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New Web Site for Consumers to Research or Report Attorney Ethics Violations

(Lemoyne, Pa.) - The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania announces the launch of its newly designed, user-friendly Web site, www.padb.us. The new site incorporates easier navigation so both consumers and attorneys are able to more efficiently access information.

The Disciplinary Board is an independent agency funded by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and consists of 16 members, 14 attorneys and two 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.

As part of an ongoing effort to make the Disciplinary Board's communications practices among the best in the nation, the board revised the Web site with the needs of the consumer in mind. The site's consumer information section provides detailed, yet easy to understand information on the Disciplinary Board, the board's responsibilities and the state's attorney disciplinary process.

According to the board, the site will allow visitors to easily research information regarding Pennsylvania attorneys.

"Consumers can look up information regarding their attorney's current status. For example, they can determine whether he or she has been publicly disciplined. The new site also explains the procedures for reporting an attorney, should the consumer have a problem," Robert Saidis, chair of the Disciplinary Board Communication Committee said.

The redesigned Web site also includes contact information, recent Disciplinary Board press releases, frequently asked questions, printable complaint forms, and a list of helpful links.

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 or contact Nathan Pigott at (717) 975-2148 or npigott@hersheyphilbin.com.