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Disbarred attorney reinstated

Monday, February 21, 2005

The Missouri State Supreme Court reversed itself Friday, vacating an earlier order to disbar an attorney who represents clients in Saline County.

The court had issued an order disbarring Renea L. Ehler on Feb. 8, and Ehler filed a motion to set aside the ruling on Feb. 14. Ehler, whose present address is listed in Keytesville, formerly had offices in Marshall and continues to represent local clients.

In sustaining Ehler's motion, the court gave her until Feb. 28 to file an answer with the chair of the state's Advisory Committee.

According to the Missouri Bar Association, the committee, composed of both lawyers and non-lawyers, is appointed by the Supreme Court and serves as the administrative body for assigning cases to disciplinary hearing panels. These panels use a setting similar to a court proceeding to hear evidence about allegations of lawyer misconduct. Based on their findings, they recommend what discipline, if any, should be imposed by the state Supreme Court.

Under the normal disciplinary procedures, the state's chief disciplinary counsel will file a legal document, called an information, if it is believed that a serious violation by the lawyer has occurred. If the lawyer fails to respond to the filing within 30 days, the Supreme Court may enter an order imposing discipline by default. A notice of default in Ehler's case was filed with the Supreme Court on Feb. 8.

The Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel will release the following information about attorneys: Whether an attorney is in good standing in Missouri; whether an attorney has public discipline in Missouri, but not whether an attorney has had complaints; and the last address an attorney registered with the Supreme Court of Missouri.

A search last week of the Missouri Bar Association's lawyer directory showed no listing for Ehler. As of Monday morning, she was listed as a member in good standing.

Contact Chris Post at

marshallhealth@socket.net



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