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Announcements Villanova University School of Law has received a pledge of $500,000 from the Connelly Foundationin support of the law school’s fundraising campaign for its new building, announced Mark A. Sargent, dean. The Connelly Foundation seeks to foster learning and improve the quality of life in the Philadelphia region, and has long been a generous supporter of Villanova University. The Campaign for Villanova Law, which began its public phase in April 2006 and is scheduled to end in 2008, has raised more than $19 million in gifts and pledges toward its goal of $20 million. The first phase of the building project, a 600-space parking garage, was completed in July. Groundbreaking for the new law school building was held in November. Construction is on track for summer 2009 completion. The new law school building has been designed to support evolving methods of teaching law that require additional and more flexible classrooms, spaces designed especially for simulation courses and other types of experiential learning, new offices for growing clinical programs, more effective co-curricular space and larger public areas. The new building will be about 70,000-square-feet larger than the current building. New Partners Lisa A. Lori , Anthony P. Tabassoand Matthew H. Werthmanhave been named partners at Klehr Harrison Harvey Branzburg & Ellers. Lori concentrates her practice in complex commercial litigation, with emphasis on copyright and trademark disputes. Tabasso’s main areas of practice are creditors’ rights and commercial litigation. Werthman’s practice covers a broad range of commercial real estate-related practice areas including portfolio acquisitions, sales, retail and office leasing and finance transactions. Elected and Appointed Shanon S. Levin has been elected a shareholder of Hangley Aronchick Segal & Pudlin. Levin is a member of the firm’s litigation department. Her practice includes complex commercial litigation, employment, intellectual property, legal malpractice and civil rights. She is a 2000 magna cum laude graduate of Temple University’s Beasley School of Law, where she was a member of the Temple Law Review, Moot Court Honor Society, and the National Trial Team. Levin served as a law clerk for the Judge Berle M. Schiller of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania from 2000-01. She is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.   Joel B. Rosenof Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoadshas been appointed by the New Jersey Supreme Court to serve a two-year term as a member of the Supreme Court committee on minority concerns. As mandated, the committee advises the court on how the judiciary may best assure fairness, impartiality, equal access and full participation for racial and ethnic minorities at all levels of the judiciary; advises the court on objectives and implementation timetables; and reviews and advises on major emerging policies and procedures. The mandate also includes program monitoring and research components. Rosen is of counsel to Montgomery McCracken and concentrates his practice in public and private mediation, white collar criminal defense, internal investigations and commercial litigation. Wolf Block Schorr & Solis-Cohenattorney Amanda Laytonhas been elected to the board of directors for the A Chance to Heal Foundation, a nonprofit organization specializing in eating disorder prevention. The mission of A Chance to Heal is to prevent eating-disorders through early diagnosis, education and advocacy. Layton, an associate in Wolf Block’s employee benefits and employment services practice groups, counsels corporate and government clients with regard to welfare and retirement benefits.   Charles S. Marion, a partner with Pepper Hamilton, is the chairman of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s federal courts committee for 2008. The committee serves as an informal liaison between the federal courts covering the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the members of the bar. The committee provides a forum for the interchange of ideas among the bench and bar, educates the bar with regard to practice and procedure and encourages civility in the courts. The committee also organizes the Federal Bench/Bar Conference, held in June of each year, and an annual continuing legal education seminar titled “My First Federal Trial,” which is designed for young lawyers. �

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