Call for Nominations to BCBA Board of Directors

Any association member interested in serving as an officer or director on the BCBA Board of Directors is encouraged to fill out the Nominations Questionnaire and mail/email it to the Bar Association office before October 1, 2018. Suggestions for nominations are also encouraged. Openings include President Elect, Secretary, Treasurer and Board of Director positions.

There are five (5) Board of Director positions which shall be as follows: five (5) members will be elected to five (5) three (3) year terms.

The Committee has a Questionnaire and a set of Guidelines for use in selecting the candidates. If you are interested in running for an office or a directorship, you may email or call Greg Nardi at the Bar office and request that the Questionnaire be faxed to you. (GregN@bucksbar.org or 215-348-9413 ext. 103).

The Committee has requested nominations and questionnaires be received on or before October 1st, 2018.

For those wishing to be considered for nomination, the responsibilities are as follows:

  • Attend all board meetings, appropriate committee meetings and special events.
  • Be informed about the mission, services, policies and programs of the Bar Association.
  • Serve on committees and offer to take on special assignments.
  • Serve as liaison between the board and committees, sections and divisions.
  • Inform others about the organization and its activities and functions.
  • Assist the board in carrying out its fiduciary responsibilities, such as reviewing the organization’s annual financial statement.

Qualified candidates should:

  • Possess experience in bar association activities such as chairing a committee, attending bar functions and being active in the bar community.
  • Have the ability to think clearly and creatively and work well with people, individually and in a group.
  • Be willing to be prepared for and attend board and committee meetings. Take responsibility and follow through on given assignments, contribute personal and financial resources in a generous way according to circumstances and open doors in the community.

Nomination Questionnaire 2018

Nomination Form

 

Law Firm Crisis and Publicity Expert Gina Rubel to Present at LMA Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference

Law Firm Crisis and Publicity Expert Gina Rubel to Present at LMA Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference

Award-winning law firm crisis strategist, attorney, and incident response expert presents at LMA Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference in Washington, D.C.

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (September 2018) – Furia Rubel Communications, Inc. CEO, Gina Rubel, says it’s “not if but when a crisis will strike a law firm.” She, along with a panel of in-house law firm experts and a member of the media will present crisis communications at the 2018 Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 1. The panel will address ways to prepare for various crises that may strike a law firm.

The reputations of many U.S. lawyers and law firms have come under attack from cybersecurity and data breaches to sexual misconduct scandals. The moment something goes wrong and the firm or one of its clients receives negative media attention typically is the moment the law firm’s management recognizes the value of its once-stellar reputation. Firms that have prepared incident response plans are better able to navigate complicated times – especially in our 24/7/365 media environment.

Among the confirmed co-panelists are Jasmine Trillos-Decarie, Chief Client Service Officer of Stoel Rives LLP, an Am Law 200 firm and Lara Hamm, Director of Communications and Public Relations of Jackson Lewis P.C., an Am Law 100 firm. Trillos-Decarie is an experienced law firm executive with more than 20 years of experience in marketing, business development and crisis communications at international Am Law 100 and 200 firms. Hamm has more than 15 years of experience developing and implementing a public relations programs designed to build and enhance law firm reputations.

An attorney and law firm PR expert, Rubel leads Furia Rubel Communications, Inc., an agency supporting law firm growth through integrated legal marketing, public relations, reputations management, and content marketing. She regularly is called upon by law firm leaders for high-stakes public relations, media training, crisis planning, and incident-response support, including high profile litigation media relations. In addition, she is listed among Lawdragon’s top 100 consultants and strategists to the legal profession, worldwide.

Gina Rubel, Esquire

About Furia Rubel Marketing and Public Relations: Furia Rubel Marketing and Public Relations is an integrated and strategic marketing and public relations agency based in Bucks County, Pa. The certified woman-owned agency provides strategic planning, marketing, public relations, media relations, graphic design, website design, content marketing, blog production and social media services to a wide array of professional clients. Furia Rubel represents law firms, technology companies, educational organizations, accounting firms, nonprofits, municipalities, and manufacturing, behavioral health and elder care organizations. For more information, visit www.furiarubel.com.

BCBA Staffing Changes

It is with mixed emotions that I inform you that Michelle Froehlich has accepted a position outside of the Bucks County Bar Association. I am sad for us to lose such a valuable team player, but happy for Michelle as she continues her career in educational services. Michelle’s last day with the BCBA will be September 22, 2018.

