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In re Barneys
District of Columbia Court of Appeals
861 A.2d 1270 (2004)
Attorney Bradford Barneys (defendant) was licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia (D.C.) but not in Maryland. The Maryland state bar found that Barneys had engaged in the unauthorized practice of law in Maryland and disbarred him. The Maryland disbarment order did not mention whether Barneys could ever seek reinstatement of his right to practice law in Maryland. The D.C. bar (plaintiff) initiated an action to discipline Barneys in D.C. for his Maryland misconduct, and a hearing was scheduled with the Board of Professional Responsibility (the board). Barneys did not show up for the hearing or otherwise provide a response to the board. After the hearing, the board recommended disbarring Barneys. The disbarment recommendation was reviewed by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. During this review, Barneys appeared for the first time and argued that (1) his license should be suspended, not revoked; (2) the board lacked jurisdiction to discipline him for the unauthorized practice of law in Maryland because the board was not the entity that sanctioned people for the unauthorized practice of law within D.C.; and (3) disbarring him in D.C. would be a miscarriage of justice.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Farrell, J.)
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