July 1, 2010
IN RE MOHAMED SADU BAH, RESPONDENT. A MEMBER OF THE BAR OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA COURT OF APPEALS (BAR REGISTRATION NO. 455733)
On Report and Recommendation of Hearing Committee Number Six Approving Petition for Negotiated Discipline.
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Before REID and OBERLY, Associate Judges, and NEBEKER, Senior Judge.
The respondent, Mohamed Sadu Bah, a member of the bar of this court has admitted to violating a number of the D.C. Rules of Professional Conduct. Specifically, respondent admits that he failed in his obligations to provide competent, zealous, and diligent representation; violated his duties to act promptly and to communicate adequately with his clients; and did not provide his client a writing setting forth the basis or rate of his fee.*fn1
Respondent made these admissions in a third amended petition for negotiated discipline, and supporting amended affidavit jointly filed on March 22 and April 8, 2010.*fn2
The Board on Professional Responsibility referred the petition to Hearing Committee Number Six, and following several status conferences and limited hearings, the Committee issued the report now before this court that recommends the negotiated sanction be imposed.*fn3
We have reviewed it in accordance with our procedures in uncontested discipline cases,*fn4 and hereby accept the Hearing Committee's Report and Recommendation approving the petition for negotiated discipline. Accordingly, it is
ORDERED that Mohamed Sadu Bah is suspended from the practice of law in the District of Columbia for the period of 30 days with the suspension stayed, followed by a one-year period of supervised probation, with the conditions agreed to by the parties. Specifically, respondent will consult with the D.C. Bar Practice Management Advisory Service and will: (a) waive confidentiality, (b) implement the Service's recommendations, and (c) submit a compliance report to the Board and Bar Counsel, which he shall prepare and swear to, which shall be signed by a Service representative, and which shall describe in detail the management reforms implemented and describe the purposes to be achieved by each reform. Moreover, respondent will attend the mandatory CLE course for new admittees and a CLE course on immigration law, approved by Bar Counsel, and will provide proof of attendance at these courses within 10 days of completion of each course.