ANNUAL REPORT
January 1, 1997 to December 31, 1997
 
John F. Van Bolt
Executive Director & General Counsel
Attorney Discipline Board
719 Griswold Street
Suite 1910
Detroit, Michigan 48226
Telephone (313) 963-5553
 
STATE OF MICHIGAN
ATTORNEY DISCIPLINE BOARD
ANNUAL REPORT
January 1, 1997 - December 31, 1997
Organization and Composition

The Attorney Discipline Board is the adjudicative arm of the Michigan Supreme Court for the discharge of the Court's exclusive constitutional responsibility to supervise and discipline Michigan attorneys. The Board, along with its prosecutorial counterpart, the Attorney Grievance Commission, is part of the bifurcated system of discipline described in Chapter 9.100 of the Michigan Court Rules.

The Attorney Discipline Board consists of 6 lawyers and 3 public members (nonlawyers) appointed by the Supreme Court. A member may not serve more than 2 three-year terms. All members serve without compensation. The Board's chairperson and vice-chairperson are appointed by the Supreme Court. The Board's secretary is elected by its members.

Members of the Attorney Discipline Board in 1997 were: Elizabeth N. Baker, C. H. Dudley, Barbara B. Gattorn, Grant J. Gruel,(1) Albert L. Holtz, Miles A. Hurwitz,(2) Michael R. Kramer, Kenneth L. Lewis, Roger E. Winkelman and Nancy A. Wonch.

On September 30, 1997, lawyer member Miles A. Hurwitz concluded his second term as a member of the Board. Mr. Hurwitz brought to the Board a wealth of knowledge in the field of professional responsibility as a former chairperson of the Standing Committee on Professional and Judicial Ethics of the State Bar of Michigan. During his six years on the Board, Mr. Hurwitz served two terms as the Board's vice-chairperson (1993 to 1995) and was appointed by the Supreme Court to two consecutive terms as chairperson (1995 to 1997). Under his leadership, the Board adopted standards for hearing panelist training and instituted an annual series of training workshops around the state. As a member and officer of the Board, Mr. Hurwitz exemplified the highest standards of personal and professional integrity. He leaves with the respect and affection of the members and staff of the Attorney Discipline Board.

In September 1997, the Supreme Court appointed attorney Grant J. Gruel of Grand Rapids to a 3 year term commencing October 1, 1997.

Staff

Michigan Court Rule 9.110 authorizes the Attorney Discipline Board to appoint an attorney as its counsel. The Board's full-time staff consists of John F. Van Bolt, Executive Director and General Counsel; Mark A. Armitage, Associate Counsel; Margaret Lucas Agius, Legal Assistant; Susan C. Lindeman, Office Manager; Lynn L. Harkins, Secretary; Sherry L. Mifsud, Assignment Clerk and Susan D. Duncan, Assignment Clerk. The Board's offices and hearing room are at One Kennedy Square, 719 Griswold Street, Suite 1910, Detroit, MI 48226.

Hearing Panels

The Board maintains a current roster of over 450 attorneys appointed annually to serve on 3 member hearing panels. The 1997 hearing panelist roster is attached as Appendix "C". The Board has continued its efforts to appoint attorneys as panel members who represent a broad range of professional experience. With the cooperation of the Women Lawyers Association and the Wolverine Bar Association, and other special interest bar associations, the Board actively encourages the participation of women and minorities in Michigan's discipline system.

Upon the filing of a formal complaint, judgment of conviction or petition for reinstatement, the matter is assigned to a hearing panel. Proceedings before a panel are open to the public and are conducted under the Michigan Court Rules applicable to a civil trial in a circuit court and the Michigan Rules of Evidence. During 1997, the Board's hearing panels conducted 317 public hearings.

Complaints submitted by clients, judges or other lawyers regarding an attorney's conduct are investigated by the Grievance Administrator and his or her staff under the supervision of the Attorney Grievance Commission, a separate agency. If formal disciplinary proceedings are authorized by the Commission, the charges of misconduct are set forth in a formal complaint filed by the Administrator. The charges in the complaint must be established by a preponderance of the evidence. If the charges of misconduct are not established, the panel must enter an order of dismissal. Upon a finding of misconduct, the panel must conduct a separate phase of the hearing to determine the appropriate discipline. The levels of discipline provided in the court rules are reprimand, probation, license suspension and license revocation (disbarment). In a discipline matter decided July 15, 1997, the Supreme Court held that under certain circumstances, a finding of professional misconduct may result in an order of discipline which effectively imposes no discipline on the attorney. Grievance Administrator v Deutch, 455 Mich 149, 163 (1997).

Discipline orders include an assessment of costs incurred by the Grievance Commission and Discipline Board, and may include an order of restitution to an aggrieved client. Orders of reprimand or suspension may include additional conditions relevant to the established misconduct, including legal education, reformation of law office practices and personal counseling.

Unless appealed within 21 days, an order of discipline entered by a hearing panel constitutes a final order and may be enforced in civil contempt proceedings instituted by the Grievance Administrator.

Appeals

The respondent, the Grievance Administrator or the complainant may petition the Attorney Discipline Board for a review of an order entered by a hearing panel. The Board's review in such cases is based upon the record presented to the hearing panel and the written and oral arguments presented by the parties on appeal. Following its review, the Board may enter an order affirming, reversing or modifying the panel's order. In addition, the Board regularly considers and disposes of various motions seeking stays of discipline, extensions of time to pay costs, consolidation or severance of pending matters and the institution of show cause proceedings for alleged violations of discipline orders.

During 1997, the Board held 11 regularly scheduled meetings in Detroit and heard oral arguments in 47 review cases (compared to 37 review case the previous year.) Of the 32 appeals involving orders imposing discipline, the Board affirmed the hearing panel decision in 16 cases (50%); increased discipline in 7 cases (22%); decreased discipline in 6 cases (19%); and remanded 3 cases to the hearing panel for further proceedings (9%). The Board heard 13 appeals from hearing panel orders of dismissal. In those cases, the Board affirmed the hearing panel dismissal in 9 cases. In 4 cases, the Board reversed the hearing panel's dismissal and remanded for further proceedings.

