STATE OF MINNESOTA
IN SUPREME COURT
In Re Petition for Disciplinary Action Against
Barrie S. Schumack, an Attorney at Law of the
State of Minnesota.
O R D E R
Respondent Barrie S. Schumack was placed on supervised probation for misconduct that included engaging in a pattern of neglect and noncommunication, failing to pay a law-related debt, and failing to cooperate with an ethics investigation conducted by the Director of the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility.† In re Schumack, 615 N.W.2d 830 (Minn. 2000).† The Director has filed a petition for revocation of probation and for further disciplinary action alleging that respondent has committed professional misconduct warranting public discipline while on probation, namely, that respondent neglected a client matter, failed to adequately communicate with that client, failed to pay a law-related debt, and failed to cooperate with his probation supervisor and the Director in violation of the terms of probation and Minn. R. Prof. Conduct 1.3, 1.4, 3.4(c), 8.1(a)(3), and 8.4(d), and Rule 25, Rules on Lawyers Professional Responsibility (RLPR).† ††††
The parties have entered into a stipulation in which respondent unconditionally admits the misconduct and the parties jointly recommend that the appropriate discipline is a six-month suspension.† The parties further recommend that, in light of respondentís renewed psychological treatment, the suspension be stayed and respondent be placed on supervised probation subject to the following conditions:
a. Respondent shall abide by each of the conditions set out in the courtís order in In re Schumack,615 N.W.2d 830 (Minn. 2000).
b. Respondent shall limit his practice to criminal defense, implied consent matters, license plate impoundments, and any property forfeiture cases based on alleged illegal activity of the client.† The respondent may complete all civil matters currently pending and cited in his November 2002 case inventory supplied to the Directorís Office.† In addition, the respondent may represent himself in any civil action and, with the prior consent of the Directorís Office and his supervisor, any other civil matter.† Nothing in this restriction shall prevent the respondent from acting as a qualified neutral or arbitrator.
c. Respondent shall respond to communications from the Directorís Office and his supervisor within three business days of receipt of the communication.† Respondent shall file his client inventories timely during the first week of each month without a reminder from his supervisor.† Respondentís supervisor shall call the Directorís Office in the second week of each month if the inventory has not been received.
d. Respondent shall continue to treat with Dr. Dan Barron on behavior modification techniques and shall authorize Dr. Barron to communicate with his supervisor and the Directorís Office regarding his treatment.† Respondent shall attend all appointments recommended by Dr. Barron.† Respondent shall not discontinue treatment with Dr. Barron until he has found another counselor approved by the Directorís Office.† Respondent shall authorize Dr. Barron to notify the Directorís Office immediately by telephone regarding any failed appointment or failure to cooperate with his treatment plan.
e. Respondent shall remain compliant with medication and treatment regimens prescribed by his physicians.
f. Respondentís public probation shall continue until the later of two years from the date of this order or until respondent has completely satisfied the Weller and US West Dex judgments against him and his treating psychologist certifies that probation is no longer necessary or helpful.
g. Failure to comply with any of the terms of this stayed suspension shall result in automatic suspension upon the motion of the Directorís Office.
h. Respondent shall pay $900 in costs under Rule 24, RLPR.
††††††††††† This court has independently reviewed the file and approves the jointly recommended disposition.
††††††††††† Based upon all the files, records and proceedings herein,
††††††††††† IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that respondent Barrie S. Schumack is suspended from the practice of law for six months, stayed, and respondent is placed on supervised probation subject to the agreed-upon conditions set forth above.† Respondent shall pay $900 in costs under Rule 24, RLPR.
††††††††††† Dated:†† January 15, 2003
††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† BY THE COURT:
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Paul H. Anderson