Discipline Decision – 2019
Below is a summary of a decision arising from an Adjudication Tribunal of the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador.
The Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador v. Jeffrey K. Brace
The Respondent, Jeffrey K. Brace, currently practicing in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, plead guilty to a Complaint alleging that in 2016 he:
- ) was charged with an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada, R.S.C. 1985, c. C-46 that may be treated as an allegation of conduct deserving of sanction in accordance with rule 9.32; and
- ) failed to carry on the practice of law and discharge all responsibilities to clients, the public and other members of the profession honourably and with integrity in contravention of Law Society rule 2.1 (subsections 2.1-1 and 2.1-2).
The sanction ordered by the Adjudication Tribunal included that:
- ) the Respondent obtain counselling in the area of alcohol addiction and coping mechanisms for a period determined appropriate by a certified counsellor and provide a consent, which consent shall remain valid for a period of twelve (12) months, from the date of expiry of the statutory appeal period, authorizing a representative of the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador to communicate and obtain information and confirmation directly from his treating counsellor or from the agency that provided counselling services to him through his Employee Assistance Program or from his Probation Officer;
- ) the Respondent provide to the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador a letter from a certified counsellor or from the agency that provided counselling services to him through his Employee Assistance Program or from his Probation Officer, advising that Jeffrey K. Brace has successfully completed such counselling.
In accordance with s. 51(2) of the Law Society Act, 1999, the Law Society must maintain a copy of the decision and shall, upon receiving a request to view the disciplinary records in relation to a member, permit a person to view those records. All inquiries can be directed to the Law Society at (709) 722-4740 or via email to: email@example.com