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Bar comes down on San Diego County lawyers

July edition

San Diego County lawyers have been disciplined, according to the calbarjournal.com and state bar records.

James Joseph Warner was disbarred. In July of 2014, he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to launder monetary instruments and attempted harassment of a witness.

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Edward Medina was disbarred for failing to notify clients and the courts of a previous license suspension and falsely reporting to the bar that he had done so; that involved moral turpitude. He also appeared in bankruptcy court for a client while suspended.

Sean Enrique O'Keefe was suspended from the practice of law after being convicted of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, a felony involving moral turpitude.

Randall Curtis Sterling was placed on one-year probation including a 30-day suspension. He falsely told the bar that he was in full compliance with his Minimum Continuing Legal Education requirements when he knew that he was not, and telling the bar that his legal education documents were destroyed by fire when he never had such records.

George Harvey Bye was suspended from practice of law. He has not passed the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination and is suspended pending proof of passage.

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San Diego County lawyers have been disciplined, according to the calbarjournal.com and state bar records.

James Joseph Warner was disbarred. In July of 2014, he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to launder monetary instruments and attempted harassment of a witness.

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Edward Medina was disbarred for failing to notify clients and the courts of a previous license suspension and falsely reporting to the bar that he had done so; that involved moral turpitude. He also appeared in bankruptcy court for a client while suspended.

Sean Enrique O'Keefe was suspended from the practice of law after being convicted of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, a felony involving moral turpitude.

Randall Curtis Sterling was placed on one-year probation including a 30-day suspension. He falsely told the bar that he was in full compliance with his Minimum Continuing Legal Education requirements when he knew that he was not, and telling the bar that his legal education documents were destroyed by fire when he never had such records.

George Harvey Bye was suspended from practice of law. He has not passed the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination and is suspended pending proof of passage.

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Those continuing education units are a real pain for many folks, and are the bane of many. But claiming records were burned in a fire was most amateurish; he should have claimed the dog ate them! No, the problem is that if you lose such records, it is a rather simple matter to get new copies and reconstruct your records.

July 14, 2016

Visduh: The state bar frequently uses these continuing education courses as a reason for disciplining a lawyer. Often the charge is not taking the exams, then giving weak (probably false) excuses for not having done so. Best, Don Bauder

July 14, 2016

Many professions require ongoing education because the information, technology and laws/regulations governing the profession changes rapidly. Doctors, lawyers, CPA's among others have to continue to keep up with whats new. Any professional that does not keep up gets left behind which is never a good thing.

July 17, 2016

AlexClarke: I agree. The fields of law and medicine, for example, are constantly changing. Ongoing education is important. Best, Don Bauder

July 20, 2016

Albert Pryde: Yes, The Reader considers it important to print items about the disciplining of lawyers and other professionals. Best, Don Bauder

July 20, 2016
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