Bucks County Bar Foundation Announces Scholarship Opportunities

The Bucks County Bar Foundation, the charitable arm of the Bucks County Bar Association, is pleased to announce scholarship opportunities for 2020. Throughout the year, the Foundation holds several events in support of the Thomas E. Mellon, Jr. Scholarship and the William Penn Scholarship. These scholarships are awarded to Bucks County residents pursuing a career in law or a related field. Eligibility requirements include a record of academic excellence and a strong commitment to public service.  Additional criteria along with application details for the scholarships can be found at https://www.bucksbar.org/bar-foundation/bcbf-scholarship/

The Mission of the Bar Foundation of the Bucks County Bar Association, consistent with its charter and as a 501(c)(3) charitable entity, is to promote and support programs, organizations, and individuals throughout Bucks County who are engaged in activities designed to foster respect for the rule of law, the advancement of rights, liberties and protections under the law, as well as activities which have as a principal purpose the advancement of social justice for the individuals, families and communities of Bucks County.

Updates – Bucks County Bar Association

The BCBA takes great pride in taking appropriate steps to ensure the health and wellness of our members and staff. We are constantly updating our efforts to continue to serve our members in a safe manner. Along those lines, we have made the following changes to our normal operations which will remain in place until April 1:

The BCBA building will be closed to outside visitors until at least April 1. During this building closure, we will not be able to accommodate depositions, client meetings, and other room rentals.

BCBA staff and operations will continue via remote means. Division, section, and committee meetings may be scheduled to be conducted via GoToMeeting. Greg will coordinate with chairpersons for meeting sign-in information.

Scheduled CLEs may also still occur via GoToMeeting. The BCBA staff will contact the presenters for future CLEs to determine the viability of this option.

The BCBA online CLE catalog is always available at https://bcba.vocalmeet.com/home/. Attorneys may obtain 6 of their annual 12 credits via remote delivery.

The Lawyer Referral and Information Service will continue to operate during this period. Signage will be posted on our door to direct any walk-in clients to call our Lawyer Referral phone number.

Traffic school registrations will be postponed to a later date.

We will continue to monitor the situation and send updates to the membership as meetings and CLEs are scheduled or postponed. The staff will also continue to update the website with further calendar changes.

 

Other updates:

  1. The following meetings are already scheduled to occur via GoToMeeting:
    1. IP Section CLE on March 18th at 8:30am.  (This CLE will occur via Zoom)
    2. Board of Directors meeting on March 18th at 4:30pm.
    3. Pro Bono Committee meeting on March 19th at 4pm.
    4. WLD meeting on March 24th at 4pm.
  2. The Family Law Section CLE Ethics, Professionalism and Civility in Family Law Practice scheduled for Tuesday, March 17, 2020, has been postponed until later this year.
  3. The Criminal Law Section Updates on Sentencing CLE scheduled for Thursday, March  19, 2020, has also been postponed until later this year.
  4. The Solo and Small Practitioner Section for March 25th is postponed to a future date.
  5. From the Bucks County Department of Corrections: Anyone entering the facilities will receive a no touch temp scan. Anyone with a fever will be denied entry.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Dan or Greg.

 

Daniel M. Keane, Esq

President, BCBA

dkeane@clemonslaw.com

 

Greg Nardi

BCBA Executive Director

greg.nardi@bucksbar.org | T: 215-348-9413

Bucks County Bar Association
135 East State Street
Doylestown, PA  18901
www.bucksbar.org

Sweet Stevens to Present PAPSA Conference Finale

New Britain, PA Four attorneys from Sweet, Stevens, Katz & Williams will present the final session of the 2020 Pennsylvania Association of Pupil Service Administrators (PAPSA) conference on April 1-3, 2020 at the historic Genetti Hotel & Suites in Williamsport, PA. The closing session, the Paul Stevens Memorial Legal Seminar, is named for a founding partner of the law firm and is considered a highlight of the conference. It is a full day program to be held on Fri., April 3.

Now in its 19th year, the Paul Stevens Memorial Legal Seminar will feature attorneys Jane M. Williams, Sharon W. Montanye, Thomas C. Warner and Leslie A. Collins. They will share information on recent court decisions that affect special education and pupil services.

This year’s PAPSA conference theme is Pupil Services Administration: Welcome to the Major Leagues.  PAPSA is the only organization in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania specifically devoted to issues concerning pupil services programs in schools. Members of the organization have supervisory or administrative responsibility in fields such as counseling, health, psychology, home and school visitation, social work, special education, gifted education and student assistance. For more information, visit papsa-web.org.

Peter J. Smith Joins Antheil Maslow & MacMinn, LLP

Antheil Maslow & MacMinn is pleased to announce that Peter J. Smith has joined as a Partner of the firm.  Peter Smith is an experienced and highly skilled business lawyer and trusted partner to his commercial and individual clients.  Antheil Maslow & MacMinn was founded and has grown as a predominantly business legal service firm, and as such is well suited to Smith’s sophisticated corporate practice and client base.

