The Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia is set to host a symposium on privatization September 12.

The symposium will feature panels and presentations that delve into the debate over privatizing government services, using health care, land management and education as examples.

Regular tickets are $80 and six CLE credits are available.

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Charissa J. Ray, vice president and trial consultant at Trial Technologies Inc., spoke on the panel "How a Litigation Notebook Can Help You Win" on July 31 at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute's CLE Conference Center.

Ray provided advice to trial lawyers on how to effectively utilize graphics and technology during litigation and in the courtroom.

Ray consults with and advises attorneys locally and nationally on courtroom demonstratives, trial technicians and trial presentations.

Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young partner Andrew K. Stutzman is scheduled to present a webinar CLE program on "Defending Contested Mortgage Foreclosure Litigation" on August 29.

The webinar will cover best practices for lenders and their counsel in defending contested mortgage foreclosures, focusing on issues such as lender documentation, Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems and other standing issues, borrower defenses and counterclaims.

Stutzman chairs Stradley Ronon's mortgage and lending litigation practice group.

Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel partner Michael E. Bertin co-presented at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute's "Evidentiary Challenges in Family Law — Traditional and Electronic Communications" program.

Bertin is chair of the family law section of the Philadelphia Bar Association and a frequent author and lecturer on family law topics.

Elected and Appointed

Pepper Hamilton partner Barbara T. Sicalides was selected as a member of the 2014 DirectWomen Board Institute, a program designed to identify and promote women lawyers to serve on corporate boards of public companies.

Head of the antitrust section of Pepper Hamilton's commercial litigation practice group, Sicalides serves on the advisory board for the firm's restructured Women's Initiative (WIN!), an affinity group that focuses on recruiting, retaining, promoting and supporting the firm's female attorneys.


Each year, The Legal publishes a listing of Pennsylvania's minority- and women-owned firms in PaLaw magazine. If you work at a minority- or women-owned firm, contact Ben Seal at or 215-557-2368 to receive a one-page survey and be included in the list. •