RANIA MARIA MAJOR, ESQUIRE

2915 North 5th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19133

Office (215) 291-5009

Fax (215) 279-7107

EDUCATION

 

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. B.A. Political Science and Psychology.  May, 1984.

 

Cumberland School of Law Birmingham, Alabama.  1984 - 1987. 

            J.D. Degree & Admiralty Proctorship. May, 1987

 

University of Heidelberg, West Germany. 

International Studies in Comparative Law.  Summer, 1986.

 

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

 

Member, American Bar Association.  1984 to 1997 and 2013 to present.

 

Member, Young Lawyer's Division Alcohol and Substance Abuse Committee.  1992 to 1995.                      

 

Member, Pennsylvania Bar Association.  1987 to 1992 and 1994 to present:

          Co-Chair, PBA/YLD Service to the Public Homeless Advocacy Project.  1990 to 1991.

 

Member, Philadelphia Bar Association.  1987 to present:

            Young Lawyers' Section Executive Committee*.   Fall 1988 to 1992.

            Chair, Homeless Advocacy Project's Annual Raffle Committee. 1991 to 1995.

            Chair and Founder, Young Lawyer's Section "Harvest for the Homeless", a  clothing and necessities drive for the homeless.  1991 to 1993.

            Chair and Founder,  Young Lawyer's Division* Annual "Santa Hotline".  1992 to1993.

            Chair, Young Lawyer's Section Pro Bono Committee.  1992.

            Chair, Young Lawyer's Section Payroll Deduction Plan for the Philadelphia Bar

                 Foundation Committee.  1992.

            Co-Chair, Young Lawyer's Section National Moot Court Competition Committee. 1992.

            Member and Participant, Young Lawyers' Cultural Awareness Committee. 1992.     

            Chair, Young Lawyers' Homeless Committee,   1989 to 1991. 

            Chair, Young Lawyers' High School Mock Trial Competition.  1987 to 1988.

            Member, Young Lawyer's Section Legal Clinic for the Disabled Committee. 1990 to 1991.      

            CLE Co-coordinator: Fair Debt Collection.  1995 and 1996.

            Coach, High School Mock Trial Competition.  1997

            Lecturer, People’s Law School, “Insurance Law”. 1995 - 1996.

            Lecturer, People's Law School, "Landlord and Tenant Law".  1993 to 1996.

            Lecturer, Insurance Law, Bartram High School.  1995.

            Member, Lawyer Referral and Information Service Committee.  1994 to 1995.

            Member, Low Fee Plan Committee.  1994 to 1995.

            Co-Chair, Delivery of Legal Services Committee.  1993 to 1995.

            Member, Public Interest Section Executive Committee.  1993 to 1995.

            Homeless Advocacy Project.  Board of Directors.  1990 to 1995.

                  Vice-President of Housing Committee. 1995.             

                  Secretary.  1994.

                  Co-Chair, Recruiting Committee.  1991 to 1993.

                  One of the founding members.  1990.

            Lecturer, YLD Doctor - Lawyer In the Classroom Program 1993 to 1996. (the effects of drugs and alcohol on school age children and their

            families). 

            Member, Professional Responsibility Committee. 1987 to 1991 and 1993 to 1997.

            Member, Medico-Legal Committee.  1987 to 1991 and 1993 to 1997.

            Volunteer,  Kid's Cap (Support Information Desk).  1993 to 1997.

            Volunteer, Legalline (Legal Information Hotline).  1993 to 1996.

            Member, Andrew Hamilton Charity Ball Host/Hostess Committee.  1993.  

            Lecturer, Community Outreach Project. 1993.

            Volunteer, Law Day and Law Week.  1988 to 1993.

            Member, Philadelphia Bar Foundation Payroll Deduction Plan Committee. 1992.

            Member, Legal Clinic for the Disabled "First Annual Stroll and Roll"  Planning Committee.  1992.

            Member, Bench-Bar Committee.  1987 to 1990.

            Chair and member Federal Courts 200 Planning Committee responsible

                   for bringing and organizing the Statewide High School Mock Trial Finals in

                   Philadelphia.  1988 to 1989.  (One time only event).

           Member, Young Lawyer's Section Law Related Education Committee.  1987 to 1989.

           Member,  Fee Agreement Subcommittee.  1988 to 1989.

           Member,  Women in Law Study.  1989.

           Coach, Cardinal Dougherty High School Mock Trial Competition.  1988 City Finalist.

