Dixon, Illinois, attorney Kelly Patrick Ward, 48, has had his law license suspended for two years and until further order of the Illinois Supreme Court, with the suspension stayed in its entirety by a two-year period of conditional probation.
The Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission received letters from judges in Lee County between May 2010 and October 2011 stating Ward smelled of alcohol in the courtroom and that his thinking and actions were impaired.
On one occasion, a Lee County judge rescheduled a hearing based on Ward’s apparent impairment. That judge and another asked Ward to submit to a blood-alcohol-level breath test, which he refused.
Terms of Ward’s probation require that he not consume alcohol or unprescribed drugs, and that he undergo treatment.
In fall 2012, Ward was found at fault in a hit-and-run accident in Dixon. He pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of a property damage accident and was given two years of court probation.
The court probation requires Ward not consume alcohol or enter an establishment whose primary purpose is to sell alcohol. He was also ordered to complete an alcohol and drug assessment and attend a treatment program.
From the Feb. 4-10, 2015, issue