Thursday, March 19, 2009
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 10, No. 22

Arianna Huffington to Address Bar Members April 1

Mayor Michael Nutter and political commentator Arianna Huffington, co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, will both address Bar members at the Association's Wednesday, April 1 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon at 12 p.m. at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue.

Immediate-Past Chancellor A. Michael Pratt will be honored at the event. Pratt will be presented with a gold box, an exact replica of the one presented to Andrew Hamilton for his defense of John Peter Zenger in 1735. The gold box is presented annually to the immediate-past Chancellor and is inscribed with the message "acquired not by money, but by character."

Huffington is also a nationally syndicated columnist, and author of 12 books. She is also co-host of "Left, Right & Center," public radio's popular political roundtable program. She launched The Huffington Post in May 2005, and the news and blog site has become one of the most widely read, linked to, and frequently cited media brands on the Internet.

Tickets are $55 for members and $60 for non-members and can be purchased online at by clicking here.

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Members have until April 1 to renew their Bar Association memberships at 2008 prices. Members renewing after April 1 will face a 5 percent increase in their dues. Click here to renew your membership.

Benefits of membership include:

You'll attend informative workshops, meetings and special programs and receive significant discounts on continuing legal education courses offered through the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and the Philadelphia Bar Association. At sessions sponsored by more than 50 committees, nine sections and two divisions, you'll meet and network with colleagues who are experts in every possible legal specialty. You'll interact with people who can help you grow your practice and thrive in your profession.

Within our Young Lawyers Division or as part of one of our many pro bono or public service projects, you will test the broad range of your interests and make valuable contributions to the community while sharing in the proud legacy of the Philadelphia lawyer.

You'll have ongoing access to our ethics hotline which brings more than 20 years of ethics experience to answer your questions. In addition, you can request formal written guidance from our Professional Guidance Committee.

Through our monthly Philadelphia Bar Reporter newspaper, The Philadelphia Lawyer quarterly magazine, our web site, our bi-weekly Bar Reporter Online e-newsbrief and monthly online substantive law publication Upon Further Review, you'll receive a regular menu of information that will update you and keep you connected to our professional family day after day.

You'll benefit from our comprehensive, economical membership insurance package, including professional liability insurance, complete health coverage, group term life insurance, a disability income plan and more. You'll also be able to take advantage of discounted rates on credit cards, health clubs and rental cars.

Finally, our legislative program - under the direction of a full-time, on-site staff attorney and a special consultant in the state Capitol - will champion your interests to lawmakers at City Hall, in Harrisburg and in Washington.

Click here to renew your membership.

Workers' Comp Lifetime Achievement Lunch April 15

The Workers' Compensation Section will present its inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award to Joseph S. Bekelja at a luncheon featuring keynote remarks by novelist and Philadelphia lawyer Lisa Scottoline on Wednesday, April 15.

Bekelja, a partner with Margolis Edelstein, has been a "teacher, leader, mentor and role model not just for workers' compensation attorneys but for all attorneys," said Workers' Compensation Bureau Judge A. Michael Snyder, one of the Section's co-chairs. The April 15 program is being co-hosted by the Women in the Profession Committee, Criminal Justice Section and the Law Practice Management Division. The program is sponsored by Summit Pharmacy.

Bekelja received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Notre Dame and his Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from Georgetown University. Bekelja was house counsel for Nationwide Insurance Company as well as house counsel for Yellow Cab Company before joining the firm. He is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. He has been associated with Margolis Edelstein since 1974 and has been a partner in the firm since 1981.

Scottoline, a Philadelphia-based lawyer-writer, had her first novel Everywhere That Mary Went, published in 1994. It became a bestseller and was nominated for the Edgar Award, the most prestigious award given in crime fiction, awarded by the Mystery Writers of America. Her second novel, Final Appeal, was also nominated for and received an Edgar Award. Since then she has written 11 more legal suspense novels.

Tickets to the luncheon are $50 for Association members and includes a copy of Scottoline's new book Look Again, which will be released April 14. Tickets are $45 for YLD members and $60 for nonmembers. Visit to register for this event.

Financial Terms in Buy-Out Provisions CLE

The Business Organizations Committee will present the lunchtime CLE program "Financial Terms in Buy-Out Provisions of Operating and Similar Agreements" on Thursday, March 19.

