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In re Clarke

Supreme Court of Louisiana

November 26, 2014

IN RE: ROBERT N. CLARKE

IN RE: Disciplinary Counsel; Clarke, Robert N.; -- Other(s); Applying For Joint Petition for Consent Discipline

Joint petition for consent discipline accepted.

Jeannette Theriot Knoll, Bernette J. Johnson, Jeffrey P. Victory, Greg G. Guidry, Marcus R. Clark, Jefferson D. Hughes, III.WEIMER, J., dissents.

ATTORNEY DISCIPLINARY PROCEEDINGS

PER CURIAM

The Office of Disciplinary Counsel (" ODC" ) commenced an investigation into allegations that respondent mishandled his client trust account by issuing checks from the account payable to " cash" and allowing the account to become overdrawn. Following an investigation, respondent and

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the ODC submitted a joint petition for consent discipline. Having reviewed the petition,

IT IS ORDERED that the Petition for Consent Discipline be accepted and that Robert N. Clarke, Louisiana Bar Roll number 4161, be suspended from the practice of law for a period of six months. This suspension shall be deferred in its entirety, subject to respondent's successful completion of a one-year period of supervised probation. The probationary period shall commence from the date respondent, the ODC, and the probation monitor execute a formal probation plan. Any failure of respondent to comply with the conditions of probation, or any misconduct during the probationary period, may be grounds for making the deferred suspension executory, or imposing additional discipline, as appropriate.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that all costs and expenses in the matter are assessed against respondent in accordance with Supreme Court Rule XIX, § 10.1, with legal interest to commence thirty days from the date of finality of this court's judgment until paid.


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