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IN RE: Teresa Perry McKeethen (2017)

Supreme Court of Indiana.

IN RE: Teresa Perry McKeethen, Respondent

Supreme Court Case No. 82S00-0806-DI-307

Decided: April 05, 2017

Published Order Granting Reinstatement to the Practice of Law

On September 4, 2009, this Court entered an order suspending Petitioner for “not less than two years or until [Petitioner's] criminal sentence has been completely served, whichever is greater,” effective July 29, 2008, the date Petitioner began serving her interim suspension. Petitioner became eligible to seek reinstatement in April 2011, and she filed a petition for reinstatement on January 27, 2015. Following proceedings before a hearing officer, on February 10, 2017, the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission, pursuant to Indiana Admission and Discipline Rule 23(18)(b) (2016), filed its recommendation that Petitioner be reinstated to the practice of law in Indiana.

A petition for reinstatement may be granted only if the petitioner proves to the Commission by clear and convincing evidence that:

(1) The petitioner desires in good faith to obtain restoration of his or her privilege to practice law;

(2) The petitioner has not practiced law in this State or attempted to do so since he or she was disciplined;

(3) The petitioner has complied fully with the terms of the order for discipline;

(4) The petitioner's attitude towards the misconduct for which he or she was disciplined is one of genuine remorse;

(5) The petitioner's conduct since the discipline was imposed has been exemplary and above reproach;

(6) The petitioner has a proper understanding of and attitude towards the standards that are imposed upon members of the bar and will conduct himself or herself in conformity with such standards;

(7) The petitioner can safely be recommended to the legal profession, the courts and the public as a person fit to be consulted by others and to represent them and otherwise act in matters of trust and confidence, and in general to aid in the administration of justice as a member of the bar and an officer of the Courts;

(8) The disability has been removed, if the discipline was imposed by reason of physical or mental illness or infirmity, or for use of or addiction to intoxicants or drugs;

(9) The petitioner has taken the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) within six (6) months before or after the date the petition for reinstatement is filed and passed with a scaled score of eighty (80) or above.

Admis. Disc. R. 23(4)(b) (2016).

This Court, being duly advised, finds that the recommendations of the Commission and its hearing officer should be accepted. The Court therefore GRANTS the petition for reinstatement and REINSTATES Petitioner as a member of the Indiana bar as of the date of this order. Petitioner shall pay any costs owing under Admis. Disc. R. 23(18)(d) (2016).

Loretta H. Rush Chief Justice of Indiana

All Justices concur.

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IN RE: Teresa Perry McKeethen (2017)

Docket No: Supreme Court Case No. 82S00-0806-DI-307

Decided: April 05, 2017

Court: Supreme Court of Indiana.

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