Practitioners are faced with many choices for valuing ownership interests in a business. What are the pros and cons of each? Attorneys are usually skilled at defining procedures, such as using accountants or appraisers, averaging results of two different experts and the like. This seminar takes such drafting to the next level: appropriately defining the financial formulas to be used in the valuation process as well as the instructions or even limitations to be placed on the valuation expert's analysis. Attendees should have prior experience in drafting buy-out provisions in operating and similar agreements. Panelists include R. Victor Haas Jr., ASA of Haas Business valuation Services, Inc., Ardmore; and Paul J. Jaskot, Reed Smith LLP.

The program has been approved for 1 substantive CLE credit. Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay a fee of $33.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years, and $28.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. Interested parties not seeking CLE credit may attend and purchase lunch for the fee of $8.50. If you wish to register in advance please visit or call PBI Customer Service at 1-800-932-4637. The program begins at 12:30 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, 13th and Market streets. Lunch and registration begin at 11:45 a.m.

SSA Chief Judge Bede to Speak March 20

Social Security Administration Regional Chief Judge Jasper J. Bede will be the guest speaker at the Friday, March 20 meeting of the Social Security Disability Benefits Committee.

Judge Bede will discuss fee petitions, assignment of cases from the district offices to the local hearing offices, staffing issues and updates on recent and expected changes

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Ronald McDonald House Volunteers Needed March 24

The Young Lawyers Division has been invited to cook and serve dinner to residents at the new Ronald McDonald House located on Front and Erie Street as part of its Family Meal Program on Tuesday, March 24. We will begin dinner preparations around 4 p.m. and serve dinner at 6 p.m.

The Ronald McDonald House is a home-away-from-home for families and their seriously ill children who are being treated at area hospitals. The dinner that the YLD will provide through the Family Meal Program provides the families with a nutritious meal that might otherwise be skipped and also creates an opportunity for families to share their stories and experiences.

If you are interested, please contact Dave Koller at or 215-460-3343. Once the group is finalized, David will be in touch with each volunteer to discuss what's cooking. Suggestions and recipes are welcome!

The event is absolutely free, but space is extremely limited, so advanced registration is required. Gated parking is available directly on the house property, and directions will be provided.

Career Development Meeting on Network Building March 25

Join the Attorney Career Development Committee for a discussion on "Building A Network: Key to New Clients and Career Opportunities" on Wednesday, March 25.

Speakers for the program include Mary Beth Pratt, president of the Greater Philadelphia Legal Marketing Association; Greg Nowak, a partner with Pepper Hamilton LLP active in multiple community associations; Committee Chair Arthur Bousel of Lawyer 2 Lawyer Coaching; and Andrew K. Stutzman, litigation partner at Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP.

The panelists will illustrate the simplicity of good networking through their own experiences. An interactive conversation among audience and panel will follow. Focus will be on practical take-away suggestions that attorneys can integrate into a busy work day. A few minutes of "Speed Networking" (very brief personal introductions) will precede the panel discussion.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program. Attorneys interested in joining this committee should contact Andrea Morris, membership coordinator, at 215-238-6313.

Judge Tereshko on Day Forward Cases March 25

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Allan L. Tereshko will discuss the Day Forward 2006 medical malpractice cases and issues related thereto at the Wednesday, March 25 meeting of the Medical Legal Committee.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for those members who register in advance. Click here to register for this program.

Strategic Planning Session on Rainmaking March 31

The Women in the Profession Committee will hold a strategic planning session on the art of rainmaking on Tuesday, March 31.

Topics include strategies for successful marketing and for building a book of business. This month, our goal is to develop issues, questions, and suggestions for discussion from a panel of proven rainmakers in our April meeting.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th floor Board room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

"After Madoff" CLE March 31

Aaron Krauss will present the lunchtime CLE program "After Madoff: The Anatomy of a Fraud and Strategies for Recovery" on Tuesday, March 31.

This course, presented by the Business Law Section and the State Civil Litigation Section, will suggest ways to identify potential targets for fraud recovery, as well as the strengths and weaknesses of various legal theories that can be used to attempt to recover. This course will also sug-gest ways to balance the potential for recovery with the likely costs, so that clients can minimize the risk of "throwing good money after bad."

The program has been approved for 1 substantive CLE credit. Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay a fee of $33.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years, and $28.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. Interested parties not seeking CLE credit may attend and purchase lunch for the fee of $8.50. If you wish to register in advance please visit or call PBI Customer Service at 1-800-932-4637. The program will be held at The CLE Conference Center on the10th floor of the Wanamaker Building.

