R. Burke McLemore, Jr., a partner at Thomas, Thomas & Hafer LLP in Harrisburg, Pa., has been appointed Chair of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. McLemore has served on the Board since 2009 and will hold the role of Chair through January of 2015.
The Disciplinary Board is an independent agency under the Supreme Court’s jurisdiction, consisting of thirteen members: eleven attorneys and two non-lawyers from across the Commonwealth. Funded by annual assessments paid by attorneys licensed to practice in the Commonwealth, it assists the Supreme Court in all matters involving attorney licensing and discipline in Pennsylvania.
With more than 35 years of experience, McLemore provides legal expertise in the areas of administrative agency and appellate practice, specifically targeting Workers’ Compensation and Labor and Employment Law. As Chair of the firm’s Workers’ Compensation section, McLemore’s practice encompasses both trial and appellate representation of employers and carriers across the Commonwealth.
“It’s a humbling experience to serve as Chair of the Disciplinary Board,” said McLemore. “You realize what an awesome responsibility the Board, as an arm of our Supreme Court, has in protecting the public from unscrupulous attorneys, and in preserving the integrity of the bar and our legal system.”
During his term, McLemore will stress the development of closer relations between the Board and legal educators, with the goal of better acquainting law students with the importance of legal ethics—and the pitfalls of failing to follow the rules—as they prepare to launch their careers.
McLemore was previously cited in Best Lawyers in America and has been recognized as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer since 2003. Additionally, he was the 2007 recipient of the Dickinson School of Law’s Outstanding Alumni Award.
In addition to his term on the Disciplinary Board, he serves as Statewide Chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s (PBA) Workers’ Compensation Centennial Committee; emeritus member of the Board of Directors of the Camp Hill Lion Foundation; member of the PBA’s House of Delegates; and was elected to the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute in May of 2014. Formerly, he served as Chair of the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Council; President of the Dauphin County Bar Association; and in January of 2014, he completed 12 years of service to the Camp Hill Borough, finishing a four-year term as President.
McLemore is 1977 graduate of The Dickinson School of Law and a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Washington & Jefferson College.
About the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of PA
The Disciplinary Board's goals are to protect the general public, maintain a high standard of integrity in the legal profession, and safeguard the reputation of the courts of Pennsylvania. The Disciplinary Board was created by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania to review conduct and assure compliance by all attorneys to the Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct. For more information about the Disciplinary Board, please visit www.padb.us.