Philadelphia Bar Association Board of Governors

I am proud to be a Philadelphia lawyer and privileged by the opportunity to serve other lawyers through the Philadelphia Bar Association. I am passionate about what distinguishes us as Philadelphia lawyers, including our commitment to access to justice for all, diversity, environmental stewardship, judicial retention and selection, and thought leadership. I am dedicated to ensuring that our Association remains representative of and relevant to the members.

As a non-practicing attorney, I beleive I bring a unique perspective to the Board. In 2002, I founded a public relations and marketing agency to help professionals communicate their messages effectively. My prior service in the Young Lawyers Division, extensive committee work and leadership of The Justinian Society has allowed me to work collaboratively with members of the bench and bar to bring positive and proactive awareness to our profession and help deliver our important programs and messages to the members of the bar and beyond. I look forward to continuing that work and am honored to serve the Philadelphia Bar Association.

Endorsements to Date

-Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania
-Barristers' Association of Philadelphia, The
-Brehon Law Society
-Family Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association
-GALLOP (Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia)
-Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania
-Justinian Society of Philadelphia, The
-LGBT Rights Committee
-Louis D. Brandeis Law Society
-National Bar Association - Women's Law Division/Philadelphia Chapter
-Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association
-Public Interest Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association
-South Asian Bar Association
-Young Lawyers Division (YLD) of the Philadelphia Bar Association

Legal Industry Experience

The granddaughter of the first Italian-American Federal Magistrate in Pennsylvania, Edward W. Furia, and the daughter of a Philadelphia trial lawyer (and past member of the Philadelphia Bar Association Board of Governors), Richard F. Furia, I have the good fortune to be a third-generation attorney in my family. My early experiences helped shape my penchant for our profession – which exists with even more vigor today.

As a law student and practicing attorney, I had the opportunity to work as a Judicial Intern and then Law Clerk to the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania, Court of Common Pleas. During my tenure, I worked in the Post Conviction Relief Act (PCRA) Unit and the Complex Litigation Center serving the Hon. Joseph Papalini, Hon. Sandra Mazer Moss, Hon. Berel Caesar, Hon. Albert Sabo, Hon. Ethan Allen Doty, and Hon. Victor DiNubile. During that time, I drafted hundreds of opinions, co-wrote the Court’s PCRA Practice Manual, co-supervised the Court’s summer intern program and handled internationally publicized death penalty PCRA matters.

I then worked as an associate with Kolsby, Gordon, Robin, Shore & Rothweiler (now Kolsby, Gordon, Robin, Shore & Bezar) and Furia and Turner. I am admitted to the Supreme Court of the United States of America, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, United States District Court of New Jersey (inactive), Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, and Supreme Court of New Jersey (inactive).

In 1996, I was appointed to serve on a Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Disciplinary Board Hearing Committee, a position I held for six years.

In 2002, I combined my two professions – public relations and law – and launched Furia Rubel Communications. The company is now a full-service public relations and marketing agency serving law firms and other professions. I maintain my license to practice in Pennsylvania. I published the book, Everyday Public Relations for Lawyers, co-authored the book 6 Essentials for Success in Business and Life, and have published more than 60 written works relating to law firm communications. I received my J.D. in 1994 from Widener University School of Law and my B.S. from Drexel University in 1991.

Philadelphia Bar Association Activities (1994 - Present)

I became active in the Philadelphia Bar Association upon passing the bar exam in 1994. In 1996, I successfully ran for a seat on the Young Lawyers Division Executive Committee. Since that time, I have remained active as a member of various committees, as a committee chair and as a guest speaker and CLE presenter on behalf of the bar association.

I currently serve as the Bar-News Media Committee Chair, a position I have held since 2008. During my time as chair I have organized all and moderated most of the well-attended programs including:
-Getting to Know Philadelphia’s African-American Media;
-Meet n’ Greet Your Legal Beat Reporters;
-Meet the Philadelphia Press; Community and Social Media;
-Getting to Know Philadelphia’s Latino Media;
-Italian-American Media Reception;
-Meet the Media: How to Be a Great Resource;
-How and When to Share Your Opinion with the Press – Submitting to Editorial Pages;
-Meet the Legal Blawgers: An Insiders' Perspective on Connecting with the Legal Blogosphere; and
-Social Media and the Practice of Law.

Other bar association activities include:
-Law Practice Management Public Relations Professional (2006 – Present);
-Women in the Profession Committee Publicity Coordinator (2004 – 2005);
-Solo and Small Firms Committee Member (1994 – Present); and
-Women in the Profession Committee Member (1994 – Present).

As a young lawyer, I was active in the Young Lawyers Division (1994 – 2006). My activities included:
-American Bar Association Convention Delegate (1997);
-Awards of Achievement Committee Chairwoman (1998);
-Financial Secretary (1998 – 1999);
-Harvest for the Homeless Chairwoman (1997 – 1998);
-Lawyer-in-the-Classroom Chairwoman (1997 – 1999);
-Street Law Class Presenter (1995 – 1998);
-National Presidential Summit Philadelphia Committee Member (1997);
-Professional Development Committee (1997 – 1999); and
-YLD Seminar Coordinator (April, 1998).
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