United States District Court
Northern District Of Illinois
LR83.27. Discipline of Convicted Attorneys
(a) Automatic Suspension. Upon the filing with this Court of a certified copy of a judgment of
conviction demonstrating that any attorney admitted to practice before the Court has
been convicted of a serious crime in this or another court, the Executive
Committee shall enter an order immediately suspending that attorney, until final
disposition of a disciplinary proceeding to be commenced upon such conviction. Such
order shall be entered regardless of whether the conviction resulted from a plea
of guilty or nolo contendere or from a verdict after trial or otherwise, and
regardless of the pendency of any appeal. A copy of such order shall immediately
be served upon the attorney. Upon good cause shown, the Executive Committee
may set aside such order when it appears in the interest of justice to do so.
(b) Judgment of Conviction as Evidence. A certified copy of a judgment of conviction of any attorney for any crime
shall be conclusive evidence of the commission of that crime in any disciplinary
proceeding instituted against that attorney based upon the conviction.
(c) Executive Committee to Institute Disciplinary Proceedings. Upon the filing of a certified copy of a judgment of conviction of an attorney
for a serious crime, the Executive Committee shall, in addition to suspending
that attorney in accordance with the provisions of this rule, institute a
disciplinary proceeding in which the sole issue to be determined shall be the extent
of the final discipline to be imposed as a result of the conduct resulting in
the conviction. Each disciplinary proceeding so instituted will not be
concluded until all appeals from the conviction are concluded.
(d) Proceedings Where Attorney Convicted of Other Than Serious Crime. Upon the filing of a certified copy of a judgment of conviction of an attorney
for a crime not constituting a serious crime, the Executive Committee may, but
is not required to, initiate a disciplinary proceeding.
(e) Reinstatement where Conviction Reversed. An attorney suspended pursuant to section (a) will be reinstated immediately
upon the filing of a certificate demonstrating that the underlying conviction of
a serious crime has been reversed, but the reinstatement will not terminate
any disciplinary proceeding then pending against the attorney. The disposition of
such proceeding shall be determined by the Executive Committee on the basis of
all available evidence pertaining to both guilt and the extent of discipline
to be imposed.