NEW ORLEANS (Louisiana Record) — New Orleans attorney Suzan Edwina Jackson has been suspended and longtime Marrero attorney Douglas L. Uzee Jr. has been voluntarily and indefinitely suspended following separate recent Louisiana Supreme Court orders.
In its single page attorney disciplinary proceeding issued Oct. 8, the court accepted a joint petition for consent discipline reached between Jackson and the office of disciplinary counsel and suspended her for a year and a day with all but 30 days deferred. Jackson's suspension is to be followed by two years' supervised probation governed by the conditions set forth in the petition for consent discipline.
The joint petition was reached after the office of disciplinary counsel began an investigation into allegations that Jackson mismanaged her client trust account. Formal charges were not filed against Jackson before the joint petition was reached, according to the disciplinary proceeding.
Jackson's probationary will begin on the date she, a probation monitor and the office of disciplinary counsel execute a formal probation plan, according to the disciplinary proceeding.
"Any failure of [Jackson] to comply with the conditions of probation, or any misconduct during the probationary period, may be grounds for making the deferred portion of the suspension executory, or imposing additional discipline, as appropriate," the disciplinary proceeding said.
Jackson also was ordered to pay all costs and expenses in the matter, plus interest.
Jackson was admitted to the bar in Louisiana on Oct. 6, 2000, according to her profile at the Louisiana State Bar Association's website. No prior discipline was listed on his state bar profile or in a search of Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board's online database.
In an unrelated order issued Oct. 1, the Supreme Court granted a joint petition for interim suspension reached between Uzee and the office of disciplinary counsel. Uzee's suspension was effective immediately and he will remain suspending pending further court order.
The order did not provide further detail or any reason why the suspension was necessary.
Uzee was admitted to the bar in Louisiana on Oct. 9, 1981, according to his profile at the state bar's website. No prior discipline was listed on his state bar profile or in a search of Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board's online database.