Elaine Stanko and Ronald Kalyan Jr. joined McNees Wallace and Nurick in the firm’s Lancaster office.

Both attorneys joined McNees Wallace from the Chester County office of Fox Rothschild .

Stanko brings her commercial lending and business experience to the firm’s financial services practice and Kalyan brings his transactional and land use real estate services.

Sheilah D. Vance was named chief of staff to Cheyney University President Michelle Howard-Vital.

Vance served as president and general counsel of the Institute for Educational Equity and Opportunity, a research, education and training organization that focuses on K-12 public school finance issues and is located in Philadelphia, where she maintains a private law practice. Vance was employed full-time at Villanova University School of Law from 1998 to 2006, first as a visiting legal writing instructor for two years before becoming director and then assistant dean for academic support. She currently is an adjunct professor at Villanova, teaching the education law seminar.

John J. Richardson joined Goehring, Rutter & Boehm.

Richardson adds to the firm’s products liability and commercial practice areas. He earned his law degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law .

Jennifer Betts joined the Pittsburgh office of Ogletree Deakins as an associate.

Betts focuses her practice on representing and advising employers in all aspects of traditional labor and employment law. Betts has experience defending employers in a range of employment-related litigation, including defending employers in collective and class actions as well as single-plaintiff actions involving wage and hour, employment discrimination, retaliation and harassment claims.


Members of both the Bar Association of Lehigh County and the Lehigh County Medical Society are invited to attend the 61st annual joint dinner meeting of the two organizations.

The event is set for 7 p.m. September 11 at the Barristers Club , 1114 West Walnut St., Allentown. There is no charge for the event, but reservation is requested by no later than September 7. RSVP to 610-433-6088 x 12.


Sally Edison, a partner with McGuireWoods, was selected by the National Diversity Council as one of the “2012 Most Powerful and Influential Women in Pennsylvania.”

Edison practices law from the firm’s Pittsburgh office, where she concentrates in the areas of commercial bankruptcy, insolvency and creditors’ rights.

Edison and other honorees are set to be formally recognized at the third annual Pittsburgh Diversity and Leadership Conference at Duquesne University on September 13.

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The Pennsylvania Law Weekly was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of longtime contributor Dorothy K. “Dee” Phillips.

Phillips, 69, a family law attorney who practiced throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania for more than 30 years, died August 13 at Saunders House in Wynnewood, Pa., after a battle with cancer.

For years, she wrote a regular column on family law for the Law Weekly and was always a pleasure to work with. She will be missed.