Judge DembePlease join the Brehon Law Society as we celebrate Judge Dembe’s many accomplishments at the unveiling of her portrait on September 18 at 4:30 p.m. in City Hall.

The Brehons are happy to be sponsors of Judge Dembe’s portrait, which will hang in Ceremonial Courtroom 653 in honor of all Judge Dembe has done to advance the legal profession.

We hope you will also consider making a contribution to Judge Dembe’s portrait.

You can make a contribution online or by mailing a check to the Brehon Law Society.

Please mark the check as being for Judge Dembe’s portrait.

We look forward to seeing you on September 18!

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Judge Marilyn HeffleyBrehon board member Marilyn Heffley was sworn in as a U.S. magistrate judge in April 2014.

The Brehon Law Society will host a celebratory luncheon on September 15 to kick off our year and to mark this special occasion.

We hope you will join us to congratulate Judge Heffley!

Tickets to this event are limited and must be purchased in advance.

Buy your tickets online here.

Date and time: Monday, September 15, 2014 at 12:30 p.m.

Location: Davio’s, 111 S. 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA


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Young Brehon Happy Hour – Aug 7, 2014

Published on August 7, 2014 by in Uncategorized


Brehon Law Society interns with Judge Cunningham

The Young Brehons are gathering for happy hour at Fergie’s on 12th and Sansom on Thursday, August 7 at 5 p.m.

This is your opportunity to meet the three Irish students from Griffith College Dublin who are interning with the Brehon judges this summer.

I’d like to thank Judge Cunningham, Judge Lynn and Judge Powell for generously offering to host these students.

We look forward to welcoming many more.

So if you are feeling summery or just want to hear some Irish accents, please stop by and say hello!

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I’m delighted to confirm that the Brehon Law Society elected a new board of directors at yesterday’s meeting.

I’m sure you’ll all join me in thanking Judge Waters for his leadership over the past two years and wishing Judge Cunningham much success as the new president.

What with hosting Ireland’s prime minister in both Philadelphia and in Co. Mayo, we have set the bar high, but I know our new board is up to the challenge.

The Society will be somewhat quieter over the summer, as we take a break from general meetings. However, we will be hosting some planning meetings at the end of July and early August, so if you would like to be more involved, please don’t hesitate to let me know.

Have a wonderful summer! And thanks once again for your support of the Brehons.

Directors for 2014-2016

Judge Charles J. Cunningham
Vice President
James J. Quinlan – Blank Rome
John P. Sullivan – Volpe and Koenig
Lindsay Heslin Eury – Law Office of Matthew I. Hirsch
Executive Committee
Eugene A. Bonner – Law Offices of Eugene A. Bonner
Dennis J. Butler – Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel
John M. Corcoran
Maureen M. Farrell – Law Offices of Maureen Farrell
Judge Marilyn Heffley
Joseph T. Kelley Jr. – Kelley Partners
Robert F. Kelly – Holsten & Associates
Judge James M. Lynn
Theresa Flanagan Murtagh – Murtagh Bros.
Sean R. Sullivan
Kathleen D. Wilkinson – Wilson Elser
Judge Joseph C. Waters
Thomas M. Zaleski – U.S. Attorney’s Office

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Gender Discrimination in the Workplace

The Brehon Law Society and the Labor and Employment Law Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association are pleased to present a program on gender discrimination in the workplace.

A panel discussion that includes three of our members will explore why and how gender discrimination occurs, along with available legal remedies and defenses. Panelists will share some of their personals experiences and the audience is encouraged to give their opinions about creative solutions.  

Read more about the program here and click here to register online.

Thanks to Brehons Mary Platt, Kathleen Kirkpatrick and Maureen Farrell for putting this program together.

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

12 p.m.

Philadelphia Bar Association
1101 Market Street
10th Floor Board Room
Philadelphia, PA 19107

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Brehons in the 2014 primaries

Published on May 16, 2014 by in Uncategorized


The primaries are coming up this Tuesday, May 20, 2014 and we are fortunate to have two members of the Brehon Law Society in the running.

Mike-Stack-258x3001First up, Senator Mike Stack, longtime member and former board member of the Brehons is running for Lieutenant Governor

Senator Stack was first elected to the Pennsylvania State Senate in 2000, and you can read more about his position on the issues on his website.



Sean SullivanSean Sullivan, a current member of the board of the Brehon Law Society is running for state representative in the 175th legislative district.

If you’re Democrats, I hope you’ll choose to support your fellow members on Tuesday. And if you’re Republican, please ask your Democratic friends to do the same!

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Eamon GallagherThe Brehon Law Society is delighted to welcome Eamon Gallagher to discuss Philadelphia’s start up scene and the issues involved in starting a company in Philadelphia.

