Duquesne University School of Law, in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Interbranch Commission for Gender, Racial and Ethnic Fairness, is hosting a reception, A Decade of Fairness, from 4 to 7 p.m. today in the Power Center Ballroom in Pittsburgh.

The event, which marks the 10th anniversary of the publication of the "Final Report of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Committee on Racial and Gender Bias in the Justice System," features keynote speaker Judge Marjorie O. Rendell of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

State Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille is delivering remarks in tribute to the late Chief Justice Ralph J. Cappy for establishing the commission.

Elected and Appointed

Duane Morris intellectual property attorney Christiane Schuman Campbell was elected to serve as the 2013–14 chair-elect of the Pennsylvania Bar Association‘s intellectual property section.

She will also continue her role as chair of the trademark subcommittee for the section.

Campbell practices in the area of intellectual property law and has extensive experience with trademark maintenance and enforcement, including enforcement over the Internet.


Brian P. O’Shaughnessy, a shareholder in RatnerPrestia‘s Washington, D.C., office, is the 2013 chair for the Licensing Executives Society (USA and Canada) annual meeting.

The event is scheduled for September 22-25 at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown.

The program will feature three plenary sessions, 13 industry specific mini-plenary sessions and 20 cross-industry interactive workshops.

O’Shaughnessy has been a member of the LES board of trustees since 2007.

Christopher J. Schellhorn, an assistant prosecutor at the Middlesex County, N.J., Prosecutor’s Office and a 2007 Widener University School of Law, Harrisburg campus, alumnus, delivered the 2013 E. John Wherry Jr. Distinguished Lecture in Trial Advocacy and Professionalism on May 18.

The lecture was the highlight of the Intensive Trial Advocacy Program at Widener designed to teach law students the skills they will need to try cases in a courtroom.

The program began May 17 and finished May 24 with an afternoon of student mock trials held in campus classrooms.


Volpe and Koenig announced the start of its seventh annual 2013 IPromise Charitable Giving Fund.

The firm invites nonprofits that support educational or veterans’ causes to apply by visiting for official guidelines.

Applications must be submitted by July 31.