IN THE SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE
In the Matter of:
No. 584, 2006
VALERIE GLOVER TONWE, §
Board Case No. 39, 2005
Submitted: April 4, 2007
Decided: May 25, 2007
Before STEELE, Chief Justice, BERGER and JACOBS, Justices.
Disciplinary Proceeding Upon Final Report of the Board on Professional
Responsibility of the Supreme Court. Disbarment Ordered.
Matthew F. Boyer, Esquire, of Connolly, Bove, Lodge & Hutz LLP, Wilmington,
Delaware; Of Counsel: Samuel C. Stretton, Esquire of West Chester,
Pennsylvania, for Respondent.
Andrea L. Rocanelli, Esquire and Patricia Bartley Schwartz, Esquire, Office of
Disciplinary Counsel, Wilmington, Delaware.
Respondent is identified in this proceeding as Valerie Glover Tonwe. At the disciplinary
hearing, however, she identified herself as Valerie Jamela Glover. There is evidence to suggest that
she practices law in both names.
This is a lawyer disciplinary proceeding. The respondent, Valerie Glover
Tonwe (“Glover”) , is a Pennsylvania attorney who has never been admitted to
practice law in Delaware. In 1991, when the Office of Disciplinary Counsel (“ODC”)
learned that she was maintaining an office and practicing law in Delaware, Glover
consented to the entry of a cease and desist order. In 2006, the ODC filed a petition
alleging that Glover has been violating the cease and desist order, and that her
activities in Delaware constitute the unauthorized practice of law. A panel of the
Board on Professional Responsibility (“Board”) issued its report recommending,
among other things, that Glover be declared permanently unfit for admission to the
Delaware bar. Glover objected to the Board’s findings and recommendations. After
careful consideration, we conclude that Glover must be disbarred.
Glover graduated from law school in 1985 and was admitted to the Ohio bar
shortly thereafter. She moved to Delaware a few years later. In 1989, Glover was
admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia.