(a) Duty to reportany finding of guilt or plea to a crime. After a finding of guilt or entryof a plea of guilty or no contest?including the entry of a plea in abeyance?forany crime, except for misdemeanor traffic offenses or traffic ordinanceviolations not involving the use of alcohol or drugs:
(1) The Lawyer mustnotify the OPC in writing of such a finding or plea within 14 days after it isentered and include the following information:
(A) name, bar number, and current address;
(B) the court in which the finding or plea was entered; and
(C) the case number in which the finding or plea was entered.
(2) The court mustforward documentation that the Lawyer has been found guilty of or has entered aplea to a crime to the OPC within 28 days after the finding or plea isentered.? ?
(b) Motion forinterim suspension. On being advised that a Lawyer has been found guilty ofor has entered a plea of guilty or no contest for a felony or misdemeanor thatreflects adversely on the Lawyer?s honesty, trustworthiness, or fitness topractice law, the OPC must determine whether the crime warrants interimsuspension. After determining that the crime warrants interim suspension, theOPC must file an Action, and concurrently file a motion for immediate interimsuspension. The Respondent may assert any jurisdictional deficiencyestablishing that the interim suspension may not properly be ordered, such asthe crime is not a felony or misdemeanor that reflects adversely on theRespondent?s honesty, trustworthiness, or fitness to practice law, or that theRespondent is not the individual who was found guilty of or had entered a pleaof guilty or no contest. The Respondent is not entitled to an evidentiaryhearing but may request an informal hearing, solely to determine whether thefinding of guilt or plea was for a felony or misdemeanor that reflectsadversely on the Respondent?s honesty, trustworthiness, or fitness to practicelaw. If an order for interim suspension is not obtained, the OPC must dismissthe Action and will process the matter as it does any other information comingto the OPC?s attention.
(c) Imposition.The district court will place a Respondent on interim suspension upon proofthat the Respondent has been found guilty of or has entered a plea to a felonyor misdemeanor that reflects adversely on the Respondent?s honesty,trustworthiness, or fitness to practice law regardless of any pending appeal.
(d) Dissolvinginterim suspension. Interim suspension may be dissolved as provided in Rule11-563.
(e) Documentation asconclusive evidence. Except as provided in paragraph (b), documentationthat the Respondent has been found guilty of or has entered a plea to a crimeconstitutes conclusive evidence that the Respondent committed the crime. ?
(f) Automaticreinstatement from interim suspension. If a Respondent suspended solelyunder paragraph (c) demonstrates that the underlying finding of guilt or pleahas been reversed or vacated, the order for interim suspension will be vacatedand the Respondent placed on active status. Vacating the interim suspensionwill not automatically terminate any disciplinary proceeding then pendingagainst the Respondent, the disposition of which will be determined based onthe available evidence other than the reversed or vacated finding of guilt orplea.
(g) Notice to clientsand other of interim suspension. An interim suspension under this ruleconstitutes a suspension of the Respondent for the purpose of Rule 11-570.
Effective December 15, 2020