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In re Comm. on Bar Admissions CFN-919381

Supreme Court of Louisiana

March 27, 2015

IN RE: COMMITTEE ON BAR ADMISSIONS CFN-919381

CONDITIONAL ADMISSION GRANTED.

OPINION

[2015-0248 La. 1] BAR ADMISSIONS PROCEEDING

PER CURIAM

After reviewing the evidence and considering the law, we conclude petitioner is eligible to be conditionally admitted to the practice of law in Louisiana, subject to the following conditions:

1. Petitioner shall continue to comply with the terms of the recovery agreement he signed with the Lawyers Assistance Program (" LAP" ) on January 20, 2015.

2. The period of this conditional admission shall coincide with the period of petitioner's LAP agreement. However, petitioner's conditional admission status shall not be terminated until this court so orders.

3. Petitioner shall authorize the Executive Director of LAP to report any violations of the LAP agreement to the Office of Disciplinary Counsel (" ODC" ).

4. Upon the expiration of the term of petitioner's LAP agreement, the Executive Director of LAP shall forward to the ODC (a) a final report of petitioner's progress and participation in LAP, and (b) a recommendation regarding the need for petitioner's continued participation in LAP.

5. Following receipt of the report from LAP, the ODC shall file a report in this court in which it shall recommend whether the conditional admission shall be allowed to terminate or shall be extended.

6. Petitioner shall cooperate with LAP and the ODC, and shall comply with any and all requirements imposed upon him by LAP and the ODC.

[2015-0248 La. 2] Should petitioner fail to make a good faith effort to satisfy these conditions, or should he commit any misconduct during the period of probation, his conditional right to practice may be terminated or he may be subjected to other discipline pursuant to the Rules for Lawyer Disciplinary Enforcement.

CONDITIONAL ADMISSION GRANTED.

DISSENT

CLARK, J., dissenting.

I dissent. I would deny conditional admission.

By granting conditional admission to this applicant, this Court has once again lowered the standards demanded of members of the Bar.

The applicant has a long history of committing serious felony drug offenses. Applicant also stole a large sum of money from his parents.

Based on these facts, I do not believe he can be entrusted with client funds, and that his conduct creates a direct threat to the public. I do not believe the applicant has demonstrated that he possesses the moral character required for admission to the bar. The applicant has engaged in a pattern of conduct which is fundamentally inconsistent with a lawyer's duties of truth and honesty and shows he lacks the moral fitness for admission to the bar.


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