- Associated Press - Thursday, April 21, 2016

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - The Kansas Supreme Court has suspended the license of a Lawrence attorney for 18 months amid complaints from her clients and others attorneys.

Under an order issued last week, Joan M. Hawkins also was instructed to pay the costs for the disciplinary proceedings. The Lawrence Journal-World (https://bit.ly/1NmgPRs) reports that Hawkins is the owner of J Hawk law firm and handles family law cases. She didn’t immediately return a phone message that The Associated Press left at her office seeking comment.

The court’s order said Hawkins had filed false pleadings in district court, delayed returning unearned legal fees to a former client and improperly called into question the veracity of a court employee. The court also found that she engaged “in behavior that unreasonably delayed the resolution of two legal matters.”

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Information from: Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World, https://www.ljworld.com


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