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Despite the D.C. Court of Appeals’ view that a suspension from the bar for failure to pay dues is merely a minor infraction, Michael Sitcov is forging ahead with a lawsuit to force the D.C. Bar to erase his suspension from his record. On Thursday, attorneys representing the D.C. Bar and Sitcov appeared in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on the matter for the first time since the October ruling, in which the appeals court determined retroactive reinstatement wasn’t necessary when a member “belatedly cures his or her delinquency.” Sitcov’s law license was suspended in 2002, but he didn’t learn of the suspension until 2004 and continued working during that time at the Justice Department. He claims he never received notification about the dues or his suspension. Sitcov’s attorney, Elizabeth Gere of Ross Dixon & Bell, told Judge Emmet Sullivan she’s reached out to the D.C. Bar in recent weeks to resolve the case, but to no avail. John Hathway of Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, who is representing the D.C. Bar, could not be reached for comment. “What we want is retroactive reinstatement,” Gere says.
Sarah Kelley can be contacted at [email protected].

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