Law Day Social Media Contest presented by the BCBA #BucksLawDay

May 1st is Law Day, a day to celebrate the rule of law in our society. Law Day 2017’s theme is the 14th Amendment and the Transformation of American Democracy. The 14th Amendment includes the Citizenship, Due Process, and Equal Protection clauses. Collectively, these three sections have repeatedly served as a framework to provide for the equality and liberty of all Americans.

In anticipation of Law Day, we want to encourage discussion and hear from you on social media. What do you think are our most important American values? What are examples of how these values influence our society? Which values do you most identify with? On a broader scale, what does it mean to be American?

Post your response on social media tagged with #BucksLawDay and be entered to win two tickets to the brand new Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia!

Entries will be accepted thru May 1, 2017. Winners will be announced on May 5, 2017.

PBA Civil Litigation Section Philadelphia Regional Dinner in April

PBA Civil Litigation Section
Philadelphia Regional Dinner

Thursday, April 20, 2017
The Loews Philadelphia Hotel
Lescaze Room, 33rd Floor

6:00 p.m. – Reception
6:30 p.m. – Dinner and Speaker

Guest Speaker – Judge Lillian Harris Ransom, Pennsylvania Superior Court

Judge Ransom will discuss navigating the mysteries of the Appellate Court and highlight new and emerging appellate pitfalls. She will also provide practical tips that address common appellate problems. Prior to her appointment to the Pennsylvania Superior Court on June 29, 2016, Judge Ransom served on the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas where she presided in family court and as the homicide team leader in the criminal division.

For registration details please open the linked PDF:  PBA Civil Lit Dinner 2017

2017 Mock Trial Competition – Thanks to YLD!

Shout out to BCBA members, Felicity Hanks, Denise Bowman, Kim Litzke and John Shaffer for dedicating their time to the 2017 Mock Trial Competition. The Bucks County Young Lawyers’ Division runs our county’s competition with assistance from the legal community. Bucks County is the only county that staffs the competition year after year with actual sitting Judges and attorneys from our community, thus giving our students a realistic courtroom experience.

Thank you for such a great event!

Left to Right: Felicity Hanks, Denise Bowman, Kim Litzke and John Shaffer

Michael Mills & Joanne Murray Present at BCBA Business Law

Michael Mills & Joanne Murray, Partners in the Business law Practice Group of Antheil Maslow & MacMinn, LLP in Doylestown, were presenters on March 2, 2017 at the Bucks County Bar Association’s First Annual Business Law Institute.  Their session, entitled “The Perils of Equity-Based Compensation” considered the pros and cons of equity-based compensation schemes for closely-held businesses and alternative structures.

Mr. Mills and Ms. Murray have decades of experience in counseling owners of privately held businesses in areas such as entity formation, developing owner agreements, succession planning, and business and real estate transaction structuring.  Michael Mills has a Master of Laws in Taxation and also holds a Certified Public Accountant license.

Serving the Philadelphia surrounding communities, Antheil Maslow & MacMinn, LLP is a full-service law firm that offers sophisticated, proactive, timely and cost-effective legal advice.  The Firm’s attorneys are both counselors and advocates.  As counselors, Antheil Maslow & MacMinn, LLP lawyers educate clients, including high net worth individuals, small to mid-sized, privately-held companies, nonprofits and health care organizations, on the law and possible legal implications of their actions.  As advocates, they aggressively represent their clients’ causes.  With its broad range of practice areas in Business & Finance, Family Law, Tax & Estates, Real Estate & Land Use, Litigation, Labor & Employment, and Personal Injury, Antheil Maslow & MacMinn, LLP has the depth of resources and knowledge to satisfy its clients’ evolving needs for legal advice and representation and help them reach their ultimate goals.

The Business Law Institute was held March 2nd and we have received positive feedback!

Last year the BCBA’s Continuing Legal Education Committee provided our members with many interesting informative CLE programs.  In addition, committee members and staff spent considerable time and effort planning the BCBA’s First Annual Business Law Institute.

The Business Law Institute was held on March 2nd and we have received positive feedback. We would like to thank BCBA MCLE Committee Chair Richard C. Howard, Jr., Esquire and course planners H. Jeffrey Brahin and Jeffrey G. DiAmico, Esquires for their hard work and dedication in seeing this project through.

We greatly appreciate the Hon. Robert J. Mellon’s willingness to serve as the keynote speaker.  Judge Mellon’s presentation provided valuable insight pertinent to litigating commercial cases.

