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Statehouse Live: Supreme Court suspends law license of attorney from Baldwin City

June 3, 2011, 12:57 p.m. Updated June 3, 2011, 1:02 p.m.

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— 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.

Comments

Uhlrick_Hetfield_III 3 years, 6 months ago

This almost smacks of debtors prison. Get behind on your bills and they take away his livelihood. Yeah, that makes sense. This bunch on the Kansas Supreme Court aren't exactly the brightest bulbs in the pack, are they?

MyName 3 years, 6 months ago

Well if he's not making enough, I'm sure he could explain to the court why, if he had shown up. Not showing up to court when you're supposed to is not acceptable. That goes doubly true if you're a lawyer.

Uhlrick_Hetfield_III 3 years, 6 months ago

I agree. I'm betting there are some problems here beyond child support. Even a stupid lawyer knows that you can't miss court dates and not have your ticket pulled.

Jimo 3 years, 6 months ago

He didn't go to jail because he was "behind" on his bills but because he refused to show up for the court case about it (and apparently a warrant was issued for his no-show).

His law license is suspended because he was failing to act professionally to his clients or the court.

He won't get his license back until he clears up his personal debts. Lawyers are not allowed to maintain their affairs in such a problematic manner.

goodcountrypeople 3 years, 6 months ago

Number_1 _Grandma is right. There are some hair-raisingly unprofessional lawyers out there, some doing the state's business. Talk about lying liars. These seem to be the rule , not the exception, especially here in Douglas County.

I don't agree with putting people in the slammer for debt-related matters, however. First off, it's counter-intuitive. How can they earn money to get caught up with child support( or credit cards) when they are behind bars?

Uhlrick_Hetfield_III 3 years, 6 months ago

What's the difference between a dead lawyer laying in the middle of the road and a dead snake laying in the middle of the roads? Skid marks in front of the snake.

riverdrifter 3 years, 6 months ago

"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."

Lived in BC all my life.

Never heard of him.

kernal 3 years, 6 months ago

River, you never heard of him because he was living up on Jefferson County before he recently moved to Baldwin City. Previous articles about him in LJW.

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