Jonathan Stemerman is co-program chair and panelist at American Bar Association's Annual Institute for the Young Business Lawyer.
Elliott Greenleaf's Jonathan M. Stemerman is a co-program chair and panelist for the program "Unwinding the Myth of the Capital Account" at the American Bar Association Business Law Section's 10th Annual Institute for the Young Business Lawyer, to be held on April 6, 2013 in conjunction with the Business Law Section's Spring Meeting in Washington, D.C. The program explores the importance of capital accounts and how they reflect practical economics of the deal or operating entity, and how capital accounts impact management. A member of the Delaware and Pennsylvania Bars, and former law clerk to the Delaware Supreme Court Justice Randy Holland, Mr. Stemerman will be speaking on recent litigation regarding capital accounts and how business attorneys can avoid various pitfalls involving capital accounts when drafting operating agreements.
Rafael Zahralddin is a speaker and moderator at the Hispanic National Bar Association’s 2013 Corporate Counsel Conference.
Elliott Greenleaf shareholder Rafael Zahralddin served as the moderator and panel member addressing "Advising Distressed Businesses and Business Bankruptcy” at the Hispanic National Bar Association's 2013 Corporate Counsel Conference in Atlanta. Mr. Zahralddin panel discussed the differences between litigation outside bankruptcy and in a bankruptcy, the milestones when a customer files bankruptcy, the tension between secured lenders and trade creditors, and options available to the creditor such as creditors committees and reclamation rights.
Elliott Greenleaf's Deborah H. Simon is appointed as a Moot Court Judge at Rutgers School of Law
Elliott Greenleaf shareholder Deborah H. Simon is serving as a Judge for the 2012-2013 Hunter Moot Court Competition at Rutgers School of Law Camden. The competition is named in honor of Judge James Hunter III, who served on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit from 1971-1989. As a law clerk for the Honorable John F. Gerry in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, Ms. Simon worked with Judge Hunter several times when Judge Gerry sat by designation in the Third Circuit. "I am deeply appreciative of the opportunity to carry on the legacy of Judge Hunter and to ensure that his contributions to our local jurisprudence are recalled and honored," she said.
Elliott Greenleaf 's Ted Kittila Coaches First Place Mock Trial Team
Elliott Greenleaf shareholder Ted Kittila coached high school students from The Charter School of Wilmington to a first place victory in the 22nd Delaware High School Mock Trial Competition. The two-day competition, held at the New Castle County Courthouse on Feb. 22-23, 2013, pitted 24 high school teams from across the State in a series of mock trials before the Delaware courts. This year's case, involving a civil trial, was tried by the high school students before a jury of scoring judges, with the final trial being presided over by Delaware Supreme Court Justice Henry duPont Ridgely.
The students are expected to deliver openings, closings, direct examinations, and cross-examinations, all while using appropriate objections and evidentiary rules. Kittila stated, "The Charter students did an amazing job of learning how to conduct a trial -- specifically, how to interact with witnesses, opposing counsel, and the bench. I could not be prouder of these extraordinarily bright students." Charter students will now go on to the national competition in the Spring.
Elliott Greenleaf Senior Attorneys Serve as Volunteer Judges for
Villanova Law School’s Quarterfinal Moot Court Competition
Regarding New Constitutional Claims
On Sunday afternoon, January 27, 2013, Elliott Greenleaf volunteered to hear and judge two oral arguments from law students in the Quarter Finals of Villanova Law School’s distinguished Reimel Moot Court Competition. The complex issues argued by the quarterfinalists concerned when a private party becomes a state actor for purposes of an alleged constitutional violation, and the reach of the dormant Commerce Clause.
Elliott Greenleaf senior lawyers agreed to serve a Panel for two sets of the quarterfinals, including Henry F. Siedzikowski, The Honorable Bruce W. Kauffman, Dean R. Phillips and Mary E. Kohart.
Delaware 4-H Program Honors Ted Kittila
The Delaware 4-H Program honored Elliott Greenleaf shareholder Ted Kittila with an award for "exceptional professional service to the Delaware 4-H program" on January 26, 2013. Ted Kittila recently worked with other Delaware attorneys as well as the University of Delaware's general counsel office to create the new home for the Delaware 4-H program and sought 501(c)(3) tax exempt status for the new corporate entity. Delaware has maintained a vibrant 4-H program for decades; however, changes in various interpretations of the law led the Delaware 4-H program to its new corporate home. Mr. Kittila, an alumni of the Delaware 4-H program, also serves on the separate Delaware 4-H Foundation as a director.
As the youth development program of the nation’s 109 land-grant universities and the Cooperative Extension System, 4-H -- a nearly 100 year old youth organization -- fosters an innovative, “learn by doing” approach. Currently, 4-H involves over 6 million youth members who take part in a vast array of programs, including agricultural and non-agricultural related programs. With 540,000 volunteers, 3,500 professionals, and more than 60 million alumni, the 4-H movement supports young people from elementary school through high school with programs designed to shape future leaders and innovators.
FIRM MEMBERS ELECTED TO BAR ASSOCIATION LEADERSHIP
Elliott Greenleaf continues to play a leadership role in the organized Bar. Shareholder Stewart J. Greenleaf, Jr. has been elected as the 2013 President of the Montgomery Trial Lawyers Association, a position previously held by Firm shareholders Thomas J. Elliott and John P. Elliott. Stewart J. Greenleaf, Jr. also was elected to a three year term as a member of the Board of Directors of the Montgomery Bar Association. Roger J. Harrington, the former President of the Young Lawyers Section, was elected as the 2013 Secretary of the Montgomery Trial Lawyers Association. Colin J. O'Boyle, the former Editor of the Montgomery County Law Journal, has been elected as the Secretary of the Montgomery Bar's Young Lawyers Division and co-chair of the Bar's Civil Rules Committee. Marvin L. Wilenzik serves on the Executive Committee of the Montgomery Bench Bar Committee. Gregory S. Voshell has been appointed as Chair of the Montgomery Bar's Federal Practice Committee. Aimee L. Kumer has been appointed a Vice Chair of the Montgomery Bar's Legal Aid Committee. Mark A. Kearney, the 2009 President of the Montgomery Bar Association, serves as the Bar's Legislative Liaison, Chair of the Bar's Government Affairs Committee and continues to serve as Vice-President of the Montgomery Bar Foundation.
STEWART J. GREENLEAF, JR. ELECTED PRESIDENT OF MONTGOMERY TRIAL LAWYERS ASSOCIATION
Firm shareholder Stewart J. Greenleaf, Jr. has been elected the 2013 President of the Montgomery Trial Lawyers Association . The Trial Lawyers Association, uniquely comprised of lawyers from both the plaintiff and defense Bar, provides continuing legal education and dialogue with the Montgomery County Bench for the members of the Bar who try cases in Montgomery County. The Association hosts monthly luncheons with guest speakers on trial practice in Montgomery County. With over 100 members of the Montgomery Bar Association, it is the leading organization for trial lawyers in Montgomery County. Stewart, elected as a "Rising Star" of the Pennsylvania Bar for several years, has been a longtime member of the Montgomery Bar Association, and will also begin a three year term as a member of the Bar's Board of Directors in 2013.
Dean R. Phillips presents appellate practice education to Defense Institute
Elliott Greenleaf Shareholder Dean R. Phillips was the featured speaker at a Continuing Legal Education seminar in mid-December 2012 for the members of the Defense Institute of Philadelphia on Recent Developments in Appellate Practice and Procedure. Mr. Phillips' presentation focused on trial and appellate tactics to preserve issues and avoid waiver traps. Drawing from his thirty two years of trial and appellate experience and his 27 years as Counsel to Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee, Phillips talked about the importance of making the record, preserving the record and when necessary correcting the record and he provided the audience of approximately 40 distinguished civil defense lawyers with examples of decisions made at the trial stage, including procedural missteps, that ultimately determined appellate rights.
