On Wednesday, November 8, 2023, the Kansas Supreme Court reinstated the law license of Kenneth J. Eland of Hoxie after suspending him for 180 days in April 2023.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Kenneth J. Eland,” with case no. 125-879.

Eland was suspended by the Supreme Court in April 2023 following a disciplinary proceeding brought by the Kansas Disciplinary Administrator’s office concerning his representation of clients in a 2015 real estate transaction. A disciplinary panel found Eland violated numerous rules of professional conduct related to competency, diligence, communication with clients, safekeeping of client funds, and supervision of staff. The panel determined Eland’s misconduct warranted a 180-day suspension from practice. Both Eland and the Disciplinary Administrator agreed with this recommendation.

Specifically, Eland was hired to research mineral titles, provide a mineral title opinion, act as the closing agent, and ensure the buyer received a clear title. However, Eland failed to properly research the chain of title and communicate several issues with it to the parties. He also did not deliver the promised mineral title opinion for over three years.

The disciplinary panel found Eland initially acted negligently but over the three-year period engaged in a pattern of negligence and knowing misrepresentations. While Eland cooperated with the disciplinary process and admitted some violations, the panel noted he refused to acknowledge fully the harmful nature of his conduct to the parties in the real estate transaction. Due to aggravating factors like substantial legal experience and a pattern of misconduct, the panel recommended the 180-day suspension, which the Supreme Court approved.

On October 27, 2023, Eland petitioned the Supreme Court for reinstatement under Rule 232(b). The Office of the Disciplinary Administrator certified to the court that Eland had fulfilled the requirements for reinstatement.

The Supreme Court approved Eland’s request for reinstatement. In the order, Eland is instructed to fulfill any required fees and complete the necessary continuing legal education. Upon receiving confirmation of these obligations, Eland will be reinstated to the list of authorized attorneys permitted to practice law in Kansas.

According to avvo.com, Mr. Eland is a general practice attorney in Hoxie, Kansas. He acquired his law license in Kansas in 1984. 

A copy of the original filing can be found here.