NEW ORLEANS – Baton Rouge attorney Connie M. Easterly has been voluntarily suspended following a May 6 Louisiana Supreme Court attorney disciplinary proceeding after being charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.
The high court suspended Easterly for a year and a day, retroactive to her interim suspension handed down Jan. 8. The court's single-page disciplinary proceeding followed an office of disciplinary counsel investigation that began after Easterly was arrested and charged with DUI, according to the disciplinary proceeding.
Before formal charges were filed against Easterly in the matter, the attorney and office of disciplinary counsel reached a joint petition for consent discipline, which the court accepted.
The court also ordered Easterly to pay costs.
Easterly, aka Connie M. Eversberg, whose law office address is on Argosy Court in Baton Rouge, was admitted to the bar in Louisiana on Oct. 15, 1999, according to her profile on the Louisiana State Bar Association's website.
Easterly's interim suspension in January was her second in less than 10 years. Easterly was placed on interim suspension following a May 2010 Supreme Court order. In January of the following year, Easterly was suspended for a year and a day, retroactive to the date of her interim suspension, and she and the office of disciplinary counsel filed a joint petition for consent discipline, according to a Supreme Court order that month. Easterly also was ordered to pay all costs and expenses in the matter.
In October 2011, the state Supreme Court issued a decree granting Easterly's application for reinstatement. The decree reported Easterly had been suspended "for driving while intoxicated."
At the time, the office of disciplinary counsel concurred with Easterly's reinstatement and the disciplinary board's adjudicative committee chair also recommended Easterly's petition for reinstatement be granted. The high court made her reinstatement subject to a five year extension of her then current Lawyers Assistance Program, requiring LAP monitoring until late 2016.