Baton Rouge lawyer suspended for 1 year
BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Supreme Court has suspended a former Baton Rouge civil-rights attorney from practicing law for one year and placed him on probation for two years after he refused to return $10,000 to a client who fired him in 2006.
The court upheld a recommendation from the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board that Johnnie Jones Sr. violated state professional conduct rules.
The court also ordered Jones to go to arbitration to determine whether he should refund the $10,000.
Jones, who began practicing law in Baton Rouge in 1953, defended sit-in protesters, and represented participants in the 1953 Baton Rouge bus boycott.
He also represented plaintiffs in a school desegregation case that lasted 47 years before being settled in 2003.