Harrisburg Attorney Named 2008 Chairman of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of PA

(Lemoyne, PA) - The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania announces that Smith Barton Gephart, a founding partner of the Harrisburg law firm Killian and Gephart, has been named the chair of the Disciplinary Board effective April 22, 2008.

Smith Barton Gephart
Smith Barton Gephart

"The Disciplinary Board has reached many achievements under the direction of former Chairman Jonathan Newman and his predecessors," said Gephart. "It is truly an honor to be named as chairman and I look forward to continuing down that same positive path."

The Disciplinary Board is an independent agency funded by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and consists of 16 members, of which 14 are 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.

Gephart has more than 40 years of experience in federal and state criminal litigation. He has represented individuals targeted by the U.S. Department of Justice, United States Attorneys' Offices, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and several states' Attorney Generals.

"I've been in the law profession for many years so it is important to me that the public's perception of lawyers is positive. We have roughly 60,000 active lawyers in the state and those who violate rules are very few, but it's important to me that we weed out those few[who violate the rules] and maintain the integrity of the profession."

The Harrisburg native is the past president of the Dauphin County Bar Association and has been appointed to two three-year terms on the Disciplinary Board, which included a year as vice chairman.

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 Jamie Fulginiti at (717) 975-2148 or jfulginiti@hersheyphilbin.com.