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Volunteer Highlight – Elizabeth “Liz” Vaysman

 

Elizabeth “Liz” Vaysman

Workplace: A Baby Step Adoption

Practice Area: Private Adoption

Child Advocates Volunteer Attorney Since 2015

In her first and current case with Child Advocates, Liz represents five siblings. She has seen one of the children through to adoption and, through her advocacy, has ensured that the other children are now living in pre-adoptive homes with members of their extended family. Liz finds it rewarding to see how the family has stepped up to take care of the children and provide them with positive and caring home environments. While the children have been through difficult situations throughout the life of the case, Liz finds it gratifying to know that her efforts, with the support of the Child Advocates team, have helped all of the children end up in loving and supportive homes.

Liz enjoys working with Child Advocates because she finds it gratifying to feel connected to the community in a positive and productive way. Through her experience as a Child Advocates Volunteer Attorney, Liz feels that she has grown both as a lawyer and as a person.

39th Annual Philadelphia Bar Association 5k Run/Walk

Save-the-date for the 39th Annual Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Run/Walk! Join us on Sunday, May 20, 2018 at Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park and race to help abused children find more stable lives.

The Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Run/Walk is one of the oldest and most respected events of its kind in the City of Philadelphia! The Run/Walk format provides the opportunity for athletes of all levels to participate in this charity event organized by the Philadelphia Bar Association to spotlight its concern for the children of Philadelphia and to benefit the Support Center for Child Advocates. People of all ages will enjoy fun, family-friendly activities including the Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney Kids Dash, the Caesar Rivise Team Competition, Face Painting, Balloon Animals and more!

EARLY BIRD SPECIALRunners who register online by Wednesday, February 28, 2018 will receive $5 off your registration fee!

Click HERE to register online.
Click HERE to download the registration form

Sponsorship Forms
Corporate Sponsorship Form – Click HERE
Law Firm Sponsorship Form – Click HERE

Caesar Rivise Team Competition Forms
Corporate Team Form – Click HERE
Legal Team Form – Click HERE
** NEW THIS YEAR – Get your friends together and join in on some friendly competition! Open Team Form – Click HERE

THANK YOU SPONSORS!!!

Presenting Sponsors
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney
Caesar Rivise
Firstrust Bank

Corporate Sponsors
Philadelphia Parks & Recreation
Veritext Legal Solutions

Legal Sponsors
Anapol Weiss
Dechert
DLA Piper
Drinker Biddle & Reath
Offit Kurman
Philadelphia Bar Association
Stevens & Lee/Griffin

Questions? Contact Cate Galbally at 267-546-9216 or cgalbally@SCCALaw.org.

$100 Super Bowl tickets

$100 Super Bowl tickets
By: Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writer

Eagles madness has made ticket-holders the envy of everyone in Greater Philadelphia. Support Center for Child Advocates, an agency that pairs lawyers and social service advocates with abused children, offered two pairs of Super Bowl 2018 tickets at its annual benefit auction back in April 2017.

One pair went in a raffle — at cost of just $100 — and the second pair went up for a live auction and sold for $2,750.

“Who could have predicted that the Eagles would win the playoffs?” said Frank Cervone, executive director at Support Center for Child Advocates, which provides legal assistance and social service advocacy for abused and neglected children in the Philadelphia County.

Soodabeh Jaffari and Mark Pasierb were the highest bidders at the charity auction. Tami Levin bought the winning raffle ticket.

Mark Pasierb, president of Pitcairn Properties, had won a pair of 2017 tickets at the Child Advocates auction the prior year, and traveled to Houston to see the Patriots beat the Falcons.

“That was a great game and was thrilled to be at the Super Bowl, but this year, I hope to see the Patriots lose,” said Pasierb. “Go Eagles!”

Tami Levin, former director of victim services at the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, bought a raffle ticket “because I wanted to support this amazing agency in a small way. I can’t believe I won!”

The two pairs of tickets were donated to Child Advocates last year. Their next event is the upcoming benefit auction on April 18. For event information, visit https://sccalaw.org/upcoming_events/.

Young Friends Launch Party!

You’re invited…

Young Friends of Child Advocates Launch Party!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 – 5:00 – 7:00 PM
Tabu Lounge and Sports Bar
200 S. 12th Street, Philadelphia

It’s FREE!

Raffle prizes! Drink specials! Taco Tuesday! Appetizer specials!

Bring a friend!!

Register:

Online: CLICK HERE.

This year, the Support Center for Child Advocates (Child Advocates) celebrates its 40th anniversary of providing quality, free legal representation and social services for abused and neglected children throughout the Philadelphia region. As we reflect on our past, we honor our founders and recognize the need for renewed passion and ongoing cultivation of relationships and finding new ways to connect and engage with the broader community.

