Disciplinary Reporter Case Digest

Attorney ID 60360
Attorney Name Tuerk, Robert Philip
DBP Docket No. 6 DB 1994
Supreme Court Docket No. 177 D.D. No. 3
County Philadelphia
Disciplinary Counsel Barbara S. Rosenberg
Counsel for Respondent James Patrick Leonard
Decision Date 2001-04-17
Effective Date
Case Digest Petitioner had been suspended FROM the bar of Pennsylvania by ORDER of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania on January 31, 1996, for a year and a day as a result of false denial to questions on the Pennsylvania bar application concerning a prior arrest record. Petitioner had previously filed a Petition for Reinstatement that was denied on April 13, 1999, because of concerns about the quality of evidence demonstrating Petitionerís readiness to be readmitted. That evidence did not establish Petitionerís burden of proving moral qualifications or competence. In his current Petition for Reinstatement, Petitioner submitted evidence of his concerted effort to address the deficiencies noted by the Disciplinary Board in his first attempt at reinstatement. Petitioner participated in a beneficial mentor relationship with an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union, at which time he performed legal research and writing that the ACLU attorney praised. The ACLU attorney also asserted confidence in Petitionerís skill and talent as an attorney. Petitioner included other witnesses who were very supportive of his reinstatement efforts, including another attorney who testified that he had observed positive changed in Petitionerís demeanor and felt that Petitioner had matured since his suspension. Petitioner also presented evidence of volunteer work in the community, evidence of his efforts to improve his ability to interact positively with others in the workplace, and his completion of 74 CLE credits in the previous three years. Petitioner testified persuasively about his efforts to rehabilitate himself, and the Board found that Petitioner had worked hard to rehabilitate himself.
Rule Violation(s)
Discipline Imposed Reinstatement
Points of Law
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