The Board considered 2 appeals in reinstatement cases. The Board affirmed 1 hearing panel order granting reinstatement and affirmed 1 panel order denying reinstatement.

Summary of Disclosure Requests

In 1996, there were no motions for disclosure filed with the Board pursuant to MCR 9.126(D)(7) or MCR 9.126(E)(5).

New Cases Filed

There were 273 new formal complaints filed in 1997. Of these, 175 complaints(3) contained original charges of misconduct based upon an investigation conducted by the Attorney Grievance Commission. The remaining 98 formal complaints(4) were based solely upon the failure of the respondent/attorney to answer the initial formal complaint, a separate violation under MCR 9.104(7). Such complaints are consolidated for hearing before the panel to which the original complaint has been assigned. The 175 GA formal complaints filed in 1997 represent a 2% decrease from the 179 such complaints filed in 1996.

Fifteen new files were opened upon the filing of petitions for reinstatement in accordance with MCR 9.123(B). An additional 11 cases were commenced under MCR 9.120 with the filing of a judgment of conviction establishing that an attorney had been convicted of a crime. Five matters were commenced with the filing of a petition seeking reciprocal discipline in accordance with MCR 9.104 as the result of a discipline order issued in another jurisdiction.

The 318 new files opened by the Board in 1997 represent an 8.5% increase when compared with the 293 new cases in 1996. The following table (Table 1) illustrates the Board's annual intake of new cases during the past 6 years.

Orders of Discipline/Dismissal

There were 205 final disposition orders issued in 1997, including orders of discipline, dismissal, transferring an attorney to inactive status and granting or denying reinstatement. Because some of these orders involved two or more consolidated complaints, the 205 final disposition orders accounted for the closure of 319 docketed complaints, including supplemental complaints for failure to answer. Orders of discipline (probation, reprimand, suspension and revocation) were issued in 162 cases. A complete list of the orders of discipline issued in 1997 appears in Appendix "B". Orders of discipline issued since 1992 are illustrated in Table 2, below.

Number of Lawyers Disciplined

A lawyer may receive more than one discipline order in a given year. In 1997, 135 lawyers accumulated 162 orders of discipline ranging from probation to disbarment. While there was a slight decrease in the number of discipline orders issued compared to the previous year, the number of lawyers subject to discipline increased from 120 to 135.

In 1994, the Supreme Court ruled that the Board retains jurisdiction to consider misconduct during the period of licensure by attorneys whose licenses were later revoked.(5) Of the 21 lawyers whose licenses were revoked in 1997, 6 were the subject of 2 revocation orders during the calendar year. The 21 lawyers whose licenses were revoked in 1997 accounted for 32 orders of discipline, or 20% of the final orders of discipline during that year.

Discipline By Consent

The respondent and the Grievance Administrator may enter into a stipulation for a consent order of discipline after a formal complaint has been filed. This procedure, described in MCR 9.115(F)(5), allows the respondent to admit the charges in the complaint, or plead no contest, in exchange for a stated form of discipline. The stipulation must be approved by both the Attorney Grievance Commission and a hearing panel. Thirty-five consent orders were approved in 1997, accounting for 22% of the discipline orders issued.

Misconduct Resulting In Discipline

As in prior years, neglect of client matters was the single largest category of professional misconduct resulting in discipline, accounting for 46% of the discipline orders issued. Such neglect ranged from failure to provide competent or diligent representation on behalf of a single client to, in some cases, complete abandonment of an attorney's practice. Conduct characterized primarily as neglect accounted for 49% of the reprimand orders, 46% of the suspension orders and 40% of the disbarment orders.

For statistical purposes, cases involving neglect of client matters coupled with an attorney's false statement to the client or to the Grievance Administrator were recorded in a separate category. Those cases accounted for an additional 14% of all discipline orders issued in 1997. Neglect coupled with misrepresentation accounted for 22% of the disbarment orders.

The next largest category of misconduct, misuse of client funds ranging from inadvertent commingling to outright embezzlement, accounted for 12% of all discipline orders. Of the 19 discipline orders involving commingling or misappropriation of client funds, 8 cases resulted in disbarment, 4 resulted in suspensions of 3 years or more and 4 resulted in suspensions greater than 6 months.

Other types of misconduct resulting in discipline in 1997 were criminal convictions (6 felony, 5 misdemeanor)--7%; violations of a prior discipline order--4% and failure to cooperate in a discipline investigation--4%.

Reinstatements

Attorneys suspended for 179 days or less are automatically reinstated upon the filing of an affidavit of compliance with the Supreme Court. In cases of revocation or suspensions of 180 days or more, the attorney must file a petition for reinstatement which is followed by an investigation and a hearing before a panel to determine his or her fitness to re-enter the practice of law. Attorneys suspended for 3 years or more must undergo examination and recertification by the Michigan Board of Law Examiners. In Michigan, a disbarred attorney may petition for reinstatement after 5 years. Fifteen reinstatement petitions were filed with the Board and assigned to panels for hearing in 1997. The Board or its panels issued 8 orders reinstating attorneys whose licenses had been suspended for terms greater than 6 months. Reinstatement was granted to two attorneys whose licenses had been revoked.(6) Reinstatement petitions were denied or dismissed in 4 cases.

