Is Sen. David Vitter Licensed to Practice Law?
Because Senator David Vitter (R-LA) keeps showing up like a bad penny, I decided to research whether his various criminal activities violated any professional conduct rules of any bar associations to which he might be admitted. I first checked the Louisiana State Bar Association Membership Directory Active Member Search but the search yielded the following result: No matches have been found! I then searched Martindale.com for Sen. Vitter and, again, the search provided no result.
I thought at this point that Senator Vitter may not be an attorney, but according to SourceWatch [emphasis supplied]:
[Sen. Vitter] was born May 3, 1961 in New Orleans, was educated at Harvard University, Oxford University (and was a Rhodes Scholar), and Tulane University, and was a lawyer and member of the Louisiana House of Representatives before entering the House.
Sen. Vitter’s Wikipedia entry also states that he "was a lawyer and a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1992 to 1999, when he entered the U.S. House." [emphasis supplied.] However, Sen. Vitter’s Senate website biography page does not mention his Tulane University law degree or any prior work experience as an attorney. Further research has failed to confirm the Senator’s admission to any bar association in the United States.*
Via his webmail service, I have asked Sen. Vitter to confirm which, if any, bar associations he is now, or has ever been, a member:
I have read in several places that you went to Tulane law school and worked as an attorney. However, I have been unable to confirm that you are licensed to practice law or that you are admitted to any state or the DC bars. Please advise if you are licensed to practice law in any jurisdiction and whether you’re a member of any bar association.
I’ll update this post if I receive a response from Sen. Vitter. In the meantime, if you have any information about whether Sen. Vitter is licensed to practice law and, if he is, the jurisdiction(s) in which he is admitted to practice, please contact me at:
- grievanceproject AT gmail DOT com.
*I searched Martindale.com for Sen. Vitter but the search provided no result for the Senator.
I also searched the online directories for the following states plus Washington, D.C. (I have compiled the links to these online member directories – as well as all links for the state bar home pages and attorney grievance information, rules of professional conduct and grievance forms – for the 50 states and DC here.) Interestingly, instead of clicking a button to Search, Start Search or Find A Lawyer, I had to click the word ‘Execute’ to run an online attorney search in North Dakota. Following are the results returned for the searches I conducted:
Alabama Membership Directory: Your search found 0 matches.
Alaska Bar Association Membership Directory: [No result.]
Arkansas Licensed Attorney Search0 record(s)
California Attorney/Member Search: Your search for vitter returned no results.
Connecticut Attorney/Firm Inquiry: No Records Found for Attorney*/Firm Name: vitter
Delaware: No online search available.
Florida Find a Lawyer: Your search yielded no results. Please try again.
State Bar of Georgia Member Directory Search: 0 record(s)
Hawai’i: Authorized to Practice Law: [No result.]
Hawai’i: Not Authorized to Practice Law: [No result.]
Hawai’i: Not Authorized to Practice Law Except Pro Bono Cases: [No result.]
Hawai’i: Pro Hac Vice: [No result.]
Hawai’i: HSBA Member Directory: [No result.]
Idaho Attorney Roster Search: No records returned.
Illinois Lawyer Search: [No result.]
Indiana Supreme Court Roll of Attorneys: No Records Found
Iowa Judicial Branch Search for Lawyers Licensed in Iowa: No Records Exist
Kansas: No online search available.
Kentucky Lawyer Locator: Sorry, no records matched your criteria.
Louisiana State Bar Association Membership Directory Active Member Search: No matches have been found!
Maine Attorney Information Search: No records selected
Maryland Judiciary Attorney Listing: NO RECORDS MATCHED THE SEARCH CRITERIA
State Bar of Michigan Member Directory: No members found.
Mississippi Attorney Directory: No results found.
Official Missouri Directory of Lawyers: No results found.
Montana: No online search available.
Nebraska Lawyer Search: Your search returned 0 results.
Nevada Find-A-Lawyer: No records returned.
New Hampshire Member Directory for HHBA members – Requires password: No search conducted.
New Hampshire Member Directory for the Public – Under construction: No search conducted.
New Jersey: No general member directory available
New Jersey: Disciplinary Histories from 1990 through last calendar year: [No result.]
State Bar of New Mexico Attorney/Firm_Finder: Your search has returned no results.
New York Attorney Search: Your search returned no results.
North Carolina State Bar Member Directory: Your search came back empty
North Dakota Lawyers Directory: No documents matched the query
Supreme Court of Ohio Attorney Information Search: 0 Attorneys Found
Oklahoma Bar Association Attorney Search: 0 Attorneys Found
Oregon State Bar Membership Directory: No match found
Pennsylvania Attorney Inquiry Search: 0 records found
Rhode Island Member Directory Search: There are no members with that information.
South Carolina Bar Member Directory: Sorry, there were no results.
South Dakota Lawyer Referral: [No result.]
Tennessee Bar Association Attorney Search: Sorry, no records found.
Online Attorney Directory of the Board of Professional Responsibility: No records were found matching your constraints.
Texas Member Directory: Your search has returned no result.
Vermont: No online search available.
Virginia State Bar (Voluntary) Member Directory: Site temporarily down. No search conducted.
Virginia Attorneys Without Malpractice: No matches found.
Virginia State Bar Disciplined Attorneys : No matches found.
Washington State Bar Association (Voluntary) Lawyer Directory: Your search returned no results.
D.C. Bar Member Search: Records matching your search criteria: 0
West Virginia State Bar Association Member Search: [No result.]
State Bar of Wisconsin Lawyer Directory Search: Sorry, no attorney data matches your search …
Wyoming State Bar Membership Directory: Your search found no records.