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Wis. high court reinstates former prosecutor’s license

After a seven-year hiatus, John Chavez can practice law again in Wisconsin.

The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Tuesday reinstated Chavez’s law license, which it had suspended indefinitely in 2005 when Chavez was found to be medically incapacitated due to alcohol abuse, according to OLR’s online disciplinary proceedings.

Prior to that, Chavez had practiced in Wisconsin since 1990, serving as a prosecutor in Jefferson County before working in Whitewater and Cambridge, where he ran his own practice.

In December 2010, Chavez asked that his license be reinstated. At a subsequent hearing an OLR referee determined he’d been sober since February of that year and had stayed up-to-date with continuing education requirements.

As part of its mandate, the court ordered Chavez to stay sober and to speak weekly and meet monthly with his monitor at the State Bar’s Wisconsin Lawyer’s Assistance Program. He must also attend a community support group such as Alcoholics Anonymous at least twice a week and submit to random screenings for alcohol, illegal drugs and prescription medications. Finally, Chavez must be supervised for the next two years by an OLR-appointed mentor attorney and take more continuing education classes if he decides to return to solo practice.


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