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Kilpatrick only knew Bill Camp as a "brother lawyer. As he was leaving Mr. According to Kilpatrick, he told Barbara Camp that he was "Bill's lawyer. When Kilpatrick told Dodd that Mr. Camp had "signed something," Dodd responded that he was helping the Camp family look for legal representation for Bill and he named several attorneys. The following day, Kilpatrick telephoned Susie Camp at her home where she was recuperating from an auto accident.
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According to Kilpatrick, the telephone call was at Bill Camp's request. He told her that Bill had authorized him to proceed with a lawsuit.
Susie Camp responded that she had been appointed temporary guardian of Bill's estate, "that Bill was in no condition to hire anyone," and that Kilpatrick "did not have any authorization to do anything. Following her conversation with Kilpatrick, Susie Camp hired a lawyer, Robert MacIntyre, to assist her with the guardianship. MacIntyre went to Kilpatrick's office and asked him to relinquish his contract with Mr. Kilpatrick refused, stating that he had valid contract and was entitled to a referral fee. By letter to Kilpatrick dated October 6, , Mr. Camp was "incompetent" and "incapable of entering into a contract.
That figure, according to Kilpatrick, was not based on any formula or calculation. The court found that Bill Camp was adjudicated incompetent on June 20, , that he was incompetent on the date he signed the power of attorney with Kilpatrick, and that the medical malpractice action prosecuted on Bill Camp's behalf was without the authority of his legal guardian. The order signed by the court on December 8, , declared the power of attorney void and required. Kilpatrick to pay attorney's fees to Susie Camp, as guardian.
That same day, Kilpatrick appeared at Mr. MacIntyre's office with a motion to recuse the probate judge and an offer to refrain from filing the motion if Mr. MacIntyre would pay him a referral fee.
The State Bar filed its disciplinary petition four months later in April The petition alleges that Kilpatrick: violated a disciplinary rule DR A 1 ; engaged in conduct involving dishonesty, deceit, or misrepresentation DR A 4 ; engaged in conduct that is prejudicial to the administration of justice DR A 5 ; engaged in other conduct that adversely reflected on his fitness to practice law DR A 6 ; and initiated contact with a prospective client for the purpose of obtaining employment DR D 1.
Trial was on March 10, Three questions were submitted to the jury. Jury question 1 asked: "Did Donald E. Kilpatrick initiate contact with Bill Camp as a prospective client for the purpose of obtaining professional employment when he knew or should have known that Bill Camp could not exercise reasonable judgment in employing a lawyer.
Kilpatrick engage[d] in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation:" a "in obtaining Bill Camp's signature on a power of attorney employing Donald E. Kilpatrick, with intent to obtain an economic benefit for himself, solicit employment for himself to prosecute a suit or to collect a claim.
The following morning, the court heard argument on sanctions and on March 13, , entered judgment disbarring Kilpatrick from the practice of law. We address only points six and eight through thirteen because they are dispositive of this appeal.
In points of error eight through thirteen, Kilpatrick contends the trial court erred in allowing the State Bar's trial amendment on the conduct of barratry and in submitting that issue to the jury. At trial, there was a single passing reference to "barratry" during the testimony of expert, Fred Hagans. On re-direct examination, Mr. Hagans was asked to define barratry. Kilpatrick's counsel objected that the definition was a "matter for the court.
Hagans was then asked whether the barratry statute makes a distinction between the location of the solicitation.
Kilpatrick's counsel objected that the subject had not been addressed on cross-examination and was not proper for re-direct. The court overruled that objection and Hagans responded that he could not recall the statute making such a distinction. During the charge conference, the State Bar requested a trial amendment on "barratry" that contained the definition in TEX. Kilpatrick's counsel objected that the issue was "not in their petition," that there was no "real testimony to that effect," and that it had not been tried by implied consent.
Counsel for the State Bar responded that testimony of barratry was before the jury without objection. The court granted the State Bar's trial amendment and a copy of the proposed charge was submitted to the court. Question 3 conformed to the language in the trial amendment. It also instructed the jury "that intent to obtain an economic benefit is presumed if a person accepts employment for a fee, accepts a fee, or accepts or agrees to accept money or any economic benefit.
At that point, Kilpatrick's counsel objected that the question and. Kilpatrick's counsel further stated that he was "not qualified or ready to try a barratry case," that he was "surprised," and that it was an "unfair jury question. Kilpatrick's attorney then moved for a continuance which was promptly denied by the trial court.
A trial court has no discretion to refuse a trial amendment unless: 1 the opposing party presents evidence of surprise or prejudice, or 2 the amendment asserts a new cause of action or defense, and, thus, is prejudicial on its face, and the opposing party objects to the amendment. Greenhalgh v. Service Lloyds Ins. Here, the trial amendment was prejudicial on its face. While counsel's objections to the trial amendment and jury question were inartfully stated, it is obvious from his objections that he thought section Former article X, section 7 5 of the State Bar Rules, now section 8.
The law of this State defines "barratry" in section While an attorney may be disciplined for an act which constitutes an offense under the Penal Code, the disciplinary rules and not the Penal Code provide the basis for discipline. See Smith v. State, S.
A disciplinary proceeding is a civil, not a criminal trial. State Bar of Texas v. Evans, S. While the disciplinary rules authorize discipline for certain acts that may also violate the criminal law, they were not intended to supplant the Penal Code or permit criminal prosecutions within civil disciplinary proceedings. Section Here, Kilpatrick could have been prosecuted for barratry and then the State Bar could have used that conviction in this disciplinary proceeding. Instead, there was no criminal prosecution, yet, the State Bar obtained a finding of criminal wrongdoing without the hardship of the higher burden of proof which is necessary for a conviction.
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That procedure was improper and prejudicial. We are aware of the language in section This section does not, however, dispense with the requirement of obtaining a criminal conviction for use in a subsequent disciplinary proceeding. In the instant case, the State Bar correctly proceeded under the disciplinary rule that prohibited solicitation.
DR D 1 repealed It was unnecessary and improper for the State Bar to obtain a finding of criminal wrongdoing where it had already proven a violation of the disciplinary rules. Submission of such a duplicitous issue was clearly erroneous and we can only conclude that it was done to prejudice Kilpatrick. See Holmes v. Penney Co. Also, by allowing the trial amendment and submission of question 3, the State Bar was permitted to submit an improper instruction. As we noted, the instruction tracked the language in section See Act of Sept. Laws , Finally, we observe that "barratry is defined to prohibit conduct that tends to foment litigation, for purposes other than the pursuit of justice, in situations where litigation might not otherwise arise.
In the instant case, Kilpatrick's conduct did not "tend to foment litigation" because it is undisputed that Bill Camp required a lawyer and that litigation of Mr. Camp's medical malpractice claim was likely, regardless of who represented him. Accordingly, we find that the trial court erred in granting the trial amendment and in submitting jury question 3. Viewing the totality of the circumstances, we find that the inclusion of the question 3 and the accompanying instruction amounted to such a denial of Kilpatrick's rights as to cause the rendition of an improper judgment.
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