ELC 2.7 CONFLICTS REVIEW OFFICER (a) Function. Conflicts Review Officers review grievances filed against disciplinary counsel and other lawyers employed by the Association, hearing officers, conflicts review officers and conflicts review officers pro tempore, and members of the Disciplinary Board, the Board of Governors, and the Supreme Court. Conflicts Review Officers also review grievances filed against persons who have been assigned cases as adjunct investigative counsel or special disciplinary counsel, or appointed in disability matters pursuant to ELC 8.2(c)(2), at the time the grievance is filed. (1) Limitation of Authority. A Conflicts Review Officer's duties are limited to performing the initial review of grievances covered by this Rule. A Conflicts Review Officer may obtain the respondent lawyer's response to the grievance, if he/she feels it necessary to do so, in his/her sole discretion. A Conflicts Review Officer may dismiss the grievance, defer the investigation, or assign the grievance to special disciplinary counsel for investigation. (2) Independence. Conflicts Review Officers act independently of disciplinary counsel and the Association. (b) Appointment and Qualifications. (1) The Supreme Court, on the recommendation of the Board of Governors, shall appoint three active members of the Association as Conflicts Review Officers. Each Conflicts Review Officer is appointed for a three-year term on a staggered basis, and may be recommended for reappointment at the discretion of the Board of Governors. Applications shall be solicited from those eligible to serve and submitted to the Board of Governors in such manner as the Association deems most appropriate under the policies and procedures then in effect for recruitment and appointment of volunteers in the discipline system. (2) When no Conflicts Review Officer is available to handle a matter due to conflict of interest or other good cause, the Supreme Court, on the recommendation of the Board of Governors, shall appoint a Conflicts Review Officer pro tempore for the matter. (3) To be eligible for appointment as Conflicts Review Officer or Conflicts Review Officer pro tempore, a lawyer must have prior experience as a Disciplinary Board member, disciplinary counsel, or special disciplinary counsel. Conflicts Review Officers and Conflicts Review Officers pro tempore may have no other active role in the discipline system during the term of appointment. (4) The Association shall assign matters to the Conflicts Review Officers in such a manner as to balance their caseloads insofar as it is practicable to do so. (c) Access to Disciplinary Information. Conflicts Review Officers and Conflicts Review Officers pro tempore have access to any otherwise confidential disciplinary information necessary to perform the duties required by these rules. Conflicts Review Officers and Conflicts Review Officers pro tempore shall return original files to the Association promptly upon completion of the duties required by these rules and shall not retain copies. (d) Compensation and Expenses. The Association reimburses Conflicts Review Officers and Conflicts Review Officers pro tempore for all necessary and reasonable expenses, and may provide compensation at a level established by the Board of Governors. [Adopted, effective October 1, 2002; amended, effective January 12, 2010]
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