Rawle & Henderson LLP attorneys present U.S. Constitution program to students

Published on June 28, 2012

Marc F. Ullom (Of Counsel) and Scott F. Griffith (Partner) presented a program on the U.S. Constitution to nearly 30 students and several teachers from Philadelphia’s Holy Cross Parish School on May 23, 2012. The Constitution Program was presented by Rawle & Henderson in partnership with the Women for Greater Philadelphia (website: www.womenforgreaterphiladelphia.org), stewards of Laurel Hill Mansion in East Fairmount Park. The event was held at Laurel Hill Mansion, the restored summer home of the Rawle family on the banks of the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia. The mansion is owned and maintained as a historic landmark. This was the second annual presentation on the Constitution that Marc and Scott have made to the Holy Cross Parish School students. Hosting the event was Alma Jacobs, president of the Women for Greater Philadelphia.

Marc and Scott presented information on Laurel Hill Mansion. They discussed Rawle & Henderson founder William Rawle, who started the firm in 1783, as well as his views on the Constitution. The attorneys and students talked about the Second Amendment—the right to bear arms—and Marc and Scott explained William Rawle’s views on the amendment, as well as how the Amendment applies in today’s society.

William Rawle’s grandson, William Brooke Rawle, was also a topic of discussion. William Brooke Rawle was a Union Army officer who fought in the Battle of Gettysburg. The Civil War Amendments—the 13th, 14th and 15 Amendments—were also discussed.

In addition, the students and attorneys went over two cases:  Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka (1954) and Gideon v. Wainwright (1963).

The program was received enthusiastically, and students and adult attendees indicated they were very appreciative for the knowledge they gained.

Scott Griffith (l.) and Marc Ullom (r.), seated, with students from Philadelphia’s Holy Cross Parish School at the Laurel Hill Mansion. Students in row directly behind attorneys (l.-r.): Darren Gillespie, Andrew McDaniel, Beaonca Ward, Carmena Green, Mahogany Williams and Azzure Lewis. Students in back row (l.-r.): Tylere Thomasson, Matthew Bempah, Rasheed Saunders, Vincent DiLeo, Justin Bryant, Charles Pinkney, Kiersten Adams, and Tyler Allen.

Marc F. Ullom has extensive experience in the insurance industry. He has served as a trial counsel for four major insurance companies, and has defended commercial accident, construction, fire, toxic substances, motor vehicle, class action and contract cases. He has argued appellate cases on issues such as accident and injury causation, property loss and insurance coverage.  At Rawle & Henderson, Mr. Ullom brings his experience to the Commercial Motor Vehicle section where he concentrates on the defense of trucking and bus companies and their insurers. He is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, New York and Ohio, the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Pennsylvania, the Northern District of Ohio and the Northern, Eastern and Western Districts of New York. In addition, he is admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Scott F. Griffith concentrates his practice in the areas of Environmental, Toxic and Mass Torts, Products Liability, Professional Liability, and White Collar Criminal Defense. A seasoned trial attorney, Scott has tried over 50 civil and criminal matters to verdict. He is one of four Rawle & Henderson LLP attorneys on the national asbestos trial team of a friction brake manufacturer, successfully defending that corporation at trial in the Mid-Atlantic region. Scott has represented a Fortune 500 supplier of electrical products in asbestos litigation, a Global 150 employer in benzene litigation, and a publicly traded products services company that outsources maintenance, repair, operation and production (MROP) products in both silica and asbestos litigation. Scott’s criminal trial experience includes the representation of current NBA and NFL players, as well as entertainers and politicians. He has successfully defended corporations and individuals charged by the government in a wide range of matters, from corporate fraud and tax evasion to capital crimes and corrupt organizations. He routinely counsels corporate management on white collar criminal matters including bank, investment and securities fraud, money laundering and forfeiture. Scott is a 1987 graduate of Hofstra University (B.A. Literature) and a 1993 graduate of the Temple University School of Law. He is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York, as well as in the United States District Court for the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He has been admitted pro hac vice in Delaware and West Virginia.

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