Julia Frankston-Morris, Esq. named Secretary of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of PA

(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.

Julia Frankston-Morris, Esq.
Julia Frankston-Morris, Esq.

Ms. Bixler began working as a clerk for the Board in 1978, five years after the Board’s creation. For over 26 years, she has been Secretary to the Board and responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Board which registers all attorneys annually, regulates attorney behavior throughout its disciplinary process, and assists the Supreme Court in a wide range of activities including rule making and education. During Ms. Bixler's time at the Board, the attorney population grew from 13,057 active attorneys in 1973 to 64,509 active attorneys in 2015. Ms. Bixler played an important role in the office over the past forty years and has been a valuable asset to the disciplinary process.

The Board selected Ms. Frankston-Morris to succeed Ms. Bixler as the Board Secretary. The Board is eager to see a legal practitioner in this position, which will now include oversight of the Board Counsel and HR and Finance Departments, in addition to the Office of the Secretary and Attorney Registration.

A Harrisburg native, Ms. Frankston-Morris returned to the area after earning her Juris Doctorate from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York, NY, to clerk for the Honorable Justice (now Chief Justice) Thomas G. Saylor, Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. Following her clerkship, she prosecuted for the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs, Department of State, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. She then served as Disciplinary Counsel for the Office of Disciplinary Counsel, working in Districts I, II, and III. The Board is confident that with her knowledge of the court system and experience in the disciplinary system, Ms. Frankston-Morris will usher in a smooth transition and serve the Board in this new era.

About the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of PA

The Disciplinary Board is an independent agency funded by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, consisting of thirteen members: eleven attorneys and two non-lawyers from across the Commonwealth. 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.

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.padboard.org

For more information regarding this press release, please contact Karyn Rapsey at 717-432-2468 or via email at karyn@suasion.us