| Promptly after the contact member approves a petition,
Bar Counsel shall file the petition with the Board Office (with a
copy to the Clerk of the Court) and serve a copy thereof upon the
respondent named therein. Service shall be made as follows:
The person serving the petition shall file proof of service thereof
with the Board Office showing receipt of the petition by the respondent.
If service of the petition is made by certified or registered mail,
such proof shall include a return receipt or other acknowledgment
received by Bar Counsel and reflecting delivery to respondent. The
Board Office shall include such proof of service as part of the official
record of proceedings. In the event Bar Counsel is unable to effect
service of the petition on respondent in the manner provided for in
this Rule within thirty (30) days after filing the petition, Bar Counsel
shall then promptly provide written notice to the D.C. Court of Appeals
which shall: (1) state that personal service of the petition cannot
be had; (2) specify how such service has been attempted; and (3) seek
the Court’s direction pursuant to D.C. Code Section 11-2503(b) regarding
how to proceed. Upon receipt of direction from the Court, Bar Counsel
shall promptly comply with such direction. Until Bar Counsel receives
direction from the Court, Bar Counsel shall continue to attempt to
effect service on the respondent in the manner provided in this Rule.
- by delivering a copy of the petition to respondent personally;
- by mailing a copy of the petition by registered or certified
mail, return receipt requested, to the respondent.