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RULE 17
INTERIM SUSPENSION

(a) Criminal Prosecution or Conviction for a Serious Crime. Without the necessity of Commission action, the Supreme Court may place a lawyer on interim suspension upon notice of the filing of an indictment, information, or complaint charging the lawyer with a serious crime, and shall immediately place a lawyer on interim suspension on receipt of a certified copy of a judgment of conviction or other competent evidence showing that the lawyer has been convicted of a serious crime. The fact that sentencing may be delayed or an appeal may be taken shall not prevent the Supreme Court from imposing an interim suspension.

(b) Other Misconduct. Upon receipt of sufficient evidence demonstrating that a lawyer poses a substantial threat of serious harm to the public or to the administration of justice, the Supreme Court may place the lawyer on interim suspension pending a final determination in any proceeding under these rules.

(c) Failure to Respond to Notice of Investigation, Subpoena, or Notice of Appearance. Upon receipt of sufficient evidence demonstrating that a lawyer has failed to fully respond to a notice of investigation, has failed to fully comply with a proper subpoena issued in connection with an investigation or formal charges, has failed to appear at and fully respond to inquiries at an appearance required pursuant to Rule 19(c)(3), or has failed to respond to inquiries or directives of the Commission or the Supreme Court, including failing to appear at a hearing in formal proceedings pursuant to Rule 24(b), the Supreme Court may place that lawyer on interim suspension.

(d) Motion for Reconsideration. A lawyer placed on interim suspension may apply to the Supreme Court for reconsideration of the order. A copy of the motion shall be filed with the Commission and served on the disciplinary counsel.

(e) Order to be Public. Unless otherwise ordered by the Court, an order of interim suspension and any order lifting an interim suspension shall be public.

Last amended by Order dated May 8, 2014.