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Child Custody, Relocation, Contempt and Modification

Two of the most talked about ­issues among family law practitioners and the bench are child relocation cases and whether custody orders may be ­modified at contempt hearings. I've written numerous times on these issues. Over the years, there have been multiple cases from the state Superior Court that address these issues. Every so often, a case c...

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Using Computer Savvy to Build Workplace Relationships

The legal profession has long been maligned as resistant to change, and there's truth to that stereotype—at least when it comes to technology. Whether working in government, public interest or private practice, horror stories abound of ­attorneys shackled to outmoded ­applications like Corel WordPerfect and Clinton administration-era editions o...

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Turning Common Career Mistakes and Setbacks Into Opportunities

No matter how much success you ­experience in your legal career, inevitably at some point you will encounter a setback and make mistakes. Whether the setback is not passing the bar exam in your law firm's jurisdiction, missing a key argument in a brief, or blowing a litigation deadline, these mistakes don't have to define your legal career. A setb...

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Support Order Based on Evidence Outside of Record Vacated

Within the last five years, the issue of evidence outside of the record being considered by the trial court was raised in an appeal from a custody order in CMP v. MP, 54 A.3 950 (Pa. Super. 212)). Recently, the case of Johnson v. Johnson, 153 A.3 318 (Pa. Super. 2016), was decided and the vacating and remanding of the order was based on a similar...

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Tips to Prepare for Your First Oral Argument

A young attorney's first oral ­argument is a momentous ­milestone in his or her legal career. As exciting as this experience may be, new attorneys should also appreciate the importance of oral argument and understand that it may have a lasting impact on the outcome of the case. While no lawyer is perfect (especially in the first few years of prac...

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Case Analysis: ERISA Religious Exemption Expanded: SCOTUS Says Church Affiliation is Enough

Michael Pepperman and Alex Batoff co-authored, "ERISA Religious Exemption Expanded: SCOTUS Says Church Affiliation is Enough," in the Parliament Newsletter. Click here and jump to page 15 to read the blog republication.

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Best Practices for Looking to Develop Strong Client Relationships

All well-respected and successful attorneys have at least one skill in common: the ability to maintain strong client relationships. An attorney's ability to build and sustain solid client ­relationships is directly correlated to that attorney's overall success in his or her practice of law; whether that individual works in the private or public se...

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In Loco Parentis Status Should Start With Consent

The recent case of K.W. v. S.L. and M.L. v. G.G., 2017 Pa. Super. 56 (March 6), addresses two important issues for family court practitioners and the bench to take note. First, it addresses the collateral order doctrine and then the issue of in loco parentis standing in child custody matters. In family law cases, practitioners and ­litigants are ...

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Taking Control of Your Legal Career as a First-Year Associate

Congratulations, you have graduated from law school, passed the bar and landed your first job. Not too long ago, you were cramming for exams and contemplating what type of law you were most interested in practicing. OK, perhaps, you were diligently outlining every weekend while daydreaming of what it felt like to put all of the theory you learned i...

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The Right Environment to Benefit Long-Term Career Goals

Newly minted attorneys are often so focused on securing employment (sometimes just any employment) that they do not take the time, or have the foresight to consider whether their first legal job will help them achieve their career goals. Perhaps they do not know what their long-term career goals are. Or maybe they start down one particular path wit...

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