Jerry Geiger and Bob Kidwell taught a citizenship class at the Hughes Library on April 18, 2019. The library offers a free class to prepare for the U.S. citizenship application and interview. It is an 8-week program open to permanent U.S. residents (green card holders) who plan to apply for U.S. citizenship. Their program focused…

Route 80 Injuries While traveling on Route 80 in Smithfield Township, Monroe County, a chunk of ice flew off a tractor trailer. It crashed into the windshield of a car, severely injuring the passenger. The truck driver did not stop and the State Police will not likely be able to identify him. In fact, because…

“Breaker 1-9, you’ve got smokey in your tail.” Remember the “good” old days? Yes, I’m dating myself. Mullets, leisure suits, CB radios and Friday evenings with “Knight Rider.” Truckers and car drivers bought CB radios to alert fellow drivers about police checkpoints on the highway. Drivers referred to the police as “Smokey.” Apparently, they came…

Many property owners in Monroe County, PA are understandably anxious about the property reassessment results soon to be announced. For that reason, we are introducing a series of videos to explain the process, how to get more information, and how to challenge your reassessment. The County’s last reassessment was about 30 years ago and, because…

Lawyers are trained for battle. Law school taught us that the way to the “truth” was an adversarial system that accepted no prisoners. Cross-examination was the way to the truth and I’ll admit there’s nothing more satisfying than a cross-examination which completely decimates the opposing party. No prisoners. Think of Tom Cruise cross-examining Jack Nicholson….

  If you have collision coverage and your car is damaged, what can you collect? After a brief period of mourning (I’m a car guy), here’s what I can tell you. Your insurance company is required to pay the amount necessary to return your car to the same condition it was in before being damaged….

I list federal practice on my Monroe County Bar Association referral page. In fact, at least half my practice is in federal court both as a trial attorney and as a federal court mediator. As a result, I frequently receive calls from potential clients who want to file claims in federal court based on the…

Is Mediation a sign of weakness? I’m a litigator and I’m also a mediator. I get it. Clients who believe in the value of their claim see mediation as a sign of weakness. If you’ve been seriously injured, accepting less than the “full” value of your claim is a concession you don’t want to make….

I’m writing this post both as a federal mediator and as an attorney for plaintiffs. Yes, I’m wearing two hats but in this case the two “hats” might be helpful to you. “We fight, we win!” Let’s say your attorney suggests you”mediate” your lawsuit.Whatever happened to “We fight for you”? That was on the billboard,…

A Day at the Range I learned to ride at a motorcycle course in Snydersville offered at what was then Schoch’s Harley Davidson.  Free course, use of a complimentary bike and helmet,  and a license after successful completion. Great course and a lot of fun. Pennsylvania just announced a new training curriculum that includes many…