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Attorneys Marc S. Raspanti And Raymond Wierciszewski Of The Pa. Disciplinary Board To Speak During "A Day On Health Law"

(Lemoyne, Pa.) - The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania announces that board member Marc S. Raspanti and Raymond Wierciszewski, the disciplinary counsel-in-charge of the Office of the Disciplinary Counsel's (ODC) District II office, will speak at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute's (PBI) "A Day on Health Law" seminar on October 11, 2006 at the CLE Conference Center in Philadelphia. They will present "An Insider's Look at How the Pennsylvania Disciplinary Process Works: A Practitioner's Primer." The seminar is available via videoconference at the Koppers Building in Pittsburgh.

The Disciplinary Board is an independent agency of 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 live seminar features six popular topics from PBI's "12th Annual Health Law Institute" (March 2006) including "The False Claims Act Update," "Physicians in Trouble" and "Plans, Providers, and Transparency." The presentation will provide an overview of the Disciplinary System including: pre-hearing exchange of information, the hearing process, and how complaints are investigated, prosecuted and adjudicated. Issues of interest to health care practitioners and changes to the disciplinary rules will also be covered during the presentation.

"One of the goals of the Disciplinary Board is to educate attorneys about Pennsylvania's disciplinary process," Raspanti said. "This presentation is part of our ongoing effort to maintain open communication with the state's attorneys."

The Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI) is a non-profit organization that offers information for Pennsylvania lawyers and Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits through their classes, seminars, and various publications. Participants in the seminar can earn 6.0 total CLE credits, one of which may be applied toward ethics by registering online at www.PBI.org.

Raspanti is a founding shareholder at Miller, Alfano and Raspanti, a Philadelphia litigation law firm. He concentrates his practice in white-collar criminal defense, health care litigation, and affirmative civil litigation under the federal and state Qui Tam statutes. After serving for almost six years as a disciplinary hearing committee member, Raspanti has served as a member of the Disciplinary Board since January 2003.

Wierciszewski is the disciplinary counsel-in-charge of the ODC District II office in Montgomery County. The ODC receives, reviews and investigates complaints made against attorneys and prosecutes when necessary. Educational programs are also provided for attorneys and consumers by the ODC. Wierciszewski earned his J.D. from Duke University School of Law.

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. For more information regarding this press release contact Nathan Pigott at 717.975.2148 or npigott@hersheyphilbin.com.