Rule Changes & Updates
HARRISBURG, Pa. (October 26, 2016) –The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has adopted a change to its Rules of Professional Conduct governing attorneys to address questions of whether it is ethically permissible to provide legal advice and assistance to clients engaged in the medical marijuana industry.
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.
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.
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.
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. August 2016) - Jane Penny, Chair of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has recently announced significant changes at the Board. Elaine Bixler, the face and voice of the Board for nearly forty years, is retiring at the end of the year. “Effective August 8, 2016, Elaine Bixler was named Secretary Emerita of the Board and Julia Frankston-Morris, Esquire, was appointed the new Board Secretary. By making the change now, we hope to ensure a smooth transition with Ms. Frankston-Morris and Ms. Bixler working closely together over the final four months of Ms. Bixler’s employment,” stated Penny.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (April 1, 2016) – The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has appointed former Vice-Chair Jane G. Penny to serve as Chair of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pa. Penny, an active member of the Disciplinary Board since her August 2012 Court appointment, served as the 2015 Vice-Chair to former Chairman Hal Rosenberg. "Hal set a high standard and I am equally committed to upholding the integrity of the legal profession."
HARRISBURG, Pa. (April 1, 2016) – The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has appointed Pittsburgh attorney John “Jack” Goodrich as a Board Member. Goodrich will serve a three-year term.
HARRISBURG (April 1, 2016) – The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania announces the appointment of attorney David Schwager to serve as Vice-Chair of the Board. Schwager has practiced law for 27 years and is currently serving a second consecutive three-year term.