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MARGARET KLAW
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Read Margaret Klaw's blogs at: www.margaretklaw.com
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Margaret Klaw has been named a Preeminent Woman Lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell and recognized as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer since 2006.  In addition to practicing all aspects of family law, she writes and speaks frequently about family law issues and is the author of KEEPING IT CIVIL: The Case of the Pre-Nup and the Porsche & Other True Accounts from the Files of a Family Lawyer, Algonquin Books. For more about the book, including preorder information, see www.margaretklaw.com.  To view the book trailer, see http://vimeo.com/62833735

Education
Northeastern University School of Law, Boston, MA
J.D. 1984

Boston University, Boston, MA
B.A. in Political Science 1980 (magna cum laude)

London School of Economics, London, England
Program in political science through the Institute of European Studies 1979

Oberlin Conservatory, Oberlin, OH 
1975-1976

Bar Admissions
Pennsylvania
New York

Work Experience
Berner Klaw & Watson LLP/Berner & Klaw, Philadelphia, PA 1994-Present
Founding partner.  Practice includes all aspects of family law, divorce and custody mediation, and representation of plaintiffs in personal injury cases arising from domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse. 

Law Offices of Joni J. Berner, Philadelphia, PA 1991-1993
Associate to solo practitioner.  Practice included all aspects of family law.

Women Against Abuse Legal Center, Philadelphia, PA 1988-1991
Litigation Coordinator. Staff attorney in charge of protection from abuse, custody and appellate litigation for public interest organization serving victims of domestic violence.

Victim Services Agency, New York, NY 1986-1988
Assistant General Counsel. In-house counsel in charge of training, legislative and policy work on issues of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse. 

Law Offices of Phyllis Gelman, New York, NY 1984-1986
Associate to solo practitioner. Practice included employment discrimination, civil rights and family law.

Bar Association Activities
Member, Pennsylvania Bar Association, Family Law Section (current)

Philadelphia Bar Association Activities
Member, Family Law Section (current)
Co-Chair, Family Law Section Committee on the Legal Rights of Unmarried Cohabitants
Member/Family Law Section representative, Board of Governors 
Chair, Family Law Section
Officer, Family Law Section
Co-Chair, Women's Rights Committee
Co-Chair, Family Law Section Domestic Violence Committee
Member, Commission of Judicial Selection

Court Appointments
Guardian Ad Litem
Pro Bono Counsel

Lectures/Trainings/Consulting/Publications
Temple University, Beasley School of Law, Adjunct Professor (current)
The Philadelphia Association of Paralegals
The Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University
Villanova University School of Law 
Habitat for Humanity 
American Bar Association Pro Bono Conference 
Economics of Justice Conference 
University of Pennsylvania School of Social Work 
Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program
Homeless Advocacy Project
Chestnut Hill Hospital Parenting Program
Philadelphia Probation Department
Temple University School of Law
Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Pennsylvania Bar Institute Continuing Legal Education
Fundamentals of Family Law, Family Law Updates, Philadelphia Domestic Relations Practice, Family Law Potpourri, Symposium on the Family in the 21st Century, Bench-Bar Conference, Pennsylvania Bar Association Family Law Section Conference, Primer on Family Law, General Practitioner’s Update, Government Intervention in Parenting Decisions
Joni J. Berner & Margaret Klaw, “Prenuptial Agreements.” 
The Impact of Domestic Violence on Your Legal Practice:  A Lawyer’s Handbook, Eds. Margaret Drew, et al. (American Bar Association 1996, 2004).
Margaret Klaw, "Family Law Unraveled."
The Philadelphia Lawyer Magazine (Spring 2011).
Margaret Klaw,  “Relationship Between Distribition of Assets and Award of Alimony.” 
 
Slicing Up the Pie:  Property Distribution in Pennsylvania, Ed. David L. Ladov (Pennsylvania Bar Institute Press 2010). 
Margaret Klaw, "A New Direction for Private Contracts Regarding Child Support and Care?" 
 
Upon Further Review, Philadelphia Bar Association (December 2008).
Margaret Klaw & Mary A. Scherf, Philadelphia Bar Association: "Grandparent Custody Rights: Best Interest of the Child or Interference with a Parent's Prerogative,"
The Philadelphia Lawyer Magazine (Spring 2000).
Margaret Klaw & Megan Watson, Philadelphia Bar Association, Cover Story:  "Whose Child is This? Second-Parent Adoption in Pennsylvania,"
The Philadelphia Lawyer Magazine (Fall 2001).
Margaret Klaw, Gay divorce, the next frontier 
The Washington Post (July 2013).

Boards/Memberships/Community Service
Board Member, Settlement Music School, Germantown Branch (current)
Legal Advisory Board Member, Mazzoni Center (current)
Volunteer, Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program (current)
Arbitrator, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas (current)
Board Member, Equality Advocates Pennsylvania
Board Member, First Person Arts
Board Member, National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women
Coach, Mock Trial Team, Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts

Awards
Super Lawyer 2006 - 2013*
Top 100 Women-Owned Businesses 2013
Philadelphia Law Journal
Brennan Award 2004 and 2005 (to Berner & Klaw); 2013
Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program
First Judicial District of Pennsylvania's 2012 Pro Bono Roll of Honor for exemplary pro bono work
Martindale-Hubbell® Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers™, Inaugural Edition 2011
Citizens Bank Pro Bono Award (to Berner, Klaw & Watson LLP) 2009
Philadelphia Bar Foundation
Chancellor’s Award (to Berner & Klaw) 2002
Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program
Philadelphia Family-Friendly Award (to Berner & Klaw) 2000
Philadelphia Bar Association

*Chosen by nominations from PA lawyers, research of periodicals, databases and interviews.  All nominees' background and experience are researched as well.