Make a gift to Kevin Neary

Published on December 22, 2014 by in Uncategorized

Kevin Neary with friends and family at the Brehon Christmas Party

Kevin Neary with friends and family at the Brehon Christmas Party

Thanks to everyone who came out to the Brehon Christmas Party on December 16!

We had a fun night with the Irish Network and were delighted to raise some money to help Kevin Neary, a young man in our community who was shot and paralyzed in 2011. We were thrilled to welcome Kevin and his family at the party and wish him the very best for 2015!

Special thanks to everyone who bought raffle tickets and our sponsors Asterion and Veritext!

Many of our members have asked for a way to add a little extra to the funds we raised last week, so if you’d like to make a special gift to Kevin over the holidays, you can do so via the Paypal button below.

Happy Christmas Kevin Neary!

Thanks for all your support and generosity!

Nollaig shona daoibh!

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After careful consideration, the Committee on Elections for the Executive Committee of the Brehons has voted to endorse the following slate of candidates:

Board of Governors

1. Maureen Farrell
2. Julia Swain
3. Ira Lefton
4. Jeffrey Rosenthal

Young Lawyer Division
(Voting Restriction: Age 37 or younger or have been in practice fewer than 3 years)

1. Ashley Kenney Shea
2. Caitlin Donnelly
3. Lindsay Schoonmaker

All Brehons are highly encouraged to vote for these candidates and asked to please let Aubrey know once ( you have voted.

Thanks so much!

Good luck to all the candidates!

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2014 Christmas Party

Published on November 21, 2014 by in Uncategorized


Please join the Brehon Law Society

and Irish Network – Philadelphia

for a Christmas party and fundraiser

to benefit the Kevin Neary Trust.


Tuesday, December 16 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.


The Philopatrian Literary Institute, 1923 Walnut Street, Philadelphia


Brehon members – $50

Non-members – $65

Students – $35

Open bar and light fare throughout the evening.

Entertainment by the John Byrne Band.


Buy your tickets online with Paypal:

2014 Christmas Fundraiser

About Kevin Neary

Kevin Neary was shot leaving his home in Northern Liberties in November 2011. The bullet severed his spine leaving him paralysed from the neck down and requiring assistance from a ventilator. The Kevin Neary Trust was founded to support Kevin and his family and ensure that Kevin gets the help he needs.

About Irish Network – Philadelphia

Irish Network -Philadelphia is an inclusive network of Irish, Irish-Americans and friends of Ireland, that come from all walks of life, located in the greater Philadelphia Area.

The Brehons are delighted to partner with IN-Philly to celebrate the Christmas season, to make some new friends and support a great local cause: the Friends of Kevin Neary!

 Thank you to our sponsors!

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General meeting, Christmas party and more!

Published on November 12, 2014 by in Uncategorized


First off, congratulations to Brehon Senator Mike Stack whose campaign to be Pennsylvania’s next Lieutenant Governor was successful.

We wish him the best of luck in his new role!

But there is no rest for the wicked, as we have another election to look forward to: the Philadelphia Bar Association elections on December 9!

Brehon board member Maureen Farrell will be running for the board of governors, so if you want to make sure the Brehons have a say in the Bar Association, make sure your membership is up to date. It’s always a tight election and every vote counts. So make sure you are eligible! And if you sign up now, your membership still counts for next year.

You’ll have a chance to meet Maureen and hear more about the other candidates at our next meeting, which will be held on Tuesday, November 18 at 6 p.m.

General Meeting –
Tues, November 18

The next general meeting of the Brehons will be held on Tuesday, November 18 at the Philopatrian Literary Institute at 6 p.m.

We hope you will join us!

Date and time: Tuesday, November 18 at 6 p.m.
Location: The Philopatrian, 1923 Walnut St, Philadelphia

The executive committee will meet before the general meeting at 5 p.m.

Philadelphia Bar Association Elections – December 9

Important Dates
Nov 15 – Deadline for Bar Association Membership
Nov 20 – Ballots are mailed
Dec 4 – Deadline for receipt of mail ballots
Dec 9 – Election Day!

Brehon Christmas Party –
Tue, December 16 at 5:30 p.m.

Save the date!

Kevin NearyThis year, in the spirit of the season, the Brehons will be partnering with Irish Network-Philadelphia to host a Christmas fundraiser for Kevin Neary, a young man who was paralyzed after being shot outside his home in Northern Liberties.

Details to follow – but it’s an excellent cause and also sure to be a great time – and a chance to add some new people to your network. Really – it’s a trifecta of Christmas parties and I haven’t even mentioned the music or Christmas cheer.

So save the date of December 16!

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Brehons and the elections!

Published on November 4, 2014 by in Uncategorized

Mike Stack

Brehon member Senator Mike Stack

Happy Election Day!

As you know, Brehon member Senator Mike Stack is running for Lieutenant Governor today and we wish him the best of luck!

Senator Stack will be hosting his election night party at the Sheetmetal Workers Union Hall at 1301 Columbus Boulevard. So if you’re looking for a fun spot to watch the election results, stop by there any time after 8 p.m.

But as the excitement of the mid-terms winds down, we have another (perhaps even more important?) election to look forward to: the Philadelphia Bar Association elections on December 9!

You can only vote in the elections if you are a member of the Bar Association, so consider this your reminder to make sure your membership is up to date. It’s always a tight election and every vote counts. Make sure you are eligible! And if you sign up now, your membership still counts for next year.

We’ll be sending out more information on the candidates as the date draws closer.

Happy voting!

PA Bar Association Elections – December 9

Important Dates
Nov 15 – Deadline for Bar Association Membership
Nov 20 – Ballots are mailed
Dec 4 – Deadline for receipt of mail ballots
Dec 9 – Election Day!

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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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