Disciplinary Board Launches Email Newsletter

The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has launched an electronic newsletter to inform and educate attorneys regarding activities and initiatives of the Disciplinary Board and to advance the highest standards of legal services for the citizens of Pennsylvania.

The new communication service will enhance immediate communications between the Disciplinary Board and the more than 55,000 actively practicing attorneys in the Commonwealth.

The e-newsletter was sent initially to more than 16,000 attorneys statewide who had provided email addresses to the Disciplinary Board with their annual registrations. The e-newsletter was enthusiastically received and many attorneys expressed approval with email responses to the Board.

Respondents expressed appreciation for the information provided and the convenience of electronic communication.

Attorneys not currently in the Disciplinary Board email database can send an email to subscribe@padisciplinaryboard.org to be included in the monthly distribution.

The Disciplinary Board e-newsletter content is pertinent to the conduct of lawyers and the legal profession by providing a summary of specific changes to the Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct, including the "Ethics 2000" changes, which took effect January 1, 2005, as well as other useful information regarding administrative matters affecting the practice of law in Pennsylvania.

Additionally, the e-newsletter provides reminders of activities relating to the Disciplinary Board, such as annual registration deadlines and educational opportunities.

The Disciplinary Board Email Newsletter previously sent to a small mailing list upon request will be renamed the DB Alert. Unlike the EMail Newsletter, which will be sent out monthly, the Alert will be sent out from time to time on a bulletin basis when there is breaking news regarding the practice of law in Pennsylvania.Current subscribers to the Alert will be added to the Newsletter subscription list.