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Business lawyers in Philadelphia for the American Bar Association’s annual section of business law convention will have a chance to attend more than the usual seminars this year. The business law section of the Philadelphia Bar Association is set to host two special events in conjunction with its ABA counterpart, in town for its 26th annual spring meeting. The Philadelphia Bar Association’s section of business law will present an informational program on the city’s innovative program to handle business litigation, and will also hold a cocktail reception where it will present awards for excellence in business law. The first event is titled Business Courts: The Advantages of Specialized Adjudication and Dispute Resolution in Commercial Litigation. The event will showcase Philadelphia’s Commerce Case Management Program, launched January 2000 in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, as a means to more efficiently handle commercial and business-related disputes. Ann C. Mule, chair of the business law section of the Philadelphia bar, said this business tract of the court has “been having incredible success since its implementation last year.” Aimed at resolving disputes and/or actions related to transactions, contracts, securities and a myriad of other areas of business law, the program placed Pennsylvania amongst just nine other states with similar specialized business litigation procedures in place. The presentation is expected to run two hours and will highlight the procedures, scope and successes of the court in the last year. Also on the agenda amidst the ABA convention events is a cocktail reception honoring three women for their contributions and successes in the field of business law. Mule is one of these three, and is being honored not only for her dedication to the Philadelphia Bar, but also for her accomplishments at Sunoco Inc. A graduate of St. Joseph’s University, Mule received her law degree from Villanova Law School and joined Sunoco’s offices 20 years ago. “I just progressed through the department over the years to where I am now,” Mule said. “I’ve held various positions in the Philly Bar Association for 10 years now, too .� It takes time to be involved and work your way up.” After years of work handling Sunoco’s legal issues, managing corporate securities and intellectual property legal work, Mule was named to her current position as assistant general counsel and corporate secretary. Her efforts were further rewarded when Sunoco Inc. was awarded the Wharton Spencer Stuart Excellence Award in 1999, presented annually to one publicly traded corporation for outstanding corporate governance. Another honoree, described by Mule as “just incredible,” is Temple University’s Beasley School of Law professor Amelia H. Boss, also chair of the ABA section of business law. Boss, a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and Rutgers Camden Law School, is the first woman in 10 years — only the second woman ever — to serve as chair of the predominantly male section, and is the first law professor ever to be appointed to the position. She teaches in commercial law, bankruptcy and electronic commerce areas at Temple and has been named one of the 50 most influential women attorneys in the United States by The National Law Journal in 1998 and a Woman of Influence by The Legal Intelligencer in February. The third honoree, Elizabeth Stong, serves as chair of the committee on business and corporate litigation of ABA’s section of business law and is a partner at Willkie Farr & Gallagher in their New York office. Stong, who received both her B.A. and J.D. at Harvard University, is the sole litigate alongside Mule, an in-house counsel, and Boss, an academic. The reception, to be held at the offices of Fineman & Bach in Philadelphia, will reflect what Mule calls the “diversity of perspective” brought to the field of business law by these three women.

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