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(a) Register of Attorneys. Upon the entry of an Order of the Supreme Court suspending or terminating an attorney's authority to practice law in this State, except an Order pursuant to Rule 19-409, 19-503, or 19-606, the Clerk of the Supreme Court shall strike the name of the attorney from the register of attorneys maintained by the Clerk. Upon the entry of an Order of the Supreme Court reinstating the attorney's authority to practice law, the Clerk shall replace the name of the attorney on the register as of the date of or specified in the Order.

(b) Notice. Upon the entry of an order of the Supreme Court suspending, terminating, or reinstating an attorney's authority to practice law in this State, including a suspension or reinstatement pursuant to an Order of Decertification or Recertification under Rule 19-409 or 19-503 or a suspension or reinstatement under Rule 19-606, the Clerk shall:

(1) send a copy of the order to the attorney;

(2) post notice of the order on the Judiciary website; and

(3) send notice of the order to:

(A) the Clerk of the Appellate Court;

(B) the Clerk of each Circuit Court;

(C) the Chief Clerk of the District Court;

(D) the Clerk of the Supreme Court of the United States;

(E) the Clerk of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit;

(F) the Clerk of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland;

(G) the Register of Wills for each county;

(H) the State Court Administrator;

(I) the trustees of the Client Protection Fund;

(J) the Office of Administrative Hearings; and

(K) unless the suspension, termination, or reinstatement is solely pursuant to Rule 19-409, 19-503, or 19-606:

(i) the National Lawyer Regulatory Data Bank of the American Bar Association; and

(ii) the disciplinary authority of every other jurisdiction in which the Clerk knows the attorney is admitted to practice.

(c) Notice Upon Request. In addition to the persons listed in subsection (b)(3) of this Rule, the Clerk may send notice of the order to other persons who have requested such notice.

(d) Form of Notice. The Clerk may send the notice under subsection (b)(3) of this Rule in electronic or paper form.

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