On Tuesday, January 2, 2024, the Presiding Disciplinary Judge issued an Order of Reinstatement for Stacy E. Scheff, a suspended member of the State Bar of Arizona. The order states that Scheff, having submitted an Affidavit for Reinstatement, is now reinstated to the active practice of law in Arizona.
The case is entitled “In the Matter of a Suspended Member of the State Bar of Arizona, Stacy E. Scheff” with case number PDJ 2023-9095-R.
On June 2, 2023, the Supreme Court of Arizona, through the Presiding Disciplinary Judge, suspended attorney Stacy E. Scheff for a period of six months. Scheff’s suspension resulted from her admission of gross negligence spanning multiple years in billing practices and trust account disbursements. The initial trust account records provided by Scheff to clients and the State Bar were found to be incomplete and inaccurate. Despite being aware of these deficiencies, Scheff presented flawed information, as they were the only records available at the time. A subsequent review by Scheff’s current bookkeeper, Joseph Alvarez, revealed the need for reconstructing deficient documents related to the IOLTA account and operating account.
The agreement for discipline by consent, spanning 44 pages, detailed Scheff’s misconduct, primarily focusing on the mismanagement of the IOLTA account and a failure to maintain the required trust account documentation. Count Two involved the failure to timely perfect a client’s appeal, and Count Three included trust account violations. In response to the agreement, the Supreme Court of Arizona ordered Scheff’s six-month suspension, effective 30 days from the date of the order.
The State Bar, after reviewing Scheff’s request for reinstatement, has confirmed having no objection to the reinstatement. The order specifies that Scheff will be subject to the terms of probation outlined in the Final Judgment and Order filed on June 2, 2023, in PDJ 2022-9091.
Ms. Scheff practices in Tucson, Arizona. She is licensed in Arizona. Her info can be found on lawyer.com.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.