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Wyoming Supreme Court Suspends Casper Attorney

CHEYENNE – The Wyoming Supreme Court today handed down a 30-day suspension to Casper attorney Mary M. Dunn. The suspension will go into effect on March 1, 2012.

The suspension stems from violation of four separate Rules of Professional Conduct for Attorneys at Law.

Dunn represented one of the parties to a divorce action, and submitted an order dividing the parties' retirement funds to the court for filing without informing opposing counsel that she had done so. Dunn's conduct violated Rule 3.3(a)(1), which prohibits a lawyer from making a false statement of fact or law to a tribunal, and also Rule 3.4(c), which provides that a lawyer shall not knowingly disobey an obligation under the rules of a tribunal except for an open refusal based on an assertion that no valid obligation exists.

Dunn also violated Rule 8.4(a), which states that it is professional misconduct for a lawyer to violate or attempt to violate the Rules of Professional Conduct, and rule 8.4(d), which prohibits conduct that is prejudicial to the administration of justice.

Dunn stipulated to the 30-day suspension and agreed to pay an administrative fee and certain costs of the disciplinary action to the Wyoming State Bar.