In the cases listed below, there are disciplinary proceedings pending. Files in these cases are a matter of public record and available for examination at the Office of the Professional Responsibility Board, 1st Floor of the Supreme Court Building, 111 State Street, Montpelier.

Adams, Carolyn (2)

Adams, Carolyn
Respondent’s Counsel:  n/a
Disciplinary Counsel: Sarah Katz
Docket Number: PRB Docket No. 2020-064
Status: ASSIGNED TO HEARING PANEL. On August 26, 2020 a Petition of Misconduct was filed re respondent Carolyn Adams. Hearing Panel 6 was assigned on August 27, 2020. Respondent submitted a request for filing extension rec’d on October 2, 2020.  On October 5, Disciplinary Counsel filed a letter of no objection to the panel with a request for a date clarification. The Hearing Panel filed a decision granting the extension. The Answer received on November 16, 2020 was replaced by a signed, corrected version on November 19th. On Monday, December 21, 2020, Disciplinary Counsel filed a letter on behalf of both parties requesting a 30-day extension on the submission of a scheduling order to allow respondent time to obtain counsel. The letter is in response to an email sent by Hearing Panel Counsel on December 8, 2020. On January 22, Disciplinary Counsel files a proposed scheduling order. The Hearing Panel issued a schedule order on January 28, 2021. On March 9, 2021, the Respondent filed a Motion to Strike for a document erroneously filed on February 23, 2021. The Hearing Panel issued their decision, granting Respondent’s request on April 20th , 2021. On May 17, 2021 a Notice of Limited Appearance and a Motion for Relief were filed by Counsel on behalf of the Respondent. On the same day, the Respondent filed a Motion to Consolidate or Stay. Disciplinary Counsel filed a response to the Motion to Consolidate or Stay on May 26, 2021. On May 31, 2021, the Respondent filed a Motion to Enlarge. On June 1, 2021, Disciplinary Counsel filed an exhibit list and witness list. The Hearing Panel issued an order granting the Motion to enlarge on June 4, 2021. The Respondent filed a response to Disciplinary Counsels Opposition to Motion to Consolidate or Stay on June 9. 2021. Respondent filed a Witness and Exhibit lists on June 15, 2021. Counsel for the Respondent filed an email updating the Panel on witness availability on August 5, 2021. On August 10, 2021 Jason J. Sawyer filed a Notice of Appearance on behalf of the respondent. A Notice of Status Conference was sent to the Parties on November 16, 2021, scheduling a status conference for December 22, 2021.

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Adams, Carolyn
Respondent’s Counsel:  Self
Disciplinary Counsel: Sarah Katz
Docket Number: PRB Docket Nos. 2019-014 and 015
Status: On May 18, 2021, respondent filed a Motion for Relief. A Notice of Limited Appearance was also filed by Attorney Jason J. Sawyer. On May 26, 2021, Disciplinary Counsel filed a response. On June 7, 2021, the Hearing Panel issued a ruling on the Motion for Relief. The ruling was transmitted to the Supreme Court on June 8, 2021. On June 9, 2021, Counsel for the respondent filed two documents: a Request to Present Evidence and Motion for Spoliation Remedy as well as a Reply to Disciplinary Counsel’s Opposition to Motion for Relief in Judgment. The Supreme Court issued their Final Order on August 4, 2021.

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Bailey, Denise

Bailey, Denise
Respondent’s Counsel:  Self
Disciplinary Counsel: Sarah Katz
Docket Number: PRB-031-2022
Status: The Supreme Court issued an Interim Suspension order on September 20, 2021 in response to the Parties’ jointly filed petition.
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Burke, John Downes

