Reception honoring Joel Burcat

On December 11, 2015, Joel Burcat was honored for his 20 years of service to the Middle District of Pennsylvania Chapter. For 20 years, Joel has attended the monthly admissions ceremony in Harrisburg to talk briefly about civility and the FBA. His work has not gone unnoticed by the court or his colleagues in the chapter. At the conclusion of the regular admissions ceremony, presided by Chief Judge Conner, the Middle District of Pennsylvania Chapter presented Joel with a plaque thanking him for his years of service. Chief Judge Conner also presented Joel with a recognition plaque on behalf of the entire court. Joel’s law firm, Saul Ewing, then sponsored a breakfast reception for the attendees and the court. Well done Joel, and thanks.

2014 Chapter Annual Meeting

L to R: Jennifer Menichini, Jonathan Koltash, Rob Tribeck, Steve Greecher, Micheal O’ Donnell, Sean Roman, EJ Rymsza, Sarah Yerger, Magistrate Judge Karoline Mehalchick, and Bridget.
Middle District of Pennsylvania Chapter Celebrates the 20th Anniversary of its Pro Bono Mediation Program

On September 26, 2014, the Middle District of Pennsylvania celebrated the 20th Anniversary of its Pro Bono Mediation Program at the Bushkill Inn & Conference Center. In cooperation with the Middle District Federal Bar Association, the court sponsored six hours of expert-level mediation training, and honored the certified mediators who have donated their time and talent in over 3,000 pro bono mediation assignments since the program’s inception in April, 1994.

Keynote speaker Judge Jeremy D. Fogel, Director of the Federal Judicial Center, complimented the court and its mediators for running one of the most robust and effective mediation programs in the judiciary. Pictured with Chief Judge Christopher C. Conner, who was a member of the mediation panel before his appointment to the Middle District bench, are eight of the twenty-three attorneys who have served the court as pro bono mediators since the panel formed in 1994.

Front, left to right, are Jane Rigler, Donald R. Reihart, Lucille Marsh and Zygmunt R. Bialkowski.
Back, left to right are Chief Judge Conner, Charles Shaffer, Richard G. Fine, C. Edward S. Mitchell and John R. Lenahan, Jr.

The larger group photo includes a majority of the 52 Middle District mediators who attended the Conference. Currently, there are 103 attorneys on the Middle District’s mediation panel.
Pennsylvania Judge Advocates CLE

COL Robert DeSousa, Past National President, LTC Frank McGovern, Eastern District of PA Chapter President and CPT Mike O'Brien Middle District of PA Chapter Membership Committee recently hosted the PA Army and Air Judge Advocate at an FBA Sponsored CLE for all State of PA Judge Advocates at Ft. Indiantown Gap.

COL (Mil Judge) Ray Bily EDPA Chapter is given a retirement Flag and Judge Gavel by COL Robert DeSousa, Past national President at Ft. Indiantown Gap.
CLE and Reception at the William J. Nealon Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse

On June 11, 2013, approximately 90 attorneys gathered to attend a CLE and reception hosted by the M.D.Pa. Chapter, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Federal Practice Committee. The CLE, “Civil and Criminal Pretrial Evidentiary Hearings: Beyond the Basics” included presentations by the Honorable D. Michael Fisher of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and the Honorable A. Richard Caputo and the Honorable Robert D. Mariani, both of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. The panel was moderated by Attorney Bridget Montgomery of the law firm Eckert Seamans. Following opening remarks by Chapter President Karoline Mehalchick, the judges offered tips and updates on pretrial evidentiary issues, including expert reports, Daubert motions and DNA evidence, while Attorney Montgomery offered insight from the perspective of the practitioner. Following the CLE, a reception was held in the atrium of the courthouse. 

From L to R: Third Circuit Court of Appeals Judge D. Michael Fisher, Karoline Mehalchick, FBA Chapter President, Bridget Montgomery, Moderator, U.S. District Court Judges Robert D. Mariani and A. Richard Caputo

From L to R: U.S. District Court Judges Robert D. Mariani and A. Richard Caputo

From L to R: Bridget Montgomery and Third Circuit Court of Appeals Judge D. Michael Fisher

On January 24, 2013 Ray Dowd, an ex-officio member of the FBA's Board of Directors, presented "Masterpieces & Mystery: Recovering Art Stolen From Victims of the Holocaust" to a crowd of 75 at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The event was presented by the Delaware, New Jersey, Eastern and Middle District of Pennsylvania Chapters of the Federal Bar Association.

We would like to especially thank the Brandeis Law Society and Judge Sandra Moss and Sandra Zipkin who organized the event.

For those who were not able to attend you can listen to the presentation in full below as well as download the slides (PDF).

Full Audio (449 MB | 1:21:45)


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