Eamon is a member of the Brehons and a graduate of Drexel Law’s business and entrepreneurship program. He is now in private practice with Weber Law and is active in the Philly tech scene.

Date and time:
Tuesday, May 27 at 6 p.m.

McGillin’s Olde Ale House, 1310 Drury St., Philadelphia

CLE credits are $10 for Brehon Law Society members and $20 for non-members.
Otherwise, this event is free and open to the public. 


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Judge KeoghLongtime member of the Brehons, Judge D. Webster Keogh has entered senior status on the bench, and we would like to honor his service by donating his portrait to the courtroom.

I hope you can help us by making a contribution to Judge Keogh’s portrait fund.

Your gift will ensure that Judge Keogh’s contribution to the legal community and to the Brehon Law Society is properly recognized by all who enter the courts.

The unveiling of the portrait is scheduled for June 12 in Ceremonial Courtroom 653, City Hall.

Please help us honor Judge Keogh on this proud occasion.

You can send checks payable to the Brehon Law Society to 1628 Pine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103. Just make sure you note that it is for Judge Keogh’s portrait.

Or make a contribution online here.

Thanks so much for your continuing support!

And save the date of June 12 for the unveiling!

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Lost Laws of Ireland coverGeneral Meeting -

April 15, 2014 at 6 p.m.

The Brehon Law Society is delighted to welcome Catherine Duggan, a San Francisco lawyer and expert on the medieval laws of Ireland – also known as the Brehon laws, and how our Society derived its name.

Catherine will discuss these ancient laws from a modern perspective, exploring how concepts such as equality and the process of law were developed.

Date and time:
Tuesday, April 15 at 6 p.m.

The Philopatrian, 1923 Walnut Street, Philadelphia

This event is free and open to the public. 
Invite all your friends and introduce them to the Brehon laws and the Brehon Law Society.

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Just a quick reminder that advance ticket sales for our party end today at 6:30 p.m.

Please, please, please register in advance.
It makes my life so much easier!
And you get to take advantage of our discounted ticket price too.

I’ve just ordered the keg of Guinness – thanks Dan Beaty ofSpecial Counsel – Tullamore Dew will be offering a special tasting, we’ll have traditional Irish cocktail sausages and other tasty food, and music by the John Byrne Band, who has just sold out World Cafe Live, so you know he’s fantastic.

It’s going to be a great night, so I hope you’ll join us.

And don’t forget to sign up for the Parade and Judge Lynn’s annual St. Patrick’s Day breakfast.

All the details are below.

See you tomorrow!


St. Patrick’s Day Party – 
Wed, Mar 12 at 5:30 p.m.

The Brehon Law Society is delighted to partner with the Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association to host a special St. Patrick’s Day party.

As always, we will have great music – this time provided by the John Byrne Band – great food, and great times.

Tickets are only $35 in advance.
So book your tickets today!

As always, we’d like to thank our very generous sponsors for their support of this event:
Forensic Resolutions
Magna Legal Services

St. Patrick’s Day Parade -
Sun, Mar 16 at 11:30 a.m.

The Brehon Law Society will march in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday, March 16.

We are meeting at 11:30 a.m. at 17th and JFK. 

We had a fantastic turnout last year and we’re hoping to do that again this year.

Please join us to celebrate your Irish heritage. It’s the most important event of our year.

And don’t forget, all marchers will be invited to our post-Parade party at the Philo, which is always great craic.

To make sure we have enough food and drink for the Parade and the party, please RSVP to me.
Judge Lynn’s Annual Breakfast
Mon, Mar 17 at 7:30 a.m.

Judge Lynn will host his 15th annual St. Patrick’s Day breakfast on Monday, March 17 at the Plough and the Stars.

It’s my favourite way to kick off a day of celebrating.
There will be music, songs, dancing – don’t forget your party piece!

Tickets are $25 and include breakfast. And it’s just around the corner from the flag-raising at the Irish Memorial.

You don’t want to miss this.

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Thu, March 20 at 6 p.m.

I know everyone is focused on St. Patrick’s Day and rightly so, but the Consulate General of Ireland is partnering withInternational House of Philadelphia to offer a special screening of Death on the Railroad – a documentary about the murders at Duffy’s Cut.

The producer of the film, Dave Farrell, will be in town to talk about the documentary and the brothers Watson, who discovered the bodies, will also be on hand to answer your questions.

This is a hugely important part of our Irish Philadelphian story and I strongly urge you to attend.

Best of all, the program is free. But seats are limited, so please register in advance.

Date: Thursday, March 20
Location: International House, 3701 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia

6 p.m.  Reception
7 p.m.  Documentary showing, followed by Q&A

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