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United-States, Pennsylvania, Norristown


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  • 1-484-591-3000

  • 101 W Airy St Suite 100, Norristown, PA, 19401

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    Sherr Law Group has decades of combined experience representing cities, counties, boroughs, municipalities and townships with complex cases involving: employment law, municipal law and products liability. Our team of defense lawyers work alongside insurance companies, ensuring their clients receive the best representation for their unique situation.



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    • Tony Sherr

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    Stefanie Sherr: Third-Generation Attorney Joins Firm

    We’re very pleased to announce that Tony’s daughter Stefanie Sherr has joined the firm as an associate attorney. Introducing a third generation of the Sherr clan to the firm. Stefanie is excited to build upon her previous experience as a public defender at the Defender Association of Philadelphia. Stefanie is ready to help on the […] The post Stefanie Sherr: Third-Generation Attorney Joins Firm appeared first on Sherr Law...

    Stefanie Sherr - Sherr Law GroupWe’re very pleased to announce that Tony’s daughter Stefanie Sherr has joined the firm as an associate attorney. Introducing a third generation of the Sherr clan to the firm. Stefanie is excited to build upon her previous experience as a public defender at the Defender Association of Philadelphia. Stefanie is ready to help on the full range of litigation issues.

    We sat down with Stefanie to learn more about her career so far and what this new chapter means to her.

     

    At what point in your life did you know you wanted to be a lawyer?

    I realized that I wanted to be a lawyer at some point during high school. I always really looked up to my father and both of my grandfathers, who were all lawyers. I tried mock trial in high school and loved it, and from that point on was determined to become a lawyer!

    What was it like graduating from law school at Temple?

    I LOVED Temple Law School.  Not only did I get an awesome education, but I made wonderful friends and professional connections. I really loved the trial advocacy training I received at Temple; I felt like it really prepared me to go right out to Court when I became a public defender.  It was also really special because my grandfather graduated from Temple Law School!  Since he is a Temple Law Alumni, I got to have my grandfather walk with me and hand me my diploma at my law school graduation.

    What did you learn about justice serving as a public defender?

    As a public defender, I learned a lot about what our justice system is lacking and all of the inequalities in it. I often found that being a public defender has the highest highs and the lowest lows…and the lows are not infrequent. 

    I think public defenders have one of the most important jobs in the world, and I am honored to have worked at the Defender Association of Philadelphia.  I received some of the absolute best training a trial lawyer can get at the Defender Association, and I was in court day in and day out putting that training to use. I really appreciate my experience there, and I hope to continue doing that sort of important work for those who need someone to stand by their side for the rest of my career.

    How does it feel working at the office with your dad every day?

    My dad and I have always had a very close relationship, and it is so cool to have our relationship expand into a new professional relationship. He is an awesome person to learn from. I always knew he was a great lawyer, but now I get to see it firsthand!

    What do you look forward to your dad teaching you?

    I look forward to learning anything and everything! From substantive law to professional technique, I know I will learn so much from him. I also look forward to being a person my clients can really rely on in a difficult time.

    What do you like to do in your spare time?

    In my spare time my fiancé and I love to go to the beach.  We really like to travel, especially to Maine to see my sister and sister-in-law, but we also love to just relax at home! During my time at home I love to hang out with our two cats, Loly and Walter. Family time is my favorite, and I am lucky to have a lot of family in the area to spend time with!

     

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    Completely Unconstitutional: Court Grants Preliminary Injunction to Individuals Challenging School District Restrictions on Public Comment

    The post Completely Unconstitutional: Court Grants Preliminary Injunction to Individuals Challenging School District Restrictions on Public Comment appeared first on Sherr Law Group.

     
     
     
    In a Memorandum dated November 17, 2021, Judge Gene E.K. Pratter of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania granted a preliminary injunction against Pennsbury School District which prohibited the District’s School Board from enforcing several aspects of its Policy governing public participation in school board meetings.  It is understood that the policy language which was struck down as being unconstitutional was part of a Model Policy distributed by the Pennsylvania School Board Association.

    The Opinion In The News

    The opinion was extremely interesting to the press. The opinion and subsequent publicity appeared in the Bucks County Courier Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, and The Reporter.  The subject matter is timely given the increased pressure on school boards and municipal boards concerning COVID prevention measures and Equity and Inclusion debates.

    Precluding Public Comments Based upon View Point is Unconstitutional

    Judge Pratter found that the policy which precluded public comments at recent school board meetings because the comments were deemed to be: “personally directed,” “abusive,” “irrelevant,” “disruptive,” “offensive,” “intolerant,” and “inappropriate.” However, precluding public comments in school board meetings based upon the view point violates the First Amendment.  The Court further reasoned that the terms allow, and the manner that an assistant solicitor used the terms to prevent certain comments from being made at public meetings, to be impermissible viewpoint discrimination.

