The American College of Trial Lawyers awarded a $50,000 grant to the Youth Justice Project of Community Legal Services of Philadelphia.

CLS’s Youth Justice Project seeks to transform the way legal services are provided to vulnerable youth ages 16-24 who face significant challenges, including high rates of unemployment and deep poverty, homelessness and involvement in the child welfare and juvenile/criminal justice systems.

Through outreach and legal clinics in communities around Philadelphia, YJP aims to increase access to justice for vulnerable young people who may otherwise be completely disconnected from support, services and legal assistance.

Through this grant, YJP will ensure success for youth by providing expungements that lead to employment and education opportunities; connecting youth with public benefits that keep them safe and healthy; and helping young parents provide the best care for their families.

Elected and Appointed

James W. Carroll Jr. was elected by firm shareholders to the executive committee of Rothman Gordon.

This will be Carroll’s first two-year term.

The executive committee also includes William E. Lestitian and Frank G. Salpietro.

Carroll has practiced exclusively in the area of employment law for over 35 years.

His practice generally focuses on representing individuals in a wide range of employment law matters.

His clients include executives, professionals, as well as salaried and hourly employees. Carroll is a partner at the firm and is a past president of the Allegheny County Bar Association.


U.S. Magistrate Chief Judge Susan E. Schwab of the Middle District of Pennsylvania is set to serve a two-year appointment as the jurist in residence at Widener Law Commonwealth.

During her tenure as jurist in residence, Schwab, who graduated from the law school in 1992, will teach the government law colloquium and present several public lectures, as well as mentor students and discuss current judicial issues with law school faculty and students.

Schwab was appointed to the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania in 2012, after 11 years of public service and career in private law practice.

Immediately prior to taking the bench, Schwab was deputy chief of staff for administration and deputy chief counsel for the Democratic caucus of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

She also served as counsel to U.S. Sen. Bob Casey when he was Pennsylvania state treasurer and auditor general.

Before that she was a partner at Harrisburg-based Rhoads & Sinon and also practiced with Semanoff Ormsby Greenberg & Torchia in Huntingdon Valley.


Timothy R. Lawn of Raynes Lawn Hehmeyer was installed as the 2018-19 president of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association.

Lawn was passed the gavel by outgoing president Larry Bendesky at the association’s annual meeting at the Sofitel Hotel before 170 Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association members.


Larsson & Scheuritzel’s David J. Larsson is set to present a CLE class from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Wednesday titled, “The Unwritten Rules of Commercial Real Estate Transactions.” The CLE is provided by Jenkins Law Library.

Larsson has practiced commercial real estate law since 1984, advising clients on real estate acquisitions, dispositions, development projects, leasing, financing and asset management projects across the United States.

Since 2007, Larsson has also gained experience in energy technology engineering, procurement and construction agreements.