The Director of the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility has filed a petition for disciplinary action alleging that respondent Jennifer Lynn Cummings committed professional misconduct warranting public discipline, namely, illegally purchasing a controlled substance from a client whom she was then representing, in violation of Minn. R. Prof. Conduct 8.4(b). Respondent pleaded guilty to one count of fifth-degree possession of a controlled-substance as a result of this conduct, and the district court stayed adjudication of her guilt pursuant to Minn.Stat. § 152.18 (2010), and placed respondent on probation.
Respondent admits her conduct violated the Rules of Professional Conduct, waives her rights under Rule 14, Rules on Lawyers Professional Responsibility (RLPR), and has entered into a stipulation with the Director in which they jointly recommend that the appropriate discipline is suspension from the practice of law for a minimum of 90 days followed by a period of probation coextensive with respondent's criminal probation in State of Minnesota v. Jennifer Lynn Cummings, Court File No. 18-CR-11-766, during which time respondent will be supervised by the Director's Office and subject to other conditions.
This court has independently reviewed the file and approves the jointly recommended disposition.
Based upon all the files, records, and proceedings herein,
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:
1. Respondent Jennifer Lynn Cummings is suspended from the practice of law, effective 14 days after the filing of this order, for a minimum of 90 days;
2. Respondent shall comply with Rule 26, RLPR (requiring notice of suspension to clients, opposing counsel, and tribunals);
3. Respondent shall pay $900 in costs and disbursements pursuant to Rule 24, RLPR;
4. Respondent shall be eligible for reinstatement to the practice of law following the expiration of the suspension period provided that, not less than 15 days before the end of the suspension period, respondent files with the Clerk of Appellate Courts and serves upon the Director an affidavit establishing that she is current in continuing legal education requirements, has complied with Rules 24 and 26, RLPR, and has complied with any other conditions for reinstatement imposed by the court;
5. Upon reinstatement to the practice of law, respondent shall be subject to probation supervised by the Director's Office for the full term of respondent's criminal probation, subject to the following conditions:
6. Within one year of the date of filing of this order, respondent shall file with the Clerk of Appellate Courts and serve upon the Director proof of successful completion of the professional responsibility portion of the state bar examination. Failure to timely file the required documentation shall result in automatic re-suspension, as provided in Rule 18(e)(3), RLPR; and
7. If respondent violates either her criminal probation or the terms of this probation, the Director may, after notice to respondent and an opportunity to be heard, move the court to impose additional discipline.
BY THE COURT: