He admitted himself to an eight-day inpatient program in March Still he occasionally resumed binge drinking. This helped him conclude that he could not drink anymore and that has been the key to his sobriety ever since. He attended follow-up outpatient programs in the Oklahoma City area including 90 Alcoholics Anonymous AA meetings in 90 days, and three months at a program at the University of Oklahoma, which Dr.
Hyde recommended. The Promises program had recommended Dr. Hyde to the respondent and that treatment became a condition of his Oklahoma deferred sentence. In May , Dr. Hyde reported to the supervisor of the respondent s probation that he had achieved maximum psychological improvement. The respondent continues to be under Dr. Hyde s supervision for aftercare. Hyde suggested. The respondent also meditates each day, which he reports is calming and stress reducing.
He learned this during inpatient therapy. He has intensified his teaching after Dr. Hyde and Promises suggested he get out more and interact rather than sitting at home all day at a laptop. Follow-up urine testing indicated that the respondent had not consumed alcohol. Hyde testified that he had no reason to believe the respondent had relapsed at any time since December Dr. Hyde testified that the respondent had been responsive, candid, straightforward, and had done what he had been required to do in his follow-up counseling.
Hyde believes the respondent is highly motivated to continue his efforts to remain alcohol-free. The respondent did not relapse after a recent breakup with his girlfriend.
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The doctor expressed confidence that the respondent is sincere in his efforts to maintain sobriety. He lives within five minutes of friends and family, which is why he moved back to Midwest City from Tulsa. When he feels a triggering event has occurred he will call his sister, who lives nearby. Hyde expressed his opinion that Lawyers Helping Lawyers would be more valuable to the respondent than AA.
He said he had reservations about requiring AA visits. During follow up questions by the Panel, Dr. Hyde expressed his view that the respondent is not going to benefit from AA visits. His experience with some other lawyers was that they did not like AA but they did like being with their peers in Lawyers Helping Lawyers. He said the same was true of physicians, that they benefitted the most from a group that had just physicians in it.
The same was true of the respondent. He answered: Well, I wouldn t say it s the most beneficial thing I do. I do find it stressful, to be honest. I mean, we talked the last time about being introverted and having social anxieties, and I think there are some people who respond well to that kind of group, the fraternal thing, and some people who don t He testified on cross-examination that he had been attending AA meetings in addition to meetings of Lawyers Helping Lawyers and he did not find it uncomfortable to be there.
He is in good standing with his probationary status. The panel found the respondent is of good moral character, other than his problems with alcoholism, and is otherwise well-respected by attorneys, writers and members of the community, and by those who know and work with him. A Tulsa writer who has been nominated for three Pulitzer Prizes and a national book award and who is involved in the literary community testified that despite the respondent s problems with alcohol, he was very honest and truthful, trustworthy and a consummate professional.
As that author is also an alcoholic and had been sober for eighteen years he believed his experience would allow him to detect a drunk who s a liar immediately.
Other writers and an associate district judge, who testified under subpoena, all testified in support of the respondent s character. No evidence was presented to the Trial Panel suggesting the respondent had been disciplined, nor were there any complaints reported to the Oklahoma Bar Association. State ex rel.
Oklahoma Bar Association v. Kinsey, OK 31, 12, P. The facts are not disputed and the Bar Association and the respondent agree with the Trial Panel s recommendations for discipline. Rule 7. Even though a lawyer is convicted of a felony, not every criminal conviction facially demonstrates the lawyer s unfitness to practice law. Armstrong, OK 9, 8, P. A lawyer should be professionally answerable only for offenses that indicate lack of characteristics relevant to law practice. These offenses typically involve violence, dishonesty, breach of trust, or serious interference with the administration of justice.
But a pattern of repeated offenses, even ones of minor significance when considered separately, can indicate indifference to legal obligation. Cooley, OK 42, 13, P. However, Comment 2 observes, A pattern of repeated offenses, even ones of minor significance when considered separately, can indicate indifference to legal obligation. He is very successful in his chosen profession of writing, and has no present intention to return to the practice of law. No clients were or could have been adversely affected by the respondent s conduct.
The Trial Panel concluded that except when using alcohol, the respondent is honest, highly ethical and law-abiding. He is an alcoholic. The Trial Panel recommends that the respondent be placed on probation for a period of two years and one day, with conditions. Burns, OK 75, P.
He had been arrested on two occasions within one month in and charged with felonies for driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol during each arrest and transporting an open container of liquor only during the second arrest. The district court also ordered him to comply with rules and conditions of probation, which required him to complete inpatient treatment, attend Aftercare every two weeks for twelve months, attend AA meetings at least twice weekly, have a monthly urinalysis, voluntarily give up his driver s license for one year, meet with an AA sponsor for at least one hour a week, and execute a Lawyers Helping Lawyers contract.
Subsequently his counsel sent the Bar Association a letter from the treatment center that he had successfully completed a day treatment program and had been attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings twice a week. He had entered treatment four times before. One time he had remained sober for about eighteen months and at another time he had remained sober for a year.
He had expressed remorse for his actions. He admitted he was an alcoholic, and accepted responsibility for his actions. No clients were neglected by his conduct. Burns, OK 75, 24, P. Burns, OK 75, 26, P. Burns, OK 75, 35, P.
McBride, OK 91, P. He had several other alcohol-related convictions dating back to He admitted he was an alcoholic and had sought support from Lawyers Helping Lawyers, who referred him for treatment to a psychologist. He also signed a two-year agreement with them and participated in an outpatient program at St. Anthony s Hospital. He expressed remorse and was very candid with the Trial Panel. The Court found no evidence of client neglect.
McBride, OK 91, 19, P. The Court observed that it was to his credit that Mr.
McBride wholeheartedly embraced sobriety and had done everything required of him and more to maintain sobriety. McBride, OK 91, 22, P.
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The Court followed the recommendation of the Trial Panel. For the duration of the two years and one day probationary period Mr. McBride was required to 1 refrain from all use of alcohol or mind-altering substances; 2 refrain from the use of any and all illegal drugs; 3 maintain an active participation in and attendance at meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous, attending at least three meetings per week; 4 sign and maintain a contract with Lawyers Helping Lawyers; 5 successfully complete an intensive outpatient treatment program in a qualified rehabilitation facility, which the Court noted he had already completed; 6 submit to random drug screens or urinalysis to be determined by his sponsor with Lawyers Helping Lawyers; and 7 waive all questions of confidentiality and permit his sponsor at Lawyers Helping Lawyers to notify the General Counsel of the Oklahoma Bar Association in the event of any default by the respondent in the terms of the probation or deferred suspension.
McBride, OK 91, 33, P. Garrett, OK 91, P. Garrett was convicted of two counts of misdemeanor sexual battery of two women on two different occasions, both of which occurred when he was intoxicated. He did not remember either incident. He had previous alcohol-related charges and allegations.
Garrett contacted Lawyers Helping Lawyers and entered an inpatient treatment facility where he remained for 72 days until he was discharged. He subsequently attended four to five AA meetings per week. The Court imposed public censure, a one-year probation with conditions and payment of costs. The stipulated conduct serves as a basis for the imposition of discipline, which we must determine. Considering the McBride, Burns, and Garrett cases, we conclude the recommendation, in which the respondent, Bar Association, and Trial Panel agree, we accept the Trial Panel s recommendation of discipline, with the exception of mandatory attendance to AA meetings.