On December 12, 2023, the Supreme Court of Minnesota issued an order indefinitely suspending attorney Kenneth E. Keate for failing to meet professional responsibility standards.
The case is entitled “In the Matter of Petition for Disciplinary Action Against Kenneth E. Keate” with case number A22-0773.
The disciplinary action stems from Keate’s previous suspension on October 19, 2022, for a minimum of 45 days due to misconduct.
In the earlier order, Keate was required to provide proof of completing the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE). Failure to meet this requirement would result in automatic suspension.
Although Keate was conditionally reinstated on February 22, 2023, the recent order reveals that he did not file proof of passing the MPRE by the specified deadline. In response, the Minnesota Supreme Court issued an order directing Keate to show cause for his failure and requested an explanation for his non-compliance.
Keate filed an affidavit explaining that he had signed up for the August 9, 2023 MPRE but was unable to sit for the exam due to a lack of required identification. He subsequently took the November 3, 2023 exam and requested an extension until December 15, 2023, to submit proof of passing the MPRE.
However, the Minnesota Supreme Court found Keate’s request procedurally and substantively deficient. Keate failed to establish good cause for not taking the MPRE earlier, and his reasons amounted, at best, to gross negligence. Consequently, the court denied the extension request, revoked Keate’s conditional reinstatement, and imposed an indefinite suspension effective 14 days from the date of the order.
According to laywer.com, Mr. Keate obtained his law license in Minnesota in 1976.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.