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Philadelphia Attorney Elected to Serve as President-Elect of the National Organization of Bar Counsel

Harrisburg, Pa., (August 11, 2014) The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania’s Deputy Chief Disciplinary Counsel, Paul J. Burgoyne has been elected to serve as President-Elect of the National Organization of Bar Counsel (NOBC). In this role, he will serve as the Chair of the Program Planning Committee, as well as serve in the absence of NOBC President, Tracy Kepler. In August 2015, he will become President of NOBC. Previously, Burgoyne served as Treasurer (2013-2014) and Secretary of the NOBC (2012-2013) and served two terms as a Director-at-Large (2007-2009, 2010-2012).

Paul J. Burgoyne
Paul J. Burgoyne

The NOBC is a non-profit organization of legal professionals whose members enforce ethics rules that regulate the professional conduct of lawyers who practice law in the United States, Canada, Australia and Great Britain. Composed of representatives from more than 75 state, local and federal lawyer regulatory agencies, the NOBC seeks to advance the goals of attorney regulation by making contributions through the American Bar Association and state bars, influencing rule making and speaking out on issues involving lawyer regulation and professionalism. NOBC is also deeply involved in the evolving area of regulating the bar as lawyers’ practices cross international boundaries. The Board of Directors is comprised of the organization's officers and two At-Large Directors and is elected by the NOBC members present at the annual meeting.

“For me, there is no higher calling than serving those who serve. NOBC members serve their courts, the profession and the public every day, and being given the opportunity to help them find new and better ways to do their jobs is a gift,” said Burgoyne. “I have been fortunate to work with the NOBC in many capacities over the years, and as always I look forward to working with the Board and our members as we continue to move forward in improving the profession in an ever-changing world.”

For more than 32 years, Burgoyne has worked in the Office of Disciplinary Counsel (ODC) in Pennsylvania and has served as Deputy Chief Disciplinary Counsel since 1993. Overseen by the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, ODC investigates complaints against attorneys, and when appropriate, prosecutes. In his role, Burgoyne is also responsible for providing educational programs for attorneys and consumers.

“I believe that membership in NOBC is necessary for every lawyer in attorney regulation,” said Burgoyne. “As the practice of law becomes more national and international, the relationships among the member jurisdictions are integral to performing our jobs.”

Prior to his position as Deputy Chief, he was a staff counsel in the Philadelphia office beginning in 1981, and later served as Counsel-in-Charge of the Philadelphia office from 1987 to 1993. He spent five years in private practice limited to criminal law, and three years at Legal Aid of Chester County in West Chester, Pa. Those positions provided experience trying cases in both state and federal courts.

In addition to serving the NOBC, Burgoyne has conducted seminars and participated in panels for organizations such as the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers, Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Defender Association of Philadelphia, Conference of County Bar Leaders and the National Association of Legal Secretaries.

Burgoyne received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from La Salle University in 1970, and is currently the Immediate Past President of the La Salle University Alumni Association Board of Directors and Chair of the Council of Past Presidents. He earned his Juris Doctorate degree from Rutgers University Law School in Camden, N.J., in 1973.

About the Office of Disciplinary Counsel

The Office of Disciplinary Counsel (ODC) is part of the attorney disciplinary system in Pennsylvania. The disciplinary system is governed by the Pennsylvania Disciplinary Board Rules and Procedures, a broad set of rules by which the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania carries out its constitutional authority to regulate the practice of law in Pennsylvania. The role of the Office of Disciplinary Counsel is to investigate complaints against attorneys, and when appropriate, prosecute. ODC also provides educational programs for attorneys and consumers.

About the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of PA

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.

About the National Organization of Bar Counsel (NOBC)

The National Organization of Bar Counsel (NOBC) was formed in 1965 to enhance the professionalism and effectiveness of lawyer disciplinary counsel throughout the United States. NOBC membership has grown to include discipline and lawyer ethics counsel from over 75 state, local, and federal lawyer regulatory agencies in the United States, Canada, Australia and Great Britain. NOBC is represented in the ABA House of Delegates, and NOBC liaisons have been active in the major commissions and workgroups producing national reports, standards and models in the field of legal ethics and attorney regulation.