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IN RE: Ryan E. LACKEY (2022)

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Supreme Court of Indiana.

IN RE: Ryan E. LACKEY, Respondent

Supreme Court Case No. 22S-DI-113

Decided: May 05, 2022

Published Order Approving Statement of Circumstances and Conditional Agreement for Discipline

Pursuant to Indiana Admission and Discipline Rule 23(12.1)(b), the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission and Respondent have submitted for approval a “Statement of Circumstances and Conditional Agreement for Discipline” stipulating agreed facts and proposed discipline as summarized below.

Stipulated Facts: In May 2021, Respondent pled guilty to operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OWI) with a BAC of .15% or greater, a Class A misdemeanor. Respondent has a prior misdemeanor OWI conviction, entered in May 2005 prior to his bar admission. Respondent has engaged the assistance of the Indiana Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program (JLAP) and has been under a voluntary monitoring agreement since May 2020, shortly after his arrest.

Violation: The parties agree that Respondent violated Indiana Professional Conduct Rule 8.4(b), which prohibits committing a criminal act that reflects adversely on Respondent's trustworthiness or fitness as a lawyer.

Discipline: The Court, having considered the submissions of the parties, now approves the following agreed discipline.

For Respondent's professional misconduct, the Court suspends Respondent from the practice of law for a period of 90 days, beginning on the date of this order, all stayed subject to completion of at least two years of probation with JLAP monitoring. Pursuant to the parties’ agreement, in the event Respondent violates his probation, the stayed suspension shall be actively served without automatic reinstatement.

The costs of this proceeding are assessed against Respondent. Pursuant to the parties’ stipulation, the Court hereby orders Respondent to pay $264.49 by check made payable and transmitted to the Clerk of the Indiana Supreme Court. Upon receipt, the Clerk is directed to disburse those funds as follows: (1) $14.49, payable to the Commission as reimbursement for investigative expenses incurred; and (2) $250.00, payable to the Clerk for court costs.

All Justices concur.

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