On Tuesday, September 19, 2023, The Supreme Court of Louisiana denied the petition for reinstatement of Donald R. Dobbins, who was seeking to regain his license to practice law. The Court found that Dobbins had not addressed a fee dispute with a client through the Louisiana State Bar Association’s fee dispute resolution program, and had not been evaluated by the Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program. The Court also ordered that Dobbins may not reapply for reinstatement until one year has passed from the date of the order, in accordance with Supreme Court Rule XIX, Section 24(I).

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Donald R. Dobbins” with case no. 2023-OB-0904

On June 27, 2023, the Louisiana Attorney Discipline Board recommended the denial of attorney Donald R. Dobbins’ petition for reinstatement. The case stemmed from Dobbins’ suspension due to numerous violations of the Louisiana Rules of Professional Conduct, including failing to provide competent representation, neglecting legal matters, and misconduct. Dobbins filed his application for reinstatement, but the Board found that he had not fulfilled the court-imposed requirements for reinstatement.

The Board’s recommendation was based on evidence presented during the hearing, including testimony from Mr. Arthur Williams, who conducted an initial evaluation, and Dobbins’ failure to make full restitution for unearned fees. Additionally, Dobbins did not comply with the requirements of the Judge’s and Lawyer’s Assistance Program (JLAP) regarding treatment recommendations and sustained abstinence.

The Board concluded that Dobbins had not met the criteria for reinstatement and recommended that his petition be denied. The Board also recommended that Dobbins be assessed with all costs and expenses of the proceedings.

This decision highlights the importance of attorneys meeting the ethical standards set by the Louisiana Rules of Professional Conduct and the consequences of failing to do so. The Board’s recommendation serves as a reminder that attorneys must take their responsibilities seriously and adhere to the rules that govern their profession.

The Disposition states:

“IT IS ORDERED that the petition for reinstatement be denied. The petitioner may not reapply for reinstatement until he has (1) addressed the fee dispute with Byron Norris through the Louisiana State Bar Association’s fee dispute resolution program, and (2) been evaluated by the Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program and abided by any recommendation of said evaluation..”

According to avvo.com, Mr. Dobbins is a Criminal Defense Attorney in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He attended the Southern University. He acquired his law license in Louisiana in 1991.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.