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Supreme Court of Louisiana.


NO. 11–B–1083

    Decided: June 24, 2011

The Office of Disciplinary Counsel (“ODC”) commenced an investigation into allegations that respondent maintained incomplete records of her client trust account, which resulted in a negligent commingling and conversion of funds.   Prior to the filing of formal charges, respondent and the ODC submitted a joint petition for consent discipline, in which the parties stipulated that respondent has violated Rule 1.15 of the Rules of Professional Conduct.   Having reviewed the petition,

IT IS ORDERED that the Petition for Consent Discipline be accepted and that Hazel Ann Coleman, Louisiana Bar Roll number 28327, be suspended from the practice of law for a period of one year and one day, fully deferred, subject to a two-year period of supervised probation governed by the terms and conditions set forth in the Petition for Consent Discipline.   The probationary period shall commence from the date respondent, the ODC, and the probation monitor execute a formal probation plan.   Any failure of respondent to comply with the conditions of probation, or any misconduct during the probationary period, may be grounds for making the deferred suspension executory, or imposing additional discipline, as appropriate.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that all costs and expenses in the matter are assessed against respondent in accordance with Supreme Court Rule XIX, § 10.1, with legal interest to commence thirty days from the date of finality of this court's judgment until paid.



PER CURIAM * FN*.  Chief Justice Kimball not participating in the opinion.

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