Burke, John Downes
Respondent’s Counsel:  Self
Disciplinary Counsel: Daniel McCabe
Docket Number: PRB Docket No. 2020-040
Status: ASSIGNED TO HEARING PANEL. On October 15, 2020 a Petition of Misconduct was filed. Hearing Panel 10 (Welford, Lamson and Legacy) was assigned on October 16, 2020. On December 8, the Hearing Panel issued an Order to Show Cause scheduling a January 4, 2021 deadline for the Respondent’s written response to the petition. Disciplinary Counsel has until January 15, 2021, to file a memorandum in response. On February 17, 2021, a Notice of Status Conference was issued, informing the Parties of a status conference scheduled and held on February 25, 2021. Special Disciplinary Counsel filed a Status Report and jointly filed Stipulation on April 21, 2021. On May 12, 2021, the Hearing Panel issued a ruling rejecting the stipulation of facts and proposed order. On June 28, 2021, Special Disciplinary Counsel filed a Notice of Dismissal. The Hearing Panel issued a ruling on the Notice of Dismissal on July 27, 2021. On August 11, 2021, Disciplinary Counsel Katz submitted a Notice of Appearance and a Motion to Deem Charges Admitted. The Hearing Panel issued an order on September 14, 2021 requesting clarification as to whether a hearing is needed. On October 12, 2021, Disciplinary Counsel submitted a Second Request for Hearing. A Hearing Notice was issued on November 12 scheduling the hearing for December 17, 2021 at 9 a.m. The hearing will be viewable on the homepage of the Vermont Judiciary's YouTube channel. The video will begin when proceedings do, at the scheduled time or shortly after.

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Cobb, William W.

Cobb, William W.
Respondent’s Counsel:  Brice Simon
Disciplinary Counsel: Sarah Katz
Docket Number: PRB Docket Nos. 2020-099, and -103
Status: ASSIGNED TO HEARING PANEL. On October 29, 2020 a Petition of Misconduct was filed. Hearing Panel 1 was assigned on November 6, 2020. Attorney Robert O’Neill will serve in place of Recused Panel Member Emily Tredeau. Counsel for Respondent filed an Answer on November 19, 2020. On December 22, 2020, Disciplinary Counsel filed a jointly proposed scheduling order. The Hearing Panel issued a signed scheduling order on January 2, 2021. On June 15, 2021, Disciplinary Counsel and Counsel for the Respondent filed Witness and Exhibit lists. On August 6, 2021, Counsel for the Respondent filed a revised exhibit list. On August 26, 2021, Attorney James Murdoch was appointed as an Attorney member of the Hearing Panel, replacing Attorney Robert O’Neill. A Notice of Hearing was sent to the Parties on August 30, 2021 scheduling a Merits Hearing on October 15, 2021, beginning at 8:30 a.m. The hearing will be viewable on the homepage of the Vermont Judiciary's YouTube channel. The video will begin when proceedings do, at the scheduled time or shortly after. On September 7, 2021, Disciplinary Counsel filed a response to the Notice of Hearing. A second hearing notice was sent to the Parties, scheduling a second hearing which was held on November 1, 2021, at 8:30 a.m. Disciplinary Counsel filed a Motion for Protective Order and Motion to Seal on October 5, 2021. The Hearing Panel issued a Post Hearing Order on November 4, 2021. Disciplinary Counsel filed Public Exhibits on November 9, 2021.

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Fink, Melvin (2)

Fink, Melvin
Respondent’s Counsel: David Sleigh

Disciplinary Counsel: Sarah Katz
Docket Number: PRB Docket No. 2019-012
Status: ASSIGNED TO HEARING PANEL. On February 20, 2019 a Petition of Misconduct was filed. Hearing Panel was assigned on February 27, 2019. Respondent’s Counsel filed an Answer with a Request for Stay of the Proceedings on February 27, 2019. Disciplinary Counsel filed no objection to stay on February 28, 2019. On March 8, Hearing Panel issued an Order requesting information filed in the criminal proceeding and any terms or conditions or release pending trial. On March 8, 2019, Respondent’s Counsel filed the Information and Conditions of Release in State v. Melvin Fink, Docket No. 124-1-19, as ordered by the Hearing Panel. On March 28, 2019 the Hearing Panel filed a Ruling on Request to Stay granting the motion with conditions. On March 29, 2019, Disciplinary Counsel filed a Motion for Reconsideration. The Motion was joined by Respondent. On May 3, 2019, the Hearing Panel issued a ruling on the motion amending the Panel’s March 28, 2019 decision. On September 9, 2021, Disciplinary Counsel filed a Partial Objection to Respondent’s Witness List, a Partial Objection to Respondent’s “Hearing Memo to the Board,” and exhibits not yet admitted into evidence.

