CONTACT PERSON: VALERIE WILLARD
PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
| MARCH 20, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Chief Justice Pascal F. Calogero, Jr. announced today that he has signed an Order for the Louisiana Supreme Court increasing the annual disciplinary fee assessment paid by lawyers. The assessment will be increased by $35 beginning in Fiscal Year 2007-2008 (July 1-June 30) and by an additional $35 in Fiscal Year 2009-2010. Presently, attorneys with three or more years of experience pay an annual assessment of $165; attorneys with less than three years experience pay $100.
The disciplinary fee assessment supports the operations of the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board. The Court established the Board in 1990, when it promulgated the Rules for Lawyer Disciplinary Enforcement. The Louisiana Rules for Lawyer Disciplinary Enforcement are patterned after model rules recommended by the American Bar Association, and establish one permanent, statewide agency to administer the lawyer discipline and disability system.
The Court’s action follows its consideration of recommendations made by an Ad Hoc Committee formed to study the workload and finances of the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board. The Ad Hoc Committee, which is composed of Court nominees and nominees of the Louisiana State Bar Association, recommended the fee increase adopted by the Court. The disciplinary fee assessment was last increased in Fiscal Year 1999-2000.