On May 15, 2014, during the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s annual meeting, the PBA’s Administrative Law Section presented the James S. Bowman Award to Kevin J. McKeon of Hawke McKeon & Sniscak, LLP. The award honors a lawyer who is making a significant impact on the practice of administrative law and who is demonstrating leadership in mentoring administrative law practitioners. McKeon regularly represents clients before the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and also serves as lead counsel on significant cases before Pennsylvania’s appellate courts and the federal circuit courts of appeal. He serves on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee, is a co-author of Pennsylvania Appellate Practice, and is a frequent lecturer on topics in administrative law and appellate procedure. The award is named for the late Honorable James S. Bowman, the first President Judge of the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, whose comprehensive knowledge of administrative law, government law and appellate procedure was widely recognized and respected.
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On January 6, 2011, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court confirmed that municipalities may redact portions of their solicitors’ bills to eliminate disclosure of billing entries protected by the attorney-client privilege before producing the bills as part of a Right to Know Act request, and that the requestor may be enjoined to return unredacted copies erroneously produced by the municipality. The Court reviewed the appeal of a requestor, who had obtained unredacted invoices issued by the township’s open records officer despite the solicitor’s advice to withhold the invoices until they could be edited. The trial court issued a permanent injunction requiring the requesting lawyer to return the unredacted invoices, and a divided 3-judge panel of the Commonwealth Court affirmed.