December 24, 2012
No Higher Power
The Louisiana Disciplinary Board has recommended a suspension of a year and a day of an attorney convicted on no contest and guilty pleas to two alcohol-related driving offenses.
The offenses took place while the attorney was involved in his own divorce and custody matter. He also was having difficulty with his law partners, who were cutting him out of the practice.
In such cases (and here), the attorney is often given the option of participation in the bar's lawyer assistance program. Here, the attorney was directed to get involved with Alcoholics Anonymous.
He went to AA as directed, although he did not think he had an alcohol problem. However, he dropped out because he is an atheist and does not believe in a "higher power."
The board indicated that a lesser sanction would have been proposed if the attorney had complied with treatment conditions. (Mike Frisch)
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