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Behind closed doors

The state Supreme Court has halted one of the first lawyer disciplinary hearings under new rules to make the process more transparent — after Missouri Lawyers Weekly objected to the disciplinary panel’s closing the proceedings to the public.

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Hais disciplinary hearing stayed

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After the state Supreme Court issued a stay of a secret disciplinary hearing, the Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel has suggested allowing a partial opening of the hearing about Clayton family law attorney Susan Hais (seen in inset).

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High court stays Hais discipline hearing

Susan Hais

Within hours of receiving Missouri Lawyers Media's writ petition, the Missouri Supreme Court has stayed the Susan Hais disciplinary hearing.

Missouri Lawyers Media has filed an emergency writ with the state Supreme Court on Tuesday asking that the hearing be held in public. On Tuesday evening, the court stayed the proceedings and gave the Disciplinary Hearing Panel and its members until noon Wednesday to respond to the newspaper's writ petition.

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Public denied access to Hais discipline hearing

Susan Hais

A disciplinary hearing for Clayton family law attorney Susan Hais was sealed from the public by order of the presiding officer of the hearing, despite Hais’ objections. The hearing was sealed on the morning it began, in a proceeding that itself took place behind closed doors at a time and location that were not announced publicly.

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Coldwater Creek dismissal motions granted

A group of former neighbors who claim their high rates of cancer come from pollution around Coldwater Creek in North St. Louis County have had all but one of their claims in a federal lawsuit tossed out. Their attorney, though, said he isn’t worried and that the plaintiffs will find relief through the remaining count.

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