In addition, thank you to the following individuals who acted as course presenters and sponsors, without whom the day would not have been possible:

Pennsylvania Common Law Unfair Competition
Douglas Maloney, Esquire

The Perils of Equity-Based Compensation
Michael W. Mills, Esquire and Joanne M. Murray, Esquire

Negotiating Commercial Leases
Elliott Mark Olen, Esquire

Trade Secret Protection Litigation
John Simkanich, Esquire

Social Media Issues: Is Your Business Complying With Current Laws?
Eleanor Gerhards, Esquire

Business Client Meets Bankruptcy
Michael Kelly, Esquire
Jon Adelstein, Esquire

Indemnification and Warranty Provisions in Commercial Contracts
Michael Schu, Esquire

Restrictions Apply: The State of the Law Governing Restrictive Covenants
Stephen Goldblum, Esquire

The Intersection Between IP and Business Law
Frank Mazzeo, Esquire, Douglas Ryder, Esquire
David Shoneman, Esquire and Anthony Volpe, Esquire

Business Succession Planning
Henry Van Blunk, Esquire


Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors

Monument Bank

Hill Wallack LLP

Begley, Carlin & Mandio, LLP

Karasch & Associates

PNC Wealth Management


We look forward to next year’s Institute and any additional feedback from those who attended.

David J. Truelove, President
Grace M. Deon, Past President

BCBA would like to acknowledge the passing of BCBA Emeritus Member Robert J. Hastings, Esq.

Robert J. Hastings, Esq.


Robert J. Hastings, Esq., a resident of Danboro for over 50 years, passed away Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, at the Doylestown Hospital. He was 81.

Robert was the loving husband of Kay (Magill) Hastings.

Born in Delaware, Robert was the son of the late John and Rushia Hastings.

Robert was a graduate of Penn State University and obtained his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Robert practiced law in Doylestown for many years.

Active in his community, Robert enjoyed being past president of the Central Bucks School Board, serving for over 13 years. He also served as chairman of the Plumstead Township Zoning Hearing Board.

In addition to his parents, Robert was preceded in death by a sister, Jacqueline Lundy.

Robert’s services and interment in the Carversville Cemetery will be held privately.

Memorial contributions in Robert’s name may be made to the Bucks County SPCA, P.O. Box 277, Lahaska, PA 18931 or to the charity of the donor’s choice. To send condolences to the family, please visit the funeral home website listed below. Shelly Funeral Home, Plumsteadville.

Judge Trauger Shares “A fond remembrance of Coach Mike Pettine”

 A fond remembrance of Coach Mike Pettine


I was in court this past Friday afternoon when a local attorney informed me of the passing of Mike Pettine Sr. So many thoughts quickly passed through my mind as I recalled the man who had such an impact on my life as well as many of those who played for him at Central Bucks West.

He came to my installation ceremony and reception in early August 2016. He told me that day that he was very proud of my accomplishment becoming a judge in the Court of Common Pleas of Bucks County, as ironically that same week he had been informed of another former player’s troubles with the legal system. We had played golf a month earlier, during which he expressed his hope for Mike Jr.’s return to coaching so that he could once again review and break down game film and offer his insights to his son’s coaching staff. We shared many laughs and jokes with one another that day, as we usually did when we got together.

As a co-captain of his 1979 CB West football team, I recall few laughs. Coach was all business and demanded more from each of us than we thought we could deliver. After every win, he used the Monday film session to highlight our every mistake and error, such that we usually left the room feeling we were lucky to have won the past week’s contest.

During weekly practices, we often would run the same play 10 or more times until each and every player carried out his assignment with the precision, technique and timing he demanded. Coach Pettine was a perfectionist and demanded that from his players. He was clearly a fan of another famous Italian-American football coach, Vince Lombardi, who once said, “In the pursuit of perfection, we hope to catch excellence.”

As high school students, we rarely reflected upon the broader lessons of life. However, as players under Coach Pettine, we received those lessons after classes ended on a daily basis. Most importantly was the value of teamwork, working together toward the common goals of success and victory. Loyalty was also evident, as coach would spend each off-season helping every one of his senior players who wanted to play ball beyond high school find the right fit with an appropriate college program, regardless of whether the player was Division 1, Division 2 or Division 3 caliber.

To many of us, Coach Pettine was a mentor and a father figure, a great man who got the most out of his players. While we mourn his passing, we will carry with us the life lessons he imparted to us as learned on the gridiron in Doylestown.

Jeffrey G. Trauger
CB West Class of 1980