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Child Porn And Moral Turpitude

The District of Columbia Board on Professional Responsibility concludes that a lawyer convicted of distribution of child pornography had not committed a crime of moral turpitude per se but nonetheless should be disbarred without a hearing. This result flows from... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process, District of Columbia Board


Sanctions Proposed In Collective Action Settlement

The District of Columbia Board on Professional Responsibility recommends disbarment of one attorney and a nine-month suspension with automatic reinstatement of another Disciplinary Counsel charged John F. Kennedy and Kathleen A. Dolan with two counts based on misconduct arising out... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, John F Kennedy, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process, District of Columbia Board, Kathleen A Dolan


D.C. BPR Rejects Contention That Conduct In Ireland Is Outside Disciplinary Jurisdiction

The District of Columbia Board on Professional Responsibility has recommended disbarment of an attorney This matter arises from Respondent Lawrence D. O’Neill’s representation of a client, Adriano Fusco, in Ireland and his handling of entrusted funds he obtained from the... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Ireland, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process, District of Columbia Board, Respondent Lawrence D O'Neill, Adriano Fusco


A Day Of Sunshine In D.C.

The District of Columbia Board on Professional Responsibility held an oral argument yesterday in a matter involving allegations that two Assistant United States Attorneys violated their ethical obligation of disclosure to the defense. This oral argument is worth watching as... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, United States, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process, District of Columbia Board


Baseless Attacks On Client Influence Sanction

The District of Columbia Board on Professional Responsibility proposes a 60-day suspension with fitness for misconduct in a tax matter Respondent is, by all accounts, an experienced tax practitioner. He is not, however, an experienced New York state tax practitioner,... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: New York, Law, Respondent, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process, District of Columbia Board


The Gift That Keeps On Giving

The District of Columbia Board on Professional Responsibility proposes a public censure of an attorney - who had been subject to a lengthy disciplinary process as a consequence of a criminal conviction - for his dishonest conduct in failing to... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Bar Discipline & Process, Legal Profession Prof


Base Vile And Depraved

The District of Columbia Board on Professional Responsibility recommends the statutory disbarment of Paul J Manafort D.C. Code § 11-2503(a) requires the disbarment of a member of the District of Columbia Bar convicted of a crime of moral turpitude. The... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process, District of Columbia Bar, District of Columbia Board, Paul J Manafort


False Testimony Requires Suspension

An attorney's false statement at his disciplinary hearing merits an actual 30 day suspension as proposed by the District of Columbia Board on Professional Responsibility. The problems began at the outset On May 10, 2012, Cynthia Coleman-Fields died intestate following... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process, District of Columbia Board, Cynthia Coleman


It's Complicated

Where jurisdictions share disciplinary authority over an attorney, issues of reciprocal discipline can be complicated. The Commonwealth of Virginia and the District of Columbia must share literally thousands of admitted members. A recent recommendation of the District of Columbia Board... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Virginia, District Of Columbia, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process, District of Columbia Board


Sex Crime Involves Moral Turpitude

The District of Columbia Board on Professional Responsibility concludes that a sex offense inherently involves moral turpitude and merits disbarment. News Leader reported on the crime. A former Department of Defense official ensnared last spring in a covert online sting... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Department Of Defense, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process, District of Columbia Board


Hold The Phone (Charges)

The District of Columbia Board on Professional Responsibility agreed with a Hearing Committee and recommends disbarment of an attorney for ethical violations that include reckless misappropriation. Before the board On July 11 and 23, 2018, the Board received emails sent... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process, District of Columbia Board, Hearing Committee


Misappropriation Rule Not Applied To Litigation Finance Agreement

The District of Columbia Board on Professional Responsibility recommends that an attorney be disbarred for reckless misappropriation of funds due to a medical provider. The board also affirmed a finding of a non-waivable conflict of interest in an unrelated (romance... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process, District of Columbia Board


A Few Months

The District of Columbia Board on Professional Responsibility recommends a longer-than-usual wind up period The Board, acting through its Chair, and pursuant to D.C. Bar R. XI, § 12(b) and Board Rule 16.2, has reviewed Respondent’s affidavit declaring his consent... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, The Board, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process, District of Columbia Board


Pearson pants suit, ten years later

Believe it or not, the case of Judge Roy Pearson and his lost pants, widely covered here and at many other outlets ten years ago, continues to drag on in peripheral legal proceedings. “Disciplinary Counsel began this investigation eleven years and one name change ago,” declares the District of Columbia Board on Professional Responsibility in an opinion rejecting a lesser sanction and ordering a 90-day suspension for the former administrative law judge, who had “sued his dry cleaners for $67 mil...
Tags: Law, Washington, Uncategorized, Sanctions, Pearson, ABA Journal, Washington D.c, District of Columbia Board, Roy Pearson, Washington D C Pearson


Typos And Due Process

We recently reported on a matter in which the District of Columbia Board on Professional Responsibility made a federal case out of a typo. The Maryland Court of Appeals found a hearing judge's typo of no moment Respondent failed to... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Maryland Court of Appeals, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process, District of Columbia Board


