Voluntary surrender of license.
Paula J. Frederick, General Counsel State Bar, Jonathan W. Hewett, Assistant General Counsel State Bar, for State Bar of Georgia.
All the Justices concur.
This disciplinary matter is before the Court on the petition of Lauren Gordon Garner (State Bar No. 285674) for voluntary surrender of her license following her entry of guilty pleas on May 2, 2014, in the Superior Court of Gwinnett County to felony possession of a controlled substance and possession of a drug-related object. Garner, who was admitted to the Bar in 1999, admits that by her conviction, she has violated Rule 8.4 (a) (2) of the Georgia Rules of Professional Conduct found in Bar Rule 4-102 (d). The maximum penalty for a violation of Rule 8.4 (a) (2) is disbarment. The State Bar has filed a response recommending that the Court accept the petition.
We have reviewed the record and agree to accept Garner's petition for the voluntary surrender of her license, which is tantamount to disbarment. Accordingly, the name of Lauren Gordon Garner is hereby removed from the rolls of persons entitled to practice law in the State of Georgia. Garner is reminded of her duties under Bar Rule 4-219 (c).
Voluntary surrender of license accepted. ...