Susquehanna County Attorney Named Vice Chair Of Disciplinary Board Of The Supreme Court Of PA

(Lemoyne, Pa.)-- Francis X. O’Connor, Esq., an attorney and sole practitioner from Great Bend, Pa., has been named Vice Chair of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania effective April 1, 2009.

Francis X. O'Connor
Francis X. O’Connor

“I am truly humbled that the Supreme Court Justices considered me for the position of Vice Chair,” O’Connor said. “I am astonished and honored. As I conclude my second term on the Board, I can say that my experience on the Disciplinary Board has been the high point of my legal career. This appointment makes it all the more rewarding.”

The Disciplinary Board is an independent agency funded by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and consists of 14 members, of whom 12 are attorneys and two are 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.

For over 30 years, O’Connor has been practicing law in real estate, personal injury, bankruptcy, family law and criminal law. He has spoken to many groups on lawyer discipline and legal ethics, and authored a number of articles on these topics.

In addition to serving as Vice Chair to the Disciplinary Board, he is treasurer of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, and secretary/treasurer of the Susquehanna County Bar Association.

O’Connor is also very involved in the community. He dedicates his time to working with the Boy Scouts of America, and serving as solicitor for the Great Bend Fire Company. He is also an attendant with the Great Bend/Hallstead Volunteer Ambulance Company.

He is a graduate of the University of Scranton class of 1971, and a member of its Alumni Board of Governors. O’Connor received his law degree from the St. Louis University Law School and became a member of the Bar in 1975. He is also admitted to practice in New York State.

About the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of PA

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

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