PBA President Issues Statement on Suspension of Justice McCaffery

The Pennsylvania Bar Association today released the following statement to the statewide media:

Pennsylvania Bar Association President Issues Statement on Suspension of Supreme Court Justice Seamus P. McCaffery

HARRISBURG (Oct. 21, 2014) — Pennsylvania Bar Association President Francis X. O’Connor today issued the following statement about the sending of inappropriate email by Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus P. McCaffery and his suspension from duties:

“The recent discovery of the sending of inappropriate email by a member of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has cast a cloud over our Commonwealth’s highest court. In suspending Justice McCaffery, the Supreme Court has taken steps to deal with this unfortunate situation in order to protect the dignity of the justice system and promote public confidence in the judiciary.

There are almost a thousand judges within the Commonwealth, many of whom go to work early in the morning, work until late in the day and do a commendable job for the residents of Pennsylvania. They deserve nothing less than the respect we give them.

As members of Pennsylvania’s legal profession, we hope that our justices will deal with this regrettable situation in a professional manner, and the designated disciplinary bodies will perform their work efficiently and effectively.”

WBA Fall Quarterly Meeting | FREE CLE for WBA Members

WBA Quarterly Meeting

Your clients are talking about it and using it—what is this “social media,” and what does it mean for you and your practice?

Join us on Wednesday, October 29, 2014, at 4 pm in the Commissioners’ Meeting Rooms at the Westmoreland County Courthouse for a 60-minute CLE presentation on social media’s ever-changing role and how to discover the right formula for utilizing it in your practice. Attendees will come away with a better understanding of the trends in social media and the importance of having a social media policy and plan.

Topics of discussion will include:

  • Understanding Social Media
  • The Dos and Don’ts of Social Media
  • Social Media Policies

Speaker: Jennifer Altimore
Global Enterprise Social Strategist, Kennametal

A reception will immediately follow at the “NEW” Rialto Bar from 5:15 to 6:30 pm.

Register online today >>

New Certificate of Readiness form adopted, effective immediately

A new Certificate of Readiness form was adopted by the Court of Common Pleas of Westmoreland County on September 18, 2014, and is effective immediately. The order and form can be accessed online at http://www.westbar.org/local_rules.

Civil trial lists on the Web coming soon

 Notice from the Court Administrator

Beginning with January, 2015, the Civil Trial Lists will be posted on the Court’s Web Page, and updated one week prior to the trial term. Copies of the trial lists will no longer be mailed to litigants and attorneys.

Once a Certificate of Readiness is filed, all objections decided, and a Pretrial Conference Set, the parties will be responsible for checking the trial lists posted at www.co.westmoreland.pa.us.  That posting will be the only Notice you receive.

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The Westmoreland Bar Foundation is now on smile.amazon.com and anyone (or everyone) who uses Amazon and starts on the smile site will help earn .5% for the foundation. It’s not a lot, but every little bit will be of help. Sign up and share!

Westmoreland Bar Foundation

Westmoreland County Local Rules have been updated. Are yours current?

Westmoreland County Local Rules

Supplement 38 has been sent to Westmoreland County Rules of Court subscribers. Changes were made to the Civil Rules, Orphans' Court Rules, and Rules of Judicial Administration sections. Click here for subscription information, or to download the updated Westmoreland County Rules of Court.

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