disciplinary judge imposed reciprocal discipline
and disbarred Buffy Marie Lawrence, Houston.
In October 2014, the Board of Disciplinary
Appeals of Texas issued an order disbarring Ms.
Lawrence. In April 2013, Ms. Lawrence had
pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to
commit wire fraud in U.S. District Court for
the Southern District of Texas. In April 2014,
Ms. Lawrence was sentenced to 12 months and
one day in prison for the crime.
Bar No. 021576; File Nos. 13-3402, 14-0128
PDJ No. 2015-9026
By final judgment and order dated April 13,
2015, the presiding disciplinary judge accepted
an agreement for discipline by consent by
which Jay Powell, Tucson, was suspended for
120 days and placed on supervised probation
for 18 months upon reinstatement. Mr. Powell
will be required to participate in the State Bar’s
Law Office Management Assistance Program as
a condition of probation. Mr. Powell also was
ordered to pay costs and expenses totaling
In count one, Mr. Powell failed to act diligently and failed to expedite a bankruptcy matter by, among other things, failing to adequately
document certain agreements with the creditor
and failing to file responsive pleadings. Mr.
Powell also failed to reasonably communicate
with his client during the representation.
In count two, Mr. Powell failed to act diligently and failed to expedite a bankruptcy matter by, among other things, failing to file an
amended complaint when ordered by the court
to do so, to comply with discovery requests and
to appear at a court hearing. Mr. Powell also
failed to reasonably communicate with his
client during the representation.
Aggravating factors: prior disciplinary
offenses, a pattern of misconduct, multiple
offenses and substantial experience.
Mitigating factors: absence of dishonest or
selfish motive, full and free disclosure to disciplinary board or cooperative attitude, imposition of other penalties or sanctions, and
Mr. Powell was found to have violated Rule
42, ARIZ.R.S.CT., specifically ERs 1. 3, 1. 4,
1. 16, 3. 2, 3. 4 and 8. 4(d), and Rule 54(d),
JAMES J. SCHOLLIAN
Bar No. 022015; File Nos. 14-0509, 14-1357, 14-
PDJ No. 2014-9107
By the presiding disciplinary judge’s May 8,
2015, judgment and order, James J. Schollian,
Mesa, was suspended for four years, effective
July 8, 2015. If reinstated, Mr. Schollian will
be placed on probation for two years. He also
was assessed the costs and expenses of the
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