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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 Devin Docket No. DRB 02-344
In the Matter of Edward D. Fagan Docket No. DRB 02-375
In the Matter of Lee D. Gottesman Docket No. DRB 02-361
In the Matter of Philip Moran Docket No. DRB 02-382
In the Matter of Richard W. Raines Docket No. DRB 02-385
In the Matter of David J. Witherspoon Docket No. DRB 02-369
In the Matter of Peter A. Wood Docket No. DRB 02-352

These matters are scheduled to be reviewed by the Board on Thursday, December 19, 2002. 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 December 9, 2002. 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 96
Trenton, NJ 08625
Telephone: 609-292-1012

Dated: November 25, 2002
Robyn M. Hill
Chief Counsel
Disciplinary Review Board

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