SECTION 14. RECIPROCAL DISBARMENT, SUSPENSION, OR DISABILITY

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INACTIVE STATUS.
A. Executive Director?s Duty to Obtain Order of Disbarment, Suspension, or Transfer to
Disability Inactive Status. Within fifteen (15) days after any person admitted to practice in
Arkansas is disbarred, suspended, or transferred to disability inactive status by a state or federal
court or a corresponding disciplinary authority of another jurisdiction, the attorney shall inform
the Executive Director of the disbarment, suspension, or transfer. Upon notification from any
source that an attorney licensed to practice in Arkansas has been disbarred, suspended, or
transferred to disability inactive status by another state or federal court or a corresponding
disciplinary authority of another jurisdiction, the Executive Director shall obtain a certified copy
of the order imposing such discipline and file it with the Committee on Professional Conduct.
B. Notice Served upon Respondent. Upon receipt of a certified copy of an order
imposing a disbarment, suspension, or transfer, the Executive Director shall serve on the
attorney, as provided in Section 9, a copy of the order and notice that the attorney has twenty
(20) days from the day of service to file with the Executive Director any claim by the attorney
predicated upon the grounds set forth in Paragraph F, that the imposition of the identical sanction
would be unwarranted and the reasons for that claim.
C. Effect of Stay in Other Jurisdiction. In the event the disbarment, suspension, or
transfer to disability inactive status imposed in the other jurisdiction has been stayed there, any
reciprocal sanction imposed in this jurisdiction shall be deferred until the stay expires.
D. No Claim Filed. If no claim is filed within twenty (20) days, the Executive Director
shall so inform the Committee, which shall proceed to determine the matter by ballot vote
consistent with the requirements of Section 10 of these Procedures, to the extent applicable.
E. Claim Filed. If a claim is filed within twenty (20) days, the Executive Director may
file and serve a response to the claim within fifteen (15) days after the claim is filed. Within
fifteen (15) days after service of any such response, the attorney who filed the claim may file a
reply. The claim shall be determined by ballot vote consistent with the requirements of Section
10 of these Procedures, to the extent applicable.
F. Discipline to Be Imposed. Upon a ballot vote, a Panel of the Committee shall impose
the identical disbarment, suspension, or transfer to disability inactive status, unless the panel
finds that:
(1) The procedure before the other state or federal court or corresponding
disciplinary authority was so lacking in notice or opportunity to be heard as to constitute a
deprivation of due process; or
(2) There was such infirmity of proof establishing the misconduct as to give rise
to the clear conviction that the Committee could not, consistent with its duty, accept as final the
conclusion on that subject; or
(3) The disbarment, suspension, or transfer imposed would result in grave
injustice or be offensive to the public policy of Arkansas; or
(4) The reason for the original transfer to disability inactive status no longer
exists.
If the Committee determines that any of those elements exists, the Committee shall enter such
other order as it deems appropriate. The burden is on the party seeking different discipline in
this jurisdiction to demonstrate that the imposition of the same discipline is not appropriate.
G. Conclusiveness of Adjudication Before Another State or Federal Court or
Corresponding Disciplinary Authority. In all other respects, a final adjudication before another
state or federal court or corresponding disciplinary authority determining that a lawyer is guilty
of misconduct or should be transferred to disability inactive status shall establish conclusively
the misconduct or the disability for purposes of a disciplinary or disability proceeding in this
jurisdiction.
H. Appeal. A respondent attorney or the Executive Director aggrieved by the action of a
Committee Panel on a reciprocal discipline or disability matter may appeal to the Arkansas
Supreme Court under the provisions of Section 12 (Appeal) of these Procedures. Neither the
attorney nor the Executive Director may request or obtain a public hearing before another
Committee Panel on a reciprocal disbarment, suspension, or transfer to disability inactive status.

Associated Court Rules: 
Procedures of the Arkansas Supreme Court Regulating Professional Conduct of Attorneys at Law