Pending Case Load

As of December 31, 1997, there were a total of 202 open discipline or reinstatement cases pending before a hearing panel, the Attorney Discipline Board or the Michigan Supreme Court, as follows:
 
Pending 12/31/97 Pending 12/31/96 
Supreme Court: 10  17
Attorney Discipline Board: 28 33
Hearing Panels: 164 163
202 213

Hearing Panelist Workshops

In 1994, the Board embarked on a program to provide continuing education to its appointed hearing panelists. This program was continued in 1997 with workshops in Detroit, and Grand Rapids. A videotape of the workshop conducted in Detroit in September 1997 is available for review by panelists.

Funding

The Attorney Discipline Board receives no public funds. Michigan's attorney discipline system is funded entirely by the State Bar of Michigan which derives its income primarily from the dues assessed against its members. Under the current dues structure approved by the Supreme Court, Michigan lawyers pay mandatory annual dues of $260, of which $100 (38%) is specifically allocated for attorney discipline.

For the fiscal year which ended September 30, 1997, the Board's total expenses were $705,539.* The Board's receipts from reimbursed transcript costs, copying charges and the sale of used equipment amounted to $72,219, leaving net expenses of $633,320. This figure represented an increase of 1.8% compared to the previous fiscal year.

Any questions regarding the operation of the Michigan Attorney Discipline Board may be addressed to the Board's chairperson or the Board's executive director at:

Attorney Discipline Board
719 Griswold Street, Suite 1910
Detroit, Michigan 48226-3342
Telephone: (313) 963-5553
Facsimile: (313) 965-5571
email: adbmich@ameritech.net

John F. Van Bolt, Executive Director

Albert L. Holtz, Chairperson

*Unaudited year-end figures supplied by the State Bar of Michigan.
 

APPENDIX "A"
ANNUAL ACTIVITY REPORT
JANUARY 1, 1997 through DECEMBER 31, 1997

I. CASES FILED

A. Formal Complaints (total) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 273

1. New Formal Complaints (GA). . . . . . 175

2. Failure-to-Answer Complaints (FA) . . 98

B. Judgments of Conviction [MCR 9.120] (JC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

C. Petitions for Reciprocal Discipline (RD) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5

D. Petitions for Transfer to Inactive Status (PI) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0

E. Reinstatement Petitions (RP) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

F. Miscellaneous (MZ) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5

G. Automatic Interim Suspensions (AI) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

H. TOTAL CASES FILED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 318

II. FINAL DISPOSITIONS

A. Final Orders of Discipline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 162

1. Revocations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

2. Suspensions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90

a. Subject to MCR 9.123(A). . . 31

b. Subject to MCR 9.123(B). . . 45

c. Subject to MCR 9.123(C). . . 14

3. Reprimands. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43

4. Probations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . *2

B. Transfers to Inactive Status . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .0

C. Dismissals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27

D. Reinstatements Granted . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10

E. Reinstatements Denied/Dismissed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

F. Other . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2

G. TOTAL FINAL DISPOSITION ORDERS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .205

H. Total Cases Closed (Including all consolidated cases.) . . . . . . 319

III. OTHER NOTICES ISSUED

A. Automatic Interim Suspensions Under MCR 9.120 . . . . . . . . . . . 11

B. Automatic Reinstatements Under MCR 9.123(A) . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

C. Notices of Discipline Pending Appeal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23

D. Reinstatements (File Pending) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5

E. Reinstatements (File Closed) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2

F. Other . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

G. TOTAL OTHER NOTICES ISSUED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67

IV. HEARINGS

A. Scheduled . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 654

B. Held . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 317

V. COSTS

Total Costs Reimbursed to the State Bar of Michigan
by Respondents and Petitioners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$75,470.91

*2 Probation orders combined with other discipline and counted in both categories.
 

APPENDIX "B"
FINAL ORDERS OF DISCIPLINE - 1997
REVOCATIONS (27)
RESPONDENT BAR NO. CITY EFFECTIVE DATE
BASSE, William A. P-29168 Troy August 27, 1996
BASSE, William A. P-29168 Troy January 31, 1997
BORJA, Arthur P-45771 Grand Rapids December 2, 1997
BORJA, Arthur P-45771 Grand Rapids December 5, 1997
CARON, Robert E. P-25020 Troy November 1, 1997
KELTZ, Marshall P-15856 Battle Creek April 23, 1997
LAIT, James J. P-37802 Kalamazoo November 13, 1997
LAUGHLIN, Susan P-42133 Sterling Heights July 31, 1997
LITVIN, Barry W. P-26736 Southfield September 12, 1997
MCMAHON, Leonard D. P-23603 Detroit May 20, 1997
MEEKS, John E. P-17583 Grand Rapids October 3, 1997
MEEKS, John E. P-17583 Grand Rapids November 13, 1997
MURG, Gary F. P-18087 Detroit March 15, 1997
PATTERSON, Joel D. P-41674 Royal Oak March 15, 1997
PATTERSON, Joel D. P-41674 Royal Oak May 28, 1997
PAVLOCK, Martin D. P-41306 Troy August 23, 1996
PAVLOCK, Martin D. P-41306 Troy September 30, 1997
POCOCK, Robert M. P-40059 Warren April 3, 1997
POCOCK, Robert M. P-40059 Warren July 18, 1997
PUZZUOLI, Richard H. P-41162 Detroit and Birmingham January 4, 1996
ROBINSON, William A. P-45201 Okemos December 4, 1997
SCHEBOR, Herbert H. P-23988 Garden City November 15, 1997
SKLAR, Gary I. P-20557 Livonia November 15, 1996
SKLAR, Gary I. P-20557 Livonia March 14, 1997
TAYLOR, Wanda P. P-38662 Detroit August 21, 1997
UNDERWOOD, David L. P-44754 Haslett December 9, 1996
WARMACK, Bonnie M. P-33666 Detroit January 8, 1997
 
