(1) Committee members must make disclosures beforeor, at the latest, at the start of a screening panel hearing or other hearingin which a Respondent?s conduct is considered.
(2) Each Committee member must disclose to theparties any professional or personal relationship or conflict of interest witha party or a party?s counsel in the proceeding that may affect an unbiasedevaluation of the Respondent.
(3) Relationships that may affect an unbiasedevaluation of the Respondent include any contact or association that mightinfluence a Committee member?s ability to fairly and reasonably evaluate theconduct of any Respondent or to assess that Respondent without bias orprejudice, including but not limited to:
(A) family relationships to a party or Lawyer of aparty in the proceeding within the third degree of relationship;
(B) any business relationship between the Committeemember and a party or Lawyer of a party in the proceedings; and
(C) any personal litigation directly or indirectlyinvolving a party or a Lawyer of a party in the proceeding and the Committeemember, the Committee member?s family or the Committee member?s business.
(1) As used in this rule, recusal is a voluntary actof self-disqualification by a Committee member.
(2) After making a disclosure, a Committee membermay voluntarily recuse if the Committee member believes the relationship withthe Respondent or other parties will affect an unbiased evaluation of theRespondent.
(1) A Respondent may move to disqualify a screeningpanel member if such member:
(A) makes a disclosure and does not voluntarilyrecuse, and that member?s impartiality might reasonably be questioned; or
(B) does not make a disclosure, but knowncircumstances suggest the Committee member?s impartiality might reasonably bequestioned.
(2) A motion to disqualify a screening panel membermust be submitted to the Committee clerk for review by the screening panelchair or vice chair before or during the screening panel hearing.
(3) A motion to disqualify a Committee member froman exception or other hearing or review must be submitted to the Committeeclerk for review by the Committee chair or vice chair before any hearing on thematter.