Tuesday, December 2, 2014
The American Society of Legal Advocates Names Scott L. Levine as a Top 40 Under 40 for 2015
Tue, December 2, 2014 | link
The Law Offices of Scott L. Levine, LLC is proud
to announce that Attorney Levine has been selected to the 2015 American Society of Legal Advocates Top 40 Under 40 Family
Lawyers in the State of Pennsylvania. This marks the second year for which Mr. Levine received this honor.
About the ASLA Selection Process
ASLA’s exclusive membership comprises less than
1.5% of all licensed lawyers nationwide. ASLA is both highly selective in extending invitations and in determining which specialties
to include for a given state. Because many specialties typically include listings for Top 100 Lawyers and Top 40 Lawyers Under
40, in order to remain selective we ensure that each specialty in a state has a sufficient number of practicing lawyers to
merit inclusion. Those states with relatively low populations of practicing lawyers often will support only one or two specialties.
ASLA monitors practice trends from year to year prior to extending invitations in each state.
ASLA’s entire selection process is conducted manually
by lawyers. Prospective members initially are evaluated based on publicly-available information, although member nominations
also are accepted from current members, other lawyers, and past clients. Self-nominations and nominations from public relations
firms or advertising agencies are not accepted.
The selection process consists of a rigorous, manual, multi-stage review:
ASLA’s lawyers comprehensively review available
information for each candidate, including a review of firm websites, client assessments, and publicly-available filings, which
may include: verdicts, settlement information, and information regarding transactions. Each candidate is assessed based on
such criteria as educational accomplishments, involvement and leadership in bar associations and professional organizations,
activities within their community, and demonstrated legal achievement. In the case of younger lawyers, ASLA also evaluates
indications of developing success, both in a candidate’s day-to-day practice and in serving the profession.
Each area of assessment is
considered, and each candidate is assessed on his or her own merits. Just as the student body of an elite university is comprised
of individuals with many different backgrounds and strengths, ASLA likewise strives to invite a range of members who have
stellar legal credentials as a baseline, but also a range of interests and activities.
After the initial list of nominees is prepared,
at least one separate lawyer reviews all compiled data and confirms nominations. To ensure the integrity of the process, no
lawyer who participated in the first phase of selection is permitted to conduct the second phase.
In the final stage, the list of finalists is again reviewed and candidates
either are confirmed for invitation or placed on a holding list for reconsideration the following year.
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Allegheny County Custody Update - Generations Education
Thu, September 25, 2014 | link
Allegheny County custody cases require the parties attendance at a "Generations" Education at the outset of a
new case. For many years, the Education Seminars were conducted at the Wightman School Building located in Squirrel Hill. Recently however, new custody filings have been assigned Education dates at a new location.
Now new custody filings in Pittsburgh are being scheduled for Education classes on the Second Floor
of the Family Court facility located at 440 Ross Street. This change centralizes the location for all local custody matters,
provides better access via public transportation and interstates, and provides a secure facility staffed by the local sheriff
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Allegheny County Family Law Filing Fee Increase - August 2014
Tue, August 5, 2014 | link
The Allegheny County - Department of Court Records has just announced New Filing Fee Increases for Civil Division and Family
The changes which will take effect on August 8, 2014 are in response to Acts 113
and 126 of 2014 passed by the PA Legislature and signed by the Governor.
The notable fee increases for Family
filings include the following:
Divorce Complaint: $186 (up from $174);
"count" within a divorce complaint: $40.50 (up from $28.50);
Count for Custody
included in a Divorce Complaint: $161.00.
Custody Complaint (if no other
fees have been paid): $337.00 (up from $325.00);
Custody Complaint filed after a Divorce
filing: $232.50 (up from $220.50).
Saturday, July 26, 2014
National Academy of Family Law Attorneys Names Scott L. Levine "Top 10 Attorney Under the Age of 40"
Sat, July 26, 2014 | link
The National Academy of Family Law Attorneys is an organization devoted to recognizing the top family law attorneys
in the nation. Through a stringent selection process, the NAFLA awards the best family law attorneys in each state with its
most prestigious honor of being named "TOP 10.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Free Summer Camp for Children who've lost a parent - Circle of EKC
Tue, April 8, 2014 | link
Circle Camps for Grieving Children has announced a new addition to their existing program for girls ages 9 - 14 who
have lost a parent. The latest camp is "Circle of EKC", held at Emma Kaufman Camp in Morgantown West Virginia. EKC
has been serving the Pittsburgh area for many years. The camp is from August 17, 2014 - August 22, 2014 and is free to campers
and includes transportation. For more information visit the Circle Camps website.