Washington Lawyer

Bar Counsel: Tables to "What if Lawyers Lawfully Practicing in D.C. Were Subject to Discipline Here?"

From Washington Lawyer, July/August 2003

Table 1. Office of Bar Counsel Historical Data for 1998–2002
 Year Total Cases Per Year Total Cases Docketed Percentage Docketed Total Cases Undocketed Percentage Undocketed Total Cases CJA Percentage CJA
1998 1689 560 33.2 883 52.3 246 14.6
1999 1454 455 31.3 800 55.0 199 13.7
2000 1314 421 32.0 662 50.0 231 18.0
2001 1376 434 31.5 680 49.4 262 19.1
2002 1393 575 41.2 644 46.2 174 12.5
Table 2. Overview of Nonmember Undocketed Cases
 Year Matters Reviewed Docket for Investigation Initiate Undocketed Inquiry Initiate CJA Inquiry Decline Refer to Regulation Counsel
2001 197 17 18* 3 160 2‡
2002 181 17 13† 0 151
* To determine if sufficient facts to docket, 13; to determine if respondent is a lawyer, 4; to determine if conduct occurred in the District of Columbia, 1.
† To determine if sufficient facts to docket, 4; to determine if respondent is a lawyer, 6; to determine if conduct occurred in the District of Columbia, 2; to obtain return of file, 1.
‡ Two matters would have been referred to the Attorney/Client Arbitration Board (ACAB).
§ Four matters would have been referred to ACAB, one matter to both ACAB and the Clients’ Security Fund, and one matter to Legal Ethics.
Table 3. Profile of Cases Identified for Further Action
 Year Docket/ Undocket/ CJA Number Selected Primary State License Practice Type of Complainant Location of Complainant State Occurred Nature of Allegation
2001 Docket 17

Unknown 5
MD 2
VA 2
Various 8

Firm 9
Small firm 6
Solo 2
Individual 17 DC 5
MD 4
Anonymous  4 VA 1
Various 13
DC 15
DC/VA 1
DC/DE 1
Neglect 11
Dishonesty 6
2002 Docket 17 MD 6
Unknown 4
NY 3
VA 2
Various 2
Small firm 9
Firm 3
Solo 2
Government 2
In-house 1
Individual 11
Court opinion 4
Law school 1
VA bar counsel 1
DC 12
VA 2
Various 3
DC 14
DC/MD 1
DC/VA 2
Neglect 8
Dishonesty 4
Various 5
2001 Undocket 18 Unknown 8
MD 5
VA 3
Various 2
Small Firm 5
Solo 4
Government 4
Unknown 3
Firm 1
Nonpractice 1
Individual 16
Organization 1
VA bar counsel 1
DC 10
VA 3
MD 3
Various 2
DC 15
DC/VA 2
DC/MD 1
Neglect 8
Dishonesty 3
Various 3
Unknown 4
2002 Undocket 13 Unknown 5
VA 2
MD 1
Various 5
Firm 5
Small firm 3
Unknown 3
Solo 2
Individual 9
Corporation 2
Media 1
Web 1
DC 5
MD 1
VA 2
Various 5
DC 6
Unknown 4
DC/VA 1
MD 1
Web 1
Neglect 3
Dishonesty 4
Various 4
Unknown 2
2001 CJA 3 Various 3 Government 2
Solo 1
Individual 3 VA/DC 2
DC 1
DC 3 Neglect 1
Dishonesty 1
Various 1
2002 CJA 0            
Table 4. Profile of All Cases Reviewed
Year Total Number Reviewed Individual Complainants Number of D.C. Complainants  Conduct Occurred in DC  
    Total   No Action    Bar Counsel Action Total No Action  Bar Counsel Action  Total No Action    Bar Counsel Action
2001 197 96 60 36 (38%) 26 8 18 (69%) 63 25 38 (58%)
2002 181 75 55 20 (27%) 27 10 17 (63%) 45 21 24 (53%)