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Disbarred Lawyer’s Federal Claims Over Readmission Rules Valid

Oct. 6, 2022, 2:41 PM

A disbarred attorney may proceed with some of her claims challenging the procedures by which the State Bar of Georgia denied her reinstatement, the Eleventh Circuit said.

A federal district court dismissed all of Joan Davis’s constitutional claims, saying that it didn’t have jurisdiction over them because they were “inextricably intertwined with the state court’s adjudication of her application.” But, in an unpublished per curiam opinion, the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit said Wednesday that federal courts have jurisdiction over several of the claims.

Davis was disbarred in 2012 after the bar received several complaints about her ...