The Supreme Court Committee on Professional Conduct, which regulates lawyers, meets today. A public hearing is set at 10 a.m. on a complaint against Shawn Womack. Details cannot be released until the hearing.
UPDATE: A report from Doug Smith, who attended:
State Sen. Shawn Womack (R-Mountain Home), a lawyer, was disciplined Friday by the Arkansas Supreme Court Committee on Professional Conduct. Womack will receive a letter of caution, the Committee’s mildest form of discipline, and will have to pay $50 in hearing costs and whatever the hearing reporter charges.
A hearing was conducted Friday morning at the state Justice Building on complaints made against Womack by Catherine Miller of Gassville, who had once hired Womack to collect child support for her. The Committee found that Womack had violated rules requiring that a lawyer act with reasonable promptness, and that a lawyer keep the client reasonably informed about the status of the case. Womack testified that he thought he’d been replaced as Miller’s lawyer.
The Committee is a group of lawyers and laymen appointed by the Supreme Court to regulate the practice of law in Arkansas. Womack is a prominent legislator, co-chairman of the Joint Budget Committee. He was the sponsor of a highly controversial bill in this year’s legislative session that would have prohibited homosexuals and unmarried couples from adopting children or being foster parents. The bill failed.