Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas




Anders has served as a judge on the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas since July 30, 2007. He currently serves in the criminal division, where he conducts jury and bench trials on major felonies. He previously served in the family court division, where he heard thousands of cases involving at-risk children who had been abused or neglected.

Prior to joining the bench, Anders practiced at Pepper Hamilton for nearly 10 years in the commercial litigation department. As an attorney, Anders’ outstanding legal and community work won him high praise from his peers in the legal and business communities, including being named as a Lawyer on the Fast Track by The Legal in 2005 and receiving the Michael Greenberg Award for Lifetime Achievement from GALLOP (Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia).

Anders is the first openly LGBT person confirmed as a judge in Pennsylvania and first openly gay man to run for public office in Philadelphia. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and served on the school’s law review. In his spare time, he enjoys running along the Schuylkill River and is an amateur photographer.

Carpenter Legal Search

As the founder and president of Carpenter Legal Search Inc., Carpenter leads the firm’s management and business development activities. With more than 26 years in the legal search and recruitment industry, she is active in executing general counsel and other senior-level search assignments for corporate clients in a wide variety of industries and companies ranging from Fortune 100 corporations to emerging growth enterprises and also supports a diverse law firm clientele with lateral partner acquisitions and practice group mergers. She is also a member of and has held leadership positions with the National Association of Legal Search Consultants.

Homeless Advocacy Project

Celebrating 15 years as the executive director of the Homeless Advocacy Project in Philadelphia, Cohen is the public voice of a growing nonprofit that exists to meet the legal and advocacy needs of homeless individuals and families in the region. Under her enthusiastic leadership, the organization has grown from an annual budget of $200,000 to $1.2 million in 2012 and has increased its staff from five to 15. Under her guidance, the Homeless Advocacy Project recruits, trains and supports more than 400 volunteer legal advocates annually, whose services and resources change the lives of thousands of homeless individuals and families in the region.

Since HAP’s founding in 1990, the organization has provided free civil legal services to more than 29,000 homeless men, women and children in Philadelphia. A lawyer by trade, Cohen’s efforts to advocate for the needs of Philadelphia’s homeless population with city officials and policymakers have resulted in numerous policy and legislative changes. At a time of shrinking government resources and a rapidly growing homeless population, Cohen and HAP are committed to making access to free civil legal services as widely available as possible to ensure access to public benefits, supportive services and housing.

As a long-term volunteer for the Support Center for Child Advocates and Women Against Abuse Legal Center, Cohen has helped abused and neglected women and children to live safe and healthy lives. She served on the board of the Caring People Alliance and chairs the Philadelphia Bar Association’s delivery of legal services management committee.

Attorney Career Catalysts

D’Amore is a Philadelphia-area native and one of the country’s leading law firm partner/group recruiters. After graduating from Boston College, he earned his J.D. from George Washington Law School in 1984. He was a partner and significant business generator in an Am Law 200 firm and, after moving in-house, became a general counsel in privately held and publicly traded companies.

D’Amore entered the legal recruiting and consulting field in 2001. After quickly establishing himself as a go-to recruiter for law firms and companies in the Philadelphia region, he founded his own firm, Attorney Career Catalysts, in 2005. In addition to making some of the most significant partner and group placements in Philadelphia in recent years, he has facilitated similar deals in numerous major markets in the U.S. He has also engineered three law firm mergers since starting Attorney Career Catalysts and continues to emphasize such work.

D’Amore has been writing a monthly Business of Law column for The Legal Intelligencer for the past eight years. The column appears on the first Tuesday of each month.

Duquesne UniversitySchool of Law

Gormley is dean and a professor at Duquesne, specializing in constitutional subjects. He joined the faculty in 1994 after teaching at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and engaging in private practice. Gormley earned his B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh in 1977 and his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1980.

His work on myriad legal/historical topics has earned Gormley a national reputation as a leading constitutional scholar. In 1997, he published Archibald Cox: Conscience of a Nation, the authorized biography of one of the leading lawyers and public servants of the 20th century. The book was awarded the 1999 Bruce K. Gould Book Award for outstanding publication relating to the law. In 2010, Gormley published The Death of American Virtue: Clinton vs. Starr, a New York Times bestseller chronicling the scandals that nearly destroyed the Clinton presidency. It received a 2011 Silver-Gavel Award from the American Bar Association, as well as international critical acclaim.

Gormley has testified in the U.S. Senate three times. He also served as president of the Allegheny County Bar Association, the first academic to hold that position in the organization’s 137-year history. From 1998-2001, Gormley served as mayor of Forest Hills, Pa. A life-long resident of Pittsburgh, he lives there with his wife, Laura, and their four children, Carolyn, Luke, Rebecca and Madeleine.

Governor’s Office of General Counsel


Kunkel is an attorney with the Governor’s Office of General Counsel and is assigned to the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections in the employment litigation section, where he regularly litigates employment cases before the State Civil Service Commission, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Unemployment Compensation Board of Review and the Commonwealth Court, He also represents the department in labor and disability arbitration hearings. Prior to joining the Governor’s Office of General Counsel, Kunkel served as a law clerk to Commonwealth Court Senior Judge Emil E. Narick.

Kunkel received his J.D. from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and his B.A. from New York University. He is currently the president-elect of the Dauphin County Bar Association, the vice president of the James S. Bowman Inn of Court and recently served as chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s administrative law section.

He is a two-time recipient of the Angelo Skarlatos Memorial Award presented by the young lawyers’ section of the Dauphin County Bar in 2008 and 2010. He is also an active member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s government law committee and served as chair of the administrative law section from May 2010 to May 2011.

Kunkel regularly presents continuing legal education programs for the Governor’s Office of General Counsel, the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and the Dauphin County Bar Association pertaining to practice before Pennsylvania administrative agencies.

InterDigital Inc.

Lau is deputy general counsel at InterDigital, a publicly traded wireless technology company. Prior to her in-house career, Lau was an associate at leading global law firms in New York and Boston, where she represented public and pre-IPO private companies with respect to securities regulation, mergers and acquisitions, financings and corporate governance matters.

At InterDigital, Lau manages significant M&A transactions, financings and non-IP litigation and oversees attorneys supporting the company’s SEC and financial reporting, commercial transactions and business development functions. She also advises the board of directors, management and other internal clients on corporate governance and general compliance matters. Lau earned a B.A. in English from Columbia and is a cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she served as executive editor of the law review and was admitted to the Order of the Coif.