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Louisiana judges awarded pay raise despite state budget issues

Michelle de Leon Sep. 26, 2016, 10:23am

NEW ORLEANS -- The pay raise for Louisiana judges has been approved despite the salary freeze imposed upon state employees. The increase in salary pertains to all judges from the Supreme Court to the city courts.

ODC recommends Kenneth Michael Waguespack Jr. be disbarred

Nancy Crist Sep. 19, 2016, 12:18am

NEW ORLEANS – The Office of Disciplinary Counsel (ODC) has recommended that attorney Kenneth Michael Waguespack Jr. be permanently disbarred for professional misconduct in light of ODC findings.

ODC recommends three-year suspension for attorney James E. Moorman III

Nancy Crist Sep. 19, 2016, 12:14am

NEW ORLEANS – In a recent disciplinary matter, the Office of Disciplinary Counsel (ODC) recommended that attorney James E. Moorman III be suspended for three years due to professional misconduct.

Lawyers' disciplinary counsel recommends suspension of Toby J. Aucoin

Nancy Crist Sep. 18, 2016, 6:27pm

BATON ROUGE – In a recent disciplinary matter arising from formal charges, the Office of Disciplinary Counsel (ODC) requested that attorney Toby J. Aucoin be suspended from practicing law for a year and a day.

La. Attorney Disciplinary Board recommends 3-year suspension for N. Dawn Harper

Nancy Crist Sep. 18, 2016, 5:32pm

NEW ORLEANS – The Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board has recommended to the Louisiana Supreme Court (LASC) that attorney N. Dawn Harper be suspended from practicing law for three years and return all unearned fees to clients.

Impact of recent flooding on Baton Rouge courts expected to vary

Russell Boniface Sep. 18, 2016, 11:13am

BATON ROUGE – The August flooding in the Baton Rouge area closed the 19th Judicial District Court for six straight workdays, but a professor expects little delay in civil cases.

Louisiana Supreme Court bars justice of peace from performing duites while financial allegations are probed

Kerry Goff Sep. 16, 2016, 4:00pm

NEW ORLEANS – A justice of the peace in Jefferson Parish is barred from performing his duties pending an investigation into alleged misuse of court funds in withdrawals made at casinos.

Lawyer in Jefferson Parish scandal eligible to practice law again, with concessions

Kerry Goff Sep. 15, 2016, 10:27am

NEW ORLEANS – On Sept. 6, the Supreme Court of Louisiana addressed the readmission application of Thomas G. Wilkinson, who was suspended from the practice of law in Louisiana.

Gretna attorney suspended on interim basis by ODC, previously suspended in 2011

Kerry Goff Sep. 11, 2016, 3:05pm

NEW ORLEANS – On Aug. 31, the Office of Disciplinary Council (ODC) ordered that Juan Carlos Labadie, an attorney who practices in Gretna, be suspended from the practice of law on an interim basis and was effective immediately. The official court document did not explain what caused the interim suspension.

Alexandria attorney denied readmission to bar after allegedly working as paralegal during disbarment

Kerry Goff Sep. 11, 2016, 2:43pm

NEW ORLEANS – On Sept. 6, the Supreme Court of Louisiana denied William F. Henderson’s request for readmission to the Louisiana State Bar because he allegedly violated Rules of Professional Conduct by accepting a paralegal position while actively disbarred.

Court agrees to permanently disbar attorney after Texas resignation

Kerry Goff Sep. 11, 2016, 2:42pm

NEW ORLEANS – On Sept. 6, the Supreme Court of Louisiana unanimously agreed to permanently disbar attorney Jose W. Vega based on multiple alleged violations of Rules of Professional Conduct.

Metairie attorney faces possible suspension after client complaint

Kerry Goff Aug. 30, 2016, 11:36am

NEW ORLEANS -- The Louisiana Disciplinary Board's Office of Disciplinary Council (ODC) has recommended that Metairie attorney Thomas E. Campbell be suspended for allegedly violating certain Rules of Professional Conduct.

Louisiana attorney suspended, could be disbarred for alleged tax fraud

Kerry Goff Aug. 23, 2016, 9:36am

LAKE CHARLES -- An attorney who practiced law in Louisiana and was temporarily suspended by the Louisiana Supreme Court may face permanent disbarment. 

First woman to serve on Louisiana reviewing bench: 'Be kind, courteous to adversaries'

Kerry Goff Aug. 16, 2016, 2:50pm

NEW ORLEANS – As the first woman to serve on a reviewing bench in Louisiana, Jeannette Theriot Knoll, associate justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court, recalls the tug of war between career and family. 

Louisiana chief judge sees technology, diversity as positive changes during career

Kerry Goff Aug. 15, 2016, 3:43pm

LAKE CHARLES – Change is inevitable and 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal Chief Judge Ulysses Gene Thibodeaux has seen plenty of it in his years spent on the bench. 

LASC OKs petition for 'reciprocal discipline;' attorney Ward suspended 2 years in 2 states

Kerry Goff Aug. 14, 2016, 3:03pm

NEW ORLEANS – In a June 17 petition to the Louisiana Supreme Court, the Office of Disciplinary Counsel (ODC) requested the “imposition of reciprocal discipline” against attorney Kelly P. Ward, who is licensed to practice law in Louisiana and Illinois, based upon discipline imposed by the Illinois Supreme Court for repeated appearances in court while under the influence of alcohol.

Streamlining operations on the agenda for new bar association president

Kerry Goff Aug. 7, 2016, 6:45pm

NEW ORLEANS – Darrel J. Papillion, the 76th president of the Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA), recently spoke to the Louisiana Bar Journal about his credentials, family and his goals for the LSBA during his one-year his presidency.

Attorney: Case could decide if $500,000 cap applies to certain types of medical malpractice suits

Karen Kidd Aug. 6, 2016, 4:12pm

NEW ORLEANS – A little-reported medical malpractice lawsuit now before the Louisiana Supreme Court could decide whether a damages cap defined by state law covers certain negligence cases, a malpractice attorney based in Metairie said during a recent interview.

Man’s malpractice case after surgery left him a quadriplegic likely to have little impact, attorney says

Karen Kidd Aug. 6, 2016, 2:04pm

SHREVEPORT – While most likely of great importance to a now severely disabled man and his wife, the 2nd Circuit's recent reversal in a medical malpractice case has little legal significance, a malpractice attorney said during a recent interview.

State Supreme Court denies applicant to take bar exam a third time because of criminal history

Kerry Goff Aug. 5, 2016, 7:36pm

NEW ORLEANS – The Louisiana Supreme Court recently denied an unnamed applicant’s request to take the July 2016 bar exam, which would have been his third time to take the exam, arguing that the he failed to demonstrate good moral character based on his criminal history to practice law.