Tara Gill Nalencz moderates panel at Drexel University School of Law



Drexel University School of Law


Tara Gill Nalencz moderated a panel at at Drexel University School of Law on Wednesday, April 16, 2014. The event, “Behind the Black Robe,” was a panel discussion featuring judges and current and former law clerks. Topics included the transition from law student to law clerk to practicing attorney; what the job of law clerk entails; how judges identify law clerks; and what judges look for in a law clerk.

The event was presented by the National Bar Association Women Lawyers Division, Philadelphia chapter.  In addition to current and prior law clerks, judicial speakers included:

The Honorable C. Darnell Jones of the United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania;
The Honorable Lillian Ransom, Court of Common Pleas, First Judicial District of Pennsylvania;
The Honorable Lori Dumas, Court of Common Pleas, First Judicial District of Pennsylvania;
The Honorable Timika Lane, Court of Common Pleas, First Judicial District of Pennsylvania; and
The Honorable Jacquelyn Frazier-Lyde, Municipal Court, First Judicial District of Pennsylvania.

Tara Gill Nalencz is a partner in the Philadelphia office. Ms. Nalencz focuses her practice on the defense of catastrophic loss matters.  Her caseload regularly includes cases involving paraplegia, quadriplegia, traumatic brain injury, severe burns, death and multi-million dollar property damage. This complex trial practice includes high exposure cases involving a wide variety of industries and clients, including: construction, natural gas and oil, industrial machinery and equipment, electric arc furnaces and steelmaking, propane storage, pharmaceutical and medical devices, and property management. She is fluent in Spanish and her practice also includes international matters, such as defending hotel owners and operators in actions where the underlying accident took place outside the United States.  Ms. Nalencz has developed strategies for the use of social media in litigation and has presented several times on related topics.  She has also become skilled in e-Discovery in both the role of first level collection and review, as well project management.  Ms. Nalencz obtained her law degree from the Temple University School of Law in 2004.  She earned her Master of Arts degree in Spanish Literature in 2001 from Pennsylvania State University and her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1999 from Dickinson College. Before joining the firm, she served a two-year clerkship for the Honorable Annette M. Rizzo, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.  She was also previously appointed to a one-year judicial clerkship for the Honorable Samuel D. Natal in Superior Court of New Jersey in Camden, New Jersey.