On Friday, January 26, 2024, the Presiding Disciplinary Judge of the Supreme Court of Colorado approved a stipulation for public censure of attorney Sarah Jay Schielke for rule violations.

The case is entitled “People v. Sarah Jay Schielke, with case no. 23PDJ073.

The charges cited Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct 4.4(a) and 4.5(a), which states:

In representing a client, a lawyer must not use means that have no substantial purpose other than to embarrass, delay, or burden a third person.

A lawyer must not threaten criminal, administrative, or disciplinary charges to obtain an advantage in a civil matter.

The Rules of Professional Conduct can be found here.

According to the filing, Schielke had sent a demand letter on behalf of a close friend to another lawyer in February 2022 regarding an incident at a concert in Mexico the previous year. The client alleged the lawyer had shoved them and others in the crowd while naked and attempting to rush the stage at a Phish concert. However, the language used in the letter to describe the lawyer was found to be highly unprofessional and demeaning.

The letter requested $50,000 from the lawyer and an agreement to never contact the client again. In exchange, the client would withhold filing a lawsuit, sharing information with other potential plaintiffs, or reporting the incident to the lawyer’s employers or alma mater. However, if the demands were denied, the letter threatened to issue a press release, file claims in federal and Mexican courts, and report the lawyer to local police.

The judge determined Schielke’s conduct in drafting the letter violated rules regarding using means to embarrass, delay, or burden a third party, as well as threatening criminal or disciplinary charges to gain advantage in a civil matter. As a result, the stipulation concluded Schielke should receive a public censure as a sanction. The censure takes full effect as of the date the disciplinary judge’s decision was filed.

The Disposition states:

“The Presiding Disciplinary Judge approved the parties’ stipulation to discipline and publicly censured Sarah Jay Schielke (attorney registration number 42077). The public censure took effect January 26, 2024.”

According to avvo.com, Ms. Schielke is a civil rights attorney in Loveland, Colorado. She attended the Boston University School of Law, graduating in 2008. She acquired her law license in Colorado in 2010.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.