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January 11, 2022

VSB Disciplinary Board to Hear Jeremy Clyde St. James Sharp’s Reinstatement Petition March 25, 2022

Deadline for Comment: March 18, 2022

On April 1, 2020, Jeremy Clyde St. James Sharp petitioned the Supreme Court of Virginia for reinstatement of his license to practice law pursuant to Part 6, § IV, ¶ 13-25.E of the Rules of the Supreme Court of Virginia. On April 2, 2020, the Clerk of the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary System certified that the requirements of Part 6, § IV, ¶ 13-25.F were met. Accordingly, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board will hear the Petition for Reinstatement on March 25, 2022, at 9:00 am at the Bank of America Building, 3rd Floor Conference Room, 1111 E. Main Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219. 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. Sharp’s fitness to practice law. Written comments or requests to testify at the hearing should be submitted to DaVida M. Davis, Clerk of the Disciplinary System, 1111 East Main Street, 7th Floor, Richmond, Virginia, 23219 or by e-mail to clerk@vsb.org, no later than March 18, 2022. Comments will become a matter of public record. Copies of Mr. Sharp’s June 19, 2006, Consent to Revocation (with Mr. Sharp’s Affidavit Declaring Consent to Revocation attached) and the Petition for Reinstatement with all attachments are available to the public by contacting Ms. Davis at clerk@vsb.org, or by calling the clerk’s office at (804) 775-0539.

Mr. Sharp was licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia on October 15, 1996. His law license was revoked by Order of Revocation by Consent entered by the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board on June 19, 2006. 

Mr. Sharp voluntarily surrendered his law license after being charged via a Criminal Information in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia (Richmond) with conspiring to distribute marijuana. 

On June 20, 2006, Mr. Sharp waived indictment and entered a guilty plea which was accepted by the Court. According to a Statement of Facts he executed in conjunction with his guilty plea, between the fall of 2004 and February 2006, Mr. Sharp was engaged in a conspiracy with others to distribute marijuana. He would regularly purchase various amounts of marijuana (ranging from a quarter pound to seven pounds) which he then sold in smaller quantities. In all, he conspired to distribute between 20 kilograms (44 pounds) and 40 kilograms (88 pounds) of marijuana. 

In December 2006, he was found guilty of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana (a Schedule 1 controlled substance) in violation of Title 21 U.S.C. Sections 841(a)(1), 841(b)(1)(D) and 846, and sentenced to a period of imprisonment of 24 months followed by supervised release for two years. The sentencing judge, The Hon. Henry E. Hudson, also recommended Mr. Sharp be placed in a substance abuse program. The sentence was imposed following a presentence investigation and sentencing hearing conducted on December 14, 2006. The maximum period of imprisonment for the charge was five years. The Court found the federal sentencing guidelines called for 18–24 months based on the results of the presentence investigation and facts of the case. The period of imprisonment imposed was based in part on a two-level enhancement under the federal sentencing guidelines for obstruction of justice, which was premised on Mr. Sharp’s admitted destruction of evidence of his marijuana growing operation in anticipation of the execution of a search warrant for his residence which occurred on February 10, 2006. In explaining his decision not to deviate downward from the sentencing guidelines and to instead impose a sentence at the high end of the guidelines, the Court noted Mr. Sharp had sold substantial amounts of marijuana while acting as a criminal defense attorney. 

While incarcerated, Mr. Sharp participated in a Residential Drug Abuse Program at F.C.I. Morgantown. 

In January 2008, he was released to a halfway house in Lebanon, Virginia, where he resided and participated in drug rehabilitation programs and received counseling. 

In the summer of 2008, he was placed onto supervised release which he completed in 2010. 

Since his release, he has held jobs ranging from an office administrator, wheelchair van driver, and as a paralegal, receptionist, and facility manager at various law firms. He has been employed at the Zobrist Law Group in Charlottesville, Virginia, since July 2021. He has also been active in community service projects through the Boys & Girls Club of Central Virginia and Mason’s Toy Box Foundation. In November 2008, he was charged with public intoxication in Albemarle County, Virginia, and paid the fine. 

In his Petition for Reinstatement, Mr. Sharp submits he is a person of honest demeanor and good moral character and possesses the requisite fitness to practice law. He further submits that he accepts full responsibility for his criminal actions and has paid the consequences for those actions. He has kept current with the law, completed 60 credit hours of continuing legal education (including 10 hours in ethics) within five years of filing his petition, and took the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination in August 2011 and received a scaled score of 120. 

The Virginia State Bar Clients’ Protection Fund has not paid out any money due to Mr. Sharp’s misconduct. He has paid all costs assessed by the Bar. He has no discipline other than the revocation of his law license in 2006.

 

 

Updated: Jan 11, 2022