JURISolutions' news and updates for the month of October


As many of you may know, we are proud to be among the American Cancer Society’s newly formed Pennsylvania Chapter of CEO’s Against Cancer. This volunteer forum from corporate America is committed to supporting the American Cancer Society’s mission of saving lives from cancer in the workplace. Through this organization, the American Cancer Society provides member companies with the latest information and resources they need to help their employees stay well and get well. This includes programs that help improve employees’ chances of quitting tobacco, services to help manage weight through proper nutrition and physical exercise, and information on cancer prevention and early detection.

In addition to wellness, the Society can also provide employees affected by cancer with emotional support and informative resources about treatment options, transportation and lodging assistance, and financial and insurance concerns.

In each newsletter, we will highlight cancer awareness and prevention articles, which we hope will be informative and helpful as you consider what measures to take to minimize you and your loved ones’ risk of cancer. October 1 marked the beginning of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Please visit the "Health and Wellness Corner" section of our newsletter to learn more about breast cancer and find resources provided by the American Cancer Society.

The Society has become an important initiative for JURISolutions and we would love for you to become involved too! If you would like to donate or volunteer, please contact our corporate executive liaison, Helen Heenan, at


Meet Our Team

Each month, we will feature one of our fantastic JURISolutions team members so that you can get to know us a little better! This month, we would like to introduce you to Sam Akula, Director of Talent Sourcing at JURISolutions.

Sam Akula

Q. As the leader in JURISolutions’ efforts to source top legal talent across the country, what do you believe are the latest industry/practice area trends that you’ve seen that have impacted overall recruiting efforts?

A. I have seen the demand for both permanent & temporary transactional attorneys increase significantly in every industry area that we serve. As a result of this trend, the pool of high-quality contract/ temporary transactional attorneys is shrinking in all key geographies. In fact, the demand is so high for contract/temporary transactional attorneys, that many are working on multiple long-term transactional projects at one time. Identifying, sourcing, and recruiting experienced transactional attorneys has become very competitive; however, we are always working hard to meet the needs of our clients and stay at the forefront of new legal trends and market shifts through vigorous attorney networking, strong recruiting efforts, and deep market research and analysis.

Q. In your opinion, how has the influence of social media impacted the search for qualified candidates during the recruitment process?

A. Professional social media sites like LinkedIn have been a tremendous resource for identifying, tracking, sourcing, and contacting active and passive attorney candidates.

Q. Have you seen any hiring trends amongst JURISolutions’ corporate, law firm and/or government clients?

A. I have seen a spike in demand for contract/temporary & permanent technology transactions attorneys in the financial services sector. As the number of available tech transactions attorneys with financial services backgrounds has decreased, some companies have become more open to also considering experienced attorneys with media, publishing, and technology industry experience for these roles.

WBEC Annual Awards Luncheon

Last month, JURISolutions' Cindy Towers, President and CEO, and Rachel O'Hara, VP of Client Relations, attended the Women's Business Enterprise Council (WBEC) Annual Awards Luncheon. The event celebrated the success of the organization's PA-DE-sNJ chapter and honored the corporations, government agencies and women business enterprises that continue to make a difference by opening the doors of opportunity to women business owners.

Congratulations to Pat Patterson of Verizon Communications, who was awarded the Advocate of the Year Award for the WBEC PA-DE-sNJ! We would also like to extend a special shout-out to NBCUniversal, Ahold USA, and First Energy Corporation, who were recipients of the National and Regional Done Deals Awards. Thank you to all members of our regional council who work hard to increase opportunities and successes in contracting activity between WBEs and corporate council members!

CEOs Against Cancer Presents: "A Breakthrough Experience"

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On October 2, the Pennsylvania Chapter of American Cancer Society's CEOs Against Cancer hosted its inaugural event, “A Breakthrough Experience.” This special evening took place at the Carriage Barn at Liseter in Newtown Square, on the former DuPont Estate. JURISolutions’ Cindy Towers (President and CEO), Jim LaRosa (COO and President of Client Services), and Helen Heenan (Controller), attended the gala.

The evening consisted of presentations given by members of the American Cancer Society, including Gary Reedy, the Society’s CEO, and Michael Neal, Executive Vice President, as well as a Bucket List auction. The funds raised during this event will support the American Cancer Society’s life-saving, pay-if research program.

JURISolutions’ team had an incredible time supporting the American Cancer Society at its inaugural event. “It was a remarkable night attended by CEO members and their guests to support the American Cancer Society’s cancer research,” stated Helen Heenan, “Di Bruno Bros. provided delicious food and Melissa Etheridge gave a memorable performance and speech about her experience as a breast cancer survivor. Everyone had a brilliant time that even a Nor’easter couldn’t ruin!”

