September 15, 2016 |
Joan Mazzotti always has a story about a student who has faced tough circumstances but has persevered to get to and through college - with her organization's help. In Mazzotti's more than 16 years at the helm of Philadelphia Futures, the nonprofit organization has shepherded more than 500 students through cash-strapped public high schools in the city and on to college. Among them were two Haitian-born orphans whom she and her husband mentored. Now, Mazzotti herself is preparing to take a culminating step.
September 10, 2016 |
The prosecutor asked for a five-year term. The defendant, in a plea deal, agreed to that. Millions were stolen, a reputed member of the mob already had received a 30-year term, and the judge was known to be tough. So what happened in federal court in Camden on Thursday was unexpected. U.S. District Judge Robert Kugler turned to Cory Leshner; called him a "good person" with no criminal history; noted that the 33-year-old defendant with a law degree had a wife who was expecting their second child, a supportive family, and a job waiting for him; and sentenced him to a two-year term.
September 8, 2016 |
David G. Nation, 63, of Chestnut Hill, retired senior vice president of corporate affairs and general counsel of Bentley Systems Inc., an infrastructure software company in Exton, died of brain cancer Sunday, Aug. 28, at home. Mr. Nation joined Bentley in 1995, when the Chester County company was a firm of less than 100 employees that made software for engineers who design and construct roadways, water systems, and airports. Over the next 20 years, he negotiated dozens of acquisitions that transformed the firm into an international business with 3,200 employees in 55 countries.
September 2, 2016 |
Albert John Snite Jr., 68, of East Falls, a retired Philadelphia Common Pleas Court judge, died Wednesday, Aug. 31, of complications from lung cancer at his home. Judge Snite slipped away so peacefully that it wasn't immediately apparent that he had died, his wife, Julia Ann Conover, said. From January 1992 to January 2015, he presided over cases from the state court's First Judicial District bench in Philadelphia. He rotated through the Civil Division to the Criminal Division and to the Complex Litigation Center.
June 24, 2016 |
In what is likely to be a rigorous cross-disciplinary experience, the University of Pennsylvania will launch a program next year that would offer candidates a chance to earn degrees in law and medicine. It will take students six years to complete, while a medical degree takes four years and a law degree three. The program will be directed primarily at students pursuing medical careers, with the aim of helping future doctors gain skills that could prove valuable in parts of the field where the importance of legal knowledge is growing.
June 18, 2016 |
Andrea G. Tillis Solomon, 68, a lawyer and longtime Delaware County resident, died Tuesday, June 14, of complications from a heart attack in Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, Md. Mrs. Solomon was attending the Bench Bar Conference of the Delaware County Bar Association in Annapolis when she collapsed in her hotel room, said daughter Maria. Doctors could not revive her. A native of Vatili, Cyprus, Mrs. Solomon came to the United States at the age of 3e with her widowed mother, Mary Tillis.
June 13, 2016
Valerie Pracilio and Justin Csik April 23, 2016 in Philadelphia Hello there The Sunday before Memorial Day 2012, Justin slid into a pew at St. Thomas' in Brigantine and was stunned to see an old classmate from Bishop Eustace Prep. "Hi, Valerie!" he said quietly. "Oh, my gosh. Hi!" said Valerie. She grew up in Mount Laurel, he in Medford Township. Friendly acquaintances, they had friends in common, but had seen each other in passing only a few times in a decade. Yet after Mass, they lingered in the parking lot - a Class of 2001 reunion for two. Valerie had since earned a health-care administration degree from the University of Scranton, then a master's in public health from Thomas Jefferson University.
June 3, 2016 |
WHEN HE received his 2017 real estate bill, Steve Silver reached for the duct tape, to keep his head from exploding. Although the tax on his new house in the Italian Market area didn't change, thanks to an abatement, the value of the land it sits on skyrocketed 1,245 percent. He complains that he's a victim of bait and switch, a shell game run by his adopted city. A Pittsburgh native, Silver, 29, came to Philly to attend Temple Law, from which he emerged with a law degree.
May 27, 2016 |
Carl M. Buchholz, 51, of Flourtown, a Philadelphia lawyer and civic leader who was tapped by President George W. Bush to help create the White House Office of Homeland Security after 9/11, died of cancer Monday, May 23, at his home. "He was an unmatched leader as well as one of the most dedicated, forthright, and effective colleagues I've had the privilege to work with," said Drexel University president John A. Fry, who knew Mr. Buchholz as a friend and Drexel board member. "He fought hard and bravely over the past year against the disease that took his life.