Lawyers Named Chairs of Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Sections, Committees and Task Forces

HARRISBURG (Aug. 23, 2007) — More than 100 Pennsylvania lawyers will serve as 2007-08 chairs of Pennsylvania Bar Association sections, committees and task forces. The following appointments have been made by PBA President Andrew F. Susko:

Allegheny County

Judge Donetta W. Ambrose, U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh, was renamed honorary chair of the PBA Federal Practice Committee, which 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.

Dana Baiocco with the law firm of Jones Day, Pittsburgh, was renamed 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.

Ann L. Begler of the Begler Group, Pittsburgh, was renamed co-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.

Judge Mary Jane Bowes of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh, was renamed co-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.

Lori L. Breen of Liberty Tax Service, North Versailles, has been named co-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.

Robert L. Byer with the law firm of Duane Morris L.L.P., Pittsburgh, was renamed chair of the PBA Amicus Curiae Brief Committee, which identifies legal issues that have relevance to the bar and are appropriate subjects for amicus curiae briefs.

Edward W. Diggs with the law firm of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham L.L.P., Pittsburgh, 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.

Frederick N. Egler Jr., chief counsel for litigation at PNC Bank, Pittsburgh, was named co-chair of the PBA Technology and PBA Web Site Committee, which identifies, recommends and develops technologies to benefit PBA members.

Jerry S. Eisenberg with the Law Office of Jerry Eisenberg, Pittsburgh, has been named co-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 members.

Laura E. Ellsworth with the law firm of Jones Day, Pittsburgh, was renamed co-chair of the PBA Loan Forgiveness Implementation Committee. The committee recommends ways to encourage new law graduates and young attorneys to enter public service and to encourage veteran attorneys to stay in the field when factors such as ever-growing student loan debt make such a career choice difficult. Ellsworth also was named co-chair of the Long Range Planning Strategic Goals Committee, which identifies long-term initiatives of the association and works to promote continuity of leadership.

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 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.

Barbara E. Holmes of Blaufeld Schiller & Holmes L.L.P., Pittsburgh, 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 processes.

Kenneth J. Horoho Jr., a partner in the Pittsburgh-based firm of Goldberg Gruener Gentile Horoho & Avalli P.C. and immediate past president of the PBA, has been named co-chair of the PBA Legislative and Governmental Relations Committee, which works with the PBA's legislative department to develop a grassroots network and which implements association policy at the direction of the PBA president and legislative director.

J. Marie Webb, a lawyer for KidsVoice in Pittsburgh, was renamed co-chair of the PBA Judicial Independence Committee and co-chair of the Community and Public Relations Committee. The Judicial Independence Committee is designed to protect the integrity of the court system and to promote the fair administration of justice. It also works to respond to unjust attacks against the judiciary. The Community and Public Relations Committee formulates and implements plans for improving the image of lawyers through public relations initiatives.

Maryanne Wesdock of the Environmental Hearing Board, Pittsburgh, has been named 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 the law firm Wilder & Mahood, Pittsburgh, was renamed co-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 Conduct.

Berks County

Heidi B. Masano, a partner with the law firm of Golden Masano Bradley in Wyomissing, was renamed co-chair of the PBA Judicial Independence Committee. The committee is designed to protect the integrity of the court system and to promote the fair administration of justice. It also works to respond to unjust attacks against the judiciary.

Bradford County

Leslie Wizelman of Wyalusing was named chair of the PBA Elder Law Section. The committee develops and implements programs to increase the association’s membership base and to retain current members. The section assists lawyers, the elderly population and those associated with the elderly community through educational programs focusing on advancements in elder law.

Bucks County

Hollie B. John of Sweet Stevens Tucker & Katz L.L.P., New Britain, has been named 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.

Butler County

Gerri V. Paulisick with the law firm of Boyer & Paulisick, Butler, was renamed chair of the PBA Community and Public Relations Committee, which formulates and implements plans for improving the image of lawyers in Pennsylvania through client and public relations.

Cambria County

John J. Bagnato, a partner with the law firm of Spence Custer Saylor Wolfe & Rose in Johnstown, was renamed chair of the PBA Professional Practice Standards Committee. The committee reviews the specialization process in Pennsylvania, provide a recommendation as to the extent the PBA should be involved in the process and create a proposal to implement the plan.

Chester County

Elizabeth C. Detwiler of Lockwood Financial, Malvern, has been named chair of the PBA In-House Counsel Committee, which works on matters of concern to lawyers employed as in-house corporate counsel.

James C. Sargent Jr. with the law firm of Lamb McErlane P.C., West Chester, was renamed co-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.

