Practice Assistance and Improvement Program

The LSBA's Practice Assistance and Improvement Program offers "alternatives to discipline" assistance. The Practice Assistance and Improvement Program's two alternative to discipline programs-the Attorney-Client Assistance Program and the Diversion Program have been in operation since September of 1998, after approval from the Louisiana Supreme Court providing assistance to lawyers. Disciplinary Counsel has the authority and discretion to refer matters before or after investigation to the Practice Assistance and Improvement Program administered by the LSBA.

The mission of the Practice Assistance and Improvement Committee shall be to serve the Bar and the public in furtherance of the Association's goals of prevention and correction of lawyer misconduct, and assistance to victims of lawyer misconduct by evaluating, developing and providing effective alternatives to discipline programs for minor offenses, educational and practice assistance programs, and programs to resolve minor complaints and lawyer/client disputes.

Attorney-Client Assistance Program
The Attorney-Client Assistance Program is a voluntary program aimed at facilitating the prompt resolution of complaints about lawyer conduct. These complaints focus on minor problems such as lawyer-client communications, fee issues or relational matters not rising to a level of ethical violations warranting investigation by Disciplinary Counsel. Disciplinary Counsel has the discretion to refer matters to this program after screening the complaint.

When Disciplinary Counsel sends a complaint to the Attorney-Client Assistance Program, the LSBA's Practice Assistance Counsel will send a letter via fax to the attorney explaining this voluntary program and requesting that the respondent advise within three business days whether she he or she elects to participate in the program. If the attorney and the complaining party choose to participate in the Attorney-Client Assistance Program, Practice Assistance Counsel will attempt to facilitate a resolution of the complaint to the satisfaction of all parties. The goal of the program is quick, prompt, fast resolution of complaints outside of the disciplinary system. Complaints are returned to Disciplinary Counsel if either party is not satisfied after brief facilitation.

Diversion Program
The Diversion Program allows lawyers who are guilty of minor misconduct to be diverted from the disciplinary process to an education monitoring program coordinated by the LSBA's Practice Assistance Counsel. Diversion allows lawyers to avoid a permanent record of discipline. Diversion may be offered by Disciplinary Counsel in cases involving minor misconduct where there is little or no injury to the public, the legal system or the profession. Prior disciplinary history and prior diversion are considered when making a determination as to whether a matter qualifies for diversion.

Lawyers participating in diversion are required to sign a formal contract outlining the terms, conditions and obligations of diversion. The contract almost always requires attendance at the LSBA's Ethics School. Facilitation with the complaining party may also be included in a diversion contract as well as any other terms agreed on by Practice Assistance Counsel, Disciplinary Counsel and the lawyer referred to the Diversion Program. In the event monitoring is a component of diversion, monitors are obtained from the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board. If a diversion is not successful, the matter will be returned to disciplinary counsel for further handling.

LSBA Practice Assistance and Improvement Diversion Programs:
LSBA Ethics School
The LSBA Ethics School is the primary component of the Diversion Program.  The LSBA Ethics School is a day long immersive program designed to educate attorneys on the Rules of Professional Conduct as well as discipline avoidance. Topics include: The Attorney-Client Relationship, Conflicts of Interest, Trust Accounting, Law Practice Management, the Disciplinary System and Common Complaints, Ethical Advertising and Marketing, How to Deal with Fee Disputes and the Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program.   The Ethics School is held twice a year and is available to diversion participants and attorneys attending in conjunction with discipline. An exam is given at the conclusion of the day. The cost is $395.

Trust Accounting School
The School is a twice a year three hour intensive course offered to attorney referrals from the Office of Disciplinary Counsel who had disciplinary complaints involving their trust account. An attorney/CPA or LSBA Ethics Counsel teach attorneys both the ethical rules involving trust accounting as well as practical demonstrations on how to keep, maintain, and balance an attorney trust account. It is designed to compliment and exceed what is taught at the LSBA Ethics School.  The cost is $100.

Other possible conditions of Diversion can include (but are not limited to):

Stress Management Workshop
Law Practice Managment School
Advertsing School
LSBA Legal Fee Dispute Resolution

The Attorney Disciplinary Process is not a subject often taught in law school and few LA attorneys are familiar with it.  In an effort to educate attorneys on the Disciplinary Process, the Practice Assistance and Improvement Committee will continue to post information to this website.

