Spector Gadon Rosen Vinci P.C. business lawyer Stanley P. Jaskiewicz has been selected to receive the prestigious Paul Quinn Award from The Timothy School in Berwyn, Pa.

The Award, which will be presented to Jaskiewicz at the school’s 27th Annual Golf Classic at Penn Oaks Golf Club in West Chester, Pa. on Monday, June 24, honors an individual who embodies the qualities exemplified by the late Quinn, a parent and respected volunteer of the school known for his giving nature, eagerness to help others and deep sense of service.

The Timothy School is the oldest nonprofit approved private school in Pennsylvania devoted exclusively to teaching students with autism.  For more than 50 years, the school has worked to develop an understanding of autism that recognizes the strengths and uniqueness of children and the specialized methods needed to expand their educational opportunities.

Jaskiewicz, the parent of an Eagle Scout and Honors graduate of Montgomery County Community College (who also happens to have Asperger’s Syndrome), ran Horsham Challenger Little League for 12 years, for players with disabilities, for which league sponsor the Rotary Club of Horsham awarded him with its Community Service Award in 2009.  He served several years on the board of a former Timothy School affiliate, Tim Academy, which trained teachers on how to instruct persons with autism, including as its President.

Jaskiewicz has been active in local and national advocacy groups for persons with autism for many years.  He was recognized by The Legal Clinic for the Disabled, Inc. in 2007 with its White Hat Award for 15 years of participation in its annual Stroll and Roll, which he first walked several years before his son was born.  He also served on the board of Manna on Main Street for nine years, a food pantry and social service agency in Lansdale, Pa., including as an officer, and remains active as a volunteer on its Resource Development Committee.  He is regularly quoted in news publications on both legal matters, and concerns of families with children with disabilities.

Registration details for The Timothy School’s 27th Annual Golf Classic can be found at http://timothyschool.com/event/golf-classic or by contacting Gene Sirni, Development Director, at 610-725-0755, ext. 234, or gsirni@timothyschool.com.

Spector Gadon Rosen Vinci P.C. has represented clients nationally and internationally for 45 years and provides counsel and expertise across the entire spectrum of legal practice, from complex litigation to sophisticated transactional and corporate matters.

The firm represents businesses, corporate boards, and highly placed individuals. Its clients are engaged in a variety of industries including finance and banking, manufacturing, hospitality, gaming and entertainment, real estate and commercial development, insurance and venture capital, energy, financial services, health care, security and telecommunications.

The firm’s practice areas include high stakes litigation, business disputes, commercial litigation, professional liability, products liability, securities, trust and estates, fiduciary litigation, bankruptcy and creditors rights, civil RICO, trade secrets, trademark and restrictive covenants, intellectual property, antitrust, white-collar criminal defense, banking and financial services, corporate formation and governance, cyber risk and security, employment, entertainment and amusements, environment and energy, wealth management, healthcare, hospitality, insurance coverage and insured casualty litigation, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, real estate, sports and tax law.

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Our society is fortunate that so many of us devote hours of time to unpaid, volunteer service.

Whether at a youth sports organization, school or place of worship, the best parts of our lives run on volunteer labor. At Spector Gadon & Rosen, PC, we are proud that many of our staff and professionals have invested countless hours of their own, unpaid time to improve our community.

For all the good that volunteers do, however, do you know that volunteer activities could lead to a criminal record?

That could be the result of laws recently passed in Pennsylvania and other states, which require that volunteers get “clearances” before they may come in contact with minors.

These new laws expand on more stringent existing rules for paid employees.

Unfortunately, the definition of who must get such clearances is often not clear – and as a result the complex rules are often ignored.

In my experience, the new laws’ attempts at the complex balance between the competing goals of weeding out predators and not discouraging volunteers often frustrate both potential volunteers and leaders.

Yet despite such ambiguity, the laws specify possible criminal penalties for leaders who do not enforce them, even if no child is ever harmed.

Many organizations have tried to provide “plain English” guidance, but often use undefined terms that reinforce such ambiguity – not a useful feature when volunteers risk criminal penalties for innocent mistakes.

For example, one prominent youth organization’s website touts “interpretations” of how the law affects its volunteers, without explaining their source, or how to get them.

Stanley Jaskiewicz, a business lawyer with Spector Gadon & Rosen, PC, has worked closely with these laws as a board member of several nonprofits.

To clarify his and his colleagues’ obligations, he spoke with the legislative staffers who wrote the law. He also attended continuing legal education training sessions on legal responsibilities of nonprofit leaders.

If you are involved with an organization that relies on volunteers who may come into contact with minors, he may be able to use his experience to help you determine what you must do – before you risk the bigger problem of allowing a predator access to children.
Moreover, as a practical matter, prosecutors may not want the negative publicity of going after a coach, or teacher.

But no organization wants the negative publicity or stigma that could arise just from the mention of possible charges, especially involving youth protection.

Please call Mr. Jaskiewicz at 215-241-8866, or write to him at sjaskiewicz@lawsgr.com, to discuss whether he can help your organization stay compliant, protect your volunteers from spurious abuse claims, and, most importantly, protect your children from predators.

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