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    The Office of Lawyer Regulation (OLR), an agency of the Wisconsin Supreme Court and component of the lawyer regulation system, assists the court in carrying out its constitutional responsibility to supervise the practice of law and protect the public from misconduct by lawyers. The OLR has offices at 110 E. Main St., Suite 315, Madison, WI 53703; toll-free (877) 315-6941. The full text of items summarized in this column can be viewed at www.wicourts.gov/olr.


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    Vol. 81, No. 11, November 2008

    Lawyer Discipline

    The Office of Lawyer Regulation (OLR), an agency of the Wisconsin Supreme Court and component of the lawyer regulation system, assists the court in carrying out its constitutional responsibility to supervise the practice of law and protect the public from misconduct by lawyers. The OLR has offices at 110 E. Main St., Suite 315, Madison, WI 53703; toll-free (877) 315-6941. The full text of items summarized in this column can be viewed at www.wicourts.gov/olr.

    Reinstatement of Charles J. Chvala

    On Sept. 18, 2008, the Wisconsin Supreme Court reinstated the law license of Charles J. Chvala, 53, Madison. Disciplinary Proceedings Against Chvala, 2008 WI 117.

    The supreme court summarily suspended Chvala’s license on April 10, 2006, following his conviction in circuit court of two felonies: misconduct in public office and being party to the crime of making campaign contributions in excess of lawful limits. In the criminal proceeding, the circuit court withheld sentence and placed Chvala on probation for two years, with the condition that he spend nine months in the county jail with work-release privileges. The supreme court subsequently suspended Chvala’s license for two years, retroactive to the date on which he was summarily suspended. Disciplinary Proceedings Against Chvala, 2007 WI 47, ¶15, 300 Wis. 2d 206, 730 N.W.2d 648.

    Following a hearing in the reinstatement proceeding, a court-appointed referee filed a report recommending reinstatement. Neither the Office of Lawyer Regulation nor the Board of Bar Examiners opposed the referee’s recommendation. The court reinstated Chvala’s license and ordered him to pay the cost of the reinstatement proceeding within 60 days.




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