Weber Kracht and Chellew Attorneys at Law Welcomes Associate Attorney Macy T. Laster

Perkasie, PA – Weber Kracht and Chellew Attorneys at Law are pleased to welcome associate attorney Macy T. Laster to the firm. A Bucks County native, Laster brings tenacity and experience to the firm’s practice area of Criminal Defense.

Laster considers it her duty to provide counsel for good people who find themselves in bad situations. “Clients know they can count on me to solve their legal issues. Whether it is a minor issue such as a parking ticket or a larger concern where the client is facing a felony charge, my clients turn to me to take something that may seem to be irreparable and find a resolution.”

“Macy Laster is an ardent champion for her clients,” said Weber Kracht and Chellew partner and chief financial officer, Richard C. Howard, Jr. “Whether someone is facing charges ranging from traffic violations and DUI’s to misdemeanors and felonies, people can trust that she will actively seek the best possible resolution.”

Admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, Laster received her law degree from Syracuse University College of Law in 2018, where she also earned a Certificate of Advanced Study in Disability Law and Policy. A recipient of a merit-based academic scholarship, Laster excelled in her studies. She was a selected Senior Member of Syracuse University College of Law’s nationally renowned Moot Court Honor Society and was a finalist in various intra-collegiate trial competitions. Her emerging advocacy was apparent in her work as a Student Attorney in the Disability Rights Clinic offering free legal services to underserved communities. Laster also served as an Associate Editor of the Syracuse University College of Law Journal on Terrorism and National Security.

Laster earned a B.S. in Education & Public Policy with minors in Sociology and Women’s Studies at Pennsylvania State University’s main campus. While there, she was named to the Alpha Kappa Delta International Sociology Honors Society and served as the head of the Undergraduate Board of Pennsylvania State University Conference on Civil Rights.
Macy T. Laster, Esq.

House Leadership Elections 2018

The House of Representatives returned to Harrisburg today to elect new members of leadership in both the Republican and Democratic Caucus for the 2019-2020 Legislative Session.  Due to retirements, vacancies existed in the following leadership positions:

  • Majority Leader:  Due to the retirement of Representative Dave Reed
  • Democratic Whip:  Due to the retirement of Representative Mike Hanna
  • Democratic Chair of the House Appropriations Committee:  Due to the retirement of Representative Joe Markosek.

The Republicans elected their Leadership this morning and the Democrats elected their Leadership this evening. Below is a chart of the 2019-2020 Leadership team and who currently holds those positions. We sent the Republican list earlier and have now included the Democrats.

I have attached for your review, brief biographies of the Democratic members who have been elected to these positions for the 2019-2020 Legislative Session (as you received the Republican members in our previous update).
Elected Members of House Democratic Leadership

If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know.

Richard Gmerek []

Senate Elections 2018

The Senate returned to Harrisburg to effectively wrap up legislative activities for the 2017-2018 Legislative Session, which officially ends on November 30.  Unlike the activities in the House of Representatives yesterday, the Senate’s internal caucus leadership elections did not provide the same level of excitement as the leadership teams for the upcoming session remained unchanged.

Additionally, Senator Joe Scarnati was selected as the President Pro Tempore Nominee, but an official vote will occur when the new 2019-2020 Legislative Session officially begins on January 1, 2019.

Please find below a listing of the Republican and Democratic Leadership Teams for the upcoming 2019-2020 Legislative Session. Elected Members of Senate Leadership 2019-2020 Legislative Session (002).

Richard Gmerek []

2018 Unofficial Election Results

While the election results are still unofficial as there are still ballots that need to be tallied (i.e. overseas and military ballots) and the possibility of vote recounts (i.e., the 6th Senate District), please find attached the unofficial results for the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives and Senate races that were on the ballot.

2018 Midterm State Senate Winners 11.7.18

2018 Midterm State House Winners 11.7.18

Voter turnout was expected to be high…and it was in many areas of the Commonwealth…and that turnout brought some surprise results in the seats that the state Democrats were able to win in, primarily, Southeast Pennsylvania.  Regarding the races in the new Congressional Districts, Pennsylvania was fertile ground for national Democrats to pick up seats in order to wrestle control of the U.S. House of Representatives.  As a result, changes were anticipated.  Not to be overlooked in the Democratic victories in Congress is the fact that Pennsylvania’s 18 member Congressional Delegation will now have female members (4).

The only two statewide races on the ballot, Governor Tom Wolf (D) and U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D), did not produce the drama that the elections for State House and Senate, and U.S. House produced as both incumbents were easily elected.

