On Tuesday, August 15, 2023, the Supreme Court of Maryland reprimanded attorney Celestine Tatung for safekeeping of property violations.

The case is entitled “Attorney Grievance Commission of Maryland v. Celestine Tatung,” with case no. 38.

The charges cited District of Columbia Rules of Professional Conduct 1.15, Federal Immigration Rules of Professional Conduct of Practitioners, 8 C.F.R.§1003.102(n), (q)(1) and (2) (diligence), and (r)(1)-(3).

The reprimand comes following a thorough examination of the joint petition for reprimand, which was jointly filed by the Attorney Grievance Commission of Maryland and Tatung herself.

According to the parties involved, Tatung conceded that his conduct, as outlined in the Joint Petition, transgressed Rule 1.15 of the District of Columbia Rules of Professional Conduct. This specific rule pertains to the proper safekeeping of property. Additionally, Tatung’s actions were found to breach the Federal Immigration Rules of Professional Conduct of Practitioners, notably infringing upon 8 C.F.R. § 1003.102(n), which addresses behavior that is prejudicial to the administration of justice.

Furthermore, the analysis of the case revealed that Tatung’s conduct was also in conflict with various provisions including sections (q)(1) and (2), which revolve around diligence, as well as sections (r)(1)-(3), which encompass communication aspects within the context of professional conduct.

As a result of these findings, Tatung expressed his consent to receive a formal reprimand for his actions. In response to these developments, the Supreme Court of Maryland issued the reprimand on August 15, 2023.

The Disposition states:

“ORDERED, by the Supreme Court of Maryland, that the Respondent, Celestine Tatung, is REPRIMANDED for violating Rule I. 15 (safekeeping property) of the District of Columbia Rules of Professional Conduct and Federal Immigration Rules of Professional Conduct of Practitioners, 8 C.F.R. 51003.102(n) (conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice), (q)(l) and (2) (diligence), and (r)(l)-(3) (communication).”

Ms. Tatung practices in Largo, Maryland. She is licensed in Maryland. Her info can be found on avvo.com.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.