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  • December 6, 2017 - Harrisburg: The Commission held its Quarterly Meeting.
  • November 17, 2017 - Philadelphia: Executive Director Lisette McCormick presented and moderated a program on the death penalty at the 2017 Justice Forum, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of PA.
  • November 17, 2017 - Washington, D.C.: Commission member Judge Kim Berkeley Clark received that National Center for State Courts William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence for her work in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas Family Division. The award recognized Judge Clark’s national reputation for transforming the way children and families who enter the court system are treated, by creating a “trauma-informed” courthouse.
  • October 31, 2017 - State College, PA: Jury Service Committee members Rick Pierce and Patrick Martin presented a program on jury issues for the PA Association of Court Management, including talking points from the Commission’s report, Best Practices for Jury Selection and Service in PA.

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  • Commission member Helen Casale authored an article in a recent edition of the Philadelphia Bar Association's publication Upon Further Review concerning the recent overhaul of the Pennsylvania custody law. The article can be found on the Philadelphia Bar Association's website at http://uponfurtherreview.philadelphiabar.org.
  • Executive Director McCormick published an article in the Allegheny County Bar Association's December 17, 2010 edition of its Legal Journal, entitled "WLD Creates TAPS:  Everything You Wanted To Know But Were Afraid To Ask".  The article relates to the creation of a special resource repository ("TAPS") on the bar association's website, with articles, studies and other resources of assistance to female attorneys. The resource directory can be found on the Allegheny County Bar Association's website at www.acba.org and the article at http://www.acba.org/ACBA/Publications/Lawyers-Journal.asp.