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Elected and Appointed

Thomas J. Nehilla of Barley Snyder was named to the board of directors at Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts in downtown Harrisburg.

Opened in 1999, the center is a nonprofit center for the arts, education, entertainment and cultural enrichment located in the heart of Harrisburg’s downtown.

Nehilla is a member of the firm’s business and real estate practice groups, working in residential, commercial and industrial transactions.

He concentrates his practice in the structuring, negotiation and execution of business and real estate transactions (including residential, commercial and industrial), joint ventures, financing, planned community and condominium developments, homeowner associations, commercial leases, construction contracts, zoning and land use and resolution of business disputes.


Gawthrop Greenwood was appointed solicitor of the city of Coatesville.

Lead solicitor Anthony T. Verwey’s team includes attorneys Patrick M. McKenna and Stacey L. Fuller, who lead Gawthrop Greenwood’s government and education law department, providing legal counsel to cities, townships, boroughs, police departments, planning commissions, municipal authorities and zoning hearing boards.

The firm advocates at government meetings; advises elected boards on governance, open records and other issues; litigates municipal, school, land development and zoning matters through appeal; and drafts legislative and policy documents for municipal governments.

The firm also supports education and special education law, where attorneys serve the needs of educators, schools, families and students facing a variety of challenges.


The board of supervisors for Valley Township appointed Andrew D.H. Rau and Unruh Turner Burke & Frees to serve as its solicitor.

Valley Township is in western Chester County and utilizes a manager-board form of government.

Rau has more than two decades of experience as lead solicitor and counsel for both municipal bodies and private clients.

He has led statewide educational programs addressing legal ethics, eminent domain, cable franchising and cellular tower regulation.

The firm’s municipal and school law group has served as solicitor and provided legal counsel to townships, boroughs, municipal authorities, business improvement districts, zoning hearing boards and school districts throughout the region.


Christopher Robinette, a professor of law at Widener Law Commonwealth, received the 2018 Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching.

Robinette supplements the traditional Socratic method often used in law school with a number of other procedures, such as collaborative group work, role playing, negotiation exercises, short video clips, discussion of current events and other tools.

His scholarship focuses on the justifications for tort liability and the conditions which would make an alternative compensation program preferable.

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