HARRISBURG (June 30, 2008) More than 70 Pennsylvania lawyers will serve as
2008-09 chairs of Pennsylvania Bar Associations committees and sections. PBA
President C. Dale McClain made the following appointments:
Lori L. Breen, a shareholder at OBrien, Rulis & Bochicchio L.L.C.,
was named chair of the PBA Law-Related Education Committee, which is responsible for
overseeing many of the law-related youth education programs undertaken by the PBA. These
programs include Celebrate the Constitution and Law Day.
Sally Griffith Cimini, a shareholder at Babst Calland Clements & Zominir
P.C., Pittsburgh, was named chair of the PBA Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee,
which works on current issues relating to mediation, arbitration and other alternative
dispute resolution processes. The committee also conducts professional education programs
and monitors legislation regarding alternative dispute resolution.
Jerry S. Eisenberg, managing attorney at Eisenberg & Torisky, Pittsburgh, was
named chair of the PBA Insurance Staff Attorney Committee, which promotes the interests of
insurance staff counsel, fosters quality professional conduct and provides services to its
Judge D. Michael Fisher, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Pittsburgh,
was named chair of the PBA Federal Practice Committee. The committee promotes
communication between lawyers practicing in federal courts and members of the federal
judiciary and enhances professional capabilities of lawyers practicing in the U.S.
District Courts in Pennsylvania. The committee also makes recommendations about federal
legislation and proposed changes to bankruptcy, civil and criminal procedures and federal
district court rules.
Ronald W. Frank, a shareholder with the law firm of Reed Smith L.L.P., Pittsburgh,
was renamed chair of the PBA International and Comparative Law Section, which focuses its
efforts on monitoring treaties, immigration matters and events related to the World Court.
Members of this section typically work in multi-national corporations or are exposed to
legal systems in foreign countries.
Chris F. Gillotti, a partner with the law firm of Gillotti Capristo & Beck
P.C., Pittsburgh, was renamed chair of the PBA Judicial Evaluation Commission, which works
to provide Pennsylvania voters with solid recommendations on appellate candidates through
a thorough review process.
John D. Goetz, a partner with the law firm of Jones Day, Pittsburgh, was renamed
chair of the PBA Aeronautical and Space Law Section, which focuses on aviation law issues.
J. Marie Webb, staff attorney for KidsVoice, Pittsburgh, was named chair of the PBA
Community and Public Relations Committee, which formulates and implements plans for
improving the image of lawyers through public relations initiatives.
Maryanne Wesdock, assistant counsel for the Environmental Hearing Board,
Pittsburgh, was renamed chair of the PBA Environmental Mineral and Natural Resources
Section. The section focuses efforts on issues concerning land preservation, commercial
and individual sewage disposal and mining and drilling regulations. It also monitors
regulations issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.
Joanne Ross Wilder, president of Wilder and Mahood, Pittsburgh, was named chair of
the PBA Legal Ethics & Professional Responsibility Committee, which responds to
inquiries from lawyers on the impact of the provisions of the Rules of Professional
Heidi B. Masano, a partner with the law firm of Masano Bradley L.L.P.,
Wyomissing, was named chair of the PBA Judicial Independence Committee, which
protects the integrity of the court system and promotes the fair administration of
justice. It also works to respond to unjust attacks against the judiciary.
Hollie B. John, a partner at Connolly, Jacobson, DePietro & John L.L.P.,
Doylestown, was renamed chair of the PBA Legal Services for Exception Children Committee.
The committee develops programs designed to educate members of the legal profession about
current legislation and regulations affecting exceptional children and their families. It
also makes recommendations concerning legislation and regulations.
John J. Stanzione, a partner in the law firm of Wusinich Brogan & Stanzione,
Downingtown, was named chair of the PBA Membership Development Committee, which develops
and implements programs to increase the associations membership base and to retain
Mark L. Tunnell, a shareholder in the law firm of Gawthrop Greenwood &
Halsted P.C., West Chester, was renamed chair of the PBA Professionalism Committee, which
studies, recommends and implements programs and initiatives designed to promote
professionalism within the legal community.
Debra K. Wallet, a sole practitioner in Camp Hill, was named chair of
the PBA Legal Services to Persons with Disabilities Committee, which works to institute
statewide programs to educate the public and legal community about the legal rights of the
Andrew R. Eisemann, an associate with Capozzi & Associates P.C., Harrisburg,
was named chair of the PBA Military and Veterans Affairs Committee, which provides
educational programming and coordinates statewide efforts on legal matters affecting
active, reserve and National Guard military service members, retirees and veterans and
John L. Gedid, vice dean, Widener University School of Law, Harrisburg, was named
chair of the PBA Statutory Law Committee, which assists any state government and PBA
entity in the drafting of legislation.
