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Nebraska lawyer disbarred in 2008 reinstated

- Associated Press - Friday, March 28, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - An Omaha attorney disbarred six years ago after a client lodged a complaint against him is now able to practice law again in Nebraska.

Stephen Smith filed a petition for reinstatement last March, and the Nebraska Supreme Court granted the request on Friday. The state's high court said Smith's failure to respond properly to the disbarment charges was due in part to depression.

The high court noted that Smith sought treatment and has taken a course in trust account management. Several letters of recommendation also called for Smith's reinstatement, and the state's Council for Discipline did not object.

Smith's reinstatement is subject to 2 years' probation, during which time he must retain - at his own expense - an accountant to audit his trust account every six months.

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