Monday, Oct. 22, 2007
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 8, No. 77

Supreme Court Candidates Forum Oct. 24

Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts and the Philadelphia Bar Association will present Decision 2007, an interactive forum with the candidates running for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 1 p.m.

Candidates including Judges Michael Krancer, Maureen Lally-Green and Debra Todd will be on the panel, which will be held in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch will be available for a discounted rate of $5. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Judicial elections are Tuesday, Nov. 6. For more information about this program, visit

Marks to Speak to Women in Profession Committee Oct. 23

Lynn Marks, the Association's 2007 Sandra Day O'Connor Award recipient, will be the guest speaker at the Tuesday, Oct. 23 meeting of the Women in the Profession Committee.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $7.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Traffic/Vehicular Law Committee Meeting Oct. 24

The Traffic/Vehicular Law Committee will meet on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 12 p.m. in the 10th Floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St.

Lunch is available for $7.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program. For more information about the committee, contact Dawn Burger at (215) 238-6367.

RSVP to Bar for Women in the Profession Girls Night Oct. 24

The Women in the Profession Committee will present a Fall Fashion Girls Night with Milla by Mail on Wednesday, Oct. 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Jason Matthew Salon, 1426 Walnut St.

Enjoy a night of fashion and beauty indulgence while shopping well-known brands and up-and-coming apparel and accessories designers. The evening will include hair styling, makeovers and cocktails. Space is limited. To RSVP, e-mail The event is sponsored by Abelson Legal Search and Summit Court Reporting.

Tickets Available for Lawyerpalooza Oct. 25

The Young Lawyers Division will host Lawyerpalooza at Kildare's Headhouse Square (2nd & South streets) on Thursday, Oct. 25.

Beginning at 6:30 p.m., lawyers who moonlight in bands, such as A Band Called M, Class Action, Brand New Gods and Pray for Mojo, will be featured. There will also be other performances by Brad Shuttleworth and Jim Wells. You've seen them in court, now see them on stage! The cost of $10 includes drink tickets, heavy hors d'oeuvres and drink specials.

Lawyerpalooza is sponsored by Esquire Deposition Services, LLC and Summit Court Reporting, Inc. Click here to purchase tickets.

Prosecuting Nursing Home Claims Oct. 25

Ron Lebovits will discuss determining when to prosecute liability claims on behalf of the victims of neglect and abuse in nursing homes at the Thursday, Oct. 25 meeting of the Elder Law Committee.

The meeting begins at 1 p.m. in the 10th Floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $7.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Justice Fitzgerald on Supreme Court Impact Nov. 7

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice James J. Fitzgerald III will discuss the work of the Supreme Court and how it impacts the First Judicial District at the Wednesday, Nov. 7 quarterly meeting of the State Civil Litigation Section.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center of Bar Association, headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $7.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Workers' Comp Section Seeks Award Nominees

The Association's Workers' Compensation Section will present its 7th annual Martha Hampton Award later this year. This award was named in honor of an attorney who was committed to the practice of workers compensation law. Each year a committee reviews nominations as to the attorney or judge who best exemplifies Martha's unique compassion and dedication to her clients, her professionalism, scholarship and good will with her peers.

It should be noted all members of the bar and bench who practice workers' compensation law are eligible. This is not an award restricted to claimants' attorneys. Past winners have included counsel from both sides of the aisle as well as from the bench.

This year's Award Committee will be chaired by Marc S. Jacobs (a partner with Hampton at Galfand Berger) and the co-chairs of the section from last year, Judge Patricia M. Bachman, Valerie H. Lieberman and Eric L. Segal. In addition to the award, a charitable contribution is made each year to Kids Chance by Galfand Berger, on behalf of the Section. Kids Chance offers scholarships to children who have lost a parent due to a work-related injury.

The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, Oct. 31. Your nominations are important. We encourage your participation. Please include your thoughts for making any nomination. All nominations can be e-mailed to Marc S. Jacobs at or mailed to Jacobs at 1818 Market St., 23rd Floor, Philadelphia, Pa. 19103.

Attracting Business to Philadelphia Nov. 26

Thomas G. Morr, president and CEO of Select Greater Philadelphia, will discuss Select Greater Philadelphia's efforts and successes in attracting companies nationally and internationally to this region and how the bar association can assist with those efforts on Monday, Nov. 26.

Select Greater Philadelphia is a regional economic development marketing organization created to promote the Greater Philadelphia region as a premier business location. The program is sponsored by the Real Property Section, Business Law Section and International Law Committee.

