Pittsburgh – Kenneth J. Horoho, Jr., a member of the Pittsburgh-based family law firm Gentile, Horoho & Avalli, P.C. (GHA), has been appointed by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to its Committee on Rules of Evidence, to advise and assist the court in prescribing general rules governing all court proceedings in Pennsylvania.
Mr. Horoho’s five-year term on the committee begins October 1.
The Committee on Rules of Evidence studies and makes recommendations to the court about matters relating to evidence law in Pennsylvania. It monitors the practical application of the rules, as well as developments in evidence law in Pennsylvania and in other jurisdictions, reflected in case law and statutory changes. It also identifies areas in which the rules of evidence should be amended or clarified and continues to review and respond to the questions raised by judges, lawyers, and court staff.
Members of this committee are appointed by the Supreme Court and are knowledgeable about the Pennsylvania Rules of Evidence and possess trial court experience.
This appointment is the latest in a long history of leadership assignments in state, local, and national bar association organizations for Mr. Horoho. In addition to serving as President of the 29,000-member Pennsylvania Bar Association in 2006, he has been elected and appointed to numerous PBA committees, task forces and special projects throughout his distinguished career. Mr. Horoho also served for 12 years on the Allegheny County Bar Association’s Board of Governors and was Chairperson of its Family Law and Young Lawyer Sections.
In 2009, he was appointed by Supreme Court Chief Justice Ron Castille to the Interbranch Commission on Juvenile Justice; a special panel created by Governor Edward Rendell and the Pennsylvania General Assembly to investigate the causes of one of the most extraordinary cases of judicial corruption in state history.
In addition, Mr. Horoho served 13 years as an adjunct professor on the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law where he taught Advanced Family Law Trial Advocacy. He is a frequent lecturer for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, the PBA and the ACBA on topics of divorce, support, equitable distribution and custody.
During the past three decades, he has been involved in some of the most complex equitable distribution, divorce, and custody cases in Western Pennsylvania. He was recognized by his peers for his divorce and family law practice by being selected by Woodward-White to their 25th Anniversary Edition of The Best Lawyers In America and has been in The Best Lawyers In America since 2007, as well as being named a Pennsylvania SuperLawyer since 2004.
Mr. Horoho, who received a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Saint Francis University and his Juris Doctorate from Duquesne University School of Law.
He is a member of the Board of Trustees at Saint Francis University and the Duquesne University School of Law Dean’s Advisory Board. Additionally, he was the Chairperson of the Pittsburgh YMCA Scholar Athlete Banquet for over twenty years. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Downtown YMCA and served as its President from 1987-1989. In 2008, he was selected as an honoree of the Irish American Legal 100.
About Gentile, Horoho & Avalli, P.C.
Gentile, Horoho & Avalli, P.C., is recognized as a well-respected family and estate administration and litigation law firm. The firm serves clients from every walk of life – from high profile business leaders and sports figures to small-business owners, professionals and homemakers and was instrumental in the original framing of the divorce code for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
The firm includes shareholders and associate attorneys with tax, accounting, estate, trust and business experience in order to accommodate the escalating complexity of financial issues in family law and estate matters. Firm members are past and present officers in the family law sections of the local Pennsylvania and American Bar Associations and the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and frequently write and lecture on matrimonial law issues.
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