Mark A. Kearney Unanimously Elected to Villanova Law School Board of Consultors
Villanova University Law School announced that Firm shareholder Mark A. Kearney (Villanova Law ’87) has been unanimously elected as a member of its highest policy making body, the Board of Consultors. This Board, established in 1952, is an active and valued group of prominent lawyers and judges who meet regularly to advise the Dean of Law School as to all functions, activities, policies and procedures at Villanova Law School, and plan for its future.
Elliott Greenleaf participates in fund raiser for local pediatric bone marrow patient
On Saturday, October 13, 2012, the Elliott Greenleaf Softball team participated in a fund raiser for Angela LaCourte, a courageous 13 year old who received a cord blood transplant at the Duke University Hospital Pediatric Bone Marrow Unit in an attempt to cure Cartilage Hair Hypoplasia, a disease that affects the immune system. However, this procedure left Angela's family parents with significant expenses.
On a crisp and sunny fall day, the community came together and raised over $6,100 to contribute to Angela's medical expenses. The Elliott Greenleaf team went 2 and 1, and enthusiastically participated in this charitable event. Persons wishing to help Angela and her family can donate online at www.COTAforAngelaL.com
Stewart J. Greenleaf, Sr. is featured speaker at National Conference of Metropolitan Courts
Senior shareholder Stewart J. Greenleaf, Sr. was a featured speaker at the National Conference of Metropolitan Courts held in Pittsburgh in October 2012. Mr. Greenleaf specifically spoke on “Policy considerations for conviction integrity in Pennsylvania: an opportunity for our courts and legislators to respond.”
Mr. Greenleaf, a Pennsylvania state senator since 1979, has chaired Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee for more than two decades. Throughout his professional and political career, Senator Greenleaf has devoted himself to honor the integrity of our justice systems.
Bruce L. Castor, Jr. Installed as a 33rd Degree Member of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry
Firm shareholder Bruce L. Castor, Jr. was installed as a 33rd Degree Member of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry in Cleveland Ohio, marking the only Pennsylvanian to be honored in 2012 with a 33rd Degree At-Large in recognition of his career in law enforcement and government. Josh Shapiro, Chair of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners commented that “Commissioner Castor has had a remarkable career in law enforcement and public service, and this honor is well deserved.” Bruce, a skilled trial lawyer and community leader, represents clients in commercial litigations and in corporate and white collar investigations.
Elliott Greenleaf sponsors youth baseball tourney for charity
Elliott Greenleaf served as a co-lead sponsor for the 2012 Whitpain Baseball Summer Smash held July 19-22 in Blue Bell. Over 180 families participated in the tourney, with twelve teams from throughout the Delaware Valley. As co-lead sponsor, Elliott Greenleaf supports youth athletics in the Blue Bell area, and its support also assists the charities who benefit from the Summer Smash: Cancer Treatment Centers of America and the Montgomery Child Advocacy Project.
Elliott Greenleaf joins with Habitat for Humanity to build a new home
Elliott Greenleaf paralegal Susan Burke serves on the Board for Habitat for Humanity of Lackawanna County. Thanks to Susan's efforts, and those of her colleagues. a mom and her four children obtained a home, marking the first home completed by the renewed Board led by Susan. Susan and her Board expect to have a second house completed by the end of 2012.
Mark A. Kearney wins WRA Volunteer Recognition Award
The Whitpain Recreation Association Board of Governors bestowed its annual "Volunteer Recognition Award" upon Firm Shareholder Mark A. Kearney at its annual dinner in April 2012. The WRA recognized Mr. Kearney's extraordinary efforts in creating, promoting and managing a "B" level Smashers baseball team in Whitpain, allowing 20 WRA players the opportunity to play baseball after the intermural season ends and until late July. In 2011 and 2012, Mr. Kearney created and managed the Whitpain Summer Smash, a baseball tournament to generate donations to the American Cancer Society and the Montgomery Child Advocacy Project. Mr. Kearney is just one of over 15 lawyers in the Firm who manages youth sports teams in Pennsylvania and Delaware, including managers and coaches competing against Mr. Kearney in the same league.
Colin J. O'Boyle volunteers to transform home for North Penn Boys and Girls Club
On March 31, 2012, Colin O’Boyle of the Firm's Blue Bell office participated in the North Penn Boys and Girls Club 2012 house project as members of the Montgomery County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. This year’s house project focused on a local family going through a difficult time. The group arrived with yard tools, rakes, shovels, garden tools and paint brushes in hand, and despite the rainy and cold conditions worked tirelessly to help transform the family’s home. Those that attended were assigned to teams and specific projects including repairing the front porch, re-landscaping the yard, cleaning the back patio and lawn area, removing dead brush from the parameter of the property and cleaning and organizing the garage and shed areas.
Rich DeMarco presents Seminar on new Philadelphia Zoning Code to Realtors
The Firm's Richard C. DeMarco presented a Seminar in mid-January regarding the new Philadelphia Zoning Code to a large group of realtors and developers in the Coldwell Banker Preferred Center City office. Mr. DeMarco provided highlights of the new Code, and discussed favorable development aspects that real estate professionals and developers should be aware of when the Code is implemented in August of this year. Highlights of his presentation included a discussion of important dimensional changes, use changes and administrative changes in the new Code. At the conclusion of the presentation, Mr. DeMarco took questions from dozens of eager developers who were curious as to how the new changes would effect certain projects and properties.
Mr. DeMarco is one of the authors of the new Philadelphia Zoning Code, having served on the Philadelphia Zoning Code Commission from its inception until December of 2010. He directly influenced important provisions of the new Code on residential development, parking requirements, non-conforming uses, group homes, and restaurants and nightclubs. The new Code passed City Council on December 15, 2011.
Mr. DeMarco's practice includes representing numerous clients before Philadelphia City Council, the Philadelphia Zoning Board and other county and administrative Boards. He has an extensive real estate litigation practice, practicing in all local Pennsylvania trial Courts and Pennsylvania appellate courts, and the federal district courts as well. He is a former aide and attorney to Philadelphia City Council President Anna C. Verna.
Stewart J. Greenleaf publishes article in Penn Law Review and speaks at Symposium
The Firm's Stewart J. Greenleaf recently authored an essay "Prison Reform in the Pennsylvania Legislature" for a University of Pennsylvania Law Review symposium "Sentencing Law: Rhetoric & Reality". The bipartisan event in October gathered, in addition to Stewart, many highly respected academics, public officials, legal experts and judges from around the country to discuss sentencing practices and ways to reduce inmate populations.
As a panelist, Mr. Greenleaf discussed the history of sentencing in Pennsylvania and the modern trend towards rehabilitation over harsh punishment for non-violent drug offenders. His essay extensively covers the topic of prison reform in Pennsylvania since the 1980s. The most recent efforts to reduce the state's inmate population are discussed along with the social and financial impacts of mass incarceration of non-violent offenders.
Click Here to read Senator Greenleaf's Essay: "Prison Reform in the Pennsylvania Legislature".
Rich DeMarco testifies before City Council on Historic Zoning Reform Legislation
On December 7, 2011, Elliott Greenleaf's Richard C. DeMarco testified before Philadelphia City Council at a public hearing of the Committee of the Whole regarding the historic zoning reform legislation currently before Council. Mr. DeMarco is a former member of the Zoning Code Commission, which was created to reform and modernize the antiquated Philadelphia Zoning Code. Mr. DeMarco urged Council to pass the legislation, remarking that the legislation "will result in less uncertainty, will create a more transparent process, will result in an increase in beneficial development, and bring needed jobs to this City." The legislation is expected to pass Philadelphia City Council before the end of the year.http://www.philly.com
Rafael Zahralddin Appointed as Deputy General Counsel for Hispanic National Bar Association
Firm Shareholder Rafael Zahralddin has been appointed as Deputy General Counsel of the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) for 2011-2012. The Deputy General Counsel assists the General Counsel and the HNBA President.
"These positions are essential to the work of the HNBA and to a successful year," said HBNA's President Benny Agosto Jr. "I have appointed a series of individuals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and initiative to guide specific areas. These HNBA members have demonstrated a long-time commitment to the organization and made invaluable contributions already. I am very pleased to be able to count on their support this year."
