Mark P. Thompson of Lamb McErlane is set to present a course along with James S. Tupitza of Tupitza & Associates on "Presenting Your Case to the Zoning Hearing Board: Variances, Special Exceptions and Appeals" from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday.

The course will give tips on handling an application, preparing exhibits and witnesses, dealing with surveys and plans, how to avoid procedural errors, the best means for dealing with municipal officials, potential opponents and adversaries, and issues to look for when taking an appeal to court.

Thompson is a partner at Lamb McErlane in West Chester, Pa.

He handles a wide variety of municipal, land use, property tax, administrative and environmental law matters and advises townships, boroughs, school districts and municipal authorities, as well as corporations and individuals.


Deena L. Betze of Borger Matez was interviewed on Family Affairs, a weekly radio show hosted by Roseann Vanella of Advanced Mediation Solutions, and heard on WTER Radio.

She discussed the law affecting both private and public adoptions in New Jersey.

Betze has been practicing family and matrimonial law, including divorce, custody, adoption (including agency, private placement, domestic and re-finalization of foreign adoptions and contested placements), domestic violence, premarital agreements, civil union agreements and other family-law-related matters for more than 20 years.

Elected and appointed

David J. Wolfsohn, a litigation partner at Woodcock Washburn, was named co-chair of the intellectual property litigation committee of the American Bar Association's section of litigation for the 2013-14 year.

The goal of the committee is to keep IP litigators up-to-date on the latest trends and case law relating to patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, the Internet and unfair competition.


Join The Legal, in partnership with Furia Rubel Marketing and Public Relations, on September 20 for our Litigation Summit at the Sofitel Hotel, 120 S. 17th St., Philadelphia.

The six-hour CLE program will cover the latest trends and issues in litigation that affect your law practice.

Seminar topics include new technology in the courtroom, cross-examining financial experts, and jury consulting.

Registration and breakfast are set from 7:45 to 8:30 a.m., with the program running from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

To register, contact Diane McCollum at 215-557-2335 or dmccollum@alm.com. •

PHOTO CAPTION: On July 10, PECO/Exelon hosted its annual "All Hands Day" in partnership with Blank Rome and the Nationalities Service Center. At the event, hosted at Blank Rome's Philadelphia office, more than 70 volunteers from the three organizations assisted 45 refugee and asylee clients from numerous locations with their adjustment of status forms that will be part of their applications for green cards. Pictured, from left, are Romulo L. Diaz Jr., vice president and general counsel of PECO; Darryl Bradford, senior vice president and GC of Exelon; Bruce Wilson of Exelon; Manuela Morais, of counsel with Blank Rome; Brian Paszamant, a partner with Blank Rome; Alfred Zaher, a partner with Blank Rome; and Jack Garfinkle of Exelon.