Peter Smith has been solving problems and adding value for business owners for over 25 years, with a practice focused on corporate law, business transactions, mergers and acquisitions, contracts, commercial finance, debtor/creditor relations, business disputes, non-profit organizations, real estate, and trusts and estates.

Smith counsels businesses involved in manufacturing, distribution, marketing, e-commerce, technology, health care, pharmaceutical research, professional services, real estate, construction and retail. In addition, he has experience with start-up ventures, family-owned businesses, limited liability companies and 501(c)(3) public charities. He also represents individuals and families in estate and business succession planning.

Semanoff Ormsby Greenberg & Torchia, LLC Welcomes Three New Attorneys to the Firm’s Practice

Wilbur D. Dahlgren focuses his practice in the areas of estate planning and administration, wills, trust and advanced directive preparation, business succession planning, planned giving, individual and fiduciary income taxation, and tax-exempt organizations. He also counsels clients in elder law planning including life care, long-term care, Medicaid, and asset protection planning.

He is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania, New York and Florida.   He is a member of the Pennsylvania State Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, Florida State Bar Association, as well as each Association’s estate planning and elder law sections.

Joseph P. Santoro joins the firm’s real estate practice group. He has over 19 years experience in all aspects of commercial real estate transactions, including, office, industrial, retail, and residential sales, purchases, development and leasing.  Immediately prior to joining the firm, Joe served as vice president, senior counsel to Liberty Property Trust (LPT), a publicly-traded real estate investment trust with over 100 million square feet of space, and over 1,000 tenants.

In addition to his real estate practice, Joe also focuses his practice in the areas of transactional corporate law. On the corporate side, Joe has experience with business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions and business formations and dissolutions.    Joe is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Megan E. Stamm concentrates her  practice  in  general corporate law, with a focus on health care.   She has experience in handling privacy and HIPAA matters, confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements.  Prior to joining the firm, Megan worked for the City of Philadelphia Law Department’s HIPAA and Privacy Law Unit.

Jeff Williams Presents at Historic Pennsylvania Bar Family Law Section Winter Meeting

 

Hershey, PA – Jeffrey M. Williams, founder and managing partner of Williams Family Law, P.C. spoke in January at the Pennsylvania Bar Association Family Law Section Winter Meeting. This

historic meeting commemorated the 40th anniversary of the adoption of the Pennsylvania Divorce Code and the future of the practice of family law in Pennsylvania.

Williams served on a panel of some of the most notable and prestigious judges and legal figures in family law in Pennsylvania. “Major Milestones in Pennsylvania Family Law,” reviewed significant cases that have been decided since the enactment of the code in 1980, as well as subsequent changes since its inception. Williams personally addressed the substantial amendments that were made to the code in 1988, one of just two sets of modifications adopted in the past 40 years.

Williams was well positioned to deliver his portion of the presentation, as he is widely regarded as one of the top divorce attorneys in Pennsylvania. He successfully litigated one of the first significant same-sex child custody cases in the commonwealth. He is a past president of the Pennsylvania chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and is a diplomate of the American College of Family Trial Lawyers, whose membership is limited to 100 attorneys nationally. He is listed annually in “Best Lawyers,” Pennsylvania “Super Lawyers,” and has been selected as one of the “Ten Leaders of Greater Philadelphia for Matrimonial & Divorce Law” annually since 2004.

Sweet Stevens Names New Partner, Senior Associate

New Britain, PA Sweet, Stevens, Katz & Williams has announced promotions for two attorneys of the firm: Christina M. Stephanos has been named partner, and Shawn D. Lochinger appointed senior associate.

Stephanos joined the firm in 2012, bringing a multifaceted professional perspective to Sweet Stevens. In addition to her law degree, she holds a diploma in Special Education, certificates in both Reading and Elementary Education and she taught Language Arts and Special Education for six years. Her practice involves ongoing consultation and representation of school districts in a variety of matters; preparing and presenting special education audits with specific recommendations for overall programming, staffing and supports; representing school districts in due process administrative hearings; and providing professional development on a variety of topics.

Lochinger joined Sweet Stevens in 2015, bringing a background in special education law and labor and employment law in schools. He has served as a hearing officer for gifted education as well as expulsion hearings and in student discipline cases. Lochinger has represented clients at the administrative level and in federal court, before the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, the EEOC, the OFCCP, and unemployment compensation referees.

Michael Mills & Elaine Yandrisevits Presented CLE on the SECURE Act of 2019

Michael Mills, a Partner of the law firm of Antheil Maslow & MacMinn in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, and Elaine Yandrisevits, both of the firm’s estates & trusts practice group, presented an estate planning update at the Bucks County Bar Association on February 12th.   The program focused on recent legislation passed in December, 2019 known as the SECURE Act.  This far reaching bill has significant impact on retirement accounts.  The CLE addressed how the SECURE Act affects the treatment of retirement account beneficiaries, including benefits left in trusts.

 

Michael Mills is a Partner of the firm, focusing in Estates & Trusts, Taxation and Corporate practice areas.  Elaine Yandrisevits practices exclusively in the Estates and Trusts. Both are frequent speakers on estate & tax planning for continuing legal education and community organizations.