Stewart J. Greenleaf Receives Justice Musmanno Award
Firm senior shareholder Stewart J. Greenleaf received the 32nd Annual Justice Michael A. Musmanno Award at a Dinner in his honor. This prestigious award, presented by the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, specifically recognizes Stewart's extensive public service, zealous representation of the rights and interests of parties to litigation and "tireless dedication to improving the lives of every citizen in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania".
Ted Kittila to Serve on Delaware 4-H Foundation Board
Elliott Greenleaf's Ted Kittila has been selected to serve on the Board of The Delaware 4-H Foundation, Inc., a Delaware non-profit corporation. As the youth development program of the nation’s 109 land-grant universities and the Cooperative Extension System, 4-H -- a nearly 100 year old youth organization -- fosters an innovative, “learn by doing” approach. Currently, 4-H involves over 6 million youth members who take part in a vast array of programs, including agricultural and non-agricultural related programs. With 540,000 volunteers, 3,500 professionals, and more than 60 million alumni, the 4-H movement supports young people from elementary school through high school with programs designed to shape future leaders and innovators.
Mr. Kittila is an alumni of the Delaware 4-H program, having participated for over 10 years in the photography and other programs. "I am excited to become a part of the 4-H Foundation here in Delaware. So many of the skills that I use on a daily basis -- public speaking, project management, leadership -- all of these were developed during my formative years in 4-H. It will be wonderful to give back to an organization whose goal is the promotion of youth here in my home state and which gave so much to me," said Kittila.
Mark A. Kearney Receives Prestigious Public Service Award
Firm Shareholder Mark A. Kearney was the unanimous selection for the prestigious Henry Stuckert Miller Public Service Award by Lawyers given to him on April 29, 2011 at the Montgomery County Courthouse. This Public Service Award, given on Law Day, honors one lawyer who provides extraordinary leadership services to the public, outside of the role as a lawyer in the courtroom. Judge Carolyn T. Carluccio, in extending this Award to Mr. Kearney, recognized his role as the founding and eight year chairperson for the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians, the largest non-profit center in the Delaware Valley dedicated to assisting legal immigrants in obtaining meaningful work, health care and education. Mr. Kearney also serves as the President of the Montgomery Bar Foundation, a 25 year old Foundation dedicated to promoting organizations that promote access to justice and fairness in our courts, as well as a director of Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania and the Montgomery Child Advocacy Project.
Firm Coordinates Opening Day Little League Baseball
Dean Phillips again coordinated the Opening Day ceremonies for the Lower Gwynedd Little League which took place on April 9th. Stewart Greenleaf,Jr. presented the Elliott Greenleaf firm's contribution to LGLL. Mr. Phillips welcomed Lower Gwynedd Township elected officials and thanked LGLL's sponsors. In addition to serving as Opening Day Coordinator, Mr. Phillips also serves as Community Relations Director and Fund Raising Chair for LGLL and as Treasurer of the Lower Gwynedd Township Parks and Recreation Committee.
Elliott Greenleaf Employees Coach and Sponsor Multiple Teams
Elliott Greenleaf again sponsors several little league teams in the Spring and Summer 2011, including as the coordinator of opening day for Lower Gwynedd Baseball, and several of the Firm's employees coach teams ranging from t-ball to junior legion baseball, softball, lacrosse, rugby, and field hockey.
Elliott Greenleaf sponsors Delaware Tech Event
Elliott Greenleaf was a corporate sponsor and underwriter for the 2011 Delaware Technical and Community College’s Educational Foundation’s 7th annual Evening of Mardi Gras. This gala celebration is the largest fundraiser for the Stanton/Wilmington Campus of Del. Tech., and proceeds are directed to the campus Educational Foundation. Scholarships and financial assistance for books, supplies, fees or even childcare often make the difference for students who are struggling to afford the cost of their education or workers who are seeking training and reentry into the workforce. While the College receives financial aid support from the State of Delaware, and employees and alumni continue to give generously, there remains a shortfall between funding and student need. In addition to supporting scholarships, proceeds from Mardi Gras 2011 were directed to the construction of much-needed science laboratories. Thanks to a generous challenge grant issued by two major foundations, Delaware Tech is closer to being able to match the award and raise approximately $600,000 to build new labs at each campus location after the event.
The event featured New Orleans-style entertainment and exceptional cuisine, great jazz and blues music, exciting casino games and a silent auction. Leading area restaurants and the culinary arts team from Del. Tech. provided a vast menu of New Orleans cuisine. Launched in 2005, this event has raised nearly $900,000 for students in need.
Elliott Greenleaf sponsored one of the event 's main events. Several paralegals and lawyers have completed training in the Lean Enterprise Program to improve the efficiency of the firm’s delivery of services to clients at the Stanton/Wilmington campus. Working through the Delaware Manufacturing Extension Partnership, or DEMEP, Elliott Greenleaf in Wilmington had six lawyers, four paralegals and two legal assistants become Six Sigma Greenbelts through DEMEP. The firm matched a grant from the State of Delaware in order to become the first law office in Delaware to become Six Sigma certified. Shareholder Neil Lapinski, Counsel Shelley Kinsella, Law Clerk Dan Robbins, and paralegal Ana Moreno joined Managing Shareholder Rafael Zahralddin in this sponsorship initiative on behalf of the firm.
Firm Members elected to leadership in Bar Associations
Elliott Greenleaf continues to play a leadership role in the organized Bar in Pennsylvania and Delaware. John P. Elliott serves as the 2011 President of the Montgomery Trial Lawyers Association. In January 2011, Charles J. Meyer was elected to a three year term as a member of the Board of Directors of the Montgomery Bar Association. Colin J. O'Boyle is the 2011 Editor of the Montgomery County Law Reporter, the exclusive legal publication for Montgomery County legal developments and caselaw published every week. Roger J. Harrington, Jr. has been elected as the Chair of the Montgomery Bar Association's Insurance Committee. Marvin L. Wilenzik serves on the Executive Committee of the Montgomery Bench Bar Committee. Mark A. Kearney, a past President of the Montgomery Bar Association, serves as Chair of the Bar's Government Affairs Committee and continues to serve as President of the Montgomery Bar Foundation as it celebrates its 25 years of service in 2011. In addition, Delaware managing Shareholder Rafael X. Zahralddin has been elected to the Nominating Committee of the Delaware State Bar Association.
Tom Elliott is profiled in Leadership Blog on Hiring
Elliott Greenleaf senior shareholder and co-hiring partner Tom Elliott is profiled in Leadership blog concerning the key attributes he looks for in the hiring process.
The Role of Leadership in the Hiring Process
Firm Sponsors "Holidays for Heroes" at Willow Grove Naval Base
As part of its many holiday charity programs, Elliott Greenleaf's employees donated and collected several large boxes of unwrapped toys, gift cards and financial contributions as part of the Holidays for Heroes program at Willow Grove Naval Base. Through "Holidays for Heroes", children of enlisted men and women serving overseas receive holiday gifts when one of their caregivers is serving the Country, but the children are on base over the holidays. Congratulations to Kathy Zamorski and Natalie Choy of the Firm's Blue Bell office for leading the Firm's efforts in providing some holiday cheer for boys and girls on base at Willow Grove.
James C.Crumlish III Graduates From Philadelphia Civilian Police Academy
Jim Crumlish, senior shareholder of Elliott Greenleaf, currently serves as a Philadelphia Civilian Police Advisory Commissioner. He is the former Chairman of the City Commissioners of Philadelphia. He is pictured here with Philadelphia Police Inspector Vasquez, Lt Brady ,Lt Watson as well as Philadelphia Deputy Mayor Gillison at his recent graduation from the Philadelphia Police Academy December, where he served as a valedictorian of his class. The Academy is an intensive 12 week course intended to familiarize citizens with the principals and practices of modern police work and training that all sworn police officers in Pennsylvania must also undergo.
