News and Notes

The Commission on IOLTA welcomes new members Susan M. Erlichman, John Gunn, P. Arley Harrel, Penina Kessler Lieber and Arnold C. Macdonald for the 2011-2012 bar year.

Susan M. Erlichman is executive director of the Maryland Legal Services Corporation, a position she has held since 2003. Since 2008, she has served as Chair of the Access & Delivery of Legal Services Committee of the Maryland Access to Justice Commission. Ms. Erlichman is also a former chair of the Maryland State Bar Association’s Delivery of Legal Services Section. In addition, she is a past president of the National Association of IOLTA Programs where she continues to be an active member. Ms. Erlichman has been the recipient of numerous awards for her service and contribution to the equal access to justice community, including the 2010 Legal Services Leadership Award from the Maryland Pro Bono Resource Center.

Mr. Gunn is an attorney and Vice President of The Gunn Law Firm, P.C. in St.Louis, MO.  His primary areas of practice are probate, estate planning and business formation. An active member of the bar, Mr. Gunn has served on The Missouri Bar Board of Governors and as an officer of The Missouri Bar Young Lawyers’ Section Council. He is a member of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis Board of Governors and is its delegate to the ABA House of Delegates. He currently serves as Vice President of The Lawyers Association of St. Louis. In addition, Mr. Gunn is  a member of the Executive of the Legal Services of Eastern Missouri’s Friends of Legal Services Committee, established to raise awareness among young professionals of the plight of the unrepresented poor in the area.

Mr. Harrel is a member of the Seattle office of the Williams Kastner Law Firm. His practice emphasizes civil litigation and trial, as well as, real estate and commercial advice. From 2000 to 2006, he chaired the firms Litigation Department and then from 2006 to 2008 he chaired the Business Litigation Practice Group.  In 2010, Mr. Harrel was recognized by Seattle Met magazine as a “Top Lawyer” in commercial litigation. This honor was given to him based upon Martindale-Hubbell’s ranking of those practitioners in King County who have been judged by their peers to have earned the highest peer review rating available. An active member of the ABA, he serves as co-chair to the ABA Litigation Section’s Employment and Labor Relations Committee and has served as member of the ABA Standing Committee on Paralegals. 

Ms. Lieber practices in the area of nonprofit and tax-exempt law in the Pittsburgh office of Obermayer, Rebmann, Maxweel & Hippell, LLP. She has been a member of the Pennsylvania IOLTA Board and recently was appointed as its chair. She is also a member of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.  In addition, Ms. Lieber serves as Secretary of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, Secretary of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and the Pennsylvania State Chair for the American Bar Foundation. She is an adjunct Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and has published three books on nonprofit legal issues. Ms. Lieber has been a featured speaker at many international, national and state conferences on the charitable sector.

Mr. Macdonald is a shareholder of Bernstein Shur and a member of the firm’s business law, construction and real estate practice groups. He is listed in Best Lawyers in America for his work in corporate and construction law. From 2002 through 2010, Mr. Macdonald served as a Director of the Maine Bar Foundation (MBF), and in 2009, he served as president. While serving on the MBF Board, Mr. Macdonald was a moving force in successfully advocating for revisions to Maine’s IOLTA rule to require all lawyers to participate in IOLTA and to include IOLTA rate comparability, both of which are strategies to increase IOLTA income. In addition, he was chair of Maine’s Volunteer Lawyers’ Project Advisory Board, and regularly accepts pro bono cases. Mr. Macdonald was also the Maine Bar Foundation’s Delegate to the Maine’s Justice Access Group.

New IOLTA Director in Kansas

Kelsey Schrempp joined the Kansas Bar Association in August of 2005. She was recently promoted within the organization to Public Services Manager where she manages all aspects of IOLTA. Prior to her promotion, she was the Coordinator of Executive Administration. Kelsey is a graduate of Washburn University where she received her Bachelor of Applied Science in Human Services with an emphasis in Youth Services.


Winter 2012 IOLTA Workshops

The winter 2012 IOLTA Workshops will be held on Thursday and Friday, February 2nd and 3rd at the New Orleans Marriott in conjunction with the ABA Midyear Meeting. The workshop sessions will address many timely topics and the two days of programming will provide opportunities for IOLTA staff and trustees to share ideas and network. For more information and registration, please visit http://ambar.org/Midyear.