Mark L. Tunnell of Gawthrop Greenwood & Halsted P.C., West Chester, has been named chair of the PBA Professionalism Committee, which studies, recommends and implements programs and initiatives designed to promote professionalism within the legal community.

Cumberland County

Grace R. Schuyler, director of government affairs for Rite Aid, Camp Hill, was named co-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, Project PEACE and Law Day.

Dauphin County

Aji M. Abraham, a lawyer for Capital Blue Cross in Harrisburg, was renamed 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 disabled.

Norris E. Benns Jr., director of the Bureau of Program Integrity of the Office of Medical Assistance Programs in Harrisburg, was renamed co-chair of the PBA Health Care Law Committee, which monitors legislation and litigation that affect the health-care system.

Judge Christopher C. Conner, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, and Kathryn Lease Simpson, a partner with the law firm of Mette Evans & Woodside P.C., Harrisburg, were renamed co-chairs 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.

Samuel T. Cooper III with the law firm of Dilworth Paxson L.L.P., Harrisburg, was renamed co-chair of the PBA Loan Forgiveness Implementation Committee, which recommends ways to encourage new law graduates and young attorneys to enter public service and to encourage veteran attorneys to stay in the field when factors such as ever-growing student loan debt make such a career choice difficult.

Gordon A. Einhorn with the law firm of Hangley Aronchick Segal & Pudlin P.C., Harrisburg, was renamed chair of the PBA Animal Law Committee, which promotes the study and understanding of laws, regulations and court decisions dealing with legal issues involving animals.

Andrew R. Eisemann with the law offices of Capozzi & Associates P.C., Harrisburg, was renamed co-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 their families.

Lawrence G. Feinberg of the Joint State Government Commission, Harrisburg, was named chair of the PBA Statutory Law Committee, which assists any state government and PBA entity in the drafting of legislation.

Michael T. Foerster with the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office Charitable Trust Division, Harrisburg, was named co-chair of the PBA Charitable Organizations Committee, which focuses on matters of concern to lawyers who are employed by or who represent charitable organizations.

Rikardo J. Hull with the law firm of Hawke McKeon Sniscak & Kennard L.L.P., Harrisburg, was named 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 Saul Ewing L.L.P., 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.

Doreen A. McCall of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, Harrisburg, has been named co-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.

Seth A. Mendelsohn, corporate counsel for American Water Southeast Region, Hershey, has been named chair of the PBA Editorial Committee, which oversees the publications of the association.

Herbert R. Nurick with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, Harrisburg, was renamed co-chair of the PBA Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee. The committee 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.

Marel A. Raub, the Pennsylvania director of the Chesapeake Bay Commission in Harrisburg, was renamed 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.

Michael A. Roman with the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office Tax Litigation Section, Harrisburg, was renamed chair of the PBA Tax Law Section, which specializes in state and local tax issues. This section works with state officials on proposed legislation affecting tax laws, plans educational programs and deals with practice development issues.

Steven V. Turner, a lawyer for the Office of Inspector General in Harrisburg, was renamed co-chair of the PBA Outreach to Children Initiative Committee. The committee will collaborate with other associations and professional alliances to protect, educate and motivate children. He also has been named co-chair of the Government Lawyers Committee, which deals with matters of interest and concern to government-employed lawyers and provides them with specialized services and programs.

Dennis A. Whitaker, Office of Chief Counsel, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Harrisburg, was named chair of the Administrative Law Section. The section observes and makes recommendations on the effectiveness of government-issued regulations.

Brett M. Woodburn with the law firm of Caldwell & Kearns P.C. in Harrisburg, was named co-chair of the PBA Plain English Committee, which works to improve the general public’s access to the law by removing the barriers of "legalese."

Delaware County

Kathryn A. Meloni of the Law Offices of Kathryn A. Meloni, Media, has been named co-chair of the PBA Membership Development Committee, which develops and implements programs to increase the association’s membership base and to retain current members.

Joseph P. O’Brien with the law firm of Kassab Archbold & O’Brien 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 law.

Dveera Segal of Villanova University School of Law was renamed co-chair of the PBA Legal Services to the Public Committee, which provides assistance in the creation of programs designed to provide for the delivery of legal services to indigent people within the commonwealth. It also monitors and makes recommendations concerning all legislation regarding unmet legal needs and pro bono service.

Lackawanna County

Elizabeth C. Leo of Mercy Health Partners, Scranton, 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.

