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Assistant Disciplinary Counsel (ADC)

Company name

The District of Columbia Bar

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Posted on

Jun 23, 2020

Years of Experience

Min 5 yrs required


Washington, DC, United States


Practice Area
Litigation >> Litigation
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Assistant Disciplinary Counsel (ADC) investigates and prosecutes alleged attorney misconduct and reinstatement petitions, from initial investigation through hearing and appeals.  The ADC may directly supervise law student externs in accordance with law school externship program requirements.  The ADC must be an attorney in good standing licensed to practice in the District of Columbia. This position reports to the Senior Assistant Disciplinary Counsel-Intake (SADC-I).



  1. Performs investigations of allegations of attorney misconduct, to include conducting research, interviewing witnesses, issuing subpoenas and analyzing documents and court filings.
  2. Presents investigative findings and makes recommendations for appropriate disposition.
  3. Represents the Office of Disciplinary Counsel in formal proceedings before hearing committees, to include drafting pleadings, developing case presentation strategy, presenting evidence, examining witnesses and, where appropriate, engaging in negotiations with respondent attorneys to reach agreement as to appropriate sanction.
  4. Prepares post-hearing and appellate briefs and delivers oral arguments before the Board on Professional Responsibility and the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.
  5. Prepares and presents ethics and attorney discipline-related programs for continuing legal education.
  6. Participates in legal staff meeting discussions and moot courts.
  7. Drafts memoranda and correspondence.
  8. Performs other duties as assigned.


  1. J.D. degree from an accredited law program.  Must be a member in good standing of the District of Columbia Bar.
  2. Minimum five years of litigation experience.
  3. Successful trial advocacy and courtroom skills.
  4. Ability to define problems, collect, interpret and analyze large volumes of data and establish facts and draw valid conclusions or develop alternative solutions.
  5. Excellent organizational skills, with an ability to work on numerous projects simultaneously.    
  6. Excellent verbal and written skills; strong legal analytical skills and problem-solving ability.
  7. Must work well in a team environment and be able to constructively interact with colleagues, hearing committee and board members, judges, opposing counsel, and members of the public.
  8. Ability to work well under pressure and to set and manage multiple priorities with minimal supervision. 
  9. Must be able to multi-task, be detail oriented, deadline driven, and able to work in a fast- paced environment.
  10. Proficient computer skills, including Microsoft Office 365 and online legal research tools.
  11. Ability to handle and maintain confidentiality of highly sensitive information.

Company info

The District of Columbia Bar

Company Profile

The Office of Disciplinary Counsel (formerly known as the Office of Bar Counsel) was created in 1972 as a result of the Court Reorganization Act, which established the D.C. Court of Appeals. Pursuant to Rule XI of the D.C. Court of Appeals Rules Governing the Bar, the Office of Disciplinary Counsel serves as the chief prosecutor for attorney disciplinary matters involving active or inactive attorneys who are members of the D.C. Bar. In this capacity, the Office of Disciplinary Counsel functions to (1) protect the public and the courts; (2) maintain the integrity of the legal profession; and (3) deter attorneys from engaging in misconduct. The Office of Disciplinary Counsel investigates complaints and allegations of ethical misconduct and initiates appropriate resolutions, ranging from dismissals, diversions, and informal admonitions, to the preparation of formal charges. In cases in which charges are formally presented by petition, the Office of Disciplinary Counsel prosecutes the charges before a hearing committee, the Board on Professional Responsibility, and ultimately. the D.C. Court of Appeals.

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