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VSB seeks comments on Young’s bid for reinstatement

The Virginia State Bar is seeking information about Rickey Gene Young’s fitness to return to law practice.

The former Martinsville attorney is asking the Supreme Court of Virginia to restore his law license, which was revoked in 2003 with ten legal ethics complaints pending against him.

The VSB Disciplinary Board will hold a hearing on Young’s petition for reinstatement on September 27 in Richmond. The board then will submit factual findings and a recommendation to the court.

The board is requesting comments, with a Sept. 18 deadline.

Young was licensed to practice law in Virginia in 1980.  In 2001, he was charged in federal court with several misdemeanors for contempt of court and for willfully failing to file tax returns.

Also in 2001, the VSB Disciplinary Board suspended Young’s law license for eighteen months.

After finishing his federal prison sentence, Young agreed to revocation of his law license in 2003 in the face of ten open complaints before the VSB.  The most serious allegations were misdemeanor convictions for violating a court order in 2001 and for failing to file tax returns from 1993 through 1997, the VSB said. Young consented to the revocation after the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board appointed a guardian ad litem to represent him, the VSB said.

Young’s request for a new law license has been in the pipeline since 2011. In October of that year, he asked the Supreme Court for reinstatement.

It was not until August of last year that the court referred the matter to the VSB for action by the Disciplinary Board.

In his petition, Young stated he has been working for the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development as an appeals hearing officer.

Young claimed he has kept current with the state of law, has read recent Virginia Supreme Court decisions, and has completed 100 hours of continuing legal education with 12 in ethics, according to a VSB summary of his petition. Young said he successfully completed the Multi State Professional Responsibility Examination with a scaled score of 114, but does not indicate when or where he took the examination.

Young stated that he is active in his church and community, working for homeless shelters. He said he has paid back the costs assessed against him by the bar and has begun to pay back the VSB Clients’ Protection Fund.

Written comments or requests to testify at the hearing may be submitted to disciplinary system clerk Barbara S. Lanier, 707 East Main Street, Suite 1500, Richmond, Virginia 23219, or to clerk@vsb.org. The comments become part of the public record.

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