PA Supreme Court Disciplinary Board Names Joseph Farrell New Executive Director

Former Deputy Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission will fill position.

(Camp Hill, PA) -- The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania announces the appointment of Joseph W. Farrell of Lemoyne to Executive Director of the Board.

The 16-member Disciplinary Board is an independent agency created by the Supreme Court with complete oversight and investigatory power to review the conduct of Pennsylvania lawyers and assure compliance by all attorneys to the Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct.

As Executive Director, Mr. Farrell will be responsible for all administrative duties associated with the Office of the Disciplinary Board. Specific responsibilities include attorney registration functions, personnel administration, budgeting and managing other financial matters.

The former Deputy Executive Director of Administration and Enforcement for the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, Mr. Farrell held the position of Manager of the Executive Office for Customer Advocacy at First Energy since 1998.

Louis N. Teti, Esq., Chairman of the Disciplinary Board, said the Board hired Mr. Farrell because of his extensive management experience. "Mr. Farrell possesses all the skills and attributes the Disciplinary Board was seeking in an Executive Director. He has the management ability, leadership qualities and professional experience required by our organization," he said.

According to Mr. Teti, the position of Executive Director was recently created to address the growing administrative needs of the organization. Elaine Bixler will retain her duties as secretary of the board.

Mr. Farrell's impressive career includes positions as the psychologist and Director of Treatment for the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, Director of the Governor's Action Center under Governor Milton Shapp, and instructor at Elizabethtown College and York College of Pennsylvania, along with his service to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission and First Energy. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from St. Vincent College, and a Master's in Public Administration from Shippensburg.

The Disciplinary Board's goals are to protect the general public, maintain a high standard of integrity in the legal profession, and to safeguard the reputation of the courts in Pennsylvania. The Board is comprised of 14 attorneys from across Pennsylvania and two non-lawyers who meet regularly to review cases, policy and professional personnel matters.

The Disciplinary Board was created by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania to review conduct and assure compliance by all attorneys to the Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct. For more information about the Disciplinary Board please visit or contact Karen Gross at (717) 975-2148 or