Lawyer discipline committee sets hearing on former parole board member | Arkansas Blog

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Lawyer discipline committee sets hearing on former parole board member

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click to enlarge Richard L. Mays Jr.
  • Richard L. Mays Jr.
The Arkansas Supreme Court Committee on Professional Conduct, which oversees lawyers and can recommend punishment including loss of license, announced today it would begin a hearing Monday on a grievance by the Arkansas Parole Board against Little Rock lawyer Richard L. Mays Jr., a former member of the board.

The hearing is scheduled to last through Wednesday.

The announcement didn't detail the nature of the grievance. But Mays voted in 20112 as a Parole Board member for parole of two inmates he'd previously represented in his law practice. Mays was unreachable by news outlets at the time.

Mays resigned from the Parole Board in July 2015. The Parole Board was informed in 2016 that the Supreme Court Committee was investigating. Gov. Asa Hutchinson had earlier asked the Parole Board to investigate after fellow members reportedly said Mays had altered documents and misled colleagues about the cases.

This article details allegations in the two cases.

The Parole Board jobs are paid. Mays, who served eight years by appointment of Gov. Mike Beebe, was paid more than $85,000. After this situation developed, the legislature enacted a law that prohibited parole board members from having other jobs.

Mays is son of and practices law with Richard Mays Sr., who served a stint by appointment on the Arkansas Supreme Court. He is also current chair of the Little Rock Water Reclamation Authority, once known as the city sewer committee.

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