Prior to joining Select Greater Philadelphia in June 2005, Morr served as the managing partner of the Greater Washington Initiative, an organization that markets the National Capital area. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from American University in Washington, D.C. and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ohio University. He practiced law with the firm of Michael F. Colley and Associates of Columbus, Ohio.

Morr serves as a member of the National Air and Space Museum Board at the Smithsonian Institution, and is a member emeritus of the Board and Executive Committee of the Washington Airports Task Force and of the Washington Dulles Foreign Trade Zone. He is a past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Virginia Tourism Corporation, an affiliate of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership. He has also co-chaired the Governor's Commission on Development of the Virginia Travel and Tourism Industry. He is the former Chairman of the World Cities Alliance.

The program begins at 12 p.m. and will be held in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $7.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Bar Foundation's Andrew Hamilton Gala Nov. 17

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation will present the 29th Annual Andrew Hamilton Gala "Philadelphia Justice in Films" on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. at Sherman Mills.

The Bar Foundation will present its annual Morris Shuster Fellowships at the event, along with the presentation of the Citizens Bank Pro Bono Award and the Philadelphia Bar Foundation Award.

The Andrew Hamilton Gala, the social event of the season in the legal community, raises money for grants to law-related programs in the Philadelphia area that assist the indigent, elderly and disabled, as well as abused women and children. Click here for ticket information.

Judge Gafni Portrait Presentation Oct. 29

The Brandeis Law Society and the friends and family of Judge Abraham J. Gafni
invite the legal community to the formal presentation of the portrait of Judge Gafni on Monday, Oct. 29 at 4 p.m. in Courtroom 653 of City Hall.

The ceremony will honor the dedicated service of Judge Gafni to the legal community as a lawyer and judge of the Court of Common Pleas and will celebrate the establishment of a scholarship to be given in perpetuity in Judge Gafni's name. A catered reception will follow in the Law Library at 600 City Hall.

Nominating Committee Selects 8

The Philadelphia Bar Association's Nominating Committee nominated the following candidates for Bar Association offices on Oct. 11: Vice-Chancellor, Scott F. Cooper; Secretary, Kathleen D. Wilkinson; Assistant Secretary, Sophia Lee; Treasurer, Jeffrey M. Lindy; Assistant Treasurer, Joseph A. Prim Jr. The Committee also made the following nominations for three-year terms (three of five positions) on the Board of Governors: Michael J. Berkowitz, Karen Detamore and Maria A. Feeley.

Notice is hereby given that the Philadelphia Bar Association is accepting additional nominations for candidates for Bar offices to be elected by the membership at the Association's Annual Meeting and Election on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2007.

The deadline for filing these additional nominations is Friday, Nov. 2, 2007, at 5 p.m.

Nominations must be in writing and may take the form of a letter to the Secretary, c/o Susan Knight, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19107-2911. Letters must state the office the individual is seeking and must include the names and signatures of at least twenty-five (25) members of the Association who are entitled to vote, except for the nomination of Vice Chancellor, which shall be signed by a least one hundred (100) members who are entitled to vote.Offices to be filled are Vice Chancellor, Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Treasurer and Assistant Treasurer, as well as five (5) positions on the Board of Governors for a term of three years.

Candidates are also asked to provide a photograph and statement of no more than 150 words, demonstrating their qualifications to serve as a member of the Board of Governors. Photos and statements will be published in the Philadelphia Bar Reporter and must be received no later than Friday, Nov. 2, 2007, at 5 p.m.

Bar Announces Judicial Ratings, Releases Poll Results

Chancellor Jane Dalton and Shelley R. Smith, Chair of the Association's Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention, have announced the results of the Commission's investigation into the qualifications of candidates for Philadelphia's Court of Common Pleas and Municipal Court in the Nov. 6 general election.

In addition, the Judicial Commission also released the results of a poll of all Philadelphia lawyers conducted for the Bar Association earlier this year by Votenet. The poll invited respondents to rate specific aspects of the judicial performance of each of the retention judges. Under the bylaws of the Association, the poll is not binding upon the Commission's deliberations, although it must be published with the Commission's findings. The complete poll results are available from the Bar Association.

The Chancellor pointed out that the Association's Campaign for Qualified Judges has launched a pop-up window that appears whenever anyone visits the Association's Web site. The window lists ratings that can be printed out and taken to the polls on Nov. 6. The Web site also features a complete "Voters Guide to the Judicial Elections." Dalton said the Association wants voters to know "not just who to vote for but why the judicial elections are so important and why we invest so much time and energy in reviewing and rating these candidates. This is the one place for voters to find thorough, non-partisan, objective ratings of the candidates."

The Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention is independent and non-partisan. It includes lawyers and non-lawyers. Among the members of the Commission are the Chief Public Defender, the President Judges of the Common Pleas and Municipal Courts, and representatives from the Asian, Hispanic and African American legal groups.

The ratings by the 30-member Judicial Commission follow extensive study and investigation by five-member panels of the Commission’s own 120-member investigative division, which includes 40 non-lawyer members. Those found Recommended satisfied a cumulative review of criteria including legal ability and training, trial experience, character and integrity, judicial temperament, mental and physical capacity and community involvement. The complete criteria are available from the Bar Association.

The following judges, listed alphabetically, were found RECOMMENDED for retention to the Court of Common Pleas:

Mark I. Bernstein
Gary DiVito
John W. Herron
C. Darnell Jones II
Barbara A. Joseph
Shelley Robins New
Rosalyn K. Robinson
Peter F. Rogers
M. Teresa Sarmina
Edward R. Summers

The following judges, listed alphabetically, were found RECOMMENDED for retention to Municipal Court:

Teresa Carr Deni
Ronald B. Merriweather
Wendy L. Pew
Louis J. Presenza

The following judges, listed alphabetically, were found NOT RECOMMENDED for retention to the Municipal Court:

Georganne V. Daher
Deborah S. Griffin

The Commission reiterated its ratings of the following candidates who have been found RECOMMENDED for election to the Court of Common Pleas:

Linda Carpenter
Alice Beck Dubow
Michael Erdos
Joyce Eubanks
Ellen Green-Ceisler

The Commission reiterated its rating of the following candidate who has been found RECOMMENDED for election to the Municipal Court:

Joseph J. O'Neill

The Commission reiterated its rating of the following candidate who has been found NOT RECOMMENDED for election to the Municipal Court:

Jacquelyn Frazier-Lyde

For a complete guide to the Judicial Elections visit the Philadelphia Bar Association Web site at

Former Chancellor Reich to Receive Wachovia Fidelity Award

Abraham C. Reich, former Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association and a partner with Fox Rothschild LLP, has been selected as the recipient of the Wachovia Fidelity Award. The presentation will be made at the Association's Annual Meeting Luncheon on Tuesday, Dec. 4.

The Wachovia Fidelity Award is presented annually by the Association to individuals who have helped improve the administration of justice and exhibited faithfulness to the profession.

Chancellor-Elect A. Michael Pratt will outline his plans for 2008 at the Annual Meeting Luncheon, which begins at 12 p.m. at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia, Broad and Walnut streets. Tickets are $50. Click here to purchase tickets online.

Oct. 31 Deadline for Ingram Award Nominees

The Association's Committee on the Rights of Lesbian and Gay Men is accepting nominations for its annual Cheryl Ingram Advocate for Justice Award.

Nominations should be no longer than one page and include why your candidate should receive the award. Please submit your nomination by Wednesday, Oct. 31 to

Ingram served as the director of policy administration for the Bar Association. She also served on the board of Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia, including a term as its treasurer. She successfully advocated for GALLOP's evolution into an effective bar association by assisting in the creation of a Web site, endorsing of bar candidates, and advocating for more visibility and involvement in the greater Philadelphia legal community. She reached out to both the American and the Pennsylvania Bar Associations to be inclusive of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, and encouraged the Philadelphia Bar Association to endorse a number of pro-LGBT resolutions.

She was a catalyst in the creation of the Committee on the Legal Rights of Lesbians and Gay Men at the Philadelphia Bar Association and was instrumental in the creation of the Advocate for Justice Award, which recognized the important contributions from allies outside the LGBT legal community to the cause of equality for all.

Andrew Hamilton Award Nominees Sought by Nov. 2

The Public Interest Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association is accepting nominations for the annual Andrew Hamilton Award. Nominees must be a legal services advocate or public defender employed by, or associated with, an organization whose purpose is to serve persons who cannot afford to pay for legal representation, or be a public-interest lawyer working with a nonprofit organization serving a charitable or public interest purpose.

In addition, nominees must have substantial experience in legal services, indigent defense or public interest law and must currently be employed in one of these capacities. Members of the selection committee will consider such factors as personal vision and commitment; critical nature of the problems addressed by the nominee's advocacy; innovative nature of the nominee's work; outcomes and results achieved through effective advocacy; the difficulty of achievement; and community commitment.

