Court Opinion: Presiding Disciplinary Judge Opinion for May 31

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People v. Peter D. Menges

On May 31, 2023, the Presiding Disciplinary Judge approved a stipulation to revoke Peter Menges’ three-year probation, lift the stay on his 90-day suspension and suspend him for 90 days. The suspension takes effect June 14. 

In 2021, Menges, who has an alcohol use disorder, was suspended from the practice of law for 90 days, all to be stayed upon the successful completion of a three-year probation period. Menges’ probationary terms included extensive substance monitoring conditions. On Sept.14, 2021, the parties stipulated to restart Menges’ probationary period after Menges self-reported he failed to comply with his probationary conditions twice. 

Then, beginning May 25, 2022, the parties stipulated to increase the frequency of monitoring after Menges self-reported two additional instances of noncompliance with his probationary conditions.

In October 2022 and in April 2023, Menges again violated the terms of his probation, leading to the parties’ stipulation to revoke his probation and to impose a period of suspension.

To be reinstated to the practice of law after his suspension, Menges must prove by clear and convincing evidence he has been rehabilitated, has complied with all disciplinary orders and rules and is fit to practice law.

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