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In re Clark

District of Columbia Court of Appeals


November 07, 2002

IN RE JOHN L. CLARK, JR., RESPONDENT.

Before Wagner, Chief Judge, and Farrell, and Glickman, Associate Judges.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Per Curiam

A Member of the Bar of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals On Report and Recommendation of the Board on Professional Responsibility

Submitted September 26, 2002

In this reciprocal discipline matter, the Board on Professional Responsibility recommends that respondent be suspended from the practice of law in the District of Columbia for ninety days, with reinstatement conditioned upon a showing of fitness. *fn1 The misconduct, which transpired in the State of Maryland, consisted essentially of respondent's failure as an employer (a) to file Maryland income tax returns in a timely manner, (b) to pay trust fund income taxes withheld from employees' wages and (c) to maintain a separate ledger account for withholding tax monies.

Neither respondent nor Bar Counsel has made exceptions to the Board's recommendation. Given our limited scope of review in uncontested disciplinary cases, see In re Goldsborough, 654 A.2d 1285, 1287-88 (D.C. 1995), we adopt the Board's recommendation. Accordingly, it is

ORDERED that John L. Clark, Jr. is suspended from the practice of law in the District of Columbia for the period of ninety days, with reinstatement to be conditioned upon a showing of fitness. See D.C. Bar R. XI, § 3 (2). The ninety-day period will begin when respondent files an affidavit in compliance with D.C. Bar R. XI, § 14 (g), see In re Bowser, 771 A.2d 1002, 1009 (D.C. 2001) (per curiam); meanwhile he will remain suspended.

So ordered.


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