Two Principals from GHA Running for ACBA Positions

At Gentile, Horoho  & Avalli, we have long supported the efforts of our attorneys and staff to be active and involved in their communities.  Part of these efforts has always included participation in Bar Associations on both a local and state level.

This year we are pleased to have two of our Principals running for positions within  the Allegheny County Bar Association.

Kerri Cappella is a candidate for the ACBA Board of Governors. Her ACBA bio and narrative of her qualifications are below.

Additionally, Rebecca A. Myers  is a candidate for the Judiciary Committee and her biography and narrative of qualifications are also below.

 

Kerri L. Cappella

Employment history (post law degree):
Gentile, Horoho & Avalli, PC, Current position, Principal, September 1991 to Present
Weiss Michalek, Associate, October 1990-September 1991

Year admitted to practice: 1990
ACBA activities:

ACBA Member 1991-present; ACBA Judiciary Committee 2012-2015; ACBA Family Law Section Committee 1991-Present; Member, Nominating Committee 2009, 2010, 2011; Allegheny Bar Foundation Fellow. American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers 2009-present. Member, Family Law Sections of American & Pennsylvania Bar Associations. Program Chair PBA Family Law Section 2015. ACBA and PBA CLE faculty member. Coauthor, “Slicing up the Pie: Equitable Distribution in Pennsylvania,” in 2009, 2012, and 2016 Editions. Charter Member of the Allegheny County Chapter of the Matrimonial American Inn of Court CCLXXII. Sustaining Member Junior League of Pittsburgh; prior member, Public Affairs Committee.
Narrative statement in answer to question: “Why are you seeking this particular ACBA Office or Position?”:

The Governors adopted among the Missions of the ACBA, Supporting and advocating for a fair and effective judicial system that is accessible to every individual, regardless of economic status. As a 25-year practitioner in the Family Division, I observe daily how it affects the lives of our citizens in immeasurably personal ways. As a member of the Judiciary Committee, I understood that informing public understanding of the judiciary and raising awareness in judicial elections sustains the ACBA’s mission to our community. As a Governor, I would seek to continue to promote that critical duty to the public.

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Rebecca Myers

Myers was recommended by the ACBA Nominating Committee.
Employment history:

Gentile, Horoho & Avalli, P.C., principal, September 2005-present.
Education:

  • University of Pittsburgh, B.S. psychology, additional major in political science, bachelor’s certificate in women’s studies, 1997-2001;
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law, J.D., master’s certificate in women’s studies, 2001-2004.

 

Year admitted to practice: 2004
ACBA activities:

Allegheny County Bar Association — Family Law Section, Women in the Law Division, Collaborative Law Committee;

Pennsylvania Bar Association — Family Law Section, Commission on Women in the Profession, Collaborative law Committee;

CLASP — Membership Chair;

International Academy of Collaborative Professionals;

Mediation Counsel of Western Pennsylvania.

Why are you seeking this particular ACBA office or position?

The selection of capable, qualified judges is of the utmost importance in maintaining the dignity of our judiciary and our chosen profession. I believe input from the Family Law Bar to be crucial in this endeavor. The majority of new judges are assigned to this division, and committee members familiar with its workings are imperative in rating candidates. Also, for most people, Family Division is their only contact with the courts. The judges deciding when they see their children or where they live must be qualified to make such decisions and maintain public confidence in the courts.

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Thank you for your consideration of these two highly qualified candidates.

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