Featured Columns

It Should Be PC to Use a PC

Lisa Shapson | November 29, 2016

Although parent coordinators (PCs) are currently defunct in Pennsylvania, the Domestic Relations Procedural Rules Committee of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court is seeking to bring back PCs in custody cases. The comment period for Recommendation 155 is open until Feb. 24, 2017.

Business of Law

  • Don't Fear Failure: It's an Opportunity for Success

    By Frank Michael D'Amore

    This month's column arose out of two recent conversations that occurred only hours apart. The first was a discussion with a trial ­lawyer who had just suffered a major defeat. A jury returned a huge verdict against his client and it was a tough blow, as it was a long and hotly contested case.

  • 6 Biggest Career Mistakes Made by Lawyers: Part One

    By Frank Michael D'Amore

    Thirty-two years in the legal ­profession, the last 15 of which have been as a recruiter and consultant, has provided a unique perspective on the career paths of lawyers. I have witnessed some, who I would have bet would become wildly successful, fall far below ­expectations. Others, who, early in their careers, were not superstars, ultimately rose to extraordinarily high levels, much to the surprise of many who started with them.

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Litigation

  • What Happens if the Arbitral Forum or Arbitrator Is Unavailable?

    By Abraham J. Gafni

    Parties entering into a business relationship are often advised that a fully formulated arbitration agreement should be carefully prepared so that if a dispute arises, the pathway to resolution is fixed and clear. Among suggested provisions is one identifying the arbitrator(s) or arbitral forum that will administer and, ultimately, enter a final award.

  • Class Action Rule Changes Are (Likely) Coming to Federal Courts

    By Edward T. Kang

    In August of this year, the Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Rules of Civil Procedure released a preliminary draft of proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Perhaps the most notable of the proposed amendments are those relating to Rule 23, which governs class actions. Rule 23 has been substantively amended four times since its adoption in 1937, and most recently in 2003. The proposed amendments affect the following aspects of Rule 23: method of notice to class members, settlement approval, objections of class members to settlement and appeals.

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