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Critics accuse trial lawyers of trying to influence Louisiana Supreme Court race

Kate Jacobson Oct. 24, 2016, 11:41am

LAFAYETTE — Critics are raising issues about trial lawyers donating to a Louisiana Supreme Court candidate.

Louisiana State University law school students surpass state's passage rate

Karen Kidd Oct. 22, 2016, 6:18pm

&&& BATON ROUGE -- The dean of Louisiana State University's (LSU) law school expressed pride soon after this year's bar exam results were in that showed LSU has the highest percentage of students passing the Louisiana State Bar Exam.

No law prevents suspended judges from other 'public service,' legal ethics expert says

Mike Helenthal Oct. 19, 2016, 7:21pm

NEW ORLEANS – There are no state laws barring a judge from collecting a check for doing municipal work while serving out the terms of a misconduct suspension, says a legal ethics expert as just such a case is occurring.

Louisiana Supreme Court refuses to hear wrongful conviction compensation case

Tara Mapes Oct. 16, 2016, 11:15pm

NEW ORLEANS — Louisiana's Supreme Court has refused to hear a case to determine if the family of a deceased man who was exonerated after serving nearly 30 years on death row is due compensation for wrongful conviction.

Trial lawyer support of Genovese questioned in tight Louisiana Supreme Court race

Michelle de Leon Oct. 12, 2016, 3:57pm

NEW ORLEANS – A Louisiana Supreme Court race is anticipated to heavily involvetrial lawyers particularly in relation to the candidacy of Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeal Judge James “Jimmy” Genovese.

Former Tulane professor continues 20-year fight against judge

John Breslin Oct. 11, 2016, 5:07pm

NEW ORLEANS -- More than 20 years after Carol Bernofsky first filed suit for wrongful dismissal from his job as a biochemistry professor, he is still fighting what he believes is a grave injustice.

Louisiana PAC picks Judge Castle after recent debate

Tara Mapes Oct. 9, 2016, 12:18am

LAFAYETTE - Two candidates for seats on the Louisiana Supreme Court recently squared off at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Louisiana Supreme Court supports prorating defense costs

Quinten Plummer Oct. 6, 2016, 9:23pm

NEW ORLEANS — Despite language contained in an insurance policy, the Louisiana Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a novel approach for prorating defense costs between a commercial insurer and the insured.

Louisiana Supreme Court suspends lawyer for disqualifying judge on purpose

Caleb Murphy Sep. 30, 2016, 10:46am

NEW ORLEANS – The Louisiana Supreme Court suspended Joseph Mole from practicing law in state courts recently. This decision comes after Mole was suspended from practicing in U.S. District Court in New Orleans because of his involvement with impeached Judge Thomas Porteous.

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.