Nominations are encouraged and should include the individual's name, address and a brief statement describing his or her qualifications. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Nov. 2. All nominations should be mailed to Robert C. Heim, Esq., at Dechert LLP, Cira Centre, 2929 Arch St., Philadelphia, PA 19104.

Higginbotham Fellowship Available; Apply by Nov. 26

The Public Interest Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association is pleased to announce that it will be awarding a Higginbotham Fellowship, in the amount of $4,000, to subsidize the work of a summer law clerk at a DLSC public interest law center during the summer of 2008. The winner will be determined by a lottery drawing conducted at the Section's Annual Reception and Awards Ceremony on Dec. 5 between at 5 p.m. at Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market St.

Any Delivery of Legal Services Committee public interest law center interested in applying for this stipend should notify Merril Zebe via e-mail at by no later than Monday, Nov. 26.

This stipend is intended to support the work of a summer law student involved in legal advocacy, either through direct legal services or impact litigation, on behalf of indigent and disadvantaged members of our community. This stipend is also intended to subsidize a DLSC law center that would not otherwise be in a position to support the costs of employing a summer law clerk. The Higginbotham Fellowship is not available to public interest law centers that have previously received the stipend.

Public Interest Events, Trainings Scheduled

Philadelphia VIP will present its annual training event "Pro Bono Opportunities Day," on Thursday, Oct. 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Montgomery, Walker & Rhoads, LLP, 123 S. Broad St., 28th Floor, Philadelphia. All attorneys are invited to learn how to help Philadelphia's low-income population with their legal needs. Participants may choose one of four substantive trainings. Following the training, VIP will offer each participant a pro bono case. Attorneys who attend a seminar and accept a case will earn two (2) substantive CLE credits. The cost of the program is $45 per attorney. Breakfast and training materials are included. The registration deadline is Monday, Oct. 15. To register, please contact Tanya Rambert at 215-523-9550, or

• The Asian American Bar Association of the Delaware Valley will hold its Annual Banquet in support of the Judge William Marutani Fellowship at Ocean City Restaurant, 234 N. 9th St., Philadelphia. Cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by diner at 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit

• The AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania will hold its 3rd annual Jazz concert featuring James McBride and special friends on Saturday, Oct. 27 at the Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz, 738 S. Broad St., (Broad and Fitzwater street). A VIP reception begins at 6:30 p.m. and the concert begins at 8 p.m. VIP tickets are $200; general admission is $50 and student tickets are $25. To purchase tickets, call the AIDS Law Project at 215-587-9377 or visit

• Equality Advocates Pennsylvania will host "Just Desserts," a wine and dessert reception, on Saturday, Nov. 3 from 8 to 10 p.m., at the Atwater Kent Museum, 15 S. 17th St. $50 admission fee. To RSVP or for more information, contact Shannon Cross at 215-731-1447, extension 10, or via e-mail at

• The Support Center for Child Advocates will present its Volunteers Training Workshop on Wednesday, Nov. 7 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at The CLE Conference Center, Wanamaker Building, 100 Penn Square East, Suite 1010. Six CLE credits available. For more information, or to register, call PBI at 1-800-932-4637 or visit

• The Juvenile Law Center, the National Juvenile Defender Center, the Mural Arts Program and Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Family Court Division Administrative Judge Kevin M. Dougherty will unveil a new mural installation “The Gault Project: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities” on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 3:30 p.m. Philadelphia Family Court is hosting this event under the leadership of Judge Dougherty, who offered a prominent, permanent place for the mural in Philadelphia’s Family Court. In conjunction with the mural dedication, the Defender Association of Philadelphia will present its first Gault Award to the association’s Bill Bachman, honoring him for his dedication and commitment to excellence in his representation of juveniles. Gerald Gault is also scheduled to appear. The event is free and will take place at Philadelphia Family Court, 1801 Vine St.

• The National Constitution Center and Juvenile Law Center will present a forum on the rights and status of children under the Constitution on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 6:30 p.m. The forum is part of a nationwide, year-long celebration of the 40th anniversary of In re Gault, the 1967 landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision establishing a constitutional right to counsel for youth subject to delinquency proceedings. Gerald Gault will appear as a guest speaker, along with Elizabeth Scott, the Harold R. Medina Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, as well as others. Joanne Epps, professor of Law and Associate Dean for Academic affairs at Temple University Beasley School of Law will moderate the event. The event will be held at the National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St. This event is free, but reservations are required and can be made by calling (215) 409-6700.