 SUSPENSIONS SUBJECT TO MCR 9.123(B)and(C) (14) [Three years or more]
RESPONDENT LENGTH OF SUSPENSION EFFECTIVE DATE
BRANHAM, Sonja J. Four Years June 13, 1996
BROOKS, James S. Three Years April 15, 1996
BROWN, Basil W. Three Years January 7, 1997
CARPENTER, Jack Five Years March 23, 1994
GORDON, Robert M. Three Years July 17, 1997
HOGAN, Kempf Three Years January 1, 1996
HUDSON, Lester D. Three Years January 25, 1997
MANSFIELD, Joseph Three Years August 12, 1997
MEEKS, John E. Three Years May 6, 1997
OGUREK, John P. Five Years January 3, 1997
POLIZZI, Angelo J. Forty-Eight Months April 4, 1995
SMITH, Mark A. Three Years October 18, 1997
THIGPEN, Don Clifton Three Years October 20, 1997
VANMETER, Thomas L. Three Years February 14, 1997
 
 SUSPENSIONS SUBJECT TO MCR 9.123(B) (45) [180 days to three years]
RESPONDENT LENGTH OF SUSPENSION EFFECTIVE DATE
ASHMALL, Roy C. 180 Days December 24, 1997
BENNETT, Mary E. Eighteen Months May 6, 1997
BORJA, Arthur  180 Days June 20, 1997
BRAAKSMA, William J. Two Years January 21, 1997
CAHALAN, William L. Nine Months August 9, 1997
CARR, Richard D. 180 Days May 13, 1997
CATCHINGS, John B. Two Years May 1, 1997
CHILDRESS, James Stevenson Eight Months December 6, 1996
COOPES, Robert L. 180 Days January 14, 1997
CRAWFORD, Timothy S. One Year September 17, 1996
DOUGLASS, Terence W. 180 Days April 25, 1997
DREW, Richard J. 180 Days January 21, 1997
ELLIOTT, Leodis One Year October 9, 1996
ELLIOTT, Leodis One Year (concurrent) October 9, 1996
ELLIOTT, Leodis 180 Days May 6, 1997
FOSTER, James E. 180 Days February 1, 1997
GONEK, Ben 180 Days July 11, 1997
GREENE, Lawrence R. Two Years July 29, 1997
JOHNSON, Michael W. 180 Days September 26, 1997
KELLEY, IV, Wilbourne A. One Year April 30, 1997
KENNEDY, Jeanne P. 180 Days August 23, 1997
KLINTWORTH, William F. One Year August 7, 1997
LAUGHLIN, Susan 180 Days June 4, 1997
LYNCH, Deborah C. 180 Days October 22, 1997
MANSFIELD, Joseph 180 Days March 18, 1997
MURESAN, Ronald A. Seven Months April 23, 1997
PATMON, Frederick A. 180 Days October 8, 1997
POCOCK, Robert M. One Year February 7, 1997
RITCHIE, Henry C. Two Years & Eleven Months May 9, 1996
ROONEY, Jr., Joseph L. Eighteen Months January 14, 1997
SHERMAN, Maia R. 180 Days December 4, 1996
SHINNICK, Lawrence E. Six Months July 25, 1996
SMITH, E. Craig 180 Days January 10, 1997
SMITH, Nicholas Two Years July 29, 1996
SPICER, Hoyt P., II 180 Days March 6, 1997
STEVENS, Glenn R. 180 Days May 28, 1997
STEVENS, Glenn R. Two Years May 28, 1997
STILES, Charles R. One Year December 3, 1996
THOMAS, Samuel V. 180 Days December 27, 1996
TOMALKA, Cathy L. Six Months April 18, 1997
WALTON, Anthony E. One Year July 25, 1996
WALTON, Anthony E. 180 Days June 10, 1997
WERME, Karen E. Eighteen Months April 23, 1997
WILSON, Cynthia D. One Year January 10, 1996
YAPLE, Edward Gerard Two Years May 6, 1997
 
 SUSPENSIONS SUBJECT TO MCR 9.123(A) (31) [Less than 180 days]
RESPONDENT LENGTH OF SUSPENSION EFFECTIVE DATE
ANDERSON, Robert E. 120 Days August 12, 1997
BELL, Samuel Ninety Days November 11, 1997
BERARDO, William J. Thirty Days February 13, 1997
BORJA, Arthur  Sixty Days April 30, 1997
CURTIN, Raymond F. 179 Days May 24, 1997
DEAN, David M. Thirty Days July 18, 1997
DEPREKEL, Thomas W. Ninety Days April 23, 1997
ELLIOTT, Leodis 100 Days December 28, 1993
GARRATT, C. William 120 Days September 4, 1997
GOLDFARB, Carin B. Ninety Days April 19, 1997
HANDY, Eric S. Thirty Days December 6, 1996
HERBACH, Barry D. Forty-Five Days November 4, 1997
HOLMES, Jr., John H. Sixty Days September 18, 1997
KELLEY, IV, Wilbourne A. Thirty Days April 2, 1997
KISTNER, Mark S. Thirty Days October 18, 1997
KLINTWORTH, William F. Sixty Days April 19, 1997
KLINTWORTH, William F. Thirty Days June 18, 1997
MANN, Robert Thirty Days March 24, 1997
MANZIE, Georgia D. Ninety Days June 4, 1997
MANZIE, Georgia D. Ninety Days August 9, 1997
MAXON, David A. 179 Days September 26, 1997
MOFFETT, Dennis E. Thirty Days December 11, 1997
PROCTOR, Frank G. Ninety Days February 18, 1997
RINGELBERG, Jon H. Thirty Days August 29, 1997
STROUSS, Jeffrey G. Ninety Days January 14, 1997
THOMAS, Claude R. Ninety Days April 16, 1997
VIELE, Paul G. Ninety Days January 28, 1997
WALTON, Anthony E. Sixty Days July 25, 1996
WATTS, Rodney  Thirty Days September 30, 1997
WILKINS, Gregory L. 120 Days September 25, 1997
WOODFORD, Wayne Ninety Days June 11, 1997
 
