In 1994 the District of Columbia Court of Appeals established under Rule II Section 3 of the Rules Governing the Bar a Mandatory Course on the D.C. Rules of Professional Conduct and D.C. practice for new admittees to the D.C. Bar.
Through Article III of the D.C. Bar Bylaws, the course requirement has been extended to members seeking to change, or to be reinstated, to active status if they have been inactive or on inactive (retired) status for five or more years; individuals seeking to be reinstated to active membership after having been voluntarily resigned for five or more years; and individuals seeking reinstatement after being suspended for five or more years for nonpayment of dues or failure to file a registration statement.
The mandatory course is administered by the D.C. Bar. The requirement must be met by new admittees within 12 months after admission to the Bar, in order to maintain membership in the D.C. Bar. For individuals seeking change to active membership status or reinstatement of membership after five or more years, completion of the course is a prerequisite.
Any new admittee who fails to complete the Mandatory Course on the D.C. Rules of Professional Conduct and D.C. Practice within 60 days after the D.C. Bar issues written notice of noncompliance shall be administratively suspended from membership in the D.C. Bar.
Any new D.C. Bar member otherwise in good standing who is administratively suspended for failure to complete the course on D.C. Rules of Professional Conduct and D.C. Practice shall be reinstated as a member of the D.C. Bar upon completion of the mandatory course and fulfillment of such other administrative requirements as the Bar’s Board of Governors may impose.