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November 04, 2013

VSB Disciplinary Board to Hear Kristen Dawn Dean Reinstatement Petition on January 24, 2014

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Deadline for comment: January 8, 2014

Pursuant to Part 6, Section IV, Paragraph 13-25 of the Rules of the Supreme Court of Virginia, Kristen Dawn Dean petitioned the Court on February 11, 2013, for reinstatement of her license to practice law.  The Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board will hear the petition on January 24, 2014, at 9 a.m. in the State Corporation Commission, Courtroom A, Tyler Building, 1300 East Main Street, Richmond, Virginia.  After hearing evidence and oral argument, The Disciplinary Board will make factual findings and recommend to the Supreme Court whether the petition should be granted or denied.

The Disciplinary Board seeks information about Ms. Dean’s fitness to practice law.  Written comments or requests to testify at the hearing may be submitted to Barbara S. Lanier, Clerk of the Disciplinary System, 707 East Main Street, Suite 1500, Richmond, Virginia 23219, or to clerk@vsb.org no later than Wednesday, January 8, 2014.  Comments will become part of the public record.

The Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board revoked Ms. Dean’s license by Order of Revocation entered on August 30, 2006.  The Order of Revocation found that Ms. Dean had not complied with an Order of Suspension with Terms entered by the Disciplinary Board on December 16, 2005.  Specifically, the Order of Revocation found that Ms. Dean had failed to pay restitution of $4,882.75 by June 1, 2006, as required by the Order of Suspension with Terms.

At the time of the revocation of Ms. Dean’s law license, Ms. Dean’s prior disciplinary record consisted of a five-year suspension of her law license imposed by the December 16, 2005, Order of Suspension with Terms.  The Order of Suspension with Terms reflected an Agreed Disposition between the Virginia State Bar and Ms. Dean.  Ms. Dean’s five-year suspension resulted from her mishandling of settlement proceeds from a personal injury case.

In her petition for reinstatement, Ms. Dean stated that she was licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia in April 1999.  She described the conduct that ultimately led to the revocation of her license to practice law as an isolated incident involving one client and stated that she paid the restitution in full to the parties listed in the Order of Revocation in 2006.

Ms. Dean stated that, since the revocation of her license to practice law, she has remained involved in the legal profession by working as a legal assistant.  She also stated that she has attended legal seminars and participated in writing legal briefs under the supervision of licensed attorneys.  Ms. Dean further stated that she has completed more than 100 hours of continuing legal education, including 10 hours in legal ethics, within five years of the date of her petition for reinstatement; that she took the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination in March 2012 and received a scaled score of 85 or higher; that she has reimbursed the Virginia State Bar for all costs, together with any interest, previously assessed against her; and that she is a person of honest demeanor and good moral character who possesses the requisite fitness to practice law.

Copies of the Order of Revocation and Petition for Reinstatement are available by contacting clerk@vsb.org  or (804) 775-0539.

 

Updated: Nov 06, 2013