Municipal Law Colloquium 2021 Pennsylvania Bar Institute

Live Webcast on Friday, June 18th

Simulcast to: Allentown, Greensburg, Washington

9:00 AM - 4:20 PM

5 substantive/1 ethics CLE


The practicing municipal solicitor, those who want to expand their practice, or those who plan their first venture into the municipal law arena.


This seminar provides ample opportunity for both new and experienced solicitors to catch up on recent developments and explore the most important issues in depth.

The Day's Agenda

Recent Developments

9:00 am – 10:00 am

Recent developments in municipal law of interest to solicitors.

Josele Cleary

10:00 am – 10:10 am

Panel Switch Break

New Tricks for Old Properties-Adapting Properties to the Modern Economy

10:10 am – 11:10 am

This presentation will explore transient residential uses, agritainment/agritourism, and reuse of vacant commercial properties. Regulatory impacts, zoning changes and other techniques to accommodate and regulate novel uses will be explored by a panel of three attorneys with experience representing municipalities and private developers.

Scott MacNair, Matthew J. Crème, Scott T. Wyland

11:10 am – 11:20 am

Panel Switch Break

Use of Force and Other Policing Issues

11:20 am – 12:20 pm

This session will address current issues that involve police use of force and internal affairs investigations. Views will be offered on the subjects from the perspective of police labor associations and from the perspective of municipal officials who are charged with the responsibility to operate safe, efficient and constitutional law enforcement services. Get guidance on how to avoid legal and political pitfalls that can expose municipal police officials to costly civil rights liability and unnecessary labor disputes.

James E. Gavin, Christopher P. Gerber

12:20 pm – 1:10 pm

Lunch break

Quality of Life Ordinance Enforcement

1:10 pm – 2:10 pm

Local governments regularly receive complaints from residents of conduct which ranges from annoying to dangerous. In this session, the panel will discuss these complaints, and available means of enforcement, from both the local official and solicitor perspective. The session will include review of recent court decisions, existing and proposed legislation, and ordinances which give communities the tools to address conditions which impair resident quality of life.

MODERATOR: Joan E. London

Jason M. Hess, Kourtney E. Bernecker, Brian Brandt

2:10 pm – 2:20 pm

Panel Switch Break

Right to Know Law

2:20 pm – 3:20 pm

Recent updates on the Right to Know Law and proposed legislation including requests by commercial requesters for commercial use

J. Stephen Feinour, Joshua D. Bonn

3:20 pm – 3:30 pm

Panel Switch Break

Ethics for Solicitors

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

This presentation offers training, insights and occasional comic relief about the challenges and rewards of meeting our professional responsibilities to municipalities and other public entities during the pandemic and beyond.

Megan M. Turnbull, Stacey L. Fuller

Thank you!


Josele Cleary, Esq., Morgan Hallgren Crosswell & Kane PC

J. Stephen Feinour, Esq., Nauman Smith Shissler & Hall LLP

Alan W. Flenner JD, PE, Gannett Fleming, Inc

Stacey L. Fuller, Esq., Gawthrop Greenwood PC

Jason M. Hess, Esq., Morgan Hallgren Crosswell & Kane PC

Joan E. London, Esq., Kozloff Stoudt Attorneys

Ronald M. Lucas, Esq., Stevens & Lee

Heidi B. Masano, Esq., Masano Bradley

Susan J. Smith, Esq., Law Office of Susan J. Smith

Steven A. Stine, Esq., Law Office of Steven A. Stine

Megan M. Turnbull, Esq., Weiss Burkardt Kramer LLC

Terry J. Williams, Esq., Miller Kistler & Campbell


Kourtney E. Bernecker, Esq., Kozloff Stoudt Attorneys

Joshua D. Bonn, Esq., Nauman Smith Shissler & Hall LLP

Brian Brandt, Township of West Earl

Matthew J. Crème, Jr., Esq., Nikolaus & Hohenadel LLP

James E. Gavin, Esq., Masano Bradley, LLP

Christopher P. Gerber, Esq., Siana, Bellwoar and McAndrew, LLP

Scott MacNair, Esq., Clemons Richter & Reiss PC

Councilor Jeffrey S. Waltman, Reading City Council

Scott T. Wyland, Esq., Salzmann Hughes PC

Please join us!

PBI is pleased to cosponsor this program with the PBA Municipal Law Section