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State Supreme Court reinstates attorney after 16 years

Sixteen years after agreeing to a permanent revocation of his law license, Madison attorney Stanley Woodard has returned to practice.

The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Friday reinstated Woodard’s license, with conditions.

During the first three years, Woodard must practice with a firm in Wisconsin and be directly supervised by another lawyer, according to the court order.

Within six months following reinstatement, Woodard must complete a minimum of seven hours of Continuing Legal Education on fee agreements, client trust account management and law office management.

And on a quarterly basis for his first two years after reinstatement, Woodard must allow the Office of Lawyer Regulation to inspect all trust accounts and business accounting records related to his practice.

In 1996, the Supreme Court granted Woodard’s petition for consensual revocation after he admitted to use of client trust account funds to pay for personal expenses, failure to maintain required trust account records and failure to document the purpose of trust account checks made payable to himself.

Prior to his revocation, Woodard had been disciplined on six separate occasions during an 11-year period, according to the order.

But the court ruled Friday that Woodard had demonstrated personal and professional growth since his revocation, which included working for the Boys & Girls Club of America and his current position as the program director for the Lussier Community Education Center in Madison.

In addition to the conditions imposed on Woodard’s reinstatement, he is required to pay $5,263.16 in costs of the reinstatement proceedings.

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