The annual meeting of the Philadelphia Bar Association‘s real property section is set for noon November 8 at Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market St., Philadelphia.

The election of officers and new members of the executive committee are to take place at the event. The nominating committee has nominated the following persons for the offices indicated: Judy Berkman, vice chair; Steven Rothberg, treasurer; and Rachel Gallegos, secretary. The succession of the current vice chair, Richard Vanderslice, to the position of chair of the section is automatic in accordance with the section’s bylaws.

Returning executive committee members are Stefanie Seldin and Jill Jenkins. New executive committee members are David Denenberg, Terry Garfinkel and Gaetano Piccirilli (three-year terms each), and David Scolnic (two-year term to fill the remaining two years of Gallegos’ term). The young lawyers’ division liaison is Alyk Oflazian.

Additional nominations may be made in accordance with section bylaws by written notice from any member, which is seconded in writing by no fewer than 10 members of the section. Additional nominations must be received no less than 20 days prior to the annual meeting and should be sent to Brad J. Begelman, chair, real property section, c/o Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107, or

Rawle & Henderson attorneys John C. McMeekin II, John Ehmann and Aaron S. Mapes co-authored the article “Stigma Damages and Diminution of Property Claims in Environmental Class Actions,” published in the Environmental Claims Journal.

The article focuses on local and regional class actions based on actual or threatened environmental contamination. The article also undertakes an elemental analysis of federal class certification requirements and explores the recoverability of environmental stigma damages.

McMeekin is a partner and concentrates his practice in the defense of environmental, toxic tort and exposure cases. Ehmann is of counsel and is responsible for developing and implementing defenses in a wide variety of litigation, including environmental, construction and mass tort. Mapes is an associate.

Elected and Appointed

James C. Schwartzman, a shareholder with Stevens & Lee, was appointed vice chair of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania’s Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Account board.

IOLTA is an appointed board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania that provides funds for legal aid to the poor. Schwartzman is in his second term on the board, having originally been appointed to the board in 2008.


The judges of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania are set to hold a special session of the court in memory of the late Judge Louis H. Pollak at 3 p.m. September 28 in the Ceremonial Courtroom.

Members of the bench, bar and public are invited to attend.


Mary Beth Gray, a partner in the business and finance department of Kleinbard Bell & Brecker, is set to serve as a speaker at the Pennsylvania/Delaware and New Jersey/New York chapters of the ESOP Association‘s 17th annual multi-state ESOP conference Wednesday and Thursday September 19-20at the Hilton Scranton and Conference Center.

Gray will address the topic “ESOPs for Newbies.” In addition, Kleinbard is also the “Breaks” sponsor of this year’s conference.

Gray focuses her practice on business succession, including the sale of businesses to employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) and other transactions involving ESOPs. •