Disciplinary Reporter Case Digest

Attorney ID 32
Attorney Name Schuchert, Jr., Joseph S.
DBP Docket No. 6 DB 1973
Supreme Court Docket No. 287 Misc Dkt No. 19
County Out of State
Disciplinary Counsel Mark G. Weitzman
Counsel for Respondent H. Woodruff Turne
Decision Date 2011-05-16
Effective Date 2011-05-16
Case Digest Petitioner was suspended from the practice of law in 1973 based on his suspension in Federal Court was a result of his plea of nolo contendere to criminal charges relating to the sale of securities. In Petitioner's reinstatement proceeding, the Disciplinary Board determined that since his suspension, Petitioner has engaged in a very productive and successful professional career. The Board found that Petitioner is licensed to practice law in California, he continues to practice law on a pro bono basis and he is well-versed in the law and maintains a law library. The Board also found that Petitioner has actively pursued a variety of charitable endeavors in the United States and globally. The Board found that a character witness, who has known Petitioner for many years, testified as to Petitioner's excellent legal skills, his reputation for honesty and truthfulness, and his overall good character. The Board found that letters were provided by high profile members of the Pittsburgh community, who unanimously supported Petitioner's return to the practice of law in Pennsylvania. The Board concluded that based upon the evidence of record, Petitioner had met his burden of proving that he should be reinstated.
Rule Violation(s)
Discipline Imposed Reinstatement Granted
Points of Law
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