CONTACT PERSON: VALERIE WILLARD
PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
| SEPTEMBER 10, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Charles B. Plattsmier, Chief Disciplinary Counsel for the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board, has been selected as a recipient of the American Bar Association Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs (CoLAP) 2009 Meritorious Service Award. The award was established to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the Lawyer Assistance Programs in their state. Lawyer Assistance Programs offer help and educate judges, lawyers and law students about the many impairment issues ---- mental and physical health, economic stress, trauma, substance abuse---- that affect their careers, the legal profession and the administration of justice. This year the award is being presented to Disciplinary Counsel who have distinguished themselves by advocating for or working with Lawyer Assistance Programs.
Plattsmier has served as Chief Disciplinary Counsel for the Attorney Disciplinary Board since 1996. The Board, which was established by the Supreme Court of Louisiana in 1990, is tasked with the responsibility of investigating all allegations of lawyer misconduct and with the responsibility of making recommendations to the Court when discipline is warranted.
The presentation of the Meritorious Service Award will be made at the 22nd National Conference for Lawyer Assistance Programs, October 8, 2009, in Phoenix, Arizona.
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