Lawyers and Imprisoned Clients Ethics CLE March 31

The Criminal Justice Section will present the lunchtime CLE "Lawyers and their Imprisoned Clients - Ethical Issues" on Tuesday, March 31.

Panelists include Charles P. Junod, Assistant Deputy Mayor; Thomas Innes, Chief, Prison Services, Defender Association of Philadelphia; Angus Love, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project; and Jonathan H. Feinberg, partner, Kairys, Rudovsky, Messing & Feinberg LLP. Panelists will address the serious issues involved when you interact with your imprisoned client.

The program begins at 12:30 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquar-ters, 1101 Market St. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m. The program has been approved for 1 ethics CLE credit. Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay a fee of $25 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years, and $20 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. Click here to register in advance or call PBI Customer Service at 1-800-932-4637. Lunch is available for an additional $8. Click here to purchase lunch for this program.

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Tech Tools Even an Attorney Can Love April 16

Dan Giancaterino, Internet librarian at Jenkins Law Library, will present "Tech Tools Even An Attorney Can Love" on Thursday, April 16.

This presentation will include discussion of the following: Gmail; Google Reader; Google Docs/Zoho; Delicious; Windows Live SkyDrive; Twitter/Facebook/LinkedIn; Hulu/YouTube; Browsers other than IE; VLC; Tor; QtWeb; Keepass; Eraser/CleanAfterMe; TrueCrypt and Android G1 phone.

The program is presented by the Solo and Small Firm, Practice Technology and LPM Marketing Committees. The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Italian-American Media Night April 22

The Bar-News Media Committee, in partnership with The Justinian Society, will host Italian-American Media Night on Wednesday, April 22. The cocktail party and Italian food sample, along with the media meet and greet will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Mayor's Reception Room of City Hall.

Confirmed members of the media who will be in attendance include Joanne Calabria, vice president of public affairs, CBS 3; Pat Ciarrocchi, news anchor, CBS 3; Dr. Mike Cirigliano, health correspondent for FOX 29; Joe De Felice of The Italian Tribune Delaware Valley Presence; Stephanie Esposito, reporter for WFMZ Channel 69 News; A.J. "Buddy" Fortunato, publisher of The Italian Tribune; Anthony Gargano, sports talk radio host, 610 AM WIP; Dom Giordano, host of The Big Talker" 1210 AM; Marnie Hall, gossip columnist for; Gina Passarella, reporter for The Legal Intelligencer; Justin Pizzi, news reporter, NBC 10; Letizia Rubino, news producer, NBC 10; and Sue Serio, weather reporter, FOX 29. Special guest Lorraine Ranalli will be on hand to sign copies of her latest book, Gravy Wars. Ranalli is best known as a Philadelphia radio and TV personality and writer.

The cost of the event is $25 per person. Space is limited. Reservations will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis. To register for the event, please contact The Justinian Society at 215-545-0706 or

YLD to Host Fourth Annual Comedy Night May 9

Laugh away the night while supporting a worthy cause at the Young Lawyers Division's Fourth Annual Comedy Night, Saturday, May 9 from 7 to 11:30 p.m. at The Franklin, 222 N. 20th St.

Gerry Dee of NBC's "Last Comic Standing" will headline the event, which will include an open bar, hors d'oeuvres, a silent auction and a DJ. Tickets are $65 in advance and $80 at the door.

All proceeds benefit the Philadelphia Bar Foundation, which provides funding to approximately 30 local legal services organizations. For sponsorship information, please contact Brian Chacker at To donate items to the silent auction, please contact Abbie DuFrayne at

Click here to purchase tickets to this event.

Ginsburg Legal Writing Competition Entries Sought

Entries are now being accepted for the Philadelphia Bar Association's Seventh  Annual Legal Writing Competition in honor of the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Click here for the complete rules.

The co-chairs of the competition are Kathleen D. Wilkinson, partner at Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman and Dicker LLP and secretary of the Association and Diane Penneys Edelman, Assistant Dean for International Programs, Associate Professor of Legal Writing, Villanova University School of Law.

The Bar Association recognizes the importance of excellence in legal analysis and writing skills, and seeks to award a student enrolled in an American Bar Association-approved or provisionally approved Philadelphia-area law school for authoring a top-quality competition submission. This year the judges for the competition are Brandi J. Brice, City of Philadelphia Law Department; Professor Candace Mueller Centeno, Villanova University School of Law; Assistant Dean Arlene Rivera Finkelstein, University of Pennsylvania School of Law; Professor Sydney T. Howe-Barksdale, Widener University School of Law; Professor Ellie Margolis, Temple University Beasley School of Law; Professor Lisa T. McElroy, Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law; Linda D. Perkins, Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office; U.S. District Court Judge Gene E.K. Pratter; Professor Sheila Rodriguez, Rutgers University School of Law – Camden; Teresa F. Sachs, Post & Schell, P.C.; Professor David A. Sonenshein, Temple University Beasley School of Law; and Troy H. Wilson, Wilson & Wilson.

