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In re Johnson

Supreme Court of Louisiana

April 10, 2015

IN RE: LYNN PLAISANCE JOHNSON

IN RE: Disciplinary Counsel; - Other; Applying For Notice of Discipline in Another Jurisdiction Pursuant to Rule XIX, § 21 and Motion to Initiate Reciprocal Discipline Proceedings.

Jefferson D. Hughes, III, Jeannette Theriot Knoll, John L. Weimer, Greg G. Guidry, Marcus R. Clark, Scott J. Crichton.

OPINION

[2015-0203 La. 1] ATTORNEY DISCIPLINARY PROCEEDING

PER CURIAM

Pursuant to Supreme Court Rule XIX, § 21, the Office of Disciplinary Counsel (" ODC" ) has filed a petition seeking the imposition of reciprocal discipline against respondent, Lynn Plaisance Johnson, an attorney licensed to practice law in Louisiana and Missouri, based upon discipline imposed in Missouri.

UNDERLYING FACTS AND PROCEDURAL HISTORY

In 2012, the Missouri Office of the Chief Disciplinary Counsel received two complaints against respondent. Respondent failed to respond to the complaints, despite receiving notice thereof and extensions of time to respond.

Missouri Discipline

On September 30, 2014, the Supreme Court of Missouri reprimanded respondent for violating Rule 4-8.1(c) (knowing failure to respond to a lawful demand for information from a disciplinary authority) of the Missouri Rules of Professional Conduct. In re: Lynn Plaisance Johnson, Supreme Court of Missouri Docket No.: SC94369; MBE# 44073.

After receiving notice of the Missouri order of discipline, the ODC filed a motion

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to initiate reciprocal discipline proceedings in Louisiana, pursuant to Supreme Court Rule XIX, § 21. A certified copy of the decision and order of the [2015-0203 La. 2] Supreme Court of Missouri was attached to the motion. On March 4, 2015, we rendered an order giving respondent thirty days to demonstrate why the imposition of identical discipline in this state would be unwarranted. Respondent subsequently filed a notice of acceptance of reciprocal discipline.

DISCUSSION

The standard for imposition of discipline on a reciprocal basis is set forth in Supreme Court Rule XIX, ...


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