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Re: Defaults Scheduled for Review by the Disciplinary Review Board

The following matters have been certified to the Disciplinary Review Board as defaults, in accordance with R.1:20-4(f):

In the Matter of Donald M. Rohan
Docket No. DRB 05-062, District Docket No. VA-03-041E

In the Matter of Neal E. Brunson
Docket No. DRB 05-035, District Docket No. IV-02-002E

In the Matter of Larry McClure
Docket No. DRB 05-069, District Docket No. IIB-03-039E

In the Matter of Howard Dorian
Docket No. DRB 05-068, District Docket No. IIB-03-029E

In the Matter of Ben W. Payton
Docket No. DRB 05-071, District Docket No. VIII-04-021E

In the Matter of Jay M. London
Docket No. DRB 05-075, District Docket No. IIIB-04-015E

In the Matter of Ande R. Abraha
Docket No. DRB 05-088, District Docket No. XIV-04-131E

These matters are scheduled to be reviewed by the Board on Thursday, April 21, 2005. R.1:20-4(f) provides that an attorney-respondent's failure to timely file an answer "shall be deemed an admission that the allegations of the complaint are true and . . . provide sufficient basis for the imposition of discipline." Although chances for a successful motion are limited, a motion to vacate the default may be filed with the Board by no later than April 11, 2005. MOTIONS RECEIVED AFTER THE DEADLINE WILL NOT BE REVIEWED BY THE BOARD. The motion should specify why the attorney-respondent failed to file a timely answer (including lack of notice) and should set forth any claimed meritorious defenses to the ethics charge. The motion must also be simultaneously served on the Director of the Office of Attorney Ethics and, where appropriate, the district ethics committee responsible for the underlying ethics matter. A certification regarding that service must accompany any documents filed with the Board.

Respondents may communicate with the Board by contacting the Office of Board Counsel at: P.O. Box 962, Trenton, NJ 08625, Telephone: 609-292-1012

Dated: March 28, 2005
Julianne K. DeCore
Chief Counsel Disciplinary Review Board

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