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In re Ryan

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA COURT OF APPEALS


February 20, 2003

IN RE SYLVIA ANITA RYAN, RESPONDENT. A MEMBER OF THE BAR OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA COURT OF APPEALS

On Report and Recommendation of the Board on Professional Responsibility (BDN 367-01)

Before Steadman and Reid, Associate Judges, and King, Senior Judge.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Per Curiam

Submitted February 5, 2003

In 1996, we suspended respondent Sylvia Anita Ryan from the practice of law in the District of Columbia for four months with a fitness requirement. In re Ryan, 670 A.2d 375 (D.C. 1996). *fn1 In a reciprocal proceeding, the Supreme Court of the State of New York, Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department ("the New York Court"), suspended respondent for the period of one year. In re Ryan, 653 N.Y.S.2d 858 (N.Y. App. Div. 1997). She has not sought reinstatement in either jurisdiction.

On August 27, 2001, the New York Court disbarred respondent for entering her appearance as a member in good standing of the Bar of New York in four cases before the Board of Immigration Appeals while, in fact, she was suspended, and for failing to cooperate in the disciplinary investigations of that and other alleged misconduct. In re Ryan, 729 N.Y.S.2d 627 (N.Y. App. Div. 2001).

Bar Counsel filed with this court a certified copy of the New York disbarrment order, and we referred the matter to the Board on Professional Responsibility ("Board") pursuant to D.C. Bar R. XI, § 11 (d). The Board has concluded that respondent violated Rules 8.4 (c) and 8.4 (d) of the District of Columbia Rules of Professional Conduct, and recommends reciprocal disbarrment.

Bar Counsel has informed the court that she takes no exception to the Board's report and recommendation. Respondent did not participate in the proceedings before the Board and has not filed any opposition to the Board's report and recommendation. *fn2 Given our limited scope of review and the presumption in favor of identical reciprocal discipline, we adopt the Board's recommendation. See In re Goldsborough, 654 A.2d 1285, 1287 (D.C. 1995); In re Zilberberg, 612 A.2d 832, 834 (D.C. 1992); D.C. Bar R. XI, § 11 (f). Accordingly, it is

ORDERED that Sylvia Anita Ryan is disbarred from the practice of law in the District of Columbia forthwith. We again direct respondent's attention to the requirements of D.C. Bar R. XI, § 14 (g) and their effect on her eligibility for reinstatement. See D.C. Bar R. XI, § 16 (c).

So ordered.


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