August 24, 2012
VSB Disciplinary Board to Hear Sisk Reinstatement Petition on October 26, 2012
view Sisk Revocation order (pdf file)
Pursuant to Part 6, Section IV, Paragraph 13-25 of the Rules of the Supreme Court of Virginia, Kenneth Dennis Sisk petitioned the Court on May 20, 2011, for reinstatement of his license to practice law. The Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board will hear the petition on October 26, 2012, at 9:00 a.m. in House Room D, at the General Assembly Building, First Floor, 910 Capitol Street, Richmond. 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 Mr. Sisk’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 firstname.lastname@example.org no later than October 17, 2012. Comments will become part of the public record.
The Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board revoked Mr. Sisk’s license by Order of Revocation Upon Consent entered on August 31, 2005 based on an Affidavit of Consent to Revocation in which Mr. Sisk acknowledged the truthfulness of the material facts underlying a pending complaint involving allegations that Mr. Sisk: i) engaged in the unauthorized practice of law by making two appearances on behalf of a criminal defendant in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Richmond Division, while his license to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia was suspended for failure to comply with mandatory continuing legal education requirements; and ii) misrepresented to the Court that the criminal defendant was being represented by another lawyer on whose behalf Mr. Sisk was appearing. In the Affidavit of Consent to Revocation, Mr. Sisk also acknowledged the truthfulness of allegations that he had threatened to burn down a house resulting in the issuance of a protective order and had been involved in the unauthorized taking of certain personal property.
At the time of the revocation of Mr. Sisk’s law license, he had no prior disciplinary record.
In his petition for reinstatement, Mr. Sisk stated that: he was licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia in 1978, in the State of New York in 1986, and in the State of Georgia in 1992; he self-reported his unauthorized practice of law in 2005; the criminal charge arising from the allegation that he threatened to burn down a house was dismissed and the related protective order was withdrawn; he pled guilty and was convicted in the Richmond General District Court to three counts of petit larceny arising from the allegation of his unauthorized taking of certain personal property; following his disbarment he pled guilty in the Richmond General District Court and Richmond Circuit Court to multiple criminal offenses, specifically, six felonies (five forgery charges and one grand larceny charge) arising from his forging of checks from the business account of an attorney for the purpose of obtaining monies to purchase and consume controlled substances, and eight misdemeanors (three accessory to forgery charges, failure to report, failure to appear, concealed weapon, driving without an operator’s license and driving on a suspended license); all of his ethical misconduct and criminal conduct resulted from his substance addiction; he successfully completed the Richmond Adult Drug Treatment Court program in October 2008; he was employed in a litigation support position from 2006-2008 and has been employed as a paralegal since 2008; he has completed more than 60 hours of continuing legal education courses during the five years preceding the filing of his petition for reinstatement; he took the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam in November 2010 and received a scaled score of 108; he owes the Bar’s Client Protection Fund no monies; he is making regular payments in compliance with a child support and arrears order entered against him in the Northampton County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court in July 2010; and he has paid all delinquent taxes he owed the United States Government pursuant to offers in compromise accepted by the Internal Revenue Service.
A copy of the Order of Revocation Upon Consent entered on August 31, 2005 revoking Mr. Sisk’s law license is available from the clerk at email@example.com or (804) 775-0539.
Updated: Aug 13, 2012