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Former attorney asks for license reinstated

Wednesday, July 31, 2013


A former Martinsville attorney who had been barred from practicing law in Virginia is asking the state to reinstate his license to practice law.

In response to the request, the Virginia State Bar is asking the public for information as to whether Rickey Gene Young is now fit to practice law, according to a legal notice in Sunday’s Martinsville Bulletin.

Young received his Virginia law license in 1980. According to a legal notice in Sunday’s Martinsville Bulletin, Young was charged in 2001 with several misdemeanor counts of contempt of court and willfully failing to file tax returns.

Young served time in prison, and the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended his law license for 18 months, effective Aug. 1, 2001, the legal notice showed.

After completing his sentence, and with 10 open complaints against him, Young consented to have his law license revoked. The disciplinary board accepted his consent to revocation on Feb. 26, 2003, the notice showed.

In his petition to get his law license back, the notice stated, Young said he was released from all probation in 2003, and the following year, he began working for the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development as an appeals hearing officer.

Jeff Hentschel, communications director for Tennessee’s labor department, confirmed that Young had worked for the department, but said Young quit last year. He did not give further information on Young or his whereabouts.

According to the legal notice, Young said he has kept current on legal issues in Virginia, has continued to read recent Virginia Supreme Court decisions and has completed 100 hours of continuing legal education, 12 of which were in ethics.

Young also alleges, the notice states, that he successfully completed the Multi-State Professional Responsibility Examination. According to its website, the exam measures a person’s understanding of established standards pertaining to lawyers’ professional conduct.

Young did not indicate in his petition when or where he took the exam, the notice stated.

Young has told state officials that he is active in church and community work, including work in homeless shelters, and he has paid back the costs assessed against him by the bar. He also is paying back money he owes to the Virginia Clients Protection Fund, according to the notice.

The state bar’s disciplinary board will consider Young’s petition at 9 a.m. Sept. 27 at the Workers’ Compensation Commission, 1000 DMV Drive, Courtroom A, in Richmond.

After hearing evidence and oral arguments, the board will make known its findings and recommend to the Virginia Supreme Court whether Young’s request should be granted or denied.

The bar association is a component of the supreme court.

Members of the public who would like to comment on Young’s request can submit written comments, or ask to testify at the hearing, by contacting Barbara S. Lanier, clerk of the bar’s disciplinary system, by mail at 707 E. Main St., Suite 1500, Richmond, Va. 23219 or by email at by Sept. 18. All comments submitted will become part of the public record.


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