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May 1, 2018

The York County Bar is proud of the legal community's tradition and continuing commitment to upholding and improving our system of justice. This year, the Bar will celebrate Law Day on May 1, 2018 and honor local civic achievements.

The 2018 theme provides the opportunity to explore the way legislative, executive and judicial powers interact.   The U.S. Constitution sets out a system of government with distinct and independent branches—Congress, the Presidency, and a Supreme Court. These three separate branches share power, and each branch serves as a check on the power of the others. “Ambition must be made to counteract ambition,” James Madison explained in Federalist 51. Why? Madison believed that the Constitution’s principles of separation of powers and checks and balances preserve political liberty. They provide a framework for freedom. Yet, this framework is not self-executing. We the people must continually act to ensure that our constitutional democracy endures, preserving our liberties and advancing our rights. The Law Day 2018 theme enables us to reflect on the separation of powers as fundamental to our constitutional purpose and to consider how our governmental system is working for ourselves and our posterity.

Guest Speaker

This year's guest speaker will be PA Supreme Court Judge Victor P. Stabile.  

Bio

Term

January 2014 to December 2023

Education

  • Dickinson School of Law, J.D., Law Review, 1982
  • SUNY Stonybrook, B.A., cum laude, 1979

Professional Experience

  • Elected Judge of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, 2013
  • Partner, Dilworth Paxson LLP, and Managing Member of Harrisburg Office, 1992-2013
  • Associate Dilworth Paxson LLP 1987-1992
  • Deputy Attorney General, Office of Attorney General, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, 1984-1987
  • Judicial Law Clerk, Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, 1982-1984

Memberships and Associations

  • The United States Supreme Court Bar
  • The Pennsylvania Supreme Court Bar
  • The Third and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeal Bars
  • The United States Court of Federal Claims Bar
  • The Eastern, Middle and Western District Courts of Pennsylvania Bars
  • Member, the American Bar Association
  • Member, the Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Member, the Dauphin County Bar Association
  • Member (former), the Federal Bar Association for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • Member, Federal Judicial Nominating Panel for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, 2001
  • Elected Supervisor and Former Chairman, Middlesex Township, Pennsylvania 2000 to 2011
  • Founding member, Cumberland County Task Force on Regional Development
  • President, General Alumni Association, Dickinson School of Law, Capital Area Chapter 2000-2013
  • Member, St. Joseph’s Parish Council, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania; Chair, the Bishop’s Lenten Appeal
  • Member, Carlisle Fish and Game Club
  • Member, Phi Sigma Alpha, The National Political Science Honor Society
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