For Immediate Release
Coalition of New York Court Watchdog Groups Combine Efforts by Jointly Founding Committee on Public Integrity – CPI
New Governmental Oversight Organization on Public Integrity Is Formed by Public Committee on Attorney Conduct, Committee on Public Integrity, Litigation Recovery Trust, Integrity in the Courts and Expose Corrupt Courts Blog Organizations
New York, New York - Committee on Public Integrity - CPI - has been founded as part of a national movement to hold New York State governmental organizations, officials and employees accountable under stringent standards of fairness, transparency and citizen review. The new organization has been established jointly by Public Committee on Attorney Conduct, Citizens United for Court Reform, Litigation Recovery Trust, a New York based rights administration organization, and Integrity in the Courts and Expose Corrupt Courts, leading Internet blogs focused on attorney disciplinary process and procedures. Committee on Public Integrity is being headquartered in New York City. In announcing plans for the new oversight group, John T. Whitely, president of Public Committee on Attorney Conduct stated, “For too long, we have allowed government to be controlled by officials and employees often to the detriment of the citizens they are expected to serve. Indeed, the system is often found to be dominated and controlled strictly by money, favoritism and cronyism. The keystone of this reform effort must be to change and in some cases replace the current failed system with new structures, directly answerable to the general public.” William J. Hallenbeck, executive director of Litigation Recovery Trust, stated that this new umbrella reform organization is being founded in part as a result of the growing number of federal whistle blower lawsuits. In New York State in particular suits have been filed to expose cronyism, self-dealing and fraud within the justice system. Mr. Hallenbeck noted, “Clearly, as suits against the court administration system continue to be filed, the time has come for a top to bottom review of the fatally flawed government system which remains shielded from public scrutiny.” Frank Brady, chairman and co-founder of Integrity in the Courts, also issued the following statement: “In New York State, well documented complaints of malpractice, personal attacks and even theft, filed by individuals victimized by attorneys have revealed that the court system is corrupt to the core. The establishment of Committee on Public Integrity is a necessary step in a process designed to hold officials accountable for their illegal actions, which threaten to undermine the standards of fairness and integrity on which our system of government is founded.” According to the founding organizations, Committee on Public Integrity will include as members individuals, who through their personal and professional lives have established a reputation of responsibility and fairness. Mr. Hallenbeck added, “We are in search of a committee to be made up of members with broad and diverse business experience and expertise, as well as impeccable records of fairness and sound judgment to review breaches of law and ethics.”
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John T. Whitely
Chairman Executive Search Committee
Public Committee on Attorney Conduct
515 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10022
Expose Corrupt Courts
Litigation Recovery Trust
515 Madison Avenue
New York, New York
About Public Committee on Attorney Conduct
The Public Committee On Attorney Conduct reviews both past and present cases brought before the New York State grievance committees to provide an independent assessment and analysis of the facts, and issue proposed findings. With respect to past cases, the committee will hear from persons, who maintain that they have been treated unfairly and unjustly by the state disciplinary committees. As part of its efforts, the committee is actively seeking documentation of all complaints against any attorneys dating to January 1, 1988. Public Committee On Attorney Conduct includes as members individuals, who through their personal and professional lives have established a reputation of responsibility and fairness. While attorneys will be available to the PCAC as advisers, all voting members issuing formal reports and decisions will be non attorneys. PCAC is the first such lawyer conduct review organization in the U.S. to be controlled solely by non attorneys.
About Litigation Recovery Trust
Founded in 1995, Litigation Recovery Trust is a New York based claims and rights administration organization. LRT pursues claims and causes of action worldwide, and processes single and group litigation claims, as well as general rights fees and awards. LRT also participates in legislative and administrative initiatives designed to protect or advance individual claims and rights.
About Integrity in the Courts
Integrity in the Courts is a Internet blog, which focuses on ethical and legal issues related to the administration of justice nationwide. Issues impacting both the judiciary and the bar are examined, including compliance with codes of judicial conduct, and codes of professional responsibility. Violations of law and failure to abide by codes of conduct are monitored, together with actions leading to disciplinary rulings, including attorney admonishments, reprimands, censures, suspensions and court ordered losses of licenses to practice law.
About Expose Corrupt Courts
Since beginning publication in March 2007, Expose Corrupt Courts has become one of the leading sources of both public and inside information concerning bench and bar misconduct. While the blog focuses primary attention on the court system of New York State, it regularly covers stories of interest throughout the U.S. Expose Corrupt Courts has led coverage of the massive corruption charges that have been filed against the attorney grievance committees in New York resulting in the filing of over a dozen law suits with the federal district court in Manhattan.