Kelly Neff will be assuming Michelle’s responsibilities for the CLE programs. We are fortunate to have Kelly’s experience with the BCBA to be able to transition seamlessly into this role.

We are now seeking a new Administrative Assistant.    Please see the Job Description below, and please forward it to those you would recommend for the job.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Greg Nardi
Executive Director
Bucks County Bar Association
215-348-9413

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Administrative Assistant Job Description

Melissa M. Boyd Moderates PBI Meeting

Norristown, PA, September 4, 2018– High Swartz partner, Melissa M. Boyd recently moderated the Pennsylvania Bar Institute course held on August 2 in Philadelphia. The topic of the program was “The Lawyers Guide to Appraisals and Appraisers.” The panelists discussed everything you need to know about residential and commercial appraisals and gave an overview of the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP).

Melissa M. Boyd is a partner with High Swartz LLP. She concentrates her practice on family law including, but not limited to, divorce, pre-nuptial and post-divorce agreements, child custody and support, equitable distribution, alimony, adoptions, protection from abuse and juvenile law. She has dedicated much of her professional career to preserving the rights of children and their families.

Ms. Boyd is a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Board member of the Pennsylvania Chapter of AAML and member of the family law sections of the American Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Montgomery Bar Association. In 2018 she was awarded the Special Achievement Award by the Pennsylvania Bar Association. She is former Chair of the Family Law Section of the Montgomery Bar Association. Ms. Boyd has been certified as a Family Law Arbitrator by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

A graduate of Washington College and the University of Baltimore School of Law, Boyd has received the highest possible rating from Martindale-Hubbell, has been named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer for 8 years, Best Lawyer in America since 2016 and named among the 10 Leaders of Matrimonial Law in Philadelphia.

The Pennsylvania Bar Institute is the continuing legal education arm of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. PBI’s mission is to provide the Pennsylvania legal community with high-quality, comprehensive and accessible continuing education that enhances legal practice. For more information visit http://www.pbi.org/.

Melissa M. Boyd, Esquire

High Swartz LLP is a full-service law firm serving clients in the Delaware Valley and throughout Pennsylvania from offices in Norristown and Doylestown. Established in 1914, High Swartz serves the needs of businesses, municipalities, government entities, nonprofits and individuals. With offices in Bucks County and Montgomery County, the full-service law firm provides comprehensive counsel and legal support to individuals and business entities of all sizes across a broad spectrum of industries throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. For more information, go to www.highswartz.com.

Obermayer Attorneys Named 2019 Best Lawyers

OBERMAYER ATTORNEYS NAMED 2019 BEST LAWYERS

 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – August 15, 2018 – Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP is pleased to announce that nine of our attorneys were selected for inclusion in the recently released 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, regarded as a definitive guide to legal excellence in the region.

Obermayer’s selected Best Lawyers and their respective areas of practice are:

  • Michael E. Bertin – family law
  • Julie R. Colton* – family law
  • Paul C. Heintz – trusts & estates
  • Hillary J.  Moonay – family law
  • David L. Ladov – family law
  • Leslie B. Spoltore – family law
  • Nina B. Stryker – litigation – trusts & estates, trusts & estates
  • Adam H. Tanker – family law
  • Robert I Whitelaw – family law

*Julie R. Colton was also recognized by Best Lawyers® as the 2019 “Lawyer of the Year” for Family Law Mediation in the Pittsburgh area.

Toomey and Casey Accepting Applications for Eastern District of PA Judicial Vacancies

 

Toomey and Casey Accepting Applications for Eastern District of PA Judicial Vacancies

Washington, D.C. – Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senators Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Bob Casey (D-Pa.) announced today they are accepting applications from persons interested in filling judicial vacancies on the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

“Since 2011, Senator Casey and I have worked to confirm 14 qualified nominees to fill district court vacancies on the federal bench. Only three states – California, New York, and Texas – have had more district court vacancies filled during this time,” said Senator Toomey. “This coupled with the fact that we have seven additional district court nominees awaiting Senate confirmation is a tribute to the bipartisan process Senator Casey and I use to ensure that knowledgeable and ethical candidates become federal judges serving Pennsylvania.”

“Since Senator Toomey came to the Senate in 2011, we have worked together to submit consensus candidates for Federal District Court seats in Pennsylvania,” said Senator Casey. “I look forward to continuing this important bipartisan work to identify and support mainstream judicial candidates in Pennsylvania with the necessary experience, character and temperament for lifetime appointments to the federal judiciary.”

