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Biographical Information

Loreen Burkett is a partner and owner of Weiss Burkett.  She received her B.A. Degree from Albright College in 1985 in Spanish and Political Science and her Juris Doctor Degree from the Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University in 1988.  After locating to Lebanon County, she opened Keys and Burkett firm, which then merged with Weiss Weiss & Weiss to form Weiss Burkett in 2016.  Burkett previously served for fourteen years as a custody conciliator and for sixteen years as divorce master.  She worked as a family law mediator for three years as well, before receiving an additional general mediation certification.  Her service to the Court has included work as a support master and Guardian Ad Litem representing dependent children for twenty four years.  Her private practice is concentrated on representing families and assisting in resolving their conflict, particularly in areas involving custody, divorce, support, paternity, adoption, estates and other related matters.  Burkett founded a custody clinic in Lebanon County and has been the sole instructor in that clinic since its formation, over 20 years ago, providing advice on custody for low income residents.

Admission Dates & Jurisdictions

2002- United States Supreme Court

1996- United States District Court

1988- Pennsylvania Supreme Court

 

Education

J.D. 1988 The Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University

B.A. 1985 Albright College

Professional Experience

Burkett is an experienced litigator, concentrating her practice on serving families and helping to resolve their conflict.  She has experience in conciliation and mediation and has been engaged in the practice of law for the past 30 years.

Honors & Awards

2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018- Pennsylvania Super Lawyers

2010- Central Pennsylvania Magazine #1 Family Favorite

2007- Pennsylvania Bar Association County Bar President’s Award

2006- Pennsylvania Bar Association Pro Bono Award

Professional Associations

Pennsylvania Bar Association- Family Law Section- Council Member, Chair Adoption and Surrogacy Committee, 2012, 2014, 2015; Family Law Liaison to Children’s Rights Committee, 2015, 2016; Member of House of Delegates; Member Children’s Rights Committee; Member Women in the Profession Section

Pennsylvania Council of Mediators

National Association of Counsel for Children

Investigative Division Panelist for Judicial Evaluation Commission of the Pennsylvania Bar Association

Lebanon County Bar Association- Vice President- 2004-2005; President- 2006-2007; Executive Board- 2004-2009; Family Law Committee; Public Relations Committee, Co-Chair; Young Lawyers’ Committee, Past Chair; Women Lawyers’ Committee, Past Chair; Dinner Dance Committee Past Chair; Fee Dispute Committee; Civil Rules Committee.

Speaking Engagements

Family Law from A to Z – March 10, 2015- Harrisburg, PA

Custody Mediation in Lebanon County – July 6, 2012- Lebanon, PA

The View Roundtable Discussion on Custody from the Masters’ Perspective- 2007- Atlantic City, NJ

Legal Issues for Women Symposium- Harrisburg Area Community College Moderator- 2008- Lebanon, PA

Publications

Cioffi v. Cioffi– Casenote- The Pennsylvania Family Lawyer, Volume 28, Issue 1, 2006

Haentjiens v. Haentjiens– Casenote- The Pennsylvania Family Lawyer, Volume 27, Issues 1-2, 2005

Yerkes v. Yerkes– Casenote-The Pennsylvania Family Lawyer, Volume 26, Issue 1, 2004

Ball v. Lambert Farms– Casenote- The Pennsylvania Family Lawyer, Volume 25, Issue 3, 2003

Highlights of the New Adoption Act– summary of the significance of Act 101 of 2010 and its implementation as well s the practical effects in adoption practice- Lebanon County Bar Association Quarterly, July 2011

 

Service Activities

Lebanon County Commission for Women- Appointed 2010- Chair of Hall of Fame Committee- 2013, 2014, 2015

Lebanon Valley Sertoma- Member 2009- present

Cornwall United Methodist Church- Chairperson of Council on Ministries, 2011-2014, Member of Administrative Board, 2009-2013, Member of Leadership Team, 2009-2013

Cornwall-Lebanon School District- Tax Study Commission Appointee- 2006

Lebanon County Board of Arbitrators- Member – 1988- present- Chair- 2014- present

Lebanon County Children’s Roundtable- Judicial Appointee

Board of Directors- United Forces for Veterans- 2009-2013

Board of Directors- Cornwall Children’s Center- 2001-2004

Board of Directors- Domestic Violence Intervention of Lebanon County- 1990-1006, Vice President, 1994-1996

Board of Directors- Sexual Assault Resource Center- 2013- present, Secretary- 2015-present