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Fink, Melvin
Respondent’s Counsel:  David Sleigh
Disciplinary Counsel: Sarah Katz
Docket Number: PRB Docket No. 2021-018
Status: ASSIGNED TO HEARING PANEL. On January 12, 2021 a Petition of Misconduct was filed. Hearing Panel 3 was assigned on January 14, 2021. On January 28, 2021, David Sleigh, filed a letter of Representation on behalf of the Respondent. At the same time, Mr. Sleigh filed a Request for Extension of Time. The Hearing Panel issued an order on February 26, 2021 granting Respondent’s Request for Extension of Time. Counsel for respondent filed an answer on March 18, 2021. On March 25, 2021 the parties filed a jointly proposed Scheduling Order. The Hearing Panel issued the Scheduling Order on April 2, 2021. On July 19, 2021, Disciplinary Counsel filed prehearing witness and exhibit lists. This was followed on July 26, 2021, with Respondent’s Counsel filing witness and exhibit lists. A Hearing Notice was sent to the Parties on August 20, 2021, scheduling a remote hearing on September 27, 2021 at 8:30. The hearing will be viewable on the homepage of the Vermont Judiciary's YouTube channel. The video will begin when proceedings do, at the scheduled time or shortly after. On September 9, 2021, Disciplinary Counsel filed a Partial Objection to Respondent’s Witness List, a Partial Objection to Respondent’s “Hearing Memo to the Board,” and exhibits not yet admitted into evidence. Counsel for the respondent filed exhibits 1 through 4 on September 27, 2021. Counsel for the Respondent filed a Supplemental Memo and copy of transcripts on October 15, 2021.

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Kulig, Paul S.

Kulig, Paul S.
Respondent’s Counsel: Timothy L. Taylor, Esq.
Disciplinary Counsel: Samantha Lednicky
Docket Number: PRB Docket No. 2020-066
Status: ASSIGNED TO HEARING PANEL. On September 22, 2020 a Petition of Misconduct was filed. Hearing Panel was assigned on September 23, 2020. On September 10, Counsel for the respondent, Timothy L. Taylor filed an answer in response to the petition. On October 26, 2020, A notice of a telephonic Pre Hearing conference scheduled for November 17th, 2020, at 10:30 a.m. was sent to Parties and Hearing Panel. Special Disciplinary Counsel filed a Jointly Proposed Scheduling Order on behalf of both parties on November 24th, 2020. The Hearing Panel issues a scheduling order on December 7, 2020. On December 9, 2020, Counsel for the respondent files a supplemental witness list. On January 25, 2021, Special Disciplinary Counsel and Counsel for the Respondent filed individual Witness Lists, Joint Exhibit list and available dates with the Hearing Panel. On February 8, 2021 a Notice of Hearing was sent to the Parties scheduling a final pre-hearing conference for March 8 at 9 a.m. The notice also set a Merits Hearing date for March 15, 2021 at 9 a.m. On February 22, 2021, Special Disciplinary Counsel filed a Motion to Continue March 15 Final Hearing. On the same day, Counsel for the Respondent notified the program that they did not object. The Hearing Panel issued a ruling on the Motion on March 5, 2021. A Notice of Hearing sent on April 9, 2021, scheduled the Merits Hearing for June 21, 2021 at 10 a.m. On June 7, Disciplinary Counsel and Counsel for the Respondent filed Memos of Law and Exhibits. On June 25, 2021, a Hearing Notice as sent to the Parties scheduling a merits hearing.  On July 23, 2021 the Merits Hearing was held. After the Hearing, Special Disciplinary Counsel filed DC Exh 10 exhibit. Counsel for the Respondent filed two documents at the request of the panel on August 6, 2021. On September 3, 2021, Counsel for the Respondent filed Post-Hearing Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law. On the same day, Special Disciplinary Counsel filed a Sanctions Memo and Findings of Facts. The Hearing Panel issued a decision on the case on September 27, 2021; the decision was transmitted to the Court. The Supreme Court ordered a review on their own motion on October 1, 2021. On October 8, 2021 Counsel for the Respondent filed a Notice of Respondent’s position re a Stay of the Suspension. On November 1, Special Disciplinary Counsel filed a response to the Hearing Panel re Respondent’s Motion to Stay filed with the Supreme Court. On November 2, 2021, Respondent file an Emergency Supplement to Motion to Stay.

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Legus, Carrie J.

