Adjunct Disciplinary Counsel Panel

The Adjunct Disciplinary Counsel (ADC) Panel is established by Rule for Enforcement of Lawyer Conduct (ELC) 2.9. Under ELC 5.3(c), disciplinary counsel may assign a grievance to an ADC for investigation under the supervision of the Office of Disciplinary Counsel. In addition, members of the ADC Panel may be called upon to serve as volunteers in the discipline system in a variety of other capacities, such as:

  • Assisting staff disciplinary counsel with a portion of an investigation by reviewing court files, interviewing witnesses, analyzing evidence, or the like;
  • Serving as Special Disciplinary Counsel/Adjunct Trial Counsel and representing the Association in the prosecution of a disciplinary case;
  • Providing staff disciplinary counsel with an outside opinion on an area of law relevant to a disciplinary hearing or investigation;
  • Providing staff disciplinary counsel with tactical advice or counsel on an aspect of a pending disciplinary proceeding;
  • Serving as a probation monitor following imposition of a disciplinary sanction;
  • Serving as a file custodian when a lawyer dies, disappears, or otherwise becomes incapable of protecting clients’ interests.

Note: The Adjunct Disciplinary Counsel Panel was formerly known as the Adjunct Investigative Counsel Panel.

Appointment Criteria

The Panel is appointed by the Board of Governors upon the recommendation of the Chief Disciplinary Counsel. ELC 2.9(b). To be considered, an applicant must meet the required qualifications of ELC 2.9(b): An ADC must be an active member of the WSBA with at least seven years as an active member or judicial member and have no record of disciplinary action. In appointing ADCs, the Board considers diversity in gender, ethnicity, disability status, sexual orientation, geography, area of practice, and practice experience. ELC 2.2(e). Each ADC is appointed to a five-year term and may be reappointed.

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