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Attorney loses license

Former city attorney for Van Buren Donald Jenkins Jr. has lost his license to practice law in the state of Arkansas.

A motion to disbar Jenkins was upheld May 30 by the Arkansas Supreme Court after he failed to combat a special judge’s findings of multiple rule violations and a recommended santion of disbarment.

A money judgement of $3,130.35 for “costs and expenses” also was made against Jenkins.

Stark Ligon, executive director of the Arkansas Supreme Court Committee on Professional Conduct, filed a petition Dec. 15, 2011 for disbarment against Jenkins. Arkansas Supreme Court Justice John Lineberger was appointed as special judge to preside over the proceedings.

According to decision 2013 Ark. 239 of Ligon v. Jenkins, Lineberger found that, in the disbarment proceedings alone, Jenkins “had committed at least eight violations for conduct involving dishonesty, deceit, fraud, or misrepresentation….”

Lineberger also noted that Jenkins had a prior history of violations.

Jenkins was publicly sanctioned by the ASCCPC in 2007, receiving a caution, the least severe of sanctions, for not promptly complying with reasonable requests for information by a client.

In July 2009, Jenkins was fined $1,000 and reprimanded by the ASCCPC for violating five rules of professional conduct. In February 2010, he began a three-month suspension of his license for the mishandling of another client’s case.

In 2011, Jenkins was barred from practicing law in Arkansas for two years and ordered to pay $5,000 for multiple violations of the rules of conduct for Arkansas lawyers.

Many of the complaints which led to findings of conduct violations include not filing the proper paperwork and not showing up for court.

All these violations and more led to Lineberger’s findings and sanction against Jenkins, according to the decision. The disbarment was upheld because, though given a chance to file a brief in his defense, Jenkins failed to oppose the sanction.

Jenkins served several terms as a Crawford County Justice of the Peace, and was city attorney for Van Buren from Jan. 1, 2007 to Jan. 1, 2011.

Jenkins’ practiced primarily employment law, contract law, business law and municipal law. He received his bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, and his juris doctorate, with honors, from the University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville.

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