Pa. Annual Attorney Registration Can Be Completed Online Starting May 2, 2011

The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania is pleased to announce the annual attorney registration can be completed online beginning Monday, May 2, 2011.

Attorneys will be able to register to be an e-filer using the court's automated online system. The online process also will allow a firm to register all its attorneys at one time and more efficiently than the previous paper-only method.

Attorneys registering online can use a debit or credit card for safe, convenient payment.

Registration packets for 2011 will be mailed in mid-May to all attorneys currently registered in Pennsylvania. Those attorneys who choose to register online this year will have the option to receive email notification next year rather than the full paper registration packet.

Pennsylvania Rules of Disciplinary Enforcement (Pa.R.D.E.) 219 and 502 and Pennsylvania Rule of Professional Conduct (Pa.R.P.C.) 1.15 provide that every attorney admitted to practice in any court of this Commonwealth shall file an annual registration statement and pay an annual fee for use of the Disciplinary Board, for use of the Pennsylvania Lawyers Fund for Client Security and for use of the Pennsylvania Interest on Lawyers Trust Account Board. A portion of the Disciplinary Board and PA Lawyers Fund fee is also used to fund Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers, a program to assist lawyers suffering from serious addictive illnesses.

"Online registration serves as another means to comply with the registration requirement in an efficient manner. Attorneys who comply with the registration requirement electronically need not also return the registration form mailed to them," said Joe Farrell, Executive Director of The Disciplinary Board.

"Pennsylvania's more than 80,000 active and inactive attorneys will have the opportunity to save time by registering through the court's online Web portal. Online registration will eliminate registrations being filed with deficient information, ensuring fast, accurate registration. Additionally, firms with a large number of practicing attorneys will have the option of naming a proxy to file the entire firm's information, which will create a smoother process for the firm," Farrell said.

The link to the attorney registration system will be posted on the Home page of the Disciplinary Board's Web site at www.padisciplinaryboard.org as well as under the Attorney Information tab on the Web site. Questions regarding the online process may be directed to the Board at (717) 231-3380.

Online registration will be available beginning May 2, 2011. The deadline for registration is July 1. Late penalties may be assessed at any time after July 1. More information about the new online renewal option will be available in late April.

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