Wednesday, November 7, 2018
The Louisiana Supreme Court followed the recommendation of its Attorney Disciplinary Board and disbarred an attorney who had littered the landscape with bad checks
The board determined respondent violated duties owed to the public, the legal system, and the legal profession. She acted knowingly and intentionally by issuing multiple worthless checks over a three-year period, using worthless checks to pay for office furniture and for law firm employee wages, and failing to appear in criminal court, remaining a fugitive. Her misconduct caused actual harm to her employees, members of the public, and the legal profession. Much of the harm she caused has not been rectified. After considering the ABA’s Standards for Imposing Lawyer Sanctions, the board determined the baseline sanction is disbarment...
The record of this matter supports a finding that respondent engaged in a pattern of issuing worthless checks over a three-year period and presented a check drawn on a closed account in the name of her mother to pay for office furniture. This conduct amounts to a violation of the Rules of Professional Conduct as charged. Having found evidence of professional misconduct, we now turn to a determination of the appropriate sanction for respondent’s actions. In determining a sanction, we are mindful that disciplinary proceedings are designed to maintain high standards of conduct, protect the public, preserve the integrity of the profession, and deter future misconduct.