February 20, 2011
Michael Barkann to Speak, Community Service Awards to be Conferred at YLD Annual Meeting, April 14
A dedicated advocate for the transgender community, the founder of a program that offers marathon training to help improve the lives of Philadelphia's youth, and a general practice law firm with a long history of supporting the Young Lawyers Division will each be honored with a YLD community service award at the Division's Annual Meeting, Thursday, April 14 from 12-2 p.m. at the Crystal Tea Room in the Wanamaker Building, 100 Penn Square East, 9th Floor.
Comcast SportsNet's Michael Barkann, a seven-time Pennsylvania Sportscaster of the Year and a five-time Philadelphia Sports Emmy Award winner, will present the keynote speech and answer questions from the audience at the event. YLD Chair Carolyn Chopko will also speak and present a plaque to Immediate-Past YLD Chair Albertine DuFrayne in recognition and appreciation of her dedicated service to the Division in 2010.
Natalie Hrubos will receive the Craig M. Perry Award for her pro-bono work representing low-income transgender individuals; Heather McDanel, the Director of Students Run Philly Style, will receive the F. Sean Peretta Award; and the law firm of Ciardi Ciardi & Astin will receive the YLD Vision Award.
Michael Barkann has hosted a myriad of programs on Comcast SportsNet since 1997, including "Daily News Live" - CSN's sports roundtable - and the Philadelphia Eagles', Phillies' and Flyers' pre- and post-game shows.
He began his on-air career with the New Jersey Network as a weatherman before he moved to KYW-TV in Philadelphia. In 1991, he joined the USA Network where he covered U. S. Open Tennis, World League Football and the boxing series "Tuesday Night Fights." He gained major television exposure working for CBS Sports at the Winter Olympics in 1992 at Albertville, France, in 1994 at Lillehammer, Norway, and in 1998 at Nagano, Japan.
In 1992, Barkann became sports director at WLVI-TV in Boston. He spent five years in Boston and also hosted sports radio programs on WEEI-AM.
Barkann joined Comcast SportsNet for its maiden season in 1997 and was the first person to appear live on the fledgling network. He quickly became known for his offbeat interview style and upbeat demeanor. Along with his hosting duties, some of his favorite assignments include the Phillies' 2008 World Series Championship, Super Bowl XXXI featuring the Patriots versus the Packers, Dan Jansen's dramatic speed-skating gold medal at the 1994 Winter Olympics, and Stefan Edberg's final tournament at the U.S. Open.
Barkann's charitable work includes the ALS Association of Greater Philadelphia, Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis and Education, Quilts for Kids, and Bringing the Outside World Inside Foundation. He is also Master of Ceremonies for the Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremonies.
Natalie Hrubos, who will join Greenberg Traurig as an associate in mid-April, focuses her practice in all aspects of labor and employment law representing clients in a broad range of labor and employment matters. In 2010, as a first-year associate, Natalie engaged in significant pro bono work representing low-income transgender individuals seeking legal name changes and corrections to their identity documents. Hrubos is an active member of the Planning Committee for the Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference, a three-day event that promotes health and wellness within the trans community through workshops and other educational opportunities. She planned the Conference's first-ever CLE program and walk-in legal clinic. Hrubos serves on the Legal Advisory Board for the Legal Services Department at the Mazzoni Center, the only agency in Philadelphia that provides direct legal services to low-income LGBT individuals facing legal obstacles related to sexual orientation and/or gender identity.
Heather McDanel founded and serves as the director of Students Run Philly Style, the only program in Philadelphia offering marathon training to help young people succeed in life that is operated out of the National Nursing Centers Consortium (NNCC). The organization has served over 2,500 students from all over the city. In addition to ongoing mentoring through running, Students Run Philly Style includes extensive leadership, academic and civic engagement opportunities. Under McDanel's leadership, Students Run Philly Style was named by the Surgeon General as the Local Best Practice in addressing childhood obesity, recognized by Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams as a "valuable investment in our youth," and selected as the launch for Michelle Obama's "Let's Read, Let's Move" 2010 summer campaign in Philadelphia. McDanel has been a long distance runner for 25 years and has completed six marathons, including the Boston Marathon.
Ciardi Ciardi & Astin is a general practice firm focusing in the following areas: bankruptcy and business restructuring; commercial and general litigation; commercial real estate; and maritime and transportation. The firm focuses its bankruptcy practice primarily in Philadelphia, Wilmington, Dallas, Manhattan and New Jersey. CC&A's senior partner, Albert A. Ciardi, Jr., has more than 40 years of bankruptcy litigation and transaction experience, and the firm's attorneys have participated in a number of significant bankruptcy cases in Philadelphia and Wilmington. The firm has consistently supported YLD programming and is integral to the success of the Division's mission.
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