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 Joseph M. Borek, Jr. DRB Docket No. 01-355
In the Matter of Francis X. Gavin DRB Docket No. 01-393
In the Matter of Wesley S. Rowniewski DRB Docket No. 01-335

These matters are scheduled to be reviewed by the Board on Thursday, November 15, 2001. R.1:20-4(f) provides that anattorney-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 November 5, 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: October 22, 2001
Robyn M. Hill
Chief Counsel
Disciplinary Review Board

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