bar Counsel Paul D. Georgiadis. The Respondent, Patricia Maria Wright, appeared pro se.



On March 15, 2002 at 9:00 A.M., the Committee heard the bar's Show Cause Motion wherein the Respondent was directed to show cause why this misconduct case should not be set for hearing in the absence of proof that Respondent fulfilled the terms set forth by order of Dismissal with Terms of a subcommittee of the Second District Committee-Section I, dated October 26, 1999. The Respondent, having received due notice of the hearing and having actual notice of the hearing, did not appear. Finding that the Respondent did not comply with the terms of certifying to the bar within thirty (30) days of said order her establishment of an office policy to include the regular use of retainer agreements or letters or representation, the Committee imposed the alternate term of a full hearing on the alleged misconduct. Thereafter, the matter was directed to be heard at the previously noticed day and time of March 15, 2002 at 9:30 A.M.



Pursuant to Virginia Supreme Court Rules of Court Part Six, Section IV, Paragraph 13(B)(7) and Council Rule of Disciplinary Procedure V, the Second District Committee, Section I, of the Virginia State Bar hereby serves upon the Respondent, Patricia Maria Wright, the following Public Reprimand.

I. FINDINGS OF FACT



1. At all times material to these allegations, the Respondent, Patricia Maria Wright, hereinafter "Respondent", has been an attorney licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia.



terminate a guardianship. Cuffee had been referred to Respondent by a pre-paid legal services plan administrator. At that time, Respondent agreed to accept $100.00 towards her fee. Accordingly, Cuffee paid Respondent $100 to commence representation in the matter.



messages of inquiry as to the status of the petition drafting. At the initial meeting of Respondent and Cuffee, Respondent had invited Cuffee to call one week after Cuffee paid her the initial $100 payment. Neither Respondent nor Respondent's office responded to Cuffee by giving her any information about the status of the matter.



guardianship petition, although Cuffee had paid Respondent to begin said work.





II. NATURE OF MISCONDUCT



Such conduct on the part of Respondent constitutes misconduct in violation of the following Disciplinary Rules of the Virginia Code of Professional Responsibility:



DR 6-101. Competence and Promptness.





III. IMPOSITION OF PUBLIC REPRIMAND



Accordingly, it is the decision of the committee to impose a Public Reprimand on Respondent, Patricia Maria Wright, and she is so reprimanded.



Pursuant to Virginia Supreme Court Rules of Court Part 6, Section IV 13(K)(10), the Clerk of the Disciplinary System shall assess costs.







Second District Committee-Section I of

The Virginia State Bar





By______________________________________

William Hanes Monroe, Jr.

Chair Presiding



























CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE



I certify that I have this _____ day of , 2002, mailed by CERTIFIED MAIL, RETURN RECEIPT REQUESTED, a true and correct copy of the District Committee Determination (Public Reprimand) to Patricia Maria Wright, Patricia Maria Wright, Attorney at Law, 106 Truxton Avenue, Portsmouth, VA 23701, her last address of record with the Virginia State Bar.



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Paul D. Georgiadis

Assistant Bar Counsel