In re Petition for Disciplinary Action against Jennifer Casanova-Roers, a Minnesota Attorney, Registration No. 0332690.
R. Stras Associate Justice.
Director of the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility
has filed a petition for disciplinary action alleging that
respondent Jennifer Casanova-Roers committed professional
misconduct warranting public discipline by failing to notify
a tribunal that documents submitted under her signature had
not been signed or authorized by her; assisting others in the
unauthorized practice of law by allowing them to prepare
legal pleadings and meet with clients without her
supervision; failing to properly supervise a non-lawyer
assistant; making false statements to the Director; and
failing to provide a client with a receipt for a cash payment
of fees. See Minn. R. Prof. Conduct 1.1, 1.15(i),
3.3(a)(1), 5.3(a)-(b), 5.5(a), 8.1(a), 8.4(c)-(d), Appendix
waives her rights under Rule 14, Rules on Lawyers
Professional Responsibility (RLPR), and unconditionally
admits the allegations in the petition. The parties jointly
recommend that the appropriate discipline is a 60-day
suspension followed by 2 years of supervised probation.
court has independently reviewed the file and approves the
upon all the files, records, and proceedings herein, IT IS
HEREBY ORDERED THAT:
Respondent Jennifer Casanova-Roers is suspended from the
practice of law for a minimum of 60 days, effective 14 days
from the date of this order.
Respondent shall comply with Rule 26, RLPR (requiring notice
of suspension to clients, opposing counsel, and tribunals).
Respondent shall pay $900 in costs under Rule 24, RLPR.
Respondent shall be eligible for reinstatement to the
practice of law following the expiration of the suspension
period provided that, not less than 15 days before the end of
the suspension period, respondent files with the Clerk of the
Appellate Courts and serves upon the Director an affidavit
establishing that she is current in continuing legal
education requirements, has complied with Rules 24 and 26,
RLPR, and has complied with any other conditions for
reinstatement imposed by the court.
Within 1 year of the date of the filing of this order,
respondent shall file with the Clerk of the Appellate Courts
and serve upon the Director proof of successful completion of
the written examination required for admission to the
practice of law by the State Board of Law Examiners on the
subject of professional responsibility. Failure to timely
file the required documentation shall result in automatic
re-suspension, as provided in Rule 18(e)(3), RLPR.
reinstatement to the practice of law, respondent shall be
placed on probation for 2 years, subject to the following
(a) Respondent shall cooperate fully with the Director's
Office in its efforts to monitor compliance with this
probation. Respondent shall promptly respond to the
Director's correspondence by its due date. Respondent
shall provide the Director with a current mailing address and
shall immediately notify the Director of any change of
address. Respondent shall cooperate with the Director's
investigation of any allegations of unprofessional conduct
that may come to the Director's attention. Upon the
Director's request, respondent shall provide
authorization for release of information and documentation to
verify respondent's compliance with the terms of this
(b) Respondent shall abide by the Minnesota Rules of
(c) Respondent shall be supervised by a licensed Minnesota
attorney, appointed by the Director, to monitor compliance
with the terms of this probation. Respondent shall provide
the Director with the names of three attorneys who have
agreed to be nominated as respondent's supervisor within
14 days of the date of this order. If, after diligent effort,
respondent is unable to locate a supervisor acceptable to the
Director, the Director shall seek to appoint a supervisor.
Until a supervisor has signed a consent to supervise,
respondent shall, on the first day of each month, provide the