The Supreme Court of Louisiana issued an order on January 10, 2024, upholding the denial of readmission to the state bar for disbarred attorney Blake G. Williams. This order follows the unanimous recommendation of the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board’s Hearing Committee to deny Williams’ application.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Blake G. Williams,” with case no. 2023-OB-1347.

Williams had filed for readmission after being disbarred in 1998 for converting client funds. However, in its September 2023 recommendation, the Hearing Committee found that Williams had failed to comply with the disciplinary orders from his original disbarment by not paying restitution to former clients Mona Lisa Fluker and Rondricka Hunter. Additionally, the Committee said Williams lacked remorse for his past actions and did not properly recognize the wrongfulness of his prior conduct.

In its January 2024 order, the Supreme Court agreed with the Hearing Committee’s assessment that readmitting Williams could potentially lead to similar misconduct harming future clients. The order denies Williams’ petition for readmission and prohibits him from reapplying until full restitution is made or good faith efforts at restitution are shown, but no sooner than one year from the date of the order. This upholds the Hearing Committee’s unanimous recommendation and keeps Williams from regaining his law license for the time being.

The Disposition states:

“IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that readmission be and hereby is denied. Petitioner may not reapply for readmission until restitution or good faith efforts at restitution have been made, but in no event until one year has passed from the date of this judgment. Supreme Court Rule XIX, Section 24(1).”

A copy of the original filing can be found here.