LOS ANGELES -- Roger B. Haglund II, a California-licensed attorney practicing in Abilene, Texas, was disbarred by the State Bar Court of California on Feb 4.
Haglund previously was suspended in 2012 for various counts of misconduct, which according to the California Bar Journal news release, included “collecting an illegal fee and failing to perform legal services with competence, return unearned fees, render an accounting for advanced fees or obey a court order.” The court order provided conditions of the suspension to be met or the attorney would face further discipline.
The terms of Haglund’s suspension included contacting the probation office within 30 days of the suspension and continuing to send quarterly reports during the duration of his discipline. Haglund, after rescheduling his initial meeting with his assigned probationary worker several times, was told to complete ethics school by August 2013. The attorney allegedly failed to meet these requirements. In addition, Haglund was ordered to pay $48,272.31 in restitution to nine of his clients, though at the time of disbarment he had not done so.
In lieu of his disbarment, Haglund must comply with the California rules of court rule 9.20 subsections (a) and (c). Haglund needs to notify all of his clients of the ruling, deliver any papers necessary to clients in regards to their cases, return any fees that remain unearned, and alert opposing counsel in any pending litigation of his disbarment. Haglund must then file with the clerk of the State Bar Court that he has complied with the provisions of his disbarment.
The California State Bar was established in 1927 by the state’s legislature and is governed by 19 trustees. The State Bar Court added appointed full-time judges in 1989. Court documents for all State Bar Court of California cases are online at calbar.ca.gov.