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Rule Changes & Updates

Attorneys Must Now Disclose Criminal Activity 20 Days Following A Conviction

(Harrisburg, Pa.) – The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has amended a rule (Rule 214), requiring attorneys to disclose if they have been convicted of a crime sooner than the original guidelines determined.

Disciplinary Board of Pennsylvania Makes it Easy for the Public to Know if Lawyers Have Professional Liability Insurance

(Harrisburg, Pa.) – By visiting the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania’s Web site, the public can now easily determine whether an attorney has professional liability insurance or not. While lawyers are not required to have this type of insurance, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania recently ordered that lawyers must disclose on their annual fee form whether or not they are insured. In addition, lawyers in private practice are required to notify clients if they do not have professional liability insurance.

Disciplinary Board Proposes Change in Mental Disability Defense Rule

The Disciplinary Board is publishing changes to Rule 301(e) of the Pennsylvania Rules of Disciplinary Enforcement, which deals with attorneys who assert mental disability defenses in disciplinary hearings.

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Other News

Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Announces New Plan to Raise Awareness of Attorney Discipline

Harrisburg, Pa. – Demonstrating its commitment to safeguarding the public and the reputation of the legal profession, the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania announces an initiative to make it easier for the public to determine when an attorney has received public discipline.

Final Registration Notification for Pennsylvania Attorneys

If you have NOT yet completed your 2014 - 2015 Annual Attorney Registration, we must receive it on or before July 31 to avoid late fees.

Website Goes Mobile Friendly

With many attorneys turning to mobile devices to access information, The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of PA recently updated its website to be mobile-friendly.

New Jersey Supreme Court Offers Attorneys a Convenient Electronic Registration System and Discounted Annual Assessment for 2012

Pursuant to Rules 1:20-1(b) and (c), 1:28-2(a), 1:28B-1(e), and1:42-2(b), attorneys licensed to practice in New Jersey are annually required to pay an assessment and file a registration statement in a form prescribed by the Administrative Director with approval of the Supreme Court.

Attorneys Seeking Reinstatement Must Take Courses

The Secretary of the Disciplinary Board has published a schedule of the courses an attorney seeking reinstatement must take.

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Case Decisions & Opinions

No new Pennsylvania decisions.

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Appointments

Philadelphia Attorney Appointed to the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

Harrisburg, Pa. (August 28, 2014) – The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania announces the appointment of Andrew J. Trevelise, a Partner at Reed Smith LLP in Philadelphia, to serve on the Board for a three-year term. Trevelise has served as a Disciplinary Board Hearing Committee Member from 2003-2009 and 2012-2014.

Philadelphia Attorney Elected to Serve as President-Elect of the National Organization of Bar Counsel

Harrisburg, Pa., (August 11, 2014) – The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania’s Deputy Chief Disciplinary Counsel, Paul J. Burgoyne has been elected to serve as President-Elect of the National Organization of Bar Counsel (NOBC).

Pittsburgh Super Lawyer Appointed to the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh, Pa., (August 5, 2014) The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania announces the appointment of attorney P. Brennan Hart, a partner at Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP in Pittsburgh, Pa., to serve on the Board for a three-year term.

Cumberland County Attorney Appointed to Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

Harrisburg, Pa., (July 30, 2014) – The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania announces the appointment of attorney David A. Fitzsimons to serve on the Board for a three-year term.

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