This competition is open to full- and part-time law students who are in their second or third year of study during the 2008-09 academic year at one of the following six institutions: Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Rutgers University School of Law - Camden, Temple University Beasley School of Law, Villanova University School of Law and Widener University School of Law (Delaware Campus). Part-time law students in their third or later year of study are also eligible. Students must be in good standing at their institutions. The submission may not have been published previously, although it may have been prepared in connection with a law school course or for a law journal. The submission also may not have been submitted for any other competition during the time when it is under consideration for this competition, until after the time when awards are announced. The submission must be the work of one author alone (joint submissions will not be considered), and the author must certify that the submission has been prepared without substantial editing from others.
Candidates may submit a law review quality submission on any topic relating to rights, privileges and responsibilities under federal law. Entries must be received by Friday, May 8 at 4 p.m.

The author of the winning submission will receive a cash award of $2,500, the publication of the winning submission in The Philadelphia Lawyer, on the Bar Association’s web site and/or in an appropriate Bar Association publication. The winner will be invited to the Quarterly Meeting of the Bar Association in October 2009, at which time the award will be presented. Click here for the complete rules.     

Business Development in a Down Market March 19

The Legal Marketing Association Metropolitan Philadelphia Chapter will host "Business Development in a Down Market" on Thursday, March 19 that will address how to capture, and often redirect, the enthusiasm and energy lawyers have when they first approach marketing professionals for assistance.

The panelists will share higher leverage activities that they have seen work in slow markets and are utilizing in their firms to strengthen relationships and grow their business. They will also discuss activities that keep you out in front of the lawyers and let you drive activities versus responding to concepts.

Speakers include Lisa Hass, partner and director of business development, Cozen O'Connor; Linda Fleming, director of business development, Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney; Joseph Goldshear, marketing and business development specialist, Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin; and Donna Kearney, business development manager, Wolf Block. The program will be moderated by Robert Randolph, director of marketing and business development, Bryan Cave LLP. Sponsored by Hubbard One, a Westlaw business, who offers consulting, technology, analytical and implementation services for the legal industry, the program will be held from 12 to 1:30 p.m. at Table 31, Comcast Center, 1701 JFK Blvd., Philadelphia, PA. The cost of attending the event is $10 for members of the LMA and $25 for non-members. If you are interested in attending, please register online or contact Shellee E. Buchanan at (215) 864-8755 or with any questions.

Survival for Mid-Size and Small Firms March 26

Villanova University School of Law will present "How Mid-Size and Small Firms Can Survive and Even Grow in This Economy" on Thursday, March 26.

Robert Denney of Robert Denney Associates, Inc. will be the speaker for the program, beginning at 4:40 p.m. in Room 29 of the Law School. A reception will follow. The program is being presented in partnership with the Philadelphia Business Journal. Click here to register. Admission is free, but space is limited.

Pa. Bar Mid-Year Conference for Women March 31

The Pennsylvania Bar Association Mid-Year Conference for the Women in the Profession "Plugging the Leaky Pipeline: Stopping Attrition" will be held Tuesday, March 31 at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets.

The program begins at 3 p.m. and concludes with a networking/socializing hour from 5 to 6 p.m. Participating panelists include U.S. District Court Senior Judge Norma Shapiro; Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Anne Lazarus; Lynn A. Marks, executive director, Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts; Gina Rubel, president/CEO, Furia Rubel Communications, Inc.; former Bar Association Chancellor Jane Dalton, partner, Duane Morris LLP; former Chancellor Audrey C. Talley, partner, Drinker Biddle; Diane Thompson, practitioner; and Wanda Flowers, in-house counsel, Sunoco, Inc.

Moderators include Phyllis H. Epstein, partner, Epstein, Shapiro & Epstein, P.C.; Jennifer L. Hoagland, shareholder, Bazelon Less & Feldman, P.C.; and Kathleen Wilkinson, Partner, Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP. Speakers for the program are Lorraine K. Koc, vice president and general counsel, Deb Shops, Inc. and Roberta Liebenberg, member, Fine, Kaplan & Black, R.P.C. and chair of the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession.