Legus, Carrie J.
Respondent’s Counsel:  Self
Disciplinary Counsel: Sarah Katz
Docket Number: PRB Docket No. 2020-102
Status: ASSIGNED TO HEARING PANEL. On September 9, 2020 a Petition of Misconduct was filed. Hearing Panel was assigned on September 15, 2020. Respondent is self-represented. Respondent filed an Answer on September 29, 2020. Notice for Pre-Hearing Conference was sent to the parties on November 3. The call was held on December 1, 2020. On December 14, 2020, the Chair of the Hearing Panel issued a Scheduling Order. On December 31, 2020 Respondent files a Motion for Substitute Counsel. Disciplinary Counsel filed a response to the Motion for Substitute Counsel on January 12, 2021. The Hearing Panel issued a ruling on Respondent’s motion for Substitute Counsel on February 10, 2021. A Scheduling Order was issued by the Panel on February 18, 2021. Disciplinary Counsel filed witness and exhibit lists on May 12, 2021. A Hearing Notice was sent to the Parties on May 20, 2021 scheduling the Merits Hearing. The Hearing was held via WebEx video conferencing on June 28, 2021.Disciplinary Counsel filed a letter to the Panel regarding returned mail on June 4, 2021. The Hearing Panel issued an order regarding the Service of Documents on June 10, 2021. As requested by the Hearing Panel, Disciplinary Counsel filed a report on June 14, 2021. The report was followed by a second report filed on June 17, 2021, in response to Respondent’s updated contact information relayed to the program on June 15, 2021. On June 28, 2021, Disciplinary Counsel filed copies of all exhibits admitted into evidence at the hearing. The Hearing Panel issued a Post Hearing Scheduling Order on July 7, 2O21. On July 23, 2021 Disciplinary Counsel filed a Proposed Findings of Facts, Violations and Memorandum Recommending Six-Month Suspension. The Hearing Panel issued PRB Decision No. 238 on August 30, 2021. The document was transmitted to the Supreme Court.

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PRB No. 2020-102 - DC-1 voicemail from R 7-16-20 0544

Manby, C. Robert, Jr.

Manby, C. Robert, Jr.
Respondent’s Counsel:  Harry Ryan
Disciplinary Counsel: Sarah Katz
Docket Number: PRB Docket No. 2019-089
Status: ASSIGNED TO HEARING PANEL. On November 27, 2019 a Stipulation of Facts and Jointly Proposed Conclusion of Law was filed. Hearing Panel 2 was assigned on December 9, 2019.  Additional exhibits were added by Disciplinary Counsel on December 10, 2019. On December 17, 2019, the Hearing Panel Chair filed a Scheduling Order. On January 3, 2020, Disciplinary Counsel filed a Memorandum of Law Addressing Jointly Proposed Conclusions of Law. On January 17, 2020, Respondent filed a Memo in Opposition to Disciplinary Counsel’s Memo of Law. Respondent then filed a supplemental response on February 18, 2020, clarifying the Memo in Opposition. On March 6, 2020, the Hearing Panel issued a ruling rejecting the parties’ Proposed Stipulation of Facts. Disciplinary Counsel filed a Petition of Misconduct on August 5, 2020. On August 14th, 2020, Counsel for the Respondent filed a Motion for the Hearing Panel to Recuse itself from the case. Disciplinary Counsel responded to the motion on August 18, 2020. On August 25, 2020 Counsel for the Respondent filed a response to the Petition of Misconduct. On October 9, 2020 the Hearing Panel issues a Ruling denying Respondent’s motion to recuse and to strike. On October 20, 2020, Counsel for the Respondent files an Unopposed Motion to Reconsider the Hearing Panel decision to deny Respondent’s motion to recuse and strike. On October 26, 2020, a notice of a telephonic Pre-Hearing conference was sent to Parties and Hearing Panel. This meeting was rescheduled on October 30 to November 24 at 2 p.m. and held on that day. On December 14, 2020, Disciplinary Counsel and Respondent’s Counsel filed separate proposed scheduling orders. The Hearing Panel issued a ruling on December 17th on respondent’s request to reconsider the Hearing Panel October 9th decision denying the motion to recuse and strike. On January 8, 2021, the Hearing Panel Issued a scheduling order. On the same day, Counsel for the Respondent filed a Motion to Reconsider and Extend Scheduling Order. The Hearing Panel issued their order on Respondent’s Motion on January 14, 2021.  On March 10, 2021, Respondent’s counsel filed a Notice of Appearance and Motion to Extend Discovery Deadline. Disciplinary Counsel filed her response on March 15, 2021. The Hearing Panel issued their ruling on the Motion to Extend Discovery Deadline on March 19, 2021. Respondent’s Counsel filed a Motion in Limine to Exclude Testimony of Expert Witnesses on March 31, 2021. Disciplinary Counsel responded to the Motion In Limine on April 6, 2021. On April 12, 2021, Counsel for the Respondent filed a reply to Disciplinary Counsel’s response to the Motion In Limine. On May 3, 2021 Disciplinary Counsel filed Witness and Exhibit Lists. Counsel for the Respondent sent a response to Disciplinary Counsel’s pretrial filings on May 4, 2021. The Hearing Panel issued an order on the Motion In Limine on May 13, 2021. On May 17, the Hearing Panel issued an order on respondent’s request to enlarge the discovery completion deadline. A Notice of Merits Hearing was sent to the Parties and Panel on May 27, 2021. On June 14, 2021, Counsel for the Respondent filed a Motion for an In-Person Hearing. On June 24, 2021, Disciplinary Counsel filed a Motion Partially Objecting to Respondent’s Motion for an In-Person Hearing. On July 12, 2021, the Hearing Panel issued a ruling on Respondent’s motion. On July 30, 2021, Counsel for the Respondent filed an Emergency Motion to Reschedule Hearing. The Panel issued their ruling on the Emergency Motion on August 4, 2021. A Hearing Notice was sent to the Parties on August 20, 2021, scheduling a remote hearing on October 22, 2021. The hearing will be viewable on the homepage of the Vermont Judiciary's YouTube channel. The video will begin when proceedings do, at the scheduled time or shortly after.