 

Member, Philadelphia Lawyer's Club.  1987 to 1990’s.

 

Member, Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association.  1987 to 1990, 1992 to 1990’s.

 

Member, Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association. 1989 – 1990’s.

 

Member, ATLA, 1989 – 1990’s.

 

Member, Pennsylvania Federation of Democratic Women. 2016 – present

            Board Member 2016 – present

            Lawyer for PFDW – 2017 - present

            Parlimentarian – 2017 – present

            Committee member, By-Laws 2016 - present

 

Member, Philadelphia Democratic Women. 2014 – 2018

            Vice-President July, 2017 – 2017

            President 2017-2018.

 

Board Member, HAVENwomen. 2017 – present

            formerly Philadelphia Veteran’s Comfort House (name changed 2018)

            Secretary 2017-2020

            The first homeless female veteran home in Philadelphia.

 

Board Member, The Center for Returning Citizens. 2018-present.

 

OTHER

 

“The Law with Rania” – a Saturday bilingual educational radio show covering all fields of

law and receiving calls from listeners on MEGA 1310 am to help empower all people in Eastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey and portions of Delaware. 2006 – 2008; 2011-2012.

 

Recipient, Latin American Cultural Exchange Organization (LACEO) 2012 Leadership Award – There are five annual recipients from the prisoners at Graterford Prison. I was the only lawyer to receive the award in 2012. The award is for “…drive and dedication in providing excellent service”.

 

Child Curfew Symposium Organizer and Lecturer – In response to the teen deaths in Juniata Park on January 17, 2012, I organized a lecture and interactive meeting at Second Christian Missionary Church with Pastor Jason Rodriguez on the child curfew laws, how to prevent teen violence and deaths and other related issues. 2012.

 

Women Criminal Lawyer Dinner Group – Organizer. 2012 to present.

 

Barrister, Philadelphia Criminal Inn of Court . 2011 – 2014.

 

Member Pennsylvania Criminal Defense Lawyers (PaCDL).  2011 – present.

 

Member, Philadelphia Bar Association Criminal Justice Section.    – present.

 

Member, Philadelphia Bar Association Workers Compensation Section. – present.

 

Sponsor and participant in Philadelphia’s 2007 July 4th Celebration – Sunoco Over America.

 

Art Donor to Bryn Mawr Hospital Children’s Ward. 2009.

 

"Motor Vehicle Negligence - Bus, Defendant's Verdict Alleged Failure to Supervise and Intervene - Plaintiff Bus Passenger Allegedly Beaten by Disruptive Passenger While Attempting to Exit Bus - Alleged Soft Tissue Neck and Back Injuries,"

            Pennsylvania Jury Verdict and Review and Analysis, Vol. 7, Issue 12, October, 1989. (Article written about first jury trial which resulted in a verdict for my client, SEPTA, 5 minutes after the jury began deliberating.)

 

Volunteer handling Philadelphia VIP pro bono cases.  1987, as needed 1989 to 1997.

 

Volunteer handling Aids Law Project pro bono cases.  Occasional 1993 to 1997.

 

Private Practitioner performing pro bono work on an almost daily basis for those in need.

 

Lecturer, Nehemiah Youth Mission, "The Practice of Law" 1993.

 

Special Olympics Volunteer.  1989 to 1993.

 

Easter Seals Volunteer at Telethon.  1989 to 1991.

 

Volunteer, Mummer with Murray Comic Club, Flying Dutchman, N.Y.B. 1987 to 1991:

            I designed and made some of their props and helped at fundraisers.

 

Who's Who Among Practicing Attorneys.  1989 and 1990.

 

Lecturer at Career Day for

            Thomas Potter Elementary School.  1997 – 1999.

            Fairhill Academy High School. 2008.

 

Volunteer with Esperanza.  1988 – 1989.

 

Volunteer and Donor to HACE. 1987 – 2010.

            Chair of Design and Beautification Committee 2005-2010.

 

Volunteer and Donor to North Kensington Boys and Girls Club. 2003 - 2004.

 

Guest lecturer at numerous churches and civic associations. 1987 – present.

 

Temple L.E.A.P. Volunteer – originally as a coach for Cardinal Dougherty High School’s

            Mock trial team and since then as a judge. 1987 – 2012.

 

A.C.E. Lawyer in the Classroom Volunteer – member of three lawyer team lecturing high

            school students in the law monthly during the school year. 2011.

 

*NOTE: In 1993 the "Young Lawyer's Section" became the "Young Lawyer's Division".