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Congratulations to Kaplin Stewart’s Law Clerk – Paula Souvannaphasy

7/29/2022 | General, News & Resources

On Tuesday, July 26th the Montgomery Bar Association bestowed the “Judge Cheryl Austin Award” on Paula Souvannaphasy, Kaplin Stewart’s law clerk, at the closing ceremony for the Bar’s summer intern program.  The award is “presented to someone who shares Judge Austin’s passion for social justice and racial equity, as well as her determination, work ethic, and kindness.”  Nancy Walsh, who ran this year’s MBA program, told Pamela Tobin, Esquire, that Paula was “such a worthy recipient.”

Join Kaplin Stewart’s Virtual CLE: “Ten Tips for Clear and Direct Legal Writing”

5/24/2022 | Events & Seminars, News & Resources

Wednesday, June 15, 2022 8:30 am – 10:45 am In this seminar, attorneys will learn how to write with clarity in a variety of legal documents, such as client letters, memos, emails, and legal briefs.   “Ten Tips for Clear and Direct Legal Writing” Description This seminar features 10 tips to make your legal writing, regardless of the context or audience, clear and concise. Ben uses both good and not-so-good examples from inside and outside the legal world in this interactive […]

COVID CONTEMPORIZES LAND USE PLANNING

5/16/2022 | Articles & Alerts, News & Resources

COVID has been challenging for humanity on many levels, not the least of which is the significant impact on our economy.  All levels of government have been struggling to meet the new economic reality. Businesses, large and small, have struggled to say afloat and to keep employees working. Unfortunately, some businesses will be lost forever, and others will need more than just a loan or bailout.  Survival may be dependent on the willingness of local government to be flexible, nimble, […]

IS YOUR PROPERTY TAX EXEMPT? DON’T BET ON IT

5/16/2022 | Articles & Alerts, News & Resources

Pennsylvania may be at the forefront of a national trend that has seen local governments remove or modify the favorable property tax treatment for nonprofits, particularly hospitals and universities.  Municipalities and school districts are always on the hunt for additional tax revenue, and successfully challenging an exemption is one way to achieve that goal.   Exemption law is rooted in the Pennsylvania Constitution, which permits the exemption of “institutions of purely public charity,” Pa. Const. Art. VIII, §2(a)(v).  However, there is […]


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WAS 2021 GOOD OR BAD? YOUR PERCEPTION MAY BE THE REALITY

5/16/2022 | Articles & Alerts, News & Resources

“Move along, nothing to see here.”  Officer Barbrady from South Park. Commentaries like this one, i.e., a retrospective of 2021, are often ubiquitous and contrarian.  The particulars are dependent upon one’s point of view.  For example, a pessimist will point to the next COVID variant, inflation, labor shortages, supply chain catastrophes, the imminent invasions of the Ukraine and Taiwan, and the seemingly interminable wait for the next episode of Ted Lasso.  The optimist will cite the ever-burgeoning real estate market, […]