DC Attorney Discipline System


 

Board postpones all in-person proceedings scheduled through April 3, 2020

March 16, 2020



NOTICE


PLEASE TAKE NOTICE THAT, effective immediately, the Board on Professional Responsibility is adjusting its operations to address concerns regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19). All in-person proceedings currently scheduled before the Board or a Hearing Committee through April 3, 2020 are postponed, and will be rescheduled, this includes Board oral arguments and in-person Hearing Committee proceedings. Telephonic pre-hearing proceedings shall continue as previously scheduled. Parties with oral arguments before the Board scheduled during this period may file a joint motion requesting that the Board consider the matter on the briefs and the record, in lieu of rescheduling oral argument.

      The Office of the Executive Attorney (OEA) will be closed to the public during this period. As addressed in Administrative Order 2020-1,

in order to file any document with the Board on Professional Responsibility, or any Hearing Committee,thefiling party shall convert the document to a PDF and email it to [email protected]. This includes all documents filed in pending cases, as well as Specifications of Charges, Petitions for Negotiated Discipline, Petitions for Reinstatement, and any other document filed with the Board or a Hearing Committee.

OEA staff will be working remotely during normal business hours, and may
be contacted at 202-638-4290.

 

This Order does not extend any deadlines of any other matters pending before the Board or any of the Hearing Committees.

Any party requiring an extension of any such deadline must file a motion with the Board or Hearing Committee, as is appropriate, and such requests will be liberally granted. The Board and its Hearing Committees will continue to decide matters that have already been submitted. All Board or Hearing Committee reports and/or orders shall be served on the parties by email.

The OEA staff is investigating whether it has the technical resources to permit some otherwise in-person proceedings to be conducted by videoconference and will be in contact with the relevant parties as is appropriate. Videoconference may be used as a substitute for an in-person proceeding only with the consent of all parties.

The Board will make additional adjustments as circumstances warrant, and plans to issue another order regarding changes or modifications to operations subsequent to April 3, 2020.

Please see Administrative Order 2020-2 regarding BPR operating status.
Please see Administrative Order 2020-1 regarding electronic filing.