Nora Winkelman elected Secretary of Uniform Law Commission

(July 31, 2017) -

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For Immediate Release:

Harrisburg Attorney Elected Secretary of National Law Group
Nora Winkelman Elected Secretary of Uniform Law Commission

August 1, 2017 – Nora Winkelman, Chief Counsel, House Democratic Caucus, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, has been elected to serve a one-year term as Secretary of the Uniform Law Commission (ULC).  Ms. Winkelman was elected Secretary at the 126th Annual Meeting of the Uniform Law Commission, which recently concluded in San Diego, California.

Other officers elected at the ULC’s 126th Annual Meeting are:  Anita Ramasastry, Dean Emeritus Roland L. Hjorth Professor of Law at the University of Washington School of Law, Seattle, Washington, President; Steve Wilborn, attorney from Lexington, Kentucky, Vice President; and Thomas J. Buiteweg, partner with the law firm of Hudson Cook LLP in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Treasurer.

At the 126th Annual Meeting of the ULC, six new uniform acts were approved:  the Uniform Directed Trust Act; the Uniform Regulation of Virtual Currency Businesses Act; the Uniform Protected Series Act; the Model Veterans Treatment Court Act; the Uniform Guardianship, Conservatorship, and Other Forms of Protective Arrangements Act; and the Uniform Parentage Act (2017).

Ms. Winkelman was first appointed to the ULC from Pennsylvania in 2003.  As a Pennsylvania uniform law commissioner, she has served on numerous committees, including the drafting committees to Revise the Uniform Unclaimed Property Act, the Uniform Military and Overseas Voters Act, and the Uniform Act on the Prevention of and Remedies for Human Trafficking.  

Ms. Winkelman is Chief Counsel for the House Democratic Caucus, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.  Immediately before joining the Office of Chief Counsel, Ms. Winkelman was an Executive Deputy General Counsel in the Governor’s Office of General Counsel, where she served as legislative counsel to then Governor Ed Rendell and his Senior Staff.  Prior to entering State Government, Ms. Winkelman was an attorney in private practice in Philadelphia.  She earned a B.A. from LaSalle College and a J.D. from Villanova University School of Law.

Founded in 1892, the ULC is an organization comprising more than 350 practicing attorneys, judges, law professors, legislators and other state officials – all lawyers – appointed by every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands to draft and promote enactment of uniform laws that are designed to solve problems common to all the states.  Commissioners donate their time as a pro bono public service.

Uniform law commissioners come together as the Uniform Law Commission once a year to study and consider drafts of specific statutes in areas of the law where uniformity between the states is desirable.  U.S. President Woodrow Wilson, former U.S. Supreme Court Justices Louis Brandeis, Wiley B. Rutledge, and David Souter, and former U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, have all served as uniform law commissioners.  Since its inception in 1892, the ULC has promulgated more than 200 uniform acts, among them such bulwarks of state statutory law as the Uniform Commercial Code, the Uniform Probate Code, the Uniform Partnership Act, the Uniform Securities Act, the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act, and the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act.

Further information on the Uniform Law Commission can be found at the ULC’s website at www.uniformlaws.org.

Katie Robinson, ULC Legislative Program Director & Communications Officer
312-450-6616 ׀ krobinson@uniformlaws.org

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