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Mansura attorney's probation revoked, suspension imposed after he twice tests positive for alcohol use


By Karen Kidd | Jun 18, 2019

NEW ORLEANS (Louisiana Record) — The probation of longtime Mansura attorney Todd A. Harris has been revoked and the deferred suspension imposed following a June 17 Louisiana Supreme Court attorney disciplinary proceeding after he twice tested positive for alcohol use earlier this year.

"The record reveals that [Harris] violated the terms of his Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program recovery agreement by consuming alcohol and failing to enroll in an inpatient program for relapse treatment," the disciplinary proceeding said. "In light of this violation, [Harris] has failed to comply with the conditions of his court-ordered probation."

In its three-page disciplinary proceeding, the state Supreme Court imposed Harris' previously deferred portion of the year-and-a-day suspension that the court handed down in September 2017. With its order, Harris was suspended six months and a day, according to the disciplinary proceeding.

Harris was admitted to the bar in Louisiana on Oct. 7, 1988, according to his profile at the Louisiana State Bar Association's website. No discipline prior to 2017 is listed on his state bar profile or in a search of Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board's online database.

In September 2017, Harris received a year-and-a-day suspension with all but six months deferred and was placed on probation following a state Supreme Court attorney disciplinary proceeding over allegations he was on several occasions arrested for alcohol-related misconduct.

At the time, the state high court handed down the discipline after accepting a joint petition for consent discipline reached between Harris and the office of disciplinary counsel.

In January and February 2019, Harris twice tested positive for alcohol use and, while participating in an inpatient professional assessment, admitted to consuming alcohol on at least six occasions during his JLAP monitoring. The professionals' wellness evaluation center recommended Harris enroll in a JLAP-approved inpatient program for relapse treatment but he failed to do so, according to the most recent disciplinary proceeding.

In May the office of disciplinary counsel filed a request that Harris' probation be revoked and that the previously deferred portion of his suspension be imposed for failing to comply with the conditions of his probation.

Harris, through counsel, did not oppose the office of disciplinary counsel's request, according to the most recent disciplinary proceeding.

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