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Bucks County Bar Association
Annual Meeting and Dinner
By Bob Repko
On Thursday, December 5, 2019 the Bucks County Bar
Association held its Annual Meeting and Dinner. The event
started in the Bucks County Justice Center, where new
attorneys were admitted to the Bar of the Bucks County
Court. Thereafter, our annual meeting commenced so that
all business could be completed in time for the annual
dinner. Of course, all BCBA members were invited to attend
and participate in the annual meeting to offer their insight,
comments and to vote on pending matters.
The meeting itself started off with the acceptance of the
minutes from last year's meeting, our Treasurer's report
on the financial status of the BCBA, the approval of the
2020 Budget, the reports from our Section, Division and
Committee chairs, the recognition of new members
admitted to the BCBA in 2019, and my final report to the
BCBA as the outgoing President.
From there we took a "break" to honor Morris J. Kaplan,
Robert L. Katzenstein, Ronald J. Smolow and Eric R.
Tobin with Pro Bono recognition awards, presented by
Jennifer Pierce, head of the Doylestown Legal Aid Office
and Chair of the BCBA Pro Bono Committee. All four
attorneys named were recognized for their continued
commitment to the mission of Legal Aid and to those in our
Bucks County community who are unable to afford legal
representation.

Hon. Donald W. VanArtsdalen were all remembered
with amazing and moving Memorial Resolutions about
their service to our Association, the Bucks County legal
community, their neighbors and their families. At the end
of the Resolutions we also unveiled the portrait of Judge
VanArtsdalen, which was commissioned and produced
through the tireless efforts of our BCBA History Committee
and the family of Judge VanArtsdalen, and which will hang
proudly on the walls of our Justice Center.

Following this, we joyously recognized our 50-year
members with the presentation of a gift and an
opportunity for them to offer us some sage wisdom and
thoughts on their tenure as Bucks County lawyers and
members of the Bar Association. For 2019, those attorneys
honored for their 50 years of membership were: Gerald
E. Bloom, Steven A. Cotlar, Denis W. Lanctot and
John VanSciver.

Thereafter, we resumed with the election of our new
Executive Committee members and members of the Board.
Specifically, the BCBA members in attendance voted to
approve Sean Gresh as Vice-President/President Elect,
Julie Goldstein as Secretary and Lawrence Scheetz,
Jr. as Treasurer, along with Susan Dardes, Frank
Sullivan and Jeremy Puglia as three-year members
of the BCBA Board of Directors. Congratulations and
welcome to you all!

We then took some time to reverently honor those
members of our Association who passed away during
2019. John M. Fedorko, Howard T. Gathright, Peter
N. Harrison, Samuel M. Snipes, Mark B. Weber and

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