How Can An Errant Lawyer Become Fit for Reinstatement ?
In In re Dawson, 131 So. 2d 472 (Fla. 1961), the Supreme Court of Florida stated:
In the ultimate, we will look to the evidence in each case to ascertain whether it supports a conclusion that the errant lawyer has so conducted himself personally . . . to justify a conclusion that he has repented of his misdoings, that the disciplinary order has impressed him with the vital importance of ethical conduct in the practice of law, and that he is morally equipped to resume a position of honor and trust among the ethical practitioners at the Bar.
This is the pattern which an applicant for reinstatement must fit. Id. at 474.