Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Honors For Paul Burgoyne

From the web page of the Pennsylvania Disciplinary Board:

The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of  Pennsylvania’s Deputy Chief Disciplinary Counsel, Paul J. Burgoyne has been  elected to serve as Secretary of the National Organization of Bar Counsel  (NOBC). In this role as an officer and member of the Board of Directors, he will  be responsible for documenting all board meetings, maintaining the  organization’s membership list and giving notice of all meetings and elections.  Burgoyne previously served as a director from 2008-2012.

The NOBC is a non-profit organization of legal professionals whose  members enforce ethics rules that regulate the professional conduct of lawyers  who practice law in the United States, Canada and Australia. Comprised of  representatives from more than 75 state, local and federal lawyer regulatory  agencies, the NOBC seeks to advance the goals of attorney regulation by making  contributions through the American Bar Association and state bars, influencing  rule making and speaking out on issues involving lawyer regulation and  professionalism. The Board of Directors is comprised of the organization's  officers and two At-Large Directorsand is elected by the NOBC members  present at the annual meeting.

“Throughout my terms on the NOBC Board of Directors, it has been an  honor to serve many talented and devoted public servants,” said Burgoyne.  “In  my term as Secretary, I look forward to working alongside my dedicated NOBC  colleagues to continueto improve communication among the  jurisdictions in this era of increasing lawyer mobility.”

For more than 30 years, Burgoyne has worked in the Office of  Disciplinary Counsel (ODC) in Pennsylvania and has served as Deputy Chief  Disciplinary Counsel since 1993. Overseen by the Disciplinary Board of the  Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, ODC investigates complaints against attorneys,  and when appropriate, prosecutes. In his role, Burgoyne is also responsible for  providing educational programs for attorneys and consumers.

Prior to his position as Deputy Chief, he was a staff counsel for the  Philadelphia office, and later became a Counsel-in-Charge of the Philadelphia  office from 1987 to 1993. He spent five years in private practice limited to  criminal law, and three years at Legal Aid of Chester County in West Chester,  Pa., where he tried civil cases in both state and federal courts.

In addition to serving on the NOBC, Burgoyne conducts seminars and  participates in panels discussing legal ethics and professional responsibility  for organizations such as the Association of Professional Responsibility  Lawyers, Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Defender  Association of Philadelphia, Conference of County Bar Leaders and the National  Association of Legal Secretaries.

Burgoyne received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from  LaSalle University in 1970, and currently serves as the President of the La  Salle University Alumni Association Board of Directors. He earned his Juris  Doctorate degree from Rutgers University Law in Camden, N.J., in 1973.

(Mike Frisch)

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