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Act Now! Tell the House Judiciary Committee You Support Merit Selection

Now is the time for action on Merit Selection! Please contact the members of the House Judiciary Committee and ask them to vote YES on sending Merit Selection Bills (H.B. 1815 and H.B. 1816) to the full House for consideration.

May 17, 2012

Now is the time for action on Merit Selection!

New Rules on IOLTA Benefit Legal Aid Organizations

The Morning Call reports that Pennsylvania legal aid organizations will soon be receiving additional funding. Under the existing rules, judges and lawyers had complete discretion to decide which charities would receive the unclaimed funds. The new rules provide that half of all unclaimed funds will be required to go into the Pennsylvania Interest on Lawyer Trust Accounts (IOLTA) Board.

May 17, 2012

The Morning Call reports that Pennsylvania legal aid organizations will be soon be receiving additional funding.

"The Worst Way to Select Judges"

In a post on the New York Times Editorial Page Editor’s Blog, Andrew Rosenthal asserts, "Elections are the worst way to select judges. The process leaves judges beholden to party bosses, wealthy donors, and the whims of the very, very few people who actually bother to vote."

May 16, 2012

In a post on the New York Times Editorial Page Editor’s Blog, Andrew Rosenthal asserts:

The Problems Inherent in Electing Judges

A Philadelphia Weekly Blog, Philly Now, points out the problems inherent in electing judges. The post cites the Urban League’s testimony before the House Judiciary Committee in March, noting that judges have to run for office like other politicians and raise campaign funds from parties likely to appear before them in court.

May 15, 2012

A Philadelphia Weekly Blog, Philly Now, points out

New Supreme Court Rule Directs Funding to Legal Services

Pennsylvania Chief Justice Ronald Castille today announced new rules under which judges in Pennsylvania must direct some funds from class actions to IOLTA, which provides funding for legal services.

May 11, 2012

Pennsylvania Chief Justice Ronald Castille today announced new rules under which judges in Pennsylvania must direct some funds from class actions to the Interest on Lawyers Trust Account Board (IOLTA,) which hleps fund legal services for low income Pennsylvanians.  The Court order adopting the rules may be found here, an

A Recipe for Trouble

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that some candidates for the 2013 judicial elections in Allegheny County have announced their candidacies on Facebook. But, at least one candidate — an assistant district attorney — has taken down his page in light of questions about the propriety of using Facebook at this early stage.

May 1, 2012

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that some candidates for the 2013 judicial elections in Allegheny County have announced their candidacies on Facebook. Well, of course they have.

PMC Participates in CLE Program on Fairness and Equal Justice

On May 1, 2012 PMC's Lynn A. Marks will participate in a continuing legal education program at the Philadelphia Bar Association on Fairness and Equal Justice in the PA Court System.

April 30, 2012

On May 1, 2012 PMC's Lynn A. Marks will participate in a continuing legal education program at the Philadelphia Bar Association on Fairness and Equal Justice in the PA Court System.  The program is sponsored by the Women's Rights Committee, and features Marks, Lisette M.

State of the Commonwealth's Courts

Yesterday, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued its State of the Commonwealth's Courts report, focusing on the critical issue of funding for the judicial system.

April 27, 2012

Yesterday, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued its State of the Commonwealth's Courts report, focusing on the critical issue of funding for the judicial system.  The Report, in keeping with a theme heralded by the American Bar Association, focused on the need for adequate c

Editorial Supports Responsible Use of “Smartphones” in PA Courts

An editorial by Gayle Sproul and Michael Berry in yesterday’s Legal Intelligencer opposes the Pennsylvania Criminal Procedural Rules Committee’s proposed ban on the use of personal communications devices in the Commonwealth’s courtrooms.

April 26, 2012

An editorial by Gayle Sproul and Michael Berry in yesterday’s Legal Intelligencer (subscription required) opposes the Pennsylvania Criminal Procedural Rules Committee’s proposed ban on th

Senate Advisory Panel Hears Proposals for Reform

A state Senate advisory panel composed of legal professionals, judges and academics heard testimony on April 23, 2012 regarding proposals to overhaul the Philadelphia criminal justice system.

April 25, 2012

A state Senate advisory panel composed of legal professionals, judges and academics heard testimony on April 23, 2012 regarding proposals to overhaul the Philadelphia criminal justice system. Veteran former prosecutor and Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts board member Walter M. Phillips, Jr.