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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 Samuel A. Malat
Docket No. DRB 06-301
District Docket No. XIV-04-482E

In the Matter of Laura Scott
Docket Nos. DRB 06-292 and DRB 06-298
District Docket Nos. IIB-05-033E and IIB-05-042E

In the Matter of George K. Walton
Docket No. DRB 06-319
District Docket No. XIII-05-025E

In the Matter of Andrew M. Kimmel
Docket No. DRB 06-294
District Docket Nos. XIV-02-187E; XIV-06-238E; XIV-06-377E

In the Matter of Daniel D. Hediger
Docket No. DRB 06-325
District Docket No. IIA-05-015E

In the Matter of John F. Hamill
Docket No. DRB 06-310
District Docket No. VA-04-0044E

In the Matter of Eugene N. Cavallo
Docket No. DRB 06-326
District Docket No. IIA-05-030E

In the Matter of Kathleen D. Wargo
Docket No. DRB 06-316
District Docket No. X-05-096E

These matters are scheduled to be reviewed by the Board on Thursday, January 18, 2007. 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 January 8, 2007. 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: December 18, 2006
Julianne K. DeCore
Chief Counsel
Disciplinary Review Board

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