Philadelphia Attorney Elected President of the National Organization of Bar Counsel
Harrisburg, Pa., (July 31, 2015) – The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania’s Deputy Chief Disciplinary Counsel Paul J. Burgoyne, has been elected to serve as President of the National Organization of Bar Counsel (NOBC). In this role, effective August 1, 2015, Mr. Burgoyne will preside at all meetings of NOBC and its Board of Directors, and act as the official spokesperson for the organization. Previously, Mr. Burgoyne served as President-Elect (2014-2015), Treasurer (2013-2014), Secretary of the NOBC (2012-2013) and two terms as a Director-at-Large (2007-2009, 2010-2012).
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. This includes 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.
“We are completing our first 50 years of serving those who regulate the practice of law,” Mr. Burgoyne said. “It’s my hope to ensure that NOBC continues to fulfill its mission to assist all of our members to obtain the resources they need to do their important work. This obviously includes the educational and communication tools necessary to continue to lead the profession through the immense change we experience every day.”
“As our Mission Statement says, NOBC exists ‘to foster interstate, state-federal, and international communication and cooperation in matters involving the regulation of legal professionals.’ Assisting each of our member-jurisdictions across the globe will be an important goal for my year as president. I want to spend every possible moment being responsive to the needs of every NOBC member,” he added.
For more than 33 years, Mr. 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, Mr. Burgoyne is also responsible for providing educational programs for attorneys and consumers.
“The membership of National Organization of Bar Counsel comprises talented professionals, dedicated to ‘promoting professionalism and protecting the public.’ So it is an indescribable honor to be chosen by them to serve as NOBC’s 52nd President.”
Prior to his position as Deputy Chief, Mr. Burgoyne was 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, Mr. 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.
Mr. Burgoyne received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from La Salle University in 1970, and recently completed his term as 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 of 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.