In the Matter of Charles E. Houston, Respondent
January 14, 2016.
Appellate Case No. 2015-001938.
Counsel Lesley M. Coggiola and Assistant Disciplinary Counsel
Ericka M. Williams, both of Columbia, for Office of
Parker, of Peters Murdaugh Parker Eltzroth & Detrick, PA,
of Hampton, for Respondent.
C.J., BEATTY, KITTREDGE, HEARN, JJ., and Acting Justice James
E. Moore, concur.
Respondent Charles E. Houston, Jr. failed to perfect an
appeal for a client and, in two separate matters, neglected
to pay a videographer and court reporting service.
Additionally he failed to cooperate with the disciplinary
investigations into the ensuing complaints. We suspend
Respondent for nine months, order him to pay the costs of the
proceeding, and require him to complete the Legal Ethics and
Practice Program Ethics School and Law Office Management
School as a condition of reinstatement.
charges were filed against Respondent by Office of
Disciplinary Counsel (ODC) on September 17, 2012. Respondent
filed an answer on January 4, 2013. ODC and Respondent
stipulated to the facts, which were adopted by the panel and
are as follows:
was hired to take over a pending appeal for a client.
Accordingly, Respondent filed an amended notice of appeal and
notified the court of appeals of his representation of the
client. The deadline to file the initial brief and
designation of matter passed and the court of appeals
dismissed the matter. Respondent subsequently filed a motion
to reinstate the appeal on the basis that he had difficulty
obtaining the transcript. The court of appeals granted
Respondent's motion and reinstated the appeal, noting
that it would be necessary for Respondent to provide the
court with a copy of the letter ordering the transcript
within ten days.
missed the deadline to file the initial brief and designation
of matter and the court of appeals advised him that the
initial brief and designation of matter must be served and
filed within thirty days because the transcript had been
received. Respondent again failed to comply and the court of
appeals dismissed the appeal. Respondent subsequently filed a
motion to reinstate the appeal, which the court of appeals
granted upon the condition that the initial brief and
designation of matter be filed within thirty days. The court
indicated that no further extension would be granted absent
month after the deadline passed, Respondent filed a motion
for extension of time and proceeded to file the initial brief
and designation of matter three weeks later. The court of
appeals dismissed the appeal for failing to timely file,