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 Scott E. Walterschied Docket No. DRB 01-217
In the Matter of Augustine U. Uzodike Docket No. DRB 01-223
In the Matter of Donald V. Romaniello Docket No. DRB 01-229
In the Matter of Joseph Poveromo Docket No. DRB 01-230
In the Matter of Jon Steiger Docket No. DRB 01-244
In the Matter of Jack David Berson Docket No. DRB 01-273
In the Matter of Patricia Adelle Docket No. DRB 01-283

These matters are scheduled to be reviewed by the Board on Thursday, September 13, 2001. 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 September 4, 2001. 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 charges. 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: August 20, 2001
Robyn M. Hill
Chief Counsel
Disciplinary Review Board

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