April 16, 2016 |
Roger Dennis, dean of the Thomas R. Kline School of Law of Drexel University, plans to retire in June of 2017, university provost M. Brian Blake announced in a letter to the faculty and staff on Wednesday. Dennis is the founding dean of the law school, which opened its doors in 2007 and he was instrumental in seeing it through the American Bar Association accreditation process, completed in 2011. Blake said Dennis agreed to stay while the university conducts a national search for his replacement.
February 28, 2016 |
The American Bar Association has backed off a plan to offer lower-cost legal services to small businesses and individuals after pushback from bar leaders in Pennsylvania and Illinois. The ABA launched the pilot project last October with Rocket Lawyer, a Web-based lawyer referral service, in Pennsylvania, Illinois, and California. The goal was to make legal services available to individuals and small businesses who typically cannot afford them and do not qualify for legal aid. Bar leaders in Pennsylvania and Illinois bitterly opposed the program, however.
January 14, 2016 |
Just in time for the 2016 election, the Roberts Supreme Court has found yet another way to stack the deck in favor of the rich. By all appearances at Monday's argument, the five Republican-appointed justices are ready to upend a 40-year precedent guiding labor relations in favor of a new approach that will deplete public-sector unions' finances and reduce their political clout. The case, from California, involves arcane issues of "agency fees" and member opt-outs, but make no mistake: This is about campaign finance, and, in particular, propping up the Republican Party.
August 5, 2015 |
Pennsylvania bar regulator Paul Burgoyne has been elected president of the National Organization of Bar Counsel. Burgoyne serves as deputy chief disciplinary counsel of the state Supreme Court's lawyer disciplinary board. The board makes recommendations to the Supreme Court on attorney disciplinary matters, including on whether lawyers should be suspended or disbarred. The National Organization of Bar Counsel is a professional group that represents lawyers from agencies that regulate lawyers in the United States, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom.
March 21, 2015 |
Federal authorities recently charged former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver with collecting kickbacks disguised as "referral fees. " This will have a familiar ring to many Pennsylvanians, and not just the part about a power broker taking a perp walk. Referral fees were also part of the disciplinary investigation of Seamus McCaffery, who left the commonwealth's highest court under pressure last year. It's no coincidence that referral fees, which lawyers pay to other lawyers who send them cases, have come up more than once in ethically questionable (albeit factually distinct)
December 11, 2014 |
Ellen Greenlee, the longtime head of the Defender Association of Philadelphia, who began her professional life as a high school language teacher and went on to develop and expand one of the nation's most prominent public-interest law agencies, on Tuesday announced her retirement effective March 1, 2015. Greenlee has served for 40 years with the association, which provides legal representation to thousands of low-income people in Philadelphia each year. For about 25 years, she has been chief defender.
May 7, 2014 |
So this is what history looks like in real time. For nearly 231 years, lawyers for Rawle & Henderson L.L.P. have been plying courthouses in Philadelphia for clients with urgent legal needs, and that would make it the oldest law firm in the United States. Fittingly, its offices at 13th and Chestnut Streets are redolent of its deep ties to the past. An oil portrait of name partner Joseph Henderson, a onetime president of the American Bar Association, hangs prominently. On display nearby is a letter from Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton to firm founder William Rawle, delicately inquiring about progress in a case.
February 25, 2014 |
NEW BRUNSWICK Rutgers University president Robert L. Barchi announced a plan a year ago to merge its two law schools, with the ambitious goal of having students this fall enter a unified program. Then came the basketball scandal, which caused personnel changes, including the Newark campus' law dean becoming the university's top lawyer. And then the Camden law school dean announced his coming departure to fill the newly created post of campus provost. At the same time, leadership shuffling at both campuses meant new chancellors would oversee the transition.
February 10, 2014 |
Richard E. Carter, 78, of Philadelphia, a pioneer and leader for more than 40 years in the field of continuing education for lawyers, died Monday, Jan. 27, of heart failure at his home. Mr. Carter came to Philadelphia in 1993 to serve as executive director of the American Law Institute-American Bar Association Committee on Continuing Professional Education. The group is a national provider of continuing legal education. Colleague Michael Greenwald said Mr. Carter was a comfortable person with whom to work.
August 16, 2013
HAD SOMEONE asked us last week to close our eyes and imagine the conservative response if the Obama administration were to suggest softening the government's approach to prosecuting some low-level drug offenders, we know what we would have pictured: Talking heads hyperventilating about the administration being "soft on crime" and predictions of American streets running with blood. We would have been wrong. In a speech Monday to the American Bar Association, Attorney General Eric Holder described a "fundamentally new approach" to federal drug prosecution.