July 6, 2006
IN RE PATRICK J. BLACKBURN, RESPONDENT. A MEMBER OF THE BAR OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA COURT OF APPEALS (BAR REGISTRATION NO. 420702).
On Report and Recommendation of the Board on Professional Responsibility (BDN248-04)
Submitted June 16, 2006
Before KRAMER and FISHER, Associate Judges, and SCHWELB, Senior Judge.*fn1
On April 8, 2003, respondent Patrick J. Blackburn, a member of our Bar, was disbarred in Alaska by the Supreme Court of that state.*fn2 Blackburn had notice of the proceeding in Alaska, but elected not to participate. Blackburn also failed to report his disbarrment to disciplinary authorities in this jurisdiction.
Reciprocal disciplinary proceedings have been instituted against Blackburn in the District of Columbia. However, efforts by Bar Counsel and by the Executive Attorney of the Board on Professional Responsibility (Board) to contact Blackburn at the primary and secondary 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 21, 2006, the Board issued a Report and Recommendation in which it proposed that identical reciprocal discipline of disbarrment be imposed on Blackburn in conformity with D.C. Bar R. XI, § 11 (c). Blackburn 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) (per curiam); 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, Patrick J. Blackburn is hereby disbarred from the practice of law in the District of Columbia.