Kansas Supreme Court decision ( .PDF )
Topeka The Kansas Supreme Court has indefinitely suspended the law license of Jimmie Vanderbilt, an attorney from Baldwin City and former Jefferson County prosecutor, for violating professional rules of conduct.
The court’s decision announced Friday stems from Vanderbilt’s failure to pay nearly $77,000 in child support since 2005.
In January 2010, Vanderbilt was arrested for failing to appear in court on a contempt of court finding related to the child support matter, according to the Supreme Court opinion.
While he was incarcerated, he failed to appear in court in three criminal cases he was handling. He hadn’t informed the judges or clients in those cases of his situation, the Supreme Court decision stated.
The Supreme Court stated: “The Respondent (Vanderbilt) continues to be in contempt of court. As of Nov. 15, 2010, the Respondent’s child support arrearage totaled $76,963.75.”
The court said if Vanderbilt requests reinstatement of his license, it must be conditioned on him “purging himself” of the contempt of court order.