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Pennsylvania Bar Association Elects New Officers

HARRISBURG (May 2000) -- The Pennsylvania Bar Association House of Delegates elected the association’s 2000-2001 officers during the organization’s Annual Meeting held this month in Hershey.

The officers are as follows:

President-Elect
H. Reginald Belden Jr., a partner in the Greensburg law firm of Belden Belden Persin and Johnston, was elected president-elect of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. He will become president of the association in the year 2001.

A former chair of the PBA House of Delegates and president of the Westmoreland Bar Association and University of Pittsburgh School of Law Alumni Association, Belden is a member of the American College and Westmoreland Academy of Trial Lawyers, a trustee of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Historical Society and a life fellow of the American and Pennsylvania bar foundations.

Belden is an active member of the Greensburg community and served as president of the Westmoreland Symphony and Westmoreland Society. He also was the vice chair of the Westmoreland Trust and the vice president of the Greensburg Area Cultural Council.

Belden is a graduate of Lafayette College and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Vice President
Timothy J. Carson, a partner in the Philadelphia law firm of Saul, Ewing, Remick & Saul LLP, was elected vice president of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. He will become president of the association in the year 2002.

A member of the PBA House of Delegates, Carson is a past PBA Zone 1 governor and PBA Young Lawyers Division chair. He is a life fellow of the Philadelphia and Pennsylvania bar foundations and is a past president of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation. Carson also is a past member of the Philadelphia Bar Association Board of Governors and is a founding member of the Pennsylvania Association of Bond Lawyers. In addition, he is a fellow of the American College of Bond Counsel.

Appointed by Gov. Tom Ridge in 1996, Carson serves as a commissioner for the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission. In addition, Carson is a past legal counsel and executive committee member of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation.

He is a graduate of the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce of the University of Pennsylvania and the Villanova University School of Law.

Treasurer
Dennis O. Reiter, a shareholder in the State College law firm of Lee, Martin, Green and Reiter, Inc., was re-elected treasurer of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. Reiter will serve for a one-year term.

Reiter has held numerous leadership positions in the PBA, including service as a member of the Board of Governors and House of Delegates and as a fellow of the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation. He also is a member of the Centre County Bar Association, the American Judicature Society and the Pennsylvania Land Title Association.

The presiding justice of the Bellefonte B.P.O.E. Lodge, Reiter also is an active member of the American Legion, the Bellefonte Lions Club and the Centre County and Bellefonte chambers of commerce.

Reiter is a graduate of the University of Houston and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Secretary
J. Marie Webb, a Waynesburg solo practitioner, was re-elected for a third one-year term as secretary of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.

Webb has held numerous leadership positions in the PBA, including previous service as a member of the Board of Governors and House of Delegates and as a fellow of the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation, the PBA’s charitable arm. She also is a member of the PBA Conference of County Bar Leaders Executive Committee, having served as its president, and is an executive committee member of the PBA Solo and Small Firm Practice Section. She is a longtime member of the Allegheny and Greene county bar associations. Webb is the current editor of the Greene County Bar Association Legal Journal and Newsletter.

Previously active with emergency fire services in Greene County, Webb was Pennsylvania’s first woman to be certified as a fire service instructor. A past lieutenant and treasurer for the Morris Township Volunteer Fire Company, Webb also is a past assistant director of the Greene County Emergency Management Agency where she co-authored Greene County’s original disaster plan.

Webb is a former valedictorian of Waynesburg College, where she has been active in the annual spring GNP concert for the last 23 of its 30 years, and is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Young Lawyers Division Chair
Jacqueline Vigilante, a sole practitioner in Philadelphia, was elected chair of the 11,000 member Pennsylvania Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (PBA/YLD), which works to promote public service and professional growth among young lawyers in the commonwealth.

An active member of the young lawyers division in the local, state and American bar associations, Vigilante has served as secretary of the PBA/YLD and was a member of the American Bar Association YLD executive council. She is a past vice chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association YLD and also served as chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association Solo and Small Firm Committee.

Committed to providing legal services to the indigent and disabled, Vigilante is a board member for the Legal Clinic for the Disabled. She also volunteers her time to teach students about the law.

Vigilante is a graduate of Cabrini College and Temple University School of Law.

Young Lawyers Division Chair-Elect
Seth A. Mendelsohn, a state deputy attorney general in Harrisburg, was elected chair-elect of the 11,000 member Pennsylvania Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (PBA/YLD), which works to promote public service and professional growth among young lawyers in the commonwealth. He will become chair of the PBA/YLD in 2001.

Mendelsohn is a past PBA/YLD Zone 3 chair and also serves as a member of the PBA Editorial Board and the PBA Committee on the Corrections System. Along with Judge Kevin Hess and lawyer Dale F. Shugart Jr., Mendelsohn co-authored the article “Pennsylvania Civil Practice” in 1998.

He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and the Dickinson School of Law.