Judy Hayman, an attorney in Eastburn and Gray’s family law practice group, was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation at the Bucks County Bar Association’s annual dinner for performing well in excess of the association’s pro bono commitment for 2012.

The certificate recognizes Hayman’s efforts to provide legal services to the indigents of Bucks County.

The Washington County Bar Association honored Peacock Keller partner Kenneth L. Baker with its Robert L. Ceisler Professionalism Award.

The award recognizes attorneys who exemplify the Working Rules of Professionalism and who strive to encourage other attorneys, particularly those who are newer to the practice of law, to do the same.

In conjunction with the award, a donation is to be made in Baker’s name to the Washington County Law Library to update the legal ethics guide, Legal Ethics: The Lawyer’s Deskbook on Professional Responsibility.

Announcements

James W. Saxton, chair of Stevens & Lee’s health care litigation group and co-chair of the health care department, and Todd R. Bartos, shareholder at the firm, contributed a chapter to Representing Physicians Handbook, Third Edition, published by the American Health Lawyers Association.

The chapter, “Professional Liability: A Primer on Malpractice Insurance and Risk Management,” focuses on the fundamentals of malpractice insurance and provides strategies to minimize professional liability.

The Legal and Pennsylvania Law Weekly are looking for verdicts and settlements to report.

If you’re a plaintiffs or defense attorney who has obtained a verdict or settlement in Pennsylvania county or federal court recently, contact Zack Needles at zneedles@alm.com or Ben Present at bpresent@alm.com.

Melissa Chandy, a senior associate with Pond Lehocky Stern Giordano, is resuming her role as a contributing writer for the Pennsylvania Association for Justice’s publication PAJ News.

Chandy has become a regular contributor to the Case Notes section of the publication, with her writings relevant to the field of workers’ compensation.

Speakers

Kevin R. Marciano, a partner with Marciano & MacAvoy, was the course planner for a Pennsylvania Association for Justice CLE seminar in Philadelphia titled “Auto Law Strategies.”

Marciano also spoke on mediation, arbitration, mock trials and focus groups.

Steven L. Sugarman, founding principal of Steven L. Sugarman & Associates, was a featured speaker at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s program, “Condominium and Homeowner Associations: Lessons on Liabilities, Liens and Litigation,” in Mechanicsburg and presented December 12 in Philadelphia.

Sugarman spoke on the topic, “Litigating the Construction Defect Case in the Community Association.”

Elected and Appointed

The board of directors of the Webb Law Firm elected Kent E. Baldauf Sr. as chairman of the board, Richard L. Byrne as president and Nathan J. Prepelka as 
secretary.