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NOTA BENE, Latin for "note well." Each month N.B. will feature ethics, professionalism and board developments.

News From the Board

Training speakers reading left to right: (first row) 2017 Disciplinary Board Chair Carrie LeBlanc Jones, Board Members Walter D. White and Melissa L. Theriot, Chief Disciplinary Counsel Charles B. Plattsmier with Steven R. Scheckman of Schiff, Scheckman & White, (second row) Hearing Committee Chairs Anthony P. Dunbar and Arita M. Bohannan, Hearing Committee Chair Donald C. Massey with Executive Director of the Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program Joseph E. Stockwell, III, and The Honorable Bernette Joshua Johnson, Chief Justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court.

The Board recently hosted its annual hearing committee training and meeting in Metairie. Over the course of two days, the volunteer committee members received instruction on a variety of topics relevant to their service as adjudicators for the disciplinary board. The topics ranged from the procedural rules of the lawyer discipline system to the rules of professional conduct to duties and expectations of committee members.

A number of different speakers were on hand to present these topics, including Chief Disciplinary Counsel, defense counsel, experienced Board and committee members, and representatives of the LSBA and JLAP. Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson also delivered an address on behalf of the Court in which she thanked the committee members for their volunteer service and dedication to the legal profession.

Recent Decisions From the Louisiana Supreme Court

IN RE EVANS, II (Deridder), 2016-B-1115 c/w 2016-B-1213 (12/6/16): The Court suspended the respondent for three years, with two years deferred, for neglecting numerous legal matters, failing to communicate with numerous clients, failing to provide competent representation, failing to refund unearned fees, failing to provide accountings to clients, failing to reduce contingency fee agreements to writing, failing to properly supervise non-lawyer assistants, failing to keep one client’s information confidential, and failing to cooperate with the ODC in two investigations.

- Reciprocal Discipline: -

IN RE SEGAL (New York), 2016-B-2004 (1/13/17): The Court imposed a reciprocal one-year suspension based upon an order of the Supreme Court of New York.

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