Pugh Accardo is proud to announce that Stephen W. Brooks, Jr. has been appointed to a Tier II hearing committee for the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board. In 1990, the Louisiana Supreme Court established the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board, which became the first attorney disciplinary system in the nation to incorporate the American Bar Association’s Model Rules for Disciplinary Enforcement, the hallmark of which is the use of non-lawyers in the disciplinary process. The Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board is tasked with the responsibility of investigating all allegations of lawyer misconduct and making recommendations to the Court when discipline is warranted. The agency consists of a statewide board, hearing committees,disciplinary counsel, and administrative staff appointed by the board and disciplinary counsel. The hearing committees are divided into two tiers,each with assigned powers and duties. Primarily, the hearing committees in Tier I conduct hearings into formal charges of misconduct, petitions for reinstatement or readmission, and petitions for transfer to and from disability inactive status. Following the hearings, the committees submit to the Board written findings of fact, conclusions of law, and recommendations for proposed discipline. The hearing committees in Tier II review dismissals of complaints by the Office of Disciplinary Counsel upon a request for review by the complaining party.