U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s Minnesota Law review article on the limits of presidential power is generating interest in advance of senate hearings. Some commentators argue it reflects views that are disqualifying. The article was adapted from remarks Judge Kavanaugh made at the University of Minnesota Law School on October 17, 2008—about two weeks…

If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident in northeastern Pennsylvania, I’d be happy to answer your questions and protect your right to compensation. Motorcycles are not cars and riders face unique challenges that the average personal injury lawyer does not truly understand unless he rides himself. The concept of “counter-steering” is probably “Latin” to…

Today, I attended the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new mediation center at the federal courthouse in Scranton. The guest list included all of the Middle District judges and the panel of certified mediators. It’s really a beautiful facility and will include video conferencing capability. Chief Judge Conner and mediation coordinator, Joe Barrett, spoke briefly…

Scranton Federal Court Announces New Mediation Center Our federal court in Scranton, which serves the Poconos, just announced the grand opening of its new mediation center at the William J. Nealon Federal Courthouse. I was fortunate to get an advance tour of the center and was impressed with what I saw. More importantly, the opening…

Pocono Jazz legend Bob Dorough died this week at age 94. His death was somewhat of a shock because he was performing at the top of his game right up until the time of his death. Bob performed quite regularly at the Deer Head Inn in Delaware Water Gap and, despite his iconic stature, was…

If you’re an attorney with an office outside Monroe County and trying your first or tenth case here, conforming to local procedural rules may not necessarily be intuitive. Certainly, Monroe County practice has become more user friendly than it used to be but having local counsel on the “ground” to assist, can be beneficial. I…

Newman | Williams Attorney Jerry Geiger, President of the Pocono Youth Orchestra (PYO), announced this week a wonderful opportunity for student musicians in eastern Pennsylvania. The Ulysses String Quartet will be presenting an Interactive Concert/Demonstration for regional string players at the Stroudsburg Middle School, 200 Mountaineer Drive, Stroudsburg, PA 18360, on April 14, 2018 at…

When he retires, NW Shareholder Jerry Geiger plans on pursuing a second career playing acoustic blues guitar. He’s not ready for prime time yet, but here’s a photo of Jerry just prior to playing a guitar/harmonica duet with PA Supreme Court Justice Mike Eakin at a Monroe County Bar Association conference. We know of a…

We support many local organizations but one of our favorites is the Pocono Youth Orchestra (PYO). The PYO is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. It just performed its winter concert series at East Stroudsburg University. We are pleased to report that our students played to a full house. The PYO gives students in eastern Pennsylvania and western New Jersey the…

Although there are a few exceptions, Pennsylvania law requires that legal process be served by the County Sheriff’s Office. But what is a sheriff’s deputy to do when the defendant he is supposed to serve has posted her property with “No Trespassing” signs and has a locked gate across her driveway? Does the deputy infringe…