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Rebecca Rodrigues Appointed to the Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania Board of Directors

Rebecca Rodrigues Appointed to the Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania Board of Directors

On November 13, Rebecca Rodrigues was appointed to the Board of the Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania (HBAPA) and will also be serving as the Vice President of Communications. Rebecca was also appointed to the Board of the HBAPA Legal Education Fund and will be serving as the Secretary. The HBAPA is a professional organization composed of members of the Bar and law students of Hispanic ancestry as well as other interested persons. The HBAPA was founded to provide a forum for Hispanic and other lawyers who are interested in effecting change in our communities. The HBAPA Legal Education Fund is a non-profit organization that raises money to award financial assistance to Hispanic law students at Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware law schools.

Stradley Ronon Hosts Inclusion Forum For Its Associates and Counsel 

On November 13, 2019, the firm's Diversity Committee hosted an inclusion forum for all associates and counsel

On November 13, 2019, the firm's Diversity Committee hosted an inclusion forum for all associates and counsel. At this forum, nearly forty attorneys addressed questions regarding diversity and inclusion issues and formulated recommendations for best practices. Those issues included what actions the firm could take to make Stradley a truly inclusive environment, how to best encourage all firm attorneys to participate in diversity and inclusion discussions and initiatives, and what actions can be taken to best support attorneys who have a need for leave and who return from leave. The results of this forum - and recommendations for best practices - will be presented to firm management in January 2020.

Chairman William R. Sasso and Partner Deborah Hong Recognized by Philadelphia Business Journal’s Best of the Bar Awards

Chairman William R. Sasso and Partner Deborah Hong Recognized by Philadelphia Business Journal’s Best of the Bar Awards 

Stradley Ronon Chairman William R. Sasso and Partner Deborah Hong have been recognized by the Philadelphia Business Journal as recipients of the Best of the Bar Awards. William R. Sasso has been inducted into “Best of the Bar: Hall of Fame” to honor his outstanding 47-year legal career and commitment to making those around him embrace the things that matter most. Deborah Hong was selected as a “Best of the Bar: Philadelphia’s Top Lawyers” recipient in the corporate category for her recent achievements and the impact of her work.

Danielle Banks Named to Lawyers of Color Inaugural Nation's Best List

Danielle Banks

Stradley Ronon Partner Danielle Banks has been named to the Lawyers of Color’s inaugural Nation’s Best list, which recognizes leading attorneys with a commitment to diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. Lawyers of Color is a nonprofit devoted to promoting diversity in the legal profession and advancing democracy and equality in marginalized communities.

Craig Blackman Co-Chairs and Moderates at National Flood Conference

Craig Blackman Moderates at National Flood Conference

Stradley Ronon Partner Craig R. Blackman served as an organizing co-chair and moderator for the National Flood Conference from June 2-5 in Washington, DC. Blackman’s panel, entitled, “NFIP Legal Issues” discussed recent trends in National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) litigation, including the status of the litigation from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and the 2016 Louisiana flooding.  

Craig Blackman Moderates Business Insurance America’s Emerging Risks and Innovation Summit

Craig Blackman at Emerging Risks & Innovation Summit 2019

Stradley Ronon Partner Craig R. Blackman served as a moderator for Business Insurance America’s Emerging Risks and Innovation Summit on May 14 in New York. The panel, “Tip of the Iceberg: Proactive Risk Mitigation in the Age of Climate Change,” showcased recent innovations in risk management and underwriting to best protect against the drastic implications of climate change. The panel comprised of Mathew Mampara, Associate Vice President, Dewberry; Robert Petrilli, President, Underwriting Division AmWINS Group, Inc.; and Peter Sousounis, VP and Director of Climate Change Research, AIR Worldwide.

Stradley Ronon Hosts Tribe 12 Annual Fellowship Launch Night

Tribe 12 Launch Day

Stradley Ronon recently hosted more than 200 attendees at the 9th Annual Fellowship Launch Night on behalf of Tribe 12 on May 14 in Philadelphia. The Fellows pitched their ventures on stage, and networked with seasoned and up-and-coming entrepreneurs. The Tribe 12 Fellowship is a leadership experience for individuals that are dedicated to personal growth, enriching our communities, and making Judaism their own. Stradley Ronon Partner Craig R. Blackman is a member of the firm’s Diversity Committee, and is a founding member and vice president of Tribe 12.

Stradley Ronon Hosts Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Luncheon

LCLD Luncheon

On May 9, 2019, Stradley hosted more than twenty attorneys for the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity luncheon in our Philadelphia office. The agenda focused on personal and organizational goals in hierarchical and team-driven work environments. Attendees included attorneys from PPL, Exelon, Comcast, PNC Bank, TD Bank, Prudential, Cigna, Eli Lilly and Morgan Lewis, and LCLD’s President, Robert Grey.

