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Rule 11-511. Screening panelcomposition; responsibilities.

(a) Screening panel composition. The Committeemembers, except for the Committee chair and vice chairs, are divided into fourscreening panels.? Each screening panelshall be comprised of a minimum of five members, including four Lawyers and onepublic member. Screening panels may have more than five members, including upto two public members and up to five lawyer members, but no more than fourlawyer members and one public member will participate in any screening panelhearing. Whenever a screening panel is assigned a Complaint involving alicensed paralegal practitioner, the Committee chair may, as practical, assignup to two Committee members who are licensed paralegal practitioners to thescreening panel.

(b) Screening panel number. All screening panelhearings must have five panel members present, including a panel chair or vicechair and a public member.

(c) Chair and vice chair. The Supreme Court willname a chair and vice chair for each screening panel. The chair or, in thechair?s absence, vice chair presides over screening panel hearings. Thepanel chair may call upon the vice chair to assist in any of the panel chair?sduties. Chairs or vice chairs from other panels may conduct hearings if theregular chair and vice chair are unable to attend. If the chair is removed orresigns, the vice chair will become the chair, and the Courtwill appoint a Committee member to serve as vice chair.

(d) Voting. A majority vote of those members presentand voting at any screening panel hearing is required for a determination.

(e) Meetings. Each screening panel meets asnecessary to effectively and promptly carry out its duties. The Committee chairmay convene the entire Committee at such other times as necessary toeffectively and promptly carry out the Committee?s duties.

(f) Alternates. Members of any screening panelmay serve as alternate members on different screening panels. The Committeechair and the Committee vice chairs may serve as alternate members on allscreening panels.

(g) Responsibilities.

(1) Complaints arerandomly assigned to a screening panel. The screening panels review and hearall Complaints charging that a Lawyer engaged in unethical or unprofessionalconduct, and may consider any other relevant information. Screening panelsdetermine the action to be taken on any Complaint that, in applying these rulesto the facts of the case, is most consistent with the public interest and theRules of Professional Conduct or Licensed Paralegal Practitioner Rules ofProfessional Conduct.

(2) Unless otherwiseprovided in this article, whenever the OPC may be present before a screeningpanel during a hearing, the Respondent may also be present.

Effective December31, 2021