The U.S. District Court followed the Utah Supreme Court's lead this week by disbarring bankruptcy attorney Richard Calder from practicing in federal court.
The Supreme Court disbarred Calder in July, ruling that his "neglect and incompetence" caused grave economic harm to clients.But Calder continued to practice in federal court following his disbarment, filing 174 bankruptcy cases including his own Chapter 13.
An order signed Thursday by U.S. District Judges David K. Winder and David Sam put a stop to that. The order disbars Calder from practicing in federal court, U.S. Bankruptcy Court and U.S. Magistrate Court.
Calder was suspended from those courts in September, pending his disbarment hearing.
Bankruptcy records show Calder has repeatedly filed bankruptcies on his own behalf during his career as a bankruptcy lawyer. A 1986 memo in one of Calder's bankruptcy files says Calder filed for bankruptcy in 1970, 1980, 1981, 1984 and twice in 1986.
Calder filed the latest bankruptcy petition for himself in July.
Calder sued members of the Utah Supreme Court following his disbarment. He also sued U.S. Bankruptcy Judge John H. Allen after Allen suspended Calder from practicing in his court in October 1989.
Utah State Bar Procedures of Discipline require Calder to notify his clients of his disbarment within 20 days and urge them to find other counsel.
He must also return all documents and property to his clients during that time, as well as any advance fees he had not fully earned at the time of his disbarment.
Calder must file proof with the Supreme Court that he has met these requirements within 40 days. If Calder fails to do this, the court could find him in contempt, explained Ralph Adams, staff attorney with the Office of the Bar Counsel for the Utah State Bar.