DC Bar Disciplinary Rules

(a) Restrictions on reinstatement. A disbarred attorney, or a suspended attorney required to furnish proof of rehabilitation under section 3(a)(2) of this rule, shall not resume the practice of law until reinstated by order of the Court. A disbarred attorney not otherwise ineligible for reinstatement may not apply for reinstatement until the expiration of at least five years from the effective date of the disbarment. See also section 14(h).
(b) Reinstatement of attorneys suspended for disability. An attorney who has been suspended indefinitely because of disability under section 13 of this rule may move for reinstatement in accordance with that section, but reinstatement shall not be ordered except on a showing by clear and convincing evidence that the disability has ended and that the attorney is fit to resume the practice of law.
(c) Reinstatement of attorneys suspended on other grounds. An attorney suspended for more than one year before September 1, 1989, shall be subject to the reinstatement requirements in effect on the date of suspension. An attorney suspended for a specific period of time on or after September 1, 1989, without being required to furnish proof of rehabilitation under section 3(a)(2) of this rule shall be reinstated without further proceedings upon the expiration of the period specified in the order of suspension, provided that the attorney has timely filed with the Court the affidavit required by section 14(g) and such other proof as may be required under section 14(h). Notwithstanding the foregoing, a suspended attorney shall not be eligible for reinstatement until a period of time equal to the period of suspension shall have elapsed following the attorney's compliance with section 14, and a disbarred attorney shall not be eligible for reinstatement until five years shall have elapsed following the attorney's compliance with section 14. If the attorney has failed in any respect to comply with section 14, the Board shall so notify the Court, and the Court thereafter shall enter an appropriate order.
(d) Contested petitions for reinstatement.

(1) A petition for reinstatement by a disbarred attorney or an attorney suspended for misconduct rather than for disability and required to provide proof of rehabilitation shall be filed with the Board. If the attorney is not eligible for reinstatement, or if the Board determines that the petition is insufficient or defective on its face, the Board may dismiss the petition;otherwise it shall refer the petition to Disciplinary Counsel for a determination of whether Disciplinary Counsel opposes the petition. If Disciplinary Counsel opposes reinstatement, the Executive Attorney shall promptly schedule a hearing before a Hearing Committee at which the attorney seeking reinstatement shall have the burden of proof by clear and convincing evidence. Such proof shall establish:

(a)That the attorney has the moral qualifications, competency, and learning in law required for readmission; and
(b) That the resumption of the practice of law by the attorney will not be detrimental to the integrity and standing of the Bar, or to the administration of justice, or subversive to the public interest.

(2)Within sixty days after the conclusion of its hearing on reinstatement and receipt of the final briefs by the parties, the Hearing Committee shall submit to the Court a report containing its findings and recommendation, together with a record of the proceedings and any briefs of the parties. The record shall include a transcript of the hearing. Upon the filing of the Hearing Committee's findings and recommendation, the Court shall schedule the matter for consideration. In its discretion, the Court may request a recommendation by the Board concerning reinstatement.

(e) Uncontested petitions for reinstatement. A petition for reinstatement by a disbarred attorney or a suspended attorney who is required to prove fitness to practice as a condition of reinstatement, which is uncontested by Disciplinary Counsel following a suitable investigation, may be considered by the Court on the available record and submissions of the parties. In every uncontested matter, Disciplinary Counsel shall submit to the Court a report stating why Disciplinary Counsel is satisfied that the attorney meets the criteria for reinstatement. The Court may grant the petition, deny it, or request a recommendation by the Board concerning reinstatement.
(f) Conditions of reinstatement. If the attorney is found unfit to resume the practice of law, the petition shall be denied. If the attorney is found fit to resume the practice of law, the Court shall enter an order of reinstatement, which may be conditioned upon the making of partial or complete restitution to persons harmed by the misconduct which led to the suspension or disbarment, or upon the payment of all or part of the costs of the reinstatement proceedings, or both. The reinstatement may also be conditioned upon the furnishing of evidence, in a form determined by the Court, of the attorney's successful completion of an examination for reinstatement subsequent to the date of suspension or disbarment. The Court may impose such other conditions on reinstatement as it deems appropriate. Failure to comply with conditions of reinstatement may result in revocation of the reinstatement order. See also section 2 (b)(3).
(g) Resubmission of petitions for reinstatement. If a petition for reinstatement is denied, no further petition for reinstatement may be filed until the expiration of at least one year following the denial unless the order of denial provides otherwise.

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