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New Associates Justin Serianni , a 2006 graduate of Widener University School of Law, has recently joined Weir & Partnersas an associate. Serianni’s practice focuses on civil litigation.   Julia HoJung Leehas joined White & Williamsas an associate in the firm’s Philadelphia office. Lee practices in the litigation department and is a member of the plaintiffs personal injury practice group. She represents plaintiffs in a wide variety of personal injury matters.   Christopher D. Ball,of Philadelphia, has joined the environmental law firm Manko Gold Katcher & Foxas an associate. He will focus his practice on environmental litigation and regulatory compliance counseling. Prior to joining the firm, Ball served as deputy attorney general for the state of New Jersey, where he litigated federal Clean Air Act and state solid-waste matters. Additionally, he served as a state liaison officer for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 3, coordinating the efforts of the agency’s various program offices with their state counterparts. Ball currently serves on the advisory board for the Echo Hill Outdoor School, an environmental education school on Maryland’s Eastern Shore where he previously taught. Announcements Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor A. Michael Pratt appeared on radio talk show Senator Bob Rovner Talks To The Starson WNWR 1540 AM on Jan. 18. The interview can be heard on Dial-Law.com until Jan. 25. Pratt will appear again on the show on Jan. 26. Ratner Prestiawas one of 15 firms to host a regional dinner on Jan. 16 for women intellectual property lawyers on behalf of the American Intellectual Property Law Association. Simultaneous dinners were held in major cities across the United States, all of which were connected via teleconference for a welcome by the president of the AIPLA, Jim Pooley, and the co-chairwomen of the women in IP law committee, Daphne Lainson and Carey Jordan. More than 50 women attended the Philadelphia regional event at Ratner Prestia, and a total of almost 650 women attended the dinners across the country.   Speaker Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young attorney Frances Gauthierpresented “Integrated Systems for Assisting Clients to Manage Conflict: The Law Firm” at the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution’sannual meeting in New York. As one of four panelists in the session, Gauthier focused on the challenges and satisfactions of assisting clients to manage conflicts through alternative dispute resolutions. Gauthier is of counsel in the firm’s Wilmington, Del., office and is chairwoman of the firm’s diversity group.   Elected and Appointed Cozen O’Connor member Hayes A. Hunthas been appointed adjunct professor of law at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law. He will be teaching in Temple’s Integrated Trial Advocacy Program (ITAP), a program that incorporates three courses to prepare students to represent their clients in the courtroom. A member in the Philadelphia office, Hunt practices in the firm’s white collar and complex criminal defense practice and focuses on the representation of individuals and corporations charged with violations of various federal and state criminal law.   Correction On page 1 of the Jan. 18 Legal Intelligencer,an article headlined “Judge Orders Two Lawyers to Pay Attorney Fees” incorrectly identified attorney John R. Canavan, of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney’s Pittsburgh office, as being involved with the removal of the lawsuit at issue to federal court. In fact, court records show that Canavan entered his appearance in the case after all of the documents relating to the removal and remand of the case had been filed. The court’s order awarding fees was entered against Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney and not any individual attorney. �

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