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The Arbitration Center for the First Judicial District unveiled a portrait of Frank Zal, who served at the first Philadelphia County arbitration commissioner in the compulsory arbitration program from 1958-1968.

The program was a collaboration between the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Judiciary of the First Judicial District to address the backlog of lower monetary-valued civil cases.


The Pennsylvania Bar Association real property, probate and trust law section is set to present its inaugural Trailblazer Award to attorney Alexandra M. Sipe of the Maxwell Sipe Law Offices in Waynesboro at an awards breakfast Friday during the association’s annual meeting.

Instituted in 2019, the section created the Trailblazer Award to annually recognize young lawyers practicing in the real property and probate and trust areas of law.

Honorees must demonstrate excellence in the practice of law, professionalism through bar association activities and a commitment to pro bono legal services.

Sipe assists families with estate planning, estate administration, small business law and elder law. With a focus on high-net-worth clients, she handles complex, contested matters.

A member of the Franklin County Bar Association young lawyers division, Sipe serves as the association’s Wills for Heroes coordinator.

Wills for Heroes, a statewide pro bono project of the PBA young lawyers division, offers free basic estate planning documents for first responders, military veterans and their spouses.

In addition, Sipe is a member of the PBA real property, probate and trust law, solo and small firm and elder law sections, as well as the Commission on Women in the Profession.

Sipe is also a member of the Cumberland County Bar Association, Estate Planning Council of Central Pennsylvania and South Central Pennsylvania Estate Planning Association.

Elected and Appointed

The National Association of Legal Secretaries of Philadelphia announced its elected officers for the 2019-20 term.

Jacquelyn A. Hannigan, with Kaufman, Coren & Ress, will serve as president; Lynn Costello, with the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office, will serve as second vice president; Karen Hardy, with Pepper Hamilton, will serve as recording secretary; and Deborah Benullo with Robert J. Casey Jr. & Associates, will serve as treasurer.

These officers were installed during NALS of Philadelphia’s Administrative Professionals’ Day celebration, where keynote speaker A. Michael Snyder, chancellor-elect of the Philadelphia Bar Association, welcomed the new officers.

NALS of Philadelphia is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, nonunion association of legal secretaries, legal assistants/paralegals, law office administrators, court clerks and other legal professionals affiliated with NALS Inc. and NALS of Pennsylvania.


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