ABOUT US


In photo from left: Back row - Audio engineer Emily Morris, Videographer A. Bradford Corbitt, Host Jules Mermelstein, Director Marshall Miller. In chairs - Guests State Senator Daylin Leach and State Representative Todd Stephens. Photographed at Winding River Productions, Fort Washington, PA

Add Your Sub-Title Here

Governing Principles of Reasoned Discourse with Jules Mermelstein

Form of Organization: Unincorporated Association

Name: Reasoned Discourse with Jules Mermelstein

Studio: Winding River Productions, Fort Washington, PA

Members: A single member, Jules Mermelstein

Mission Statement: We’re a nonprofit organization educating the general public by clarifying public issues through the use of various media, such as video, writing, and podcasting.

Method of accomplishing mission: We will create, publish and produce nonpartisan information and news. Nonpartisan means we are engaged in investigative and/or public interest news reporting that is not based upon, influenced by or supportive of the interests or policies of any single political party or political viewpoint or any single religion or religious viewpoint. We will apply high journalistic standards for accuracy and fairness in order to prevent conflicts of interest that compromise the integrity of the work.


Lobbying: The association may only lobby for freedom of information and freedom of press issues.

Editorial independence: We will accept no donation from any organization which advocates on one side of an issue we cover.  Editorial decisions are completely in the hands of the member.

Advisors: From time to time, the member may ask for advice from those the member considers competent to offer said advice.


Compensation: At the present time, there is no compensation to the member.  No proceeds shall ever be distributed to the member in excess of a reasonable fee for services performed in pursuant to our mission.  No services shall be contracted by the member with any relative of the member.


Fundraising: No fundraising effort shall be undertaken which misleads potential donors.


Fiscal Sponsor: In order to avoid taxation on donations and to enable donors to deduct donations from their taxable income for tax purposes, the member is authorized to seek a fiscal sponsor with a 501(c)(3) designation whose mission coincides with our mission.


Transparency: All actions by the association shall be transparent.  All donors who donated in excess of one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) in one calendar year and any other donor who gives permission shall be listed on the association’s website.  If any donor whose name should be published under this transparency policy requests anonymity, we will discuss this with our fiscal sponsor to determine our course of action.  Likewise, if any donor organization which donates in excess of one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) does not publish where their donations come from, we will discuss this with our fiscal sponsor to determine our course of action. We will publish our fiscal sponsor’s IRS 990 form on our website.

In case of dissolution, all assets of the association will be donated to a nonprofit with a similar mission.


Resume of Jules Mermelstein
 

Jules J. Mermelstein, B.A., M.Ed., J.D.

TEACHING:

Certifications: Social Studies (7-12), Citizenship Education (7-12), Communications (7-12)

Social Studies Teacher

Upper Dublin High School, Fort Washington, PA, September 2007 to June 2015 (out on leave from January 2014 through June 2015 due to disability).  Subjects: US History I (to 1877), US History II (1877 to present), Government and Economics.  Coach, Speech and Debate Team, September 2009 to October 2013. Forced to resign due to disability.

Germantown High School, Philadelphia, September 2005 to June 2007.  Subjects: World History, Social Science (Government and Economics), Constitutional Law, AP US History, Street Law. Chair of Discipline/Safety Committee.

The Bridge Therapeutic School, Philadelphia, September, 1997 through August, 1999.  Designed and implemented a Social Studies curriculum at a school for a residential population of drug and/or alcohol dependent adjudicated students, aged 14-19.  Part-time.

Instructor, Temple Ambler Speech Camp, July 2010.  Temple Ambler Debate Camp, August 2010, 2011.

Teacher, Confirmation Program (ages 13-16), Or Hadash, Ft. Washington, Sundays, 1994 - 2013.

Educational Consultant, Interim House, Philadelphia, October 1998 through August 2000. Part-time.

Adjunct Faculty, Department of Political Science, Temple University Ambler Campus, Spring, 1989.  Taught State and Local Government.  Part-time.

Adjunct Faculty, Law/Justice Department, Glassboro State College, Camden Campus, Fall, 1988.  Taught Criminal Jurisprudence.  Part-time.

