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NO. BD-2010-111


S.J.C. Order of Term Suspension/Suspended entered by Justice Cordy on December 9, 2010.1


On May 24, 2010, the New Hampshire Supreme Court suspended the respondent, Nancy S. Tierney, for one year, but stayed imposition of the suspension for two years, on condition that the respondent enter into a two-year mentoring agreement and comply with a number of requirements concerning consultations with the mentor and management of her practice. The misconduct that resulted in this sanction was that the respondent handled a federal court matter on behalf of a client that she was not competent to handle, failed to file objections and pleadings in compliance with federal rules and to pursue other civil remedies to the clientís detriment, and failed to maintain adequate communication with the client.

On November 12, 2010, bar counsel filed a petition for reciprocal discipline with the Supreme Judicial Court for Suffolk County. The parties waived hearing and assented to an order of reciprocal discipline. On December 9, 2010, the Court (Cordy, J.) issued an order suspending the respondent for one year, with imposition of the suspension stayed for two years from May 24, 2010, conditioned on the respondentís compliance with the conditions imposed by the New Hampshire Supreme Court and its Professional Conduct Committee (copies of which conditions were attached to the Courtís order). The Courtís order further provided that at the expiration the two-year period and receipt of notice from bar counsel that the respondent has complied with the conditions imposed, the one-year suspension will not be imposed.


1 The complete Order of the Court is available by contacting the Clerk of the Supreme Judicial Court for Suffolk County.

2 Compiled by the Board of Bar Overseers based on the record filed with the Supreme Judicial Court.

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