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August 19, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck, STAFF WRITER
Molly Brownstein, a Pennsylvania State University senior, and her family describe her roommate Rachel Lader as a classic mean girl - a "monster" and an "expert bully, with a Ph.D. in intimidation. " Lader denies this and paints Brownstein as a coddled whiner, quick to turn to her parents to solve problems she created with her own standoffish behavior. Such squabbling might normally be dismissed as typical drama between young women navigating life on their own for the first time.
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September 25, 2003 | By George Anastasia INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It's a lot of mozzarella. More than 600 tons, in fact, worth more than $1.5 million wholesale, say its producers. It was delivered from California in a series of shipments in May and June to a local distributor based in Marlton. But that is about all that Valley Gold, the manufacturer, and Joseph Profaci, the recipient, agree on. Lawyers for both sides spent more than two hours in U.S. District Court in Camden yesterday churning the issues in a breach-of-contract/fraud case based on a civil complaint filed last month by Valley Gold.
NEWS
June 5, 2016 | By Samantha Melamed, Staff Writer
Philadelphia is home to more people sentenced as juveniles to life without parole than anyplace else in the world - about 300 inmates, all due a second chance under a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that found automatic life sentences for juveniles to be unconstitutional. On Friday, the first two inmates to be resentenced in Philadelphia struck agreements that will make them immediately eligible for parole. The sentences, of 35 years to life, offer the first glimpses of how Judge Lillian Ransom, who is overseeing the process, and District Attorney Seth Williams intend to handle these cases - and will soon be among the first tests of whether the state parole board will release people convicted of first- or second-degree murder, a question it has not faced in recent memory.
NEWS
July 21, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
Jerry Balter, 94, of Philadelphia, a public interest lawyer who represented poor and minority communities seeking redress from environmental pollution, died of heart failure Saturday, July 16, at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Mr. Balter became a lawyer at age 55, relatively late in life, after a career as an industrial engineer in Rochester, N.Y., designing supermarkets. While there, he also became interested in community activism. From that experience, he said, he learned that lawyers skilled at arguing cases in court were often clueless when it came to talking with citizen activists.
NEWS
October 20, 1991 | By Daniel Rubin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Leonard J. Schwartz, 92, an attorney for 70 years with the law firm of Fox, Rothschild, O'Brien & Frankel, died Friday at his Rittenhouse Square home. Mr. Schwartz was born in Russia and immigrated to the United States at age 7. He went on to help develop the state's worker-compensation law. He attended South Philadelphia High School and was elected president of the Class of 1919. He enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania with the intention of becoming an engineer. While in school, his interests shifted toward law and he transferred to Temple University, where he earned his law degree.
NEWS
February 4, 2016 | By Patricia Madej, Staff Writer
Joseph A. Coffey Jr., 73, who balanced life as a lawyer, family man, and avid traveler, died of cancer Friday, Jan. 22, at his home in Tequesta, Fla., where he had lived since 2000. Mr. Coffey grew up in Southwest Philadelphia. He attended Most Blessed Sacrament School in Kingsessing and West Philadelphia Catholic High School for Boys as well as La Salle University, where he studied marketing, graduating in 1964. After graduating, he served in Army for a year before eventually enrolling in Temple University's law school, from which he graduated in 1969.
NEWS
May 21, 1986 | By JIM NICHOLSON, Daily News Staff Writer
Herman J. Obert, an attorney for nearly 50 years, died Monday. He was 75 and lived in Bryn Mawr. A Philadelphia lawyer who specialized in probate, charitable trusts and construction, he was a member of the firm of Monteverde, Hemphill, Maschmeyer & Obert. He previously had been a member in the firm of Gibbons, Eustace & Obert. He was active in the Catholic Charities organization and represented a number of orders and societies. The son of a Roxborough brewer, Obert was educated at Georgetown Preparatory School and was a graduate of Georgetown University and Temple University Law School.
NEWS
August 15, 2016 | By Walter F. Naedele, Staff Writer
Since retiring as a Haddonfield lawyer in 2007, William V. Eisenberg was a voluntary counsel for the Camden Center for Law and Social Justice. "In our family-law department, he worked with clients on child support, child custody," said Jeffrey S. DeCristofaro, the attorney who is the firm's executive director. The nonprofit firm deals mostly with immigration and domestic-violence problems. DeCristofaro came to know Mr. Eisenberg as a soccer coach for a Haddonfield recreation league, when the future lawyer was 8 or 9 years old, and then as a teenage file clerk in an Eisenberg law firm.
NEWS
December 25, 1986 | By Robert J. Terry, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia lawyer yesterday was charged with assaulting a narcotics police officer after he threw punches at him in a City Hall courtroom and had to be subdued by other officers, police said. The lawyer, Darryl Irwin, 39, was representing a man charged with drug violations and was awaiting a court hearing shortly before noon when the incident occurred. Police said the officer, Jorge Cruz, was standing in a hallway outside the second-floor courtroom, reviewing his file on Irwin's client when the lawyer told him, "There's no need to read that stuff.
