June 22, 2006
IN RE CHANGHWUN CHO, RESPONDENT.
A MEMBER OF THE BAR OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA COURT OF APPEALS
(BAR REGISTRATION NO. 441701)
On Report and Recommendation of the Board on Professional Responsibility (BDN34-05).
Submitted June 14, 2006
Before SCHWELB, RUIZ, and REID, Associate Judges.
On December 7, 2001, respondent Changhwun Cho, a member of our Bar, was disbarred in Maryland by the Court of Appeals of that state.*fn1 Cho had notice of the proceeding in Maryland, but did not participate. Cho also failed to report his disbarrment to disciplinary authorities in this jurisdiction.
Reciprocal disciplinary proceedings have been instituted against Cho in this jurisdiction. However, efforts by Bar Counsel and by the Executive Attorney of the Board on Professional Responsibility to contact Cho at his addresses on file with the District of Columbia Bar have been unsuccessful. "Given the Board's numerous attempts to contact respondent, and his failure to inform the bar of his new address as required by D.C. Bar R. II, § 2 (1), we conclude that respondent had sufficient notice of this proceeding for the purposes of imposing reciprocal discipline." In re Powell, 860 A.2d 836, 837 (D.C. 2004) (per curiam).
On February 24, 2006, the Board issued a Report and Recommendation in which it proposed that identical reciprocal discipline of disbarrment be imposed on Cho in conformity with D.C. Bar R. XI, § 11 (c). Cho has not excepted to the Board's recommendation. Under these circumstances, the imposition of identical reciprocal discipline "should be close to automatic, with minimum review by both the Board and this court." In re Cole, 809 A.2d 1226, 1227 n.3 (D.C. 2002); see In re Goldsborough, 654 A.2d 1285, 1288 (D.C. 1995). We conclude that disbarrment is indeed appropriate, and we therefore adopt the Board's recommendation. Accordingly, Changhwun Cho is hereby disbarred from the practice of law in the District of Columbia.