A Louisiana Supreme Court disciplinary decision issued on December 3, 2018, is a timely reminder for Louisiana lawyers as the 2018 MCLE season draws to a close.
In the matter of In re George Allen R. Walsh, No. 2018-B-1232, the court suspended a Baton Rouge lawyer for six months, with all but thirty days deferred, for his repeated failures to comply with annual CLE requirements. Finding that the respondent had “been ineligible for seven of thirteen years since his admission to the bar,” the court held that “his conduct cannot be excused as a ‘simple oversight.'” As a result, “an actual period of suspension is warranted.” Id. (quoting In re Oldenburg, 19 So. 3d 455 (La. 2009)). In addition, the court ordered the respondent to attend LSBA Ethics School and to serve a one-year period of unsupervised probation. Id.
So, with four more MCLE shopping days to go before the end of the year, now is a good time to make sure that you comply with Louisiana Rule 1.1(c) by completing the mandatory 12.5 hours of CLE before it’s too late: Check My Louisiana MCLE Transcript.