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Pagliughi, Jean

Pagliughi, Jean
Respondent’s Counsel:  Self
Disciplinary Counsel: Sarah Katz
Docket Number: PRB Docket No. 2021-101
Status: On August 13, 2021, Disciplinary Counsel filed a Stipulation of Facts and Proposed Legal Conclusions. On August 24, 2021, Hearing Panel 4 was assigned. On September 7, 2021, the Respondent filed a letter to the Panel regarding the stipulation. Disciplinary Counsel filed a Sanctions Memorandum on the same day. On November 5, 2021, the Hearing Panel issued an order rejecting the Stipulation.

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Robinson, Stuart Jay (2)

Robinson, Stuart Jay
Respondent’s Counsel: Self
Special Disciplinary Counsel: Edward Adrian
Docket Number: PRB Docket No. 2020-007
Status: On December 11, 2020 a Petition of Misconduct was filed. Respondent’s Answer with a Motion to Dismiss was filed on December 30, 2020. Hearing Panel 6 was assigned on January 8, 2021. On January 12th, 2021 Special Disciplinary Counsel filed a Response to Respondent’s Motion to dismiss. On the same day, respondent filed additional documents to the Hearing Panel for their consideration. On January 19, 2021, Special Disciplinary Counsel filed a letter of disclosure. On January 19, 2021, Respondent filed a documents responding to Special Disciplinary Counsel’s response to Respondent’s Motion to Dismiss the Petition. Hearing Panel Chair David Berman recuses himself from the panel for this case on February 1, 2021, and is replaced by Attorney Steve Adler. Panel Member Richard Goldsborough was appointed Chair of the Panel February 10, 2020. On February 9, 2021, Special Disciplinary Counsel Edward Adrian files documents in Response to documents filed by the respondent on January 12, 2021. Respondent filed a Memorandum and exhibits to support Motion to Amend and Reverse Judgement on February 16, 2021. The Hearing Panel issued a Scheduling Order and Ruling on Respondents Motion to Dismiss for Failure to State a Claim on February 23, 2021. On March 11, 2021, Counsel for the Respondent filed a Notice of Appearance and a jointly filed motion to extend scheduling order deadlines. The Hearing Panel issued an amended scheduling order on March 18, 2021. The Respondent filed exhibits on May 27, 2021. On June 8, 2021 Counsel for the Respondent filed a Stipulated Motion to Amend Scheduling Order and for Extension of Time to Respond to New Charges. Counsel for Respondent filed a Motion of Withdrawal of Appearance on June 29, 2021. On July 6, Counsel for the Respondent filed an Unopposed Motion for Extension of Time. On July 9, Special Disciplinary Counsel filed an email complying with the Scheduling Order. The Hearing Panel issued an Order on the Motions and a Second Amended Scheduling Order on July 12, 2021. The video will begin when proceedings do, at the scheduled time or shortly after. On August 2, 2021, Respondent filed a Motion to Rescind, followed by a Notice of Appearance filed on August 3rd, 2021. On August 13, 2021 the respondent filed a witness list, followed on August 17, 2021 with a supplemental witness list and Pre-Hearing exhibit list. On September 3, 2021, the Respondent filed a Motion for Amended 3rd Scheduling Order. On September 10, 2021, the Respondent filed a Consolidated Answer and Exhibits in Opposition to the Petition of Misconduct. On September 14, 2021, a Hearing Notice was sent to the Parties scheduling the Merits Hearing for November 8th at 8:30 a.m. On September 15, 2021, the Respondent filed a Second Supplemental Motion to Dismiss. Special Disciplinary Counsel filed an Opposition to the Motion with Exhibits on September 29, 2021. The Hearing Panel issued an order on the Motion on October 5, 2021. On October 13, 2021, the respondent filed a Motion to Continue. This was followed by a Notice to the Panel, filed by Special Disciplinary Counsel on October 14, 2021. On October 15 2021. The Supreme Court issued and Entry Order transferring respondent to disability inactive status. The respondent filed consolidated filings on October 19, 2021. Special Disciplinary Counsel filed a follow up to his notice filed on October 14. On October 26, 2021, the Hearing Panel issued their order on Respondent’s Motion to extend order, and at the same time, issued a notice of status conference. On October 15, 2021. The Supreme Court issued and Entry Order transferring respondent to disability inactive status. The respondent filed consolidated filings on October 19, 2021. Special Disciplinary Counsel filed a follow up to his notice that was filed on October 14, 2021. The Respondent submitted emails to the Hearing Panel on November 5, 2021.

