||Respondent was criminally convicted in Anderson County, South Carolina for the unlawful practice of law by corporation or voluntary association in violation of South Carolina Statute, a misdemeanor, by willfully and unlawfully holding himself out to the public as being entitled to practice law in South Carolina when he was not licensed to do so. Respondent failed to report the fact of the South Carolina conviction to the Disciplinary Board within twenty days after his sentencing in violation of Pa.R.D.E. 214(a).
The Hearing Committee found that although Respondentís conviction constituted grounds for discipline, and although Respondent failed to report his conviction, he did not violate RPC 8.4(b) because the criminal conduct did not reflect adversely on Respondentís honesty, trustworthiness, or fitness as a lawyer in other respects. They found credible Respondentís testimony that he had informed each of his South Carolina clients that he was not licensed to practice there and that if litigation became necessary they would have to hire legal counsel. The Hearing Committee found that Respondentís verbal disclosure limited any possibilities of deception.
A Private Reprimand was jointly recommended as the appropriate discipline. Respondent plead guilty and he cooperated fully and truthfully with the authorities in transferring all the clientís matters to South Carolina counsel. He received no fees FROM the clients. For those reasons, the Hearing Committee recommended a Private Reprimand as the appropriate discipline..
Respondent received a Summary Informal Admonition on February 23, 1998.