October 28, 1993
IN RE: LEWIS P. AMES, RESPONDENT, A MEMBER OF THE BAR OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA COURT OF APPEALS
On Report and Recommendation of the Board on Professional Responsibility
Before Steadman and King, Associate Judges, and Pryor, Senior Judge.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Per Curiam
PER CURIAM: This is a reciprocal disciplinary matter under D.C. Bar R. XI, § 11. Respondent was publicly censured by the Supreme Court of Arizona for failure to act diligently and to communicate adequately with respect to the handling of litigation for two clients in that state. In one case, because respondent failed to comply with a court order to respond to pleadings, supplement discovery and file lists of witnesses and exhibits, judgment was entered against his client. A subsequent motion by new counsel to vacate the judgment was granted, subject to payment by the client of the opposing party's costs and attorneys fees. *fn1 In the other matter, respondent failed to pursue his client's claim in a diligent manner and to maintain adequate communication with the client.
We accept the recommendation of the Board on Professional Responsibility, uncontested by respondent, that reciprocal discipline be imposed here. Accordingly, respondent is hereby publicly censured by this court.