No Policy, No Problem? University Prevails Against Campus Officer Terminated for Internet Posts Despite No Policy By: Michael G. Crotty, Esquire & Richard Jones, Legal Intern

The importance of having an employee social media policy was at the forefront in a recent Commonwealth Court decision. In Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education v. PASSHE Officers Association, the Court was asked to decide whether the lack of such a policy would prevent an employer (Kutztown University) from terminating a campus patrol officer…

Siana Law Welcomes James B. Halligan III

Siana Law is proud to welcome James B. Halligan III to our team of Associate Attorneys. Mr. Halligan is a native of Havertown and currently resides in Upper Providence, PA. He is a graduate of Penn State University and Widener University School of Law. Mr. Halligan also completed a Master of Law (LLM) in Cyber…

The Landscape of Community Colleges’ Funding Might Soon Change, For Better or Worse By Michael J. Salek, Esquire

Pennsylvania ranks 49th in the country in funding its state institutions of higher learning and 48th in affordability. In an effort to improve these statistics, Governor Shapiro has recently proposed a 15% funding increase for Pennsylvania’s state institutions of higher learning, including all fifteen (15) of the state’s community colleges. The interesting component of this…

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Siana Law Supports “Sunshine Week” and Transparent Government By Theodore T. Speedy, Esquire & Christopher P. Gerber, Esquire

“Publicity is justly commended as a remedy for social and industrial diseases. Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants; electric light the most efficient policeman.” —Louis D. Brandeis On January 31, 2024, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives enacted a resolution designating the week of March 10 through 16, 2024, as “Sunshine Week.” “Sunshine…

Christopher P. Gerber, Esquire Scheduled as Speaker for Upcoming Webinar – Pennsylvania Police Liability Claims: A Primer

Siana Law Partner, Chris Gerber, is proud to join the National Business Institute (NBI) and a team of knowledgeable Pennsylvania attorneys as a speaker for the following webinar on Friday, April 26th, at 9:00 am: Pennsylvania Police Liability Claims: A Primer – Civil Actions Under State Law, Use of Force, Trial Essentials, and More Click…

School District Funding Change is Underway with More Ahead in Light of Commonwealth Court Ruling By Michael J. Salek, Esquire

The Education Clause of our Commonwealth’s Constitution imposes a requirement which, given current economic climate consisting of inflation and increase in wages, any school official would call onerous. Under the Education Clause, the Commonwealth must “provide for the maintenance and support of a thorough and efficient system of public education to serve the needs of…

Christopher Gerber & Eric Brown to Present at Local Government 201 Hosted by the Western Chester County Chamber of Commerce

Save the date for the Local Government 201 Training Course on Saturday, January 20th, 2024. The Western Chester County Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee is offering this informative course to municipal Officials, municipal staff and individuals who serve the municipality at no cost. Siana Law Partners, Christopher Gerber and Eric Brown, look forward to…