On Friday, November 3, 2023, the Director of the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility filed a petition with the Supreme Court of Minnesota seeking reciprocal discipline against attorney Kylie M. Liu. Liu was recently disciplined by the Iowa Supreme Court for engaging in a prohibited sexual relationship with a client.
The case is entitled “In the Matter of Kylie M. Liu.”
The charges cited Iowa Rules of Professional Conduct 32:1.8(j) which states:
Prohibits lawyers from having sexual relationships with clients.
Attorney Liu was suspended from practicing law for 90 days due to a violation of the Iowa Rules of Professional Conduct. Liu admitted to engaging in a sexual relationship with a client while representing her in a child-in-need-of-assistance proceeding. Liu was appointed to represent the client in April 2022 and withdrew from the case in July 2022. Liu self-reported the incident to the Iowa Supreme Court Attorney Disciplinary Board on September 16, 2022, and fully cooperated with the Board’s investigation.
In relation to his suspension from Iowa, Attorney Liu and the Director of the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility in Minnesota entered into a stipulation. Attorney Liu agreed that a reciprocal discipline was appropriate and he agreed to a 90-day suspension. The stipulation also requires Liu to pay $900 in costs and comply with a two-year probation period upon reinstatement.
Moreover, the stipulation includes terms of the probation including cooperating fully with the OLPR, providing a current mailing address, notifying the Director of any change of address, and cooperating with any investigations of unprofessional conduct. Liu must also abide by the Minnesota Rules of Professional Conduct, comply with the mental health assessment she completed as a condition of her discipline proceeding in Iowa, and file an affidavit establishing that she is current with Continuing Legal Education and has fully complied with all conditions imposed by the Court.
Following the filing of the stipulation, the Director filed a petition with the Supreme Court of Minnesota seeking reciprocal discipline against Attorney Liu.
The petition for disciplinary action states:
“WHEREFORE, the Director respectfully prays for an order of this Court directing that respondent and the Director inform the Court within thirty days of its order whether either or both believe the imposition of identical discipline by the Minnesota Supreme Court would be unwarranted and the reasons for that claim.”
According to avvo.com, Ms. Liu is an attorney in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She acquired her law license in Minnesota in 2020.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.