Monday, May 14, 2012

Transparency

Many jurisdictions issue annual publicly-available reports concerning the operation of their bar disciplinary systems. Such reports have recently been released in michigan and Pennsylvania.

The web page of the Pennsylvania Disciplinary Board notes:

...the Disciplinary Board has released its Annual Report for 2011. A few items of interest:

  • There are 58,968 active and 11,296 inactive paid attorneys as of December 31, 2011. In comparison, the number of active paid attorneys for the 1972-1973 Fiscal Year was 13,057.
  • The Board did a statistical study of Rule violations vs. the number of years the attorneys were in practice and found, surprisingly, that it is not newly admitted, younger attorneys who are engaging in the most common Rule violations, but attorneys who have more than 20 years of practice.
  • As of December 31, 2011, there were 57,527 subscribers to the monthly Attorney E-Newsletter, an increase of 9,799 from 2010.
  • As of December 31, 2011, there are 150 Hearing Committee Members appointed by the Disciplinary Board who serve on a pro bono basis to conduct hearings. Of the 150, 82 are Senior members, 27 Experienced members, and 41 New members.
  • In the spring of 2011, the Disciplinary Board launched online Annual Attorney Registration. 20% of all registered attorneys used online attorney registration to pay their 2011-2012 Attorney’s Annual Fee.
  • The October 2011 Board Meeting was the first entirely paperless meeting.

If you have finished the Hunger Games trilogy and are in need of new reading, the report is posted here.

The Michigan report is linked here.

The attentive reader likely knows what comes next - the District of Columbia does not make any such report available to the public, at least not in the online, user-friendly manner of Pennsylvania and Michigan. (Mike Frisch)

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