Monday, April 9, 2012

Not Now, Not Ever

The Louisiana Supreme Court has not only denied a bar applicant's fourth attempt to secure admission. The court also decided to "permanently prohibit her from reapplying in the future."

As a 3L, the applicant served as the president of her law school's Student Bar Association. She graduated and passed the 1997 Louisiana Bar examination.

The day before she was to be sworn in, her law school rescinded her Dean's Certificate in light of allegations of embezzlement of SBA funds. As a result, admission was denied (the certificate is required) and a commissioner was appointed to take character and fitness evidence.

The record established that she destroyed SBA records that she had in her possession, failed to cooperate and "forged the signature of her attorney on a letter directing her bank not to comply with a subpoena issued by her law school."

An investigation by the Office of Disciplinary Counsel established that she had engaged in the unauthorized practice of law and improper fee sharing with an attorney. 

The court:

Given the egregious nature of [her] wrongdoing, as well as her pattern of misconduct occurring over many years, we can conceive of no circumstance under which we would ever grant her admission to the practice of law in this state.

 (Mike Frisch)

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