John H. Howard, staff attorney for the Pennsylvania Milk Marketing Board,
Harrisburg, was named chair of the PBA Agricultural Law Committee, which studies questions
and problems affecting rural and agricultural interests in Pennsylvania. The committee
also monitors and makes recommendations concerning proposals for legislation or
regulations relating to rural and agricultural interests.
Rikardo J. Hull, assistant counsel for the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission,
Harrisburg, was renamed chair of the PBA Public Utility Law Section, which is charged with
developing and studying questions related to public utility law in the commonwealth and
the United States.
John B. Lampi of Saidis Flower & Lindsay, Harrisburg, was renamed chair of the
PBA Business Law Section, which works to develop and study laws dealing with banking,
business and nonprofit corporations, partnerships and associations. The section also
focuses on business regulation law and on legal transactions of the mercantile and
commercial fields, including bankruptcy, insolvency and receiverships.
Jackie Wiest Lutz of the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, Harrisburg,
was named chair of the Administrative Law Section. The section observes and makes
recommendations on the effectiveness of government-issued regulations.
Tracy L. McCurdy of the Pennsylvania Department of States Bureau of
Charitable Organizations, Harrisburg, was named chair of the PBA Charitable Organizations
Committee, which focuses on matters of concern to lawyers who are employed by or who
represent charitable organizations.
Seth A. Mendelsohn, corporate counsel for American Water Southeast Region, Hershey,
was renamed chair of the PBA Editorial Committee, which oversees the publications of the
K. Scott OBrian, an associate with McNees Wallace & Nurick L.L.C.,
Harrisburg, was named chair of the PBA Intellectual Property Section, which is concerned
with furthering the development of the law and procedures related to intellectual
Dan A. Schulder, a partner at WolfBlock, Harrisburg, was named chair
of the PBA Tax Law Section, which specializes in state and local tax issues. The section
works with state officials on proposed legislation affecting tax laws, plans educational
programs and deals with practice development issues.
Craig J. Staudenmaier, managing partner at Nauman Smith Shissler & Hall L.L.P.,
Harrisburg, was named co-chair of the PBA Bar/Press Committee. This committee works to
promote and increase cooperation and dialogue among the press, the bench and the bar.
Through its efforts, the Bar/Press Committee seeks to create a more informed citizenry
about the First and Sixth Amendments of the Constitution of the United States.
Steven A. Stine, a sole practitioner in Hummelstown, was named chair of the PBA
Municipal Law Section, which deals with the development and practical working of the law,
both substantive and procedural, relating to municipal subdivisions of states, with
particular reference to those of the commonwealth.
Shawn Weis, assistant legal counsel at the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment
Authority, Harrisburg, was named chair of the PBA Government Lawyers Committee, which
deals with matters of interest and concern to government-employed lawyers and provides
them with specialized services and programs.
Brett M. Woodburn, a partner with Caldwell & Kearns P.C., Harrisburg, was named
chair of the PBA Plain English Committee, which works to improve the general publics
access to the law by removing the barriers of "legalese."
Linda M. Anderson of Anderson Elder Law, Media, was named chair of the PBA
Elder Law Section, which assists lawyers, the elderly population and those associated with
the elderly community through educational programs focusing on advancements in elder law.
Joseph P. OBrien with the law firm of Kassab Archbold & OBrien
L.L.C., Media, was renamed co-chair of the PBA Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee.
This committee investigates complaints against any individuals who are not authorized to
practice and are alleged to be performing acts or services constituting the practice of
Carlton Anne Cook Walker, a sole practitioner in McConnellsburg, was named
chair of the PBA Quality of Life/Balance Committee, which is charged with developing
programs to help lawyers find balance between their personal and professional lives.
David R. Fine, a partner with Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis
L.L.P., Harrisburg, was renamed chair of the PBA Civil Litigation Section, which
focuses on issues that directly affect civil litigation cases in Pennsylvania courts.
Elisabeth S. Shuster, chief counsel, Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission,
Manheim, was named chair of the PBA Civil and Equal Rights Committee. The committee
works to promote and defend civil rights and responsibilities, fair treatment and equal
opportunity for all individuals.
Victoria A. Coyle, executive director for North Penn Legal Services, Bethlehem, was
named chair of the PBA Legal Services to the Public Committee. The committee provides
assistance in the creation of programs designed to provide for the delivery of legal
services to indigent Pennsylvanians. It also monitors and makes recommendations concerning
all legislation regarding unmet legal needs and pro bono service.