Mark A. Kearney Appointed to Board of Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania
Elliott Greenleaf shareholder Mark A. Kearney has been appointed to the Board of Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania, a nationally recognized provider of legal services in Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties, Pennsylvania (www.lasp.org). Legal Aid's mission is to provide quality legal representation to low-income people, to empower them to solve problems without legal representation through legal education and increased access to the courts, and to change community practices and systems that cause or aggravate poverty.
James C. Crumlish III appointed to Philadelphia Police Advisory Commission
Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter appointed Elliott Greenleaf senior shareholder James C. Crumlish III to the Philadelphia Police Advisory Commission. The Commission is intended to provide civilian oversight to the Police Department. Mr. Crumlish, a former Chairman of Philadelphia City Commissioners , was quoted in the mid-Atlantic press, stating that he believes in “fundamental fairness for citizens and cops,” whom he says “are doing a tough job.”
Doug Blazey appointed as Adjunct Professor of Environmental Law at Temple University
Douglas R. Blazey, of counsel in the Firm's environmental practice, has been appointed as an Adjunct Professor at Temple University for the Fall Semester 2010. Doug will be teaching Environmental Law and Sustainability to students in the Fox School of Business & Management of Temple University.
Robert C. Daniels Appointed as Chair of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Civil Procedure Rules Committee
The Honorable Robert C. Daniels, retired Judge of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania and presently Counsel to the Firm, has been appointed by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania as Chair of the Court’s Civil Procedural Rules Committee.
Judge Daniels has served as a Member of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania’s Civil Procedural Rules Committee for the past five years, and has previously served as Chairman of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania’s Disciplinary Board. Prior to his service on the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania’s Disciplinary Board, Judge Daniels served as both Chancellor and Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Philadelphia Bar Association, as President of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association and as a Delegate to both the American Bar Association’s and the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s House of Delegates.
Judge Daniels presently serves as a Member of the Board of Visitors of the Temple University School of Law and as a Member of the Board of the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania, and formerly served as a Trustee of both the Pennsylvania State University and the Terry Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University.
Judge Daniels’ national practice includes extensive trial and appellate advocacy before the courts of Pennsylvania and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Elliott Greenleaf Sponsors Multiple Little League Teams
Continuing to support the community, and the children of the Firm's employees, Elliott Greenleaf sponsored several little league baseball, softball, football, field hockey, soccer and rugby teams in the Spring and Summer 2010, and several of the Firm's employees coached the teams.
Henry F. Siedzikowski is Panelist on Law Careers
On April 15, 2010, Elliott Greenleaf’s President Henry F. Siedzikowski returned to his college alma mater to participate in a Panel sponsored by Juniata College in Huntingdon, PA on law careers. The Panel spoke to the students on career paths in the law and how to prepare for them. The Introduction was by Dr. Jack Barlow, Charles A. Dana, Professor of Politics at Juniata College. The Moderator was Kimberly Kitchen, President of the Huntingdon County Bar Association from 2008-2010. The other Panelists were David Andrews from Andrews and Beard in Altoona, Ray Ghaner, a sole Practioner in Huntingdon, PA, Marissa Gunn, a Staff Attorney at the Children’s Law Center in Washington, D.C. and Stephanie Haines, an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Western District of Pennsylvania.
Rafael Zahralddin Moderator and Panelist at Hispanic National Bar Association's Inaugural Corporate Counsel Conference
Rafael Zahralddin served as a moderator and panelist at the Hispanic National Bar Association's 2010 Inaugural Corporate Counsel Conference. Mr. Zahralddin's panel was titled "Government Oversight Under the Obama Administration," and was an overview of administrative law under President Obama. Mr. Zahralddin discussed the general change in approach and philosophy by the Obama administration from the Bush Administration towards the administrative law process beginning with the revocation of former President Bush’s Executive Order No. 13422, which increased the power of the White House over the day to day rulemaking of individual agencies and placed a political appointee in each agency to supervise the development of rules and documents. Mr. Zahralddin lead a broad discussion in regard to proposed regulatory reform in the financial industry and in corporate governance, and the encroachment of federal law on state corporate law. Moderating the panel with General Counsel from the Fortune 500 and multi-national retailers, he also discussed internet neutrality and telecommunications regulation; Transparency and Open Government; regulation of product safety; employee issues, especially as they relate to healthcare; and, environmental concerns.
Thomas J. Elliott Presents Legal Education on Legal Ethics for Pennsylvania Bar Institute
Elliott Greenleaf senior shareholder Tom Elliott is a faculty member at the April 29, 2010 Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s Ethics Potpourri, the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee update.
Mr. Elliott is a former member of the Disciplinary Board of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and lectures frequently on significant legal developments including issues of legal ethics and professional responsibility. In this presentation he will analyze the recent conflict of interest opinion in Delaware Court of Chancery, Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. vs. Airgas, Inc., et al., In the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware, No. 5249-CC.
Elliott Greenleaf Sponsors Season Finale of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra
Elliott Greenleaf continues to serve as a lead sponsor for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra, including being a name sponsor for the culmination of the 2009-2010 season’s performance of Shostakovich’s stunning Violin Concerto and Dvorak’s New World Symphony in April 2010 to sell-out audience. Elliott Greenleaf is pleased to serve as a lead sponsor in bringing world renown symphonies to Southeastern Pennsylvania.
Supreme Court Names Bruce L. Castor, Jr. to Blue Ribbon Panel to Analyze the Philadelphia Criminal Court System
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has appointed Firm Shareholder Bruce L. Castor, Jr. to a blue ribbon Panel of twelve Pennsylvania distinguished criminal law experts to study, and effect, a “sea change” for the criminal court system in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. Mr. Castor, a current Montgomery County Commissioner, served as the elected District Attorney for Montgomery County from 2000 until 2008. He has tried hundreds of criminal cases, and is nationally recognized for his work in advancing and protecting victim’s rights. Mr. Castor joins former and present judges, and leading prosecutors and defense attorneys to analyze and provide constructive immediate input to improve a city court system which has been charged with “causing criminals to go free”.
Mark A. Kearney Elected Chair and President of Montgomery Bar Foundation
The Board of Directors of the Montgomery Bar Foundation, a non-profit charity formed twenty-five years ago to support efforts in Eastern Pennsylvania to provide legal services and education to the community, has elected the Firm's shareholder Mark A. Kearney to serve as its Chair and President. The Foundation is managed by a Board of Directors consisting of local banking, charitable and business leaders, as well as three trust and fiduciary lawyers. Mr. Kearney is the first lawyer named to serve as both Chair and President.
Judge Kauffman is featured speaker at Annual Education Symposium
Elliott Greenleaf Senior Shareholder and Director, Judge Bruce W. Kauffman, was a featured panelist in the GESU's 12th Annual Symposium on Transforming Inner-City Education on November 2, 2009. A former Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Judge Kauffman addressed the importance of a variety of inner-city programs, as the Symposium focused on the value of different educational programs and structures.
On October 22, 2009, the Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence (DCADV) selected Managing Shareholder of the Firm's Delaware office, Rafael Zahralddin, as one the 15 Leading Men “willing to take a stand against domestic violence” in Delaware. The 15 Leading Men are a diverse group representing the business, legal, faith, media, law enforcement and non-profit communities in Delaware. Among the 15 Leading Men are the Attorney General of Delaware, the Honorable Beau Biden, and the New Castle County Executive, the Honorable Chris Coons. The group participated in the DCADV’s 15th Anniversary and were presented at the event and will be ambassadors for the “15 Ways You Can Help Stop Domestic Violence” campaign.
Stewart Greenleaf serves as a panelist in Death Penalty Symposium
On March 6, 2009, senior shareholder Stewart Greenleaf served as a featured panelist in a well publicized and well attended symposium at the Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law entitled, Why Does Pennsylvania Still Have the Death Penalty? Stewart's insights were, as reported by the attendees, to be a key reason for the success of the symposium.
