Attorney and Supreme Court candidate Michelle MacDonald has been conditionally reinstated to the practice of law, subject to completion of the professional responsibility. She will be on probation for two years. The reinstatement order includes this paragraph: “Respondent shall take 15 credits in continuing-legal-education coursework in the areas of civil-trial and appellate practice, with at least one course emphasizing each of the following: trial preparation and courtroom decorum.”
The discipline results from MacDonald’s representation of Sandra Grazzini-Rucki, who was convicted of interfering with the parental rights of her children’s father. During the trial, MacDonald’s conflicts with the judge resulted in a brief time in jail for MacDonald.
She tried to take pictures of the courtroom and failed to cooperate in the trial when she was returned to the courtroom. She then filed suit in federal court against the judge and complained to the Board on Judicial Standards.