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On Report and Recommendation of the Board on Professional Responsibility

Julia A. Soininen *fn1 has a long standing problem with abuse of both alcohol and doctor prescribed anti-anxiety medication. In the view of the Board on Professional Responsibility, Bar Counsel, and Ms. Soininen, her addiction to these substances “substantially affected” the conduct which culminated in her conviction of two misdemeanors in the State of Virginia, and brings the matter to us. They all are in agreement that Soininen thus deserves the benefits of our holding in Kersey. *fn2 We agree.

On May 25, 1999, Soininen pled guilty to the misdemeanor offenses of theft and possession of a Schedule III controlled substance, not obtained pursuant to a valid prescription. She was sentenced to ninety days imprisonment, with the execution of the confinement suspended, and fined $100 on each charge. She timely reported these matters to the Board on Professional Responsibility, submitting a certified copy of the judgment of convictions. *fn3

 
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