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A former Washington State Bar Association president who previously earned accolades as an up-and-coming young lawyer is now facing criminal charges for allegedly misappropriating more than $25,000 from the bar group and two law firms where she worked.

Robin Haynes, who was the youngest lawyer to ever head the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) before resigning abruptly in 2017, was charged this week with five counts of theft and identity theft in Spokane Superior Court. The formal charges come after a local news report in June 2017 indicated that the Spokane sheriff’s office issued a search warrant after suspicions arose that Haynes may have improperly used money from her former firms to pay for gym memberships, travel and other expenses. The charges were brought by the Spokane County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

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Scott Flaherty

Scott Flaherty, based in New York, covers the business of law with a focus on legal ethics, lawyer misconduct, conflicts-of-interest and litigation involving law firms. He can be reached at [email protected] On Twitter: @sflaherty18

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