Committee Resources:
201 Violet St
Metairie LA, 70005
Phone: (504) 583-8218
FAX: (504) 586-0106
Firm: Attorney at Law
1050 S Jefferson Davis Pkwy Ste 330
New Orleans LA, 70125
Phone: (504) 400-0895
FAX: (504) 738-3495
Firm: Attorney General
One Lakeway Center
3900 N Causeway Blvd Ste 1045
Metairie LA, 70002-7285
Phone: (504) 831-6945
FAX: (504) 831-6946
Firm: Attorney at Law
1100 Martin Luther King Dr
Alexandria LA, 71301
Phone: (318) 487-4251
FAX: (318) 487-1353
Firm: Attorney at Law
601 Saint Charles Ave
New Orleans LA, 70130-3481
Phone: (504) 619-0107
FAX: (504) 598-6753
Firm: LA State Bar Association
400 Poydras St Ste 2060
New Orleans LA, 70130
Phone: (504) 310-2300
Firm: Louisiana Supreme Court
160 S Ardenwood Dr
Baton Rouge LA, 70806
Phone: (225) 925-6512
FAX: (225) 925-6800
Firm: LA Dept of Children and Family Services
14489 Wembley Rd
Folsom LA, 70437
Phone: (985) 789-0365
Firm: Attorney at Law
600 Jefferson St Ste 555
Lafayette LA, 70501
Phone: (337) 233-6930
FAX: (337) 354-2451
Firm: Attorney at Law
2475 Canal St Ste 308
New Orleans LA, 70119
Phone: (504) 821-3221
FAX: (504) 821-3131
Firm: Danatus N King & Associates
8680 Bluebonnet Blvd Ste F
Baton Rouge LA, 70810
Phone: (225) 615-0532
FAX: (225) 769-7183
Firm: The Leger Law Group, LLC
301 Main St Fl 14
Baton Rouge LA, 70801
Phone: (225) 382-3683
FAX: (225) 343-3076
Firm: McGlinchey Stafford, PLLC
201 NW Railroad Ave Ste 302
Hammond LA, 70401
Phone: (985) 602-9201
FAX: (985) 393-1130
Firm: Schiff, Scheckman & White
3723 Canal St
New Orleans LA, 70119
Phone: (504) 488-6301
FAX: (504) 488-6302
Firm: Willis & Buckley, APC
3000 W Esplanade Ave Ste 200
Metairie LA, 70002
Phone: (504) 838-9090
FAX: (504) 838-9187
Firm: Dwyer, Cambre & Suffern, APLC
1100 Poydras St Ste 2785
New Orleans LA, 70163
Phone: (504) 522-7360
FAX: (504) 522-7356
Firm: Michael J Mestayer, APLC
701 Poydras St Ste 400
New Orleans LA, 70139-7909
Phone: (504) 523-0400
FAX: (504) 523-5574
Firm: Murphy, Rogers, Sloss, Gambel & Tompkins
532 E Judge Perez Dr Ste 102
Chalmette LA, 70043
Phone: (504) 279-6686
FAX: (504) 324-0329
Firm: The Noto Law Firm
4000 S Sherwood Forest Blvd Ste 607
Baton Rouge LA, 70816-4374
Phone: (225) 293-3900
FAX: (225) 293-3300
Firm: LA Attorney Disciplinary Board
639 Loyola Ave Fl 26
New Orleans LA, 70113
Phone: (504) 576-4000
FAX: (504) 576-5579
Firm: Entergy Services, LLC
120 Mallard St Ste 200
St Rose LA, 70087
Phone: (504) 472-9386
FAX: (504) 465-5044
Firm: Transportation Security Administration
1515 Poydras St Ste 1400
New Orleans LA, 70112
Phone: (504) 410-9611
FAX: (504) 410-9937
Firm: Liska, Exnicios & Nungesser
428 W 21st Ave
Covington LA, 70433
Phone: (985) 377-9271
FAX: (985) 302-0972
Firm: Attorney at Law
11715 Bricksome Ave Ste B5
Baton Rouge LA, 70816
Phone: (225) 293-4774
FAX: (225) 292-6579
Firm: Schiff, Scheckman & White
707 Benton Rd Ste 125
Bossier City LA, 71111
Phone: (318) 752-4106
FAX: (318) 752-4001
Firm: Wilson and Wilson, A Professional Law Corporation
Louisiana State Bar Association
601 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70130
(800) 421-LSBA(5722) / (504) 566-1600