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Rule Changes & Updates

Attorneys Must Now Disclose Criminal Activity 20 Days Following A Conviction

(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.

Disciplinary Board Proposes Change in Mental Disability Defense Rule

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.

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Other News

Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Announces New Plan to Raise Awareness of Attorney Discipline

Harrisburg, Pa. – Demonstrating its commitment to safeguarding the public and the reputation of the legal profession, the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania announces an initiative to make it easier for the public to determine when an attorney has received public discipline.

Final Registration Notification for Pennsylvania Attorneys

If you have NOT yet completed your 2014 - 2015 Annual Attorney Registration, we must receive it on or before July 31 to avoid late fees.

Website Goes Mobile Friendly

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.

Attorneys Seeking Reinstatement Must Take Courses

The Secretary of the Disciplinary Board has published a schedule of the courses an attorney seeking reinstatement must take.

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Case Decisions & Opinions

No new Pennsylvania decisions.

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Appointments

Philadelphia Attorney Elected President of the National Organization of Bar Counsel

Harrisburg, Pa., (July 31, 2015) – The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania’s Deputy Chief Disciplinary Counsel Paul J. Burgoyne, has been elected to serve as President of the National Organization of Bar Counsel (NOBC). In this role, effective August 1, 2015, Mr. Burgoyne will preside at all meetings of NOBC and its Board of Directors, and act as the official spokesperson for the organization.

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Appoints Bucks County Attorney to Disciplinary Board

Harrisburg, Pa., (April 7, 2015) – The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania announces the appointment of Bucks County attorney John F. Cordisco for a term of three years, commencing April 1, 2015. Cordisco is the founder and principal of Cordisco Law, LLC, of Langhorne, Bucks County.

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Appoints Harrisburg Attorney as Vice-Chair of the Disciplinary Board

Harrisburg, Pa., (April 2, 2015) – The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania announces the reappointment of attorney Lawrence M. Kelly, a partner at Luxenberg, Garbett, Kelly & George, in New Castle, Pa., to serve on the Board for another three-year term.

Prominent Wilkes-Barre Attorney Reappointed to Disciplinary Board

Harrisburg, Pa., (April 2, 2015) – The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania announces the reappointment of attorney David E. Schwager to serve on the Board for a three-year term. This is the second consecutive term for the Luzerne County attorney who has practiced law for more than 26 years.

Renowned Philadelphia Attorney Appointed Chair of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of PA

Harrisburg, Pa., (March 30, 2015) – Prominent attorney Howell K. Rosenberg has been appointed Chair of The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania after serving two consecutive terms, beginning in 2010. Also in 2010, Rosenberg became a member of the Hearing Committee.

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