 REPRIMANDS (43)
RESPONDENT EFFECTIVE DATE
BANKS, Mary L. July 19, 1997
BASSO, Jr., Louis G.  April 16, 1997
BAUMGARDNER, Jr., Walter L. February 18, 1997
BERMUDEZ, Moises J. October 30, 1997
BLACKMOND, Frederick J. August 20, 1997
BURKE, Denise M. December 31, 1996
CURTIS, Paul D. January 7, 1997
CURTIS, Paul D. November 14, 1997
CUTRO, Joseph June 5, 1997
DEROCHER, Ronald P. August 23, 1997
DORSEY, Saunders V. November 15, 1997
DUNCHOCK, Arnold D. September 6, 1997
DUNN, Dennis James July 30, 1997
FRIED, David H. July 11, 1997
GONEK, Ben July 11, 1997
GREENMAN, Milton H. August 1, 1997
HALL, Cyril C. September 25, 1997
HALPERN, Sheldon October 25, 1996
HAMMOND, Karen R. October 14, 1997
HARRIS, Warren E. December 30, 1997
HOLST, Richard C. October 17, 1997
KOWALCZYK, Mark G. September 12, 1997
LAKIN, Sanford N. November 13, 1997
LYNN, Kenneth H. November 27, 1997
MACDONALD, Raymond A. December 30, 1997
MOFFETT, Dennis E. January 4, 1997
NORTON, II, Robert E. May 1, 1997
NORTON, Scott D. December 2, 1997
ODOM, Jesse R. April 10, 1997
PAGE, Kelly L. April 25, 1997
RAAFLAUB, David H. November 13, 1996
REED, Susan F. January 3, 1997
RILEY, Michael J. June 12, 1997
SEARER, Chris T. July 1, 1997
SHAPERO, Arnold O. September 3, 1997
STREETER, Patricia A. March 4, 1997
TOMKOWIAK, Stephen R. September 16, 1997
VIAU, James J. February 4, 1997
WALLACE, Jr., Willard June 5, 1997
WATSON, Stephanie A. September 18, 1997
WETHERINGTON, C. Barry November 8, 1997
WILLIAMS, Brenda R. January 17, 1997
ZELENOCK, Michael J. October 11, 1997
 
 PROBATIONS (2)
RESPONDENT LENGTH OF PROBATION EFFECTIVE DATE
HANDY, Eric S. One Year February 11, 1997
NORTON, Scott D. Two Years December 18, 1995
 
 REVOCATIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

SUSPENSIONS - MCR 9.123(C) 14

SUSPENSIONS - MCR 9.123(B) 45

SUSPENSIONS - MCR 9.123(A) 31

REPRIMANDS . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43

PROBATIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2#

TOTAL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .162

#2 combined with other discipline and counted in both categories.
 

