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October 08, 2014

Education Summit Oct. 9 with School Chief Hite

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Local education leaders and stakeholders will share their thoughts and ideas about Philadelphia's public education crisis when the 13,000-member Philadelphia Bar Association convenes its first-ever Education Summit on Thursday, Oct. 9 at 12 p.m. at the Association's headquarters in the Aramark Tower, 1101 Market Street, in the 11th floor Conference Center.

At the Education Summit, moderated by Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor William P. Fedullo, School District of Philadelphia Superintendent Dr. William R. Hite will present a "State of the School District" address to update attendees on the district's current fiscal situation and strategies. The summit will also be an opportunity for representatives of law firms participating in the Association's Support Our Schools Campaign to reflect on their experiences.

"I am pleased we are able to welcome Dr. Hite and our other distinguished guests to our first Education Summit to advance a constructive dialog surrounding this crisis and promote the objectives of the Support Our Schools campaign," said Chancellor Fedullo. "The Education Summit allows us to discuss existing ideas and process new ones from this meeting of minds."

Among the leaders and stakeholders in education expected to attend the Summit are: Gaetan Alfano, Vice Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association; Laurie Backall, Managing Director of Development of Philadelphia City Year; Benjamin R. Barnett, Esq., Partner at Dechert LLP; Albert G. Bixler, Esq., Member-in-Charge of the Philadelphia Office of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellot, LLC; The Honorable Genece E. Brinkley, Chair of the Bar Association's Advancing Civics Education Committee; Rhonda Brownstein, Executive Director of the Education Law Center; Karen C. Buck, Esq., Co-Chair of the Bar Association's Delivery of Legal Services Committee; Thomas J. Cole, Jr., Esq., Managing Partner of Pepper Hamilton LLP; Patricia Cruice, Principal at the James Dobson School; Albert S. Dandridge, III, Chancellor-Elect of the Philadelphia Bar Association; Michael A. Davis, Esq., Chief Counsel of the School District of Philadelphia; Virginia G. Essandoh, Esq., Chief Diversity Officer at Ballard Spahr LLP; Deborah R. Gross, President of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation; Helen Gym, Co-Founder of Parents United for Public Education; Jeffrey M. Lindy, Esq., Co-Chair of the Bar Association's Education Task Force; Michael Masch, VP and CFO of the Manhattan College, and former CFO of the School District of Philadelphia; Vincent R. McGuinness, Jr., Esq., Managing Partner at Cozen O'Connor; Zane David Memeger, United States Attorney; Dennis M. O'Brien, Philadelphia City Councilman; Ric Ramsey, Vice President and Executive Director of Philadelphia City Year; Mary Gay Scanlon, Esq., Pro Bono Counsel at Ballard Spahr LLP; Joseph A. Sullivan, Esq., Director of Pro Bono Programs at Pepper Hamilton LLP, and Co-Chair of the Bar Association's Delivery of Legal Services Committee; Nycole Watson, Esq., Vice Chair of the Bar Association's Advancing Civics Education Committee; Roberta West, Director of the Legal Education and Participation Program at Temple University; and the Honorable John Milton Younge, Co-Chair of the Bar Association's Education Task Force.

The Philadelphia Bar Association, founded in 1802, is the oldest association of lawyers in the United States. The mission of the Association is to serve the profession and the public by promoting justice, professional excellence and respect for the rule of law. In so doing, the Association strives to foster understanding of, involvement in and access to the justice system.

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