July 12, 2012
OFFICE OF DISCIPLINARY COUNSEL, PETITIONER
MELANIE D. NARO, RESPONDENT
Attorney Registration No. 70597 (Lackawanna County) No. 52 DB 2011
AND NOW, this 12th day of July, 2012, upon consideration of the Report and Recommendations of the Disciplinary Board dated March 6, 2012, it is hereby
ORDERED that Melanie D. Naro, is suspended from the practice of law for a period of six months, followed by a period of probation for one year subject to the following conditions:
1. Respondent shall select a practice monitor subject to the approval of the Office of Disciplinary Counsel.
2. The practice monitor shall do the following during the period of Respondent's probation:
a. Meet with Respondent at least monthly to examine her progress towards satisfactory and timely completion of client legal matters, including regular communication with clients in returning telephone calls and responding to written correspondence;
b. Periodically examine Respondent's law office organization and procedures to ensure that she is maintaining an acceptable tickler system, filing system and other administrative aspects of her practice;
c. Verify that Respondent is surrendering papers and property to which the clients are entitled and refunding any unearned fees, if her representation is terminated;
d. File quarterly written reports on a Board-approved form with the Secretary of the Board; and
e. Immediately report to the Secretary of the Board any violations by Respondent of the terms and conditions of her probation.
It is further ORDERED that Respondent shall pay costs to the Disciplinary Board pursuant to Rule 208(g), Pa.R.D.E.
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