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Striking the Right Balance With Your Newfound Authority

As a grade "K-JD," or someone who completed all schooling, from ­finger painting to issue-spotting, with no gaps in between, graduating law school and entering the "real world" required many adjustments. During my post-law school clerkship, it took several months to become acclimated to working a standard business day, every day. After all, higher...

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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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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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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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Jurisdiction and Modifying Child Custody Orders

In Pennsylvania, jurisdiction in child custody cases is governed by the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA). Jurisdiction in child custody cases is an issue that arises often and has been seen numerous times in appellate decisions. The recent case of B.L. v. T.B. , __ A.3d __, 2016 Pa. Super 284 (Dec. 13, 2016), is the t...

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