Barbara L. Hollenbach, a partner with Tallman Hudders & Sorrentino P.C.,
Allentown, was named chair of the PBA Workers Compensation Law Section, which
supports the exchange of information related to legal developments in workers
compensation law. The section also acts as a liaison with the Pennsylvania Bureau of
Workers Compensation to ensure that the interests of claimants, employers and the
legal community are protected fairly in the regulatory, legislative and administrative
Richard M. Goldberg, a partner with the law firm of Hourigan Kluger & Quinn
P.C. in Kingston, was named chair of the PBA Judicial Campaign Advertising Committee,
which promotes accurate, fair and dignified judicial campaign advertising among candidates
seeking election to the commonwealths appellate courts by monitoring and reviewing
William P. Carlucci, a partner at Elion Wayne Grieco Carlucci Shipman & Irwin
P.C., Williamsport, and a former PBA president, was renamed chair of the PABAR-PAC. The
committee raises funds and contributes to the campaigns of incumbent legislators and
legislative candidates supporting legislation and related issues of interest to lawyers
and the PBA.
Rebecca L. Reinhardt of McNerney Page Vanderlin & Hall, Williamsport, was
named chair of the PBA Solo & Small Firm Practice Section, which enhances the skills
of lawyers in solo and small firm practice by providing a forum for the exchange of ideas
and information essential to improvement of the lawyers' quality of legal services.
Judge Mason Avrigian, a partner in the law firm of Wisler Pearlstine L.L.P., Blue
Bell, was renamed chair of the PBA Senior Lawyers Committee, which serves as the voice of
senior lawyers within the association.
Helen E. Casale, a shareholder with Hangley Aronchick, Segal & Pudlin,
Norristown, was named chair of the PBA Gay & Lesbian Rights Committee, which studies
matters pertaining to the recognition and protection of the legal rights of the lesbian,
gay, bisexual and transgender community.
Mary Cushing Doherty, a partner with High Swartz L.L.P., Norristown, was renamed
chair of the PBA Review & Certifying Board. The board reviews applications from
organizations seeking to certify a lawyers expertise in a specific field of practice
and makes recommendations to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania for accreditation or
reaccreditation of certifying organizations.
Jill R. Fowler, a partner at Heckscher Teillon Terrill & Sager P.C., West
Conshohocken, was named chair of the PBA Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section,
which concentrates on landlord-tenant relations, environmental issues, eminent domain and
Richard J. Heleniak of the Law Office of Richard J. Heleniak, Blue Bell, was
named chair of the PBA Medical & Health Related Issues Committee. The committee
studies matters of concern to the medical and legal professions and reviews legislation
addressing ethical considerations related to these two disciplines.
Carol M. Lauchmen of Carol M. Lauchmen Associates, Harleysville, was renamed chair
of the PBA Lawyers Assistance Committee, which develops programs to assist impaired
lawyers and their law partners, clients and families.
Michael I. Levin, a sole practitioner in Huntingdon Valley, was renamed chair of
the PBA Education Law Section, which serves as a resource for lawyers involved in
protecting the interests of students, teachers and administrators. The section
concentrates on curriculum requirements and employment rights and on helping to improve
the relationship between school boards and their employees.
Mary C. Pugh, administrative director for the Montgomery Child Advocacy Project,
Norristown, was named chair of the PBA Child Advocate Pro Bono Committee. The committee
will explore how to engage pro bono lawyers to provide free legal representation and
social services to children who are victims of abuse and neglect. The committee will first
survey and publish what resources are available and then will work to bring a standard
level of care across the commonwealth.
Carol A. Behers, a partner in the law firm of Raphael Ramsden & Behers P.C.,
was named chair of the PBA Family Law Section. This section develops and works with
laws relating to marriage, divorce, nonsupport and domestic relations, adoption and
Norris E. Benns Jr., special assistant counsel at the Pennsylvania Department of
Public Welfare, was named chair of the PBA Health Care Law Committee, which monitors
legislation and litigation that affect the health care system.
Marc L. Bogutz, a shareholder with Christie Pabarue Mortensen and Young P.C., was
renamed chair of the PBA Professional Liability Committee, which focuses on issues
concerning lawyers liability case law.
Judge Pamela P. Dembe, Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas, was named chair
of the PBA Judicial Administration Committee. The committee studies and makes
recommendations on legislative issues pertaining to the operation, procedure and reform of
the state and federal court systems.
Tonya M. Evans, managing partner and principal of TME Law L.L.C., was renamed chair
of the PBA Sports Entertainment & Art Law Committee. The committee provides education
to the legal profession regarding issues affecting persons and entities involved in the
sports, entertainment and art communities.
Shelley R. Goldner, associate attorney with Hamburg & Golden P.C., was named
co-chair of the PBA Women in the Profession, which looks at the status of women in the
legal profession and recommends solutions to problems that prevent women from full
participation in the work, responsibilities and rewards of the legal profession.
