January 6, 2009
Bounced CLE Check Leads To Discipline
A Louisiana hearing committee recommends a public reprimand plus a one-year probation in a case where they concluded that any harm caused by the violation was de minimus. The disciplinary problem stemmed from the continuing legal education obligation. The attorney had attended a course in 2002 but wrote a bad check in payment. As a result, he was deemed ineligible to practice in 2005. He denied receiving notice of his ineligible staus. When he learned, he took steps to become reinstated. He had practiced while under suspension in violation of the rules governing unauthorized practice.
The committee noted that "[d]uring the relevent time frame, family illness and Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath complicated [his] legal practice and life generally." His practice was located in Chalmette, on the Mississippi River. He had to move his law office four times and had experienced problems with receiving his office mail. The committee was impressed with his genuine remorse and his efforts to remedy the ineligibility problem. (Mike Frisch)
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