April 14, 2005
IN RE WILLIAM A. SCHAINKER, RESPONDENT.
A MEMBER OF THE BAR OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA COURT OF APPEALS (BAR REGISTRATION NO. 28480)
Before Terry, Schwelb, and Farrell, Associate Judges.
On Report and Recommendation of the Board on Professional Responsibility (BDN-110-03)
Submitted April 5, 2005
On February 2003, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, respondent William A. Schainker pled guilty to one count of conspiracy both to defraud the United States and to make false statements and commit mail fraud and wire fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 371, 1001, 1341, and 1343. Bar Counsel brought respondent's conviction to our attention, and on August 1, 2003, we temporarily suspended respondent from the practice of law in this jurisdiction pursuant to D.C. Bar R. XI, § 10 (c). We further directed the Board on Professional Responsibility to institute formal proceedings to determine whether respondent's crime involved moral turpitude within the meaning of D.C. Code § 11-2503 (a) (2001).*fn1
The Board now recommends that respondent be disbarred pursuant to D.C. Code § 11-2503 (a) because his convictions all involve moral turpitude per se. We agree.
Conspiracy to commit an offense against the United States involves moral turpitude per se where the underlying offense is a crime that inherently involves moral turpitude.*fn2 Mail fraud and wire fraud are crimes of moral turpitude per se.*fn3 Therefore, disbarrment based on respondent's conviction for conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud is required.*fn4 Accordingly, we adopt the Board's recommendation, and it is
ORDERED that William A. Schainker is disbarred, pursuant to D.C. Code § 11-2503 (a), from the practice of law in the District of Columbia. Because 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 R. XI, § 16 (c).