Advertisement

Archive for Friday, June 3, 2011

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.

Advertisement

Related document

Kansas Supreme Court decision ( .PDF )

— 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

kernal 2 years, 10 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.

0

riverdrifter 2 years, 10 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.

0

goodcountrypeople 2 years, 10 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?

0

Number_1_Grandma 2 years, 10 months ago

We're going to have to build more prisons if we start putting lawyers behind bars "for violating professional rules of conduct." There is no professionalism for lawyers anymore. The only difference between them and their clients is one has a license to be a crook and the other doesn't!

0

Uhlrick_Hetfield_III 2 years, 10 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?

0

Commenting has been disabled for this item.