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Robinson, Stuart Jay
Respondent’s Counsel: Self
Disciplinary Counsel: Edward Adrian
Docket Number: PRB-099-2021
Status: ASSIGNED TO HEARING PANEL. On May 28, 2021 a Petition of Misconduct was filed. Hearing Panel 6 was assigned on June 3, 2021. On June 8, 2021 Counsel for the Respondent filed a Stipulated Motion to Amend Scheduling Order and for Extension of Time to Respond to New Charges. Counsel for Respondent filed a Motion of Withdrawal of Appearance on June 29, 2021. On July 6, Counsel for the Respondent filed an Unopposed Motion for Extension of Time. On July 9, Special Disciplinary Counsel filed an email complying with the Scheduling Order. The Hearing Panel issued an Order on the Motions and a Second Amended Scheduling Order on July 12, 2021. The video will begin when proceedings do, at the scheduled time or shortly after. On August 2, 2021, Respondent filed a Motion to Rescind, followed by a Notice of Appearance filed on August 3rd, 2021. Respondent filed a Motion to Dismiss with Exhibit list on August 6, 2021. On August 13, 2021 the respondent filed a witness list, followed on August 17, 2021 with a supplemental witness list and Pre-Hearing exhibit list. Respondent filed a Motion to Dismiss with Exhibit list on August 6, 2021. On August 13, 2021 the respondent filed a witness list, followed on August 17, 2021 with a supplemental witness list and Pre-Hearing exhibit list. On August 20, 2021, Special Disciplinary Counsel filed a response to respondent’s motion to dismiss. On September 1, 2021, the Hearing Panel issued a ruling on Respondent’s Motion to Dismiss the Second Petition of Misconduct. On September 3, 2021, the Respondent filed a Motion for Amended 3rd Scheduling Order. On September 10, 2021, the Respondent filed a Consolidated Answer and Exhibits in Opposition to the Petition of Misconduct. On September 14, 2021, a Hearing Notice was sent to the Parties scheduling the Merits Hearing for November 8th at 8:30 a.m. The hearing will be viewable on the homepage of the Vermont Judiciary's YouTube channel. The video will begin when proceedings do, at the scheduled time or shortly after. On September 15, 2021, the Respondent filed a Second Supplemental Motion to Dismiss. Special Disciplinary Counsel filed an Opposition to the Motion with Exhibits on September 29, 2021. Special Disciplinary Counsel filed an Opposition to the Motion with Exhibits on September 29, 2021. The Hearing Panel issued an order on the Motion on October 5, 2021. On October 13, 2021, the respondent filed a Motion to Continue. This was followed by a Notice to the Panel filed by Special Disciplinary Counsel on October 14, 2021.