Clifford E. Haines, founder of Haines and Associates and president-elect of the
Pennsylvania Bar Association, was named chair of the Presidential Planning Committee,
which annually assesses member services and programs and recommend changes and additions
to both short- and long-term goals based on the needs of the members and trends in the
Kim R. Jessum, of counsel with Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young L.L.P., was named
chair of the PBA In-House Counsel Committee, which works on matters of concern to lawyers
employed as in-house corporate counsel.
Kim Kocher, a partner with White and Williams L.L.P., was named chair of the PBA
Amicus Curiae Brief Committee, which identifies legal issues that have relevance to the
bar and that are appropriate subjects for amicus curiae briefs.
Robert P. Krauss, a partner with Ballard Spahr Andrews Ingersoll L.L.P., was named
chair of the PBA Gaming Law Committee, which reviews, studies and makes recommendations
concerning legislative proposals in the area of gaming law. It promotes the understanding
of laws, regulations and court decisions in the gaming area and develops materials and
educational programs of interest to gaming practitioners.
Edward W. Madeira Jr., a partner with the law firm of Pepper Hamilton L.L.P.,
Philadelphia, was renamed chair of the PBA Commission for Justice Initiatives in
Pennsylvania. The commission is composed of government, judiciary, legal and community
leaders and is responsible for developing and encouraging the implementation of programs
and practices in several Pennsylvania judicial districts to enhance the publics
trust and confidence in the justice system and to make the administration of justice more
effective and efficient.
Robert W. Muench, a sole practitioner, was renamed chair of the PBA Criminal Law
Section. The section is concerned with protecting the rights of all individuals who are
involved in criminal court proceedings.
Lori Odessa was named chair of the PBA Animal Law Committee, which promotes the
study and understanding of laws, regulations and court decisions dealing with legal issues
Amy L. Rosenberger, partner in the law firm of Willig, Williams &
Davidson, was named chair of the PBA Labor and Employment Law Section, which is concerned
with all aspects of labor relations, including the relationship between labor unions and
employees. The section also monitors legislative developments and judicial decisions
relating to labor law.
Judge Norma L. Shapiro, U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania, was
renamed chair of the PBA Leadership Recruitment and Development Committee, which
identifies future leaders of the PBA, provides information about how to obtain leadership
positions and encourages members to seek those positions.
Carl A. Solano, a partner at Schnader Harrison Segal and Lewis L.L.P., was named
chair of the PBA Appellate Advocacy Committee, which promotes, supports and improves
post-trial and appellate advocacy through regular member dialogues, seminars, a newsletter
and interactions with the courts and similar national and state organizations.
Kelly B. Stapleton from the Office of the U.S. Trustee was named co-chair of the
PBA Women in the Profession, which looks at the status of women in the legal profession
and recommends solutions to problems that prevent women from full participation in the
work, responsibilities and rewards of the legal profession.
Prince A. Thomas, special counsel at Fox Rothschild L.L.P., was renamed
chair of the PBA Minority Bar Committee, which develops programs to promote the issues and
concerns of minority lawyers. It also studies, reviews and makes recommendations on all
legislation impacting minority citizens in the commonwealth.
Craig B. Bluestein of the Law Offices of Craig B. Bluestein, Fort Washington, was
renamed chair of the PBA Childrens Rights Committee, which studies questions and
problems that affect children and monitors and makes recommendations concerning
legislation relating to their interests. The committee informs lawyers on matters
concerning children and develops programs for the legal profession to promote more
effective advocacy on behalf of children in trial and appellate courts.
Joseph W. Lazzaro with the law firm of Kratzenberg & Lazzaro, Irwin, was
renamed co-chair of the PBA Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee. This committee
investigates complaints against any individuals who are not authorized to practice and are
alleged to be performing acts or services constituting the practice of law.
Sara A. Austin, name partner of the Austin Law Firm L.L.C., York, was renamed chair
of the PBA Bylaws Committee. The committee proposes changes to the associations
government bylaws and reviews comments on changes to the bylaws that are suggested by
other PBA committees, sections and task forces.
Judge John S. Kennedy, York County Court of Common Pleas, was renamed chair of the
PBA Corrections System Committee, which studies the current corrections system in
Pennsylvania and makes recommendations for its improvement.
William F. Hoffmeyer, a senior partner with the law firm of Hoffmeyer &
Semmelman L.L.P. in York, was renamed co-chair of the PBA Unauthorized Practice of Law
Committee. This committee investigates complaints against any individuals who are not
authorized to practice and are alleged to be performing acts or services constituting the
practice of law.
Founded in 1895, the Pennsylvania Bar Association exists to promote justice,
professional excellence and respect of the law; improve public understanding of the legal
system; facilitate access to legal services; and serve the 29,000 lawyers who are members
of the association.