“Job Description: Trial Judge”, a memoir by The Honorable Robert K. Young for sale

Job Description: Trial Judge

By: The Honorable Robert K. Young (Retried)

“The Trial Judge book is not a biography. It is a memoir of the eleven and a half year period of the life spent as a Common Pleas Court Judge. I endeavored to describe the job of a county trial judge to my great grandchildren. I also hope that others, especially students interested in becoming lawyers, will find it interesting and informative.”

 

The Honorable Robert K. Young’s book is on sale now at the BALC.  All proceeds will go to benefit the Lehigh County Lawyers’ Charitable Fund.  Each year, grants from the Fund are made to charitable programs and organizations throughout the Lehigh Valley as recommended by the Bar Association.

 

$18.00 per book plus shipping and handling.

Contact Ray at rbridgeman@lehighbar.org to request your copy by mail.

Please feel free to stop by the BALC Building to purchase your copy and save on shipping and handling cost.  1114 W. Walnut St, Allentown, PA, 18102.

Documentation for 2019 Bench Bar Conference

 

Instructions for Admission, June 10, 2019

A completed application consist of a typed first and second page of the application, a Certificate of Good Standing from the Supreme Court of the State where the attorney has been practicing for the past three years (only one is needed) and the $200.00 application fee.

Some items to keep in mind when submitting your application.

•             Make checks payable to the Supreme Court of the United States and date them for June 10, 2019.

•             All signatures on the second page of the application; applicant and sponsors, must be original and must be on the same sheet.

•             Only the “Certification, Statement of Sponsors, Oath of Admission” sections need to be signed for group admissions.

•             The deadline to submit your application and supporting documents back to Ray Bridgeman at the BALC is April 24, 2019.  Please submit your packet only once fully completed.  You can drop packet off at the BALC Building, 1114 W Walnut St, Allentown, PA 18102 or you can mail it (Attn: Ray Bridgeman) but must be received by the close of business, April 24.  This is limited to the first 50 Applicants.

 

Please submit this with your packet as your cover:

Attorney Name:

Name of your 1 allowed guest for the ceremony:

 

 

APPLICATION:  https://www.supremecourt.gov/bar/barapplication_new.pdf

Save the Date: Bench Bar Conference 2019

Save the Date:  Bench Bar Conference 2019

Washington, DC

June 7th- 10th

The Historic Willard Hotel

 

The Bench Bar Committee is hard at work planning next year’s Conference that will include receptions, group activities, outstanding CLEs and a special event, the United States Supreme Court Admissions Ceremony.

 

Highlights:

6/7

430 PM BALC Board Meeting-Board Members Only

6:00PM-8PM Cocktail Reception at the Historic Willard Hotel

 

6/8

9AM-11:30AM CLE Seminars-Willard Hotel

Afternoon-Tour DC at your Leisure

Optional Afternoon Group Tour

 

6/9

9AM-10AM CLE Seminar-Willard Hotel

10:30AM-12PM Champagne Brunch-Willard Hotel

6PM-8PM Hospitality Reception (Admission Applicants Only)

 

6/10

US Supreme Court Admission including Group Breakfast (This is limited to the first 50 Applicants). Please see BALC Website for Admission Packet and Instructions.

 

Hotel Information-Book your rooms now!  First come basis.

 

The Willard Washington D.C.

1401 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004

Call: 1-800-424-6835 and use Group Code BBC

or Make Reservations Online.

 

*BUS Transportation being arranged to DC for entire Conference and for those just coming in for Admissions Ceremony.*

 

*Activities and Schedules subject to change, see lehighbar.org for updates.

 

Documentation for Admissions Ceremony

Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Appellate Arguments at Lehigh University- 9/18/18

 

On Tuesday, September 18th, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court will hold a special session of appellate arguments at Lehigh University in Baker Hall in the Zoellner Arts Center.

The Court, presiding in a panel of three judges, will hear appellate arguments in cases currently pending on the Court’s docket. The Court session will begin at 9:00 a.m. and consist of attorney oral arguments in the eleven cases on the Court’s docket, concluding at approximately 12:00 noon. This is an open court session and any member of the public may attend and observe as long as they wish, and come and go as desired.

