(1) "state" shall mean any state, territory, or possession of the United States.
(2) "disciplining court" shall mean (a) any court of the United States as defined in Title 28, Section 451 of the United States Code;(b) the highest court of any state;and (c) any other agency, commission, or tribunal, however denominated, that is authorized to impose discipline effective throughout a state.
(b) Notification. It shall be the duty of Disciplinary
Counsel to obtain copies of all orders of discipline from other
disciplining courts. Upon learning that an attorney subject to the
disciplinary jurisdiction of this Court has been disciplined by another
disciplining court, Disciplinary Counsel shall obtain a certified copy
of the disciplinary order and file it with this Court. In addition, any
attorney subject to the disciplinary jurisdiction of this Court, upon
being subjected to professional disciplinary action by another
disciplining court, shall promptly inform Disciplinary Counsel of such
action in writing.
(c) Standards for reciprocal discipline. Reciprocal discipline may be imposed whenever an attorney has been disbarred, suspended, or placed on probation by another disciplining court. It shall not be imposed for sanctions by a disciplining court such as public censure or reprimand that do not include suspension or probation. For sanctions by another disciplining court that do not include suspension or probation, the Court shall order publication of the fact of that discipline by appropriate means in this jurisdiction. Reciprocal discipline shall be imposed unless the attorney demonstrates to the Court, by clear and convincing evidence, that:
(1) The procedure elsewhere was so lacking in notice or opportunity to be heard as to constitute a deprivation of due process; or
(2) There was such infirmity of proof establishing the misconduct as to give rise to the clear conviction that the Court could not, consistently with its duty, accept as final the conclusion on that subject; or
(3) The imposition of the same discipline by the Court would result in grave injustice; or
(4) The misconduct established warrants substantially different discipline in the District of Columbia; or
(5) The misconduct elsewhere does not constitute misconduct in the District of Columbia. Unless there is a finding by the Court under (1), (2), or (5) of this subsection, a final determination by another disciplining court that an attorney has been guilty of professional misconduct shall conclusively establish the misconduct for the purpose of a reciprocal disciplinary proceeding in this Court.
(d) Temporary suspension and show cause order.
Upon receipt of a certified copy of an order demonstrating that an attorney subject to the disciplinary jurisdiction of this Court has been suspended or disbarred by another disciplining court, the Court shall forthwith enter an order (1) suspending the attorney from the practice of law in the District of Columbia pending final disposition of any reciprocal disciplinary proceeding, and (2) directing the attorney to show cause within thirty days why identical reciprocal discipline should not be imposed. Disciplinary Counsel shall reply to the attorney's response to the show cause order no later than fifteen days after service of the response. Alternatively, no later than fifteen days after the attorney's response was due, Disciplinary Counsel may object to the imposition of reciprocal discipline based upon the factors set forth in subsection (c) of this section. In either case, Disciplinary Counsel shall provide the Court with the relevant portions of the record of the proceeding in the other disciplining court, the statute and the rules that governed it, and a short statement identifying all of the issues that the matter presents.
If Disciplinary Counsel opposes the imposition of identical
discipline, Disciplinary Counsel shall
(1) recommend appropriate non-identical discipline or
(2) request that the matter be referred to the Board for its recommendation as to discipline. The attorney may reply within ten days after service of Disciplinary Counsel's submission.
(e) Action by the Court.
Upon receipt of the attorney's response to the show cause order, if any, and of any submission by Disciplinary Counsel, the Court may refer the matter to the Board for its consideration and recommendation. If the Court decides that a referral to the Board is unnecessary, it shall impose identical discipline unless the attorney demonstrates by clear and convincing evidence, or the Court finds on the face of the record, that one or more of the grounds set forth in subsection (c) of this section exists.
If the Court determines that identical discipline should not be
imposed, it may impose such discipline as it deems appropriate. In
deciding what non-identical discipline to impose, the Court shall
accept the facts found by the disciplining court unless it has made a
finding under (1), (2), or (5) of subsection (c) of this section. If
the Court has made a finding under one of these subsections, it shall
direct Disciplinary Counsel to institute such proceedings as may be
appropriate, including an original disciplinary proceeding. In the
absence of such a finding, the Court shall impose final discipline.
(f) Effect of stay of discipline by disciplining court. If the discipline imposed by another disciplining court is stayed, any reciprocal discipline imposed by this Court shall be deferred until the stay expires.