Kristen Gibbons Feden and Elizabeth Kuschel Named to the 2019 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Classes of Fellows and Pathfinders

Stradley Ronon Associates Kristen Gibbons Feden and Elizabeth Kuschel have been selected to participate in the 2019 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity program as representatives of Stradley Ronon. Ms. Feden was named to the LCLD Fellows, a landmark program created by LCLD to identify, train, and advance the next generation of leaders in the legal profession. Ms. Kuschel was named to the LCLD Pathfinders, a program designed by LCLD to train high-performing, early-career attorneys in critical career development strategies including leadership and the building of professional networks. Since 2013, Stradley Ronon has been an active member of LCLD, a growing organization of more than 300 corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners who are personally committed to creating a truly diverse legal profession.

Stradley Ronon and Kristen Gibbons Feden Host Judicial Candidate, Virgil B. Walker

On January 30, 2019, Stradley Ronon Associate Kristen Gibbons Feden had the pleasure of hosting Virgil B. Walker, Candidate for Judge in Montgomery Country Court of Common Pleas in Stradley Ronon's Philadelphia office. Over the course of the night, supporters heard from Ms. Feden, who spoke about Mr. Walker's achievements and qualifications to serve as judge for Montgomery County. 

Shawn Hendricks Appointed to Justice Rising Advocates Committee

Shawn Hendricks on JRA Committee

On October 16, Shawn Hendricks was appointed to the executive committee of Justice Rising Advocates. JRA – the young professionals’ development organization of Community Legal Services, Inc. – uses substantive, service, and networking opportunities to engage young Philadelphians by broadening their understanding of CLS’s work and why advocacy is crucial to the fight for access to justice for all. 

Stradley Hosts Inclusion Social For All Attorneys

Stradley Inclusion Social October 2018

On October 25, 2018, the Stradley Women Attorneys and Stradley Diversity Committee hosted an inclusion social in the café of the Philadelphia Office. The social was one in a series of events designed to encourage the entire firm - attorneys, support staff, and management - to continue in their support of the firm's diversity and inclusion efforts. The next event in the series is the inclusion lunch hosted by associates Elizabeth Kuschel and Chelsea Biemiller. The topic will be their recently published article, "Improving the Discourse Between Women Associates and Their Firms."

Rebecca Cabrera Awarded Scholarship from the Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania

Hispanic Bar Association

On October 17, 2018, the Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania awarded Rebecca Cabrera with one of its annual Legal Education Fund scholarships. Ms. Cabrera, a third-year law student at the Charles Widger School of Law at Villanova University, will be joining Stradley Ronon in the fall of 2018 as an associate in the Investment Management department. The Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania Legal Education Fund hopes these scholarships will not only promote the success of Latino law students, but also attract more Latino lawyers to practice in Pennsylvania.

Kristen Gibbons Feden Nationally Recognized for Her Role in the Bill Cosby Trial 

Kristen Gibbons-Feden

Kristen Gibbons Feden was interviewed and profiled by several media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, The Philadelphia Inquirer, CBS and MSNBC discussing her role in the successful prosecution of Bill Cosby and his recent sentencing. These stories cover Ms. Feden's experience as a prosecutor for the Montgomery County District Attorney’s office and how she secured a verdict against Bill Cosby.

Elizabeth Kuschel and Chelsea Biemiller Co-Author Article on Improving the Discourse Between Women Associates and Their Firms

Chelsea Biemiller and Elizabeth Kuschel

Elizabeth Kuschel and Chelsea Biemiller co-authored an article in The Legal Intelligencer regarding the discourse between women associates and their firms. In this article, they discuss the need for more women associates to make equity partner and the ways women can better achieve this goal. To read the article, click here.

Kristen Gibbons Feden Delivers Keynote Address at Victim Rights Law Center Gala 

Kristen Gibbons Feden served as the keynote speaker at the Victim Rights Law Center’s 2018 Shining Star Gala. Ms. Feden, the special prosecutor in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault re-trial and recent conviction, also received the leadership award. All proceeds go toward advancing the mission of VRLC:  to provide free, comprehensive legal services for survivors of sexual violence to help them rebuild their lives, and promote a national movement committed to seeking justice for each and every rape and sexual assault victim.

Gretchen Santamour Speaks at Annual Celebration for the Education Law Center

On September 28, 2018, Gretchen Santamour spoke at the Education Law Center’s Annual Celebration. The celebration raised funds to support ELC’s mission to ensure access to a quality public education for all children in Pennsylvania. Ms. Santamour currently serves as president of the ELC board and is committed to executing the organization’s mission for quality public education.