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High court to decide on discipline for Illinois attorney

The Wisconsin Supreme Court is scheduled to release a decision on Friday in the disciplinary case of an Illinois lawyer who was suspended in his home state.

According to a complaint filed in June by the Office of Lawyer Regulation, Michael Cummings failed to report to Wisconsin authorities that the Illinois Supreme Court had suspended his license in March for six months over allegations that he had fabricated a mechanic’s lien and presented it to a client.

The OLR is seeking a reciprocal six-month suspension of Cummings’ Wisconsin license. The Wisconsin Supreme Court ordered Cummings in October to explain why it shouldn’t grant the request for reciprocal discipline. He has not responded.

Cummings, who graduated from the Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1995, had been licensed to practice law in Wisconsin since 1997. His license has been suspended since 2000 for failing to pay mandatory dues.

About Erika Strebel,

Erika Strebel is the law beat reporter for the Wisconsin Law Journal and a law school student at UW-Madison. She can be reached at 414-225-1825.

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