FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 23, 2013
Contact: Alberto Rodriguez
Attorney William M. Spence of Chandler Reprimanded for Coarse Language
PHOENIX – Dec. 23, 2013 – The Presiding Disciplinary Judge (PDJ) of the Arizona Supreme Court has ordered that William M. Spence, Chandler, be reprimanded for violating Rules of Professional Conduct.
On Oct. 22, 2013, the PDJ accepted an agreement for discipline by consent between Spence and the State Bar of Arizona and ordered that he be reprimanded.
William M. Spence admitted that he used coarse language when speaking to his client and her parents. In another case, Spence admitted that he inappropriately touched his client’s back and used coarse language with her during the representation.
As part of the agreement, Spence changed his membership status with the State Bar of Arizona from active to retired. He was ordered to pay $1,200 to the State Bar for costs and expenses incurred during its investigation
If William M. Spence seeks to return to active status, he must undergo a fitness to practice assessment and complete the reinstatement process as if he had been suspended for a period of more than six months.
Consumers may report attorney misconduct by calling the State Bar of Arizona Attorney/Consumer Assistance Program (A/CAP) hotline at 602.340.7280.
About the State Bar
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