PADC May, 2020 Member of the Month:
Juliann S. Kelley, Campbell Conroy & O’Neil, P.C.
What you do in your current practice?
I am an associate with Campbell Conroy & O’Neil, P.C., where I handle wide range of civil litigation matters, including construction, commercial, product liability and personal injury matters.
What does PADC means to you?
I was encouraged to join PADC by senior members of the firm in 2014, and I am glad that I took their advice. PADC’s monthly CLEs offer relevant and timely lessons that are related to my practice, and frequent updates and active listerv keeps me apprised of developments related to practicing in Philadelphia and the surrounding counties.
What you like best about PADC?
In a word, it is “inclusion.” I think PADC makes a great effort, especially for young lawyers, to have the opportunity to become active within the organization, take on leadership roles, volunteer, and become an active member of the defense bar, if interested. With PADC, I have found that if you introduce yourself to others and are willing to volunteer your time to support the organization, you will make the most of your membership.
Recently, I had a gratifying opportunity to sit on a panel with other PADC members to discuss our professional experience as defense attorneys with students at Drexel Law. I enjoyed meeting fellow PADC members, as well as our future colleagues. I recall being in the same position during law school, wondering where I would go from there. At the time, I did not anticipate that I would end up doing the work which I perform now, but I was fortunate enough to have an exceptional mentor who has (and continues) to help guide me through this profession.
What is your idea for a best vacation (if we ever get out of the house) and something about you that others may not know.
Bora-Bora is certainly on my bucket list, however this summer, I’m looking forward to traveling closer to home with my sights set on bike rides and strolls on the Ocean City, NJ boardwalk. I’m also hopeful that the annual American Cancer Society “Bridge-to-Beach” bike ride from the Ben Franklin Bridge to Atlantic City goes forward this year, so I can continue to participate in this great event that supports an even better cause.
I look forward to connecting with PADC members in person (soon enough) and virtually through LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/juliann-s-kelley-32906516/) or during PADC’s upcoming conference and virtual luncheon CLEs in the interim.