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13-5 Authority and Duties of COLD

All powers and duties of Council, with respect to the Disciplinary System, except the power to appoint District Committee members, may be exercised by COLD, subject to the direction and control of Council.  Notwithstanding any rule to the contrary, any member of COLD may attend proceedings of the Subcommittees, District Committees or the Board.  Service by an Attorney on COLD shall be deemed to be a professional relationship within the meaning of Rules of Professional Conduct 1.6, 1.7, 1.9, 1.10 and 3.7.  Such service shall be deemed the holding of public office within the meaning of Rules of Professional Conduct 1.11 and 1.12.  Consent under Rules of Professional Conduct 1.6, 1.7 and 1.9 shall be deemed to include Bar Counsel's consent on behalf of the Bar.  The membership of COLD shall consist of twelve persons, ten of whom shall be active members of the Bar and two shall be nonlawyers.  In addition, a vice chair of the Board shall be an ex-officio, nonvoting member.


The amendments effective December 1, 2019revised Paragraph 13-5 to clarify and simplify language.

The amendments effective February 17, 2011, revised Paragraph 13 regarding multijurisdictional practice. 

Updated: November 25, 2019