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Longtime San Rafael attorney disbarred by default for alleged probation noncompliance


By Karen Kidd | Apr 22, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO – Longtime San Rafael attorney Barbara Truman Zorr has been disbarred by default following an April 10 California Supreme Court order for allegedly failing to comply with probation conditions, according to a recent announcement issued by The State Bar of California.

The Supreme Court imposed discipline recommended by the California State Bar Court in November and also ordered Zorr to pay all costs in the matter.

Zorr's disbarment will be effective May 10, according to an announcement posted to the state bar's website Friday.

Zorr was admitted to the bar in California on Dec. 22, 1983, according to her profile at the state bar website. No other disciplinary matters are pending against Zorr and no payments have been made by the state bar's client security fund over her alleged misconduct, according to the eight-page decision and order of involuntary inactive enrollment issued Nov. 21 by the State Bar Court.

Zorr allegedly failed to file a timely declaration of compliance, contact the probation office to schedule a required meeting and to submit quarterly reports, according to the eight-page decision and order of involuntary inactive enrollment issued Nov. 21 by the State Bar Court.

Zorr failed to participate in person or via counsel and state bar's decision and order for disbarment was entered by default. In such cases, in which an attorney fails to participate in a State Bar of California 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 entry for default was entered in May and that same month the State Bar Court ordered Zorr involuntarily enrolled as inactive.

Zorr's probation had been handed down almost two years ago. In July of 2017, Zorr, then 68, was suspended for 90 days and placed on two years' probation after she stipulated to having falsely reported to be in compliance with the minimum continuing legal education requirements, according to information on her state bar profile. Zorr faced a one-year suspension if she failed to comply with probation conditions.

In a previous discipline in July 1996, Zorr, then 47, received a stayed six-month suspension and two years' probation with 60-days of actual suspension after she stipulated to misconduct in two cases.

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