Sam Drewes Ryan was transferred to consensual inactive status in 2013 due to health concerns. At that time a trustee was appointed to oversee her law practice. The North Carolina State Bar completed an audit of Ryan’s trust and fiduciary accounts and found them to be in good order. In addition, the Lawyers Assistance Program (LAP) and Ryan’s counselor testified that she was fit to return to the practice of law. Considering these factors, Judge W. Allen Cobb, Jr., Senior Resident Superior Court Judge of the 5th Judicial District, ordered for Ryan to return to active status and to continue therapy with her counselor.
View the full disciplinary order below.