Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Charges Now Online In District Of Columbia

A major upgrade in transparency in the District of Columbia bar disciplinary system is the long-overdue online link to public charges of misconduct.

A new feature on the Disciplinary Counsel web page provides the links to six filed petitions. 

These are the first posted cases - charges have been public for, oh, nearly 20 years.

And  more. Also posted for the first time are filed petitions for reinstatement

Filed Petitions for Reinstatement

In re Karen Cleaver-Bascombe, Disciplinary Docket No. 2017-D115
 
The District of Columbia Court of Appeals disbarred Petitioner on January 14, 2010.  Petitioner filed a petition for reinstatement on May 5, 2017.
 In re Maqsood H. Mir, Disciplinary Docket No. 2014-D380
 The District of Columbia Court of Appeals disbarred Petitioner on November 5, 2009.  Petitioner filed a petition for reinstatement on or about October 21, 2014.
 In re Samuel N. Omwenga, Disciplinary Docket No. 2017-D283
 The District of Columbia Court of Appeals disbarred Petitioner on August 16, 2012.  Petitioner filed a petition for reinstatement on October 31, 2017.
 If anyone has information that they wish to provide to Disciplinary Counsel regarding these petitioners for reinstatement, please call our office at (202) 638-1501, and request to speak with the attorney handling the case.

I have been lobbying for public access to information concerning petitions and reinstatement for as long as this soap box has been available to me. The prior leadership had no apparent interest in providing such access.

Kudos to the present leadership at the Office of Disciplinary Counsel for making these improvements.  (Mike Frisch)

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