Philip J. Murren, Esq. - 2019 School Choice Champion

LANCASTER (Jan. 24, 2019) – The Honorable, Philip J. Murren, Esq., Principal in the Law Firm of Ball, Murren & Connell, LLC was awarded the PACAPE School Choice Champion award at a ceremony beginning at 9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 24 at the Willow Valley Resort in Lancaster.

Philip J. Murren, Esq. is a principal in the Law Firm of Ball, Murren & Connell, LLC in Camp Hill, PA. He has practiced with that firm continuously since 1975, upon his admission to the Bar of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.


Mr. Murren is a graduate of LaSalle University and of the Villanova University School of Law. He is a member of the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States and of the Bars of various Federal District Courts and United States Courts of Appeals located throughout the country.

He has served as an elected or appointed municipal official in various capacities since 1989, and is currently Solicitor to the Zoning Hearing Board of the Borough of Camp Hill and Solicitor to the Zoning Hearing Board of Monroe Township.

Mr. Murren’s practice has included his appearance as counsel in more than 20 cases that have been filed in the Supreme Court of the United States, involving constitutional issues, employment law issues, property issues, taxation issues and education law issues.

Mr. Murren has represented the PA Catholic Conference and numerous additional faith-based institutions on litigation matters and legislative matters since 1975. His litigation experience includes involvement in cases filed in State and Federal Courts in over 20 states and in the District of Columbia.

He has authored and defended numerous initiatives relating to the establishment of school choice programs, including those involving scholarship tax credits, tuition grants, school transportation, school health services, textbook loans, instructional materials, special education services and charter schools.

Speaking at the event will be leaders from the Pennsylvania affiliate of the Council on American Private Education, in addition to the awardee. About 350 private school administrators are expected to attend.

This event is planned to coincide with the history-making celebration of National School Choice Week 2019.  School Choice Week will feature school choice events across all 50 states.  Over the past seven years, more than 58,000 NSCW events have been planned across the country and around the world.

Dr. D. Merle Skinner, PACAPE Co-coordinator said that PACAPE is excited to be able to honor the esteemed Mr. Murren for his support of both private and religious education and the EITC program in the Commonwealth this year. Murren will take his place among other notable legislators who have advanced PA Family’s access to their school of choice.  PA CAPE hosted the event as a part of the Association of Christian School’s Northeast Regional Leadership Conference at  Willow Valley Resort which is located at 2400 Willow Street Pike in Lancaster. More information about PACAPE is available at