SUPREME COURT OF LOUISIANA
RULE XIX APPENDIX E.
CONDUCT WHICH MIGHT WARRANT PERMANENT DISBARMENT, SUGGESTED BY THE COMMITTEE
TO STUDY PERMANENT DISBARMENT
The following guidelines illustrate the
types of conduct which might warrant permanent disbarment. These guidelines
are not intended to bind the Supreme Court of Louisiana in its decisionmaking.
It is hoped that these guidelines provide useful information to the public and
to lawyers concerning the types of conduct the Court might consider to be worthy
of permanent disbarment.
GUIDELINE 1. Repeated or multiple instances of intentional conversion of client funds with substantial harm.
GUIDELINE 2. Intentional corruption of the judicial process, including but not limited to bribery, perjury, and subornation of perjury.
GUIDELINE 3. An intentional homicide conviction.
GUIDELINE 4. Sexual misconduct which results in a felony criminal conviction, such as rape or child molestation.
GUIDELINE 5. Conviction of a felony involving physical coercion or substantial damage to person or property, including but not limited to armed robbery, arson, or kidnapping.
GUIDELINE 6. Insurance fraud, including but not limited to staged accidents or widespread runner-based solicitation.
GUIDELINE 7. Malfeasance in office which results in a felony conviction, and which involves fraud.
GUIDELINE 8. Following notice, engaging in the unauthorized practice of law subsequent to resigning from the Bar Association, or during the period of time in which the lawyer is suspended from the practice of law or disbarred.
GUIDELINE 9. Instances of serious attorney misconduct or conviction of a serious crime, when the misconduct or conviction is preceded by suspension or disbarment for prior instances of serious attorney misconduct or conviction of a serious crime. Serious crime is defined in Rule XIX, Section 19. Serious attorney misconduct is defined for purposes of these guidelines as any misconduct which results in a suspension of more than one year.