The Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board e-Newsletter.
Click to print or view online.

May 2021
NOTA BENE, Latin for "note well." Each month N.B. will feature ethics, professionalism and board developments.

Annual Requirements

✓ LADB Assessment
✓ Trust Account Form
✓ LSBA Dues
✓ Registration Statement

Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA) members must pay their 2021-22 LSBA dues and Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board (LADB) assessment and file their Attorney Registration Statement and Louisiana Supreme Court Trust Account Disclosure and Overdraft Notification Authorization Form by July 1.

Make sure to include an office email address on the registration statement.  The Louisiana Supreme Court recently amended La. S. Ct. Rule XIX Sec. 8C to require the inclusion of an office email address on the registration statement for service of process.  See the order here.

File your Trust Account Registration at the LADB's website here.

File your LSBA Attorney Registration Statement and pay your LSBA Membership Dues and LADB Assessment at the LSBA's website here.

ELLI: Key Concepts

Unauthorized Practice of Law

A lawyer who facilitates the unauthorized practice of law by failing to properly supervise an unlicensed staff member may be subject to discipline.   This video discusses cases and scenarios where a lawyer was disciplined for facilitating the unauthorized practice of law.


Recent Rules and Decisions

IN RE NICHOLAS ANTHONY BELLARD (Church Point), 2021-B-00339 (5/4/21): The respondent neglected his clients’ legal matters, failed to communicate with his clients, failed to refund unearned fees, and failed to cooperate with the ODC in its investigations. The Court adjudged the respondent guilty of additional violations of the Rules of Professional Conduct, which will be considered when and if he applies for readmission from his prior disbarment. The factual allegations in the formal charges were deemed admitted pursuant to Louisiana Supreme Court Rule XIX, §11(E)(3).

IN RE DONALD R. DOBBINS (Baton Rouge), 2020-B-01403 (5/13/21): The Court suspended the respondent for three years, retroactive to January 29, 2020, for being arrested for DWI on multiple occasions, failing to provide competent representation to a client, neglecting a legal matter, failing to adequately communicate with a client, including failing to adequately explain the fee arrangement, and failing to account for and/or refund an unearned fee.

IN RE CECELIA F. ABADIE (Hammond), 2020-B-01276 (5/13/21): The Court suspended the respondent for one year and one day for failing to provide competent representation to a client and making false statements about the integrity of a judge.

IN RE KATHLEEN M. WILSON (Baton Rouge), 2020-B-01488 (5/13/21): The Court suspended the respondent for one year and one day, with all but ninety days deferred, based on her arrest for driving while intoxicated.

Consent Discipline:

IN RE DAVID S. SCALIA (New Orleans), 2021-B-00301 (5/11/21): The Court suspended the respondent for one year, fully deferred, based upon his violation of Rules of Professional Conduct 8.4(a) and 8.4(b).

Reciprocal Discipline:

IN RE VINCENT WILKINS, JR. (Upper Marlboro, MD), 2021-B-00298 (5/4/21): The Court suspended the respondent for ninety days, with sixty days deferred, based upon an order of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.

Reinstatement/Readmission Matters:

IN RE KIMUEL WAYNE LEE (Baton Rouge), 2021-OB-00366 (5/11/21): Conditional reinstatement granted.


IN RE CLARENCE T. NALLS, JR. (Baton Rouge), 2020-B-01126 (5/13/21): Rehearing denied.


Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board
2800 Veterans Memorial Boulevard Suite 310, Metairie, LA 70002

You are receiving this email because of your relationship with LADB. Unsubscribe

The LADB provides information on its website, through its learning initiatives and its various publications as a service to the public. The content provided is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. Any views or opinions expressed by individuals featured on the LADB website, in any LADB publication, or as part of any learning initiative are attributable to those individuals and do not state the views or opinions of the LADB. The LADB makes no warranty or guarantee concerning the accuracy, reliability or completeness of the content in its publications, offered through its learning initiatives, on its website or any third-party websites to which it links. ©2019 Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board. Please direct comments to