October 16, 2009
Don't Bounce a Check To The Bar
An attorney who had attended required CLE but bounced the payment check was found to have engaged in unauthorized practice while suspended. He had moved four times and denied receiving notice of his suspension. Eventually, he made the payment and was reinstated.
The Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board had found the misconduct to be negligent and imposed a public reprimand. On appeal of the sanction by the Office of Disciplinary Counsel, the Louisiana Supreme Court agreed that the sanction was insufficient in light of a series of past similar lapses by the lawyer. The court imposed a six-month suspension with all but 30 days stayed, followed by two years of unsupervised probation. (Mike Frisch)
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