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Gov. Edward G. Rendell will be the guest speaker at the upcoming Temple Law Alumni Association’s annual luncheon today at noon at The Bellevue. Officers and members of the Temple alumni executive committee will be sworn in. Former state Sen. Robert A. Rovner of the Temple board will introduce Rendell. The cost is $55 per person and $500 per sponsored table of 10. For more information, call 215-953-2726.

Roberta Jacobs-Meadway, a partner in the intellectual property group at Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, co-chaired the fifth annual Course of Study: Litigating Trademark and Unfair Competition Cases with Les Hewitt of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld in Chicago on April 22 and 23. Jacobs-Meadway’s presentation focused on identifying, presenting and attacking evidence of confusion in trademark cases. She concentrates her practice in the area of trademarks, trade dress and unfair competition issues.

Blank Rome has announced that Edward J. (Ted) Hoffman, partner in the maritime, international trade and procurement group, was a moderator at the 2004 Women’s Business Development Center’s conference titled Navigating the Corporate and Government Marketplace on Wednesday, April 14, in Philadelphia. Hoffman’s panel dealt with “Doing Business With the Government” and consisted of senior procurement officials from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, including Donald T. Cunningham Jr., Pennsylvania’s secretary of general services. Hoffman concentrates his practice on public contract and grant law.


At an employee recognition ceremony on April 15, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency honored several attorneys at the EPA’s Office of Regional Counsel in Philadelphia. The following EPA lawyers received bronze medals for meritorious service on the specified projects: Lydia Isales (pilot asthma outreach program), Christopher Day (project to reduce PCB pollution of Delaware Estuary), Cynthia Nadolski (Palmerton Superfund site), Philip Yeany and paralegal Maria Goodine (Washington Aqueduct Clean Water Act permit), Stefania Shamet (Washington Aqueduct permit, Clean Water Act jurisdictional issues), Louis Ramalho and Mary Coe (Carroll Independent Fuels settlement), John Monsees and Andrew Duchovnay (Metal Bank Bankruptcy settlement).

Elected and Appointed

Jay A. Dubow, a partner in Wolf Block Schorr & Solis-Cohen’s business litigation practice group and chairman of the firm’s securities litigation group, has been elected a fellow of the American Bar Foundation. The foundation’s fellows are attorneys, judges and law professors whose careers have demonstrated dedication to the welfare of their communities and to the highest principles of the legal profession. Dubow’s practice concentrates in complex business litigation with a special emphasis on securities class action.


On Tuesday, May 4, The People’s Emergency Center, The Brandeis Law Society and The United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania will sponsor the first Stu Agins Day of Service at the PEC’s welfare-to-work multi service facility, Families First, at 3939 Warren St., Philadelphia. The event will last from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and volunteer activity will take place from 9:45 to 11:30 a.m. Agins, a founding partner at Agins Haaz & Seidel, died at age 49 after fighting cancer.

Approximately 75 citizens from more than 25 countries will become naturalized at a special Law Week naturalization ceremony in the National Constitution Center today at 10:30 a.m. Judge Norma L. Shapiro of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania will preside. Andrew A. Chirls, chancellor-elect of the Philadelphia Bar Association, will offer remarks. Melvin Roby, district adjudications officer, will present motions, and Aida Ayala, deputy clerk, will administer the oath. A response to the court on behalf of the new citizens will be announced. The Pennsylvania Society of Sons of the Revolution is sponsoring the ceremony.

Also at this event, Jamila Ballard of Carver High School will receive the Edward F. Chacker Scholarship Award and will read her award-winning essay on Brown v. Board of Education. The award of $1,000 is given by the bar association’s Young Lawyers Division and will be given by Edward F. Chacker, president of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation, and Paul Kaufman of the YLD.

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