Philadelphia Attorney Elected to Serve as Treasurer of the National Organization of Bar Counsel
Harrisburg, Pa., (August 27, 2013) – The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania’s Deputy Chief Disciplinary Counsel, Paul J. Burgoyne has been elected to serve as Treasurer of the National Organization of Bar Counsel (NOBC). In this role as an officer and member of the Board of Directors, he will be responsible for reviewing funding requests, preparing the annual budget with the Budget Committee and administering the financial policies of the organization. He also will serve as the Vice-Chair of the Program Planning Committee. Previously, Burgoyne served as the Secretary of the NOBC from 2012-2013 and as a Director-at-Large from 2008-2012.
The NOBC is a non-profit organization of legal professionals whose members enforce ethics rules that regulate the professional conduct of lawyers who practice law in the United States, Canada and Australia. Composed of representatives from more than 75 state, local and federal lawyer regulatory agencies, the NOBC seeks to advance the goals of attorney regulation by making contributions through the American Bar Association and state bars, influencing rule making and speaking out on issues involving lawyer regulation and professionalism. The Board of Directors is comprised of the organization's officers and two At-Large Directors and is elected by the NOBC members present at the annual meeting.
“For me, there is no higher calling than serving those who serve. NOBC members serve their courts and the public every day, and assisting them is a gift,” said Burgoyne. “I have been fortunate to work with the NOBC in many capacities over the years, and in my new role I look forward to ensuring the continued fiscally sound operation of the organization and expanding services to members.”
For more than 30 years, Burgoyne has worked in the Office of Disciplinary Counsel (ODC) in Pennsylvania and has served as Deputy Chief Disciplinary Counsel since 1993. Overseen by the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, ODC investigates complaints against attorneys, and when appropriate, prosecutes. In his role, Burgoyne also is responsible for providing educational programs for attorneys and consumers.
“I believe that membership in NOBC is necessary for every attorney in attorney regulation,” said Burgoyne. “As the practice of law becomes more national and international, the relationships among the member jurisdictions are integral to performing our jobs.”
Prior to his position as Deputy Chief, he was a staff counsel for the Philadelphia office, and later became a Counsel-in-Charge of the Philadelphia office from 1987 to 1993. He spent five years in private practice limited to criminal law, and three years at Legal Aid of Chester County in West Chester, Pa., where he tried civil cases in both state and federal courts.
In addition to serving on the NOBC, Burgoyne conducts seminars and participates in panels for organizations such as the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers, Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Defender Association of Philadelphia, Conference of County Bar Leaders and the National Association of Legal Secretaries.
Burgoyne received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from LaSalle University in 1970 and is currently the Immediate Past President of the La Salle University Alumni Association Board of Directors and Chair of the Counsel of Past Presidents. He earned his Juris Doctorate degree from Rutgers University Law in Camden, N.J., in 1973.
About the Office of Disciplinary Counsel
The Office of Disciplinary Counsel (ODC) is part of the attorney disciplinary system in Pennsylvania. The disciplinary system is governed by the Pennsylvania Disciplinary Board Rules and Procedures, a broad set of rules by which the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania carries out its constitutional authority to regulate the practice of law in Pennsylvania. The role of the Office of Disciplinary Counsel is to investigate complaints against attorneys, and when appropriate, prosecute. ODC also provides educational programs for attorneys and consumers.
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 www.padb.us.
About the National Organization of Bar Counsel (NOBC)
The NOBC is a non-profit organization of legal professionals whose members enforce ethics rules that regulate the professional conduct of lawyers who practice law in the United States, Canada and Australia.