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Public Information on Recently Disciplined Attorneys Now Accessible

The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania enhances Web site to better inform public

(Lemoyne, Pa.) - The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has added a new component to its Web site to assure the public is informed of recent Supreme Court actions taken against attorneys. The new Discipline Table can be accessed through the Disciplinary Board's Web site (www.padb.us). One click on the Disciplinary Board home page takes users to a Discipline Table which tracks the most recent disciplines against attorneys during the past 60 days. Users can also access discipline of attorneys from as far back as 2004.

Previously, up-to-date information on disciplined attorneys was not readily available; there was a delay between the court order and the availability of the information to the public. Now, the regularly updated, easy-to-access Discipline Table allows consumers to have the most current information to make an educated choice when choosing an attorney.

"This is one more initiative the Disciplinary Board is taking to keep the public informed," said Jonathan H. Newman, an attorney for the Philadelphia law firm of Obermayer, Rebmann, Maxwell and Hipple and Chair of the Disciplinary Board, "until now, many lawyers have been disciplined and the public did not readily have access to this information."

The table contains information including the attorney's name, the court action taken, the date the action was taken, and in some cases, the full opinion and recommendations leading up to the discipline.

With other recent advances to the Disciplinary Board such as the inception of the Attorney E-Newsletter in 2005 and the launch of the redesign and user-friendly version of the Web site in 2006, the Disciplinary Board has made tremendous strides in working to keep both the public and attorneys informed while maintaining the integrity of the legal profession.

"It is of our highest priority to make sure that the integrity of Pennsylvania remains paramount. We will continue to build upon the recent initiatives to open the disciplinary system...keeping the public informed is a crucial component to maintaining the integrity of the legal system," said Newman.

About the Disciplinary Board

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.

For more information on this press release, please contact Jamie Fulginiti via email at jfulginiti@hersheyphilbin.com or by phone at 717.975.2148.