• The SeniorLAW Center and the Wine School of Philadelphia will host a “South American” Wine Tasting Party, on Thursday, Nov. 8 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. (tasting begins at 6 p.m.) at Blank Rome LLP, Marvin Comisky Conference Center, One Logan Square (18th and Cherry streets). Tickets are $55 and two for $99. To order tickets, call 215-701-3203, or e-mail

• Nationalities Services Center will host a fund-raiser, "Global Tastes," on Tuesday, Nov. 13 from 6 to 8 p.m., at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology and Anthropology, 3260 South Street. Individual tickets are $75. For more information, contact 215-893-8400 or purchase tickets online at

• The Women's Law Project Annual Party will be held Friday, Nov. 30 from 5:45 to 8 p.m., at the Design Center, 2400 Market St. For more information, contact Debi Morrison at 215-928-9801 or Carol Tracy at

Save $100 on Client Development Workshop

Philadelphia Bar Association members can receive $100 off the registration fee when signing up for The Training Resource Group's training program for associates of professional services firms.

The workshop, for attorneys looking to improve their client development skills, will be held Oct. 24 and Nov. 7 from 8 to 10 a.m. at the offices of The Training Resource Group, 100 N. 20th St., 4th floor.

The pre-discount cost of the program is $895 per participant and includes evaluation, training, coaching session and materials. To RSVP for this program, call The Training Resource Group at (215) 320-4652 or e-mail

Business Journal to Spotlight Bar Dec. 28

The Philadelphia Business Journal is producing a special Philadelphia Bar Association supplement in its Dec. 28 edition.

The objective is to market, to the Business Journal reader, the positive impact the legal community, the Bar Association and individual member law firms have on local commerce and businesses in the Philadelphia region.

The deadline for reserving advertising space is Nov. 30. For more information, contact Michelle Stuhl at (215) 238-5114 or e-mail her at

Public Sector Labor Contracts in Philadelphia Oct. 30

The existing collective bargaining agreements with the city's four major unions will expire at the end of June 2008. During his first six months in office, the next mayor will negotiate new agreements against the backdrop of an enormous unfunded pension liability and the escalating costs of health care benefits. The negotiations are certain to be tough, and the outcome will have a profound impact both on the short-term and long-term fiscal health of the city – not to mention the political future of the new mayor.

The negotiations between the city and the unions affect everyone who lives, works and even visits Philadelphia. Yet few people are informed about the complexities of the issues and what is at stake for each side. Even less is known about how other big cities have addressed similar problems and whether those models might be appropriate for consideration in Philadelphia.

Experts on labor negotiations will make brief presentations on the issues of health care costs and pension benefits, followed by a panel discussion and an open period for audience participation. Program participants may include arbitrators, union lawyers, union executives, city lawyers, city officials, academics, state officials, and experts in "novel" labor agreements adopted in other municipalities that might be applicable to Philadelphia. Representatives from the Committee of Seventy and the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority will serve as moderators.

Faculty for this program include Rob Dubow, executive director, Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority; Zachary Stalberg, president and CEO, Committee of Seventy; Uri Z. Monson, deputy executive director, Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority; Ellen Mattleman Kaplan, vice president and policy director, Committee of Seventy; Michael Nadol, board member, Committee of Seventy; Shelly R. Smith, Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP, Philadelphia; Wendy Warren, assistant managing editor, Philadelphia Daily News; Deborah R. Willig, managing partner, Willig, Williams & Davidson; Cathy Scott; and James J. Eisenhower of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP. This program will be held Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 12 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building. Registration and lunch begin at 11:30 a.m. Click here to register for this program.

Upcoming CLE

The following courses are cosponsored by the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. All courses are at The CLE Conference Center in the Wanamaker Building, except as otherwise noted. Registration begins 30 minutes before course start time.

Thursday, Oct. 25
Selecting and Influencing Your Jury
6 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

How to Practice Probate & Estate Law (Day 1)
8 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
1 to 4:15 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 26
How to Practice Probate & Estate Law (Day 2)
8 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

6th Annual Constitutional Law Conclave
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits (Must attend entire program to receive ethics credit)
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 29
Electronic Filing and The Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Civil Trial Division
3 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

More information is available on the PBI Web site at, on the page devoted to Philadelphia programs, by calling 1-800-247-4724, or by e-mailing Note: some events sell out; before walking in, call PBI to confirm that space is still available for the program that interests you.

Earn as many as 4 credits on your computer, at your convenience at PBI's Online Campus, at More than 300 classes are available, including nearly 50 one-hour ethics programs. 24/7 CLE.

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