Cindy Towers is a founding member of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Cancer Society’s CEOs Against Cancer. Through this partnership with the American Cancer Society, JURISolutions is contributing significantly towards the battle against cancer.

Philadelphia 2015 Papal Visit

Last week, Pope Francis paid his first visit to Philadelphia. His trip, organized by The World Meeting of Families, brought close to 2 million visitors from all over the world into the city and provided a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many.

Peggy Louden, JURISolutions' Payroll and Administrative Assistant, attended the Pope's speaking event at Independence Hall in Old City and the Festival of Families at the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Saturday, September 26. The Festival of Families, hosted by actor Mark Walhberg, brought various world-renowned artists to the Parkway's main stage, including Andrea Bocelli, The Fray, Aretha Franklin, and Juanes. "It was a wonderful experience - one I will never forget." Peggy says, "I spent the entire day in the city. Even though I had to stand and walk for eleven hours, I would definitely do it again!"

Philadelphia was only one of the cities the Pope visited during his travel to the United States. His first stop was New York City, where he met with leaders of the United Nations. And before visiting Philadelphia, the Pontifex traveled to Washington, D.C. to meet with President Barack Obama and other government officials.

Buzz Krohn Runs in Honor of Twin Brother and Wounded Soldiers

Anthony "Buzz" Krohn, a Senior Contracts Specialist for one of our pharmaceutical clients, completed the IRONMAN Lake Placid triathlon this past July. Buzz raced in honor of Captain Jeff Krohn, his twin brother. Jeff is an Iraq war veteran who has been awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Combat Action Badge. After returning from Iraq, Jeff was diagnosed with cancer, a piece of news that came as a shock to Buzz and his family. In honor of his brother's courageous battles, Buzz now races as a competitive triathlete for the Wounded Warrior Project, Team Red, White and Blue, andthe Ulman Cancer Fund.

In late October, Buzz will be racing with Team Wounded Warrior Project in the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington D.C. The Wounded Warrior Project is an organization that offers a variety of programs, services, and events for wounded veterans of the military actions following the events of September 11, 2001. If you would like to help Buzz raise funds for the Wounded Warrior Project, please visit his fundraising page. To volunteer at the Marine Corps Marathon, visit the volunteer registration page.


National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October marks National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among women, with the exception of skin cancers. Below are a few FAQs provided by the American Cancer Society about breast cancer:

1. What is breast cancer?

Breast cancer is a malignant tumor that starts in the cells of the breast. A malignant tumor is a group of cancer cells that can grow into (invade) surrounding tissues or spread (metastasize) to distant areas of the body. The disease occurs almost entirely in women, but men can get it, too.

2. How can breast cancer be detected early?

Breast cancer can be detected early in two ways - through screening and early detection.Screening refers to tests and exams used to find cancer in people who do not have any symptoms. Early detection means using an approach that lets breast cancer get diagnosed earlier than otherwise might have occurred.

3. What are some possible signs of breast cancer?

The most common symptom of breast cancer is a new lump or mass. Other possible signs include:

  • Swelling of all or part of a breast (even if no distinct lump is felt)
  • Skin irritation or dimpling
  • Pain on any part of the breast
  • Redness, scaliness, or thickening of breast skin
  • Discharge other than breast milk

For more information about breast cancer, please visit the American Cancer Society's website,

2015 Philadelphia AIDS Walk

On October 18th, JURISolutions' Jennifer Webber, Client Services Associate, and Miljenka Sakic, Marketing Intern, will be participating in the 2015 Philly AIDS Walk. Jen and Miljenka will be walking a 5K with a team from Action AIDS to raise awareness of the daily spread of HIV/AIDS and raise funds towards resources for those affected by HIV/AIDS. "The money raised by AIDS Walk Philly will be used to help the HIV+ population of Philadelphia access services and care which are becoming harder and harder to access due to funding cuts," says Jen, "Please consider donating to a cause near and dear to my heart."

If you would like to participate, please email Jen at To donate towards the cause, please visit the team's fundraising page.

JURISolutions' Helen Heenan to participate in the Philadelphia Marathon

First the Broad Street Run and now the 2015 Philadelphia Marathon, taking place on Sunday, November 22! There is no stopping Helen Heenan, Controller at JURISolutions, from running for a cure and supporting those battling cancer. "Training is tough, but not as tough as chemo treatments that cancer patients have to endure," she says. Read about Helen's preparation for the marathon or support the American Cancer Society by visiting Helen's blurb. 100% of the funds will go towards cancer research.


About JURISolutions

An award-winning legal services firm providing attorneys, staff augmentation and legal search to corporations, law firms and government entities. As an innovative and value-driven source of premier legal talent and strategic processes, JURISolutions enables its clients to cost-effectively fill gaps, broaden capabilities and create efficiencies in everything law.