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Legal and marketing professionals to share expertise at minority business development program

HARRISBURG (Aug. 4, 2009) - A panel of minority legal and marketing professionals will discuss their experiences with business development, marketing, branding and related issues at an upcoming midday program, "Ready, Set, Go, Get Business."

Panelists will include retired Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Justice Cynthia Baldwin, Duane Morris, L.L.P., Pittsburgh; Arun J. Thomas, Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott L.L.C., Pittsburgh; Lourdes Sanchez Ridge, Thorp Reed & Armstrong L.L.P., Pittsburgh; and Roslyn Guy McCorkle, Allegheny County Law Department, Pittsburgh. Carl Cooper, law firm consultant, Pittsburgh, will moderate the discussion.

The free program, which includes lunch, takes place on Thursday, Sept. 3, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the City County Building, 414 Grant St, Pittsburgh.

The program is a project of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Minority Bar Committee and the Allegheny County Bar Association Diversity Collaborative.

"This business development and marketing program will offer the information and skills needed by all well-prepared lawyers," said E. Nego Pile, co-chair of the Business Development Subcommittee of the PBA Minority Bar Committee. "We're excited about this program and future joint programs by the PBA and the ACBA Diversity Collaborative that will help build professional networks among minority and non-minority lawyers."

For more information about the Sept. 3 program, contact Nicola Henry-Taylor by sending an e-mail to nicola.henry-taylor@klgates.com. To register, send an e-mail to the PBA's Louann Bell at louann.bell@pabar.org.

Founded in 1895, the Pennsylvania Bar Association strives to promote justice, professional excellence and respect for the law; improve public understanding of the legal system; facilitate access to legal services; and serve the 29,000 lawyers who are members of the association.

The Allegheny County Bar Association Diversity Collaborative encourages minority involvement in the bar association and assists minority attorneys in successfully managing professional obstacles in their legal practices and sponsors programs, seminars and projects that support the needs of minority members of the bar.