U.S. District Court Vacancies in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Senators Casey and Toomey will employ the following process to fill vacancies on the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania:

  • A judicial nomination advisory panel will be established in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
  • This panel will screen applicants for judicial vacancies and submit the names of qualified applicants to the two U.S. Senators.
  • Senators Casey and Toomey will each appoint panel members and one co-chair. The co-chairs will be: John Soroko, Chairman Emeritus and Partner, Duane Morris LLP and Robert Ross, Founding Partner, Ross Feller Casey, LLP.
  • Applicants will be required to complete and submit an application, which is available online here.

Persons interested in being considered should submit their completed application to both: judicial_nominations@casey.senate.gov and judgeappEDPA@toomey.senate.gov

The deadline for submitting a completed application is Friday, September 28, 2018 at 5pm EST.

 

 

High Swartz Awards Scholarship to Two High School Graduates

Full-service law firm funds $5,000 scholarship in memory of partner Mary Cushing Doherty’s late husband, James Doherty

Norristown, PA, August 27, 2018High Swartz LLP, is pleased to announce the 2018 recipients of its James F. Doherty Scholarship, awarded to the child or grandchild of a full-time High Swartz employee. This year’s co-winners are Sophia Dantzic, daughter of attorney Douglas Wayne, and Megan Sellers, daughter of office manager Darlene Sellers.

Both students will use the $2,500 scholarship towards tuition at a 4-year college. Megan, originally from Warminster is attending Cedar Crest College majoring in Biology. Sophia, originally from Doylestown, is attending Bennington College in Vermont.

The scholarship honors the memory of law firm partner Mary Cushing Doherty’s late husband, James F. Doherty. An employee with Penn Color for 30 years, Jim was a proud chemist and a man of many passions. He loved the study of history, literature, language and more, and was avid bicyclist, competitive trivia master, and a natural humorist. For 30 years, the Dohertys served their church as pre-cana counselors, preparing couples for marriage.

“It’s special that our scholarship winners, Sophia and Megan, each worked for our firm and are pursing their college degrees” said Doherty. “I’m glad to know Sophia qualified for a second scholarship, and Megan supports LLS at the Light the Night Walk in memory of her grandfather (as I do in memory of Jim).”

Each year, High Swartz offers a scholarship of $5,000 in Jim’s name. It is awarded to one recipient or split evenly between two recipients. Recipients must be either a senior in high school or an older student in college or graduate school, who is planning on attending a trade school, college, or graduate school full-time at the beginning of the current school year.

Applicants are required to write an essay related to one of Jim’s passions. The essays are submitted to the judge’s panel anonymously. The applicants also are evaluated based on their community and volunteer activities. For more information about the scholarship, visit the firm’s website.

About High Swartz LLP: High Swartz LLP is a full-service law firm serving clients in the Delaware Valley and throughout Pennsylvania from offices in Norristown and Doylestown. Established in 1914, High Swartz serves the needs of businesses, municipalities, government entities, nonprofits and individuals. With offices in Bucks County and Montgomery County, the full-service law firm provides comprehensive counsel and legal support to individuals and business entities of all sizes across a broad spectrum of industries throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. For more information, go to www.highswartz.com.

 

Michael E. Peters, Esq. Appointed General Counsel to Pennsylvania State Tax Collector’s Association

Michael E. Peters, Esq. Appointed General Counsel to Pennsylvania State Tax Collector’s Association

Doylestown, PA – Michael E. Peters, Esq. has been appointed general counsel to the Pennsylvania State Tax Collector’s Association (PSTCA).

The PSTCA is the official professional organization for elected tax collectors throughout Pennsylvania. In this role, Mr. Peters will serve as a resource to the PSTCA and its members and will direct the Association’s legal and legislative efforts to protect the legal rights and status of elected tax collectors.

In addition to his efforts litigating cases on behalf of tax collectors across the Commonwealth, Mr. Peters represents municipalities in Bucks and Montgomery Counties, as well as private commercial and residential clients before zoning hearing boards and municipal governing bodies in land development and zoning matters. He has appeared in courts of common pleas throughout the Commonwealth and Commonwealth Court in land use and municipal law litigation and appeals. Mr. Peters is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University and The George Washington University Law School.

The purpose of the PSTCA is to unite collectors of real estate and all other taxes; to provide a means for dissemination of information and education on assessment and tax collecting practices; to engage in publishing constructive reports; and to cooperate with others interested in assessments and taxation. To learn more about the PSTCA, please visit their website, www.pstca.org.