Additions

Joshua Galante, Zhihui (Julie) Guo, Ari Indik, Michael Kraemer and Duncan MacLaren joined White and Williams.

ELECTED AND APPOINTED

Pepper Hamilton partner Hyung P. Steele was selected for the 2013 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellows Program.

Steele is a member of the firm’s health effects litigation practice group,

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L. Stephen Pastor, a partner in Hill Wallack‘s Yardley, Pa., office, was appointed to the budget and bar property committee of the Bucks County Bar Association, which oversees the finances of the association and the maintenance and repairs to the bar association building.

Pastor is a member of Hill Wallack’s real estate and business and commercial practice groups.

He concentrates his practice in the areas of redevelopment law, commercial leasing, financial transactions, regulatory practice, liquor license transfers and real estate development.

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Melissa S. Blanton, vice chair of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis‘ corporate and finance practice group, was named the 2013 Business on Board Volunteer Leader of the Year by the Arts and Business Council of Greater Philadelphia.

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Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young partner Danielle Banks was appointed vice chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association‘s federal courts committee.

Events

The Duquesne University School of Law is set to host "An Afternoon With Justice Clarence Thomas" at 3:30 p.m. April 9 in the Union Ballroom.

Justice Clarence Thomas was appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1991. He is the second African-American to serve on the Supreme Court.

For more information about the event, visit www.duq.edu/law/justicethomas or call 412-396-2462.

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Archer & Greiner and the firm’s diversity committee hosted a seminar titled "The Business Case for Diversity" on March 5 at the firm’s Haddonfield, N.J., headquarters.

The panel and attendees discussed the importance of diversity and inclusiveness in the workplace and the impact on bottom line results in law firms.

Speakers

Brian Calistri, chair of the general liability group at Weber Gallagher Simpson Stapleton Fires & Newby, presented "Take This and Google That — The Ethics of Litigants, Judges, Witnesses and Lawyers Meeting in Cyberspace" at the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel in San Antonio.

The presentation addressed courtroom issues created by the rise of the Internet and social media.

Calistri devotes his practice to the litigation and trial of general and products liability cases and commercial matters.

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Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads partner Jeremy D. Mishkin presented a lecture titled "Legal Issues in E-Commerce" to students at the University of Pittsburgh’s Katz School of Business.

Mishkin’s lecture addressed many Internet law issues ranging from privacy to defamation to intellectual property.

Mishkin is the chairman of Montgomery McCracken’s litigation department and served as the firm’s managing partner for seven years.

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Leona Mogavero, of counsel in the bankruptcy department at Klehr Harrison Harvey Branzburg, was a speaker at the National Business Institute seminar titled "Real Property Foreclosure: A Step-by-Step Workshop."

Mogavero concentrates her practice in the area of creditors’ right and bankruptcy.

James W. Cushing, an attorney with the Law Office of Faye Riva Cohen, is leading the 13th annual America Judicial System seminar at Bucks County Technical High School today to give social-studies students an inside look at the judicial branch of government. •