PBI Board of Directors Announces New Officers and Members

The Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute proudly announces its 2017-2018 slate of officers and newly elected Board members. At its Annual Meeting held in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Annual Meeting, the Board of Directors of PBI elected the following officers: President, Dennis A. Whitaker, Esquire, Harrisburg; Vice President, Hon. Bonnie B. Leadbetter, Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg; Treasurer, R. Burke McLemore, Jr., Esquire, Thomas, Thomas & Hafer, LLP, Harrisburg; and Secretary, Rhodia D. Thomas, Esquire, MidPenn Legal Services, Inc., Harrisburg.

The PBA Board of Governors in their role as the Members of PBI, elected three new PBI Board members: Syreeta J. Moore, Esquire, Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP, Philadelphia; Melaine S. Rothey, Esquire, Jones, Gregg, Creehan & Gerace, LLP, Pittsburgh; and Vicky Ann Trimmer, Esquire, Daley Zucker Meilton & Miner, LLC, Lemoyne.
Three Board members were re-elected: Hon. Daniel J. Clifford, Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas, Norristown; Jacqueline B. Martinez, Esquire, JBM Legal, LLC, Pittsburgh; and Daniel J. Siegel, Esquire, Law Offices of Daniel J. Siegel LLC, Havertown.

Mr. Whitaker most recently served as Chief Counsel to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. Judge Leadbetter sits as Senior Judge of the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania. Mr. McLemore is a partner in the Harrisburg office of Thomas, Thomas & Hafer, LLP, and serves as Chair of its Workers’ Compensation Section. Ms. Thomas is the Executive Director of MidPenn Legal Services, Inc. in Harrisburg.

Ms. Moore provides legal representation covering all facets of general and business litigation. Ms. Rothey heads her firm’s Domestic Relations Department. Ms. Trimmer concentrates her practice in estate planning and administration, business organization and planning, Pennsylvania state and local taxation and agricultural law.

Judge Clifford serves on the Family Court Division of the Court. Ms. Martinez provides services to the immigrant community in many areas of law. Mr. Siegel provides guidance on ethical and professional responsibility matters as well as being a full-time technology consultant in Havertown.


The Pennsylvania Bar Institute, founded in 1965, is the continuing legal education arm of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, providing seminars, publications and online training resources for lawyers in all areas of practice for judges, lawyers, and others involved in the legal community throughout the Commonwealth.

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