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  • 11.17.12 – Shareholder Sean O'Brien Supports BerksTALKLINE (readingeagle.com)

  • Widener Law Alumni Leader: Fred Mogel hosts event at Berks County Bar Association

    Fred Mogel '80 has served as leader in the Berks County Legal Community in a variety of ways, including serving as president of the Bar Association and currently as a partner at Mogel, Speidel, Bobb, & Kershner. Now Fred can add Widener Law Alumni leader to his list of many accolades.

    With the help of the Development and Alumni Office, a reception was held in the spring for the many Widener Law graduates from both the Delaware and Harrisburg campuses living and working in the Berks County area. The reception was held at the Berks County Bar Association Building and provided an opportunity to network with each other and meet Dean Ammons.

    "I really saw this as win for everybody," said Fred. "Instead of simply making a donation to the school, I was able to do an in-kind donation and meet some Widener graduates that I had not met before, and we all got a chance to meet and interact with the Dean, which was the highlight of the evening."

    The evening can only be described as a success as it allowed the Widener Law community to gather in Berks County, for the first time with the Dean, and plant the seeds for further gatherings that will foster the growth of the alumni community.

    It was through Fred's leadership and dedication to Widener Law that this path was opened, and the Widener Law Community thanks him for his continued dedication and leadership.

  • Profile 2012 Business Profile

  • After 50 years at the Berks County Bar, Ed Kershner retires at 75.

  • Mark Zimmer has been elected to President of The Justice William Strong American Inn of Court, the Berks County chapter of the national American Inns of Court (AIC). The local AIC is made up of Berks County attorneys and judges, and six formal meetings are held each year. As President, Mark organizes and chairs the executive committee, runs the monthly meetings, and is the liaison between the local organization and the national group.

    American Inns of Court (AIC) are designed to improve the skills, professionalism and ethics of the bench and bar. An American Inn of Court is an amalgam of judges, lawyers, and in some cases, law professors and law students. Each Inn meets approximately once a month both to "break bread" and to hold programs and discussions on matters of ethics, skills and professionalism. Looking for a new way to help lawyers and judges rise to higher levels of excellence, professionalism, and ethical awareness, the American Inns of Court adopted the traditional English model of legal apprenticeship and modified it to fit the particular needs of the American legal system. American Inns of Court help lawyers to become more effective advocates and counselors with a keener ethical awareness. Members learn side-by-side with the most experienced judges and attorneys in their community. An American Inn of Court is not a fraternal order, a social club, a course in continuing legal education, a lecture series, an apprenticeship system, or an adjunct of a law school's program. While an AIC partakes of some of each of these concepts, it is quite different in aim, scope, and effect.

    American Inns of Court actively involve more than 25,000 state, federal and administrative law judges, attorneys, legal scholars and law students. Membership is composed of the following categories: Masters of the Benchójudges, experienced lawyers, and law professors; Barristers - lawyers with some experience who do not meet the minimum requirements for Masters; Associates - lawyers who do not meet the minimum requirement for Barristers; and Pupils - law students. The suggested number of active members in an Inn is around 80.

    Most Inns concentrate on issues surrounding civil and criminal litigation practice, and include attorneys from a number of specialties. However, there are several Inns that specialize in criminal practice, federal litigation, tax law, administrative law, white-collar crime, bankruptcy, intellectual property, family law, or employment and labor law. The membership is divided into "pupillage teams," with each team consisting of a few members from each membership category. Each pupillage team conducts one program for the Inn each year. Pupillage team members get together informally outside of monthly Inn meetings in groups of two or more. This allows the less-experienced attorneys to become more effective advocates and counselors by learning from the more-experienced attorneys and judges. In addition, each less-experienced member is assigned to a more-experienced attorney or judge who acts as a mentor and encourages conversations about the practice of law.

  • Jason A. Ulrich received the Presidential Award from the Berks County Bar Association at their annual meeting in January. He was recognized for his efforts in organizing and managing the Young Lawyer's Section 2010 softball team. Although not a winning season, a good time was had by all!

  • New 2011 Pennsylvania Decennial Report Requirement

    In 2011, certain corporations and associations registered with the Pennsylvania Department of State will be statutorily required to file a Decennial Report of Association Continued Existence to preserve the exclusive use of their name. The requirement applies to corporations and associations that have not made any new or amended filings with the Department of State within the previous 10 years.

    It is possible that some corporations and associations may receive decennial filing notices in error. Let our office help you determine if your corporation or association must submit a Decennial Report.

  • Profile 2011 Business Profile

  • Mr. Zimmer recently provided editorial assistance by evaluating the legal points of Dr. Brenda Russell's new book, The Battered Woman's Syndrome in the Courts. Dr. Russell is an Associate Professor in Applied Psychology and Coordinator of the Applied Psychology Program at Penn State University’s Berks campus. The text book on domestic violence will be used in both law schools and other graduate programs. The book is being published by McFarland & Company and is due out in late 2010.

