On Friday, December 29, 2023, the Minnesota Supreme Court reinstated Attorney Kenneth E. Keate to the practice of law after he was indefinitely suspended for failing to provide proof that he had passed the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE), as required by a previous disciplinary order.
The case is entitled “In the Matter of Kenneth E. Keate,” with case no. A22-0773.
Keate had been suspended for 45 days on October 19, 2022, due to misconduct. He was required to present evidence of having finished the MPRE as a prerequisite for being reinstated. However, when he failed to meet the deadline for submitting this proof, the Court issued an order instructing him to clarify why he had not complied.
In response, Keate said he had signed up for the August 9, 2023, MPRE but could not sit for the exam due to a lack of required identification. He then took the November 3, 2023 exam but missed the filing deadline. The Supreme Court denied his extension request, revoked his conditional reinstatement, and imposed an indefinite suspension as of December 12, 2023.
However, on December 29, 2023, Keate filed an affidavit providing proof that he had successfully completed the MPRE. As a result, in a new order issued that same day, the Supreme Court reinstated Keate to the practice of law, effective immediately.
According to lawyer.com, Mr. Keate is a tax and bankruptcy attorney in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.