DC Bar Disciplinary Rules

(a) Powers and duties. The Executive Attorney shall have the power and duty:

(1) To employ and supervise such staff as may be necessary for the performance of the Executive Attorney's duties, subject to budget limitations established by the Board.
(2) To assign, periodically and on a rotating basis, an attorney member of a Hearing Committee as a Contact Member to review and approve or suggest modifications of recommendations by Disciplinary Counsel for dismissals, informal admonitions, and the institution of formal charges.
(3) To assign formal charges, a petition for negotiated disposition, and a contested petition for reinstatement to a Hearing Committee.
(4) To maintain records of proceedings before Hearing Committees, the Board, and the Court.
(5) To forward to the Court the findings and recommendations of the Board on formal charges of misconduct together with the record of proceedings before the Hearing Committee and the Board.
(6) To forward to the Court the Hearing Committee's recommendation to approve a negotiated disposition and its recommendation in a contested reinstatement, together with the record of proceedings before the Hearing Committee.
(7) To assist the Board in the performance of its duties as the Board from time to time may direct.
(8) To act as Special Disciplinary Counsel when appointed by the Board.
(9) To act as legal advisor to the Board.
(10) To represent the Board in any court proceeding when designated by the Board to do so.
(11) To argue before this Court the position of the Board, when designated by the Board to do so, in any case in which Disciplinary Counsel disagrees with a report and recommendation of the Board.

(b) Review by the Board. Because the Executive Attorney is exercising the delegated authority of the Board, any decision or action by the Executive Attorney shall be subject to review by the Board in its discretion.
(c) Prohibition of private practice. The Executive Attorney shall not engage in the private practice of law, except that the Board may authorize a reasonable period of transition after appointment.

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