Friday, November 6, 2009
A Louisiana hearing committee has recommended the readmission of a disbarred lawyer. The lawyer was conditionally admitted to practice in 2003 as a result of DUI charges. The conditions required compliance with a recovery contract supervised by the bar's Lawyer's Assistance Program for two years. He tested positive for cocaine us, which led to the revocation of his conditional admission. He then agreed to a five-year recovery contract.
The committee found that he has taken appropriate rehabilitative treatment and has attended AA meetings. A 2006 random drug test that revealed an "indication of alcohol ingestion" was deemed to be of questionable validity. The applicant had denied alcohol use and the committee found no clear and convincing evidence to refute that denial. (Mike Frisch)