The Supreme Court of South Carolina
In the Matter of P. Michael DuPree, Petitioner.
Appellate Case No. 2022-000511
On April 13, 2022, this Court suspended Petitioner from the practice of law for nine months, retroactive to the date of his interim suspension on April 16, 2021.1 In re DuPree, Op. No. 28090 (S.C. Sup. Ct. filed Apr. 13, 2022) (Howard Adv. Sh. No. 13 at 13). Petitioner now seeks reinstatement pursuant to Rule 33, RLDE, Rule 413, SCACR.
Because the Court heard argument on the parties Agreement for Discipline by Consent shortly before issuing the opinion suspending Petitioner2 and Petitioner's misconduct did not involve harm to clients, the Court decides this matter without referral to the Committee on Character and Fitness.3 See Rule 33(d), RLDE, Rule 413, SCACR (providing petitions for reinstatement following a definite suspension for nine months or more shall be referred to the Committee "unless otherwise directed by the Supreme Court").Based on the petition and the recent hearing, the Court finds Petitioner has satisfied the conditions imposed by the opinion suspending him and the requirements for reinstatement. Therefore, we grant the petition for reinstatement conditioned upon Petitioner entering into and complying with a three-year monitoring agreement with Lawyers Helping Lawyers. Petitioner shall ensure quarterly reports by his treating physician are filed with the Commission on Lawyer Conduct regarding Petitioner's diagnosis, treatment compliance, and prognosis, for a period of three years.
s/Donald W. Beatty C.J.
s/John W. Kittredge J.
s/Kaye G. Hearn J.
s/John Cannon Few J.
s/George C. James, Jr. J.
Columbia, South Carolina
June 9, 2022