On Tuesday, October 03, 2023, the Supreme Court of Louisiana issued a disciplinary decision in the case of Julie Michael Udoessien, a Louisiana attorney. The Court accepted a joint petition for consent discipline submitted by the Office of Disciplinary Counsel (ODC) and Udoessien and ordered a one-year and one-day suspension of Udoessien’s law license, with the suspension deferred in its entirety.
The case is entitled “In the Matter of Julie Michael Udoessien,” with case no. 2023-B-1103.
Udoessien was arrested for driving while intoxicated and having an open alcoholic beverage container in her vehicle. Prior to the filing of formal charges, Udoessien and the Office of Disciplinary Counsel submitted the joint petition for consent discipline.
The court ordered that Udoessien be placed on probation for one year and one day, subject to certain conditions set forth in the petition. The probationary period will commence from the date Udoessien and the Office of Disciplinary Counsel execute a formal probation plan.
The court also ordered that all costs and expenses in the matter be assessed against Udoessien, with legal interest to commence 30 days from the date of finality of the court’s judgment until paid.
In a dissenting opinion, Justice Genovese concurred in part, dissented in part, and assigned reasons. Justice Genovese believed that a one-year suspension was overly harsh considering other dispositions made by the court and the need for consistency in bar discipline cases. Justice Genovese recommended a one-year, fully deferred suspension, subject to a one-year probation with the recommended conditions.
According to avvo.com, Ms. Udoessien is an attorney in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She acquired her law license in Louisiana in 2018.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.