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Rule 11-580. Purpose and nature of sanctions.

?(a)Purpose of sanctions. The purpose ofimposing Lawyer sanctions is to ensure and maintain the high standard ofprofessional conduct required of those who undertake the discharge ofprofessional responsibilities as Lawyers, and to protect the public and theadministration of justice from Lawyers who have demonstrated by their conductthat they are unable or likely to be unable to discharge properly theirprofessional responsibilities.

(b) Public nature of sanctions. The ultimate disposition of Lawyerdiscipline will be public in cases of delicensure,suspension, and reprimand; and nonpublic in cases of admonition.

(c) Purpose of the sanctions rules. These rules are designed for use inimposing a sanction or sanctions following a determination that a member of thelegal profession has violated a provision of the Rules of Professional Conductor Licensed Paralegal Practitioner Rules ofProfessional Conduct.Descriptions in these rules of substantive disciplinary offenses are notintended to create grounds for determining culpability independent of the Rulesof Professional Conduct or LicensedParalegal Practitioner Rules of Professional Conduct. The rules constitute a system fordetermining sanctions, permitting flexibility and creativity in assigningsanctions in particular cases of Lawyer misconduct. The rules are designed topromote:

(1)consideration of all factors relevant to imposing theappropriate level of sanction in an individual case;

(2)consideration of the appropriate weight of suchfactors in light of the stated goals of Lawyer discipline; and

(3)consistency in the imposition of disciplinary sanctions for the same or similaroffenses within and among jurisdictions.

Effective December15, 2020