Coming Together to Help Victims of Animal Abuse: A Pro Bono CLE for Lawyers and Animal Welfare Organizations

Coming Together to Help Victims of Animal Abuse: A Pro Bono CLE for Lawyers and Animal Welfare Organizations


Friday, October 25, 2019, 8:30 a.m.–noon at the Bar Association of Lehigh County

Each year in Pennsylvania, thousands of animals are victims of abuse and neglect at the hands of their owners. The fortunate ones are rescued by dedicated animal welfare organizations, who file criminal charges against the abusers—but what happens to the animals after that? Unless an owner willingly surrenders, an abused animal can languish at a shelter for months or even years as the criminal process drags on. Caring for victims of animal abuse places a tremendous strain on the resources of the welfare organizations, especially in large hoarding situations, and remaining in cages at a shelter, ineligible for adoption, places a tremendous strain on the animals themselves.

Pennsylvania’s recently-enacted Costs of Care of Seized Animals Act is a powerful tool to help rescues recover the costs of caring for these animals while the criminal case is pending and also expedites the forfeiture and subsequent adoption of animals whose owners refuse to pay.

Learn the nuts and bolts of investigating reports of animal cruelty and neglect, executing search warrants, taking animals into protective custody, and prosecuting abusive owners. Learn how to file a Pennsylvania Costs of Care Petition and put on an evidentiary hearing. Understand the Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct that are implicated in criminal and civil actions, including Rules 1.14, 1.16, 3.1, 3.6, 3.8, and 4.3.

Network with representatives of various SPCAs and other animal welfare organizations who need your help. Spend some quality time with adoptable kittens.

Speakers: Joann Lytle and Ashley Turner, McCarter & English, LLP. Penny Ellison, Adjunct Professor of Animal Law and Ethics, University of Pennsylvania Law School and
Barbara R. Paul, Esquire, Assistant District Attorney, Philadelphia. Nikki Thompson, Chief Humane Society Police Officer, Bucks County SPCA

*Approved for 1 ethics credit and 2.0 substantive credits in NY, NJ, and PA. DE CLE credit pending. There is no charge to attend this seminar. Attendees requiring PA CLE credit are asked to provide a check payable to McCarter & English, LLP, in the amount of $4.50 to cover the registration fee charged by the Pennsylvania CLE Board.

Please contact Alyse Pashman at to register.

Exclusive Women Lawyers Program, “Professionalism & Well-Being” on October 3

BALC & Women in the Law Committee will be presenting the “Professionalism and Well-Being” CLE seminar on October 3.

Approved for 2 Ethics & 1 Substantive CLE Credit

Presented by: Hon. Michele Varricchio, Hon. Jennifer Sletvold, Hon. Melissa Pavlack, Hon. Anna-Kristie Morffi Marks, Joanne Kelhart, Esq., Jessica Moyer, Esq., Miriam Zettlemoyer, Cady Darago and Tanner Urban. Moderated by: Candy Barr Heimbach

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The program will include insights from Cady Darago at ESQuisite Marketing, LLC on marketing for women lawyers, Miriam Zettlemoyer of Mass Mutual will present on financial issues, long term care and succession planning, Tanner Urban of Tom James Company will share some historical facts on women’s professional attire. We will then invite our judicial/legal panel to share their thoughts on women’s attire in the courtroom and work-life balance.

The program will include a panel of our esteemed local judges, including Hon. Michele Varricchio, Hon. Jennifer Sletvold, Hon. Melissa Pavlack and Hon. Anna-Kristie Morffi Marks as well as local attorneys, including Joanne Kelhart and Jessica Moyer.

Registration and Lunch: 12:00 PM
Seminar: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Networking Mixer: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Tuition for All: $50.00
Legal Support Staff: $20.00
Register with Nancy 610.433.6401 Ext: 16
Networking Mixer Sponsored by: Mass Mutual

Lehigh County Lawyer’s Charitable Fund


Lehigh County Lawyer’s Charitable Fund

animal charity

The BALC Community Service Committee is now accepting applications for the 2019-2020 Lehigh County Lawyers’ Charitable Fund.  Any Lehigh Valley 501(c)(3) is able to apply.  This year’s theme is: “Animal and Pet Related Charities Throughout Lehigh Valley”.  Please keep this in mind when applying.  Application deadline is 10/31/19.

Application Guidelines


Please support our charity fundraising for this year’s campaign by attending the following events:

Holiday BINGO & Happy Hour on Thursday, December 5th

Law Journal Publication Price Changes


As of 2019, the cost of Journal publications will be changing. New pricing will go into effect for all ads and publications as of the January 18th issue.

Estate notices will cost $125 ($120 + $5 notary fee)

All other “Miscellaneous” publications will cost $100 ($95 + $5 notary fee)  (Inc, LLC, Fictitious Names, Articles of Amendment; Certificate of Authority; Detective Licenses, Dissolutions; Domestic Liability; Limited Liability; Orphans Ct Audit Lists; Parental Rights Termination; Service by Publication, etc)  

Please submit payment with the initial publication request.

If request is faxed or emailed and pre-payment is not provided, an invoice will be generated. Ads must be paid for within 60 days of publication date. Notarized affidavits (“proofs”) will be sent out to the advertiser after payment has been received and processed. Please provide a publication name, invoice number or reference of some sort on all forms of payment.

Ads may also be submitted with a credit card authorization form. Publication forms can also be found at under the Lehigh Law Journal section.

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

Job Description: Trial Judge

By: The Honorable Robert K. Young (Retired)

“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 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.

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.




430 PM BALC Board Meeting-Board Members Only

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



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

Afternoon-Tour DC at your Leisure

Optional Afternoon Group Tour



9AM-10AM CLE Seminar-Willard Hotel

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

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



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 for updates.


Documentation for Admissions Ceremony

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

Contact:  Kate Barkman

Telephone:  215-597-9221 



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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