In the Matter of Maria Reichmanis, Respondent.
Upon receipt of sufficient evidence demonstrating that a lawyer poses a substantial threat of serious harm to the public or to the administration of justice, this Court may suspend the lawyer pending a final determination in any proceeding under the Rules for Lawyer Disciplinary Enforcement, Rule 413, SCACR. Rule 17(b), RLDE. Based on evidence received this date at hearings on this matter and another matter involving respondent, we find respondent poses a substantial threat of serious harm to the public and to the administration of justice.
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that respondent's license to practice law in this state is suspended until further order of the Court.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Michael A. Mann, Esquire, is hereby appointed to assume responsibility for respondent's client files, trust account(s), escrow account(s), operating account(s), and any other law office account(s) respondent may maintain. Mr. Mann shall take action as required by Rule 31, RLDE, Rule 413, SCACR, to protect the interests of respondent's clients. Mr. Mann may make disbursements from respondent's trust account(s), escrow account(s), operating account(s), and any other law office account(s) respondent may maintain that are necessary to effectuate this appointment.
This Order, when served on any bank or other financial institution maintaining trust, escrow and/or operating accounts of respondent, shall serve as an injunction to prevent respondent from making withdrawals from the account(s) and shall further serve as notice to the bank or other financial institution that Michael A. Mann, Esquire, has been duly appointed by this Court.
Finally, this Order, when served on any office of the United States Postal Service, shall serve as notice that Michael A. Mann, Esquire, has been duly appointed by this Court and has the authority to receive respondent's mail and the authority to direct that respondent's mail be delivered to Mr. Mann's office.
This appointment shall be for a period of no longer than nine months unless request is made to this Court for an extension.
|Jean H. Toal C. J.
FOR THE COURT
Columbia, South Carolina
May 15, 2003