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People in the News—April 10, 2019—Eastburn and Gray

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Eastburn and Gray attorney Erin K. Aronson served as the coordinator of the 2018-2019 Pennsylvania Bar Association/young lawyers division Mock Trial Competition for Bucks County.

The competition featured 17 teams and resulted in a win for Central Bucks High School South, which will move on to compete in the regional phase of the competition.

This countywide, annual competition is organized by the young lawyers division of the Bucks County Bar Association as part of the Pennsylvania Bar Association statewide competition.

Locally, BCBA members serve as team advisers, jurors, bailiffs and coordinators, while the judges from the Bucks County Court of Common Pleas and Magisterial District Courts throughout the county preside over each hearing.

One of the largest in the nation, the PBA/YLD Mock Trial Competition gives more than 300 high school student teams from across the state the opportunity to act as lawyers and witnesses in simulated civil and criminal trials before actual judges and panels of juries.

Each year, the winning team goes on to represent Pennsylvania in the national competition.

Aronson currently serves as chair elect of the YLD of the BCBA.

She practices in the areas of real estate, labor and employment and education at Eastburn and Gray.

Prior to practicing law, Aronson’s career focused on public service in both state government and politics.


Robert Szwajkos, a partner at Curtin & Heefner in its commercial services department was elected to serve as chair of the board of directors of the Bucks County Credit Counseling Center.

The Bucks County Credit Counseling Center, an nonprofit service sponsored by regional banking and professional organizations, provides confidential credit counseling services.

During 2018, the center assisted 4,230 clients with budget and debt management, credit report review, financial fitness and student loan counseling, first-time homebuyer education, foreclosure prevention, financing options and bankruptcy counseling.


The Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel is offering a CLE program on “Restatement of the Law of Liability Insurance” at 12:30 p.m. April 16 at Estia Restaurant in Philadelphia.

One substantive CLE credit is offered. Price is $90, which includes lunch. For more information, please call 844-744-5600.


Attorney Lauren DeBruicker is set to be honored at the fourth annual Hero Award.

Acting Without Boundaries is scheduled to host its fourth annual Hero Award fundraiser at the Fairmong Water Works at 6 p.m. Thursday.

The AWB Hero Award recognizes a community leader with a physical disability who displays efforts to overcome adversity, enhance awareness, reduce stigma and increase community access for disabled individuals.

DeBruicker is an assistant U.S. attorney in Philadelphia.

As a member of the office’s civil division, DeBruicker prosecutes civil cases, including those charging health care fraud and violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and defends the United States in litigation brought against it.

AWB is a year-round theatre program for people with physical disabilities.

AWB aims to transform lives and build self-esteem in an empowered community for people with physical disabilities through theater that celebrates ability.

The Hero Award is an annual fundraiser for AWB.


Attention young lawyers!

Send in your questions for a new Q&A advice column for the Young Lawyers page in The Legal.

A panel of experts from the law firm Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis will answer a few selected questions in each monthly column, advising young lawyers about their career, professional development, office politics, business development, pro bono work, relationships with mentors and colleagues, and so on.

Email your questions to krearick@alm.com.