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Honoring the Memory of Phil Harley

As reported previously on our web site, our beloved partner, Philip A. Harley, passed away on July 2, 2009. Additional information can be found on our web site about his life and memorial.

For many years now, the Alameda County Office of Education has sponsored a countywide mock trial competition for high school students. The program is starting up again for the 2009-2010 academic year, with new teams registering and old teams returning to the competition. We were very pleased to learn that as the competition began, teams were told the Alameda County Office of Education had renamed the program in Phil’s memory. From now on, it will be called the Philip A. Harley Memorial Mock Trial Competition. The announcement was made by Superintendent Sheila Jordan in a press release issued on September 8, the day before Phil’s memorial service, where this news was shared with the attendees.

Our firm is proud and honored to support this very worthwhile program in Phil’s memory. He was not only an outstanding trial lawyer, but also a superb mentor for a whole generation of young trial lawyers. It is our hope that through this competition, the next generation’s interest in the law will be encouraged and enhanced, leading to ever improved and diverse generations of trial lawyers, with both talent and a passion for the law.

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