Friday, April 30, 2010
I knew he was disbarred, but never heard the reasons. I always assumed it was because he was an obnoxious asshole. The decisions can be found at State v. Phelps, 598 P.2d 180 (Kan. 1979) and In re Phelps, 459 P.2d 172 (Kan. 1969). From the first one:
Phelps has, by his conduct, shown that he does not have the proper concept of the obligations devolving upon an attorney requiring him to deal fairly and honorably with his clients, and enjoining him to demean himself in such manner as not to bring embarrassment to nor discredit upon his profession.
(h/t to Volokh)
I believe that one or more of his kids still practice law, but I wasn't able to find anything on them.