In the Matter of George Eugene Lafaye, IV, Petitioner.
On December 3, 2001, petitioner was suspended for one year from the practice of law in this state. In the Matter of Lafaye, 347 S.C. 441, 556 S.E.2d 390 (2001). Petitioner has now filed a petition for reinstatement. The Committee on Character and Fitness recommends the petition be granted, subject to the following conditions:
1. If petitioner returns to the practice of law after readmission, he must practice under the guidance of a licensed attorney at law; this mentor shall report to the Supreme Court at six month intervals for twenty-four months.
2. Petitioner must repay the financial obligations arising from his misconduct that were paid on his behalf by Moore, Taylor & Thomas, including those amounts forgiven by Moore, Taylor & Thomas.
We grant the petition, subject to the conditions set forth by the Committee on Character and Fitness, and reinstate petitioner to the practice of law in South Carolina. Petitioner shall have one year form the date of this order to repay the amounts owed to Moore, Taylor & Thomas. Petitioner shall provide proof that he has met this requirement to the Office of Disciplinary Counsel. In addition, all required reports from petitioner’s mentor should be filed with the Office of Disciplinary Counsel instead of this Court.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
s/Jean H. Toal C.J.
s/E.C. Burnett, III J.
s/Costa M. Pleicones J.
Columbia, South Carolina
April 24, 2003