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In re Prado

District of Columbia Court of Appeals


November 01, 2001

IN RE RAFAEL A. PRADO, RESPONDENT
A MEMBER OF THE BAR OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA COURT OF APPEALS

On Report and Recommendation of the Board on Professional Responsibility (Bar Docket No. 374-99)

Before Reid and Glickman, Associate Judges, and Newman, Senior Judge.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Per Curiam

Submitted October 25, 2001

Respondent Rafael A. Prado, a member of the bar of this court, was suspended by the Supreme Court of New Jersey from the practice of law for a period of three months. The Board on Professional Responsibility has determined that the misconduct established in the New Jersey proceeding warrants substantially different discipline in this jurisdiction, and recommends disbarrment. See D.C. App. R. XI, § 11 (c)(4). We agree with the Board that the record establishes by clear and convincing evidence that respondent's disciplinary violations included reckless, if not intentional, misappropriation of client funds, for which the substantially different sanction of disbarrment is the norm in the District of Columbia. See In re Anderson, 778 A.2d 330 (D.C. 2001); In re Addams, 579 A.2d 190 (D.C. 1990) (en banc). As neither Bar Counsel nor respondent has taken exception to the Board's report, "the Court will enter an order imposing the discipline recommended by the Board." D.C. App. R. XI, § 11 (f)(1). See In re Dixon, 763 A.2d 730, 732 (D.C. 2000); In re Richards, 764 A.2d 254, 255 (D.C. 2000). Accordingly, it is hereby

ORDERED that Rafael A. Prado is disbarred from the practice of law in the District of Columbia. As respondent has not filed the affidavit required by D.C. Bar R. XI, § 14 (g), we direct his attention to the requirements of that rule and their effect on his eligibility for reinstatement. See D.C. Bar XI, § 16 (c).

So ordered.

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