    Freedom of Expression is a Constitutional Right

    As Judge Pratter pointed out: “The government may not prohibit the expression of an idea simply because society finds the idea itself offensive or disagreeable.”  The school district argued that an injunction would allow improper comments to be made at meetings, and that allowing such speech would “undoubtedly lead to violence.”  In dismissing these arguments, the Court noted that the plaintiffs did not challenge the use of the term “obscene” or address the “reasonable decorum” requirement.  The Court also noted that she watched the videos of the meetings and the primary instances where a speaker became heated, where yelling ensued, involved a Board representative – the Assistant Solicitor.  The Court further noted that the plaintiffs did not challenge the portion of the policy which requires notification of law enforcement if “any individual threatens harm or makes inappropriate physical contact with another individual.”

    Constitutional Protections of Public Comments

    Given the heated political debate which will undoubtedly increase in the coming months and years at both school board and municipal meetings, public entities must be extremely aware and trained on proper conduct of meetings and Constitutional protections for public comments at such meetings.  Moreover, while certainly well-intentioned, both the solicitor applying the policy and the Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) disseminating a model policy, need to increase their awareness of First Amendment jurisprudence.

    Anthony Sherr and the Sherr Law Group have been advocating and consulting on these issues for over 35 years. If you have questions about conducting a public meeting at a municipal or school board meeting, in today’s heated climate, please contact Tony at tsherr@sherrlawgroup.com, or 484-591-3001.

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    United States Supreme Court Unanimously Fortifies Qualified Immunity for State Officials

    United States Supreme Court Unanimously Fortifies Qualified Immunity for State Officials In two closely watched cases, the Supreme Court on October 18, 2021 issued Per Curiam opinions in Rivas-Villegas v. Cortesluna , 595 U.S. __ (2021) and City of Tahlequah v. Bond, 595 U.S. __ (2021), granting Qualified Immunity in §1983 cases alleging excessive force […] The post United States Supreme Court Unanimously Fortifies Qualified Immunity for State Officials appeared first on Sherr Law...

    United States Supreme Court Unanimously Fortifies Qualified Immunity for State Officials

    In two closely watched cases, the Supreme Court on October 18, 2021 issued Per Curiam opinions in Rivas-Villegas v. Cortesluna , 595 U.S. __ (2021) and City of Tahlequah v. Bond, 595 U.S. __ (2021), granting Qualified Immunity in §1983 cases alleging excessive force during arrests. Both decisions overturned the Circuit Courts’ denial of Qualified Immunity.

    The Decision-Making Process

    The Court started its relatively brief discussion by reaffirming the standard for Qualified Immunity: “Qualified immunity attaches when an official’s conduct does not violate clearly established statutory or of which a reasonable person would have known … A right is clearly established when it is ‘sufficiently clear that every reasonable official would have understood that what he is doing violates that right.’” Qualified immunity applies to more than police officers, it applies to all governmental officials acting under color of state law.

    The Court acknowledged the difficulty of determining the relative legal doctrine in a Fourth Amendment context, particularly excessive force. While the general standard for excessive force – as stated by the United States Supreme Court in Graham – must be known by every reasonable official: “whether excessive force [has been used] depends on the ‘facts and circumstances of each particular case, including the severity of the crime at issue, whether the suspect poses an immediate threat to the safety of the officers or others, and whether he is actively resisting arrest or attempting to evade arrest by flight.’”

    Determining the Definition of ‘Clearly Established’

    However, the Court then went on to note that the Graham standard is cast at a high level of generality, and therefore may only be relevant in establishing ‘clearly established’ in only the most obvious cases. Thus, to show ‘clearly established’ in a non-obvious case, a plaintiff must identify a specific case which puts the defendant on notice that his conduct violates a more specific standard. The Court examined the cases relied upon by the Circuit Court in both cases and concluded that none of them adequately put the officers on notice that their conduct violated the Fourth Amendment. The Court concluded by noting that: “Precedent involving similar facts can help move a case beyond the otherwise hazy borders between excessive and acceptable force and thereby provide an officer notice that a specific use of force is unlawful.”

    It is important to note that the Court felt that in both cases the facts were not disputed. This of course is rarely the situation in excessive force cases.

    It was also very significant that the Court once again questioned, but didn’t decide, if the case relied upon to establish the clearly established law, must be a decision of the United States Supreme Court or whether a Circuit Court case suffices.

