(b) Quorum and Acting Chairperson. Two members of a Hearing Committee shall constitute a quorum for the conduct of hearings. If a member cannot be present for a hearing, alternate Hearing Committee members previously selected by the Board may serve upon designation by the Executive Attorney. If the absent member is the Chairperson of the Hearing Committee, the other attorney member shall serve as Acting Chairperson. Each Hearing Committee shall act only with the concurrence of a majority of its members.
(c) Powers and duties of Hearing Committees. Hearing Committees shall have the power and duty:
(1) Upon assignment by the Executive Attorney, to conduct hearings on formal charges of misconduct, a proposed negotiated disposition, or a contested petition for reinstatement and on such other matters as the Court or Board may direct.
(2) To submit their findings and recommendations on formal charges of misconduct to the Board, together with the record of the hearing.
(3) To submit their findings and recommendations to approve a negotiated disposition and their findings and recommendations in a contested reinstatement to the Court, together with the record of the hearing.
(d) Duties of Contact Members. A Contact Member
designated under section 4(e)(5) of this rule shall have the power and
duty to review and approve or suggest modifications of recommendations
by Disciplinary Counsel for dismissals, informal admonitions, the
institution of formal charges, and the deferral or abatement of
disciplinary investigations pending the outcome of related criminal or
civil litigation. In the event of a disagreement between Disciplinary
Counsel and the Contact Member regarding the disposition recommended by
Disciplinary Counsel, the matter shall be referred by the Executive
Attorney to the Chairperson of a Hearing Committee other than that of
the Contact Member for decision. The decision of the Hearing Committee
Chairperson to whom the matter is referred shall be final.
(e) Recusal of Contact Members. No Hearing Committee member shall take part in any formal disciplinary proceeding regarding a matter which that member reviewed as a Contact Member.