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From the Courts
Colorado Disciplinary Cases
Summaries of Disciplinary Opinions
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Summaries of Decisions Issued by the
Presiding Disciplinary Judge
(Through November 2005)
People v. Calbo, No. 04PDJ073 (consolidated with Nos. 04PDJ088, 04PDJ098, and 04PDJ105), 11/03/2005. Attorney Disbarred.
Following a sanctions hearing, the Presiding Disciplinary Judge disbarred respondent Christopher Bradley Calbo, attorney registration number 29149, from the practice of law. Disbarment was effective November 3, 2005. The Court also ordered respondent to pay restitution and the costs incurred in conjunction with these disclipinary proceedings.
The facts admitted through the entries of default showed respondent knowingly converted several thousands of dollars in client funds and knowingly failed to perform services for several clients. Respondent’s conduct caused serious harm to his clients. The admitted facts proved numerous rule violations including Colo. RPC 1.3, 1.4(a), 1.16(d), 3.4(c), 5.5 (a), 8.1(b), 8.4(c), and 8.4(d). Respondent failed to participate or present any mitigating evidence in these proceedings. Accordingly, the Court found no adequate basis to depart from the presumptive sanction of disbarment. p.151.
People v. Schubert, No. 03PDJ060, 08/02/2004. Attorney Disbarred.
Following a sanctions hearing, a Hearing Board disbarred respondent Robert J. Schubert, attorney registration number 14695, from the practice of law. Disbarment was effective September 2, 2004. The Hearing Board also ordered respondent to pay restitution and the costs incurred in conjunction with these proceedings.
The facts admitted through the entry of default showed respondent knowingly converted and mishandled client funds, and failed to return unearned portions of client retainers. Respondent’s conduct caused serious harm to six clients.
The admitted facts proved multiple violations of Colo. RPC 1.15(a), 3.4(c), and 8.4(c). Respondent failed to participate or present any mitigating evidence in these proceedings. Accordingly, the Hearing Board found no adequate basis to depart from the presumptive sanction of disbarment. p.152.
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