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 Patience R. Clemmons Docket No. DRB 99-455
In the Matter of Kevin J. Daly Docket No. DRB 99-431
In the Matter of John J. Dudas, Jr. Docket No. DRB 99-420
In the Matter of Sharon Hall, Jr. Docket No. DRB 99-450
In the Matter of Arthur N. Martin, Jr. Docket No. DRB 99-391
In the Matter of Thomas J. Schiavo Docket No. DRB 99-456
In the Matter of Robert C. Speiss Docket No. DRB 00-010

These matters are scheduled to be reviewed by the Board on Thursday, March 16, 2000. R.1:20-4(f) provides that an attorney-respondentís 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 Default may be filed with the Board prior to the scheduled review. That 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 charges.

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: February 22, 2000
Robyn M. Hill
Chief Counsel
Disciplinary Review Board

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