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50th Anniversary Celebration
March 31, 2022
Thank You
As March concludes, I would like to thank each of you for joining the Disciplinary Board in celebration of our Golden Anniversary. As we’ve spent the past month looking back on a legacy of integrity and professionalism within Pennsylvania’s legal community, I have been astounded by how much has changed in attorney discipline over the past five decades. With service to the Commonwealth at the center of its work, the Board has adapted to new challenges and has evolved to better serve both Pennsylvania’s public and legal profession. Whether it be furthering digital access to public data and documents or pivoting to safely continue operations through a global pandemic, the Board strives to better meet the needs of Pennsylvania’s communities, carrying out its mission.
Today concludes my service on the Board and as Board Chair. It has been a truly singular honor to serve as the Board’s Chair this past year, a milestone in its remarkable legacy which continues to unfold. As the Board leadership transitions to Jerry M. Lehocky as Board Chair and Dion G. Rassias as Board Vice-Chair, you can all rest assured knowing that I leave the Board in well-guarded and capable hands. 
Thank you to my fellow Board Members, the Board’s talented staff, and our volunteer Hearing Committee members for your steadfast dedication to the complex work of attorney discipline. Thank you to the Supreme Court for trusting me with this opportunity to serve our profession. And, finally, thank you to my fellow members of the legal profession across the Commonwealth who persistently honor their duty to further access to justice for all Pennsylvanians.
With esteem and gratitude,

Jack P. Goodrich
Board Chair
Available to View in March...
The Retirement Discussion

Today is your last chance to view "The Retirement Discussion" for FREE! The program was presented in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA). Board Members and staff participated on a panel discussing a successful path to retirement. Highlighted topics included succession planning, license status options, applicable rules, ethical implications, and available resources. 

Please note that CLE credit is NOT earned when viewing the presentation for free at the above link. If you wish to purchase the on-demand video through the Pennsylvania Bar Institute for CLE credit, you may do so here
Board Prothonotary Reflects on Service

As the Board celebrates its 50th anniversary, I took the opportunity to reflect on the some of the many changes that have occurred during my tenure with the Board, its Executive Office and its procedures. In 2006, there were 16 Board members who met six times each year. In those days, we had to create the paper record in each case for adjudication before the Board in one- or two-inch binders, and then send a binder to each Board member. Creating those binders, packaging them up in huge boxes, and mailing them out took hours. In 2005, the Supreme Court amended the rules to allow for consent discipline, but it took some time before the filing of Joint Petitions in Support of Discipline on Consent had any effect on the number of adjudications. It eventually did, and through the years, the Supreme Court reduced the number of Board members to 12. The Board currently meets four times annually, and consists of 10 lawyer members and 2 non-lawyer members.

In 2009, we moved our office to the Pennsylvania Judicial Center in Harrisburg and brought along 37 years of disciplinary records. 

In 2011, with the assistance of the AOPC, an internal file sharing website was developed, enabling Board Members to access the case files through a web portal. This eliminated the paper copies of adjudication binders the Board Members received containing all the pleadings filed in matters coming before them. I am confident this has saved thousands of trees, loads of ink and many man hours. The file sharing functionality is constantly being modified to enhance the workflow. 

In 2012, we started electronically filing our cases in the Supreme Court using the Court’s PACFile system. Another significant change that year was that the rules were amended to make “Public Reprimand” a new form of discipline. 

In 2015, our office implemented a new customized case management system, which also aided in saving trees because the new system allowed Reviewing Member assignments to be done electronically. This system was integrated with the document management software that existed at that time and is modified as needed to enhance workflow. 

2017 brought a new Disciplinary Board website that permitted the online filing of complaints against attorneys. Many other upgrades were implemented, including significant structure and staffing changes, enhanced Hearing Committee training, and a new social media strategy. 

In 2018, the Board realigned the Executive Office in order to streamline policies and procedures, reporting structures, and lines of communication. Also, technology enhancements were implemented to the Board’s various technology systems. 

2020 brought COVID-19 which forced overwhelming changes; however, procedures were quickly implemented allowing all staff to work remotely and protocols were instituted to permit all proceedings to be held virtually. As the world was figuring out how to deal with a global pandemic, the Disciplinary Board didn’t miss a beat. We continued business as usual, albeit in unusual ways. 

Over the last 16 years, it seemed that every time I got the hang of something and got in a groove, something else came along, and I would have to learn something new again. However, I have embraced the challenges because of the support that I have received over the years. All of these changes were implemented to support the Board’s mission to protect the public, maintain the integrity of the profession, and safeguard the reputation of the courts. The leadership and staff members at the Disciplinary Board are truly dedicated to the success of this organization and I am proud to be a part of it.

I look forward to continuing rolling with the changes.

Marcee D. Sloan
Disciplinary Board Prothonotary
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