Elected and Appointed

Justin H. Brown, an attorney at Flaster Greenberg, was appointed chair of the education committee of the probate and trust law section of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

The education committee is responsible for planning three, two-hour CLE programs each year.

Brown is a member of the firm’s business and corporate, taxation, and trusts and estates practice groups, focusing his practice on estate and tax planning, estate and trust administration and estate litigation.

Reed Smith appellate practice partner James C. Martin assumed the presidency of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers on Jan. 1.

Martin serves Reed Smith clients across the United States from the firm’s Pittsburgh, Los Angeles and New York offices.

Martin has specialized in appellate law for more than 30 years.

Events

Zarwin Baum DeVito Kaplan Schaer Toddy announced the “adoption” of the S. Weir Mitchell School, located in Southwest Philadelphia.

The firm is scheduled to kick off the adoption at 10 a.m. Feb. 6 by constructing an anti-bullying mural to empower the school community to take a stand against the rise of bullying among young people.

The painting of the mural will be led by artist Perry Milou and will take place at the school, located at 5600 Kingsessing Ave.

The firm is also providing the school with 20 computers, 10 printers, three tables, three bookcases, two televisions, an iPad and a host of school supplies.

Additions

Wapner, Newman, Wigrizer, Brecher & Miller hired Jennifer Gomez as an associate attorney.

Gomezis a recent graduate of Penn State University’s Dickinson School of Law.

Gregory M. Tears joined Cozen O’Connor as a member in its public and project finance practice group.

Tears has experience as bond counsel, borrower’s counsel and underwriter’s counsel and has worked on a variety of public finance transactions.

Elyse G. Crawford joined Parker McCay as an associate in the construction department in the firm’s Mount Laurel, N.J., office.

Crawford previously served as a project manager and as general counsel for her family’s East Coast-based general contracting firm.

Announcements

The Legal will honor the Pennsylvania Litigation Departments of the Year in 2014 and is seeking submissions from firms throughout the state. Awards will be given for general litigation, as well as six specialty practice areas. To read more, visit http://at.law.com/Lit2014 or email bseal@alm.com. The submission deadline is March 31.