Ron Levine and Abe Rein Honored by PACDL with 2016 Alan Jay Josel Advocacy Award for Work on Elonis v. U.S.
On April 29, 2016, Internal Investigations & White Collar Defense Chair Ronald H. Levine and Associate Abraham J. Rein were honored by the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (PACDL) with the 2016 Alan Jay Josel Advocacy Award. The award was presented at the PACDL's 2016 Annual Meeting in Harrisburg, PA.
The award recognizes Mr. Levine's and Mr. Rein's advocacy on behalf of client Anthony Elonis in the case, Elonis v. United States. On June 1, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in favor of Mr. Elonis in the case. The 8-1 ruling overturned an earlier decision affirming the conviction of Mr. Elonis on charges related to allegedly threatening posts he authored on his own Facebook page. His conviction had been affirmed by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in September 2013.