Board of Directors

Board Officers
Ellen Meriwether
Chair
Year Joined: 2013
Employer: Cafferty Clobes Meriwether & Sprengel LLP
Previous Work: LaSalle University
School: J.D., George Washington University; B.A., LaSalle University
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Molly Flynn
Vice-Chair
Year Joined: 2017
Employer: Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
School: J.D., George Washington University; B.A., Temple University
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Liz Lambert
Treasurer
Year Joined: 2021
Employer: Huntington Bank
Previous Work: National Westminster Bank; Mellon Bank; Comerica Bank/Progress Bank; Citizens Bank
School: B.A., SUNY Albany
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Marc Topaz
Secretary
Year Joined: 2009
Employer: Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, LLP
School: LL.M., New York University School of Law; J.D., Temple University Beasley School of Law
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Board Members
Zachary Arbitman Zachary Arbitman
Year Joined: 2020
Employer: Feldman Shepherd
Previous Work: Youman & Caputo, LLC; Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, LLP; Fox Rothschild LLP
School: J.D., George Washington University Law School; B.A., Haverford College
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Mira Baylson Mira Baylson
Year Joined: 2019
Employer: Cozen O'Conner
Previous Work: Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP; Law Clerk, Hon. Anthony J. Scirica, Chief Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit; Law Clerk, Hon. Joseph W. Irenas, U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
School: J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School; B.A., Wesleyan University
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Dean Beer Dean Beer
Year Joined: 2020
Employer: Homeless Advocacy Project
Previous Work: Office of the Public Defender - Montgomery County; McAndrews Law Offices; Defender Association of Philadelphia
School: J.D., Temple University Beasley School of Law; B.A., Ohio Northern University
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Nadeem Bezar Nadeem Bezar
Year Joined: 2022
Employer: Kline & Specter, P.C.
Previous Work: Kolsby, Gordon, Robin, Shore & Bezar
School: J.D., Temple University Beasley School of Law; M.S., UMass Amherst; B.A., Bates College
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Leigh Ann Buziak
Year Joined: 2018
Employer: Blank Rome LLP
School: J.D., Temple University Beasley School of Law; B.A., University of Maryland
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Christina Diaz
Year Joined: 2021
Employer: GlaxoSmithKline
Previous Work: Morgan Lewis & Bockius, LLP; Elf Atochem
School: J.D., Temple University Beasley School of Law; B.A., Columbia University
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Zakia Elliott Zakia Elliott
Year Joined: 2020
Previous Work: Sierra Club, PennFuture, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation
School: B.A., Brown University
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Bret Flaherty
Year Joined: 2019
Employer: AmerisourceBergen
Previous Work: Berger & Montague, P.C.
School: J.D., Tulane University School of Law; B.A., University of Pennsylvania
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Ellen Friedell Ellen Friedell
Year Joined: 2010
Employer: FFG Law LLC
Previous Work: Rohm and Haas Company; United States Civil Aeronautics Board; United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission
School: J.D., American University; B.A., Brandeis University
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Anthony Gay
Year Joined: 2015
Employer: PECO Energy Company
Previous Work: Verizon Communications, Inc.; Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP; Law Clerk to the Honorable Raymond A. Jackson, U.S. District Judge, in the Eastern District of Virginia
School: J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School
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David Gersch David Gersch
Year Joined: 2019
Previous Work: Arnold & Porter LLP
School: J.D., New York University School of Law; B.A., Amherst College
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Virginia Gibson
Year Joined: 2020
Employer: Hogan Lovells
Previous Work: U.S. Attorney
School: J.D., Boston University School of Law; B.A., DePauw University
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Katherine Hatton
Year Joined: 2018
Employer: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Previous Work: Philadelphia Newspapers, Inc.; Kohn, Swift & Graf; The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)
School: J.D., Case Western Reserve University; LL.M., Yale University; B.A. & B.S., Bowling Green State University (Ohio)
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Shauna Itra Shauna Itri
Year Joined: 2020
Employer: Seeger Weiss LLP
Previous Work: Villanova University, Widener University
School: J.D., Villanova University School of Law; M.A., B.A., Stanford University
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Mark Kasten Mark Kasten
Year Joined: 2020
Employer: Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC
Previous Work: DLA Piper
School: J.D., Villanova School of Law; B.A., Villanova University
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Lea Knight Lea Knight
Year Joined: 2012
Employer: Johnson & Johnson
Previous Work: Janssen Supply Group LLC; McNeil Consumer & Specialty Pharmaceuticals; Arthur Andersen LLP
School: MBA, University of Pennsylvania; B.S., University of Virginia
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Howard Langer Howard Langer
Year Joined: 2017
Employer: Langer, Grogan & Diver P.C.