Malcolm L. MacGregor, a partner with the law firm of Foley McLane Foley McDonald & MacGregor P.C., Scranton, was named chair of the PBA Civil Litigation Section, which focuses on issues that directly affect civil litigation cases in Pennsylvania courts.

Judge Thomas I. Vanaskie of the U.S. District Court’s Middle District of Pennsylvania, Scranton, was named honorary 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.

Lancaster County

Kevin Monroe French of Hartman Underhill & Brubaker L.L.P., Lancaster, has been named co-chair of the PBA Lawyer Advertising Task Force Implementation Committee, which will act on recommendations in a recent PBA report about monitoring lawyer advertising.

Lehigh County

Victoria A. Coyle of North Penn Legal Services, Bethlehem, has been named co-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 people within the commonwealth. It also monitors and makes recommendations concerning all legislation regarding unmet legal needs and pro bono service.

William Z. Scott Jr., a shareholder of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, Bethlehem, was renamed co-chair of the PBA Judicial Independence Committee. The committee is designed to protect the integrity of the court system and to promote the fair administration of justice. It also works to respond to unjust attacks against the judiciary.

Luzerne County

Donald H. Brobst, with the law firm of Rosenn Jenkins & Greenwald L.L.P., Wilkes-Barre, was renamed 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.

Richard M. Goldberg, a partner with the law firm of Hourigan Kluger & Quinn P.C. in Kingston, was renamed co-chair of the PBA Judicial Campaign Advertising Committee and co-chair of the Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee. The first committee promotes accurate, fair and dignified judicial campaign advertising among candidates seeking election to the commonwealth’s appellate courts by monitoring and reviewing complaints. The second committee provides educational programming and coordinates statewide efforts on legal matters affecting active, reserve and National Guard military service members, retirees, veterans and their families.

David E. Schwager, a partner in the Wilkes-Barre law firm of Chariton & Schwager, was named chair of the PBA Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section, which concentrates on landlord-tenant relations, environmental issues, eminent domain and probate matters.

Lycoming County

William P. Carlucci, a partner at Elion Wayne Grieco Carlucci Shipman & Irwin P.C., Williamsport, and a former PBA president, has been named 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.

Mercer County

Brenda K. McBride of McBride & McBride P.C., Grove City, has been named co-chair of the PBA Long Range Planning Strategic Goals Committee, which identifies long-term initiatives of the association and works to promote continuity of leadership. McBride also was named co-chair of the PBA Senior Lawyers Committee, which serves as the voice of senior lawyers within the association.

Monroe County

Richard E. Deetz, a sole practitioner in Stroudsburg, was renamed 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.

Montgomery County

Judge Mason Avrigian, a partner in the law firm of Wisler Pearlstine Talone Craig Garrity & Potash L.L.P. in Blue Bell, was renamed chair of the PBA Senior Lawyers Committee, which serves as the voice of senior lawyers within the association.

Joel B. Bernbaum with the law firm of Kane Pugh Knoell Troy & Kramer L.L.P., Norristown, was named co-chair of the PBA Technology and PBA Web Site Committee, which identifies, recommends and develops technologies to benefit PBA members.

Helen E. Casale with the law firm of Wolf Block Schorr & Solis-Cohen L.L.P., Norristown, has been named co-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 with the law firm of High Swartz Roberts & Seidel L.L.P., Norristown, was renamed chair of the PBA Review & Certifying Board. The board reviews applications from organizations seeking to certify a lawyer’s expertise in a specific field of practice and makes recommendations to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court for accreditation or reaccreditation of certifying organizations.

Harold M. Goldner of the Law Office of Harold M. Goldner, Bala Cynwyd, was renamed 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.

Carol M. Lauchmen of Carol M. Lauchmen Associates, Harleysville, has been named chair of the PBA Lawyers’ Assistance Committee, which develops programs to assist impaired lawyers, 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.

C. Dale McClain of C. Dale McClain Ltd., Worcester, has been named chair of the PBA Planning Committee, which helps chart the future course of the association by assessing member services and programs and recommending changes based on members’ needs and trends of the legal profession.

Judge Arthur R. Tilson, Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas, has been named co-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.

Paul C. Troy with the law firm of Kane Pugh Knoell Troy & Kramer L.L.P., Norristown, was renamed co-chair of the PBA Health Care Law Committee, which monitors legislation and litigation that affect the health care system.

Cheryl L. Young with the law firm of Wolf Block Schorr & Solis-Cohen L.L.P., Norristown, was named co-chair of the PBA Membership Development Committee and co-chair of the Outreach to Children Initiative Committee. The first committee develops and implements programs to increase the association’s membership base and to retain current members. The second committee will collaborate with other associations and professional alliances to protect, education and motivate children.