While the Republicans have retained control in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and the Pennsylvania Senate, their majorities were reduced.  For the upcoming legislative session, the Senate majority will decrease from 33-16 to 29-21.  However, a Special Election will need to be called in 2019 to elect a replacement for Senator Guy Reschenthaler (R-Allegheny) once he takes his oath as the new U.S. Representative of the 14th Congressional District.  The Republican majority in the House of Representatives will decrease from 120-79 to 108- 95.  There are still some close results that could impact this final number.  Additionally, two Special Elections in Democratic Districts will need to be called in 2019 as a result of the reelection of former Representative Sid Kavulich, who passed away shortly before the General Election and was unopposed on the ballot, and Representative Vanessa Lowery Brown (D-Philadelphia) who was convicted of bribery leading up to the election and was unopposed on the ballot.

The attached chart reflects the individual races, but I have highlighted below the following information:  Pennsylvania House of Representatives races in which the control of the District switched, the Pennsylvania Senate races in which the control of the District switched, and the new members of the evenly split (9-9) Pennsylvania Congressional Delegation.

Please let me know if you have any additional questions on this information.


Richard Gmerek


Winners who are Democrats are highlighted in Blue and Republicans in Red

U.S. Senate:

Senator Casey defeated Congressman Barletta


Governor Wolf defeated former State Senator Scott Wagner


Congressional District (Congressional District: CD):

The Pennsylvania Congressional Delegation currently has a 9-9 split.

CD1: Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (R) defeated Scott Wallace (D)

CD2: Congressman Brendan Boyle (D) defeated David Torres (R)

CD3: Congressman Dwight Evans (D) defeated Bryan Leib (R)

CD4: State Representative Madeleine Dean (D) defeated David Daniel (R)

CD5: Mary Gay Scanlon (D) defeated Kim Pearl (R)

CD6: Christina Jampoler Houlahan (D) defeated Gregory Michael McCauley (R)

CD7: Susan Wild (D) defeated Martin Nothstein (R)

CD8: Congressman Matt Cartwright (D) defeated John Chrin (R)

CD9: Daniel Meuser (R) defeated Dennis Wolff (D)

CD10: Congressman Scott Perry (R) defeated George Scott (D)

CD11: Congressman Lloyd Smucker (R) defeated Jessica King (D)

CD12: Congressman Tom Marino (R) defeated Marc Friedenberg (D)

CD13: John Joyce (R) defeated Brent Ottaway (D)

CD14: State Senator Guy Reschenthaler (R) defeated Bibiana Boerio (D)

CD15: Congressman Glenn Thompson (R) defeated Susan Boser (D)

CD16: Congressman Mike Kelly (R) defeated Ronald Dinicola (D)

CD17: Congressman Conor Lamb (D) defeated Congressman Keith Rothfus (R)

CD18: Congressman Mike Doyle (D) won re-election running unopposed


State Senate (Senate District (SD):

SD10:  Steven Santarsiero (D) defeated Representative Marguerite Quinn (R) – D pick up

SD12: Maria Collett (D) defeated Stewart Greenleaf Jr. (R) – D pick up

SD26: Timothy Kearney (D) defeated Senator  McGarrigle (R) – D pick up

SD38: Lindsey Williams (D) defeated Jeremy Shaffer (R) – D pick up

SD44: Katie Muth (D) defeated Senator  Rafferty (R) – D pick up


State House (Legislative District: LD):

LD53: Steven Malagari (D) defeated George Szekely (R) – D pick up

LD61: Laura Hanbidge (D) defeated Representative Kate Harper (R) – D pick up

LD71: James Rigby (R) defeated Representative Bryan Barbin (D) – R pick up

LD74: Dan Williams (D) defeated Ambler Little Turner (R) – D pick up

LD76: Stephanie Borowicz (R) defeated Michael Hanna Jr. (D) – R pick up

LD143: Wendy Ullman (D) defeated Joseph Flood (R) – D pick up

LD146: Joseph Ciresi (D) defeated Representative Thomas Quigley (R) – D pick up

LD150: Joseph Webster (D) defeated Nick Fountain (R) – D pick up

LD155: Danielle Otten (D) defeated Representative Becky Corbin (R) – D pick up

LD157: Melissa Shusterman (D) defeated Representative Warren Kampf (R) – D pick up

LD158: Christina Sappey (D) defeated Representative Eric Roe (R) – D pick up

LD162: David Delloso (D) defeated Mary Hopper (R) – D pick up

LD163: Michael Zabel (D) defeated Representative James Santora (R) – D pick up

LD165: Jennifer Omara (D) defeated Representative Alex Charlton (R) – D pick up

LD167: Kristine Howard (D) defeated Representative Duane Milne (R) – D pick up

LD177: Joe Hohenstein (D) defeated Patty Kozlowski (R) – D pick up

LD178: Wendi Thomas (R) defeated Representative Helen Tai (D) – R pick up

BCBA now offers online CLE Programs!

