Douglas W. Leonard has been designated chair of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, effective April 1, 2018, after serving as vice-chair since April 2017.
Leonard was originally appointed to the Disciplinary Board in 2008. He was re-appointed in both 2012 and 2015 and will continue to fill one of the two non-lawyer positions on the Board.
“I am humbled by the opportunity to serve as chair of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania,” Leonard said. “The work of the Board is critically important to the integrity of the legal profession and the court system and I am honored to be part of this distinguished group.”
Created in 1972, the 13-member Disciplinary Board is an independent agency under the Supreme Court’s jurisdiction. Its members include 11 attorneys and two non-lawyers from across the state. Funded by annual assessments paid by attorneys licensed to practice in the Commonwealth, the Board assists the Supreme Court in all matters involving attorney licensing and discipline.
He has presented programs to Hearing Officers, the Board and at the National Conference of Lawyer Disciplinary Boards, as well as several other jurisdictions on topics ranging from Neuroscience and Neutrality to the Influence of Motivation in Lawyer Discipline.
Leonard is currently the Director of Consulting Services for iMapSolutions and has more than 20 years of experience working with domestic and global companies including Boeing, Schlumberger, Cobham, NASA, United Launch Alliance, State Farm, Aramark and the Centers for Disease Control.
Active in community and public service, Leonard has served as Executive Administrator of the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County and also served as a Board member and president of the Pennsylvania Association of Court Management.