May 29, 2003
IN RE BRUCE H. HEST, 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 Ruiz, Reid and Washington, Associate Judges.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Per Curiam
Submitted May 15, 2003
This matter came before the Board on Professional Responsibility ("Board") as a result of discipline imposed upon Bruce H. Hest ("Respondent") by the Supreme Court of Florida, *fn1 for ethical misconduct warranting such sanction from the Florida Bar. *fn2
Bar Counsel, upon review of the Respondent's Florida disciplinary record, recommended that reciprocal discipline be imposed and that the Respondent be disbarred in the District of Columbia. On October 31, 2002, the Board determined that reciprocal discipline in the form of disbarrment should be imposed and recommended that the Respondent be disbarred.
Respondent has filed no brief with this court opposing the Board's recommendation. We therefore impose the discipline recommended by the Board in its Report and Recommendation. See D.C. Bar R. XI, §11(f)(1). *fn3
ORDERED that Bruce H. Hest shall be disbarred, effective immediately. For purposes of eligibility to apply for reinstatement, disbarrment will be deemed to commence upon the filing of the affidavit required by D.C. Bar R. XI, § 14, which respondent has not yet filed. *fn4