Bowler v. Hawkins
Rule 1.15 of the Rules of Professional Conduct requires attorneys to protect clients' property. A local grievance panel found probable cause that the respondent attorney violated Rules 1.15 and 8.4 of the Rules of Professional Conduct. The respondent, Terence Hawkins, was admitted to the bar of the State of Connecticut in December 1985 and previously has been reprimanded. The respondent waived his right to an evidentiary hearing and wrote, "I admit that my bookkeeping practices . . . [led] to a violation of Rule 1.15 of the Rules of Professional Conduct." The respondent agreed to hire a bookkeeper, to keep written records and to track his IOLTA account. The Statewide Grievance Committee ordered the respondent to take continuing legal education course(s) in legal ethics and office management.