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PART V. PROFESSIONAL ETHICS AND CONDUCT

[ 204 PA. CODE CH. 83 ]

In re:  Amendment of Rule 208(f)(1) of the Pennsylvania Rules of Disciplinary Enforcement; No. 78; Disciplinary Rules; Doc. No. 1

[39 Pa.B. 4737]
[Saturday, August 8, 2009]

Order

Per Curiam:

   And Now, this 24th day of July, 2009, it is ordered, pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania, that:

   1.  Rule 208(f)(1) of The Pennsylvania Rules of Disciplinary Enforcement is amended as set forth in Annex A.

   2.  This Order shall be processed in accordance with Rule 103(b) of the Pennsylvania Rules of Judicial Administration. To the extent that publication of a notice of proposed rulemaking would otherwise be required with respect to the amendment adopted by this Order, such publication is hereby found to be unnecessary because the immediate adoption of this Order is required in the interests of justice.

   3.  The amendment adopted herein shall take effect in 30 days.

JOHN V. VASKOV,   
Deputy Prothonotary
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

Annex A

TITLE 204.  JUDICIAL SYSTEM GENERAL PROVISIONS

PART V.  PROFESSIONAL ETHICS AND CONDUCT

Subpart B.  DISCIPLINARY ENFORCEMENT

CHAPTER 83.  PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF DISCIPLINARY ENFORCEMENT

Subchapter B.  MISCONDUCT

Rule 208.  Procedure.

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   (f)  Emergency temporary suspension orders and related relief.

   (1)  Disciplinary Counsel, with the concurrence of a reviewing member of the Board, whenever it appears by an affidavit demonstrating facts that the continued practice of law by a person subject to these rules is causing immediate and substantial public or private harm because of the misappropriation of funds by such person to his or her own use, or because of other egregious conduct, in manifest violation of the Disciplinary Rules or the Enforcement Rules, may petition the Supreme Court for injunctive or other appropriate relief. A copy of the petition shall be personally served upon the respondent-attorney by Disciplinary Counsel. If Disciplinary Counsel cannot make personal service after reasonable efforts to locate and serve the respondent-attorney, Disciplinary Counsel may serve the petition by delivering a copy to an employee, agent or other responsible person at the office of the respondent-attorney, and if that method of service is unavailable, then by mailing a copy of the petition by regular and certified mail addressed to the addresses furnished by the respondent-attorney in the last registration statement filed by the respondent-attorney pursuant to Rule 219(d). Service is complete upon delivery or mailing, as the case may be. The Court, or any justice thereof, may enter a rule directing the respondent-attorney to show cause why the respondent-attorney should not be placed on temporary suspension, which rule shall be returnable within ten days. The Court, or any justice thereof, may, before or after issuance of the rule, issue:

   (i)  such orders to the respondent-attorney, and to such financial institutions or other persons as may be necessary to preserve funds, securities or other valuable property of clients or others which appear to have been misappropriated or mishandled in manifest violation of the Disciplinary Rules[.]; and

   (ii)  an order directing the president judge of the court of common pleas in the judicial district where the respondent-attorney maintains his or her principal office for the practice of law or conducts his or her primary practice, to take such further action and to issue such further orders as may appear necessary to fully protect the rights and interests of the clients of the respondent-attorney when:

   (A)  the respondent-attorney does not respond to a rule to show cause issued after service of the petition pursuant to subdivision (f)(1); or

   (B)  Disciplinary Counsel's petition demonstrates cause to believe that the respondent-attorney is unavailable to protect the interests of his or her clients for any reason, including the respondent-attorney's disappearance, abandonment of practice, incarceration, or incapacitation from continuing the practice of law by reason of mental infirmity or illness or because of addiction to drugs or intoxicants.

   Where the Court enters an order under (f)(1)(ii), the Board shall promptly transmit a certified copy of the order to the president judge, whose jurisdiction and authority under this rule shall extend to all client matters of the respondent-attorney.

   Where the Court enters an order under (f)(1)(i) or (ii) before the issuance of a rule or before the entry of an order of temporary suspension under paragraph (f)(2), the Prothonotary shall serve a certified copy of the Court's order on the respondent-attorney by regular mail addressed to the address furnished by the respondent-attorney in the last registration statement filed by the respondent-attorney and to an address where the respondent-attorney is located if that address is known.

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[Pa.B. Doc. No. 09-1405. Filed for public inspection August 7, 2009, 9:00 a.m.]



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