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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

President
Judge Charles J. Cunningham
Vice President
James J. Quinlan – Blank Rome
Secretary
John P. Sullivan – Volpe and Koenig
Treasurer 
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.

Date
Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Time
12 p.m.

Location
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

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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.

Location:
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.

Location:
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!

Siobhan

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
Trinet

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.

The Story of Duffy’s Cut -
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

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

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Buy tickets online here!

The Brehon Law Society 

and the

Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association

invite you to a

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration.

Wednesday, March 12 at 5:30 p.m.

The Philopatrian

1923 Walnut Street, Philadelphia

Traditional Irish drinks and hors d’oeuvres

Live music by the John Byrne Band

Singers and musicians welcome!

Tickets are $35 in advance

 or $40 at the door.

The Brehon Law Society thanks our sponsors:

magnalogo

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March Events with the Brehons

Published on February 25, 2014 by in Uncategorized

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March is almost upon us – there are only 19 days to St. Patrick’s Day!As always, the Brehons will be celebrating in style.

And in case you can’t decide which parties to attend, I’ve made you a cheat sheet of the very best ones below.

Make sure you join us at a couple of events  - and bring your friends too.

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!

 

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

The Brehon Law Society will march in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday, March 16.We are meeting at 11 a.m. on JFK. 
I’ll send out precise details closer to the date.

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, 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.

Look how much fun everyone had last year.

 

And that is not all …

Thurs, Mar 13 at 3 p.m.
The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick will lay a wreath at City Hall in honor of the Irish contributions to Philadelphia.

Thurs, Mar 13 at 5:30 p.m.
The Philadelphia St. Patrick’s Day Parade will host its annual dinner at the Doubletree Hotel.

Fri, Mar 14 at 12 p.m.
The Irish Society will host a toast to St. Patrick at Finnigan’s Wake.

Fri, Mar 14 at 7 p.m.
John Byrne and No Irish Need Apply will play at World Cafe Live.

Sat, Mar 15 at 5:30 p.m.
The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick will host its annual banquet at the Union League.

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February events with the Brehons

Published on February 12, 2014 by in Uncategorized

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General Meeting and CLE -
Tues, Feb 18 at 6 p.m.

The next general meeting of the Brehon Law Society will be held on Tuesday, February 18 at 6 p.m. at McGillin’s Olde Ale House.

We are delighted to welcome Phil Greene, trademark and internet counsel for the U.S. Marine Corps.

Phil will talk about setting up the Marine Corps trademark licensing program, helping earn over $5 million in royalty revenue for the Marines.

Phil is also an expert on cocktails, and is one of the founders of the American Cocktail Museum, as well as author of a book on Ernest Hemingway and his drinking habits.

I know we have a number of Marines among our members, so I hope you will all brave the cold weather for this excellent program.

We will offer one CLE credit at the discounted price of $10 for Brehon members.

So if you haven’t joined yet, today is the day.

You can reserve your place online, or pay on the door on Tuesday.

Date: Tuesday, February 18 at 6 p.m.

Location: McGillin’s Olde Ale House, Drury Lane, Philadelphia

Dancing Like A Star -
Fri, Feb 21 at 7 p.m.

Tom and his partner MaryAnnJust over a week to go before Brehon Tom Ivory takes to the floor to raise money for the Delco Gaels, the largest Gaelic sports club in the country.

It’s always a wonderful event and is a great opportunity to support young people in our community.
I hope you will join us.

Tickets are only $40 and include dinner.

You can buy tickets online here. Be quick – they are almost sold out!

And make sure you pick Tom Ivory as the dancer you are supporting.

Fundraiser for Sean Sullivan -
Thurs, Feb 27 at 5:30 p.m.

Sean Sullivan is running for State Representative of the 175th district in Philadelphia.

He will be hosting a fundraiser at The Black Sheep on Thursday, February 27 at 5:30 p.m.

If you don’t already know Sean, this is a great chance for you to meet him and talk about his vision for a better Philadelphia.

You can find out more about Sean’s campaign – and sign up to volunteer – on his website.

St Patrick’s Day Art Competition

Calling all parents!

The Consulate General of Ireland in New York is hosting its annual art competition, open to all children aged 6-16.

Prizes include a chance to march in the New York St. Patrick’s Day Parade and a masterclass with Philadelphia artist Rob Berry, who is currently working on a graphic novel of James Joyce’s Ulysses.

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