Editor, The Commercial:

Editor, The Commercial:

Despite my best efforts, I, too, am human. I bleed. I have feelings. I make mistakes, which according to my grandmother, will be made as long as I am on this side of the soil. This publication ran an article on December 4, 2011, and a subsequent editorial on December 11, 2011, regarding the suspension of my law license. I learned of the suspension late afternoon on Friday, December 3, 2011. I, immediately, called the Office of Professional Programs to obtain clarification of the status of my law license. During my telephone conversation, I was advised that I was .25 hours (15 minutes) short. I subsequently registered for additional hours, on December 5, 2011, in order to cure the deficiency. On Monday, December 5, 2011, I delivered proof of the completion of the course hours and my petition to Reinstate/Stay of Suspension of my law license to the Office of Professional Programs. At that time, I reviewed that Certificate of Attendance that I submitted for the reporting period, ending June 30, 2011. Upon review, the Office of Professional Programs and I discovered that I recorded fewer hours than I was entitled to.

At the end of each Continuing Legal Education Conference, attorney must submit the number of general and ethnic legal education hours he/she is entitled to receive, in the blanks provided. The aforementioned document confirmed that I was entitled to a total of five (5) CLE hours. I submitted that I am entitled to 5 hour(s) of credit, which includes 2 hour(s) of ethics. My intent was to indicate that I was entitled to 3 hours general credits and 2 hours of ethics credits. I circled the correct number of hours on the CLE presentation agenda, but recorded the incorrect total on the Certificate of Attendance. Because it was been determined that I was actually in compliance at the end of the reporting period, June 30, 2011, a stay of my suspension was granted, December 6, 2011. (i.e. I am permitted to practice law in the State of Arkansas.)

My sincerest apologies to those who may have been embarassed and/or disappointed by this error. There is none perfect, except Jesus.

Althea Hadden-Scott

City Attorney