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Disciplinary Reporter Case Digest

Attorney ID 36449
Attorney Name Enright, John D.
DBP Docket No. 136 DB 2002
Supreme Court Docket No. 890 D.D. No. 3
County  
Disciplinary Counsel
Counsel for Respondent
Decision Date 2004-03-15
Effective Date 2004-04-15
Case Digest In July 1999, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania transferred Respondent to inactive status due to his failure to comply with the Pennsylvania Rules for Continuing Legal Education. According to the Hearing Committee Report, Respondent continued to work as an attorney for approximately sixteen months after the effective date of his transfer to inactive status. Although Respondent filed an Answer to the Petition for Discipline, he failed to appear at the prehearing conference or the disciplinary hearing. The Hearing Committee recommended that Respondent be suspended for a period of one year and one day as a result of his practicing law in violation of the Supreme Court Order transferring him to inactive status. The Disciplinary Board concurred. Both the Hearing Committee and the Disciplinary Board found that Respondentís misconduct was aggravated by his failure to appear at the prehearing conference and the disciplinary hearing. By Order dated March 15, 2004, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania ordered Respondent suspended for a period of one year and one day.
Rule Violation(s) RPC 5.5(b), RPC 8.4(c), RPC 8.4(d), Pa.R.D.E. 217(b), Pa.R.D.E. 217(d) and Pa.R.D.E. 217(e)
Discipline Imposed Suspension for one year and one day
Points of Law A lawyer who continues to practice while on inactive status for failure to meet CLE (continuing legal education) requirements will be suspended. Failure to participate in disciplinary proceedings is an aggravating factor.
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