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Watts, Norman

Watts, Norman
Respondent’s Counsel:  Self
Disciplinary Counsel: Navah Spero
Docket Number: PRB Docket No. 2019-102 and 2020-011
Status: On March 18, 2021 a Petition of Misconduct was filed re PRB Nos. 2019-102 and 2020-011. The respondent filed a Motion for Extension of Time to File Answer on April 2, 2021. Hearing Panel 9 was assigned on April 7, 2021, with Attorney Eric Johnson replacing Panelist Kate Thomas who recused herself for this filing. Disciplinary Counsel filed a response to Respondent’s request for time extension. The Respondent filed a response to Disciplinary Counsel on April 7, 2021. On April 14, 2021, the Hearing Panel issued their ruling re Respondent’s request for Time Extension and Scheduling Order. The Respondent filed an Answer on May 21, 2021. On May 27, 2021, Respondent filed a Request for Production of Documents. On June 4, 2021 Respondent filed a Witness List. On the same day, a certificate of service acknowledging receipt was filed by Disciplinary Counsel. On July 7, 2021, the Respondent filed a Certificate of Service. On July 13, 2021, Special Disciplinary Counsel filed a Consented-to Motion to Substitute Expert. This was followed by a Request to Resolve Discovery Dispute on July 16th, 2021. The Hearing Panel issued a ruling on Special Disciplinary Counsel’s Consented-to Motion to substitute Counsel On July 19, 2021. On the same day, the Respondent filed email correspondence to the Panel. On July 22, 2021, Respondent files a Response to a Request to Resolve Discovery Dispute and a response to Special Disciplinary Counsel’s Requests to Produce. On July 27, 2021, Special Disciplinary Counsel files a reply in support of the Request to Resolve Discovery Dispute. On August 9, 2021, the Hearing Panel issued an Order on the Request to Resolve Discovery Dispute. On August 19, 2021 the Respondent filed a Motion to Extend Time. Special Disciplinary Counsel filed a response on August 20, 2021. The Hearing Panel issued an order on the decision on August 23, 2021. On August 30, 2021, the Respondent filed a Notice to Panel. This was followed on September 1, 2021 by filings by Special Disciplinary Counsel, including her Response to the Notice and Request for Sanctions, a Motion to Extend Scheduling Order and a Supplemental Memo to Resolve Discovery Dispute Related to Document Request 5. On September 8, 2021, Respondent filed a response to Special Disciplinary Counsel’s Response to the Notice and Request for Sanctions, a Motion to Extend Scheduling Order and a Supplemental Memo to Resolve Discovery Dispute Related to Document Request 5. The Hearing Panel Chair filed on Order on the Motions on September 28, 2021. On October 13, 2021, Special Disciplinary Counsel filed a Motion to Extend Time. The Hearing Panel issued an order on the motion on October 14, 2021. On October 15, 2021, Special Disciplinary Counsel  filed a supplemental Memorandum of Law on Discovery Sanctions. Respondent filed a motion to extend time on October 27, 2021. Special Disciplinary Counsel also filed a Motion to Extend November 12, 2021 filing deadline on November 3, 2021. The Hearing Panel issued an order on both motions on November 5, 2021. On November 9th, Respondent filed a response to Special Disciplinary Counsel’s Supplemental Memorandum of Law on Discover Sanctions. On November 3, 2021, Special Disciplinary Counsel filed a Motion to Extend November 12, 2021 filing deadline. On November 22, Special Disciplinary Counsel filed a Motion to Continue and the Respondent filed a revised response to a sanctions memo first filed on November 8, 2021. On November 23, 2021, Special Disciplinary Counsel filed a reply in Support of Motion for Sanctions.

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Wellman-Ally, Lisa W.

Wellman-Ally, Lisa W.
Respondent’s Counsel:  Self
Disciplinary Counsel: Sarah Katz
Docket Number: PRB Docket No. 2021-102
Status: The Court received notice that Lisa W. Wellman-Ally, was subject to a disciplinary order in the State of New Hampshire.  The order, issued by the New Hampshire Professional Conduct Committee and dated February 16, 2021, imposed a six-month suspension which was stayed with condtions for one year from the issue date. The Vermont Supreme Court issued an Entry Order on March 23, 2021, deferring the reciprocal discipline until the stay expires.

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