State court suspends license of Clay lawyer

The West Virginia Supreme Court has temporarily suspended the law license of a former Clay County prosecuting attorney.

The court handed down an order on June 17 suspending Jeffrey Davis’ law license for 30 days, according to a news release from the Office of the Lawyer Disciplinary Counsel.

The West Virginia Bar Membership Directory indicates Davis’ license was suspended for ethical reasons, and the disciplinary counsel release did not provide additional information as to what action led to his license suspension.

Once the suspension ends, Davis will be placed on two years’ probation, during which time he will be required to practice under the supervision of an attorney in good standing with the state bar.

The court also ordered Davis to complete nine hours of continuing legal education in the area of ethics, and he will have to pay for the cost of the proceedings against him.

Davis served as the prosecuting attorney for Clay County from 1993 until 2002, when he resigned, citing personal reasons, according to a Charleston Daily Mail report in 2002.

When voters elected Davis in 1992, he did not have a law license because he failed the bar exam that same year shortly after winning the Democratic primary election.

The West Virginia Bar website shows Davis was admitted to the bar on May 5, 1993.

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