School: J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School; M.A., University of Toronto; B.A., The City College of New York
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Kaitlyn Maxwell Kaitlyn R. Maxwell
Year Joined: 2022
Employer: GreenbergTraurig
Previous Work: Law Clerk, Hon. Linda K. Caracappa, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of PA; Associate, Project Performance Corporation
School: J.D., Boston University School of Law; B.A., Dickinson College
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Elisa McEnroe Elisa McEnroe
Year Joined: 2022
Employer: Morgan Lewis
Previous Work: Clerk for Judge Anita B. Brody of the US District Court for the Eastern District
School: J.D., Harvard Law School; B.A., University of Pennsylvania
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H. Laddie Montague, Jr.
Year Joined: 2005
Employer: Berger Montague PC
School: L.L.B., The Dickinson School of Law; B.A., University of Pennsylvania
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Kartik Patel
Year Joined: 2018
Employer: Tactix Real Estate Advisors, LLC
Previous Work: The Vanguard Group
School: M.B.A., Drexel University; B.A., Penn State University
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Donald Perelman Donald Perelman
Year Joined: 2019
Employer: Fine, Kaplan and Black, R.P.C.
School: J.D., The University of Michigan Law School; B.A., Dickinson College
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Robin Roberts Robin Roberts
Year Joined: 2019
Employer: Parents United for Public Education
School: DPT, Temple University; MBA, Temple University Fox School of Business and Management; B.A., University of Missouri
Jacqueline Robinson Jacqueline Robinson
Year Joined: 2018
Employer: Chubb
Previous Work: Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller; DLA Piper; Lavin, O'Neil, Ricci, Cedrone & Disipio
School: J.D., Temple University Beasley School of Law; B.A., Cabrini College
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Curtis Shiver Curtis Shiver
Year Joined: 2020
Employer: Philadelphia Parks & Recreation
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David Smith
Year Joined: 1993-2011, 2014
Employer: Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP
School: J.D., University of Miami; B.A., University of Miami
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Hyung Steele Hyung Steele
Year Joined: 2016
Employer: Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP
School: J.D., Villanova University School of Law; B.A., Kenyon College
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Dana Trexler
Year Joined: 2018
Employer: Stout
Previous Work: EisnerAmper
School: MBA, University of Pennsylvania; B.S., Bucknell University
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Robert Wiygul Robert A. Wiygul
Year Joined: 2019
Employer: Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller
Previous Work: Hon. Anthony J. Scirica, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
School: J.D., Yale Law School; C.Phil., University of California, Berkeley; M.Phil, University of Cambridge; B.A., Williams College
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Organizational Representatives
Keir Bradford-Grey
Year Joined: 2015
Employer: Defender Association of Philadelphia
Previous Work: Montgomery County Public Defender’s Office; Delaware Federal Public Defender’s Office
School: J.D., Ohio Northern University Claude W. Pettit College of Law; B.A. Albany State University
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Jennifer S. Coatsworth
Vice Chancellor, Philadelphia Bar Association
Year Joined: 2022
Employer: Margolis Edelstein
School: J.D., Temple University School of Law; B.A., University of Maryland Honors Program
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Adara Combs
President, Barristers' Association of Philadelphia
Year Joined: 2022
Employer: Philadelphia District Attorney
School: J.D., Temple University School of Law; B.A., Franklin and Marshall College
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John Huh
Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania
Year Joined: 2014
Employer: Duane Morris LLP
Previous Work: DLA Piper; Law Clerk to the Honorable William H. Yohn Jr. of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
School: J.D., Temple University School of Law; B.A., Dickinson College
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Priscilla Jimenez
Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania
Year Joined: 2016
Employer: Kline & Specter, P.C.
Previous Work: Locks Law Firm; Thomas Jefferson University Hospital; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
School: J.D., Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law; B.A., Gordon College
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Wesley Payne Wesley R. Payne, IV
Chancellor, Philadelphia Bar Association
Year Joined: 2020
Employer: White and Williams, LLP
Previous Work: Kemper Insurance Companies, Post & Schell P.C., United States Army JAG Corp
School: J.D., University of Maryland School of Law; B.A., Washington and Lee University
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Marc Zucker
Chancellor-Elect, Philadelphia Bar Association
Year Joined: 2021
Employer: Weir Greenblatt Pierce LLP
School: J.D., Villanova University School of Law; B.A., Haverford College
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