 

From an educational perspective, the three-judge panel of the Commonwealth Court, joined by the other six judges of the Commonwealth Court, will remain at Lehigh when the court session ends (at approximately 12:00 noon) for a special “Lunch and Learn” program for interested students, faculty and Lehigh guests. A box lunch will be provided for attendees, courtesy of Lehigh, and participants will have the opportunity to ask the Commonwealth Court judges questions about the Court, the cases presented in the morning, current issues and topics in the law, preparation for law school, and careers in law. Seating for the Lunch and Learn session is very limited and open to current Lehigh Students and Alumni first and then guests upon request and depending upon availability thereafter.  If you would like to attend the “Lunch and Learn” with the Court, please contact me first at inogc@lehigh.edu or my office’s Executive Secretary, Robin Schenkel at (610) 758-3572 to check on availability.

Information about the Commonwealth Court:

While the Commonwealth Court holds its court sessions primarily in Harrisburg, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh, it has, on occasion, held sessions at selected locations throughout the Commonwealth for the convenience of litigants’ counsel and so that members of the public may attend and observe the Court’s sessions. The Commonwealth Court was established in 1968 and is unique to Pennsylvania. It is one of Pennsylvania’s two statewide intermediate appellate courts. The Commonwealth Court is primarily responsible for matters involving state and local governments and regulatory agencies. It also acts as a trial court when lawsuits are filed by or against the Commonwealth. Appeals are generally heard by panels of three judges, which is how the Court will preside in its session at Lehigh on September 18th.

- Frank A. Roth, General Counsel, Lehigh University

Toomey and Casey Accepting Applications for Eastern District of PA Judicial Vacancies

 

Toomey and Casey Accepting Applications for Eastern District of PA Judicial Vacancies

 

Washington, D.C. – Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senators Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Bob Casey (D-Pa.) announced today they are accepting applications from persons interested in filling judicial vacancies on the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

“Since 2011, Senator Casey and I have worked to confirm 14 qualified nominees to fill district court vacancies on the federal bench. Only three states – California, New York, and Texas – have had more district court vacancies filled during this time,” said Senator Toomey. “This coupled with the fact that we have seven additional district court nominees awaiting Senate confirmation is a tribute to the bipartisan process Senator Casey and I use to ensure that knowledgeable and ethical candidates become federal judges serving Pennsylvania.”

“Since Senator Toomey came to the Senate in 2011, we have worked together to submit consensus candidates for Federal District Court seats in Pennsylvania,” said Senator Casey. “I look forward to continuing this important bipartisan work to identify and support mainstream judicial candidates in Pennsylvania with the necessary experience, character and temperament for lifetime appointments to the federal judiciary.”

U.S. District Court Vacancies in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Senators Casey and Toomey will employ the following process to fill vacancies on the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania:

•             A judicial nomination advisory panel will be established in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

•             This panel will screen applicants for judicial vacancies and submit the names of qualified applicants to the two U.S. Senators.

•             Senators Casey and Toomey will each appoint panel members and one co-chair. The co-chairs will be: John Soroko, Chairman Emeritus and Partner, Duane Morris LLP and Robert Ross, Founding Partner, Ross Feller Casey, LLP.

•             Applicants will be required to complete and submit an application, which is available online here.

 

Persons interested in being considered should submit their completed application to both: judicial_nominations@casey.senate.gov and judgeappEDPA@toomey.senate.gov

The deadline for submitting a completed application is Friday, September 28, 2018 at 5pm EST.

Lehigh County Lawyer’s Charitable Fund Grant

LEHIGH COUNTY LAWYER’S CHARITABLE FUND GRANT

The Bar Association of Lehigh County (“BALC”) has established a fund with the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation known as the Lehigh County Lawyer’s Charitable Fund.  The Fund is made possible by the generosity of our members.  On an annual basis, BALC awards grants of up to $5,000.00 each to selected Lehigh Valley 501(c)(3) organizations.  Interested Lehigh Valley 501(c)(3) organizations are invited to submit a grant Application to BALC in accordance with the below Application Guidelines.

2018-2019 Theme is “Summer School Programs & Camps”.  The committee will make a concerted effort to review applications from area nonprofits that benefit this year’s theme. Please keep this in mind when preparing your application.

Application Guidelines

To apply for a Lehigh County Lawyer’s Charitable Fund Grant, Applicants must comply with each of the following:

  1. Each Applicant must be a 501(c)(3) corporation in good standing, which maintains an active presence in the Lehigh Valley, and provides a product or service which benefits Lehigh Valley communities and/or residents.
  2. Complete the Grant Application 2018-2019 and required narrative.
  3. E-mail the completed Application and the narrative as a single file to the BALC Executive Director, Ray Bridgeman at: rbridgeman@lehighbar.org.  In the Subject Line reference: Application for Lehigh County Lawyer’s Charitable Fund Grant.  Questions regarding the grant process should be directed to Mr. Bridgeman at (610) 433-6204, ext. 15.
  4. Applications must be received by 5 p.m., October 31st.  Applications not received by the deadline will not be considered.