Philadelphia County

Judge Harvey Bartle III, U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, was named honorary 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.

Marc L. Bogutz of Christie Pabarue Mortensen and Young P.C., Philadelphia, has been named chair of the PBA Professional Liability Committee, which focuses on issues concerning lawyers’ liability case law.

Carol J. Comeau with the law firm of Comeau & Bunker, Philadelphia, was renamed co-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 members.

Judge Pamela P. Dembe, Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas, was renamed co-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.

Charles Eppolito III with the law firm of White and Williams L.L.P., Philadelphia, and PBA secretary, was named chair of the PBA Quality of Life/Balance Task Force, which is charged with developing programs to help lawyers find balance between their personal and professional lives.

Phyllis H. Epstein, a partner with the law firm of Epstein Shapiro & Epstein in Philadelphia, was renamed 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.

Tonya M. Evans of TME Law L.L.C., Philadelphia, was named 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.

Ned Hark of Howard M. Goldsmith P.C., Philadelphia, has been 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 juvenile delinquency.

Clifford E. Haines of Haines and Associates, Philadelphia, and PBA vice president was named co-chair of the Long Range Planning Strategic Goals Committee, which identifies long-term initiatives of the association and works to promote continuity of leadership.

Judge Richard B. Klein, Superior Court of Pennsylvania, was renamed co-chair of the PBA Plain English Committee, which works to improve the general public’s access to the law by removing the barriers of "legalese.

Tsiwen M. Law, with the law firm of Law & Zaslow L.L.C., Philadelphia, has been renamed co-chair and Arthur N. Read of Friends of Farmworkers, Philadelphia, has been named co-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.

Christopher A. Lewis with the law firm of Blank Rome L.L.P., Philadelphia, was renamed 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 key Pennsylvania 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 public’s trust and confidence in the justice system and to make the administration of justice more effective and efficient.

Robert W. Muench, a sole practitioner in Philadelphia, was named 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.

James F. Mundy of the Philadelphia-based firm of Raynes McCarty, Philadelphia, has been named co-chair of the PBA Legislative and Governmental Relations Committee, which works with the PBA's legislative department to develop a grassroots network and which implements association policy at the direction of the PBA president and legislative director.

Louis S. Rulli of the University of Pennsylvania Law School was named co-chair of the PBA Loan Forgiveness Implementation Committee, which recommends ways to encourage new law graduates and young attorneys to enter public service and to encourage veteran attorneys to stay in the field when factors such as ever-growing student loan debt make such a career choice difficult.

Judge Norma L. Shapiro, U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania, was named 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.

David J. Shannon of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, Philadelphia, was named chair of the PBA Intellectual Property Section, which is concerned with furthering the development of the law and procedures related to intellectual property.

Michael L. Temin, a partner with the law firm of Wolf Block Schorr and Solis-Cohen L.L.P., Philadelphia, was renamed co-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 Conduct.

Michael L. Viola with the law firm of Shainberg & Viola, Philadelphia, was renamed co-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.

Thomas G. Wilkinson Jr. of Cozen O-Connor, Philadelphia, has been named co-chair of the PBA Lawyer Advertising Task Force Implementation Committee, which will act on recommendations in a recent PBA report about monitoring lawyer advertising.

Venango County

Christopher A. Junker, trust officer of National City Bank in Oil City, was renamed co-chair of the PBA Charitable Organizations Committee, which focuses on matters of concern to lawyers who are employed by or who represent charitable organizations.

Washington County

Craig B. Bluestein with the Law Offices of Craig B. Bluestein, Fort Washington, was renamed chair of the PBA Children’s 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 and implements public education campaigns as deemed appropriate.

Michele S. Dawson with the law firm of Johnson Dawson & Associates, Washington, was renamed co-chair of the PBA Task Force on Legal Needs of Middle Income People, which identifies ways to assist individuals who do not economically quality for existing legal assistance.

Westmoreland County

Joseph W. Lazzaro with the law firm of Kratzenberg & Lazzaro in Irwin was named 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.

Richard H. Galloway, a shareholder of Quatrini Rafferty Galloway P.C. in Greensburg, was renamed co-chair of the PBA Judicial Campaign Advertising Committee, which promotes accurate, fair and dignified judicial campaign advertising among candidates seeking election to the commonwealth’s appellate courts by monitoring and reviewing complaints.

York County

Sara Austin of Austin Law Firm L.L.C., York, has been named chair of the PBA Bylaws Committee. The committee proposes changes to the association’s 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, has been named 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 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.