July 24, 2013
IN RE PETITION OF JOHN R. PRATER FOR REINSTATEMENT TO ACTIVE STATUS IN THE STATE BAR OF MONTANA
John R. Prater has petitioned this Court for admission to active status in the State Bar of Montana after having been suspended for three or more consecutive years for nonpayment of dues. In his petition, Prater states that he filed for bankruptcy while he was suspended from the practice of law in Montana.
IT IS ORDERED that Petitioner must submit to an investigation by the Commission on Character and Fitness concerning his fitness to practice law. Petitioner must comply with the character and fitness process and timely produce information, evidence, and documentation as requested by the Commission. The Commission may, in its discretion, conduct a limited investigation.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that, when its investigation has been completed, the Commission will advise the Court whether Petitioner has been certified, conditionally certified, or denied certification. If the Commission grants certification or conditional certification, it shall file a Certificate of Certification under the above Cause Number with the Clerk of this Court. If the Commission denies certification, it will issue written findings of fact, conclusions of law, and a decision as per Section 5(c)(6) of the Rules of Procedure of the Commission on Character and Fitness.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that, if Petitioner is certified or conditionally certified to practice law in Montana, he shall comply with Rule 13 of the Rules and Regulations for Continuing Legal Education and shall pay all dues and fees owing to the State Bar of Montana before he is reinstated.
The Clerk is directed to provide copies of this order to the Petitioner, the Chair of the Commission on Character and Fitness, and the State Bar of Montana.