CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals suspended Barboursville attorney Amber L. Hanna’s law license for a period of one year.
On Aug. 30, the court suspended Hanna’s law license beginning on Jan. 20, and she was also ordered to be subject to random drug screens as scheduled by the Office of Disciplinary Counsel during the period of suspense, at her own expense.
Hanna was also ordered to attend five 12-step program meetings each week during the period of her suspension with written proof of attendance provided to the ODC, attend regular counseling sessions with her substance abuse counselor pursuant to a treatment plan approved by the ODC, do 30 hours of service to the Lawyers Assistance Program of the West Virginia State Bar and pay the costs of the proceedings within 90 days of entry of the Aug. 30 order.
On June 21, the Hearing Panel Subcommittee of the Lawyer Disciplinary Board presented the Supreme Court with its written recommended disposition.
On June 29, Hanna, by counsel, filed her consent to the recommendation and, the next day, the ODC filed its consent in the recommendation.
Hanna’s reinstatement after the suspension will not be automatic and she will have to file a petition for reinstatement, according to the Supreme Court order.
The court concurred with the HPS’s recommendations