On Friday, December 1, 2023, the Kansas Supreme Court issued a published censure against attorney Tarishawn D. Morton for violating the Kansas Rules of Professional Conduct.
The case is entitled “In the Matter of Tarishawn D. Morton,” with case no. 125,621.
The charges cited Kansas Rules of Professional Conduct 7.1(a), 8.1, and 8.4(c)(g) which states:
A lawyer shall not make false or misleading communication about the lawyer or the lawyer’s services. A communication is false or misleading if it: (a) contains a material misrepresentation of fact or law, or omits a fact necessary to make the statement considered as a whole not materially misleading
An applicant for admission to the bar, or a lawyer in connection with a bar admission application or in connection with a disciplinary matter, shall not: (a) knowingly make a false statement of material fact; or (b) fail to disclose a fact necessary to correct a misapprehension known by the person to have arisen in the matter, or knowingly fail to respond to a lawful demand for information from an admissions or disciplinary authority, except that this rule does not require disclosure of information otherwise protected by Rule 1.6.
It is professional misconduct for a lawyer to ‘engage in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation.
It is professional misconduct for a lawyer to ‘engage in any other conduct that adversely reflects on the lawyer’s fitness to practice law.
The Rules of Professional Conduct can be found here.
According to the court’s opinion, Morton was employed by the Boys and Girls Club of Colorado as a controller from 2007 to 2010. However, the court found that Morton intentionally omitted her employment with the Boys and Girls Club on her Kansas bar application, which she submitted on March 2, 2016. Morton also failed to disclose her employment with Colorado State University-Pueblo and Crystal Specialties, Inc. The court determined that Morton violated the rule regarding conduct that negatively impacts a lawyer’s ability to practice law when she deliberately failed to disclose her employment history on her bar application.
The court further found that Morton had engaged in intentional misrepresentations on her website, including copying significant portions of content from the website of Roth Davies, LLC, and pasting it onto her website. Morton also identified herself as an experienced attorney practicing in the areas of criminal defense, sex crimes, and personal injury, despite having limited experience practicing law. Moreover, the court also found that Morton made false statements regarding her memberships with some bar associations. Morton stated that she was a member of the Johnson County Bar Association, the Kansas Bar Association, and the American Bar Association, but the court found that these statements were false.
Based on these foregoing matters, the court ordered Morton to pay the costs of the disciplinary proceeding and censured her for her violations of the Kansas Rules of Professional Conduct.
The Disposition states:
“IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that Tarishawn D.D. Morton is disciplined by published censure to be published in accordance with Supreme Court Rule 225(a)(5) (2023 Kan. S. Ct. R. at 281) for violating KRPC 8.1, 8.4(c) and (g).”
According to avvo.com, Ms. Morton acquired her law license in Kansas in 2016.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.