Law Professor, St. Matthew School of Law (not accredited), Philadelphia, 1985 to 1987.  Subjects taught:  Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Trial and Appellate Advocacy.  Part-time.

LEGAL:

Title Agent, Forward Abstract, LLC, Wyncote, PA, June 2002 to August 2005.

Managing Attorney, Levin & Associates, Wyncote, PA, July, 1998 through September, 2003 (appointed Managing Attorney in January, 2002).  Twenty-plus employees in the office.

Sole Practice, part-time, 1985-1993, Springhouse, PA; 2003-2005, Glenside, PA. Mostly criminal defense in Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties.

Staff Attorney/Managing Attorney, Hyatt Legal Services, Cheltenham Office, 1983-1985.  Turned an office which was unprofitable, complaint-ridden, and had a staff of four, into one which was profitable, complaint-free and compliment-full, and had a staff of seven.

Partner, Mermelstein & Light, Attorneys at Law.  Norristown & Hatboro, PA, 1980-1983.  General practice and litigation.

GOVERNMENTAL:

Member, Violence Prevention Advisory Committee, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  2013 (appointed by state legislature).

Township Commissioner (publicly elected) Upper Dublin, January, 1992, to January, 2011.
*  President, January 2008 to January 2010.
*  Vice-President, January 2006 to January 2008.
*  Chair: Planning, Parks and Library Committee, 2010 to 2011.
*  Chair: Public Activities, Lands and Contracts Committee, 2006 to 2008.
* Chair: Commissioners Planning Committee, 2004 to 2006, 2008 to 2010.  This committee included planning, environment and economic development.
*  Chair: Planning, Environment & Economic Development Committee, 2002 to 2004.
*  Chair: Township Operations Task Force, 2002.
*  Member:  Public Works and Public Safety Committee (this portfolio included public works, police, health, code enforcement, and fire safety), 2000 to 2002
* Chair: Commerce & Interior Committee (this portfolio included planning, library, environment, parks, recreation, and economic development), 1994 to 2000.  Helped create business advisory group to work with the township on economic development issues.
*  Chair: World War II Commemoration Committee, 1995.

President of both the Montgomery County Association of Township Commissioners and the Eastern Association of Township Commissioners (includes Montgomery, Delaware, Chester and Bucks Counties), June 2004 to June 2005 (one year term limit).

Member, Board of Trustees, Montgomery County Community College, January, 1994 to January, 2001.  Chair of the Curriculum Committee and member of the Legislative Committee.  

Member, Educational Advisory Committee, Upper Dublin School District, 1988-1992.

EDUCATION

15 credits towards a Graduate Certificate in Curriculum Studies, Arcadia University, Glenside, PA. Presented at the Bergamo Curriculum Studies Conference, Dayton, OH, in October, 2012 and at the Curriculum Studies Summer Collaborative sponsored by Georgia Southern University, June 2013, in Savannah, GA. GPA = 4.0.

Master of Education, Beaver College (now Arcadia University), Glenside, May, 1994.  GPA = 4.0.  Elected to Phi Delta Kappa.

Juris Doctor, American University’s Washington College of Law, Washington, D.C.  J.D. awarded Cum Laude December, 1979.  GPA = 3.39.  Rank = 15th out of 199.  Awarded the Mooers Trophy for being the outstanding student in trial practice. Dean’s Fellow. Honor Society.  Represented the school in the National Moot Court Competition and the National Mock Trial Competition.

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Temple University, Philadelphia.  B.A. awarded Summa Cum Laude, May, 1977.  GPA = 3.77.  Rank = 39th out of a Liberal Arts class of 543.  Phi Beta Kappa.  Temple University President’s Scholar.  Ambler Campus Leadership Award.  Student Ombudsman.  Political Science student advisor.

NON-ACADEMIC HONORS

Who’s Who (Among America’s Teachers, in American Law, in the East, of Emerging Leaders in America).

Upper Dublin Citizen of the Year Award, 2011.

Rodfei Tzedek (Seeker of Justice) Award, presented by the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation for efforts to repair the world, February, 2001.