PA Attorneys are allowed to take up to 6 distance learning credits per compliance year.  Using BCBA’s online CLEs is an easy and convenient way to get CLE Credit.

The site is very convenient, and you don’t need to sit down and view an entire 1-hour video all at once.  The site will track where you left off.

The first 25 people who register using coupon code bcbfirst25 will get $10 towards their cart!  That is in addition to the Member Discount of $15 towards your Cart (code membcb8643).  There is no limit to how many times you can use the Member Discount. Any questions when on the site, please feel free to click on the green “Technical Support” button at the top of the page or contact BCBA at 215-348-9413.

Please take some time and check out the site and start viewing some CLEs online!

Log on to the site or click on the ONLINE CLE link from the BCBA homepage.  Once you are on the site, you can see the available courses.  You will need to register with the site using your email address, name, Bar ID and create a password.

How do I register for my Online CLE programs?

  1. Register or login to the platform if you have not yet done by clicking Add To Cart

  2. Select Register if you have not done so or Login.
  3. After registering or logging in, add to cart the courses you wish to purchase and then select View Cart
  4. Enter your discount code upon check out by selecting Click here to enter your code if you are eligible and a Member. To obtain your discount code, contact the bar association directly.
  5. Complete your purchase with the correct billing information
  6. An email confirming your registration will be sent to your email address once the payment process is complete.
  7. Next, go to My Courses or follow the link within the confirmation email to access your Online CLE course purchases.

New Attorney Announcement

Begley Carlin & Mandio LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Aimee Schnecker to the firm’s Criminal and Municipal Practice.

Ms. Schnecker was born and raised in Doylestown, Pennsylvania and graduated magna cum laude from Ave Maria School of Law, Naples, Florida, where she received the St. Raymond of Penyafort Award for writing, was the Moot Court Vice President, and Secretary for the Woman’s Law Society.  Ms. Schnecker earned a Bachelor of the Arts with a double major in English Literature and Business Management from Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City, New Jersey in 2014, where she was part of the NCAA Division I softball team, received the Steven J Rosen Writing Award, along with Ellis Award for Excellence in English Literature.  Ms. Schnecker concentrates her practice in the areas of Municipal, School and Criminal Law.  Prior to joining Begley Carlin & Mandio, LLP, Ms. Schnecker was a law clerk to the Honorable Raymond F. McHugh of the Bucks County Court of Common Pleas, Doylestown, Pennsylvania.

In her free time, Ms. Schnecker enjoys playing softball and spends time teaching membres of the local YMCA about living a health lifestyle and fitness.

Yardley Attorney Scott Fegley Announces Release of Debut Novel

Yardley attorney Scott Fegley’s debut novel, The Meaning of Home, will be available on in early December 2018 in both E-Book and paperback. It is a story told by a rescue dog, Charlie, part Pomeranian, part fox, from the domestic violence that ends his first family and nearly ends his life, through homelessness to his forever home.

Learn more about the book and meet Charlie on Scott Fegley’s author page at

Donate to the Bucks County Bar Foundation when you Shop on Amazon!

The Charitable Foundation of the Bucks County Bar Association is now registered as a charity option when you are shopping on Amazon.  Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charities selected by customers.

Instead of shopping on “regular”, type in in your browser’s address bar.  Then before you check out you can select the Charitable Foundation of the Bucks County Bar Association for where your charity donation will be made!  It’s as simple as that!




Pennsylvania sees a recent increase in protection from abuse filings

HARRISBURG — Following a steady decline in the statewide number of new protection from abuse (PFA) filings, Pennsylvania has seen a 5 percent increase in PFA filings from 2014 to 2017. A PFA is a civil order that helps protect victims of domestic violence, providing relief from abuse by an intimate partner, dating partner or family member.

The infographic highlights 2017 PFA data including the statewide number of PFAs filed, the top 10 counties with the highest number of PFA filings and the percentages of PFA case outcomes. A high-resolution file of the graphic is available for download at under Media Resources.

PA Courts InfoShare is a monthly product of the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts (AOPC) that visually highlights the work of the courts with interesting data and statistics obtained through the judiciary’s case management systems, interactive dashboards and other research. Reproduction is permissible with source cited.

Media contact:    Kimberly Bathgate, 717-231-3331

Editor’s Note: View county-by-county protection from abuse (PFA) data via the PFA interactive dashboards on our website.