Tuesday, June 28, 2011

One Year Of Monitored Sobriety Required For Louisiana Bar Admission

The Louisiana Supreme Court has denied a petition for bar admission of an attorney who has a history of alcohol and opiate dependency. The order sets forth a bright line for such applicants - a precondition is one full year of sobriety monitored by the Bar's counseling program. Although the applicant has claimed sobriety since 2005, he only recently had entered into a recovery contract with the Bar program.  (Mike Frisch)


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Very interesting, Mike. I will let our students know. This is the kind of thing, like collecting old addresses and shoring up credit reports, they cannot wait till the last minute to address.

Posted by: Alan Childress | Jun 28, 2011 9:08:07 AM

One year of monitored sobriety is also the standard used by the California Committee of Bar Examiners. Applicants are told that the Committee will hold their application in abeyance for one year while they participate in our State Bar's Lawyer Assistance Program. The applicant doesn't have to agree to the abeyance but presumably risks an outright denial of their application. The threshold for the abeyance is quite low -- a single recent DUI is sufficient.

Posted by: David Cameron Carr | Jun 29, 2011 12:53:32 PM

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