Dean R. Phillips Presents Legal Education Seminar on New "Fast Track" Appellate Procedures in Superior Court
Elliott Greenleaf shareholder Dean R. Phillips was a featured lecturer for continuing legal education presented to the Bench and Bar of Montgomery County on the new “fast track” appellate rules in cases involving children’s rights. Mr. Phillips joined the Superior Court President Judge Kate Ford Elliott and Superior Court Judge Maureen Lally-Green in discussing these new procedures which take effect in mid-March 2009. In addition to his successful commercial, personal injury and trial practice, Mr. Phillips serves as the Counsel to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania's Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee and Orphan's Court Procedural Rules Committee, which draft statewide rules of procedure, and make recommendations to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.
Mark A. Kearney Presents Legal Education Seminar on Evolving Standards of Summary Judgment
Elliott Greenleaf shareholder Mark A. Kearney provided continuing legal education on the evolving Summary Judgment standards in light of upcoming changes to Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, and the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Twombly last year relating to motions to dismiss. Mr. Kearney, a director of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute (the continuing legal education arm of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court), provided a comprehensive analysis of the proposed changes to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 56, as well as likely arguments to be raised on Motions for Summary Judgment in federal and state courts in light of the changing rules.
American Bar Association Selects Rafael Zahralddin as One of Six Business Law Ambassadors for 2008-2010
Elliott Greenleaf's Rafael X. Zahralddin has been selected by the American Bar Association's Business Law Section as one of the six Business Law Ambassadors for 2008-2010. Rafael was selected as a Business Law Ambassador as he is an active member of a national bar organization for lawyers of color who has demonstrated a significant interest in an area of business law that coincides with the work of a substantive committee of the Section. Selection as a Business Law Ambassador is intended to be an honor which carries a prestige and distinction reflecting the substantive contributions of a business lawyer who has been active in a national bar organization for lawyers of color. Rafael will continue his work as a mentor and bar leader by being involved in the activities of his respective national bar organization for lawyers of color and identifying substantive areas of common interest in which members and committees of his respective national bar organizations for lawyers of color can coordinate with, and participate in, the work of the Section. He will also coordinate with the Section's Liaison to the ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession efforts to provide broader exposure of the benefits of Section membership to the members of the various national bar organizations for lawyers of color. He will mentor new Business Law Ambassadors and other lawyers of color in the American Bar Association.
Mr. Zahralddin is the Managing Shareholder of the Firm's Delaware office and is the current Chair of the Delaware State Bar's Multi-Cultural Section of Judges and Lawyers, Founding President of the Delaware Hispanic Bar Association and Regional President for the Hispanic National Bar Association for 2008-2009 for Pennsylvania and Delaware. He has been selected as the Business Law Ambassador to the Committee on Business Bankruptcy, in addition to being assigned to the Committee on Business Law Fellows, Ambassadors and Diplomats and the Young Lawyer Forum.
Charles J. Meyer to Serve as Course Planner for Continuing Legal Education on Complex Financial Issues Related to Equitable Distribution and Alimony
Charles J. Meyer, Chair of the Firm’s Family Law Practice Group, has been selected to be the Co-Course Planner for a continuing legal education course presented to Pennsylvania attorneys entitled Complex Financial Issues Related to Equitable Distribution and Alimony, which will be presented in early 2009 on behalf of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. For more information on this program, click here.
Raymond J. Santarelli is a guest speaker at quarterly meeting of Delaware County Association of Boroughs
Elliott Greenleaf ShareholderRaymond J. Santarelli, was an invited guest speaker at the Delaware County Association of Borough's Quarterly Meeting at Brookhaven Borough Hall in Brookhaven, Pennsylvania. Mr. Santarelli spoke to the membership reagrding Pennsylvania's recent enactment of Act 3 of 2008, which provides for a complete overhaul of Pennsylvania's Right-to-Know law. The Delaware County Association of Boroughs represents the interests of twenty-seven (27) boroughs in Delaware County Pennsylvania.
Mr. Santarelli is a member of the Pennsylvania General Assembly's Joint State Government Committee's Advisory Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution ("ADR"). Mr. Santarelli has been selected to serve on that body's Business, Commercial and Personal Injury ("BCPI") Subcommittee, and is the Team Leader of the "Best Practices Working Group." The subcommittee focuses on the status of ADR services in the Commonwealth, options and uses relating to business, commercial and personal injury issues; developing a plan to educate Pennsylvania citizens regarding ADR, and identifying local and national "best practices."
MARK A. KEARNEY RE-ELECTED CHAIRPERSON OF WELCOMING CENTER FOR NEW PENNSYLVANIANS
The Board of Directors of the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians (www.welcomingcenter.org) have re-elected founding Chairperson, and Elliott Greenleaf shareholder Mark A. Kearney as its Chairperson for 2009. Established in 2003, the Welcoming Center connects newly-arrived individuals from around the world with economic opportunities, believing that when the immigration experience is successful, families benefit, as do neighborhoods, businesses, the economy and society as a whole.
ELLIOTT GREENLEAF SPONSORS YOUTH BASEBALL, SOFTBALL AND RUGBY
Continuing its sponsorship of community events, Elliott Greenleaf sponsored multiple baseball/softball teams throughout Eastern and Northeastern Pennsylvania in 2008, with many of the Firm’s attorneys and professionals serving as managers and coaches for hundreds of aspiring ball players. The Firm’s sponsored teams won several championships.
In addition, Elliott Greenleaf sponsored a touch rugby league for boys and girls in Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware. Nearly 100 boys and girls are participating in Eagle Tag, a touch rugby league where several professional rugby players are coaches and players. The Firm’s shareholder Rafael Zahralddin both plays and coaches in the league.
DIOCESE APPOINTS JOHN G. DEAN TO SCHOOL BOARD
Bishop James F. Martino of the Diocese of Scranton has appointed Elliott Greenleaf shareholder and Vice President John G. Dean to the Holy Redeemer School System’s School Board. In its first year of existence, Holy Redeemer School System consolidated the former Bishop Hoban, Bishop O’Hara, Bishop O’Reilly and Seton Catholic high schools. Jack Dean brings his extensive experience in education law and public service to the Holy Redeemer Board which oversees eleven (11) schools and the education of over 3000 students.
DEAN R. PHILLIPS PRESENTS ORPHANS COURT AND APPELLATE PRACTICE SEMINAR
Elliott Greenleaf shareholder Dean R. Phillips was selected to participate in panel presentations to the Mid Annual Conference of the Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges. At the Conference in Philadelphia from February 21 to 24, 2008, Mr. Phillips spoke on recent developments on practice and procedure for foreign adoptions. He also joined Superior Court Judge Richard Klein, former Superior Court President Judge Joseph Del Sole and Philadelphia Commerce Court Judge Howland Abramson in a panel discussion on Pennsylvania Rule of Appellate Procedure 1925(b). Mr. Phillips, Judge Klein and Judge Abramson will be joined by former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Sandra Newman to discuss the same topic for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and the Philadelphia Bar Association Appellate Practice Committee.
Mr. Phillips was also recently asked to speak on appellate practice and procedure along with Superior Court Judges Maureen Lally-Green, Richard Klein and Susan Peikes Gantman at a Montgomery Bar Association Continuing Legal Education program scheduled in conjunction with the Superior Court's special court session in the Montgomery County Courthouse on June 23, 2008.
DEAN R. PHILLIPS APPOINTED AS A DISCOVERY MASTER IN THE PHILADELPHIA COURT OF COMMON PLEAS
Elliott Greenleaf shareholder Dean R. Phillips has been qualified for appointment as a discovery master in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas.
JOHN P. ELLIOTT AND ROGER J. HARRINGTON, JR. APPOINTED TO LEADERSHIP ROLES
Elliott Greenleaf shareholders John P. Elliott and Roger J. Harrington, Jr. have been appointed to leadership positions in the Montgomery Bar Association, the third largest Bar Association in Pennsylvania with over 2200 members. Mr. Elliott has been appointed the Treasurer of the Montgomery County Trial Lawyers, an association of lawyers committed to education and promotion of lawyers’ concerns appearing before the Court of Common Pleas, and in enhancing the dialogue with the President Judge and members of the Court. Mr. Harrington has been appointed to the Executive Committee of the Montgomery Bar Association, which is responsible for addressing issues of concern to the Association’s members and presenting positions for review and approval by the Board of Directors of the Bar Association. Mr. Harrington also serves as an elected Director of the Association.
