Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Oregon State Bar Issues Letter To Brent Foster Advising Its Intent To Institute A Disciplinary Proceeding Against Him
Intense scrutiny of Brent Foster's conduct at Oregon DOJ, shows no wrongdoing whatsoever in a report to Oregon Attorney General in December, 2010
July 19, 2011
c/o Roy Pulvers
Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP
1000 SW Broadway, Suite 1250
Portland, OR 97205
Re: Case No. 11-65—Brent C. Foster
(James J. Welsh)
Dear Mr. Foster:
At a meeting held on July 16, 2011, the State Professional Responsibility Board of the Oregon State Bar directed that a formal disciplinary proceeding be instituted against you. The proceeding relates to the matter brought to our attention by James Welsh and will address your alleged violation of the following standard of professional conduct: RPC 8.4(a)(3) [engaging in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation that reflects adversely on the lawyer’s fitness to practice law].
Disciplinary Counsel’s Office will prepare a formal written complaint in this matter. We may also appoint outside bar counsel to assist us with the proceeding. Once signed by the Disciplinary Counsel, the formal complaint will be served, along with a notice to answer, upon you. If you are willing to accept service of the complaint, please advise immediately. You will have the opportunity to file an answer, and a trial panel of the Disciplinary Board will be assigned to conduct a hearing on the complaint. For your information, we are enclosing a copy of the Rules of Procedure relating to disciplinary proceedings.
All communications on the merits of this matter should be with the Disciplinary Counsel’s Office or appointed bar counsel. Please do not communicate with members of the Board of Governors, the State Professional Responsibility Board, any Local Professional Responsibility Committee or any other representative of the Bar about this matter.
Please contact me with any questions you may have. I am also available to discuss whether the proceeding can be resolved by stipulation without the need for hearing.
Very truly yours,
Stacy J. Hankin
Assistant Disciplinary Counsel
Enclosures (Bar Rules of Procedure and DB Clerk filing sheet)
cc: James Welch