PUBLIC DISCIPLINE

Allegheny County
The Supreme Court on Nov. 14, 2002, ordered Robert G. Young to receive public censure, as recommended by the Disciplinary Board. Justice Thomas G. Saylor dissented in favor of a six-month suspension. According to the discipline report, Young borrowed from funds that were being held in escrow to cover inheritance tax obligations for clients.

Potter County
The Supreme Court on Nov. 25, 2002, ordered George Stenhach and Walter Stenhach suspended for nine months, to be served simultaneously, as recommended by the Disciplinary Board. According to the discipline report, the brothers, who are law partners, were convicted of willful failure to file and pay state income taxes in 1996 and 1997. "The board finds that the appropriate sanction for respondents would be a suspension in light of the fact that this is respondents’ second conviction for failure to file tax returns," the report said.

Philadelphia
The Supreme Court on Nov. 25, 2002, rejected the Disciplinary Board’s recommendation of an eight-month suspension and ordered Thomas Quirk Harrigan suspended for one year and one day. According to the discipline report, Harrigan was transferred to inactive status in 1999 for failing to meet continuing legal education requirements but continued to hold himself out as an attorney eligible to practice law.

Tioga County
The Supreme Court on Dec. 17, 2002, ordered Stephen J. Banik to receive public censure, as recommended by the Disciplinary Board. According to the discipline report, Banik failed to make required disposition of funds on behalf of a client receiving federal disability benefits in a "misguided attempt to secure reimbursement" for efforts made on behalf of the client.

Disbarments on Consent
The following attorneys have been disbarred on consent under a rule of disciplinary enforcement pertaining to resignations by attorneys under disciplinary investigation: Edward Maurice Mezvinsky, Montgomery County, on Nov. 14, 2002; Frederick P. Kramer II, Chester County, on Nov. 14, 2002; Francis John J. McGovern, Philadelphia, on Dec. 10, 2002; and Jay Ira Bomze, Philadelphia, on Dec. 12, 2002.

Reciprocal Discipline
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has imposed reciprocal discipline on the following attorneys: William W. Freihofer Jr., disbarred, on Dec. 10, 2002, in response to disbarment by the Supreme Court of New Jersey; Joseph F. Muto, disbarred, on Dec. 10, 2002, in response to disbarment by the Supreme Court of the State of New York, Appellate Division, First Judicial Department; Robert E. Carey, disbarred, on Dec. 17, 2002, in response to disbarment by the Supreme Court of the State of Delaware; Kirk Douglas Rhodes, disbarred, on Dec. 17, 2002, in response to disbarment on consent by the Supreme Court of New Jersey; and Mark Allan Kovler, disbarred, on Dec. 20, 2002, in response to disbarment by the Supreme Court of the State of New York, Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department.

Temporary Suspension – Rule 208(f)
The following attorney has been placed on emergency temporary suspension under a rule of disciplinary enforcement pertaining to attorneys whose continued practice would cause substantial public or private harm because of the misappropriation of funds or other egregious conduct: Mary McNeill Zell, Philadelphia, on Nov. 18, 2002.

Temporary Suspension – Rule 214(d)(1)
The following attorney has been placed on temporary suspension under a rule of disciplinary enforcement pertaining to attorneys convicted of serious crimes: Robert Thomas Gibson, Delaware County, on Dec. 9, 2002.

 

REINSTATEMENTS

Nov. 1 – Dec. 31, 2002

The Supreme Court on Dec. 9, 2002, denied a petition for reinstatement filed by Marlene Evelyn Joseph, Philadelphia, as recommended by the Disciplinary Board. Joseph was disbarred on consent in 1993. The court on Dec. 12, 2002, granted a petition for reinstatement filed by Eugene A. Steger Jr., Chester County, as recommended by the Disciplinary Board. Steger had been disbarred on consent in 1985.



 


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