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On Report and Recommendation of the Board on Professional Responsibility

Argued April 11, 2001

The Board on Professional Responsibility (the Board) has recommended that respondent be suspended from practicing law in the District of Columbia for six months. The proposed discipline stems from findings by a Hearing Committee, accepted by the Board, that respondent had violated three Rules of Professional Conduct: Rule 1.15 (a) (commingling and misappropriation); Rule 1.15 (b) (failure to notify and deliver funds to third-party claimant); and Rule 1.17 (a) (failure to designate trust or escrow account). Contrary to the determination of the Hearing Committee, however, the Board concluded that respondent’s misappropriation of client funds had not been either intentional or reckless, and it therefore rejected the Committee’s recommendation of disbarrment, see In re Addams, 579 A.2d 190 (D.C. 1990) (en banc), instead proposing his suspension for six months.

 
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