Former South Bend lawyer suspended from practicing law after meth-related federal charge

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By: Krystal Vivian kvivian@953mnc.com

A former South Bend lawyer who bought cold medicine with pseudoephedrine and gave it to people who she knew were making methamphetamine was suspended from practicing law for at least three years.

Tenneil Selner, 35, pleaded guilty in October 2013 to one federal count of unlawful distribution of pseudoephedrine. She admitted to buying cold medicine with pseudoephedrine — a key ingredient for making meth — four times and gave it to two people she knew would use it to make meth.

Selner was sentenced to 21 months in prison and two years of probation.

Selner owned Selner Law Practice until June 2011, according to her LinkedIn page. 

The Indiana Supreme Court suspended Selner from practicing law on Thursday, July 9, for three years without automatic reinstatement, according to court documents. In three years, Selner will need to convince the Indiana Supreme Court that she regrets her crimes and is fit to practice law again.

“(Selner) actively engaged herself in the introduction of a controlled substance into a marketplace occupied by current and future victims of a devastating addiction,” the court documents stated. “It should go without saying that such misconduct warrants severe discipline.”