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When the Disciplinary Board Comes Calling: It Can Happen to You!

By Ellen C. Brotman and Ashley Kenney Shea on 6/18/2015

Article Image No matter how long you practice and how careful you are, someday it can happen to you: a letter arrives from the Office of Disciplinary Counsel advising you of a complaint. Read Full Story »

 

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DISCOVERY

Court "Comments" on Social Media Discovery

By James W. Cushing, Esq. on 6/16/2015

With the advent of social media, and its increasing popularity and pervasiveness, the law has been struggling to keep pace. As cases find their way to court, decisions have been entered which are making a path to guide the cultural changes which the extensive usage of social media has caused. Read Full Story »

CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Superior Court Rules on Suppression of Search of Computer Brought to Store for Servicing

By Burton A. Rose, Esq. on 6/16/2015

The warrantless search of Appellee's digital data files, stored on his desktop computer, violated his Fourth Amendment protections. Consequently, the officers´ subsequent seizure of the computer, and additional searches conducted thereafter, were unlawful as "fruits of the poisonous tree." Read Full Story »

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Hon. Timothy K. Lewis delivers the Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Memorial Public Interest Lecture at the June 9, 2015, Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon.

 

WORKERS' COMPENSATION

The Month in Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation: May 2015 At-A-Glance

By Mitchell I. Golding, Esq. on 6/18/2015

A Brief Overview of Lack of Prosecution/ Medical Testimony/ WCJ, and Claim Petition/ Notice of Ability of Return to Work/ Vocational. Read Full Story »

ETHICS

Spotlight on Ethics

By Paul Kazaras, Esq. on 2/19/2015

Article Image What is an attorney supposed to do when a client indicates that he is going to commit suicide? Read Full Story »

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FAMILY LAW

After Marriage Equality: Protecting Parental Rights of Same-Sex Couples

By Tiffany L. Palmer, Esq. on 1/22/2015

Article Image Eight months after the decision in Whitewood v. Wolf, which permitted same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania, questions still remain as to the full implementation and impact of the decision in the area of family law. The biggest question facing family law practitioners is how to counsel same-sex married couples who conceive a child via assisted reproduction during their marriage. Are both spouses the parents by virtue of the marital presumption of paternity under Pennsylvania law? Read Full Story »

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LAW PRACTICE MANAGEMENT

Video Interviewing - Pros and Cons

By Jared Jacobson, Esq. on 8/19/2013

What are the risks to a company and a candidate that may be faced as a result of this new world of "on-line job dating"? With Skype and similar services out there, video interviewing has and will continue to change the landscape of interviews. Technology has fundamentally changed many aspects of the way we work. Skype, Facetime, GoToMeeting, and YouTube are some examples. Individuals of all ages are becoming more familiar and comfortable with the technology, as video cameras are in computers and even many of the phones that we carry around. Read Full Story »

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Alcohol Putting Unemployment Compensation to the Test

By James W. Cushing, Esq. on 8/19/2013

In the matter of Dillon v. Unemployment Compensation Board of Review, 2013 WL 2991042, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania interpreted Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation Law to include alcohol consumption within the meaning of 43 P.S. Section 802(e.1). Read Full Story »

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