We are currently seeking people of all professional backgrounds, 40 years and younger, who will bring their passion and creativity and join us in finding new ways to sustain and further our mission. Our Young Friends will:

  • Serve as ambassadors for Child Advocates
  • Help us connect with new resources and communities
  • Volunteer at Child Advocates special events
  • Receive discounts to select Child Advocates events
  • Bring new ideas for philanthropy and volunteerism
  • Enjoy networking and career development opportunities

Questions? Contact: Allison Goetz or 267-940-1606

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Welcome New Board Members!

Support Center for Child Advocates Announces New Board Slate
July 29, 2016 Philadelphia, PA – Support Center for Child Advocates (Child Advocates) announces the addition of three new Board Members: David Dzara, Sarah Keating, and Jeffrey Sotland. They will join the other 27 members of the Board as passionate and ambitious advocates of the nation’s oldest and largest pro bono legal and social services agency serving abused and neglected children.

Members of Child Advocate’s Board of Directors are charged with bringing their unique experiences and perspectives to enhance the agency’s mission and provide diligent fiscal and programmatic oversight to promote the agency’s work in the community.

“We are delighted to welcome these illustrious new members and young lawyers to our Board of Directors,” said Frank P. Cervone, Executive Director. “Every Board Member plays a crucial role in the oversight of our agency and our efforts as we move to the future. I am confident that these new members add a rich diversity of background, talent, and experience to our Board.”

New Board Members:

David Dzara is an experienced business litigator and trial attorney with Steve Harvey Law, LLC. A graduate of Temple Law School, David previously served as a law clerk for the Superior Court in Delaware and for the Honorable Ronald D. Castille of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. David worked at Pepper Hamilton LLP for seven years where he was co-chair of the firm’s Child Advocacy Practice Group before joining his current firm. David has been a Volunteer Attorney with Child Advocates for the past nine years and also serves as a Director for the Jordan Estate Homeowner’s Board.
Sarah Keating is an environmental lawyer and the CEO of Keating Environmental Management, Inc., a female-owned consulting firm that has been in business for 25 years. A graduate of George Washington University National Law Center, Sarah worked for Morgan, Lewis, and Bockius and then for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for more than 15 years. She also served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Sarah is a member of the Forum of Executive Women, is the founder of Women Empowering Women, and is a member of the Society of Women Environment Professionals.
 
Jeffrey Sotland is a Partner with Mintzer Sarowitz, Zeris Ledva, and Meyers LLP where he oversees the firm’s national subrogation practice. A graduate of Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University, Jeffrey has over two decades of experience in civil litigation focusing on property damage and loss cases. He is the past Commissioner of the City of Brotherly Love Softball League, served as co-chair of the William Way LGBT Community Center, and is the current president of Out Philadelphia Athletic League.

About The Support Center for Child Advocates
The Support Center for Child Advocates provides legal assistance and social service advocacy for abused and neglected children in Philadelphia County. Child Advocates is one of the most successful volunteer models serving children in the country. Since its founding in 1977, Child Advocates has trained more than 8,000 attorneys who contribute pro bono services valued at more than $5.1 million annually

We Have Moved In More Ways Than One!

In 2001, we purchased our building at 1900 Cherry Street. Many will recall this ambitious endeavor, supported by so many Capital Campaign donors, to create permanency for the agency: a place we could call our own, where we could grow and be seen. At the time, our 23-person staff included 6 lawyers and 9 social workers, and with the help of 300 volunteer attorneys, we were able to provide legal and social services to 700 abused and neglected children.
How times have changed! Our Child Advocates staff now includes 8 attorneys, 17 social workers and an administrative staff of 13 – plus interns! In each of the last two years we represented over 1,000 child clients, and more come almost every day. More than 320 volunteer attorneys were teamed with staff to cover 2,500 court hearings. Last year, more than 4,600 lay and professional caregivers of children attended training programs produced by our Center for Excellence in Advocacy. To continue providing the level of legal and social services that the community expects from us, it is time to find a larger home.
On Monday, we continue our journey of service. Our important work will now be carried out in a new office location – 1617 JFK Boulevard, Suite 1200 – Philadelphians know it as The Suburban Station Building at One Penn Center. This larger space will allow our services and staff to grow even more as we continue to provide top-tier pro bono services to children and youth in Philadelphia, and training programs everywhere. We also have a new website address: SCCAlaw.org.
Thank you to everyone who has supported our work, our staff and most importantly, our child clients. We look forward to seeing you at our new home!

What’s the right amount of time for a birth mother to change her mind about putting her baby up for adoption?

The adoption process in Pennsylvania is being scrutinized for potential updates, but one bill that could halve the time birth mothers have to decide against adoption has been particularly controversial.

