02.03.2014 Consent Order of Disbarment [Wake County]

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In March of 2013, Cary attorney Mark Seifert was arrested and charged with sexual exploitation of a minor.  On February 3, 2014, Mr. Seifert entered guilty pleas to nine felony counts of second-degree exploitation of a minor.  Judgment was entered subsequently, convicting Mr. Seifert of these offenses.  Following the judgment, Mr. Seifert submitted an affidavit surrendering his law license.

The presiding Superior Court judge concluded that Seifert’s guilty plea and resulting conviction constituted a violation of Rule 8.4(b) of the North Carolina Rules of Professional Conduct.  Under Rule 8.4, a lawyer commits professional misconduct by “commit[ing] a criminal act that reflects adversely on the lawyer’s honesty, trustworthiness or fitness as a lawyer in other respects.” Based on the rule violation, the presiding judge entered an order disbarring Seifert on February 3, 2014.

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About Tripp Huffstetler, Senior Staff Writer (57 Articles)
Tripp Huffstetler served as the Senior Ethics Staff Writer for the Campbell Law Observer. He is originally from Cherryville, North Carolina. In 2011, Tripp graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy as well as Political Science. During his undergraduate studies, Tripp spent summers assisting at a practice in his hometown of Cherryville. During law school he interned with the Hon. Kris Bailey, District Court Judge; Judge Paige Phillips, Wake County Magistrate; the Hon. Paul C. Ridgeway, Superior Court Judge; and the Wake County District Attorney's Office. He also assisted a local attorney in drafting a guide to interlocutory appeals, which will be published by the North Carolina Bar Association. Tripp graduated from Campbell Law School in May 2014.
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