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

2016-2017 Annual Requirements

Dues, assessments, and trust account registration for Louisiana attorneys must be submitted by July 1st. Attorneys should have received a postcard from the Bar Association with detailed instructions.

File your Trust Account Registration at LADB's website here

Manage your Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA) account and pay your LSBA Membership Dues and LADB Assessment at LASBA's website here.

Recent Decisions From the Louisiana Supreme Court

IN RE CHRISTINE M. MIRE (New Iberia), 2015-B-1453, (2/19/16) rehearing denied (5/2/16):  The Court suspended the respondent for one year and one day, with six months deferred, for making false statements, or with reckless disregard for the truth of the statements, concerning the integrity of a judge. The respondent also failed to comply with orders of a bankruptcy court in representing a client.

IN RE E. ERIC GUIRARD, (Baton Rouge), 2016-OB-0397, (4/22/16): The Court readmitted the petitioner to the practice of law subject to a two-year period of probation. In 2009, petitioner and his law partner were disbarred for engaging in conflicts of interest, failing to supervise their non-lawyer staff, engaging in impermissible fee-sharing with non-lawyers, and facilitating the unauthorized practice of law by non-lawyers, who were allowed to give legal advice to clients, negotiate settlements with insurance adjusters, and advise prospective clients regarding the execution of legal documents. In re Guirard & Pittenger, 08-2621 (La. 5/5/09), 11 So. 3d 1017.

IN RE KERRY DION BROWN (Laplace), 2016-B-0396, (5/2/16):  The Court permanently disbarred the respondent based upon his misconduct in several client matters. The respondent neglected legal matters, failed to communicate with clients, failed to return unearned fees, failed to pay third-party medical providers, shared legal fees with a non-lawyer, engaged in criminal conduct, and failed to cooperate with the ODC in its investigations.

IN RE PATRICK HENRY (Baton Rouge), 2016-B-0455, (5/13/16): The Court suspended the respondent for nine months, with all but sixty days deferred, for deceiving a client and his law firm. The respondent agreed to handle a matter for a friend on a pro bono basis. However, the respondent advised his law firm that the client was to be billed. When the client refused to pay, the law firm filed suit, which was dropped after the respondent revealed his dishonesty.


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