Please note that:

  • $5,000 USD is the maximum award (unless special approval is received by the BALC Board of Directors).  Smaller grant requests are encouraged.
    • The proposed use of Lehigh County Lawyer’s Charitable Funds must provide some clear benefit to the Lehigh Valley as a whole, its communities, and residents in the form of providing needed services, new knowledge, developing or sharing of resources, or good practice in learning, teaching, or assessment, or providing disaster relief.
    • Applicants not selected for grants are encouraged to submit an Application the following year.
    • Successful Applicants agree to provide to BALC, no later than July 1st of the year in which the grant is awarded, a brief written summary detailing how the Grant was utilized or will be utilized by the end of the calendar year, and authorizing BALC to post the summary on the BALC website.
    • Funds from the LCLC Fund Grant may not be used for:
      • Registration for, travel to, or accommodation at conferences;
      • Internal staff training and development (although this maybe a secondary outcome); and
      • Fundraising.

Process for Making Awards

The BALC Community Services Committee will evaluate the Applications and make recommendations to the BALC Board of Directors on grant recipients.  Final Approval will be decided by the BALC Board of Directors.  All applications will be considered confidential.  Grants will be awarded in the first quarter of the year following the Application deadline.

Press Release: Judge Juan R. Sanchez becomes Chief Judge of the Eastern District

 

 

JUDGE JUAN R. SÁNCHEZ BECOMES CHIEF JUDGE

OF THE EASTERN DISTRICT

 

August 1, 2018                                                                       Kate Barkman, Clerk of Court Kate_Barkman@paed.uscourts.gov

 

PHILADELPHIA, PA – The Honorable Juan R. Sánchez became Chief Judge of the United States District Court in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on August 1, 2018. Judge Sánchez has served as a federal judge for over fourteen years and follows the Honorable Lawrence F. Stengel as the 15th Chief Judge of this district. He is the first Hispanic to lead the Court in its 229-year history. One of thirteen original federal judicial districts created by the federal Judiciary Act of 1789, the Eastern District encompasses Philadelphia, Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Lehigh, Montgomery, and Northampton counties.

Former Chief Judge Lawrence F. Stengel stated,

 

Judge Juan Sánchez is a thoroughly good man who has served with distinction as a judge on this Court for over 14 years. He is hard working, reliable, honest, and true. Judge Sánchez built a reputation for dedication to justice and excellence in his work while on the Chester County Court of Common Pleas and that has continued. He has earned the respect and admiration of lawyers and judges here in the federal court. Judge Sánchez is already viewed as a leader among our colleagues. The work he has done with various projects as Chair of our Jury Committee has improved the experiences of our jurors and enhanced our jury trial process. He is cheerful, positive, and good to work with. Judge Sánchez is open to new and innovative ideas. I feel confident about the future of this great Court as he takes over as the Chief Judge.

 

Judge Sánchez’s colleague, Judge Paul S. Diamond of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania concurred. “Juan Sánchez will be a magnificent Chief Judge. His great intelligence, warmth, and devotion to this Court will benefit everyone on the Court and everyone who appears before it.” Magistrate Judge Timothy Rice added, “Chief Judge Sánchez is a model jurist committed to equal justice, fairness, and legal excellence. His tireless work ethic and compassion were forged during his journey from the South Bronx to the Ivy League and the bench. His story is truly an American Dream.”

Judge Sánchez was born in Vega Baja, Puerto Rico and moved to the Bronx, New York City at age 12. He graduated from the City College of the City University of New York and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Judge Sánchez began his legal career as a recipient of the distinguished Reginald Heber Smith Community Lawyer Fellowship, through which he worked as a staff attorney with Legal Aid of Chester County, then spent fourteen years with the Chester County Public Defender’s Office.

Judge Sánchez served six years as a judge on the Court of Common Pleas of Chester County, Pennsylvania, where he presided over criminal, civil, and juvenile matters before his appointment to the federal bench in 2004. In 2016, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. appointed Judge Sánchez to serve as a member of the Judicial Conference of the United States’ Committee on Defender Services. In addition to hearing cases in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Judge Sánchez has regularly handled civil and criminal cases in the District of the Virgin Islands.

