High Swartz Law Firm of Southeastern PA and New Jersey is pleased to announce the appointment of Elizabeth C. Early as a Hearing Committee member in the District II disciplinary district. Ms. Early is a family Law Attorney, parenting coordinator and partner at the firm’s Norristown office. Ms. Early’s appointment will begin on July 1, 2021.
As a Hearing Committee member, Liz will conduct hearings and review cases to determine a particular course of discipline. While the Disciplinary board consist of 10 attorneys and 2 non-attorneys, the Hearing Committee is comprised of 150 members who may dedicate their time for up to six years.
“I am honored to be appointed to this position as I believe our first and most important obligation as attorneys is to uphold our Rules of Professional Conduct. I look forward to serving the aims of the Disciplinary Board and giving back to my community and peers in this important role.” Says Ms. Early.
A Brief Explanation of the Discipline Process
The discipline process in Pennsylvania consists of many moving parts. It begins with the Office of Disciplinary Counsel (ODC) receiving a complaint. A request for more information and documentation is made and of course, notification of the Complainant of case disposition.
At this point the ODC prepares a Petition for Discipline which acknowledges charges. The matter is then assigned to a 3-member Hearing Committee. The ODC presents evidence of the misconduct and the Respondent present their defense. After the possible filing of a brief by the ODC And Respondent, the Hearing Committee issues its Report and Recommendation which includes the recommended disposition, or punishment. The process can be concluded by dismissal, private or public reprimand, or even an informal admonition.