NEW ORLEANS — The Louisiana Supreme Court reviewed Sunset
attorney Olita Magee Domingue’s request to resign from the practice
of law in lieu of discipline on Feb. 3.
The Office of Disciplinary Counsel had commenced an investigation
into “numerous complaints of serious professional misconduct
against (Domingue).” According to Supreme Court documents
archived on the Louisiana Attorney Discipline Board’s website,
Domingue allegedly mishandled her client trust account, failed to
provide accountings upon request, and failing to return unearned
fees. During the ODC investigation, Domingue allegedly failed to
The ODC recommended that the attorney’s request for permanent
disbarment be granted. The Supreme Court ordered Domingue to make
restitution to either her clients or the Louisiana State Bar
Association’s Client Assistance Fund. In addition, the ODC
determined that Domingue should be permanently prohibited from
practicing law in any jurisdiction and may not seek readmission at
Cases of attorney misconduct are handled by the LADB, which was
established in 1990 as a branch of the Louisiana Supreme Court,
according to the group's website.
The LADB is comprised of 14 members who’s purpose is to investigate
claims of attorney misconduct brought before the Supreme Court. Once
an investigation is completed, the LADB recommends disciplinary
The members of the LADB are made up volunteers appointed by the
Supreme Court. The Louisiana State Bar Association nominates one
member per year who has previous experience in disciplining
attorneys. In addition, four members of the general public with
“diverse backgrounds.” The term for each member is three years,
and no member may serve more than two consecutive terms.
The LADB arranges hearings for disciplinary matters which are
conducted by the Hearing Committee. The committee is made up of 50
volunteer members with the same term duration and limits as the LADB
members. All Hearing Committee members are appointed by the LADB and
must meet the following requirements; must possess good moral
character, possess a Louisiana law license, have practiced law for at
least five years, cannot hold political office, cannot be a partner
in a firm where two other partners already serve on the committee,
and cannot serve on a grievance committee.
A hearing similar to trial will take place where the attorney will
have the opportunity to provide a defense against the charges.
Witnesses may be called either to attest to the attorney’s good
character for mitigation, or to testify to the lawyer’s misconduct.
The findings of the hearing are recorded and submitted to the LABD
for review and a recommendation for discipline is determined. This
recommendation is given to the Louisiana Supreme Court, which will
determine culpability and discipline.
The Louisiana Supreme Court is in New Orleans and was established
in 1813 as the highest court in the state, according to the court's
It is presided over by seven
justices: Chief Justice Bernette J. Johnson, Greg G. Guidry,
Scott J. Crichton, James T. Genovese, Marcus R. Clark, Jefferson D.
Hughes III, and John L. Weimer.