ND lawyer won't be suspended

Associated Press

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Supreme Court has ruled that a reprimand is sufficient punishment for a Fargo lawyer who missed a civil trial because of a personal scheduling conflict.

The state's disciplinary board had recommended William Kirschner serve a 30-day suspension, saying he had declined to change travel plans to take care of family obligations so that he could represent two clients at trial. Kirschner instead had unsuccessfully sought a continuance in the case.

The state Supreme Court said there were several mitigating factors and that a reprimand was sufficient sanction. Among the factors justices cited was that Kirschner accepted responsibility for the scheduling error, showed remorse and cooperated with officials.

Kirschner still is required to pay the $3,600 cost of the disciplinary proceedings.