Cohen Seglias was pleased to have Katherine Piazza, Christopher Reese, and Kimberly Saginario join the Philadelphia office as our 2016 Summer Associates. They worked closely with the associates and partners in the Firm's Construction, Federal Contracting, and Labor & Employment groups. During their time with the Firm, they also joined our Habitat for Humanity volunteer team and participated in the June Build Day.
The Cohen Seglias Summer Associate Program is run by Partner Lane Kelman along with Anthony Bottenfield, Matt Gioffre, and Kathleen Morley. The Program is designed to give law students entering their third year of law school real life insights into the workings of an established firm with a wide range of practicing attorneys. We "pull back the curtain" and show them what it is really like to be an attorney at the Firm. Historically, we hire summer associates every year that are in or near the top of their class. Chosen candidates demonstrate a commitment to excellence, stellar character, strong interpersonal skills, and excellent judgment capabilities.
Katherine is a third year student at the Temple University Beasley School of Law. In 2013, she graduated from Lafayette College with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and English. Since her graduation, Katherine has held internships with the Honorable Leonard Zito of Northampton County and the Northampton County Public Defender’s Office. In her second year of law school, Katherine was a staff editor on the Temple Law Review and was a teaching assistant for both Legal Research and Writing and Civil Procedure. Katherine now participates in the year-long Federal Judicial Clerkship Honors Program, and works in the chambers of the Honorable Timothy R. Rice, United States Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
During her time as a Summer Associate, Katherine worked in the Construction, Federal Contracting, and Labor & Employment Groups where she performed research on discrete legal issues, responded to discovery requests, drafted a brief in opposition, and drafted complaints and answers. Katherine had the opportunity to sit in and observe a status conference with opposing counsel in courtroom chambers and observed a three-day arbitration.
Chris is a third year student at Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law and a 2011 graduate of Washington College. He currently serves as Articles Editor for the Villanova Law Review. Chris' casebrief, A New Sentencing Blueprint: The Third Circuit Allows Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Fraud Convictions to be Offset by Construction Contract Performance in United States v. Nagle, will be published in a forthcoming issue of the Villanova Law Review. His legal experience includes an externship with the Honorable David R. Strawbridge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and an internship with the Berks County District Attorney’s Office.
As a summer associate at Cohen Seglias, Chris has contributed to achieving clients’ goals by working closely with attorneys in the Construction and Federal Contracting practice groups.
Kimberly is a third year student at Rutgers School of Law and completed her undergraduate degree at The Pennsylvania State University. She has had internships with The Honorable Michael Haas, Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division and was a law clerk at the Office of County Counsel in Camden, NJ. Additionally, Kim was a semi-finalist for Rutgers’ Hunter Moot Court program in 2016. She is currently an Executive Editor for the Rutgers Law Review.
During her experience at Cohen Seglias, Kim conducted legal research on a variety of topics for the firm’s Construction and Federal Contracting groups. She also drafted legal memorandum and other legal documents, and had the opportunity to observe a settlement conference, deposition, and arbitration.