In 2003, Judge Sánchez was appointed by the President of the Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges, the Honorable Paula Francisco Ott, to co-chair a special project committee to develop a curriculum on the importance of an independent judiciary. Judge Ott, now a Judge of the Pennsylvania Superior Court stated,

I can attest to his love of the law and commitment to promoting public confidence in and understanding of the judicial system. While we were colleagues on the Chester County bench, he started a successful business litigation mediation/arbitration program. He also volunteered to present the “Meet the Judges” program, a biannual event, and with his usual boundless energy, arranged for school students from all over the county to be brought to the courthouse. This was the largest turnout we had ever had, and he was recognized statewide for that program by the PA Trial Judges Association. I have no doubt that his work ethic, ability to spearhead innovative programs, enthusiasm, and collegiality will serve him well in his new position. To his colleagues on the Eastern District, I say “Hold on to your hats!”

Another former colleague from the Chester County Court of Common Pleas, President Judge Jacqueline Cody, stated,

I have known Judge Sanchez since the 1980s, when we were young attorneys in the District Attorney’s and Public Defender’s offices. As his courtroom adversary, I witnessed his consummate knowledge of the law and his commitment to excellence. But I was most impressed with his genuine understanding of the human spirit and how he remained kind and respectful, no matter how tough the courtroom fight might be. When we served together as judges on the Court of Common Pleas of Chester County, I came to know him, not only as a model of judicial excellence, but also as a team player. His enthusiasm for reviewing protocols and procedures in an effort to improve the court system was impressive. He lit a spark for the rest of us to join him in going above and beyond the standards in serving the people of Chester County. I offer my heartfelt congratulations to Judge Sanchez on accepting the honor of serving as Chief Judge of the Eastern District and wish him continued success.

 

New Chief Judge Sánchez praised Judge Lawrence F. Stengel for his service as Chief Judge:

Chief Judge Stengel has left a great legacy for our Court to build upon in the next decade. His example as a jurist, leader, and most importantly, as a colleague and close personal friend will shine a light on the path I follow. He has contributed greatly, served honorably, and served with distinction. Chief Judge Stengel led our Court through a challenging transition period, which included the retirement of one Clerk of Court and the selection of our outstanding new Clerk of Court, Kate Barkman. Under Chief Judge Stengel’s leadership, our Court has enhanced the utilization of our Pro Se/Death Penalty program, taken initial steps toward modernizing the Clerk of Court’s Office workspace, and embarked on a new path toward a more inclusive vision of how we govern ourselves. These concrete achievements are giant steps toward improving our standing and leadership role in the Judiciary.

 

The Eastern District of Pennsylvania is headquartered at the James A. Byrne Courthouse in Philadelphia and has three divisional courthouses in Allentown, Reading, and Easton with a courthouse staff of over two-hundred employees. The Chief Judge oversees the administration of the district which includes the offices of the Clerk of Court, Probation, Pre-Trial Services, and Bankruptcy. The district has twenty-two active judgeships, eleven senior judges, as well as five bankruptcy judges, and eleven magistrate judges.

Press Release: Chief Judge Lawrence F. Stengel of the US District Court, Eastern District of PA, Annouces Retirement

Contact:  Kate Barkman

Telephone:  215-597-9221 

Website: www.paed.uscourts.gov

Email:kate_barkman@paed.uscourts.gov

 

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Chief Judge Lawrence F. Stengel has announced his retirement from the United States District Court in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania effective August 31, 2018. Chief Judge Stengel has served as a federal judge for over fourteen years. He will enter private practice in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in September, 2018.

Chief Judge D. Brooks Smith of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals stated, I am looking for a ‘bright side’ to Chief Judge Larry Stengel’s decision to retire from the federal bench.  The only bright side that comes to mind is that the federal judiciary, and especially those of us in the courts of the Third Circuit, have benefited for so many years from the excellence of his judging and from his outstanding leadership skills.  He is a great friend and a valued colleague — and I’m very sorry to see him go.  Chief Judge Stengel has been a leader, not only on his court, but nationally.  His stewardship to the Third Branch has included his steady hand as chair of the Committee on Judicial Resources of the U.S. Judicial Conference, and his service as a member of the Third Circuit Judicial Council.  He has accomplished much, and he leaves with the deep gratitude and the sincere best wishes of the entire Third Circuit family.

