Office of Disciplinary Counsel


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常见问题 for the Public

What is the Office of Disciplinary Counsel?

The Office of Disciplinary Counsel (ODC) was created by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals to investigate and prosecute complaints of ethical misconduct against lawyers licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia who violate the D.C. 职业行为准则 (RPC).

The 规则 describe a lawyer’s obligation to clients, 法院, and the general public in professional and private dealings. The purpose of this process is to protect the public by disciplining lawyers who violate the ethics rules. Our office cannot consider complaints against judges acting in a judicial capacity.

For additional information, see 宗旨及使命.

Can you represent me in court or give me legal advice?

The Office of Disciplinary Counsel cannot represent you, 给你任何法律建议, or change the outcome of a court decision.

The Office of Disciplinary Counsel cannot refer you to an attorney. 你可以咨询D.C. 酒吧公益中心 to obtain information about legal representation by calling their 法律信息求助热线 at 202-626-3499.


联系 D.C. 酒吧公益中心 if you are an individual living in poverty who is at risk of losing your home, 你的生活, 或者你的家人. 中心也提供帮助 small businesses and community-based nonprofits needing legal assistance.

I am having problems with my attorney. 我该怎么办??

Try to resolve issues with your attorney by communicating your concerns clearly and asking for a response.  Your attorney should clearly explain the fee agreement and scope of representation, keep you aware of developments in your case, and respond to any reasonable requests you may have for information.

If you feel that your problem is the result of poor communication or a misunderstanding between you and the attorney, you should have an open talk with the attorney before you file a complaint.

Can you help me contact my attorney?

D.C. 酒吧的 寻找会员 feature provides the same publicly available contact information for attorneys that we would be able to share with you.  If you are still unable to reach your attorney, you may need to file a complaint with our office.

Is my attorney licensed in the District of Columbia?

D.C. 酒吧的 寻找会员 feature enables a search of all attorneys licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia.  If an attorney is not listed as authorized to practice law and is advising you about D.C. law or representing you in Superior Court, please contact the Office of Disciplinary Counsel.