BRUCE L. CASTOR, JR. RECEIVES LOUIS D. STEFAN AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING SERVICE TO THE PENNSYLVANIA LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITY
Elliott Greenleaf shareholder Bruce L. Castor, Jr. was honored with the Louis D. Stefan Award for exemplary state-wide service in law enforcement by the Montgomery Bar Association in January 2008. Mr. Castor, currently a Commissioner of Montgomery County, served as the County’s District Attorney from 1999 until January 2008, and served in the District Attorney’s office from 1986 until January 2008. His practice focuses on commercial litigation and health care, along with internal and compliance investigations for the firm’s clients.
Rafael X. Zahralddin is serving his term as a board member to Read Aloud Delaware, where he has been recently appointed to the Development Committee. Read Aloud Delaware is a nonprofit organization working to ensure that each preschool child in Delaware is regularly read to one-on-one to promote literacy and early development. More information on Read Aloud Delaware, including volunteer opportunities can be found at www.readalouddelaware.org or by contacting Mr. Zahralddin at firstname.lastname@example.org
Rafael Zahralddin has recently returned from a presentation and panel discussion at the 1st World Credit and Collections Conference where he provided insight on the U.S. bankruptcy system in a panel entitled "New Challenges for Bankruptcy in International Commerce" with other specialists from Mexico, Canada and Europe. The conference drew thousands of credit managers, collection professionals and various business professionals interested in cash flow management and expanding market share and sales through credit management from around the globe. The presentation is being translated into Spanish and will be available soon in both English and Spanish.
Rafael Zahralddin has recently been appointed as Chair of the sponsorship committee for the United States Rugby Super League, the highest level of men's senior club rugby in the United States. He is currently the RSL representative of the Philadelphia based side which is owned and operated by the Pennsylvania non-profit and 501 (c)(3) Philadelphia Rugby Corporation, Inc. of which he serves as President. Mr. Zahralddin is also a member of the RSL's Disciplinary Committee.
FIRM COLLECTS HOLIDAY GIFTS AND DONATIONS FOR THE NORRISTOWN MINISTRIES HOSPITALITY CENTER
Furthering the Firm's longstanding commitment to the community, the Firm’s support staff held a holiday luncheon in the Blue Bell office on December 18, 2007 and gathered holiday gifts and donations for the Norristown Ministries Hospitality Center (www.nmihc.com). The Center provides shelter for homeless men, women and children who need emergency care, food and shelter, particularly when other shelters are closed or unavailable. The Firm provided dozens of gifts and substantial donations to the Center for the Holiday Season.
MARK A. KEARNEY ELECTED CHAIRPERSON OF WELCOMING CENTER FOR NEW PENNSYLVANIANS
The Board of Directors of the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians (www.welcomingcenter.org) have re-elected founding Chairperson, and Elliott Greenleaf shareholder Mark A. Kearney as its Chairperson for 2008. Established in 2003, the Welcoming Center connects newly-arrived individuals from around the world with economic opportunities, believing that when the immigration experience is successful, families benefit, as do neighborhoods, businesses, the economy and society as a whole.
JAMES C. CRUMLISH III ELECTED TO SERVE AS TRUSTEE OF THE NORTHERN HOME FOR CHILDREN
In December 2007, Senior Shareholder James C. Crumlish III was elected to serve as a Trustee of the Northern Home for Children. The Northern Home, situated in Philadelphia's Roxborough neighborhood, has served the community since 1853 supporting children and families in distress with education and behavioral health services both in the family setting as well as school and community based settings. Northern Home directly affects the lives of over 2,000 children a year welcoming children and families from all backgrounds.
MARK A. KEARNEY ELECTED TO BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF PENNSYLVANIA BAR INSTITUTE
Elliott Greenleaf shareholder, Mark A. Kearney, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, the leading provider of continuing legal education in Pennsylvania, with reporting responsibilities to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Mr. Kearney joins a distinguished board of twenty-four leading Pennsylvania judges, professors and practicing attorneys who direct and monitor the legal education seminars for over 35,000 Pennsylvania attorneys throughout the Commonwealth. The PBI, headquartered in Mechanicsburg, is nationally recognized as a leading provider of legal education in the United States.
MARK A. KEARNEY ELECTED VICE PRESIDENT OF THE MONTGOMERY BAR ASSOCIATION
Elliott Greenleaf shareholder, Mark A. Kearney, has been elected Vice President of the Montgomery Bar Association for 2007. With almost twenty one hundred (2100) members, it is the third largest Bar Association in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Kearney will serve as one of five of the Bar Association’s elected officers, and will be principally responsible for coordinating nationally recognized continuing legal education programs for attorneys in Eastern Pennsylvania. His election continues his service as a leader of the Bench and Bar, including as a Director and Member of the Executive Committee of the Historical Society for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Chairperson of the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians, a fellow of the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation, a member of the Taxis Circle and former Director of the Montgomery Bar Association. Mr. Kearney and his wife Eileen and their two children reside in Blue Bell, where he is a youth baseball and soccer coach.
The Firm’s commitment to public service is also further confirmed by the election of Thomas J. Elliott as President of the Trial Lawyers Section of the Montgomery Bar Association; Roger J. Harrington’s election as the President of the Young Lawyers Section of the Montgomery Bar Association; Eric P. Wilenzik’s continuing service as a Director of the Montgomery Bar Association; and, Melissa Murphy Weber’s and Marvin L. Wilenzik’s election for three (3) year terms on the Judiciary Committee of the Montgomery Bar Association.
RAYMOND J. SANTARELLI APPOINTED TO LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE ON ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION
Elliott Greenleaf shareholder Raymond J. Santarelli has been appointed to serve as a member of the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Joint State Government Commission’s Advisory Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution (“ADR”), which includes government officials, judges, lawyers, businesspeople, academics, health and human services professionals. The Pennsylvania Senate authorized the task force and the advisory committee, and directed a comprehensive review of the current status of ADR services; identification of best practices in the delivery of ADR services locally and nationally and how to improve conflict resolution; development of a plan to educate the Commonwealth’s citizens concerning conflict resolution in general and ADR services in particular and to ensure public access to ADR services utilizing best practices; and, possibly proposing legislation to implement the proposed plan and to advance the use of innovative conflict resolution methods statewide. Mr. Santarelli and his wife Loretta reside in Delaware County with their three sons.
THOMAS J. ELLIOTT ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE MONTGOMERY COUNTY TRIAL LAWYERS
Elliott Greenleaf senior shareholder Thomas J. Elliott has been elected as the President of the Montgomery Bar Association’s Trial Lawyers Section; his term will begin in January 2007.
This Section, consisting of over 130 active trial lawyers in Montgomery County, through monthly meetings and continuing legal education seminars, represents the interests of trial lawyers in the federal and state courts.
Mr. Elliott’s election continues his record of significant professional service to the Bench and Bar, including as a former two term member of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, an officer of the Historical Society for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and a director and a chairman of several committees of the Montgomery Bar Association. He is a member of the American, Pennsylvania, and Montgomery Bar Associations. Mr. Elliott, his wife Helen and their three children reside in Blue Bell, where he has coached several youth sports teams, and most recently served as the President of the St. Joseph’s Prep Parents Association.
ROGER J. HARRINGTON, JR. ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE YOUNG LAWYERS SECTION OF THE MONTGOMERY BAR ASSOCIATION
Elliott Greenleaf’s Roger J. Harrington, Jr. has been elected President of the Young Lawyers Section of the Montgomery Bar Association for 2007. He previously served as a Treasurer and Secretary of the Young Lawyer’s Section. The Young Lawyers Section sponsors seminars and meetings with the Court, and addresses the concerns of several hundred members of the Bar Association under the age of 35. A former Big East varsity baseball player at Georgetown University, Mr. Harrington and his wife Sally reside in Blue Bell with their son.
