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Legal Barbara Rosenblatt Firm: Office of the Public Defender, Newport News. Specialty: Criminal Defender. Education: B.A. from Indiana University, J.D. from the College of William and Mary, School of Law. Jewish organizations: Board member of the Business and Legal Society of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, member of the Young Adult Division of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, past participant in Super Sunday. Family: Father, Charles Rosenblatt; Mother, Nancy Rosenblatt. Favorite Jewish holiday: Passover. My whole family gets together to celebrate the holiday which is filled with a night of our own special traditions. Most memorable Jewish milestone/lifecycle event: My bat mitzvah. I surprised my father by learning the Torah portion for his Aliya to show my friends and family I understood the event was not simply about memorizing a haftorah portion. It
represents taking on the responsibilities of a Jewish adult and going beyond mere requirements. Most admired Jewish lawmaker: Barbara Boxer; She is one of the first female Senators. She is an advocate for women’s rights and supports government financial support for stem-cell research, which may help those with various diseases. Personal legal milestone: Last year I argued a case in front of the Virginia Court of Appeals. It was an incredible experience that introduced me to the process beyond everyday actions in a courtroom. Most memorable case: Four months after I started working at the Public Defenders Office I wrote the brief and handled the Motion to Suppress a confession based on a Miranda issue. I learned the importance of the defense was not simply to represent our clients in the courtroom, but also to ensure the values of the entire justice system. How has an understanding and/or commitment to Jewish values entered into your decisions or actions as an attorney? I have learned that having support from family and friends is the most important thing when a person is facing a possible conviction. When a client does not have that, it is my responsibility to make sure they understand I support any decision, no matter how I may feel, and I will represent them to the best of my abilities.
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about the international shipping industry and the challenges presented by the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions) movement and “Block the Boat” campaign. On Nov. 19, the Society joined with medical professionals from the Maimonides Society of the UJFT to hear Virginia’s Lt. Governor Dr. Ralph Northam speak about his combined work as a pediatric neurosurgeon and state politician. More than 75 people attended the event, many staying to greet Northam, ask questions about changing laws or the Virginia Israel Advisory Board, and to further inquire about Northam’s goals during his term. In December, business and legal professionals had the chance to sit down with Mark Dubowitz, executive director of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, for a candid discussion on Iran and economic sanctions. This informative luncheon was held at the Davenport & Company Virginia Beach office, which was graciously hosted by Society members David Calliott and Byron Harrell. More than 45 members packed the boardroom to gain an insider’s perspective on nuclear negotiations with Iran from a leading expert. Two other special invitations for Business & Legal members were extended during the winter months. Approximately 50 guests attended a private reception held for visiting U.S. State Department dignitary, Ira Forman, the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism. Forman spoke about global Anti-semitism in a timely discussion that coincided with the attacks on the Charlie Hebdo offices in
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philanthropy with Concierge Philanthropy expert, Judie Fien-Helfman. At this event, co-sponsored by the Tidewater Jewish Foundation, members gained valuable information about trends and opportunities in philanthropic engagement for themselves, their families and their clients. This fall, the Society will launch a
Tidewater Jewish business directory (see article page 25). The Business & Legal Society is now actively planning many exciting programs for next year. Faith Jacobson says, “Our steering committee has a renewed energy to grow the organization and to broaden its reach through a specific focus on engaging new
members and building tangible business strengthen business ties. It’s also outreach, relationships between the professionals a way to introduce more Jewish professionthat reside within the Tidewater Jewish als to each other,” says Zittrain. “We need to build our businesses community. “When we attract new faces and give through each other. Support each other. them a reason to continue to join us at our Do business with each other. Give back to events, it strengthens the mission of the the community. Be leaders. Build lifetime UJFT and ultimately the resources avail- friendships. It’s the best thing we can do able to it through the Annual Campaign,” for ourselves and for our families.” For information or to join the Business she says. “We’re creating a venue for our com- & Legal Society, contact Alex Pomerantz at munity to broaden relationships and firstname.lastname@example.org or 757 965-6136.
Members of the Business & Legal Society and Maimonides Society celebrated summer in style at the Kickoff to Summer Wine Social featuring a Taste of Israel. Guests enjoyed Israeli wines and food pairings while mingling with old and new friends. The event was graciously hosted by Society members Gary and Jessica Kell. A delicious and educational wine tasting experience was presented by Crystal Cameron of Crystal Palate.
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From surviving first year to winning national award devoted to legal issues in the health care field. Each year, the AHLA recognizes members who have devoted a significant amount of their pro bono Chelsea Rutherford hours to cases involving health law-related issues. Given client emergencies, complex litigation and rapidly emerging industry-wide issues, this is not an easy task. Rutherford is an associate in the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery LLP, and works in the Washington. D.C. office. Rutherford is the daughter of Laine and Palmer Rutherford, III, and the granddaughter of Miriam and Bob Seeherman and Jean and Palmer Rutherford, II.
