For immediate release: August 3, 2005
For further information: Winnie Comfort
Deadline Nears: More Than 6,000 New Jersey Attorneys at Risk of Losing Licenses
Upon publication of the 2005 Ineligible List in September, New Jersey lawyers who have been on the Ineligible List since 1999 or before face permanent revocation of their licenses. Ken Bossong, director of the New Jersey Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection, today announced that those attorneys looking to avoid revocation should seek reinstatement before August 26, 2005.
In 2004, the Supreme Court of New Jersey amended rule 1:28-2 to allow the administrative revocation of the licenses of those attorneys who, at the time of the publication of the Fund's Ineligible List for 2005 and thereafter, have been declared ineligible for seven or more consecutive years
Before the Court Rule was amended, ineligible lawyers were able to regain eligibility in New Jersey by fulfilling the assessment obligation for each calendar year by either paying all that was owed or, if applicable, being granted the military or retired exemption from payment. Now, lawyers whose licenses are revoked must reapply to gain membership in the New Jersey Bar by meeting all of the conditions for initial admission, including passing the Bar examination.
Ineligible lawyers who want to avoid revocation should act immediately to fulfill completely all obligations for all years. Attempting partial payment, or qualifying for an exemption for some years without full payment for others, will not prevent the administrative revocation of licenses.
Payment should be made by check or money order in U.S. dollars and sent to the New Jersey Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection, P.O. Box 961, Trenton, NJ 08625-0961. Lawyers may inquire about the amount they owe by calling (609) 292-8079. Revenues collected support the entire disciplinary process, the Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection and the Lawyers Assistance Program.