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Public Reprimand No. 2010-16


Order (public reprimand) entered by the Board July 27, 2010.


On August 19, 2009, the respondent Shaun Gasparini admitted to sufficient facts in the Somerville District Court to violating an abuse prevention order in violation of G. L. c. 209A, § 7. The respondent violated the no-contact order by sending two e-mails to the victim. The matter was continued without a finding until August 18, 2010, with conditions that the respondent have no contact with the victim and undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

An admission to sufficient facts constitutes a conviction as defined by S. J. C. Rule 4:01, § 12(1). On March 31, 2010, bar counsel filed a petition for discipline based on the conviction.

On June 17, 2010, the respondent filed an amended answer admitting the allegations of the petition for discipline. The parties stipulated that the conviction was for a “serious crime” as defined by S. J. C. Rule 4:01, § 12(3), but did not involve the practice of law or threats of violence. The parties agreed that the appropriate sanction was a public reprimand with the condition that, for one year following the public reprimand, the respondent obtain treatment as required by Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers and his therapist and authorize his treatment providers to provide treatment records to bar counsel and notify her of any failure to comply with the stipulation.

On July 12, 2010, the Board of Bar Overseers voted to sanction the respondent by a public reprimand subject to the conditions set forth in the stipulation.

1 Compiled by the Board of Bar Overseers based on the record of proceedings before the Board.

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