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July 7, 2017 Digests

Posted By Patti Van Slyke, Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Kansas Supreme Court

Attorney Discipline

ORDER OF DISBARMENT
IN RE NWAKANMA
NO. 116,773—JULY 7, 2017

FACTS: Nwakanma was accused of violating KRPC 1.1 (competence), 1.3 (diligence), 1.4 (communication), 1.5 (fees), 1.15 (safekeeping of property), 1.16 (termination of representation), 3.4 (fairness to opposing party and counsel), 8.1 (bar admission and disciplinary matters), 8.4 (misconduct), and Kansas Supreme Court Rule 207 (cooperation). Nwakanma lives and practices in Texas and was accused of violating several Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct. Nwakanma's Kansas license has been suspended on multiple occasions for failing to comply with annual requirements, and it was suspended at the time of the disciplinary hearing. Nwakanma was never licensed independently in Texas. At the time of the hearing, Nwakanma had no active license to practice law in any jurisdiction.

HEARING PANEL: The hearing panel determined that Nwakanma's actions violated the Kansas Rules of Professional Conduct. After considering the aggravating and mitigating factors, the hearing panel recommended that Nwakanma be disbarred.

HELD: Nwakanma filed no exceptions to the hearing panel's final report, and the panel's findings of fact were deemed admitted. Nwakanma failed to appear at the hearing before the court, despite being allowed a continuance. The court upheld the discipline of disbarment. 

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