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December 2020
NOTA BENE, Latin for "note well." Each month N.B. will feature ethics, professionalism and board developments.

Thank You For Your Service!

As the close of 2020 draws near, we recognize several Board members whose terms will soon come to an end.

Dominick J. Scandurro, Jr.’s service to the Disciplinary Board first began in 1990, when he was appointed by the Board to serve as a lawyer member on one of its earliest hearing committees. A resident of Buras, Louisiana, his initial term as a hearing committee member ran from 1990 until 1997. He later began another term as a committee member in 2013. He was then appointed as a Board member by the Louisiana Supreme Court in late 2014, with his first term beginning in 2015 and his second term beginning in 2018. At the end of this month, he will complete his second term. Throughout his tenure as a Board volunteer, Dominick has provided valuable guidance to hearing committees and the Board and exceptional insight into the disciplinary cases, carefully considering them from a practitioner’s perspective. As Board Chair this year, Dominick provided excellent leadership to the Agency during the unprecedented challenges of 2020.

Pamela W. Carter’s term on the Board also ends this year.  A resident of LaPlace, Pam has served as a Board member since 2015.  During her second term as a Board member, she was elected to serve as the 2019 Chair of the Board. 

Prior to becoming a lawyer, Pam had a career as a journalist and television news reporter.  Through her combined career experiences, Pam provided valuable assistance with the Board’s outreach programs including ELLI, the Board’s learning initiative directed toward the needs of newly-admitted lawyers, and the LADB’s free CLE seminars.  Pam was instrumental in identifying timely and useful topics, as well as speakers, for these programs.

Wendy E. W. Giovingo of Monroe has served the Agency in two capacities-- as a lawyer member of a hearing committee (2013-2017) and as the LSBA’s representative on the Board.  Her service as a Board member began in 2018 and will end this month.  Having extensive experience as a volunteer leader in non-profit organizations, Wendy provided beneficial information to the Administrative Committee of the Board concerning the coordination of volunteer efforts.  Her participation in numerous bar and legal associations also provided her with a practical and well-reasoned approach when considering issues that came before the Committee.

Col. Evans C. Spiceland, USA (Ret.) of Mandeville joined the Board as a public member of a hearing committee in 2004 and served in that capacity for two terms.  In late 2014, he was appointed by the Louisiana Supreme Court as a Board member, with his first term running from 2015 until 2017 and his second term running from 2018 through the end of this month.  Having an exceptional record of military and civilian accomplishments, Evans was extraordinarily prepared for the hearings and oral arguments to which he was assigned.  He never hesitated to tackle difficult issues and to work until a thoughtful determination was reached in a disciplinary matter.

Dominick, Pam, Wendy, and Evans have faithfully and admirably served the Court, the Board, the members of the legal profession, and most importantly, the citizens of the State of Louisiana.  As their service comes to an end, the Board extends its sincere thanks for their dedication and leadership.

Recent Rules and Decisions

IN RE DOUNNISEI KUO GBALAZEH (Philadelphia, PA), 2020-B-01111 (11/24/20): The Court disbarred the respondent for failing to refund an unearned fee, practicing law while ineligible, and failing to cooperate with ODC’s investigation. The factual allegations in the formal charges were deemed admitted pursuant to Louisiana Supreme Court Rule XIX, §11(E)(3).

IN RE AMY ELIZABETH BATEMAN (Metairie), 2020-B-01140 (12/11/20): The Court suspended the respondent for one year and one day based upon her arrest for driving while intoxicated.

IN RE JOSLYN RENEE ALEX (Breaux Bridge), 2020-B-00916 (12/11/20): The Court suspended the respondent for one year for communicating with and obtaining an affidavit regarding the subject of ongoing litigation from a represented party without the knowledge or consent of the party’s counsel.

IN RE JAYMESKI PULLINS-GORHAM (Kenner), 2020-B-00692 (12/11/20): The Court suspended the respondent for six months, fully deferred, for mishandling her client trust account.

Consent Discipline:

IN RE ALVA L. WILLIAMS (Houma), 2020-B-01168 (11/24/20): The Court suspended the respondent for eighteen months, retroactive to his interim suspension (3/16/20), for neglecting legal matters, failing to communicate with clients, failing to return unearned fees and client files, employing a suspended attorney without submitting an employment registration statement, and misstating facts to ODC and failing to cooperate with ODC’s investigation.

IN RE MARI TARA BARTHOLOMEW (New Orleans), 2020-B-01218 (12/8/20): The Court suspended the respondent for one year and one day, with all but thirty days deferred, for mismanaging her client trust account.

IN RE SCOTT MICHAEL EMONET (Baton Rouge), 2020-B-01119 (11/24/20): The Court publicly reprimanded the respondent for negligently mishandling his client trust account.

Permanent Resignation in Lieu of Discipline:

IN RE DANNY PATRICK KEATING, JR. (New Orleans), 2020-OB-01321 (11/19/20).

IN RE GREGORY SCOTT JOHNSON (Baton Rouge), 2020-OB-01256 (12/8/20).


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