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In re Adoption of Rule 403 of Pennsylvania Rules of Disciplinary Enforcement

Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

May 9, 2018

IN RE: ADOPTION OF RULE 403 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF DISCIPLINARY ENFORCEMENT

          ORDER

          PER CURIAM

         AND NOW, this 9th day of May, 2018, upon the recommendation of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania; the proposal having been published for comment in the Pennsylvania Bulletin, 47 Pa.B. 3488 (June 24, 2017):

         It is Ordered pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that Rule 403 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Disciplinary Enforcement is adopted in the attached form.

         This Order shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective in 30 days.

         Rule 403. Emeritus Status.

         (a) Qualifications. An attorney admitted in Pennsylvania who is registered as retired and who seeks to provide pro bono services under this rule shall transfer to emeritus status by complying with the requirements listed below.

         (b) Application Procedure. Prior to the representation described in (d), an attorney shall complete and submit to the Attorney Registration Office an Application for Emeritus Status which shall include the following:

(1) The name, attorney identification number, telephone number, current email and residence address of the attorney, the latter of which shall be an actual street address, a rural route box number, or a post office box number. Upon an attorney's written request submitted to the Attorney Registration Office and for good cause shown, the contact information will be nonpublic information and will not be published on the Board's website or otherwise disclosed;
(2) A list of all courts (except courts of this Commonwealth) and jurisdictions in which the attorney has been licensed to practice law, with the current status thereof;
(3) Prior disciplinary record in other jurisdictions;
(4) The list of approved Continuing Legal Education courses that the attorney has completed during the 12-month period immediately preceding the submission of the Application for Emeritus Status, totaling no fewer than 6 credit hours, 5 of which shall be in the substantive area of law and 1 of which shall be in ethics;
(5) Verification that the attorney is authorized solely to provide pro bono services to eligible legal aid organizations;
(6) Verification that the attorney is not permitted to handle client funds;
(7) Verification that the attorney will neither ask for nor receive compensation of any kind for the legal services ...

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