Elected and Appointed

Maureen M. McBride, partner and executive committee member at Lamb McErlane was appointed as a member of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania civil procedural rules committee for a five-year term.

The civil procedural rules committee was established by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania in 1937.

The committee assists the Supreme Court in the preparation, revision, publication and administration of the rules of civil procedure.

At Lamb McErlane, McBride is co-chair of the appellate department and a member of the litigation department and the firm’s executive committee.

She concentrates her practice on appellate law and commercial litigation in state and federal courts and provides counseling and advice to an array of corporate clients and individuals.

McBride also serves as a board member of the Friends Association for the Care and Protection of Children, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping homeless or near-homeless families in Chester County.

She is a graduate of Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law.


Barley Snyder announced that the Army Heritage Center Foundation named partner and military veteran Thomas A. French to its board of directors.

The foundation, headquartered on grounds attached to the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, supports the development and expansion of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center.

The center’s mission is to preserve the memories of soldiers and their families, honor their service, and help educate the American public about the Army’s and its soldiers’ contributions to the nation.

The center includes a museum and a large archive of U.S. Army documents and publications dating back to the Revolutionary War.

French is a veteran, having served as a military attorney in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General Corps as a reserve officer in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard.

In 2005, he was called to active duty and deployed to Afghanistan to advise commanders on rules of engagement and other military law issues.


Philadelphia attorney S. David Fineman moderated a panel of real estate tax-assessment experts, hosted by the Philadelphia chapter of Lambda Alpha International, the honorary society for the advancement of land economics.

The discussion was titled “Philadelphia Actual Value Initiative: Was the cure worse than the Disease?”

The panel dealt with current problems with the real property tax assessment system, including computer flaws and lack of uniformity of valuations.

Panelists mostly agreed that the current assessment system does not have consistent determinations.

Panelists were Harvey Levin, past vice chairman of the Philadelphia board of revisions of taxes and former director of assessments, and member of the Philadelphia BRT Gene Davey.

Fineman, managing partner of Fineman Krekstein & Harris and board member of LAI, led and moderated the group.


The CLE program “Neuropsychological Assessment: What You Need to Know,” presented by Michael Heptig of Bancroft NeuroReha, is scheduled to be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Heptig will address potential reasons for referral for a neuropsychological assessment, potential benefits of an assessment, and the cognitive domains typically assessed in a neuropsychological battery.

The CLE is slated to be held at Capehart Scatchard in Mount Laurel, New Jersey. It is approved for 1.8 New Jersey credits and 1.5 Pennsylvania credits (pending). Seating is limited and pre-registration is required.

Call 856- 234-6800, ext. 4143 for reservations or email marketing@capehart.com.


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