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Attorneys Karoline Mehalchick and Joseph O’Brien have successfully petitioned the United States Supreme Court to hear the case of Guarnieri v. Borough of Duryea, et al. This matter, which was tried in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, and heard on appeal at the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, involves the issue of whether state and local government employees sue their employers for retaliation under the Petition Clause when they petitioned on matters of purely private concern. The Supreme Court only grants approximately one percent of all Petitions for Writ of Certiorari filed. It is expected that argument at the Supreme Court will take place early next year.
Attorney James Gillotti gave a presentation regarding Special Needs Trusts on October 21st to the Pocono chapter of Parents Of Children With Down's Syndrome. Attorney Gillotti also presented a continuing legal education seminar on October 28th to members of the Lackawanna Bar Association. The topic of the seminar, which was attended by approximately 80 attorneys, was "Nursing Home Payment Issues / Medicaid Eligibility / Asset Protection Strategies"
On October 28th, Attorney Jane Carlonas served as a panelist at the Greater Scranton Board of REALTORS October Membership Luncheon. The title of the presentation was "Getting to the Closing Table - Title Issues and Mortgage Matters."
On Sept. 12, Maj. Gen. Randall Marchi, Commanding General, 28th Infantry Division, Pennsylvania National Guard presented 1LT. Michael J. O’Brien with the Army Achievement Medal. 1LT O’Brien, an officer in the Judge Advocate General’s Corp of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, was recognized for distinguished service reflecting credit upon himself, the 28th Infantry Division, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Jane Carlonas was recently featured in the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s magazine, The Pennsylvania Lawyer, as an attorney who is actively involved in her community. A copy of the article can be found here.
Michael O’Brien was commissioned July 16, 2010 as a First Lieutenant in the Judge Advocate General Corps of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, and serves with Headquarters, Headquarters Company 28th Infantry Division, Harrisburg PA.
Karoline Mehalchick was appointed to the Executive Council of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Commission on Women in the Profession, where she will serve as Co-Chair of the Promotion of Women Committee, and as a member of the Annual Retreat and Quality of Life committees.
In May of 2010, John O’Brien was honored by the Pennsylvania Bar Association for helping to lead the Scranton Preparatory School Mock Trial Team to the Pennsylvania High School Championship and a tenth place finish in the National High School National Championship.
At the Annual Meeting of the Middle District Chapter of the Federal Bar Association on May 6, 2010, Karoline Mehalchick was elected Vice President of the Chapter.
James Gillotti gave a presentation on April 21st at the Abington Senior Center in Clarks Summit. The topic was “Long-Term Care Payment Issues / Medicaid Eligibility / Asset Protection Strategies.”
On March 31st, Karoline Mehalchick presented a continuing legal education seminar on Practice Management as part of the Lackawanna Bar Association’s Annual “Bridge the Gap” program for newly admitted attorneys.
Jane Carlonas served as Chair of the 2010 Lackawanna Heart Ball for the American Heart Association.
On January 14, 2010, at the Annual Meeting of the Lackawanna Bar Association, Jane Carlonas was elected Vice President of the LBA, Kim Scanlon was elected Treasurer of the Young Lawyers Division of the LBA, and Michael O’Brien was elected to the Board of the YLD. Following the Annual Meeting, Jane Carlonas and Michael O’Brien were appointed Co-Chairs of the “Wills for Heroes” program, Karoline Mehalchick was appointed Co-Chair of the Continuing Legal Education Committee, James Gillotti was appointed to Chair of the Elder Law Committee, and Erin Brennan was appointed Co-Chair of the Dinner Dance Committee. Additionally, Al Weinschenk was appointed to the Veteran’s Committee.
Jane Carlonas was elected Vice President of the Board of Directors of St Francis of Assisi Kitchen.