  • Frederick Mogel was elected to the Council of the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) Family Law Section and was appointed as an at-large member of its executive committee. He was also appointed to the statewide PBA Constitutional Review Commission as one of two representatives from Zone 2 (comprised of Berks, Lehigh, Schuylkill, Carbon and Northampton Counties ).

  • Mark Zimmer has been selected the 2010 Chair of the Family Law Section of the Berks County Bar Association following his two year term as Co-chair.

  • Andrew George was elected to the Berks County Bar Association Board as a Director.

  • Profile 2010 Business Profile

  • Mark Zimmer was recognized at the Berks County Bar Association's Annual Meeting on October 29, 2009, for his outstanding work on behalf of the Bar Association. He was awarded the Presidential Award of Merit for his service over several years as Chair of the Law Day Committee.

  • Gene Venzke retired after 36 years at the Pennsylvania Bar, having been associated with the firm since 2006.

  • The law firm of Mogel, Speidel, Bobb, & Kershner announces that Jesse A. Kammerdeiner has become associated with the firm. Mr. Kammerdeiner practices in the areas of estate planning and administration, family law, general civil litigation, corporate and municipal law.

  • The Berks County Bar Association recently dedicated the new Kittrell Suite in their building at 554-546 Court Street. The new suite includes an historical look at the Association's past presidents from 1931 through 2009. Six attorneys from Mogel, Speidel, Bobb & Kershner are represented.

    • 1936-1937 Thomas Lager Snyder
    • 1949-1950 George B. Balmer
    • 1975-1976 Carl F. Mogel
    • 1984 Donald K. Bobb
    • 1997 Edwin H. Kershner
    • 2003 Frederick R. Mogel
  • 10.01.09 – The Berks County Bar Association unveils the new Kittrell Suite and Past Presidents Gallery.

  • Profile 2009 Business Profile

  • Mogel, Speidel, Bobb, & Kershner Proudly Supports The Historical Society Berks County and Salutes the All Aboard! 175th Anniversary of the Reading Company Exhibit!

  • Mogel, Speidel, Bobb, & Kershner law firm's founder George F. Baer served as solicitor to and later president of the Reading Railroad. We're proud to sponsor a special display celebrating Mr. Baer's contributions to the Reading Company and the City of Reading.

  • Read more about George F. Baer and the Reading Railroad in the Firm History section of our website.

  • As of March 25, 2008, Jason A. Ulrich has become associated with the firm. Mr. Ulrich practices in the areas of estate planning and administration, family law, general civil litigation, corporate and municipal law. Mr. Ulrich was formerly the Judicial Law Clerk to The Honorable President Judge, Kenneth W. Seamans, 34th Judicial District of Pennsylvania.

  • The law firm of Mogel, Speidel, Bobb, & Kershner announces that Mark E. Zimmer has become a shareholder in the firm as of January 1, 2008. Mr. Zimmer practices family law including divorce, custody, support, protection from abuse and adoption, general litigation and estate planning.

  • Profile 2008 Business Profile

  • As of July 9, 2007, Aaron J. Bell has become associated with the firm. Mr. Bell practices in the areas of estate planning and administration, family law, general civil litigation, corporate and municipal law. Mr. Bell was formerly an Assistant District Attorney in the Berks County District Attorney's Office.

  • Harry W. Speidel has retired after 60 years at the Pennsylvania Bar, having been associated with the firm since his admission to the Bar in 1948. Mr. Speidel's distinguished legal career focused on serving clients in the areas of business, probate and real property. He also served as director of several local business and non-profit corporations including Eastern Radio Corporation (WHUM), Orr & Sembrower, Reading Merchant Oil Co., The Wyomissing Club and the Board of Censors of the Berks County Bar Association. During World War II, Mr. Speidel served in the U.S. Army Air Forces in China, Burma and India as a Navigator/Co-Pilot with the 1st Troop Carrier Squadron, 10th Air Force. Upon his discharge from USAAF in 1945, he accepted a commission in the USAAF (later USAF) Reserve from which he retired with the rank of Colonel in 1974 after 32 years of service.

  • Profile 2007 Business Profile

  • As of April 3, 2006, Scott N. Jacobs has become associated with the firm. Mr. Jacobs practices in the areas of estate planning and administration, family law, general civil litigation, corporate and municipal law. He is an adjunct professor with Alvernia College, teaching legal classes for the Business Department.

  • As of January 1, 2006, Andrew S. George became a shareholder of the firm. Mr. George practices general corporate, real estate, municipal, wills and estate, and zoning law. Mr. George is based in the Reading office and also sees clients in the Robesonia office.

  • As of January 1, 2006, Gene M. Venzke has become associated with the firm. Mr. Venzke practices business, municipal, real estate, wills and estate, zoning and sub-divisions law.

  • 09.15.06 – 2006 Winner of the Beautiful Buildings of Downtown Reading Award

  • Profile 2006 Business Profile

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