APPENDIX "C"
1997 HEARING PANEL ROSTER
(As of December 31, 1997)
ADA
Kent County
SMIETANKA, John Allen
ALLEGAN
Allegan County
TOOMAN, Lester J.
ANN ARBOR
Washtenaw County
CARTER, Stefani A.
FINK, Sally Claire
GREEN, Philip
GUERRIERO, Timothy M.
KIEFER, John B.
KOVACH, Susan A.
LAIRD, John R.
LAPORTE, Adele P.
LAX, Jerold
MEADER, Robert E.
NICHOLS, Margaret J.
SACKS, Monika H.
SCARNECCHIA, Suellyn
SCHWARTZ, Elizabeth R.
AUBURN HILLS
Oakland County
BUSACCA, David W.
DEAGOSTINO, Thomas M.
LYON, Mark W.
BATTLE CREEK
Calhoun County
BLASKE, E. Robert
CHRIST, Chris T.
COOKE, Andrew
GEIL, Thomas D.
KARRE, Nelson T.
LEVY, Paul R.
STEFFEL, Jr., Vern J.
SULLIVAN, James M.
BAY CITY
Bay County
LEARMAN, Sr., Richard C.
PIGGOTT, John W.
BEAVERTON
Gladwin County
PEMBERTON, Paul J.
BIG RAPIDS
Mecosta County
WALZ, Kenneth P.
BINGHAM FARMS
Oakland County
ALSPECTOR, Jacob I.
CANVASSER, Sue Ann
HOHAUSER, Michael S.
LOGAN, Leslie Anne
METZ, Virginia F.
SINCLAIR, Timothy R.
ZIVIAN, Etta B.
ZUPPKE, David F.
BIRMINGHAM
Oakland County
BASKIN, Henry
BAUMHART, III, A. David
BUESSER, III, Frederick G.
CARSON, William F.
FISCHER, Paul J.
GOLD, Edward D.
HOUGHTON, Jr., Ralph H.
KATZ, Norman D.
LAWSON, David M.
LOVERNICK, Richard N.
McCANN, D. Michael
NERN, William F.
OCHS, Norman P.
SHERR, Paul D.
VICTOR, Steven I.
WILLIAMS, James J.
BLOOMFIELD HILLS
Oakland County
BAUM, Martin S.
BINKLEY, David A.
BROOKOVER, Thomas W.
BURDICK, James W.
CHARTRAND, Douglas A.
COLMAN, Albert M.
CRANMER, Thomas W.
CRYSTAL, Joseph
DAMREN, Samuel C.
DARIN, Jr., Dennis A.
DEVINE, Sr., Daniel C.
FABRIZIO, Joseph J.
FEMRITE, Marcia E.
FRYHOFF, Timothy T.
GARIEPY, Robert L.
GOETZ, Jr., Angus G.
GOLDMAN, Barry
GOOGASIAN, George A.
HOWLETT, James L.
JANOVER, Robert H.
LUJAN, Joseph G.
MANIKOFF, V. John
McCONNELL, Kenneth B.
PAPPAS, Edward H.
PARKER, Joyce E.
RANDALL, Anne Loridas
ROGERS, John T.
ROY, William A.
SHECTER, Lynn H.
SUGERMAN, Donald F.
TOOHEY, Robert E.
VOCHT, Michelle E.
WELLER, II, Robert Y.
BOYNE CITY
Charlevoix County
ARNER, Timothy D.
CADILLAC
Wexford County
HERRINTON, James C.
McCURDY, David S.
CENTER LINE
Macomb County
SCHOENHERR-WARNEZ, Florence M.
CHELSEA
Washtenaw County
FLINTOFT, Peter C.
CLARE
Clare County
TRUCKS, Jay F.
CLARKSTON
Oakland County
BULLARD, III, Rockwood W.
CLINTON TWP
Macomb County
DIXON, Ronald R.
HRIBAR, Robert J.
JANSEN, Wendy A.
PUZZUOLI, Joseph P.
RINI, James W.
DEARBORN
Wayne County
LAKE, Timothy W.
SEIFMAN, Barry A.
VENDITTELLI, Nicholas J.
WYGONIK, Richard
DEARBORN HEIGHTS
Wayne County
CONSTANTAKIS, Clarence R.
HURWITZ, Miles A.
RIVARD, Jr., Donald M.
WALLACH, Howard I.
DETROIT
Wayne County
AMOS, Roberta M.
ANDERSON-DAVIS, Janet
ARNDT, Trisha J.
BAIERS, James E.
BENSON, Gail S.
BOLDEN, Jr., Carl B.
BOLTON, Robert S.
BOLTZ, Russ E.
BUFFINGTON, Lamont E.
BURGESS, Laurence C.
CALILLE, Albert
&CALLAHAN, Hon. John W.
#CHODAK, Murray J.
CHURIKIAN, Samuel J.
#CLAY, Eric L.
COTHORN, John A.
&COX, Hon. Sean F.
DAKMAK, George P.
DINGES, Robert J.
EDWARDS, Sharon-Lee
EGGENBERGER, Robert E.
EISENBERG, Stuart B.
ESSHAKI, Gene J.
GAGE, William C.
GARZIA, Samuel A.
GERSHEL, Alan M.
GOLDSMITH, Mark A.
GRAVES, Lola Glass
GRUSKIN, Michael A.
GURWIN, Howard E.
GUSHEÉ, Richard B.
HAMPTON, II, Verne C.
HARRIS, Richard R.
HELLAND, Lynn A.
HEWSON, James F.
JOHNSON, Jr., John E.
#KASIBORSKI, Sr., Chester E.
KASIBORSKI, Jr., Chester E.
&KELLY, Hon. Kirsten Frank
KITCH, Richard A.
KUPLICKI, Francis P.
LEMIRE, John J.
@LEWIS, Kenneth L.
LEWIS, Michael B.
LIZZA, John B.
LORENCE, Gerald M.
MacMILLAN, Mary Rose
MANION, Paul J.
MAVEAL, Gary M.
MERRY, Cynthia E.
MILLER, Bruce A.
MILLER, Camille Stearns
MYERS, Rodman N.
NIFOROS, Lambro
NOWIKOWSKI, Eileen
PEREGORD, Jennifer J.
PHILLIPS, Dwight W.
PITTS, Stanley H.
PLUMB, Frederick B.
ROBERTS, Victoria A.
RODWAN, Gail O.
RONAYNE, III, John J.
SAFRANEK, Stephen J.
SAUGET, William J.
SCHONBERG, Edward R.
SCOTT, John E. S.
SELLERS, Jacqueline H.
SERYAK, Richard J.
SIMON, Basil T.
SIMPSON, Christine A.
SIMPSON, Samuel L.
SMITH, James A.
#STERN, Michael J.
SUNDQUIST, Richard A.
SUSSER, Danielle F.
TARNOW, Arthur J.
TEALL, Graham L.
THOMAS, James C.
TOUNSEL, Nathan M.
TRZCINSKI, Thomas J.
TUKEL, Jonathan
URSO, John R.
VAN HOEK, Dawn A.
