Los Angeles attorney faces disbarment for failure to comply with probation

By Karen Kidd | Jul 3, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Northern California Record) — Los Angeles attorney Ruth Cecilia Rose faces disbarment following a California State Bar Court recommendation after she allegedly failed to comply with disciplinary probation requirements.

Rose was accused of failing to file a compliance declaration as required by court rules and a California Supreme Court order, according to the eight-page decision and order of involuntary inactive enrollment issued June 4 by the state bar court. "She was also charged with failing to comply with the conditions of her disciplinary probation," the decision and order said.

The state bar court's recommendation included an involuntary inactive enrollment order that rendered Rose involuntarily enrolled as an inactive member of the State Bar of California. That order was effective three calendar days after service, according to the decision and order.

Rose also failed to participate in person or via counsel and the state bar's decision and order for disbarment was entered by default. In such cases, in which an attorney fails to participate in a California State Bar disciplinary proceeding despite adequate notice and opportunity, the bar invokes Rule 5.85, which provides the procedure for the state bar to recommend an attorney’s disbarment.

The state bar's recommendation is pending final action by the California Supreme Court, an appeal before the state bar's review department or expiration of time in which parties can request further review within the state bar court.

Rose's recommended discipline was among the dispositions filed earlier this month by the state bar court's hearing department for June.  

Rose was admitted to the bar in California on Feb. 20, 1990, according to her profile at the state bar website.  

Rose's disciplinary record begins in April 2007 when she received a stayed one-year suspension after stipulating to failure to obey court orders, according to information on her state bar profile.

In September 2011, Rose received a stayed one-year suspension and two years' probation with 30 days of actual suspension after she stipulated to practicing law while suspended.

In April 2017, Rose was suspended 90 days and placed on three years' probation for allegedly mishandling her client trust account. "She issued checks when she was grossly negligent in not knowing that she had insufficient funds to pay the checks," her profile said.

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