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Speakers

Dilworth Paxson’s Nelson A. Díaz is scheduled to discuss his new book, “Not From Here, Not From There/No Soy de Aquí ni de Allá: The Autobiography of Nelson Díaz” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Parkway Central Library on 1901 Vine Street.

Díaz served as a judge for the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas from 1981 through 1993. Díaz concentrates his practice in the areas of litigation, dispute resolution, public housing issues and government relations.

He has represented public entities, corporations, hospitals, banks and nonprofit organizations in both state and federal courts.

In addition to his legal practice, Díaz served as the city solicitor of Philadelphia and was appointed by former President Bill Clinton to be the general counsel for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, where he focused on reforming public and mixed-use housing programs.

Díaz also served as a White House fellow as special assistant to Vice President Walter Mondale.

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Capehart Scatchard’s Alan P. Fox is set to present “E-Commerce, Changes in Transportation and Global Warming,” a CLE seminar, at noon on Sept. 25 at the firm’s Mount Laurel, New Jersey, office.

The recent growth in e-commerce, the decline in retail shopping centers, the changes in traffic patterns, global warming and climate change, and the rise in Airbnb will collectively have a direct impact on municipal zoning and require updates to the municipal master plans in New Jersey.

Deliveries by Amazon.com Inc. and travel by Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. have already impacted traffic patterns not foreseen by municipal master plans.

The development and implementation of AI, including autonomous vehicles, will revolutionize transportation, and have a direct impact on future development.

The topics will be discussed in relation to future zoning and updating municipal land use plans.

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Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads partner David Dormont served as a panelist at the American Zionist Movement discussion forum on “Zionism and Israel as the Nation-State of the Jewish People” in New York.

Dormont and fellow panelists, including the consul general of Israel in New York Dani Dayan, provided introductory comments from perspectives across the AZM spectrum concerning the new Basic Law passed by the Israeli Knesset in July.

For more than 25 years, Dormont has focused on complex commercial litigation and bankruptcy-related litigation, representing a diverse range of clients from individuals and unions to Fortune 500 companies in complex commercial disputes.

He has handled more than 200 matters in federal and state courts and before arbitration panels in a variety of jurisdictions.

Additions

Commercial real estate attorney Robert D. Lane Jr. joined Greenberg Traurig, bringing his four decades of experience to the real estate group he will lead in its Philadelphia office.

Lane, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, handles all aspects of commercial real estate development, acquisitions and financing for an array of private and public entities—from Fortune 500 companies to area nonprofits.

Lane has been at Stevens & Lee for the past 10 years.

During Lane’s 40-year career, he has chaired the real estate groups at Pepper Hamilton and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius and has served as managing director for a China-based infrastructure investment venture.