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PA Supreme Court Disciplinary Board Consumer Rights Information Now Available

New brochure explains consumer rights regarding the professional conduct of attorneys

(Camp Hill, Pa.) - A new brochure outlining the rights of consumers regarding the professional conduct of attorneys in Pennsylvania is now available to the public. The brochure, published by the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, is available at Pennsylvania county bar association offices statewide, as well as in the district offices of the Disciplinary Board.

The new brochure, also available in Spanish and Braille, describes the disciplinary system and how to file a complaint concerning a possible attorney violation of the Rules of Professional Conduct. It outlines the process where an individual can request the Office of Disciplinary Counsel to investigate a possible violation, and describes the steps required to file a complaint.

"We feel that it is our duty to inform the public of their rights and the procedures regarding the attorney disciplinary process," Marvin J. Rudnitsky, chairman of the Disciplinary Board, said. "The purpose of the new brochure is to clearly describe the process to consumers. We have an excellent legal system in Pennsylvania and most attorneys serve their clients with great professionalism and ethical conduct. However, when an attorney performs unethically, consumers need to understand their rights."

Additionally, the new brochure provides the address and phone number of each of the four district offices of the Disciplinary Board. Copies of the brochure may be obtained from county bar association offices or by contacting a district office of the Disciplinary Board. District offices are located in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Lemoyne (Harrisburg) and Trooper (Norristown), Pennsylvania.

The brochure is also available on the Disciplinary Board's website in both English and Spanish versions. To view the brochure on-line, visit www.padb.us.

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 Board is comprised of 14 attorneys and two non-lawyers from across Pennsylvania, who meet regularly to review and decide cases, policy and Board administrative matters.

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 or contact Karen Gross at (717) 975-2148 or kgross@hersheyphilbin.com.