    The Practical Side of the Decision

    The practical significance of the decision lies in how officials are trained, in that the Court seems to be searching for consistency and predictability about what amount of force is allowable in a given situation. A well-trained official will know if a given situation involves a similar situation that is the subject of a Supreme Court, or at the very least Circuit Court decision.

    Training is Imperative

    It would behoove those responsible for training to make sure that excessive force decisions are examined and where necessary disseminated. Having the ability to show that an official’s conduct comported with a standard set forth in court decisions would be invaluable in extricating individual officials from cases at early stages of the case. The decision emphasizes, rather than deemphasizes that an official must act in comportment with constitutional limitations. Doing so protects the official and his or her employer from liability for their actions.

    For more information on how Sherr Law Group helps officials with training and risk management, contact attorney Anthony Sherr. TSherr@SherrLawGroup.com | Direct: 484-591-3001 | www.SherrLawGroup.com

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    All About MossRehab Through the Arts: Life-Changing Rehabilitative Medicine

    All About MossRehab Through the Arts: Life-Changing Rehabilitative Medicine Sherr Law Group is proud to support a number of causes in our local community. We are closely involved in several annual events benefiting Einstein Healthcare Network, including May’s Small Miracles golf tournament, which funded vital neonatal medical devices for Einstein’s smallest patients. We are also […] The post All About MossRehab Through the Arts: Life-Changing Rehabilitative Medicine appeared first on...

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    All About MossRehab Through the Arts: Life-Changing Rehabilitative Medicine

    Sherr Law Group is proud to support a number of causes in our local community. We are closely involved in several annual events benefiting Einstein Healthcare Network, including May’s Small Miracles golf tournament, which funded vital neonatal medical devices for Einstein’s smallest patients. We are also ardent supporters of MossRehab and its Through the Arts event, which was held this June with the goal of funding rehabilitative medicine for patients throughout Pennsylvania.

    Celebrating Exceptional Talent and Tenacity

    All About MossRehab Through the Arts is an event that aims to educate attendees about the life-changing rehabilitative services MossRehab provides while showcasing artists with physical disabilities. This year’s special guest was an actor and singer Ali Stroker. She is the first actress who uses a wheelchair for mobility to appear on a Broadway stage and to be nominated for and win a Tony Award. Ali has displayed extraordinary tenacity during the rehabilitation process, achieved goals beyond expected outcomes, and demonstrates an ongoing commitment to serve others with disabilities. We were thrilled to have this award-winning performer’s support!

    In addition to fundraising, the 2021 event honored Marge and Ty Steinberg, who are long-time MossRehab Advisory Board members. This year, we celebrated the presentation of the inaugural Ty Steinberg Empowerment Award. We look forward to seeing this award presented to other changemakers in our community in the years to come!

    Providing Rehabilitative Care for Over A Century

    From robotics to research and advanced patient care technologies, MossRehab has delivered transformative rehabilitative medicine for over 120 years. This year’s event helped to raise over $150,000 to benefit MossRehab. Attendees had the opportunity to immerse themselves in the best rehabilitative medicine has to offer and meet those who take “challenge accepted” to the next level. From robotics to research and leading-edge patient care technologies, MossRehab continues to lead the way.

    Sherr Law Group is proud to support MossRehab’s mission “to heal by providing exceptionally intelligent and responsive healthcare and education for as many as we can reach.”

    Learn more about MossRehab’s services.

     

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    Small Miracles Golf Tournament Returns for 33rd Year

    Small Miracles Golf Tournament Returns for 33rd Year After last year’s hiatus due to COVID, The Small Miracles golf outing was back in full swing this May! The 33rd annual event, chaired by Rick Fine, MD; Jamie Raphael, MD; Adam Stern; and our own Anthony Sherr, took place on May 3rd, 2021. For many, this […] The post Small Miracles Golf Tournament Returns for 33rd Year appeared first on Sherr Law...

    Small Miracles Golf Tournament Returns for 33rd Year

    After last year’s hiatus due to COVID, The Small Miracles golf outing was back in full swing this May! The 33rd annual event, chaired by Rick Fine, MD; Jamie Raphael, MD; Adam Stern; and our own Anthony Sherr, took place on May 3rd, 2021. For many, this is an annual spring ritual where, no matter the score at the end of the day, all participants are winners as they are helping Einstein’s most vulnerable patients.

    Lifesaving Care for Vulnerable Infants

    Over the years, The Small Miracles Golf Tournament has made a big difference in the lives of its smallest patients and their families. This year’s proceeds will fund lifesaving equipment for Einstein Healthcare Network’s most vulnerable – babies – including ventilation and oxygen monitors for Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia’s NICU and heart monitors for Einstein Medical Center Montgomery’s delivery rooms. In total, this year’s event raised $260,000 to fund lifesaving monitors and systems for ventilation, heart rate, and oxygen monitoring for the smallest of pediatric patients. Together, we made small miracles happen! 

