Southern turns over documents related to staff attorney tied up in Council on Aging
BATON ROUGE – Southern released 133 pages of documents related to its internal investigation of law professor Dorothy Jackson and her involvement in the East Baton Rouge Council on Aging and the questionable will of a deceased client of the organization.
The data was made available Monday afternoon after a judge forced Southern last week to turn over the information following a lawsuit by WBRZ, the station's watchdog journalism team – the Investigative Unit – and The Advocate newspaper of Baton Rouge. Previously, Southern had refused to turn over public documents related to Jackson.
Jackson, an attorney and member of the Council on Aging board of directors, represented Helen Plummer, 95, in a will. The will was particularly lucrative to the executive director at the East Baton Rouge Parish Council on Aging, Tasha Clark Amar. The will was the center of a lawsuit by Clark Amar who sued the family after they spoke with WBRZ about the situation. Eventually, Clark Amar and Jackson were removed from the will.
Southern reviewed all cases tied to Jackson and the Southern University Law Clinic – where the will originated. In all, more than 100 cases were checked dating back to 1998. Southern said it found no other situation where Jackson had listed herself as an attorney on someone's behalf similar to the Plummer situation. And, Southern reported, no other law school administrator had either.
Southern did not provide information about whether it determined if Jackson broke policy. Though, said the investigation continues.
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