Statement of Charges Allowed by the Illinois Supreme Court
and Imposing Discipline on Consent

Allowed September 22, 2017

IN THE SUPREME COURT OF ILLINOIS

In the Matter of:

DOUGLAS ALAN WILLIS,

Attorney-Respondent, 

No. 6198417.

 

Supreme Court No. M.R.28916

Commission No. 2017PR00078

 

STATEMENT OF CHARGES PURSUANT
TO SUPREME COURT RULE 762(a)

Jerome Larkin, Administrator of the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, by his attorney, Roona N. Shah, pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 762(a), states that on the date Douglas A. Willis (hereinafter "Movant") filed a motion requesting that his name be stricken from the Roll of Attorneys, the Administrator was investigating the conduct that formed the basis for Movant's plea of guilty to one count of conspiring to produce child pornography and one count of producing child pornography, in the matter entitled United States of America v. Douglas A. Willis, docket number 16 CR 542. Had Movant's conduct been the subject of a hearing, the Administrator would have introduced the evidence described below, and that evidence would have clearly and convincingly established the following conclusions of misconduct:

I. FACTUAL BACKGROUND

Movant's admissions and witness testimony, as well records from the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, would have established the following:

1. On August 24, 2016, Movant was charged by way of a two-count indictment in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois with the offenses of conspiring to produce child pornography and producing child pornography, in violation of Title 18 of the United States Code, Sections 2251(a) and 2251(d). That matter was docketed as United States of America v. Douglas A. Willis, case number 16 CR 542.

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2. Count One of the indictment charged Movant with conspiring to knowingly cause boys under the age of 18 to engage in sexually explicit conduct, including posing for nude photographs and videos, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 2251(a) and 2251(d). Count Two charged Movant with causing a minor victim to engage in the lewd and lascivious exhibition of his genitals, and to engage in oral-genital intercourse, for the purpose of producing visual depictions of that conduct, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 2251(a) and 2.

3. On July 18, 2017, Movant was charged in a two-count superseding information with knowingly possessing a video tape and other material that entertained images of child pornography, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, 2252A(a)(5)(B), and with knowingly possessing a camera containing images of child pornography, in violation of Title 18, United States Code 2256A(a)(5)(B).

4. On July 19, 2017, Movant entered a plea to guilty to the two-count superseding information, and an order confirming Movant's plea was entered in case number 16 CR 542. Movant is scheduled to be sentenced in case number 16 CR 542 on November 2, 2017.

II. CONCLUSIONS OF MISCONDUCT

5. By reason of the conduct described above, Movant has engaged in the following misconduct:

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  1. committing a criminal act that reflects adversely on his honesty, trustworthiness or fitness as a lawyer in other respects, by conduct including conspiring to produce, and producing, child pornography, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2252A(a)(5)(B) in violation of Rule 8.4(b) of the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct (2010).

Roona Shah
Counsel for Administrator
One Prudential Plaza
130 East Randolph Drive, Suite 1500
Chicago, Illinois 60601
Telephone: (312) 565-2600
Email: ARDCeService@iardc.org
Email: rshah@iardc.org

Respectfully submitted,

Jerome Larkin, Administrator
Attorney Registration and
Disciplinary Commission

By:  /s/Roona N. Shah
          Roona N. Shah