On Thursday, April 20, 2023, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals disbarred attorney Jay Arthur Rosenberg for his prior suspension in another state for unauthorized practice of law.
The case is entitled “In the Matter of Jay Arthur Rosenberg, ” with case no. 2022-D133.
On February 24, 2023, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals suspended the respondent on an interim basis in relation to the certified order from the state of Virginia revoking the respondent’s authority to practice law after finding that he had been engaging in unauthorized practice of law in said state and further barring him from seeking admission to practice law in the same, to which respondent consented.
The order states:
“This court’s February 24, 2023, order suspending respondent pending final disposition of this proceeding and directing him to show cause why the functionally equivalent discipline of disbarment should not be imposed as reciprocal discipline; and the statement of Disciplinary Counsel including a request for reinstatement to be conditioned upon respondent’s reinstatement in Virginia; and it appearing that respondent has not filed a response or his D.C. Bar R. XI § 14(g) affidavit; and it further appearing that respondent has never been licensed in Virginia and is barred from seeking admission, and, thus, is not eligible for reinstatement.”
According to the Court of Appeals, it declines to impose the Disciplinary Counsel’s requested reinstatement condition because the respondent cannot be reinstated to a jurisdiction in which he was never licensed to practice law and the certified order from Virginia forever bars him from seeking admission to practice law in DC.
The order continues:
“We decline to impose Disciplinary Counsel’s requested reinstatement condition because respondent cannot be “reinstated” to a jurisdiction in which he was never licensed to practice and moreover the certified order from Virginia forever bars him from seeking admission to practice law in that state. Accordingly, requiring the respondent to be reinstated in Virginia before seeking reinstatement in the District would effectively cause his disbarment in this jurisdiction to be permanent.
The Disposition states:
“ORDERED that Jay Arthur Rosenberg is hereby disbarred from the practice of law in the District of Columbia.
Mr. Rosenberg attended the University of Michigan Law School. Prior to the revocation of his license, he practiced in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He is licensed in Virginia, Michigan, and the District of Columbia with license no. 1030354. His info can be found on the Board of Professional Responsibility.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.