Disciplinary Reporter Case Digest

Attorney ID 76042
Attorney Name Czmus, Akim Frederic
DBP Docket No. 46 DB 2001
Supreme Court Docket No. 914 DD No. 3
County Philadelphia
Disciplinary Counsel Richard Hernandez
Counsel for Respondent James P. Leonard
Decision Date 2005-12-30
Effective Date 2006-01-29
Case Digest The Pennsylvania Supreme Court disbarred Respondent for having multiple material omissions and material misrepresentations in his application for admission to the bar filed with the Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners, despite Respondent presenting Braun mitigation evidence. In 1995, Respondent submitted an application to sit for the Pennsylvania bar examination in which he omitted and misrepresented information relating to his academic, financial, residential and employment history in an effort to conceal his professional misconduct and disciplinary record when licensed as a practicing physician in California and New York. As a physician Respondent had been disciplined on two separate occasions. The first disciplinary action concerned Respondent’s submission of false documents in support of applications for appointment to the medical staff of two California hospitals. The second disciplinary action, which culminated in Respondent surrendering his physician license, charged Respondent with gross neglect and/or incompetence in the treatment of six patients, and knowingly making false documents. Respondent also: filed a similarly false and fraudulent application for admission to the New Jersey Bar; lied to an investigator with the New Jersey Office of Attorney Ethics (“OAE”) during an investigation by that disciplinary agency into Respondent’s New Jersey bar application; filed two responses to the OAE complaint that contained misrepresentations and omissions; testified falsely under oath during his New Jersey disciplinary hearing; and provided false information to his psychiatrists during counseling sessions and treatment interviews.
Rule Violation(s) 8.1(a), 8.4(b), 8.4(c), and 8.4(d).
Discipline Imposed Disbarment
Points of Law Serious misconduct will result in disbarment despite Braun mitigation evidence. Disbarment is the appropriate sanction for a bar applicant whose fraud in the bar application process prevents the Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners from properly evaluating an applicant’s character and fitness.
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