Wilkes-Barre Law & Library Association
   One Hundred and Sixty Five Years of Community Service

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2016 Federal Attorney Admissions

  The Wilkes-Barre Law & Library Association/the bar association of Luzerne County and its Young Lawyers’ Division sponsored an attorney admission ceremony at the Max Rosenn U.S. Courthouse in Wilkes-Barre  for attorneys to be admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.   The ceremony was presided by Federal District Judge Robert D. Mariani, who was joined on the Federal Bench by the Hon. Malachy E. Mannion and the Hon. Joseph F. Saporito Jr. 

     Moved for admission was Attorney Robert L. Gawlas, by his father, Robert N. Gawlas Jr., and Attorney Corey S. Suda, who was moved for admission by Attorney Edward J. Ciramboli.

Shown in the photo (Seated, from left to right):  Judge Mannion, Judge Mariani, and Judge Saporito.  Standing (from left to right) are:   Atty. Joseph P.J. Burke III (W-BLLA Executive Director), Atty. Diana M. Collins (W-BLLA  Young Lawyers Pres.),  Atty. Gawlas, Atty. Suda, Hon. Joseph M. Cosgrove (of the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court and a W-BLLA Past President), and Hon. Joseph J. Van Jura (W-BLLA President).

2016 County Attorney Admissions

The Wilkes-Barre Law & Library Association and its Young Lawyers’ Division sponsored an attorney admission ceremony at the Luzerne County Courthouse.   The ceremony was presided over by the Honorable Richard M. Hughes III, the President Judge of the Court of Common Pleas for Luzerne County, and featured an enbanc, court, consisting of the Honorable Joseph M. Augello, the Honorable Thomas F. Burke Jr., the Honorable Lesa S. Gelb, the Honorable David W. Lupas, and the Honorable Jennifer L. Rogers.   Also sitting were the Honorable Correale F. Stevens of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, and the Honorable Joseph M. Cosgrove of the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court.  Representing the bar association at the ceremony was President, the Honorable Joseph J. Van Jura; Association Vice President, Attorney Jane M. Acri; Secretary Treasurer, Attorney Joseph P.J. Burke III.  And from the Young Lawyers, Young Lawyers' President, Attorney Diana M. Collins; and Young Lawyers' Treasurer, Attorney Mary E. Prescott. 

 

     Five attorneys appeared before the court and were admitted.   Moved for admission was Attorney Robert L. Gawlas, by his father, Attorney Robert N. Gawlas Jr.  Attorney Brian J. Panella, the son of Judge Jack Panella of the Pennsylvania Superior Court, was moved by Judge Stevens.  President Judge Hughes moved for the admission of Attorney John F. Higgins, who had served as his law clerk.  Judge Cosgrove moved for the admission of Attorney Hillary P. Flack.  And, Attorney Corey S. Suda, was moved for admission by Attorney Edward J. Ciramboli.

 

Shown in the photo (From left to right):   1st Row (Seated):  Judge Augello, Judge Gelb, and Judge Burke.    2nd Row (Seated):  Judge Cosgrove, Judge Stevens, Pres. Judge Hughes, Judge Lupas, and  Judge Rogers.  3rd Row (Standing):   Atty. Burke III,  Atty. Collins, Atty. Acri, Atty. Suda, Atty. Panella, Atty. Flack, Atty. Higgins, Atty. Gawlas, Judge Van Jura, and Atty. Prescott.

Bench Bar Conference 2016

1st Row Seated:   Atty. Prescott, Judge Rogers, Judge Gelb, Judge Gartley, Judge Saporito Jr., Justice Todd, Atty. Bauman, Judge Cosgrove, and Judge Pierantoni.

2nd Row Standing:  Judge Van Jura, Judge Burke, Atty. Schwager, Judge Augello, Pres. Judge Hughes, Juge Vough, Judge Lupas, Atty. Cook, Atty. Radick, and Atty. Jamie Anzalone.

3rd Row Standing:  Atty. Palubinsky, Atty. Butera, Atty. Webby, Atty. Acri, Atty. Borland, and Atty. Burke.

BENCH BAR CONFERENCE 11/10/2016

Click here for agenda  

Speaker Notes and References:

Criminal Litigation

Recent Case Law and Statutory Changes (Click here) 

Criminal Law Updates, Wiretap Acts and Search & Seizure (Click here) 

D.U.I. Law Changes: An Update, the DA's Response to Birchfield and PA Form DL-26B (6-16) - Use for Blood Test (Click here) 

Elder Law, Estate Planning, Settlement, Administration

Supreme Court Orphans' Court Rules (Click here)

Estate and Long Term Care Planning Update (Click here) 

Real Estate 

Medical Marijuana - Real Estate & Land Use Primer (Click here)

Rule 1.2 Scope of Representation and Allocation of Authority between Client and Lawyer (Click here) 

 

 

2016 Summer Outting

2016 Law Day Photos

2016 Bar Officers & Executive Committee is Elected

    

  Standing (from left to right) are:   Atty. Burke, Atty. Acri, Judge Van Jura, Atty. Piccone, Atty. Cook, Atty. Dyller, Atty. Palubinsky, and Atty. Schwager.

 

       Judges and lawyers of the Wilkes-Barre Law & Library Association/the bar association of Luzerne County recently gathered to elect officers and a governing council for the 2016 year.   Retired Judge Joseph Van Jura was elected president, while Attorney Jane M. Acri was elected Vice President.  Attorney Joseph Burke III was elected Secretary and Treasurer.   Lawyers elected to the county bar's Executive Committee include:   Attorney Barry H. Dyller, Attorney Girard J. Mecadon, Attorney Lee Ann Palubinsky, and Attorney David E. Schwager.    Judge Van Jura replaces Attorney Elaine Cook, of Drums, who finished serving two successful terms as president.  The nominations were presented by Attorney Arthur L. Piccone, who serves as the chair of the association's nominating committee.

New Attorneys Admitted Dec 10th, 2015

W-BLLA Group Admission

Federal Admission

  
Atty. John R. Keiser Jr. Atty. Brittany Quinn Atty. Daniel K. Hunter Atty. Joseph M. Prociak
     
Atty. Leonard Gryskewicz Jr. Atty. Meghan M. Carey Atty. Michael D. Casari Jr.