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Lawyer disbarred for problems stemming from meth, crack abuse

FARGO — The North Dakota Supreme Court this month disbarred a Fargo lawyer who used clients’ money to support her methamphetamine and crack cocaine habit.

Rebecca Lee Lawler had been suspended since July 2012, almost six years after obtaining her license.

“During the time of heaviest use, Lawler used drugs daily,” justices noted in her disbarment order. “Lawler used client funds to buy drugs, knowing she was putting their money at risk.”

Lawler was neglecting her legal practice during her binge, for periods spanning from November 2010 to January 2013, and left a trail of unfinished work, with $19,984 owed to 22 clients who were not reimbursed.

A client protection fund reimbursed five clients a total of $9,641, according to court records.

Lawler also misappropriated $8,504 from her father’s estate, which she handled as legal representative, for her personal use.

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