VARTANIAN, Michael G.
WALKER, David R.
*WARREN, W. Gerald
WATZA, Michael J.
WEBER, Richard D.
WEINER, Stuart S.
WERDER, Mark R.
WILLIAMS, Avery K.
WILSON, III, Edward Reilly
WIRTH, George N.
WYNNE, James E.
YOTT, Cynthia K.
YOUMANS, Edward G.
ZEMMOL, Allen
DEXTER
Washtenaw County
KITCHEN, Leonard K.
EAST LANSING
Ingham County
BOSSENBROOK, Arlyn J.
CASEY, Nan Elizabeth
EDGAR, Mary C.
FORESMAN, Jr., Raymond J.
McCARTHY, Robert E.
ELK RAPIDS
Antrim County
FISHER, Joseph C.
FARMINGTON HILLS
Oakland County
ABRAMS, Nina Dodge
BATTERSBY, Michael L.
BERNSTEIN, Douglas C.
BERNSTEIN, Samuel I.
BERNSTEIN, Stephen R.
BUYERS, Russell A.
FOX, Sharon Mullin
FREILICH, Diane M.
GABEL, Clarence M.
MATZ, Steven J.
MUGERIAN, Marjorie Nanian
RAVITZ, Allyn Carol
ROBY, Steven B.
SUROWIEC, Gerald S.
TALON, Marianne G.
YOCKEY, Kurt D.
YOCKEY, Michael J.
FLINT
Genesee County
BAESSLER, Joseph E.
GOLDSTEIN, Richard M.
GRIFFIN, Walter P.
HENNEKE, Edward G.
HICKS, L. James
KRELLWITZ, Michael W.
PIPER, Randolph P.
SPENDER, Steven F.
STREBY, John A.
TREMBLEY, James J.
WILLIAMS, Kendall B.
FLUSHING
Genesee County
&LANCASTER, Hon. Arthalu
FORT GRATIOT
St. Clair County
McNAMEE, John B.
FOWLERVILLE
Livingston County
COX, Joseph C.
FRANKLIN
Oakland County
FENTON, Jerome L.
ROTTER, Harriet B.
GAYLORD
Otsego County
COTANT, James C.
GLADWIN
Gladwin County
KRECKMAN, Thomas I.
GRAND BLANC
Genesee County
CARL, Jean P.
GRAND RAPIDS
Kent County
BACON, Terrance R.
BLACK, James G.
BRASIC, Jon J.
DELANEY, Brian K.
DILLEY, A. Newton
DUGAN, Robert J.
EDGAR, Christopher L.
FARR, William S.
~GRUEL, Grant J.
&MARKEY, Hon. Jane E.
MUDIE, Kent W.
REAMON, Martha E.
REAMON, Sr., William G.
VAN'T HOF, William K.
GROSSE POINTE
Wayne County
SOURIS, Jane K.
GROSSE POINTE PARK
Wayne County
CHADWELL, Kenneth R.
#DEXTER, Philip D.
McINTYRE, Anita G.
HARBOR SPRINGS
Emmet County
RAMER, James T.
HART
Oceana County
&MONTON, Hon. Anthony A.
HAZEL PARK
Oakland County
WILSON, Eric S.
HIGHLAND
Oakland County
HICKOX, J. Michael
HOLLAND
Ottawa County
MARQUIS, John R.
HOWELL
Livingston County
#ERWIN, Wilfred H.
HEIKKINEN, Arthur
HUNTINGTON WOODS
Oakland County
ROSIN, David I.
SIMON, Erwin S.
IONIA
Ionia County
O'CONNOR, Rex P.
IRONWOOD
Gogebic County
McDONALD, Sr., David E.
ISHPEMING
Marquette County
HANSEN, Walter L.
JACKSON
Jackson County
BARTON, Bruce A.
KALAMAZOO
Kalamazoo County
BARNARD, Jr., Robert J.
BAUCKHAM, John H.
&BENSON, Hon. Quinn E.
CONTOS, Jr., Harry
DELEHANTY, Mary E.
FENTON, Stuart L.
GETTING, Jeffrey S.
HAYTER, Karen M.
LENNON, George H.
LILLY, Terrence J.
RUSSELL, Gregory W.
RYAN, William J.
LANSING
Ingham County
CHARNEY, Elaine H.
COLLINS, John L.
DE VINE, Barry F.
DOSTER, Eric E.
DUNLAP, Peter L.
EMERY, Lawrence J.
FINK, Joseph A.
FOSTER, Jr., Joe C.
HEOS, James T.
HOGAN, Patrick R.
HOOVER, C. Mark
LATTERMAN, Mark A.
LOOSE, John J.
MALLORY, Susan L.
PENTECOST, Ronald R.
PRICE, Kathaleen Rae
SCHLOSSBERG, Allen
SHERROD, Patricia L.
STROPKAI, James L.
WADDELL, David D.
LATHRUP VILLAGE
Oakland County
JORDAN, Brian J.
LIVONIA
Wayne County
BARTOS, Suzanne P.
&BRZEZINSKI, Hon. Robert B.
CUMMINGS, Owen J.
O'BRIEN, Colleen A.
SALTZMAN, Shirley A.
TUCK, Marsha Lynn
LUDINGTON
Mason County
ANDREWS, Jr., Robert D.
GAVIGAN, Leonard J.
NICHOLSON, Gary L.
MANISTEE
Manistee County
KELEHER, Dennis L.
MARQUETTE
Marquette County
CASSELMAN, Thomas P.
GIRARD, Dennis H.
PENCE, Steven L.
STEVENS, Mark P.
MEMPHIS
Macomb County
DELEKTA, Diane Hubel
MENOMINEE
Menominee County
BURGESS, Janis M.
METAMORA
Lapeer County
PETERS, Neill T.
MIDLAND
Midland County
HANDLON, Richard M.
HEINS, Sharon S.
SCHNEIDER, Sidney B.
SHELTON, Jr., Haskell H.
WETMORE, Floyd E.
MILFORD
Oakland County
CALLUM, Alice W.
LORIDAS, Renee Vintzel
MOUNT CLEMENS
Macomb County
ANDERSON, Philip J.
FINAZZO, Lori J.
GLIME, Raymond G.
%HACKER, James M.
KAPLAN, Steven M.
McCULLOUGH, Max D.
PIERCE, Hon. Lynne A.
RUSSELL, Karen
WYSS, William A.
MOUNT MORRIS
Genesee County
&STECCO, Hon. Larry J.
MOUNT PLEASANT
Isabella County
THOMPSON, William R.
MUSKEGON
Muskegon County
BALGOOYEN, Fredric F.
COCHRANE, Darryl R.
COLLINGE, Jared E.
SNIDER, II, I. John
VAN LEUVEN, Robert J.
NORTH MUSKEGON
Muskegon County
McNALLY, William F.
NOVI
Oakland County
KOHL, David D.