James Duff, Director of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts added, Chief Judge Larry Stengel has been an exemplary leader in the Judicial Branch and will be greatly missed.  He possesses so many of the attributes we value and look for in our judges – fair, even-tempered, level-headed, insightful, careful, considerate, and wise – and he has utilized these traits not only on the bench locally but also on a national scale in the administration of the entire branch.  It has been a joy to work with him in his role as Chair of the Judicial Conference of the United States’ Committee on Judicial Resources and I am grateful for his friendship.

Judge Stengel graduated from St. Joseph’s University and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Stengel began his practice at Dickie, McCamey and Chilcote in Pittsburgh and then opened a litigation practice in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, his hometown. Judge Stengel served for fourteen years as a judge on the Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas before his appointment to the federal bench by President George W. Bush in 2004. In 2015, Chief Justice Roberts appointed Judge Stengel to be Chair of the Judicial Resources Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States.  The Judicial Resources Committee is a national committee that guides human resources policy for the federal judiciary. Chief Judge Stengel has served on the committee for 9 years. On June 21, 2018, Chief Judge Stengel represented the Judicial Conference as a witness before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Courts and Intellectual Property in a hearing on the need for more federal judges.

Judge Roslynn R. Mauskopf, a federal judge sitting in the Eastern District of New York, will succeed Chief Judge Stengel as Chair of the Judicial Resources Committee. She stated,

Chief Judge Stengel has consistently demonstrated exemplary leadership in guiding the Judicial Resources Committee to take principled positions on the complex issues underlying the fair and equitable distribution of resources to our courts nationwide.  He approaches each issue with genuine care and a willingness to understand all aspects of a problem, and with an unfailing commitment to integrity in both the path taken and the results achieved.  In doing so, Chief Judge Stengel has done much to ensure that our courts have the resources they need to serve our communities, while earning the respect and admiration of all who have had the privilege of working with him.

While a Lancaster County judge, he was elected to the Executive Committee of the Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges and appointed to serve on the Education Committee of the Conference in 2001. In that capacity, he was the planner for courses on racial disparity in sentencing, evidence law and criminal law procedure. In 2002 he received the President’s Award from the Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges. Judge Stengel has served as president of the Lancaster Bar Association and has been Adjunct Professor in the Government Department at Franklin and Marshall College since 1997.

Judge Stengel has been Chief Judge of the Eastern District since August 1, 2017. Since that time, the Court has undergone an extensive evolution of and implemented changes in its Information Technology, Human Resources and Pro Se Law Clerk functions. The Court has secured new space for its staff, chambers and courtrooms in the Reading, PA divisional office.

The Eastern District of Pennsylvania is headquartered at the James A. Byrne Courthouse in Philadelphia and has three divisional courthouses in Allentown, Reading and Easton with a courthouse staff of over two-hundred employees. The Chief Judge oversees the administration of the district which includes the offices of the Clerk of Court, Probation, Pre-Trial Services and Bankruptcy. The district has twenty-two active judgeships, twelve senior judges, as well as six bankruptcy, ten magistrate judges and three inactive senior judges, and is the third largest federal district court in the nation.  One of thirteen original federal judicial districts created by the federal judiciary act of 1789, the Eastern District encompasses Philadelphia, Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Lehigh, Montgomery and Northampton counties.

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Documentation for 2019 Bench Bar Conference in Washington D.C.

 

Please be on the look-out for information regarding the 2019 Bench Bar Conference in Washington D.C.

 

Instructions for Admission, June 10, 2019

A completed application consist of a typed first and second page of the application, a Certificate of Good Standing from the Supreme Court of the State where the attorney has been practicing for the past three years (only one is needed) and the $200.00 application fee.

Some items to keep in mind when submitting your application.

•             Make checks payable to the Supreme Court of the United States and date them for June 10, 2019.

•             All signatures on the second page of the application; applicant and sponsors, must be original and must be on the same sheet.

•             Only the “Certification, Statement of Sponsors, Oath of Admission” sections need to be signed for group admissions.

•             The deadline to submit your application and supporting documents back to Ray Bridgeman at the BALC is April 24, 2019.  Please submit your packet only once fully completed.  You can drop packet off at the BALC Building, 1114 W Walnut St, Allentown, PA 18102 or you can mail it (Attn: Ray Bridgeman) but must be received by the close of business, April 24.  This is limited to the first 50 Applicants.

 

Please submit this with your packet as your cover:

Attorney Name:

Name of your 1 allowed guest for the ceremony:

 

 

APPLICATION:  https://www.supremecourt.gov/bar/barapplication_new.pdf