December 20, 2010
No Admission Without Recovery Contract
The Louisiana Supreme Court denied admission to an applicant who had passed the February 2010 bar exam. The court held that "an applicant suffering from alcohol dependence will not be considered for admission until he or she has entered into a recovery contact with [the Bar's Lawyer Assistance Program] and can demonstrate at least a one-year period of sobriety pursuant to the terms and conditions of that contract."
The applicant may not reapply until the contract conditions are met. (Mike Frisch)
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The procedural history in this case is pretty outrageous. The candidate petitioned the court to consider whether he could be admitted. The court denied the petition subject to his sitting and passing the bar exam. Then, once he had passed the exam, they decided that he was not eligible to petition until he had completed the alcohol program. Obviously, the court could have made this ruling the first time the candidate petitioned instead of forcing him to sit an exam that was ultimately irrelevant.
Posted by: FixedWing | Dec 22, 2010 10:23:58 PM