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A memorable case: While fortunate enough to have had many gratifying and rewarding cases, just one interesting case to recollect is this: My client was a school bus driver returning her empty bus to the office. While stopped at a red light, another car came around the corner and struck her bus perpendicularly at the extreme end of the bus. The force of the impact left a small dent in the bus and did not even crack the paint. My client went on to have neck surgery. For many weeks I wondered, how could such a relatively mild impact at one end of the bus produce such a consequential injury at the other end of the bus? Then the answer hit me like a thunderbolt. I hired a physicist from Old Dominion University as an expert witness who agreed with my hypothesis and, after obtaining various measurements from the bus, testified for the plaintiff. We convinced the insurance company that the long school bus would tend to rotate when hit perpendicularly on its side by the rear wheels. But because the center of gravity of the bus would lie closer to the driver, the bus would not “pivot” around two equal sections of length. The center of gravity of the rotating bus would demarcate a “short” segment of the bus on one side of the center of gravity, and a “long” segment of the bus on the other side of the center of gravity. The bus therefore rotated unevenly–just like a lever bar. And a lever bar is a force multiplier. So even a relatively small lateral force at the extreme end of the bus would produce a very large opposing lateral force at the other end of the bus where my client was seated. The physicist in fact calculated a force multiplier of 14 to 1. The insurance company elected to settle the claim for a large sum prior to trial.
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Legal David Kamer Firm: Kaufman & Canoles, P.C. Specialties: Estate and tax planning; trust and estate administration; tax exempt organizations; tax exempt finance; immigration. Education: B.A., University of Virginia, with distinction, 1987; J.D., Stanford Law School, 1990; LL.M. (Taxation), University of Florida College of Law, 1997. Family: Wife—Marcia Samuels (we celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary this year); children—Olivia (16) and Leo (12), both graduates of Hebrew Academy of Tidewater and currently attending Norfolk Academy. Favorite Jewish holiday: Passover—an excuse to eat matzo ball soup (my favorite food) every day for a week! The Seders offer the opportunity to be with family and friends, let worldly concerns fall away, eat fantastic food and rekindle the connection to our history and to each other—and I get to sing one of my favorite tunes, Dayenu. “Keeping Passover” for the week also provides a daily reminder of the difficulties we as a people have faced and overcome and of how lucky we are to be American Jews. Most memorable Jewish milestone/lifecycle event: My wedding 20 years ago to my lovely, witty bride, Marcia. Rabbi Ruberg married us at Beth El, where Marcia’s parents (Stanley and Linda Samuels) were also wed. Family and friends (too many of whom I haven’t seen since) came in town for a weekend of celebration and great fun.
Jewish organization involvement: Steering committee of UJFT Business & Legal Society; committee involvement at Beth El; prior service on the board of Beth Sholom Home; supporting Marcia’s much greater involvement of which I am very proud— her presidency and many years of service on the board of Jewish Family Service of Tidewater. Most admired Jewish attorneys: Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld. These guys have dedicated their careers to (and founded the Innocence Project for the purpose of) exonerating the wrongly convicted—people who have no one else to advocate for them. They have been successful too many times, reflecting the injustice that exists in our criminal justice system. Personal legal milestone: Making partner at Kaufman & Canoles. I have the pleasure of working at a well-respected law firm with a great bunch of lawyers—talented, ethical, devoted to their clients, and dedicated to serving the community. Tidewater Mortgage Services’ Fay Silverman, Jeremy Krupnick, and Tami Arnowitz are ready to help guide you through an exceptional mortgage loan process!
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Most memorable case: Each matter has been memorable, but perhaps my best outcome (from an economic perspective) was in an estate tax controversy matter where we were successful in completely eliminating a purported (by the IRS) multimillion dollar estate tax liability. How does an understanding and/or commitment to Jewish values enter into decisions or actions as an attorney? I know I fall short, but I do my best to conduct myself, at work and in my private life, in accordance with my layperson understanding of what Rabbi Hillel meant when he said that the Torah boils down to one concept: “What is hateful to you, do not do to others.” To me, that means, among other things, being honest and ethical, and treating my colleagues, opposing counsel, clients, staff and anyone else with whom I interact with decency and respect.
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3D Mammography finds 35% more cancer.
Seeing is believing.
A whole new dimension in breast cancer screening.
hen you switch to a 3D mammogram for your next screening appointment, youâ€™ll hardly notice a difference â€“ but our highly skilled radiologists will see things very differently than ever before. The advanced technology of 3D mammography is revolutionizing the fight against breast
cancer. This groundbreaking new diagnostic tool has been shown to increase the early detection of cancer by 35%.* And it has also been proven to reduce the need to have women called back by 38%.* That means fewer follow-up exams, fewer biopsies and less worry for you. In Hampton Roads, 3D mammography is now
available from the Sentara Cancer Network. Our physicians follow the American Cancer Society recommendations for all women to have screening mammograms annually, starting at age 40. To schedule your screening appointment, please go to www.sentara.com/3Dmammogram or call 1-800-SENTARA.
Another first from the Sentara Cancer Network *June 2013 issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology
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