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Sep 16, 2013 3:20 PM by Dwayne Fatherree, KATC TV-3

State senator ineligible to practice law -- for now

State Sen. Elbert Lee Guillory is, at least for now, ineligible to practice law in the state of Louisiana because he failed to file his registration and membership dues with the Louisiana Bar Association and has not kept his member trust account current.

According to Louisiana Bar Association Member Records Assistant Sharon Lessing, Guillory was declared ineligible on Sept. 9 after several warnings to pay his dues. Lessing said that, as of noon Monday, Guillory has not paid the fees or submitted his registration paperwork for the current year.

"His status changed to ineligible," said Charles Plattsmier, chief disciplinary counsel for the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board. "Lawyers every year go through the registration process. They fill out the registration form and are also required to pay dues by July 1. If not, we'll send you a letter that you are late, then we will say you have until August pay. If not, then we send you a letter saying you will be deemed ineligible."

Guillory was in the spotlight earlier this year when he changed political parties, moving from the Democratic tent to the Republican side of the aisle.

Plattsmier said that this is an administrative issue which Guillory can easily fix.

"All he has to do is pay his dues, file the forms and pay the late fee, he is eligible," Plattsmier said. "Today, he is listed as ineligible."

When reached by phone in Chicago, Ill. for comment Monday, Guillory said he has sent the required registration paperwork and fees to the LBA. He claimed a change in bookkeepers, along with time out of the state on family matters, led to the missed deadlines.




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