ELLIOTT GREENLEAF'S DOUGLAS R. BLAZEY ELECTED CHAIRPERSON OF THE MIDDLE ATLANTIC STATES SECTION OF THE AIR AND WASTE MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION
On January 1, 2007, Elliott Greenleaf's Douglas R. Blazey became Chairperson of the Middle Atlantic States Section of the Air and Waste Management Association (“AWMA”). The AWMA is an international air and waste management professional organization with over 9,000 members worldwide. The Middle Atlantic States Section includes AWMA professionals in New Jersey, Delaware, Eastern Pennsylvania and Eastern and Central New York.
ELLIOTT GREENLEAF'S DOUGLAS R. BLAZEY RECEIVES PRESIDENTS AWARD FROM MAIN LINE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
On December 6, 2006, the Main Line Chamber of Commerce honored Elliott Greenleaf's Douglas R. Blazey with its President's Award "In Recognition of Your Outstanding Contributions, Enthusiastic Leadership, and Dedication to the Chamber". Mr. Blazey is also currently the Co-Chair of the Government Affairs Committee ("GAC"). Doug, his wife Julianne and their two children, live in Wayne, Pennsylvania.
MARK A. KEARNEY MODERATES TELEVISED SYMPOSIUM
Elliott Greenleaf's Mark A. Kearney served as the principal speaker and moderator of the September 28, 2006 Symposium sponsored by several business groups in Eastern Pennsylvania, the Montgomery Bar Association and the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians addressing “Immigration: The Real Issues Behind the Headlines”. Mr. Kearney served as the moderator of this Symposium which attracted over two hundred persons, including many nationally recognized speakers on the issues facing immigration reform in the United States. This symposium was televised in Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. Further, Mr. Kearney was profiled on CN8 Newsmakers, including an interview broadcasted throughout the Delaware and Lehigh Valleys in September 2006.
ELLIOTT GREENLEAF SUCCESSFULLY DEFENDS ITS CHAMPIONSHIP
Elliott Greenleaf's Softball Team of lawyers and summer associates successfully defended their Philadelphia Slow Pitch Softball League Championship in a hard fought extra innings 7-6 victory over the previously undefeated federal court Black Robes team comprised of federal judges, law clerks and judicial employees.
The Firm has now won the championship every year it participated in this league.
Congratulations to our softball players and to their loyal fans.
On June 6, 2006, the Delaware Supreme Court issued a special honor recognizing the Firm’s Neil R. Lapinski, of counsel in the Wilmington office, for his exemplary pro bono publico service.
MELISSA MURPHY WEBER RECEIVES MONTGOMERY COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE’S AWARD FOR WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP EXCELLENCE
The Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce selected Elliott Greenleaf's Melissa Murphy Weber for its 2006 “Women’s Leadership Excellence Award” presented at its Annual Awards Dinner on May 17, 2006.
Before joining the Firm, where she focuses her practice in commercial litigation, Ms. Weber served as a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the 148th Legislative District, compromising Lower Merion, Whitemarsh, Whitpain, Conshohocken and Narberth. She previously served as Assistant District Attorney in Montgomery County from 1996 to 2002, and tried dozens of jury trials before the Court of Common Pleas and District Justices of Montgomery County. She is a recognized leader in the community, and was recently selected as a “Rising Star” of the Pennsylvania Bar, along with five other members of Elliott Greenleaf.
Elliott Greenleaf congratulates Ms. Weber upon her selection by the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce for its 2006 Women’s Leadership Excellence Award.
MARK A. KEARNEY ELECTED TREASURER of the MONTGOMERY BAR ASSOCIATION
Elliott Greenleaf shareholder, Mark A. Kearney, has been elected treasurer of the Montgomery Bar Association for 2006. The Montgomery Bar Association has over twenty one hundred (2100) active members, and is the third largest Bar Association in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Kearney will serve as one of five elected officers of the Bar Association. His election continues his service as a leader of the Bench and Bar, including as a Director and Member of the Executive Committee of the Historical Society for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Chairperson of the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians, a fellow of the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation, a member of the TAXIS Circle and former Director of the Montgomery Bar Association.
The firm’s commitment to public service is also further by the election of Thomas J. Elliott as Vice-President of the Trial Lawyers Section of the Montgomery Bar Association; Roger J. Harrington’s election as the Vice-Chair of the Young Lawyer’s Section of the Montgomery Bar Association; Eric P. Wilenzik’s continuing service as a Director of the Montgomery Bar Association; and, Melissa Murphy Weber’s election for a three (3) year term on the Judiciary Committee of the Montgomery Bar Association beginning in 2006.
DEAN PHILLIPS, ESQUIRE PROVIDES LEGAL EDUCATION to ERIE BAR ASSOCIATION
On December 1, 2005, Dean R. Phillips, Esq. will present a seminar on current issues in appellate practice and procedure to the Erie County Bar Association at its annual meeting. This seminar is the next of a continuing series of presentations to County Bar Associations around the Commonwealth that includes a popular interactive "quiz" on recent significant appellate decisions. Mr. Phillips has previously given this presentation to the Chester County Bar Association Bench-Bar Conference, Luzerne County Bar Association Bench-Bar Conference, Bucks County Bar Association and Centre County Bar Association. He also gave the keynote address in April of 2005 at the Municipal Law Symposium to several hundred municipal lawyers and solicitors from around the Commonwealth. He will also be presenting to the Philadelphia Bar Association's Appellate Practice Committee this winter on the Pennsylvania Rules of Appellate Procedure. This will be his second presentation to the Philadelphia Bar Association Appellate Practice Committee. Mr. Phillips focuses his presentations on appellate practice to litigators and appellate practitioners on the pitfalls and waiver traps that can result in lost appeals and waiver of appellate rights.. Mr. Phillips spoke to the Pennsylvania Trial Judges Conference on appellate procedure for judges at the Conference's summer meeting this past July. He is a frequent lecturer at the Conference on this topic. Mr. Phillips will also be presenting legal education seminars this winter at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute's Estate Law Institute on current issues in orphans' court practice and procedure.
DEAN R. PHILLIPS, ESQUIRE LECTURES on PENNSYLVANIA APPELLATE PRACTICE
Elliott Greenleaf's Dean R. Phillips, Chief Counsel to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's Appellate Procedural Rules Committee , will be the keynote speaker for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute's Municipal Law Symposium on April 15, 2005 in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Mr. Phillips will be speaking on "Avoiding the Waiver Trap on Appeal."
ROGER J. HARRINGTON, JR. ELECTED SECRETARY OF THE YOUNG LAWYERS SECTION OF THE MONTGOMERY BAR ASSOCIATION
Elliott Greenleaf's Roger J. Harrington, Jr. has been elected Secretary of the Young Lawyers Section of the Montgomery Bar Association for 2005. Mr. Harrington served as Treasurer of the Young Lawyers Section in 2004. The Young Lawyers Section sponsors seminars and meetings with the Court of Common Pleas, and addresses the concerns and ambitions of the several hundred members of the Bar Association under the age of thirty-five.
The Firm's commitment to public service is also furthered by the election of Mark A. Kearney as the Secretary of the Montgomery Bar Association for 2005; Thomas J. Elliott's election as the Secretary of the Trial Lawyers Section of the Montgomery Bar Association in 2005; and Eric P. Wilenzik's election as a Director of the Montgomery Bar Association.
MARK A. KEARNEY ELECTED SECRETARY OF MONTGOMERY BAR ASSOCIATION
Elliott Greenleaf shareholder, Mark A. Kearney, has been elected Secretary of the Montgomery Bar Association for 2005. The Montgomery Bar Association has over 2400 active members, and is the third largest Bar Association in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Kearney will serve as one of five elected officers to the Bar Association. This election continues his service as a leader in the Bench and Bar, including as a director of the Historical Society of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Chairperson of the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians, a Fellow of the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation, and a former director of the Montgomery Bar Association.
