February 3, 2007

Lawyers From Omaha and Lincoln Are Disbarred

By Leslie Reed, Omaha World-Herald, Neb.

Feb. 3--LINCOLN -- The Nebraska Supreme Court disbarred two lawyers Friday.

LaVon Stennis Williams of Omaha, an attorney since 1991, was disbarred after voluntarily surrendering her law license.

In surrendering the license, she said she was not challenging allegations that she withdrew $93,590 from an estate account over a period of 20 months. More than $50,000 was withdrawn via checks made payable to Williams.

Williams, a former member of the Nebraska Equal Opportunity Commission, has been an outspoken civil rights advocate and a volunteer in north Omaha. Several community leaders wrote letters defending her character during the lawyer disciplinary proceedings.

John G. Taylor of Lincoln, an attorney since 1995, was disbarred after surrendering his law license. He was accused of overdrawing his attorney trust account by more than $4,300 and spending client funds for his own use.

Taylor is a former executive director of the Nebraska Civil Liberties Union and was active in the unsuccessful 2000 campaign opposing Nebraska's constitutional ban on gay marriage.

Neither could be reached for comment.


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