.08 Representation of Parties at Hearings.

A. In all Office proceedings:

(1) An individual may represent himself or herself; and

(2) A person may be represented by an attorney authorized to practice law in Maryland.

B. When authorized pursuant to State Government Article, §9-1607.1, Annotated Code of Maryland, or otherwise by law, a person may appear through or be represented by an individual who is not an attorney.

C. Power of Attorney.

(1) An employee of a business entity who is representing that business entity in accordance with State Government Article, §9-1607.1, Annotated Code of Maryland, shall provide the Office with a power of attorney.

(2) The Office shall accept any properly executed power of attorney meeting the requirements of State Government Article, §9-1607.1, Annotated Code of Maryland.

(3) The Office may provide a form for a power of attorney.

(4) A power of attorney required by this regulation may be:

(a) Kept on file with the Office;

(b) Provided to the ALJ:

(i) At the outset of a hearing in which the power of attorney is required; or

(ii) In the discretion of the ALJ, before the close of the record.

D. A party’s representative shall enter or withdraw the representative’s appearance with the Office.

E. A party's representative of record shall be served with all notices, pleadings, and other correspondence.