On Friday, March 15, 2024, the Supreme Court of Kansas placed attorney Jason P. Wiske on a 12-month probation for violating the Rules of Professional Conduct.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Jason P. Wiske” with case number 127, 056.

The formal complaint was filed against Wiske by the Disciplinary Administrator’s office on September 18, 2023. The parties involved in the case, including the Deputy Disciplinary Administrator Alice Walker and the respondent himself, agreed to a summary submission agreement under Supreme Court Rule 223. Wiske admitted to violating several provisions of the Kansas Rules of Professional Conduct, including competence, diligence, expediting litigation, and conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice.

The parties also stipulated the content of the record, the findings of fact, the conclusions of law, and the relevant aggravating and mitigating circumstances. As part of the agreement, they waived a formal hearing and recommended a stay on the sanction of a 90-day suspension. Instead, Wiske would be placed on probation for a period of 12 months, subject to specific terms outlined in the Summary Submission Agreement.

The chair of the Board for Discipline of Attorneys approved the summary submission, leading to the cancellation of a hearing on the formal complaint. The case was subsequently filed with the Supreme Court for consideration.

The factual and procedural background of the case revealed multiple instances of misconduct by Wiske. In one instance, Wiske represented a client in an appeal from the termination of parental rights in the Crawford County District Court. However, he failed to meet the docketing deadline and did not file necessary documents on behalf of the client. As a result, the State filed a motion to dismiss the appeal, which was eventually granted.

Similar failures to properly file appeals in other cases dealing with termination of parental rights were self-reported by Wiske. The respondent acknowledged issues with diligence in representing another client in an appeal and also made errors in filing notices of appeal in four separate cases, leading to their dismissal.

Considering the stipulated facts and the parties’ agreement, the Supreme Court accepted the joint recommendation.

The order states:

“IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that Jason P. Wiske’s license to practice law in Kansas is suspended for 90 days but that suspension is stayed contingent upon the respondent’s successful completion of a 12-month period of probation that begins on the filing of this opinion.”

According to Avvo, Mr. Wiske is a criminal defense attorney in Pittsburg, Kansas. He attended the University of Kansas. He obtained his law license in Kansas in 1997.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.