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Nauman Smith Remote Work Announcement

Beginning Friday, March 20, Nauman Smith has temporarily closed its physical office in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This was done both in response to Governor Wolf’s Order and to further protect the health and safety of our staff and clients. Serving Nauman Smith’s clients with responsive, quality legal advice geared to each client’s specific goals and needs will continue to be our central mission during these difficult days… Read On

Commonwealth Court Opens Door for Increased Notice Requirements under the Pennsylvania Right-To-Know Law

The Commonwealth Court may have added a new hurdle to the efficacy of Pennsylvania’s Right-To-Know Law (“RTKL”).  In July 2019, the Commonwealth Court remanded a case back to the Office of Open Records (“OOR”) involving disclosure of emails held by West Chester University of Pennsylvania (“WCU”).[1]  A student of WCU requested emails pertaining to an Office of Student Conduct Case in which he was involved. … Read On

Pennsylvania’s New Plan to Fund State Police: How Municipalities are Affected

In his February 2019 budget address, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf proposed, for the third time since taking office, that municipalities which rely solely on the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) for their police presence should be required to start paying a fee to fund these services. According to the York Dispatch, PSP is the only police presence within 1,291 of Pennsylvania’s 2,561 municipalities… Read On

Nauman Smith Named Best Law Firm

Nauman, Smith, Shissler & Hall, LLP has received Tier 1 rankings in the 2020 Edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms.” Firms included in the 2020 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law prac­tice and breadth of legal expertise… Read On

Spencer G. Nauman, Jr. Featured in the Dauphin County Bar Association’s Oral History Project

Spencer G. Nauman, Jr. was recently featured in the Dauphin County Bar Association’s Oral History Project. A practicing attorney for almost 60 years, Spencer has spent his entire career at Nauman Smith, where his father, Spencer G. Nauman, Sr. also worked.  Spencer is also related to one of the firm’s three founding partners, Lyman D. Gilbert… Read On

Municipalities Can Engage Youth in Civic Process by Adopting Junior Leadership Program

Engaging younger generations in the civic process can be a challenging endeavor. There are, however, options for municipalities that are interested to try. Many Pennsylvania boroughs have adopted junior member programs to help engage youth with local government and inspire community commitment. Here is how a municipality might structure a program of its own. Junior Leadership programs vary in structure and organization across the state… Read On

Municipal Limits on Property Rentals: Who Can Live with Whom?

Zoning regulations are a popular mechanism for local government to limit occupancy in residential areas to single families or a certain number of unrelated individuals that may live together. Municipalities have a well-established ability to regulate zoning in the exercise of their police powers, which allows them to promulgate regulations for the health, safety, and welfare of their citizens… Read On

Nauman Smith Partners Named Best Lawyers

Nauman Smith partners Craig J. Staudenmaier and J. Stephen Feinour have been named in the 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Craig is recognized for his work in Commercial Litigation and Steve for his work in the areas of Municipal Law and Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law. This is Craig’s seventh consecutive and Steve’s fourth consecutive year for receiving this recognition… Read On

Nauman Smith Attorney Named Super Lawyer

Nauman Smith attorney Craig J. Staudenmaier has been selected as a 2019 Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, making it the eleventh consecutive year he has received this recognition. Super Lawyer is an honor reserved for those lawyers who exhibit excellence in the practice of law. Only 5% of the licensed active attorneys in the Commonwealth are selected. The process includes independent research… Read On

High School Students Participate in First Amendment Forum

Eight hundred Parkland High School seniors and members of the local Chamber of Commerce and Bar Associations near Allentown recently took part in an educational forum on the First Amendment. In light of the recent political climate and increased criticism of the media, representatives from the Parkland School District and the media collaborated on the interactive event… Read On


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