OAK PARK
Oakland County
%PEREZ, Jr., Henry
OKEMOS
Ingham County
BEHAN, Michael R.
BEHAN, Raymond R.
LOVIK, Mary M.
McLEOD, Ian C.
OXFORD
Oakland County
BUNTING, Robert L.
PARCHMENT
Kalamazoo County
HATCH, H. Van Den Berg
PAW PAW
Van Buren County
DUBAY, Mark D.
PETOSKEY
Emmet County
&JOHNSON, Hon. Charles W.
SMITH, W. Richard
STROUP, Nathaniel W.
PLYMOUTH
Wayne County
ESPER, David J.
LEVITTE, Carol Alexander
THOMAS, John E.
PONTIAC
Oakland County
HALLMARK, Linda S.
STERLING, J. Robert
PORT HURON
St. Clair County
BANKSON, S. Keith
HILL, Steven L.
KELLY, Charles G.
LANE, Cynthia A.
STAIGER, Jr., Frank O.
WHIPPLE, David C.
PORTAGE
Kalamazoo County
SMITH, Jr., C. Giles
PRUDENVILLE
Roscommon County
MEIRING, Ronald C.
RIVERVIEW
Wayne County
LOGAN, Kenneth J.
ROCHESTER
Oakland County
COLBERT, James P.
COX, Arthur R.
ROMEO
Macomb County
McLEAN, J. Gerald
ROSCOMMON
Roscommon County
DOSSON, Douglas C.
ROYAL OAK
Oakland County
BARNHART, Katherine L.
STARK, Sheldon J.
SAGINAW
Saginaw County
CHAKLOS, Sr., Robert G.
COLLISON, Sr., Charles C.
MOSSNER, Eugene D.
SMITH, Jr., Lawrence Wm.
ST. CLAIR SHORES
Macomb County
GARVEY, Paul T.
GARVEY, Robert F.
LEGGHIO, Brian M.
SHATZMAN, Pearl P.
ST. JOSEPH
Berrien County
BUTZBAUGH, Alfred M.
CONYBEARE, Bruce C.
GLEISS, Henry W.
KELLER, S. Jack
SPELMAN, John H.
TAGLIA, Paul A.
SAUGATUCK
Allegan County
OYLER, W. Tedd
SAULT STE. MARIE
Chippewa County
VEUM, Thomas J.
SHELBY
Oceana County
PRINCE, Clifford W.
SOUTHFIELD
Oakland County
APPEL, Jeffrey S.
AUGER, Cheryl J.
BRUKOFF, William M.
CUTLER, Donald M.
#GETTO, David R.
GINN, James M.
GROFFSKY, Richard L.
HAROUTUNIAN, Edward L.
#HORENSTEIN, Raymond
JACOBS, John P.
JOHNSON, Charlene A.
KEMPTON, Bruce C.
KINSLEY, Stephen L.
KOBEL, Harry
KRATCHMAN, D. Michael
KUHN, Loraine R.
LEVINE, Richard J.
MARTENS, William L.
MORGANROTH, Fred
RYAN, Stephen M.
SCHWARTZ, Steven L.
SHULMAN, Marc I.
SIEGAN, Reneé S.
SILBER, Albert J.
SILVER, Howard
SILVER, Kenneth F.
STEWART, Jeffrey T.
THURSWELL, Gerald E.
TRIEST, Brent S.
TURNER, Lee I.
VOS, III, John F.
WARSH, Richard L.
WARTELL, C. Robert
WAX, Harvey I.
WEINER, Cyril V.
WOLOCK, Steven M.
STERLING HEIGHTS
Macomb County
BOLANOWSKI, Eugene R.
CARDAMONE, Emil E.
COLMAN, Neil M.
GOLDSTEIN, Ronald A.
GOODMAN, Mark D.
KATZ, Lawrence S.
LASCOE, John S.
O'REILLY, Paul J.
SCHOENHERR, Sr., Craig S.
SYLVAN LAKE
Oakland County
LOWENTHAL, Betty L.
RONAYNE, Colleen V.
RYAN, Thomas J.
TECUMSEH
Lenawee County
COOPER, David J.
THREE RIVERS
St. Joseph County
TUCKER, Theodore J.
TRAVERSE CITY
Grand Traverse County
CHRISTOPHERSON, James A.
STARK, Harry S.
#THOMPSON, George R.
TROY
Oakland County
ACKERMAN, Alan T.
BASILE, Andrew R.
BOOKHOLDER, Ronald W.
EISENBERG, Marsha Katz
FELDSTEIN, Robert Z.
HEFFNER, Kathleen L.
HUDSON, Clarence L.
HUTSON, Michael W.
JACOBS, Mark S.
KEITH, Terrance A.
KELLY, Dale F.
KOCH, Walter O.
LANGE, Craig W.
LEBENBOM, David
LEIB, Michael S.
LUCOW, Milton
MANTESE, Gerard V.
MILIA, Robert P.
MORROW, Raymond L.
NOVAK, Jr., Richard A.
SAWYER, Thomas G.
SHULMAN, Leonard B.
STEFANI, Michael L.
STERLING, Raymond J.
TALARICO, Paula M.
THOMAS, Jamie Ann
THOMAS, Joseph W.
WARREN
Macomb County
KISTNER, Leo M.
ROEHL, Charles A.
WOMACK, Jr., P. Douglas
WATERFORD
Oakland County
KUTHY, Douglas E.
WEST BLOOMFIELD
Oakland County
COOPER, David J.
LOWER, Lynn L.
OLTARZ-SCHWARTZ, Sara
SCHNELZ, Kurt E.
YPSILANTI
Washtenaw County
#BARR, John M.
DODD, Gregory L.
EGGAN, Andrew M.
MOIR, Jr., Peter J.
MURPHY, John J.
ZEELAND
Ottawa County
HOESCH, Kenneth W.

*Deceased.
#Retired or resigned as panelist.
@Appointed to Attorney Discipline Board March 29, 1996.
&All full-time judges removed as hearing panelists August 1997.
%Inactive panelist.
~Appointed to Attorney Discipline Board October 1, 1997. 
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1. Appointed by Supreme Court effective October 1, 1997. 

2. Second three-year term expired September 30, 1997. 

3. Designated "GA" in Appendix "A." 

4. Designated "FA" in Appendix "A." 

5. Grievance Administrator v Attorney Discipline Board, 447 Mich 411 (1994). 

6. In the Matter of the Reinstatement of Evan H. Callanan, Lv den 455 Mich 1215 (1997); Kelly v Board of Law Examiners, 454 Mich 1206 (1997).