    “It is such an honor to participate in Einstein’s Small Miracles Golf Tournament again this year,” said Sherr Law Group’s Tony Sherr. “Knowing our efforts result in the ability for Einstein to purchase lifesaving technologies for babies and other children brings great satisfaction to me personally. I know I speak on behalf of all golfers in the tournament when I say this is probably the most meaningful golf I play all year,” he added.   

    Helping Norristown Families Thrive

    Sherr Law Group is located in the heart of Norristown, PA. Our attorneys are proud of the local community and are happy to do our part to support nearby charities, nonprofits, and fundraising efforts. We know many Norristown families have relied on Einstein Healthcare Network to care for their new babies in trying times, so we’re passionate about helping these little patients and their parents receive the support they need to thrive. 

    Our team is incredibly grateful to all who donated and participated in this year’s Small Miracles golf outing. Each year’s tournament is a prime opportunity for us to come together after months of fundraising to celebrate the generous contributions of local community members and businesses. Congratulations to all the winners, and we hope to see you again next year!

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    Here’s what to Do to Help Prevent Zoombombing

      Here’s what to Do to Help Prevent Zoombombing For most of us during the Pandemic, Zoom meetings, or the like, have become a daily occurrence. Unfortunately, this also gives those with malicious intent plenty of opportunities to spread vile, contemptible images and language. This is especially true, if like us, you are involved with […] The post Here’s what to Do to Help Prevent Zoombombing appeared first on Sherr Law...

    Sherr Law Group- Ever Been Zoombombed? Here’s What to Do to Prevent It from Happening to You

     

    Here’s what to Do to Help Prevent Zoombombing

    For most of us during the Pandemic, Zoom meetings, or the like, have become a daily occurrence. Unfortunately, this also gives those with malicious intent plenty of opportunities to spread vile, contemptible images and language. This is especially true, if like us, you are involved with public meetings where people cannot be excluded. Recently, we experienced first-hand the jarring image of swastikas and racial epithets written on the screen of a meeting of a township’s Comprehensive Planning Committee. This blog will explore the very modern phenomena of “Zoombombing,” and identify what you can do to prevent it.

    Reports of Zoombombing, a reference to Zoom in which virtual meetings are disrupted by graphic or threatening messages, have quickly garnered attention across the country. The FBI issued a warning about the hijacking of video conferences and online classrooms, almost a year ago. Yet, reports of Zoombombing have not subsided. While some Zoombombing has been attributed to internet “Trolls,” there is increasing evidence that Zoombombing attacks are being coordinated or encouraged on a range of mainstream and fringe online platforms.

    Here Are the Steps

    Zoom has a 10-minute-long video that we recommend all hosts and co-hosts view. Here are some other things that can be done to lessen the chances that your meeting will be Zoombombed and what to do if it happens to you:

    Before Meeting:

    • Disable autosaving chats
    • Disable file transfer
    • Disable screen sharing for non-hosts
    • Disable remote control
    • Disable annotations
    • Use per-meeting ID, not personal ID
    • Disable “Join Before Host”
    • Enable “Waiting Room”

    During Meeting:

    • Assign at least two co-hosts
    • Mute all participants
    • Lock the meeting if all attendees are present

    If you are Zoombombed:

    • Remove problematic users and disable their ability to rejoin when asked

    Pre-Planning Makes a Difference

    Here are the steps your organization should take both in advance and in the moment to prepare for and document the incident and to catch those responsible.

    1. Have a plan

    Who should handle gathering or preserving meeting information if a zoombombing incident takes place? Who should oversee communicating with participants after an incident? Develop a code-word or in–the–moment protocol.

    2. Preserve Information

    To assist law enforcement in tracking and responding to zoombombing incidents, it is important to preserve as much information as possible. Make sure all meetings are recorded, and if not, hit the record button as soon as some misbehavior is noted. Also, save the chat before leaving the meeting. Take Screen Shots. Click “Manage Participants” and take a photo on a computer or with the phone.

    3. Notify Law Enforcement

    The Pennsylvania State Police have an Office of Community Engagement, Heritage Affairs Section in Harrisburg, which investigates hate incidents and should be notified.

    4. Notify Zoom

    Zoom will investigate and try and determine the identity and location of those involved.

    Summing it Up

    Zoom has revolutionized the way people stay connected during the pandemic, but a few bad actors have figured out how to misuse tools like Zoom to sew racial and ethnic discord and participate in racist actions behind what they think is a screen of anonymity. Hopefully, by following these guidelines you can prevent Zoombombing, or help law enforcement catch those responsible.

     

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