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Argued March 8, 2001

In a proposed simultaneous disposition of three District of Columbia disciplinary proceedings instituted by our Bar Counsel and one reciprocal discipline case that originated in Maryland, the Board on Professional Responsibility has recommended that Joseph A. Lopes be suspended from practice for six months, nunc pro tunc to July 29, 1998, and that his suspension be followed by a two-year period of probation, with conditions. Bar Counsel agrees that Lopes should be suspended for six months, but excepts to the recommended probation, arguing instead that as a condition of reinstatement following his suspension, Lopes should be required to demonstrate his fitness to practice law. Although Bar Counsel’s position is not unreasonable, we apply our deferential standard of review and direct the imposition of discipline consistent with that recommended by the Board.

I. THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST LOPES

 
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