Don is very active in his community. Specifically, he served as a committeeman for the Dauphin County Republican Committee in Harrisburg, 5th Ward, and remains active in local politics. He is the past president of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, Harrisburg Chapter. Don serves as a member of Vestry (board of directors) for Saint Andrews Episcopal Church in York, Pennsylvania.
In 1996 Don graduated from Penn State with a B.A. in political science and a minor in business. He then attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and achieved his juris doctor in 1999. After graduation, Don served as law clerk to the Honorable Michael L. Krancer at the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board.
•Mobile Devices: Don't Let Good Reception Be Game Over, Dauphin County Bar Association, January 2018 and Cumberland County American Inns of Court, December 2017
•Personal Training For Client on All Aspects of the Political Subdivision Tort Claims Act, March 2016
•Political Subdivision Claims Act, School Claims Services LLC, December 12, 2014
•Social Media in Litigation: Reloaded, a Closer Look at Using Social Media in Your Cases, Dauphin County Bar Association, Harrisburg, PA, June 24, 2014
•How To Try a Case in State Court, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Mechanicsburg, PA, June 16, 2014
•Political Subdivision Tort Claims Act, Real Property Exception, client seminar, February 2014
•Basics of Litigation Involving State and Local Government, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, June 2013
Honors & Awards
•BV Distinguished Rating by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell
•Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Star, 2011-2014
•Susquehanna Valley Select Lawyers, 2014
Year Joined Organization
Discovering, Authenticating & Utilizing Social Media in Litigation: Strategy Considerations
Defense Digest Article • March 1, 2014
By Donald L. Carmelite, Esq. and Allison M. Domday, Esq.*Key Points:Old-fashioned, time consuming detective work is necessary to collect social media evidence.Utilizing social media evidence strategically, whether gathered informally...
Thumbs Up for Qualified Immunity
Defense Digest Article • March 1, 2011
Federal - Civil Rights, Key Points:Encouraging police to seek legal advice serves such a salutary purpose as to constitute a thumb on the scale in favor of qualified immunity.There is no clearly established right to..., Defense Digest, Vol. 17, No. 1, March 2011
Associations & Memberships
•American Inns of Court
•Cumberland County Bar Association
•Dauphin County Bar Association
•Pennsylvania Bar Association
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