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Sheryl L. Brown, Esquire Presents Training Session on Wiretap Act, Police Body Cameras and Right to Know Law at PSATS Conference

On April 24, 2018, Sherry Brown, Esquire presented a training session at the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Officials (“PSATS”) Spring 2018 Educational Conference titled: The Wiretap Act, Police Body Cams, and the Right-to-Know Law.  The session focused on Act 22 of 2017, which amended the Pennsylvania Wiretap Law to open the door for law enforcement…

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Sheryl L. Brown, Esquire Presents Drone Program to Montgomery County Bar Association Real Estate Committee

In April, 2018, Sherry Brown, Esquire was pleased to present a program to the Montgomery County Bar Association, Real Estate Committee titled: It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane.. no Wait, it’s a Drone? During the course of the presentation, issues such as federal regulations for recreational, commercial and government use were addressed along with potential…

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Christopher P. Gerber, Esquire Presents Police Liability Training Session

Christopher P. Gerber, Esquire presented a training session entitled, Police Liability: Operational and Personnel Issues, at the Spring 2018 Annual Conference of the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors (“PSATS”). The purpose of the program was to raise awareness among elected officials, managers, chiefs of police and solicitors regarding personnel and operational issues that result in costly litigation and…

Fact Finding Meetings – The Nondeliberative Exception to the Sunshine Act by Robert M. Tucker, Esquire

Since anyone can remember, Pennsylvania’s Sunshine Act (“The Act”) has been the battleground for advocates of transparency in local government. The Act, with its allowances for executive sessions, seeks to balance transparency against the demands for confidentiality. But what about when deliberations take place behind closed doors? Otherwise known as a Smith fact-finding session –…

Executive Sessions Article by Andrew J. Bellwoar, Esquire and Jonathan P. Riba, Esquire Featured in Borough News Magazine

Siana Bellwoar proudly recognizes attorneys Andrew J. Bellwoar, Esquire and Jonathan P. Riba, Esquire for their recently featured article, Executive Sessions, What You Need to Know in the March 2018 issue of PSAB’s Borough News Magazine. Read the full article here: Exec sessions All rights reserved. This publication may not be reproduced without the express written permission of Siana…

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Christopher P. Gerber, Esquire Presents Proper Supervision of Municipal Police Departments Webinar

On February 21, 2018, Christopher P. Gerber, Esquire presented a webinar entitled, Proper Supervision of Municipal Police Departments on behalf of the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs. The purpose of the webinar was to raise awareness among elected officials, managers, chiefs of police and solicitors regarding their roles in properly managing municipal police departments; to provide a…

Eric M. Brown, Esquire Addresses Social Media Use by Municipalities in Webinar

On February 14, 2018, Siana Bellwoar Partner, Eric M. Brown, Esquire discussed social media usage by municipalities during a live webinar presented by Strafford Publications. He identified best management practices to consider when developing social media policies; the parameters within which a municipal employer may regulate the social media conduct of public employees both on…

When Does First Amendment Speech Become Criminal Activity? by Carolyn N. Flynn, Esquire

In the wake of white nationalist protests and counter-protests across the nation, protesters and public safety officials should understand what speech is protected by the First Amendment and what speech constitutes criminal activity. What speech is protected? The U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment protects free speech broadly. It generally prevents police officers from limiting public speech…