The Firm's commitment to public service is also furthered by the election of Thomas J. Elliott as the Secretary of the Trial Lawyers Section of the Montgomery Bar Association; Roger J. Harrington's election as the Secretary of the Young Lawyers Section of the Montgomery Bar Association in 2005; and Eric P. Wilenzik's election as a Director of the Montgomery Bar Association
THOMAS J. ELLIOTT IS ELECTED SECRETARY OF THE MONTGOMERY COUNTY TRIAL LAWYERS
Elliott Greenleaf shareholder Thomas J. Elliott has been elected as the Secretary of the Montgomery County Bar Association's Trial Lawyers Section; his term will begin in January 2005.
This Section, consisting of over 120 active trial lawyers in Montgomery County , through monthly meetings and seminars, represents the interests of trial lawyers in the federal and state courts.
Mr. Elliott's election continues his record of significant professional service to the Bench and Bar, including as a former two term member of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, an officer of the Historical Society for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and a director and a chairman of several committees of the Montgomery Bar Association. He is a member of the American, Pennsylvania , and Montgomery Bar Associations.
JAMES C. CRUMLISH, III IS APPONTED A JUDGE PRO TEMPORE IN PHILADELPHIA
James C. Crumlish, III, a shareholder of the Firm, has been appointed to serve as Judge Pro Tempore of the Commerce Court Program of the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County. The Commerce Court Program has been widely praised for its progressive and efficient disposition of sophisticated litigation and serves the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Commerce Court. The Program resolves corporate governance disputes, office and director liabilities, business disputes, business torts and intellectual property, trade litigation, business torts, securities and UCC actions, class actions, corporate trust affairs, declaratory judgment as well as business and commercial insurance indemnity claims.
Mr. Crumlish has served both as a public official and as an attorney in public and private practice. His practice is focused on complex commercial trial and appellate litigation. In his newest appointed position as a Judge Pro Tempore , he will serve as a Mediator, Master or such other roles as the Court and/or the Parties may agree or appoint.
BRIAN ELIAS IS APPOINTED TO THE JOINT STATE GOVERNMENT COMMISSION'S ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON THE CONSUMER CREDIT CODE
The Joint State Government Commission of the Pennsylvania General Assembly has appointed Elliott Greenleaf attorney Brian R. Elias to serve on the Advisory Committee on the Consumer Credit Code. The Committee will study ways to update and modernize various consumer finance legislation and the advisability of merging all such legislation into a consolidated Consumer Credit Code which avoids duplication of Federal law and regulations and promotes uniformity of law among the states.
ELLIOTT GREENLEAF'S DEAN R. PHILLIPS PROVIDES MULTIPLE SEMINARS ON APPELLATE PRACTICE TO THE PENNSYLVANIA BENCH AND BAR
Elliott Greenleaf's Dean R. Phillips combines an active trial practice and extensive public service to the Bench and Bar. He serves as Chief Counsel to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee and Orphans' Court Procedural Rules Committee. In addition, his litigation skills resulted in very successful settlements for severely and catastrophically injured persons and their families, as well as in wrongful death and survivor cases.
In addition to his very active practice, Mr. Phillips is a leading expert in Pennsylvania on the Pennsylvania appellate rules and trends in the appellate courts. He addressed the Pennsylvania Conference of Trial Judges at its midwinter 2004 meeting on "What Every Judge Should Know about Appellate Procedure." Mr. Phillips addressed the audience of trial judges, along with President Judge Del Sole of the Superior Court, Lehigh County Common Pleas Judge Wallitsch, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Greenspan and Hon. Robert L. Byer. All Common Pleas Court Judges are members of the Conference and more than 300 Common Pleas Judges from around the Commonwealth attended. Mr. Phillips presented a powerpoint presentation on the following topics: "What Every Trial Judge Should Know about Rule 1925(a) Opinions", "What Every Judge Should Know about Waiver" and a 35 question "Current Developments Quiz" with annotations. He also authored and presented an outline on "Rule 1925(b) statements".
Mr. Phillips also addressed the Orphans' Court Section of the Pennsylvania Trial Judge's Conference at its summer 2003 meeting in Hershey and also gave a presentation to the Pennsylvania Superior Court Judges at their 2003 Heritage Conference.
Mr. Phillips also lectures to Pennsylvania lawyers on appellate issues. He participated as a guest faculty member on February 26, 2004 at a Pennsylvania Bar Institute/Pennsylvania Bar Association sponsored seminar addressing an area of his, and Elliott Greenleaf's particular expertise: "Appellate Advocacy: The Development of a Case in the Appellate Courts." He recently spoke to the Bucks County Bar Association's, Criminal Law Section, on "Current Developments in Criminal Procedure and Appellate Procedure." Mr. Phillips' presentation covered major appellate decisions pertaining to criminal practice and procedure.
A prolific author and lecturer, on March 5, 2004, Mr. Phillips will address the Probate Trust and Real Property Retreat of the Pennsylvania Bar Association in Harrisburg on the topic of "Statewide Orphans' Court Practice, Uniform Forms and E-Filing".
Mr. Phillips also provides significant service to the Courts, including being recently appointed as a Judge Pro Tem by the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. Judges Pro Tem hold settlement conferences, and advise the Court on outstanding issues in cases that are near trial.
ELLIOTT GREENLEAF'S MARK A. KEARNEY ELECTED CHAIR OF WELCOMING CENTER FOR NEW PENNSYLVANIANS
Elliott Greenleaf is pleased to announce that Mark A. Kearney has been elected to his third consecutive term as Chairman of the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians, beginning in January 2004. Mr. Kearney, a shareholder in the Firm’s Blue Bell office, has served as a director and Chair of the Welcoming Center, the largest non-profit resource center for the immigrant community in Eastern Pennsylvania, since 2000. The Welcoming Center (www.immigrationresource.org) is a public/private partnership of business, labor, government and universities, with a Board composed of leaders from across Pennsylvania, dedicated to helping develop employment, health care, and education opportunities for all immigrants who wish to come to Eastern Pennsylvania.
ELLIOTT GREENLEAF'S ROGER J. HARRINGTON, JR. ELECTED AS TREASURER OF THE YOUNG LAWYERS DIVISION OF THE MONTGOMERY BAR ASSOCIATION
Elliott Greenleaf is pleased to announce that Roger J. Harrington, Jr. has been elected as the incoming treasurer for 2004 of the Young Lawyers Division of the Montgomery Bar Association, the third largest Bar Association in Pennsylvania, with over 2000 members. Mr. Harrington’s election confirms the recognition he has earned among the Bench and Bar. Mr. Harrington is a graduate of LaSalle Preparatory High School, Georgetown University, Villanova University School of Law, and, most recently, the LLM Program of Villanova University School of Law where he graduates this year with his LLM in taxation with highest honors. Mr. Harrington practices complex civil litigation and healthcare law.
Elliott Greenleaf's Dean R. Phillips, a director of Philadelphia Young Playwrights, accepted a $36,000 check from Verizon for Pennsylvania Literacy Organizations at a recent Philadelphia Phillies game. The check was presented by James Earl Jones. Mr. Phillips accepted it on behalf of Philadelphia Young Playwrights.Philadelphia Young Playwrights is a program that teaches literacy skills in the context of playwriting in Philadelphia and suburban schools. Philadelphia Young Playwrights has been nominated for a 2003 Barrymore Award.Mr. Phillips has worked with children for many years as a former Recreation Director for Penn State University's Summer Speech and Hearing Camp, Director of Camp Anderson Boy Scout Camp, State College Area Chairman of the White House Conference on Children and Youth, Chair of the State College Borough Council's Human Relations Committee and Court appointed Monitor for the Philadelphia School Desegregation Case, PHRC v. Philadelphia School District.
Mr. Dean Phillips accepts a check from Verizon, along with the Philly Phanatic and actor James Earl Jones