NEWS
May 17, 2001 | By Dominic Sama INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Paul Maloney, 93, of Bryn Mawr, a retired Center City fiduciary lawyer and former president of the Citizens Crime Commission of Philadelphia, died at his home Monday of complications from diabetes. Mr. Maloney practiced for more than 40 years, specializing in administering estates and trusts. He started in 1936 with the Center City law firm of Evans, Bayard & Frick and remained there until the start of World War II, when he entered the Navy. He was assigned to the Navy's Office of the General Counsel in Washington.
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August 22, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
Richard H. Markowitz, 90, of Meadowbrook, a Philadelphia labor lawyer, died Sunday, Aug. 14, of renal failure at his home. Mr. Markowitz came from a family that immigrated to the United States from Austria-Hungary in the early 1880s. His father, Samuel H. Markowitz, who was born in Pottstown in 1892, became a Reform rabbi. Richard Markowitz grew up in Fort Wayne, Ind., and Elmira, N.Y. He graduated from the Elmira Free Academy in 1942. Although his college studies were interrupted by service in the Navy, he graduated from Yale University with a bachelor's degree in economics.
NEWS
August 21, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Staff Writer
Molly Brownstein, a Pennsylvania State University senior, and her family describe her roommate Rachel Lader as a classic mean girl - a "monster" and an "expert bully, with a Ph.D. in intimidation. " Lader denies this and paints Brownstein as a coddled whiner, quick to turn to her parents to solve problems she created with her own standoffish behavior. Such squabbling might normally be dismissed as a typical drama between young women navigating life on their own for the first time.
NEWS
August 20, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, STAFF WRITER
Members of Local 8 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) approved penalties levied against two former officers, Anthony Tortorice Sr., vice president of Local 8, and his son, Jonathan Tortorice, the secretary-treasurer, the union's lawyer said. The union met on Thursday. The two were dismissed in June after the Pennsylvania Convention Center and the union itself began an investigation into an alleged overbilling scheme by the some of the union's top officers.
NEWS
August 19, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
A CHESTER COUNTY lawyer was sentenced to five to 10 years in state prison Wednesday for letting his 92-year-old father die by depriving him of medical care. Edward J. O'Brien III, 61, of West Whiteland Township, was found guilty in June of every charge against him - third-degree murder, aggravated assault, involuntary manslaughter, and reckless endangerment - in the 2013 death of his father, Edward J. Jr. "I would be depreciating the seriousness of the crime in this particular case" with any lesser sentence, Judge Ann Marie Wheatcraft said at the Justice Center in West Chester.
NEWS
August 18, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
William McLellan Barnes, 88, of Philadelphia, a lawyer and engineer, died Thursday, Aug. 11, of acute kidney failure at Visiting Nurse Association Hospice in East Falls. The son of Philadelphia architect Amos W. Barnes, he was born in 1928 at Good Samaritan Hospital, now Temple University Hospital, which his father had designed. Mr. Barnes grew up in Roxborough, and was president of his class at Roxborough High School and a member of the National Honor Society. He also had a letter in varsity football.
NEWS
August 17, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal, Craig R. McCoy and Angela Couloumbis, STAFF WRITERS
Prosecutors told jurors Monday that damning testimony against Attorney General Kathleen Kane by her coconspirators was backed up by phone records, emails, texts and a FBI wiretap, while a lawyer for Kane attacked her accusers as liars "who will say whatever they need to protect themselves. " The jury of six men and six women began deliberating Kane's fate Monday afternoon on two felony charges of perjury and 10 misdemeanors that essentially charge her with abusing the powers of her office to plant a newspaper story to embarrass a critic.
BUSINESS
August 17, 2016 | By Chris Mondics, Staff Writer
Keith Zakarin has a tough argument to make, but that is, after all, what lawyers are paid to do. Zakarin is a partner at Center City's Duane Morris, where he chairs a practice group that represents more than a hundred career schools and colleges and industry groups. The firm is one of a handful nationwide that have made the sector a thriving, profitable practice. Its clients are largely vocational and occupational training programs; they teach a variety of trades and skills from cosmetology to nursing to criminal justice, among many others, with degree programs of up to four years.
NEWS
August 15, 2016 | By Walter F. Naedele, Staff Writer
Since retiring as a Haddonfield lawyer in 2007, William V. Eisenberg was a voluntary counsel for the Camden Center for Law and Social Justice. "In our family-law department, he worked with clients on child support, child custody," said Jeffrey S. DeCristofaro, the attorney who is the firm's executive director. The nonprofit firm deals mostly with immigration and domestic-violence problems. DeCristofaro came to know Mr. Eisenberg as a soccer coach for a Haddonfield recreation league, when the future lawyer was 8 or 9 years old, and then as a teenage file clerk in an Eisenberg law firm.
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