Application of Hanson, No. 37101

CourtSupreme Court of Minnesota (US)
Writing for the CourtPER CURIAM
Citation103 N.W.2d 863,258 Minn. 231
Docket NumberNo. 37101
Decision Date10 June 1960
PartiesIn re Application for the Discipline of Leonard A. HANSON, an attorney at law of the State of Minnesota.

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103 N.W.2d 863
258 Minn. 231
In re Application for the Discipline of Leonard A. HANSON,
an attorney at law of the State of Minnesota.
No. 37101.
Supreme Court of Minnesota.
June 10, 1960.

Syllabus by the Court

[258 MINN 231] 1. Grounds for disbarment include professional irresponsibility manifest by mishandling a client's funds, conversion of a client's funds, or lack of absolute integrity in conducting financial transactions with others.

2. In disciplinary proceedings, the public interest is the paramount consideration, the primary duty of the court is protection of the public, and sympathy for respondent cannot deter the court from disbarment.

[258 MINN 232] Glen P. Powrie and Frank L. McDonald, Minneapolis, for petitioner.

William G. Dressel, Minneapolis, for respondent.

PER CURIAM.

This is a proceeding for the disbarment of a respondent admitted to practice at the bar of this court. The general principles governing such matters are, or should be, too well known to require detailed reiteration or elaboration. Every attorney at law is held to the highest standards of ethical conduct in his professional activities. It is a ground for disbarment that an attorney manifest professional irresponsibility by the mishandling of a client's financial affairs, 1 that he convert client's funds to his own use and fail to account to the client for them upon demand, 2 or that he show a lack of absolute integrity in the handling of client's funds and in conducting financial transactions with others. 3 Restitution of misappropriated funds may

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constitute a mitigating circumstance but is no defense.

A petition was filed with this court by the appropriate committee of the Minnesota State Bar Association on October 22, 1956, charging respondent with certain specified derelictions of his duty as an attorney of this court. The petition was duly served and an answer filed by respondent. Thereafter an amended petition was filed and an answer made thereto. The matter was referred for hearing to a retired district judge, experienced in the conduct of lawsuits. A full hearing was had at which respondent appeared and was represented by counsel. Numerous witnesses were sworn and testified and exhibits were received. Thereafter the referee made detailed findings of fact.

It would serve no purpose to review the details of the accusations against respondent, the evidence, or the findings of the referee. We have reviewed the record and are...

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  • Committee on Legal Ethics of the West Virginia State Bar v. Hobbs, No. 21858
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of West Virginia
    • December 9, 1993
    ...the public compels an order of disbarment. (Citation omitted.) Hetland id. at 584, quoting, In re Application for Discipline of Hanson, 258 Minn. 231, 233, 103 N.W.2d 863, 864 (1960). In State ex rel. Oklahoma Bar Assoc. v. Hall, 567 P.2d 975 (Okla.1977) (disbarment of a former governor for......
  • In re MacDonald, A16-1282
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of Minnesota (US)
    • January 17, 2018
    ...interest is and must be the paramount consideration" and that our "primary duty ... must be protection of the public." In re Hanson , 258 Minn. 231, 103 N.W.2d 863, 864 (1960). The court concludes that a 60-day suspension is adequate to protect the public, the profession, and the administra......
  • In re Petition for Disciplinary Action Against Severson, No. A13–1382.
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of Minnesota (US)
    • February 18, 2015
    ...and to protect the courts, the legal profession and the public.’ ” In re Serstock, 316 N.W.2d 559, 561 (Minn.1982) (quoting In re Hanson, 258 Minn. 231, 233, 103 N.W.2d 863, 864 (1960)). Disciplinary sanctions not only protect the public from future unethical behavior, but also “deter futur......
  • Petition for Disciplinary Action Against Olsen, In re, No. C8-90-1012
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of Minnesota (US)
    • July 31, 1992
    ...to guard the administration of justice, and to deter future misconduct. In re Jensen, 418 N.W.2d 721, 722 (Minn.1988); In re Hanson, 258 Minn. 231, 233, 103 N.W.2d 863, 864 (1960). In determining the appropriate sanction, "we consider the nature of the misconduct, the cumulative weight of t......
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  • Committee on Legal Ethics of the West Virginia State Bar v. Hobbs, No. 21858
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of West Virginia
    • December 9, 1993
    ...the public compels an order of disbarment. (Citation omitted.) Hetland id. at 584, quoting, In re Application for Discipline of Hanson, 258 Minn. 231, 233, 103 N.W.2d 863, 864 (1960). In State ex rel. Oklahoma Bar Assoc. v. Hall, 567 P.2d 975 (Okla.1977) (disbarment of a former governor for......
  • In re MacDonald, A16-1282
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of Minnesota (US)
    • January 17, 2018
    ...interest is and must be the paramount consideration" and that our "primary duty ... must be protection of the public." In re Hanson , 258 Minn. 231, 103 N.W.2d 863, 864 (1960). The court concludes that a 60-day suspension is adequate to protect the public, the profession, and the administra......
  • In re Petition for Disciplinary Action Against Severson, No. A13–1382.
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of Minnesota (US)
    • February 18, 2015
    ...and to protect the courts, the legal profession and the public.’ ” In re Serstock, 316 N.W.2d 559, 561 (Minn.1982) (quoting In re Hanson, 258 Minn. 231, 233, 103 N.W.2d 863, 864 (1960)). Disciplinary sanctions not only protect the public from future unethical behavior, but also “deter futur......
  • Petition for Disciplinary Action Against Olsen, In re, No. C8-90-1012
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of Minnesota (US)
    • July 31, 1992
    ...to guard the administration of justice, and to deter future misconduct. In re Jensen, 418 N.W.2d 721, 722 (Minn.1988); In re Hanson, 258 Minn. 231, 233, 103 N.W.2d 863, 864 (1960). In determining the appropriate sanction, "we consider the nature of the misconduct, the cumulative weight of t......
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