Rule Changes & Updates
(Harrisburg, Pa.) – The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has amended a rule (Rule 214), requiring attorneys to disclose if they have been convicted of a crime sooner than the original guidelines determined.
Disciplinary Board of Pennsylvania Makes it Easy for the Public to Know if Lawyers Have Professional Liability Insurance
(Harrisburg, Pa.) – By visiting the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania’s Web site, the public can now easily determine whether an attorney has professional liability insurance or not. While lawyers are not required to have this type of insurance, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania recently ordered that lawyers must disclose on their annual fee form whether or not they are insured. In addition, lawyers in private practice are required to notify clients if they do not have professional liability insurance.
The Disciplinary Board is publishing changes to Rule 301(e) of the Pennsylvania Rules of Disciplinary Enforcement, which deals with attorneys who assert mental disability defenses in disciplinary hearings.
With many attorneys turning to mobile devices to access information, The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of PA recently updated its website to be mobile-friendly.
New Jersey Supreme Court Offers Attorneys a Convenient Electronic Registration System and Discounted Annual Assessment for 2012
Pursuant to Rules 1:20-1(b) and (c), 1:28-2(a), 1:28B-1(e), and1:42-2(b), attorneys licensed to practice in New Jersey are annually required to pay an assessment and file a registration statement in a form prescribed by the Administrative Director with approval of the Supreme Court.
The Secretary of the Disciplinary Board has published a schedule of the courses an attorney seeking reinstatement must take.
Case Decisions & Opinions
No new Pennsylvania decisions.
Harrisburg, Pa., (May 3, 2013) – The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania announces the reappointment of Howell K. Rosenberg, one of the founding partners of Philadelphia law firm Brookman, Rosenberg, Brown & Sandler.
Pittsburgh Attorney & Duquesne University Professor Appointed to Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
Harrisburg, Pa., (April 19, 2013) – The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania announces the appointment of attorney Tracey McCants Lewis to serve on the Board for a three-year term.
Prominent Philadelphia Attorney Appointed Chair of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of PA
Harrisburg, Pa., (April 12, 2013) – Gabriel L.I. Bevilacqua, General Counsel to The American Board of Surgery and to The American Board of Plastic Surgery; and, Of Counsel to the law firm Saul Ewing, LLP, has been appointed Chair of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.
Harrisburg, Pa., (April 12, 2013) – The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has appointed Gerald Lawrence, Jr., a shareholder and head of the Pennsylvania office of the law firm of Lowey Dannenberg Cohen & Hart, P.C., as Vice-Chair of the Disciplinary Board.