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The Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board celebrates its 25th Anniversary with NOTA BENE, Latin for "note well." Each month N.B. will feature ethics, professionalism and board developments.

Call for Nominations for Public Members for LADB Hearing Committees

Non-lawyers (i.e. “public members”) play an important role in regulating the legal profession in Louisiana.  Public members bring a useful perspective to the attorney regulatory process in Louisiana and enhance the impartiality of hearing committees.

A public member is one of three members that comprise a Disciplinary Board hearing committee.  The other two members are lawyers. 

The Board often relies on the attorney population in Louisiana to nominate members of the general public to serve as hearing committee public members.  If you know of a non-lawyer who is willing and qualified to serve as a public member, please forward the nominee’s name, address, phone number, and email address to Donna Burgess at  Please discuss your nomination with the nominee before sending the nomination to the Board.  Hearing committee member qualifications can be found online.


Recent Decisions From the Louisiana Supreme Court

IN RE GILL, 2015-B-1373, (10/23/15)
The Court suspended the respondent for one year and one day for engaging in criminal conduct.  The respondent was arrested on three occasions for DWI offenses and on a fourth occasion for an alcohol-related incident.  The respondent also made false statements to ODC during its investigation of these matters.

IN RE WILLIAMS-BENSAADAT, 2015-B-1535, (11/06/15)
The Court suspended the respondent for one year, with six months deferred, for communicating with a party represented by counsel, mishandling a fee dispute, and filing a frivolous lawsuit.


CLE Countdown

Have you met your annual CLE requirement?  offers interesting and helpful continuing legal education seminars online. The deadline for completing the requisite 12.5 CLE hours is fast approaching on December 31. Here are a couple of previews of the CLEs that are available.

Chief Disciplinary Council Chuck Plattsmier breaks down exactly what happens when a complaint is filed with his office, including the benefits of the newly enhanced complaint screening process.

Attorney Beau Sagona explains how to divide your client’s retirement benefits during a divorce including the division of federal, state, military, railroad, and social security benefits.

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