SAN FRANCISCO — Attorney Corecia Joy Woo of Elk Grove,
California, recently was disbarred following a conviction for a DUI.
The disbarment ruling
was handed down Nov. 18.
The State Bar Court of California's decision stems from Woo’s
conviction of driving with a blood-alcohol level of at least 0.08
In October 2013, Woo plead nolo contendere to the misdemeanor. The
Review Department of the Office of the Chief Trial Counsel of the
State Bar of California examined the case and forwarded it to the
Hearing Department on June 10, 2015. The department determined
that Woo’s actions did not “involve moral turpitude, but do
involve other misconduct warranting discipline.”
The hearing found that Woo had intended to drive from Sacramento
to her home in Auburn before being stopped early into her journey for
an unsafe lane change. A field sobriety test was conducted along with
a breath test. Woo allegedly had a blood-alcohol level of 0.12
percent, 0.04 percent above the legal-impairment limit. Woo had a
previous DUI conviction from 1998, to which she pleaded no contest.
Other factors in determining Woo’s disbarment include the
alleged violation of her probation. Court documents
said that Woo “has been on disciplinary probation off and on since
November 2007.” Woo was on a five-year probation that began in late
January 2012. A condition of her probation required the attorney to
provide the Office of Probation with a quarterly report to detail her
compliance. Woo allegedly failed to report her DUI arrest in her
January report, which not only violated the terms of her probation,
but also indicated that she had lied under perjury.
Woo submitted a late version of her October 2013 quarterly
reports, which was her third version of the report, none of which
included the DUI. It was not until the courts learned of the incident
through alternative means that the attorney refiled the report to
include the missing information. Woo was in the beginning stages of a
mini-reinstatement proceeding during this time.
The State Bar Court concluded that Woo had violated her probation
and shown moral turpitude. The facts of the case were considered in
conjunction with her prior discipline proceedings, and disbarment was
According to the court documents, the ruling claimed that Woo must
notify all her clients of the ruling, deliver any papers necessary to
clients in regards to their cases, return any fees that remain
unearned, and alert opposing counsel in any pending litigation of his
disbarment. Woo must then file the clerk of the State Bar Court that
she has complied with the provisions of his disbarment.
The 46-year-old attorney graduated from Pepperdine’s School of
Law and was admitted to the California Bar Association in 2001.
The California State Bar was established
in 1927 by the state’s Legislature and is governed by 19 trustees.
The State Bar Court added appointed full-time judges in 1989. Court
documents for all State Bar Court of California cases can be located
online at calbar.ca.gov.