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Philadelphia Attorney Named 2007 Chair of the Supreme Court's Disciplinary Board

(Lemoyne, Pa.) - The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania announces that Jonathan H. Newman, an attorney for the Philadelphia law firm of Obermayer, Rebmann, Maxwell and Hipple, has been named chair of the Disciplinary Board effective April 1, 2007.

Jonathan H. Newman
Jonathan H. Newman

"I am honored to serve as chairman of this prestigious board," Newman said. "Our priority will be to make sure that the integrity of the Pennsylvania remains paramount. We will also need to continue to build upon the recent initiative to open the disciplinary system. Keeping the public informed is a crucial component to maintaining the integrity of the legal system."

The Disciplinary Board is an independent agency funded by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and consists of 16 members, 14 attorneys and two non-lawyers from across the state. It assists the Supreme Court in carrying out its exclusive jurisdiction over the licensing and discipline of attorneys in Pennsylvania. The members meet regularly to decide cases, policies and board administrative matters.

Newman served as chairman of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) from August of 2002 until January of 2007. In the past, he has served as vice chair of the Pa. Disciplinary Board, the former chairman for the Attorney General's Policy Council on Violence Prevention, a member of the Pennsylvania Economic Development Financing Authority from 1996-2000, and former Chairman of the Pa. Board of Law Examiners. He also was awarded a 2004 Pink Ribbon from the Pa. Breast Cancer Coalition. In 2003, he was Wine Enthusiast Magazine Man of the Year and awarded the American Wine Society Award of Merit.

Newman currently practices law in Obermayer, Rebmann, Maxwell and Hipple's litigation department, with a concentration in commercial litigation and corporate law. He graduated summa cum laude from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, and completed law school at the University of Pennsylvania. He resides in Montgomery County with his family.

The Disciplinary Board's goals are to protect the general public, maintain a high standard of integrity in the legal profession, and safeguard the reputation of the courts of Pennsylvania. 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 www.padb.us.

For more information regarding this release, please contact Karen Gross at (717) 975-2148 or kgross@hersheyphilbin.com.