Meet our Board

Director, Chair of the Board

Honorable Norma L. Shapiro

Judge Shapiro was appointed to the United States District Court by President Jimmy Carter on August 11, 1978, and was the first woman judge to sit in the Third Circuit. Prior to her appointment to the bench, she was in private practice with the Dechert law firm (partner 1973-1978). Judge Shapiro holds a B.A. degree with honors in Political Theory from the University of Michigan (1948), and a J.D. degree Magna Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania (1951). On graduation, she served as a law clerk to Justice Horace Stern, Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, and then was an instructor in Law and Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

In addition to her current role as Board Chair of the Violette de Mazia Foundation, Judge Shapiro has been active in professional, religious, and community service organizations and has served as a member and President of the Board of School Directors, Lower Merion School Board, member and President of the Board of Trustees of the Jewish Publication Society, Vice-President of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Philadelphia, Trustee of the Albert Einstein Medical Center, and member of the Board of Overseers of the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Judge Shapiro is a Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania, recipient of the American Bar Association John Marshall Award, the Meador-Rosenberg Award, and the Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award given by the American Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession. She has been recognized by the National Association of Women Judges as Honoree of the Year and with the Excellence in Service Award. Judge Shapiro was the first recipient of the Philadelphia Bar Association Sandra Day O’Connor Award. She received the University of Pennsylvania Law Alumni Society Distinguished Service Award, the Federal Bar Association Bill of Rights Award, and was named Woman of the Year by the Oxford Circle Jewish Community Center and Woman of Distinction by the Golden Slipper Club.

Director, President

Jerome Bogutz, Esquire
Jerry Bogutz is an of counsel in the Philadelphia office of Wilson Elser whose practice focuses on Professional Liability & Services, Insurance & Reinsurance Coverage, Corporate Governance & Compliance, Government Affairs and Real Estate & Development. He is a former Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association and former President of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. His distinguished career spans more than 40 years and many practice areas.He currently divides most of his professional time between Wilson Elser and service to non-profit professional and charitable organizations.

Mr. Bogutz has broad trial experience in both civil and criminal practice. He has also devoted a substantial portion of his practice to advising and representing the business community, both for startup and public companies. Mr. Bogutz has also taught clinical trial practice as an adjunct professor of law and has lectured on the drafting of corporate agreements. Mr. Bogutz has published a number of articles, including articles addressing the law of lawyers’ professional liability. He has also lectured on the subject of professional liability. Mr. Bogutz continues to devote his time and leadership to the legal community. He is currently President of The Pennsylvania Futures Commission on Justice in the Twenty-First Century, serves on a number of non-profit boards of directors, and is an active emeritus chair on others.
He is involved with the following professional organizations:
  • Community Legal Services, Philadelphia, Chief of Litigation, Deputy Director, Board of Directors, Emeritus Director
  • Villanova University School of Law, Adjunct Clinical Professor of Law, Lecturer, Board of Consultors
  • National Conference of Bar Presidents, Executive Council
  • National Metropolitan Bar Leaders Conference, Founder-President, Emeritus President
  • Philadelphia Bar Association, Chancellor
  • Philadelphia Bar Foundation, President
  • Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors
  • Jefferson Park Hospital, Director
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, President
  • Pennsylvania Bar Foundation, President
  • American Bar Association Commission on Advertising, Chairman, American Bar Association, Judicial Administration Division, Lawyers Conference, Chairman, American Judicature Society, Director
  • Pennsylvania Bar Trust, Chairman, Chairman Emeritus, Lifetime
  • American Friends of Hebrew University, Mid-Atlantic-President
  • Pennsylvania Futures Commission on Justice in the 21st Century, President
  • Pennsylvania Medical Professional Liability Catastrophe Loss Fund, Advisory Board

Director, Treasurer

Nicholas Tinari

Mr. Tinari is a registered patent attorney, whose practice comprises many aspects of intellectual property law, including analyzing, procuring, challenging and enforcing patents and copyrights on behalf of individuals, small businesses, research institutions and multinational corporations. His patent practice encompasses a wide variety of technologies, particularly those in the electronics, imaging medical device, and software fields.

Mr. Tinari has represented:

  • Fortune 1000 client in litigation over highway tolling patents tied to $500M multi-state toll program
  • Electronic medical records entrepreneurs in copyright litigation regarding alleged theft of software.
  • Electron microscopy client in procurement of U.S. and international patent portfolio.

Mr. Tinari previously served on the Advisory Board to the Violette de Mazia Foundation before being appointed to the Board of Directors. A lifelong student of the arts, Mr. Tinari is featured in the full-length documentary, The Art of the Steal, about the battle to uphold the will of the founder of the Barnes Foundation.

Member, Secretary

Ronald Whittington,

Ronald F. Whittington is a graduate of the University of Delaware (BSed '71) and graduate degree from Central Michigan (MBA '83). A career educator, Whittington has over 30 years of experience and has taught student from pre-school through graduate school. Early in his career, he was given the opportunity to help establish a school on the island of St. Croix, USVI. This school is considered by the Independent School Association as the top private school in the Caribbean. He served as Assistant Headmaster and coach of all sports. He established an inter-island league that has product many world class athletes that have gone on to be Olympic and professional league champions. As a college administrator/faculty member, he has served roles of Assistant Dean, Director of Affirmative Action, and Executive Assistant to the President at the University of Delaware. He has also developed courses related to "The Impact of Sports on Race and Culture. He is also of the leading experts on Sports History making presentations at the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY and the Negro Leagues Museum in Kansas City, NY. Mr. Whittington continues his public serves serving as a Delaware State Parks Commissioner and as a board member of the Violette de Mazia Foundation. He resides with his wife, Marilyn in Wilmington Delaware.

Member, Vice-President

Dr. Donald Parks

Dr. Parks - Professor Emeritus - retired as Full Professor of Graduate Studies in Art Education: Director of the Arts Center/Gallery; Associate Dean of School of Humanities/Social Science and the Arts; Chair of Music and Art; Director of the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Program; Director of the Congressional Art Awards for Delaware; Director of Development and Programming for the Schwartz Center for the Arts. He is a graduate of Corning Community College, NY, Oneonta State University of New York, Elmira College and from Syracuse University with a degree in Art and Synaesthesia. Among a range of diverse responsibilities, Dr. Parks chaired the Cultural Program Committee at Delaware State University, served as President of the Child HELP Foundation for children with disabilities, and was appointed by the governor as a trustee of the Sewell Biggs Museum of American Art in Dover Delaware. He was awarded the 2004 Governor’s Award for the Arts, an award jointly presented by the Office of the Governor, the Delaware State Arts Council, and the Delaware Division of the Arts. He also received the 2003 Presidential Award for Service at the University. As an artist, Dr. Parks’ art work has been displayed in many venues including the Museum of Modern Art (1969), the American Cancer Association, the Corning Glass Corporation, and is in private collections around the world including: South America, Ireland, Iceland, Japan, North Africa, Germany, and Mexico, etc. Dr. Parks has published widely including a book, Enhancing Visual Imagery, in Delaware. He currently resides in North Carolina.