VOL. 110 | NO. 182 | Thursday, September 19, 1996
The law license of Francis E
The law license of Francis E. Dichtel was suspended by the Supreme Court of Tennessee on Sept. 11, affirming the order of the Chancery Court. The Chancery Court, affirming the hearing panels judgment, ordered a suspension of one year and one month in addition to reinstatement to the practice of law being conditioned on Dichtels restitution to three former clients. The Supreme Court found that Dichtel violated several disciplinary rules as outlined in four petitions for discipline filed against Dichtel. More specifically, the Supreme Court found Dichtel misled the Chancery Court in Shelby County about client funds and refused to answer the courts questions about the funds. Additionally, although Dichtel ultimately paid the client funds into court, the chancellor twice found Dichtel to be in intentional and deliberate contempt of court for Dichtels failure to follow the orders of the court. The Supreme Court further found that during June 1991 and for several years prior thereto, Dichtel commingled client trust funds and other money and that during this period, Dichtel established a pattern of paying personal expenses from his trust fund money.
The state Judicial Selection Commission will meet in Sevierville Sept. 19-20 to conduct a public hearing and interview applicants for a new East Tennessee seat on the Tennessee Court of Appeals. Speakers for each of the 14 applicants will be allowed a combined total of 10 minutes during the public hearing, which begins at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 19 in the Sevier County Courthouse. Private interviews with applicants will be begin at 8 a.m. Sept. 20. The commission met Sept. 12 and recommended Criminal Court Judge Terry Lafferty of Memphis, Circuit Court Judge Joe Riley of Ridgely and Memphis attorney Mark Ward for the West Tennessee seat.
The Memphis Bar Association has rescheduled an estate planning seminar that was to have been held Friday at the Racquet Club from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The seminar is now scheduled for December. For more information, call 527-3573.