DC Bar Disciplinary Rules

(a) Persons subject to disciplinary jurisdiction. All members of the District of Columbia Bar, all persons appearing or participating pro hac vice in any proceeding in accordance with Rule 49(c)(1) of the General Rules of this Court, all persons licensed by this Court Special Legal Consultants under Rule 46(c)(4), all new and visiting clinical professors providing services pursuant to Rule 48(c)(4), and all persons who have been suspended or disbarred by this Court are subject to the disciplinary jurisdiction of this Court and its Board on Professional Responsibility (hereinafter referred to as "the Board").
(b) Jurisdiction of other courts and voluntary bar associations. Nothing in this rule shall be construed to deny to any court in the District of Columbia such powers as are necessary for that court to maintain control over proceedings conducted before it, such as the power of contempt or to prohibit a voluntary bar association from censuring, suspending, or expelling its members.
(c) No statute of limitations. Disciplinary proceedings against an attorney shall not be subject to any period of limitation.

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