Harrisburg, July 13, 2020 – Pennsylvania Bar Association President David E. Schwager, in one of his first actions in office, formed a 29 person task force. The purpose of the task force is to develop recommendations to update processes and technology to enable the legal system to continue to operate under emergencies, such as the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The pandemic made evident that not all courts, government offices and law firms were prepared for the remote practice of law, remote court proceedings and other legal processes,” said Schwager. “While many courts and government offices in Pennsylvania have the technology to provide secure electronic filing and video capabilities, many do not.”
Named the Joint Task Force on Continuity of Delivery of Legal Services, the diverse group is chaired by Judge Thomas I. Vanaskie (retired from U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals), of counsel with Stevens and Lee, Philadelphia, and brings together representatives of the PBA, Pennsylvania Association for Justice, Pennsylvania Defense Institute, Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association, Public Defender Association of Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges.
Joining Schwager and Vanaskie on the task force are the following members:
- Rita G. Alexyn, Rita G Alexyn Law Office, Mansfield
- Ellen D. Bailey, Deputy General Counsel, Stockton University Office of General Counsel, Galloway, N.J.
- Jason M. Banonis, Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, Allentown
- Sharon Barney, Leech Tishman Fuscaldo & Lampl LLC, State College
- Katherine E. Bavoso, Cipriani & Werner PC, Lemoyne
- Brian J. Cali, Brian J. Cali & Associates, Dunmore
- Mary Kate Coleman, Riley Hewitt Witte & Romano PC, Pittsburgh
- Danielle M. Conway, Dean, Penn State University Dickinson Law, Carlisle
- Scott B. Cooper, Schmidt Kramer PC, Harrisburg
- Judge Joseph M. Cosgrove (ret.), Selingo Guagliardo LLC, Wilkes-Barre
- Brian L. Deiderick, Lebanon County Public Defender, Lebanon
- Jill R. Fowler, Heckscher Teillon Terrill & Sager PC, West Conshohocken
- Philip B. Friedman, Conner Riley Friedman & Weichler, Erie
- Philip Gelso, Law Offices of Philip Gelso, Kingston
- James L. Goldsmith, Mette Evans & Woodside PC, Harrisburg
- David M. Landay, David M. Landay, Attorney at Law, Pittsburgh
- Max W. Laun, Retired General Counsel, Alcoa, Pittsburgh
- Mary Lou Maierhofer, Margolis Edelstein, Hollidaysburg
- Kimberly F. Makoul, Lehigh County Public Defender, Allentown
- Judge Terrence R. Nealon, Lackawanna County Court of Common Pleas, Scranton
- Sudhir R. Patel, Fanelli Evans & Patel PC, Pottsville
- Mark J. Powell, Lackawanna County District Attorney, Scranton
- Amber M. Racine, Raynes Lawn Hehmeyer, Philadelphia
- Regan S. Safier, Kline & Specter PC, Philadelphia
- Mark B. Sheppard, Klehr Harrison Harvey Branzberg LLP, Philadelphia
- Maraleen D. Shields, Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba P.C., Allentown
- Kathleen D. Wilkinson, Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP, Philadelphia
Attorney Katherine E. Bavoso was named by the PBA to Chair its Workers' Compensation Section in May, 2019 and completed her term in May, 2020. Ms. Bavoso is rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell for the highest level of professional excellence and ethical standards. She was listed as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2007, 2010, and 2012-2017. She was chosen as a Select Lawyer in 2014 and a Local Legal Leader by Harrisburg Magazine in 2016, among various other awards.
“Our citizens and business communities must have access to the legal services they need at all times — especially in a time of crisis. The task force will work to make that possible,” Schwager said.
Cipriani & Werner, P.C. is honored that one of our own will be assisting the Pennsylvania Bar Association to enable the legal profession to overcome these challenges.