F. Scott Straub was granted the privilege of practicing law in the State of Arkansas by this Court in 1998. On April 20, 2009, the Arkansas Supreme Court Committee
Also on April 29, 2009, Straub filed a response to the petition to reciprocally disbar, asserting that he was not given proper notice of the formal charges filed against him in Louisiana; a motion for an evidentiary hearing on the petition to reciprocally disbar; a motion for stay pending appeal of his Louisiana disbarment; and a petition for writ of mandamus. The Louisiana Office of Disciplinary Counsel filed two sets of formal charges against Straub, but he contends that he received notice only of the first set of formal charges, and was unable to defend himself against those allegations due to life-threatening health problems and extreme financial hardship from medical expenses. Straub contends that the time for appeal of his Louisiana disbarment has not run, that he is making all possible efforts to pursue that appeal, and he urges this court to grant a stay of these proceedings pending the result of that appeal. We find merit in Straub's argument and hereby grant a stay in these proceedings and remand the matter to the Committee, pending the result of the Louisiana appeal. We deny his request for an evidentiary hearing. We also deny his petition for writ of mandamus without prejudice.
Motion to Stay granted; remanded to Arkansas Supreme Court Committee on Professional Conduct.