On Tuesday, February 28, 2023, the Supreme Court of the State of Oklahoma ruled on the petition for reinstatement of attorney Laure A. McCutcheon.

McCutcheon was suspended on June 6, 2016, under Case No. SCBD# 6396 for noncompliance with the mandatory continuing legal education requirements for 2015 which she cured by completing 12 hours of MCLE approved by the OBA on October 16, 2016. She was also suspended on May 30, 2017, for nonpayment of dues and was later stricken off the rolls of attorneys licensed to practice law in Oklahoma on June 19, 2017.

The filing states:

“When a lawyer has been suspended with no prior imposition of discipline for lawyer misconduct, we consider the following four factors as the focus of our inquiry:  1) the present moral fitness of the petitioner: 2) conduct subsequent to suspension as it relates o moral fitness and professional competence; 3) whether the attorney has engaged in the unauthorized practice of law; and 4) whether the attorney has complied with the rule-mandated requirements for reinstatement.”

McCutcheon filed a petition for reinstatement to membership in the Oklahoma Bar Association. The Oklahoma Bar Association (OBA) did not oppose this reinstatement, and the Trial Panel of the Professional Responsibility Tribunal unanimously recommended McCutcheon’s reinstatement to law practice.

The Court, having considered McCutcheon’s petition, the Professional Responsibility Tribunal’s unanimous recommendation of reinstatement, as well as the OBA’s support of the recommendation, ruled in favor of McCutcheon as she has met all requirements for reinstatement as stated above.

The Court entered an Order requiring McCutcheon to pay costs of the proceedings and late compliance and reinstatement fees amounting to $382.70 and $900, respectively.

Ms. Laure A. McCutcheon has been licensed in Oklahoma.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.