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In re Templin

December 10, 1985

IN THE MATTER OF ROBERT S. TEMPLIN, AN ATTORNEY AT LAW

ORDER

The Disciplinary Review Board having filed a report with the Supreme Court recommending that ROBERT S. TEMPLIN, formerly of ELKINS PARK, PENNSYLVANIA, who was admitted to the Bar of this State in 1972, be suspended from the practice of law for a period of one year, and good cause appearing;

It is ORDERED that the report of the Disciplinary Review Board is hereby adopted, and ROBERT S. TEMPLIN is suspended from the practice of law for a period of one year, effective immediately; and it is further

Ordered that prior to action being taken on an application for restoration, respondent will be required to demonstrate, through relevant medical and psychiatric evidence, that he is capable of practicing law; and it is further

ORDERED that respondent shall reimburse the Ethics Financial Committee for appropriate administrative costs incurred in the prosecution of this matter; and it is further

Ordered that respondent is restrained and enjoined from practicing law during the period of his suspension and that he shall comply with Administrative Guideline # 23 of the Office of Attorney Ethics.

Decision and Recommendation of the Disciplinary Review Board

This matter is before the Board based upon a presentment filed by the District III (Burlington County) Ethics Committee.

Respondent is charged with a pattern of negligence and a failure to carry out contracts of employment. The facts are as follows:

1. CONTE COMPLAINT

In 1978, Respondent accepted a $300 retainer from Donald Conte to file suit against the builder of the Conte residence. By letter dated December 10, 1979, Respondent advised Mr. and Mrs. Conte that the case was scheduled for trial on February 4, 1980. He told them to call his office one week before that trial date so they could thoroughly discuss the case. Respondent later advised Mr. Conte not to do anything until Respondent called him. However, Respondent did not advise the Contes of his request to postpone the case. Mr. Conte was unsuccessful in reaching Respondent by telephone although his secretary promised that Respondent would return the call. Respondent did not inform Mr. Conte of the adjourned trial date of April 29, 1980. Since Mr. Conte was not present when the case was called, the trial court granted defendant's motion to dismiss the complaint. Mr. Conte later went to the court house and discovered his case had been dismissed.


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