Board of Overseers of the Bar v. Kristina B. Reeves
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Docket No.: BAR-20-3
Issued by: Maine Supreme Judicial Court
Date: November 2, 2020
Respondent: Kristina B. Reeves
Bar Number: 009538
Order: Reciprocal Discipline
Disposition/Conduct: Public Reprimand
M. Bar R. 26(e)
- Kristina B. Reeves, Esq., was admitted to practice law in the State of Maine in 2003.
- Attorney Reeves is also a member of the Arizona bar, where she was admitted in 2014.
- On January 9, 2020, the Board of Overseers of the Bar (the Board) received a copy of the December 31, 2019, Order of the Presiding Disciplinary Judge of the Supreme Court of Arizona (the Order), imposing upon Attorney Reeves a disciplinary sanction of a reprimand. Pursuant to M. Bar R. 26(b), on February 25, 2020, the Board filed its Petition for Reciprocal Discipline, and a certified copy, with exhibits, of the Order with the Executive Clerk of the Law Court.
- By its terms, the Order imposed a Public Reprimand and Order on Costs upon Attorney Reeves resulting from her violations of Rules 42 and ER 8.4(c) (engaging in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation) of the Arizona Rules of Professional Conduct.
- Neither the Board nor Attorney Reeves have demonstrated that it clearly appears upon the face of the record from which the order is predicated, that
- Attorney Reeves acknowledges that the above constitutes a sufficient basis to warrant the imposition of reciprocal discipline.
- The Court has reviewed M. Bar R. 21(c) and the ABA Standards for Imposing Lawyer Sanctions. Based upon its review, the Court is satisfied that a public reprimand fulfills the purpose of lawyer regulation in this instance.
(1) The 2019 Arizona procedure was so lacking in notice or opportunity to be heard as to constitute a deprivation of due process; or
(2) There was such infirmity of proof establishing the misconduct as to give rise to the clear conviction that the Court could not, consistent with its duty, accept as final the conclusion on that subject; or
(3) The discipline imposed would result in grave injustice or be offensive to Maine public policy; or
(4) The reason for the original order no longer exists.
WHEREFORE, pursuant to M. Bar R. 26(e), the Court imposes upon Attorney Reeves a Public Reprimand due to her admitted professional conduct violations. The Court also orders that medical records information submitted by Attorney Reeves shall be impounded and remain confidential. The clerk shall enter this order on the docket.
Dated: November 2, 2020
E. Mary Kelly, Judge
Single Justice by Designation