The Worship Of Mindless Proceduralism

If everything that is wrong with the District of Columbia Board on Professional Responsibility could be distilled to its essence in 10 pages, it would bear a striking resemblance to a report filed the other day in the case of... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process, District of Columbia Board


The Complaints Of An Ex-Lover And A Litigation Funder Draw Disbarment Recommendation

The Disciplinary Counsel himself will argue a case next Thursday at 2 pm before the District of Columbia Board on Professional Responsibility where an Ad Hoc Hearing Committee proposes disbarment on multiple counts of ethics violations. One case involves the... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process, District of Columbia Board, Hoc Hearing Committee


The Confidence Game

A rather unusual matter has resulted in a proposed suspension of one year with automatic reinstatement from the District of Columbia Board on Professional Responsibility. First, the hearing committee found the attorney had engaged in misappropriation notwithstanding the fact that... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process, District of Columbia Board


D.C. Board Provides Access To Oral Arguments

A move toward transparency by the District of Columbia Board on Professional Responsibility is always welcome In an effort to increase public access to oral arguments before the Board, effective immediately, live streaming audio of Board oral arguments that are... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process, District of Columbia Board


Disgraced And (Soon To Be) Disbarred

The District of Columbia Board on Professional Responsibility has approved the consent disbarment of former Akin Gump partner Jeffrey Wertkin. The consent goes to the Court of Appeals for final action. Bloomberg reported The pressure finally got to Jeffrey Wertkin.... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Bloomberg, Court of Appeals, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process, District of Columbia Board, Jeffrey Wertkin


D.C. Bar Discipline Hearing Schedule

I am pleased to note that the web page of the District of Columbia Board on Professional Responsibility has been updated to give public notice of upcoming scheduled bar disciplinary hearings. In re Edward Gonzalez, DN. 2016-D141 February 8 &... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process, District of Columbia Board, Edward Gonzalez


A Good Day For The District of Columbia Board on Professional Responsibility

In the most hopeful trend recently adopted by the District of Columbia Board on Professional Responsibility, that august body has issued a two-page report and recommendation of disbarment in a matter in which an Ad Hoc Hearing Committee had proposed... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process, District of Columbia Board, Hoc Hearing Committee


D.C. BPR: No Fitness For Larry Klayman

The District of Columbia Board on Professional Responsibility recommends a 90-day suspension - but with automatic reinstatement - of Larry Klayman for his misconduct toward former client Judicial Watch Although Respondent did not engage in dishonesty in either the underlying... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Larry Klayman, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process, District of Columbia Board


Base Vile And Depraved

The District of Columbia Board on Professional Responsibility recommends disbarment of an attorney for conviction of a crime of moral turpitude per se Respondent was admitted on motion to the District of Columbia Bar on August 8, 2011. On May... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process, District of Columbia Bar, District of Columbia Board


A Bridge Too Near

The District of Columbia Board on Professional Responsibility recommends that Bridgegate defendant William Baroni be disbarred for conviction of a crime of moral turpitude per se. Among other offenses, Respondent was convicted of wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process, District of Columbia Board, William Baroni


Never Never Land In The District Of Columbia

Anyone with the time and inclination is welcome to see bar discipline this action this afternoon at 2 pm when the District of Columbia Board on Professional Responsibility hears arguments in In re Jay Weiss. The ad hoc hearing committee... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, District Of Columbia, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process, District of Columbia Board, Jay Weiss


BPR Will Hear Klayman Bar Case

The District of Columbia Board on Professional Responsibility is scheduled to hear oral argument in the disciplinary matter involving Larry Klayman. A hearing committee found that he engaged in ethical violations based on a complaint filed by Judicial Watch. The... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Larry Klayman, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process, District of Columbia Board, BPR Will Hear Klayman Bar Case


"I Can't Explain What I Did. I Know It's Wrong, And I'm Not Doing It Anymore"

The District of Columbia Board on Professional Responsibility recommends an eighteen months with fitness suspension for escrow account and other misconduct Since 1995, Respondent has practiced law as a sole practitioner, primarily in a field he describes as “securities law.”... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process, District of Columbia Board


A Slow Payout May Lead To A Substantial Sanction

The District of Columbia Board on Professional Responsibility recommends a two-year suspension with fitness for misconduct in an estate matter On August 28, 2000, Judge [Cheryl] Long appointed Respondent to serve as Personal Representative of the Estate of Arnold Lindsey... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Cheryl, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process, District of Columbia Board, Arnold Lindsey


No Private Discipline In D.C. Unless Disciplinary Counsel Approves

The District of Columbia Board on Professional Responsibility rejected an attorney 's request for confidential discipline for a violation of the duty to communicate with a client It is undisputed that Respondent violated Rule 1.4(a). Indeed, Respondent conceded this violation... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Respondent, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process, District of Columbia Board