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IN RE WECHSLER

October 29, 1998

IN RE WILLIAM A. WECHSLER, RESPONDENT. A MEMBER OF THE BAR OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA COURT OF APPEALS.


Before Terry and Farrell, Associate Judges, and Gallagher, Senior Judge.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Per Curiam.

On May 30, 1997, the Superior Court, Judicial District of Hartford/New Britain, Connecticut, suspended William A. Wechsler, Esquire, from the practice of law in that jurisdiction for five years. The court further ordered that Wechsler may apply for reinstatement to be conditioned on proof of fitness to practice law.

On September 18, 1997, this court suspended Wechsler from the practice of law in the District of Columbia, and directed the Board on Professional Responsibility to submit its recommendation as to whether reciprocal discipline should be imposed in this jurisdiction. See In re Wechsler, No. 97-BG-1455 (D.C. Sept. 18, 1997) (Wechsler I). On January 30, 1998, the Board issued its Report and Recommendation, which is attached hereto as an Appendix. The Board recommended that reciprocal discipline be imposed, and that Wechsler be suspended for five years with proof of fitness being required for reinstatement. *fn1

Neither Bar Counsel nor Wechsler has filed an exception to the Board's recommendation, "and our standard of review of the Board's recommended sanction is therefore especially deferential." In re Ramacciotti, 683 A.2d 139, 140 (D.C. 1996) (citing case); see also D.C. Bar R. XI, § 9(g). Accordingly, and substantially for the reasons stated by the Board,

1. William A. Wechsler, Esquire, is suspended from the practice of law for a period of five years, said suspension to begin with his filing of an appropriate affidavit pursuant to D.C. Bar R. XI, § 14(g); and

2. Reinstatement of William A. Wechsler, Esquire, is conditioned upon a showing by him that he is fit to practice law in the [719 A2d Page 101]

District of Columbia, and that he has complied with the prior order of this court in Wechsler I.

So ordered.

APPENDIX

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA COURT OF APPEALS BOARD ON PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY

In the Matter of: William A. Wechsler, Respondent.

Bar Docket No. 379-97

REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION OF THE BOARD ON PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY

Respondent was suspended for five years by the State of Connecticut for violating Rules 1.3, 1.15(a) and (b) and 8.4(c). On September 18, 1997, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals entered an order suspending Respondent pursuant to D.C.App. R. XI, Section 11(d) and directed the Board on Professional Responsibility to recommend promptly whether reciprocal discipline should be ...


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