Barbin & O’Connell and Howland Hess Guinan Torpey & Cassidy merged their firms, renamed Howland Hess Guinan Torpey Cassidy & O’Connell, and maintain offices in Huntingdon Valley, Pa.

The Duquesne University School of Law and the Supreme Court of Justice of the Republic of Costa Rica entered into an academic agreement that includes faculty and judge exchanges between the two organizations.

Duquesne University President Charles J. Dougherty signed the five-year agreement on April 4 with Luis Paulino Mora Mora , president of the Supreme Court of Justice of Costa Rica.

The agreement is designed to enhance legal and judicial education.


Francis X. Taney Jr. joined Stevens & Lee in the firm’s litigation practice in its Philadelphia office.

Alaina Gregorio joined LaVan Law as an associate in the firm’s Moorestown, N.J., office.

Harriet F. Ruffin joined Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti as a paralegal in the firm’s Philadelphia office.


Joseph M. Manko, founding partner of Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox, along with firm partners Brenda H. Gotanda and Suzanne Ilene Schiller, are presenting “Sustainability Legal Issues and Risk Management Strategies for Existing Buildings” as part of the Building Owners and Managers Association of Philadelphia.

The course is scheduled from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. May 1 at Two Liberty Place, Philadelphia.

The Tort Talk Expo 2012 CLE Seminar, hosted by Daniel E. Cummins of Foley, Cognetti, Comerford, Cimini & Cummins , is set to take place May 3 at the Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs casino in Wilkes-Barre.

The Pennsylvania CLE board approved the seminar for 1 ethics and 2 substantive credits.

In addition to Cummins presenting an auto law update, other presenters include Paul Oven of Dougherty, Leventhal & Price on a civil litigation update and Dr. Michael Brooks presenting on diagnostic studies in personal injury matters.

The judicial panel for the “View from the Bench” portion includes Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin , Pennsylvania Superior Court President Judge Correale F. Stevens and Judge Thomas I. Vanaskie of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and will be presided over by former Luzerne County Judge Joseph Van Jura .

Luzerne County Common Pleas President Judge Thomas F. Burke Jr . will provide a “State of the Luzerne County Bench” presentation.

The cost to attend for claims professionals is $25 and the cost for attorneys to attend is $165. Contact Daniel E. Cummins at or 570-346-0745 for more information and to register.

William H. Tobolsky, president and founder of Tobolsky Law, participated in the South Jersey chapter of the Construction Finance Management Association’s educational program.

Meg Charendoff, principal of CREATE, a legal services marketing firm, is presenting “The Top 10 Dos and Don’ts of Marketing Communications” at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The free, one-hour teleseminar is hosted by Larry Kohn of Kohn Communications . The RSVP deadline for the seminar is today.

R. Bruce Morrison, a shareholder at Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin, was asked by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute to participate in its 16th annual Insurance Institute on May 9 in Philadelphia.

A simulcast is also planned for that day.


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