PHILADELPHIA, PA– Chief Judge Juan R. Sánchez announces that the Eastern District of Pennsylvania will conduct attorney admissions ceremonies on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. in Courtroom 5-A in the Philadelphia Byrne Courthouse. In the event the Eastern District of Pennsylvania is closed or a federal holiday falls on a Thursday, the next attorney admission ceremony will take place the following Thursday.  Applicants and sponsors should report to the Clerk’s Office on the second floor of the Byrne Courthouse by 10:00 a.m.

This is a change from the Eastern District of Pennsylvania’s past practice of scheduling attorney admissions weekly with different times, days of the week, and courtrooms.  Chief Judge Sánchez stated, “Bar associations and attorneys have been asking the EDPA to conduct attorney admissions at a set time and day of the week.  The EDPA is pleased to accommodate this request for the convenience of applicants and their sponsors.”

Paul R. Sheehan Joins Hill Wallack LLP in Yardley



MARCH 4, 2019, YARDLEY, PA–Hill Wallack LLP is pleased to announce the arrival of Paul R. Sheehan as Counsel in the firm’s Trial and Insurance Group.  Sheehan, who formerly practiced at Avolio & Hanlon, P.C. in Lawrenceville, N.J., has worked on numerous diverse litigation matters, as well as matters in real estate, business contracts, family law and intellectual property, and will bring his broad-based practice to Hill Wallack. Based in both the Yardley, PA office of Hill Wallack, he will work with clients in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and beyond.

Prior to his law firm work, Sheehan, a trained artist, was associate director for nine years of Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, a non-profit organization serving artists, authors, and cultural organizations.

“Hill Wallack’s great presence on both sides of the state line will be a boon to my existing clients, and help me to further develop my practice,” said Sheehan.  “I look forward to putting my litigation skills to work for existing and incoming clients throughout the region.”

We’re delighted to have Paul join our growing practice,” said Michael Kahme, Hill Wallack LLP’s Managing Partner. “He’s a fine litigator, and he will be a great asset in handling litigation and other matters out of both Princeton and Yardley.”

Sheehan earned his J.D. from Temple University’s Beasley School of Law in 2003, and edited the Temple International and Comparative Law Journal while there. He clerked for Judge Eduardo C. Robreno in the summer of 2002 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Sheehan earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with honors from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1991, and Master of Fine Arts at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art in 1994.

He is an Approved Arbitrator of New Jersey Superior Court’s Civil Division (Commercial), and was a member of the Mercer County American Inn of Court from 2009 to 2017.

An active volunteer, he is Chairman of the Board of Chandler Hall Health Services in Newtown, Pa., a residential and healthcare community serving older adults in the Quaker tradition, offering services such as independent living, skilled nursing, and memory care.  He coaches youth softball with the Lower Bucks Lady Lions.


Supreme Court Board and Committee Vacancies

There are currently four vacancies on Pennsylvania Supreme Court boards and committees and they have been posted on the UJS website.

The first vacant position is on the Pa Board of Law Examiners. Applicants must be members of the Pennsylvania bar or jurists and be knowledgeable about law school curriculum, legal practice and attorney ethical obligations. Please note – law school faculty may not serve on this Board. Applicants should not apply if, during the term of service, they will have immediate family members who will be taking the bar examination or seeking membership in the Pennsylvania bar.

The second vacancy is on the Appellate Procedural Rules Committee. Applicants should be knowledgeable about the Pennsylvania Rules of Appellate Procedure and experienced in state appellate practice in Pennsylvania.

The third and fourth vacancies are on the Civil Procedural Rules Committee. Each vacancy will be for a five year term. Applicants should be knowledgeable about the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure and experience in state civil practice in Pennsylvania.

Applications are due by March 31, 2019.

Open Family Master Position

Master in Family Law

 Click for job description – Bucks County Court of Common Pleas is looking to fill one Master in Family Law position.  This is a full-time position, Monday through Friday.  The salary is commensurate with experience.  The ideal candidate will be a graduate of an accredited law school and a member in good standing of the bar of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and have 3 -5 years of Family Law experience, particularly in the areas of child custody and equitable distribution.  Applicants should submit, via mail or email, a letter of interest and resume to: Stephen G. Heckman, Esquire, Court Administrator, 100 N. Main Street, 2nd Floor, Doylestown, PA  18901, by close of business on Friday, March 1, 2019.


Obermayer Attorneys Named 2019 Best Lawyers


 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – August 15, 2018 – Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP is pleased to announce that nine of our attorneys were selected for inclusion in the recently released 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, regarded as a definitive guide to legal excellence in the region.

Obermayer’s selected Best Lawyers and their respective areas of practice are:

  • Michael E. Bertin – family law
  • Julie R. Colton* – family law
  • Paul C. Heintz – trusts & estates
  • Hillary J.  Moonay – family law
  • David L. Ladov – family law
  • Leslie B. Spoltore – family law
  • Nina B. Stryker – litigation – trusts & estates, trusts & estates
  • Adam H. Tanker – family law
  • Robert I Whitelaw – family law

*Julie R. Colton was also recognized by Best Lawyers® as the 2019 “Lawyer of the Year” for Family Law Mediation in the Pittsburgh area.

Toomey and Casey Accepting Applications for Eastern District of PA Judicial Vacancies


Toomey and Casey Accepting Applications for Eastern District of PA Judicial Vacancies

Washington, D.C. – Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senators Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Bob Casey (D-Pa.) announced today they are accepting applications from persons interested in filling judicial vacancies on the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

“Since 2011, Senator Casey and I have worked to confirm 14 qualified nominees to fill district court vacancies on the federal bench. Only three states – California, New York, and Texas – have had more district court vacancies filled during this time,” said Senator Toomey. “This coupled with the fact that we have seven additional district court nominees awaiting Senate confirmation is a tribute to the bipartisan process Senator Casey and I use to ensure that knowledgeable and ethical candidates become federal judges serving Pennsylvania.”

“Since Senator Toomey came to the Senate in 2011, we have worked together to submit consensus candidates for Federal District Court seats in Pennsylvania,” said Senator Casey. “I look forward to continuing this important bipartisan work to identify and support mainstream judicial candidates in Pennsylvania with the necessary experience, character and temperament for lifetime appointments to the federal judiciary.”

U.S. District Court Vacancies in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Senators Casey and Toomey will employ the following process to fill vacancies on the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania:

  • A judicial nomination advisory panel will be established in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
  • This panel will screen applicants for judicial vacancies and submit the names of qualified applicants to the two U.S. Senators.
  • Senators Casey and Toomey will each appoint panel members and one co-chair. The co-chairs will be: John Soroko, Chairman Emeritus and Partner, Duane Morris LLP and Robert Ross, Founding Partner, Ross Feller Casey, LLP.
  • Applicants will be required to complete and submit an application, which is available online here.

Persons interested in being considered should submit their completed application to both: and

The deadline for submitting a completed application is Friday, September 28, 2018 at 5pm EST.