January 22, 2014
IN THE MATTER OF DEBORAH S. SMITH, an Attorney at Law, Respondent.
ORDER OF DISCIPLINE
On April 30, 2013, a formal disciplinary complaint was filed against Montana attorney Deborah S. Smith. The disciplinary complaint may be reviewed by any interested persons in the office of the Clerk of this Court.
The Commission on Practice held a hearing on the complaint on October 17, 2013, at which hearing Smith was present with her attorney, Mikel Moore, and testified on her own behalf. On October 30, 2013, the Commission submitted to this Court its Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law, and Recommendation for discipline. The Commission recommended that Smith be given a public admonition by the Commission and that she should be ordered to pay the costs of these proceedings.
Rule 13 of the Montana Rules for Lawyer Disciplinary Enforcement (MRLDE) provides that a recommendation by the Commission that an attorney be disciplined by public or private admonition by the Commission is final unless, within 10 days of that decision, the lawyer subject to sanction, Disciplinary Counsel, or any member of the public files a petition for the Court's review. No such petition was filed within the time allowed.
Therefore, as further provided by Rule 13, MRLDE,
The decision of the Commission is FINAL and this matter is CLOSED.
The Clerk of this Court is directed to serve a copy of this Order of Discipline upon Smith through her counsel of record and to provide copies to Disciplinary Counsel, the Office Administrator for the Commission on Practice, and the Executive Director of the State Bar of Montana.