Discipline Decision – 2015
TAKE NOTICE THAT an Adjudication Tribunal of the Disciplinary Panel of the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador, having conducted a hearing pursuant to the Law Society Act, 1999, found Keith S. Morgan, of St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, guilty of conduct deserving of sanction. The Adjudication Tribunal found that by failing to be absolutely frank and candid in his dealings with an unrepresented party and by failing to disclose material facts or supplying false information, Mr. Morgan did not discharge with integrity his duties, contrary to the Rule in Chapter 1 of the Code of Professional Conduct. The Tribunal did not find that Mr. Morgan acted with intention to mislead the unrepresented party. Rather, Mr. Morgan failed to inform himself about the aspects of the law which related to his engagement and did not re-visit past acts or positions upon learning the relevant law. The Tribunal’s assessment is that such conduct reflects adversely upon Mr. Morgan, the integrity of the legal profession and the administration of justice as a whole.
The Adjudication Tribunal ordered, pursuant to subsection 50(3)(a) of the Law Society Act, 1999 that: