Wednesday, September 17, 2014

OCSE Attorneys That Have Been Investigated By The Office Of The Committee On Professional Conduct

This is a list of current OCSE attorneys that have been the subject of an investigation by the Office of the Committe on Professional Conduct and been found to have committed a violation of one or more of the Rules of Professional Conduct.

(1) Catherine P. Dean. Dean was charged with misconduct and was found to have commited six violations.  Dean failed to on two ocassions to complete a guardianship case (but she did take $500 from the client); Dean failed to keep the clients informed and avoided contact with them.

UPDATE 3/3/15.  Dean has left the OCSE and is now a part-time deputy prosecuting attorney in Mississippi County. Let's hope she can handle the work load there, she sure had issues with that at OSCE. link to her new job

Dean Documents:

(2) Mark L. Ross.  Ross was charged with misconduct and was found to have overdrawn three separate bank trust accounts on the IOLTA attorney trust. These type of accounts are only for funds that belong to a client and are not the attorneys own funds (hence the separate account).

Ross Documents:

(3) Susan G. Jones.  Jones was charged with misconduct and was found to have commited three violations.  Jones  took $440 to handle a divorce proceeding and avoided contact with the client for about seven months.  Jones finally did what she had been paid for after the client threatened to take action against her.

Jones Documents:

Arkansas Rules of Professional Conduct:

You can check to see if any attorney in Arkansas has been investigated and found to have committed an infraction at this site:

Friday, September 5, 2014

OCSE Employee Derides Vendor

In July 2013, OCSE had to purchase official badges for two of its employees that are Special Police Officers, that actually function as process servers,  after one of the OCSE employees was caught wearing a North Little Rock Police Department Badge and using the rank/title of lieutenant while performing his official duties.  This same process server left a note when serving notice of a hearing that if the person being served did not call him back a warrant would be issued for their arrest (see blog post entitled "OCSE Process Server Uses Bogus Badge").

In documents obtained from OCSE about the badges, an email was provided in which Lanita Bateman writes about dealing with two employees of Cruse Uniform & Supply, who she mentions both have support cases, and she offers assistance to them in regard to their child support cases to get badges purchased ( a violation of DFA code of ethics).  Bateman then makes derogatory and inflammatory comments about their perceived intelligence “Combined IQ of the two might be in the low 50’s”.

Bateman , who by the way does not possess any type of certification or license to perform psychological examinations nor does she have a license to practice law in the State of Arkansas, all but calls two employees of Cruse Uniform & Supply retarded.

Bateman exhibits her unabashed and derogatory bias towards the mentally retarded and her frustration in dealing with vendors of her agency that she feels are beneath her intelligence level.  This type of behavior by a public employee is unacceptable and unprofessional.


"Doctor" Lanita Bateman, "Esq."

Monday, September 1, 2014

OCSE Process Server Uses Bogus Badge

In June 2013 Ken Cross, an employee of OCSE who main job function is a process server, was caught wearing a North Little Rock Police badge and signing documents as “Lt. Cross” and threating to have people arrested if they did not call him.

Cross retired from the North Little Rock Police Department in 1997 at the rank of lieutenant. Cross was initially not chosen for promotion to lieutenant in 1982. Cross filed a lawsuit against the NLRPD about not being promoted  which went all the way to the Arkansas Supreme Court in 1984 (One Justice said it looked like the NLRPD did not want to promote Cross and another stated that Cross was at the bottom of the list).  After retirement Cross held jobs with trucking companies until when 1999 OCSE was able to offer process server positions.  NLRPD has confirmed that Cross would have been able to keep his NLRPD badge due the rank he held upon retirement.

After OCSE received a complaint about “Lt. Cross”, they purchased Cross a badge and told him to stop using his former NLRPD rank.

OCSE tried to cover up and minimize Cross’ deceptive tactics, but his actions of pretending to be something that he was not and threating bogus warrants was/is despicable and behavior that damages the reputation of and undermines the public trust in DFA/OCSE. 


"Lt." Cross wearing his old NLRPD issued badge