One substantive and one ethics CLE credits are available for this program. Click here for additional information and registration material.

Public Interest Training Sessions, Events

The Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network will present its 2009 Excellence Awards at its annual dinner on Tuesday, March 31, at the Harrisburg Hilton & Towers. The event will begin with a social hour from 5 to 6 p.m., followed by a buffet dinner, featuring keynote speaker U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Marjorie O. Rendell. Winners the 2009 Excellent Awards include Karen Detamore, executive director of Friends of Farmworkers; and Richard Weishaupt, senior attorney at Community Legal Services. Also being recognized with Excellence Awards are U.S. District Court Judge C. Darnell Jones II and Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Judge Annette Rizzo for their work relating to the groundbreaking Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Pilot Program that was implemented in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County in 2008.

The HomeWorks Project is also being recognized by PLAN for a unique and innovative collaboration between Regional Housing Legal Services and the Pennsylvania Health Law Project to develop a supportive housing project tailored to the needs of a group of disabled individuals. Individual attorneys being recognized in connection with the project include David Gates, PA Health Law Project, and Kim Dolan, Regional Housing Legal Services. Tickets cost $45 each. For more information about this event or to make reservations online, Click here.

Philadelphia VIP will present a pro bono CLE training program on divorce on Friday, April 3, from 12 to 2:15 p.m., at Dechert LLP, 2929 Arch St. Two CLE credits will be provided in exchange for handling a pro bono case referred by VIP. To register, please call VIP at 215-523-9550.

Support Center for Child Advocates will present the pro bono training program "How to Handle A Child Abuse Case," from on Monday, April 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building. Five substantive CLE credits and one ethics CLE credits provided. To register, contact PBI at 1-800-247-4724.

Celebrate Formation of Pa. Innocence Project April 7

A reception will be held Tuesday, April 7 to celebrate the formation of the Pennsylvania Innocence Project, an organization dedicated to exonerating persons imprisoned in Pennsylvania for crimes they did not commit and to eliminating the causes of wrongful convictions.

The program will be held at the National Consitution Center, 525 Arch St., beginning at 5 p.m. with a private viewing of the America I Am exhibit. The program and reception will follow. Speakers for the program include JoAnne Epps, dean, Temple University Beasley School of Law; Pa. state Sen. Stewart J. Greenleaf, chair of the Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee; Peter J. Neufeld, co-founder and co-director of Innocence Project at Cadozo Law School and Jennifer Thompson-Cannino, eyewitness whose testimony convicted exoneree Ronald Cotton and co-author with Cotton of Picking Cotton: Our Story of Injustice and Redemption.

Tickets are $25 and include admission of America I Am exhibit, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. For more information, contact Amy Hastings at (215) 981-4249. Click here to register.

Brandeis Foundation Scholarship Lunch April 21

Area law school students who have demonstrated an interest in and involvement with Jewish religion, law or ethics will be honored at the Brandeis Law Foundation scholarship luncheon on Tuesday, April 21 at 12 p.m. at the Union League of Philadelphia, Broad and Sansom Streets.

According to Mayer Horwitz, president of the Foundation, the scholarships will be awarded in the name of Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judges Abraham J. Gafni (Ret.) and Sandra Mazer Moss. The Judge Abraham J. Gafni award is a $1,000 cash prize given to a second or third year Jewish law student at a Philadelphia area law school who has demonstrated an interest and involvement in Jewish Religion, Law, or Ethics. The Judge Sandra Mazer Moss Award is a $1,000 cash prize given to a single parent law student at a Philadelphia area law school who strives for personal achievement, success and excellence in the law.

The event is chaired by Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor and Brandeis Law Society member Sayde J. Ladov who notes that all area law school deans have been invited to the luncheon along with members of the local judiciary.

Tickets for the luncheon are $65 for members of the Bar and $25 for judges, law clerks, law students and public interest lawyers. Tables of 10 can be purchased for $500. For tickets, indicate the number of attendees and price category and send it along with a check made payable to the "Brandeis Law Society" to Mitchell H. Klevan, Esq., 1515 Market St., Suite 1410, Philadelphia, PA 19102. More information can be found at the Society's web site at

The Brandeis Law Foundation is the charitable arm of the Brandeis Law Society.
The Louis D. Brandeis Law Society is a Jewish law society, dedicated to advancing and enriching the personal and professional interests of members of the Bench and Bar. It promotes opportunities for leadership development, social interaction, education and community service.
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