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Judge Friedman Receives Jewish Law Day Award
On April 6, 2017, at the 35th Annual Jewish Law Day program in Philadelphia, the Judge Norma
Shapiro Award was presented to the Hon. Rochelle S. ("Shelly") Friedman. Bucks County's
own Commonwealth Court Judge is well deserving of this recognition. The Bucks County Bar
Association offers its heartfelt congratulations. 

written, or probating a will. (See PBA Talking Points-"Sales
Tax on Legal Services," www.pabar.org.)

Pennsylvania, like many other public entities, is facing a
significant challenge in finding revenue to fund all of the
many projects and programs it oversees and for which
it is responsible. Unfortunately, taxing legal services is
an inadequate and unwise source from which to shore
up deficiencies in a short-sighted attempt to appease a
weary and burdened taxpayer population. The responsibility for the flawed system rests with those who
created it, and who now run away from the opportunity
to craft any really effective and long-term solution.
A proposed tax on legal services is ineffective politics
and bad policy. 

My Southeastern Pennsylvania counterparts have also
eloquently added their voices to the cause. Montgomery Bar
Association President Eric Smith has noted that "the costs of
implementing and reporting the tax carried by lawyers and
law firms will ultimately be passed on to clients as either a
service fee or a higher hourly rate..." and that the tax will
"discourage the retention of counsel, causing more pro se
litigation, and thereby burdening the Court system"(April
6, 2017 letter from Eric Smith to SB 76 primary sponsor,
Senator David Argall). Smith also pointed out a significant
flaw in the legislation, noting that only three areas of legal
service are exempt from the tax: "business to business,"
domestic relations matters, and criminal defense matters.

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engage in services not exempt from the tax (i.e., Estates and
Probate, Workers' Compensation, etc.). Other professions
currently not included in the legislative scheme should not
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