Beth Kaufman Speaks at 10th Annual Women in Product Liability Regional Workshop

On October 15, 2009, Beth Kaufman spoke on professional development of women lawyers at the 10th Annual Women in Product Liability Regional Workshop, held in Chicago. The workshop, a program offered by the Product Liability Committee of the Section of Litigation of the American Bar Association (, was started by Ms. Kaufman when she chaired the Products Liability Committee from 1999-2002.

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Charles Updike Appears as Speaker and Moderator at Annual Legal Seminar of the International Federation of Inspection Agencies in Geneva, Switzerland

October 14-17, 2009

The International Federation of Inspection Agencies (IFIA), a London-based trade association for the companies who do inspections and certifications worldwide, held its annual legal seminar in Geneva, Switzerland, from October 14 – 17, 2009. Mr. Updike addressed the group about anti-trust issues and trends and was the moderator of a panel discussion on current legal issues facing the industry.

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Norman L. Greene Makes Presentation on Judicial Reform for West Virginia

September 28, 2009

Norman L. Greene made a presentation on judicial selection reform at a commission hearing held before West Virginia’s Independent Commission on Judicial Reform on September 21, 2009 devoted to the question of judicial selection reform for West Virginia. The Commission’s website is News coverage of the event includes a story in the Charleston (West Virginia) Daily Mail available at
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Beth Kaufman Speaks at FDCC on Government Affairs and Legislation

On September 24, 2009, Beth Kaufman served as moderator of the governmental affairs and legislative initiatives panel at the Sixth Annual Corporate Counsel Symposium of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (, held in Dallas. Howard Kim, of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Dan Shoman, former campaign aide to President Obama, presented their views of likely governmental initiatives and pending legislation.

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Nancy A. Connery, Speaker at State Bar Association Program

Nancy A. Connery participated as a Speaker at the New York State Bar Association’s annual “Advanced Real Estate” course held on December 4, 2008. Her topic was “Current Issues in Purchase and Sale Contracts.” Focusing on the impact of the current economic environment on real estate sales contract negotiations, she discussed price renegotiations, the use of contingency clauses, preserving the down payment, purchase money mortgages, and other topics.

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Beth Kaufman Named Second Circuit Representative to the ABA Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary

Partner Beth Kaufman has been appointed by ABA President Carolyn Lamm to serve as the Second Circuit Representative on the ABA Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary (, evaluates the professional qualifications of all nominees to the Supreme Court of the United States, circuit courts of appeals, district courts (including territorial district courts) and the Court of International Trade. The Committee’s goal is to support and encourage the selection of the best-qualified persons for the federal judiciary. It restricts its evaluation to issues bearing on professional qualifications and does not consider a nominee’s philosophy or ideology. The Committee’s peer-review process is structured to achieve impartial evaluations of the integrity, professional competence and judicial temperament of nominees for the federal judiciary.

As Second Circuit Representative, Ms. Kaufman will evaluate all nominees to the 2d Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. District Courts in Connecticut, New York and Vermont. Her three-year term ends in August 2012.

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