VIRGINIA: BEFORE THE VIRGINIA STATE BAR DISCIPLINARY BOARD
IN THE MATTER OF
BRIDGETTE MIRIAM HARRIS
VSB DOCKET NO. 02-000-1316
This matter came to be heard under a Rule to Showcause on December 14, 2001, before a duly convened panel of the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board consisting of Richard J. Colten, Acting Chairman, Karen A. Gould, Esquire, Thaddeus T. Crump, lay member, William C. Boyce, Jr., Esquire, and Bruce T. Clark, Esquire. The chair directed the Clerk to call the case three times. The Respondent, Bridgette Miriam Harris, did not appear and was not represented by counsel. Claude V. Worrell, II Assistant Bar Counsel, appeared for the Virginia State Bar. The proceedings were transcribed by Donna Chandler of Chandler and Halasz, Post Office Box 9349, Richmond, Virginia, 23227, (804) 730-1222.
The chair polled the panel to determine whether any member would be prevented from hearing the matter because of a conflict, actual or perceived. Each member, including the chair, responded in the negative.
The Bar then introduced evidence showing that the Respondent has been permanently barred from the practice of law by the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Alexandria Division, and that such order barring her from practice has become final.
The Respondent, Bridgette Miriam Harris a/k/a Bridgette Miriam Harris-Smith, has failed to file a written response and has failed to appear before the duly called panel of the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board to show cause why her licence should not be revoked.
It is accordingly, ORDERED that the Respondent's license to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia was revoked on December 14, 2001, as provided for under Part Six, Section IV, Paragraph 13 (G) of the RULES OF COURT.
It is ORDERED pursuant to the provisions of Part Six, Section IV, Paragraph 13(K) (1) of the Rules of the Supreme Court of Virginia, that the Respondent shall forthwith give notice by certified mail, return receipt requested, of her revocation of her license to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia, to all clients for whom he is currently handling matters and to all opposing attorneys and presiding judges in pending litigation. The Attorney shall also make appropriate arrangements for the disposition of matters then in his care in conformity with the wishes of his client. The Attorney shall give such notice within fourteen (14) days of the effective date of the revocation order, and make such arrangements as are required herein within forty-five (45) days of the effective date of the revocation order. The Attorney shall furnish proof to the bar within sixty (60) days of the effective date of the revocation order that such notices have been timely given and such arrangement for the disposition of matters made. Issues concerning the adequacy of the notice and arrangements required herein shall be determined by the Disciplinary Board, which may impose a sanction of revocation or suspension for failure to comply with the requirements of this subparagraph.
It is further ORDERED that Bridgette Miriam Harris shall furnish true copies of all of the notice letters sent to all persons notified of the revocation, with the original return receipts for said notice letters, to the Clerk of the Disciplinary System, on or before February 11, 2002.
It is further ORDERED that the Clerk of the Disciplinary System shall mail an attested and true copy of this Order to Bridgette Miriam Harris by certified mail, return receipt requested, at her current address of record at the Virginia State Bar, Suite 303, 7603 Georgia Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20012, and to Seth M. Guggenheim, Assistant Bar Counsel, Virginia State Bar Suite 310, 100 North Pitt Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314.
The Clerk of the Disciplinary System shall assess costs pursuant to Part VI, Section IV, Paragraph 13 (k) (10) of the aforesaid Rules.
ENTERED this Order this day of January, 2002.
VIRGINIA STATE BAR DISCIPLINARY BOARD
Richard J. Colten, Acting Chair