By Elizabeth Lepro and Lauren Rosenblatt | PublicSource | July 7, 2016

When Priscilla Sharp gave birth to her daughter, she was startled when the baby was put in her arms.

Moments after the nurse handed her the child by accident, a nun came by to carry the baby girl away.

“I had no choice. I had no home, I had no job, I had no money.”

Sharp, now a 71-year-old blogger living in State College, had chosen to put her baby up for adoption in 1964 and was not permitted to see the child. Sharp said she’s held on to the pain of that moment for 50 years.

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Former City Solicitor Shelley R. Smith joins Support Center for Child Advocates Board of Directors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                     Contact: Moira Mulroney

Director of Development & Communications

mmulroney@sccalaw.org or 267-546-9208

FORMER CITY SOLICITOR SHELLEY R. SMITH JOINS SUPPORT CENTER FOR CHILD ADVOCATES BOARD OF DIRECTORS

July 1, 2016 Philadelphia, PA – Support Center for Child Advocates (Child Advocates) announces the addition of Shelley R. Smith to its Board of Directors. Ms. Smith joins the other members of the Board as a passionate and ambitious advocate of the nation’s oldest and largest pro bono legal and social services agency serving abused and neglected children.

Members of Child Advocate’s Board of Directors are charged with bringing their unique experiences and perspectives to enhance the agency’s mission and provide diligent fiscal and programmatic oversight to promote the agency’s work in the community.

“We are delighted to welcome Shelley to our Board of Directors,” said Frank Cervone, Executive Director. “Every Board Member plays a crucial role in the oversight of our agency and our efforts as we move to the future. I am confident that she will add to the rich diversity of background, talent, and experience of our Board.”

Ms. Smith is a Partner in the Philadelphia office of Archer Law where she counsels clients in commercial litigation and labor and employment matters. Ms. Smith joined the firm following a distinguished career in public service for the City of Philadelphia, most recently as the longest serving City Solicitor, representing the Mayor, City Council, all City elected officials, all City employees, Agencies, Boards, and Commissions.

Ms. Smith began her career with the City Law Department as a trial attorney in the Civil Rights Unit representing the City in constitutional tort cases alleging, primarily, of violations of the 1st and 4th amendments to the United States Constitution. As a trial attorney, she also served as in-house legal counsel for former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Neal. Following her position in the Civil Rights Unit, Ms. Smith headed up the Law Department’s Affirmative Litigation Unit, which explored opportunities to pursue recovery on behalf of the City and initiated proceedings where appropriate and viable. She also led the City’s Labor & Employment Unit, which included labor grievances and employment discrimination cases initiated in state and federal courts and administrative agencies. Prior to her role as City Solicitor, Ms. Smith served as Chair of the Law Department’s Corporate and Tax Group where she managed the transactional work of the full-service department, including real estate, tax and intellectual property matters.

A graduate of Villanova University School of Law and Temple University, Ms. Smith has served on the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Advisory Commission for Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts, and the Law and Public Safety Stakeholders Partnership of the Philadelphia School District. She is also on the Board of Directors of Lincoln Day Nursery, the oldest nursery program in Philadelphia serving predominantly African-American families.

About The Support Center for Child Advocates

The Support Center for Child Advocates provides legal assistance and social service advocacy for abused and neglected children in the Philadelphia County. Child Advocates is one of the most successful volunteer models serving children in the country. Since its founding in 1977, Child Advocates has trained more than 8,000 attorneys who contribute pro bono services valued at more than $5.1 million annually.

The Legal Intelligencer Professional Excellence Awards – June 21, 2016

logoAttorney of the Year, Lifetime Achievement and Lawyer on the Fast Track Awards

Keynote Address of Frank P. Cervone, Executive Director, Support Center for Child Advocates

Thank you Hank.  We congratulate Legal Editor Hank Grezlak for his recent promotion, announced today in The Legal.  His reach has grown tremendously, clearly a sign that SOMEONE in American Lawyer Media likes him! As reported today, “Hank Grezlak’s role with ALM as Regional Editor-in-Chief for the Northeast—including The Legal Intelligencer—has been expanded to include oversight of all regional ALM brands including the New York Law Journal, The Recorder, Texas Lawyer, Daily Report and the Daily Business Review … and Sesame Street, The National Enquirer, Saturday Night Live and All Twitter feeds everywhere.”  Talk about Fast Track!!

Seriously, The Legal has been a tremendous partner of the public interest law community, and a friend of Child Advocates, promoting our events and helping us to invite others to the work.  More importantly The Legal Intelligencer remains a vital element of Pennsylvania’s Fourth Estate, speaking truth to power, pressing for and creating accountability in our legal institutions.  All of the journalists and leaders involved in ALM and The Legal Intelligencer – please let’s recognize these fine colleagues! 

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