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On Exception of Respondent to Report and Recommendation of the Board on Professional Responsibility

Argued January 29, 2002

This reciprocal discipline matter was initiated by the Office of Bar Counsel for the District of Columbia (“Bar Counsel”), which informed this court in accordance with District of Columbia Bar Rule XI, � 11 (b) that the Maryland Court of Appeals had indefinitely suspended respondent Robert J. Sheridan from the practice of law in Maryland. In an order dated February 4, 2000, we temporarily suspended respondent from practicing law in the District of Columbia pursuant to District of Columbia Bar Rule XI, � 11 (d) and directed the Board on Professional Responsibility (“Board”) to recommend whether identical, lesser, or greater discipline should be imposed. The Board subsequently issued a report on April 25, 2001, recommending that the greater sanction of disbarrment should be applied to Sheridan under Rule XI, � 11 (c)(4), given that Sheridan’s actions in Maryland amounted to misappropriation warranting disbarrment in this jurisdiction under our holding in In re Addams, 579 A.2d 190, 191 (D.C. 1990) (en banc). Bar Counsel supports this recommendation, while Sheridan challenges the Board’s conclusions. We agree with the Board that Addams controls under the facts set forth by the Maryland Court of Appeals, and therefore adopt the Board’s recommendation that Sheridan be disbarred.

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