Rules and Bylaws

Article IV—Mandatory Course for New Admittees

Section 1. Mandatory Course
Pursuant to an order of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals of February 24, 1994, any attorney admitted to the Bar of the District of Columbia after July 1, 1994, must complete the Mandatory Course on the District of Columbia Rules of Professional Conduct and District of Columbia Practice within twelve (12) months of admission to the Bar. The District of Columbia Bar shall offer the course at least six (6) times a year.

Section 2. Suspension for Failure to Complete the Mandatory Course on the District of Columbia Rules of Professional Conduct and District of Columbia Practice
If a member admitted after July 1, 1994, regardless of status, has not completed the Mandatory Course on the District of Columbia Rules of Professional Conduct and District of Columbia Practice within ten (10) months of admission to the Bar, the Secretary, or his/her delegate, shall send forthwith to the member notice that the member is not yet in compliance, and that unless the member completes the Mandatory Course within one hundred and twenty (120) days after issuance of such notice of noncompliance, the membership of such member shall be, and is, automatically suspended pursuant to this Section. If the member has not completed the mandatory course within twelve (12) months of admission to the Bar, the Secretary or his/her delegate shall send forthwith to the member, notice that the member is not in compliance, and that unless the member completes the course within sixty (60) days after issuance of such notice of noncompliance, the membership of such member shall be, and is, automatically suspended pursuant to this Section. In the event of suspension, the Secretary or his/her delegate shall notify the clerks of the D.C. Court of Appeals and the D.C. Superior Court of the suspension.

Section 3. Reinstatement
Any member suspended pursuant to Section 2 above for failure to complete the course on the District of Columbia Rules of Professional Conduct and District of Columbia Practice shall be reinstated by the Chief Executive Officer upon (i) submission of a written request for reinstatement; (ii) submission of certification of completion of the course on the District of Columbia Rules of Professional Conduct and District of Columbia Practice; (iii) payment of any due but unpaid dues and late fee; (iv) payment of a reinstatement fee of $50.00; and (v) submission of a statement that the member is not suspended, temporarily suspended, or disbarred by any disciplinary authority. [Amended June 9, 2010]

Section 4. Retroactive Reinstatement
In an appropriate case, the Board of Governors may reinstate an attorney to membership under Section 3 above retroactively, as of the date of suspension. An appropriate case for purposes of this section shall be only an instance in which the suspension resulted from error or omission on the part of the Bar. In such case, the reinstatement fee referred to in Section 3 may be waived.

Section 5. Alternative to In-Person Attendance at the Mandatory Course for New Admittees
If a member who is required to complete the Mandatory Course on the District of Columbia Rules of Professional Conduct and District of Columbia Practice is unable to attend one of the regularly scheduled courses because of an extreme hardship, he/she may request that this requirement be met by use of an audiotaped course provided by the District of Columbia Bar. "Extreme hardship" may include a severe, prolonged illness which makes physical attendance at the Mandatory Course inordinately difficult, or such cause as may be determined by the Chief Executive Officer of the District of Columbia Bar or his/her delegate. Except under extraordinary circumstances, extreme hardship shall not include absence from the District of Columbia. The District of Columbia Bar will provide reasonable accommodations to persons with disabilities as required by individual circumstances. In all cases, the determination of the Chief Executive Officer shall be final. A member requesting alternative compliance shall submit the request, in writing, to the Chief Executive Officer, and shall attest to and furnish such substantiation of his/her extreme hardship as the Chief Executive Officer may require. [Amended June 9, 2010]

Section 6. Form of Notice; Deadlines
All notices hereunder sent to a member shall be sent in writing by first class mail. If a notice is postmarked later than the date of the notice, the date of the postmark shall control. The deadline for a date hereunder that may fall in that given year on a weekend or District of Columbia holiday shall be the next regular business day.