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Florida Board of Bar Examiners v. T.W.S.

Supreme Court of Florida

December 19, 2019

FLORIDA BOARD OF BAR EXAMINERS
v.
T.W.S.

         NOT FINAL UNTIL TIME EXPIRES TO FILE REHEARING MOTION AND, IF FILED, DETERMINED.

         Upon consideration of the Report and Recommendation filed by the Florida Board of Bar Examiners, it is ordered that the Board's recommendation is approved by the Court and T.W.S. shall be admitted to The Florida Bar subject to the following conditions:

         1. The Applicant's license to practice law shall be placed on probation for a period of two years.

         2. During the period of probation, the Applicant shall:

(a) abstain from the consumption of alcoholic beverages;
(b) abstain from the use of controlled substances except as prescribed by a duly licensed medical physician and approved by Florida Lawyers Assistance, Inc.;
(c) participate actively in the program offered by Florida Lawyers Assistance, Inc. during the entire probationary period by complying with the rehabilitation contract with that organization executed on July 24, 2018, and by extending the contract to cover the entire period of probation if necessary;
(d) participate actively in Alcoholics/Narcotics Anonymous by attending, at least, weekly meetings at such frequency as required by Florida Lawyers Assistance, Inc.; practice AA/NA principles in all of his affairs and carry the AA/NA message to other individuals with a substance use disorder;
(e) attend attorney support meetings at least monthly, or at such greater frequency as required by Florida Lawyers Assistance, Inc.;
(f) submit to and pay for a minimum of eight (8) random urine drug/alcohol screens annually, as well as any other hair, blood, sweat, or other substance screening tests determined to be appropriate by Florida Lawyers Assistance, Inc.; and
(g) submit quarterly sworn statements to The Florida Bar by March 31, June 30, September 30, and December 31 during the probationary period attesting to his compliance with the conditions set forth in 2 (a), (b), (c), (d) (e), and (f) above.

         3. The Florida Bar shall monitor the conditions set forth in the Consent Agreement. To the extent that The Florida Bar or its designated monitoring agency requires that the applicant pay any monitoring costs, the applicant agrees to pay such costs.

         4. To monitor effectively the provisions in this agreement, the Applicant shall reside within the State of Florida during the entire period of probation. Any business or pleasure trips outside Florida that exceed ten days shall occur only with the advance approval of The Florida Bar. If the Applicant relocates outside the State of Florida during the probationary period for any reason, the Applicant shall surrender his license to practice law in Florida and if the applicant fails to do so, the Supreme Court of Florida shall terminate his license.

         5. The Applicant shall immediately inform The Florida Bar of any criminal arrest or prosecution and the filing of any grievance or complaint ...


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