Sunshine Week Event March 12

“The Role of State Government in Combating Illicit Financial Flows”

Speaker: Eryn Schornick, Senior Policy Advisor, Global Witness Anti-money-laundering Team

Widener University Delaware Law School

Ruby Vale Moot Court Room

4601 Concord Pike

Wilmington, Delaware



Monday, March 12, 2018

6:30 p.m.  – Social Gathering and Networking

7:00 p.m. – Program:
 DPA President, Mark Fowser

Opening Remarks: DelCOG President, Nick Wasileski

Speaker: Eryn Schornick plus audience Q & A

Light refreshments

FREE and open to the public 

True or false? Delaware is a haven for money laundering, drug trafficking, terrorism, and investment fraud. Because of Delaware’s accommodating business codes and the secrecy around formation of Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) in Delaware, it’s all too true. In an article in the December 1, 2017, edition of The News Journal, Karl Baker reports: “Secrecy around LLCs [Limited Liability Companies] in Delaware . . . can slow law enforcement efforts to find companies that act as conduits through which allegedly tainted money flows.”

Eryn Schornick’s presentation will address the problem of hidden company owners and the real life impact of these anonymously-owned companies based on Global Witness’s investigations into corruption, including money laundering. While policy solutions are being negotiated at the federal level, the presentation will highlight “the role of state government in combating illicit financial flows.”

Ms. Schornick has led a Global Witness investigation in partnership with NBC and Reuters into large-scale global money laundering, including the proceeds of drug trafficking and dubious Russian and Eastern European investments in luxury properties. Her work has looked at how investors, business, government contractors and other major stakeholders are involved in or are exposed to financial and reputational risk in cases of corruption, fraud, and theft facilitated by anonymous shell companies. She is a NY licensed attorney with a focus on international humanitarian law and international human rights law.

‘World’s top online brothel’ is Delaware company in ‘good standing.’ This headline in the February 9, 2018, edition of The News Journal leads into an article by Margie Fishman that states: “, … involved in nearly three-quarters of the 10,000 child-trafficking reports received annually by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, has been sued repeatedly by state prosecutors, sex trafficking survivors and victims’ advocacy groups, [but] is currently meeting all requirements for a business entity outlined in Delaware law, according to Secretary of State Jeff Bullock and Attorney General Matt Denn.” Bullock said, “We don’t have the legal authority” to dissolve the company.

Mark Hays, Anti-Money Laundering Campaign Leader at Global Witness says in reference to Fishman’s article, “Extensive details are given about how the owners of Backpage used shell entities in Delaware and overseas to nominally sell their ownership stake in the company, while still retaining control by other means – thus distancing themselves from further legal accountability.”

DelCOG has been active in raising awareness and sponsoring state legislation to reform Delaware LLCs. John Flaherty, DelCOG board member, says, “We have a history of ignoring legitimate law enforcement investigations; that does not bode well for the reputation of Delaware, especially because our economy is dependent on incorporation fees and business taxes that make up a significant part of the state bud-get. But we are a leader in the incorporation of LLCs and must take responsibility for fixing the system.”

“We are aware of the role that Delaware legal entities play in facilitating money laundering and sex trafficking, including the Backpage case,” Hays adds. “Global Witness works closely in coalition with a number of anti-trafficking groups that have documented the use of shell entities in trafficking networks in some detail. Delaware remains somewhat oppositional in this space, but there are shifts afoot at the federal level that may signal a sea change in the diverse, bipartisan support for this measure, which could in turn shape’s Delaware’s position.”

The audience will be able to comment and to ask questions during the Q&A following the presentation.


Get Directions to Widener University Delaware Law School

4601 Concord Pike, Wilmington, Delaware

Get Delaware Law School Campus Map

Free parking in large well-lighted lot (P) behind Building 6 (Main law building)

Enter lower level lobby from the parking lot (see top of screen)

For more information:

DPA Awards Banquet and 40-Year Anniversary Gala 5/4

Delaware Press Association Awards Banquet

Please join Delaware Press Association at the University & Whist Club, 805 N. Broom Street, Wilmington, DE, on May 4 for the 2017 Delaware Press Association Awards Banquet and 40-Year-Anniversary Gala, with favors for all and a special presentation from Rob Tornoe. Bring a guest or two to help us honor those who entered the DPA Communications Contests this year – professional communicators and high school journalists alike – and to enjoy the display of the award-winning contest entries.


5:30 p.m. Social Hour with Cash Bar & Awards Display; Tête-à-Tête with Rob Tornoe
6:30 p.m. Dinner, Speaker, and Awards Presentation. Certificates will be presented to the contest award winners and $500 in cash prizes will be given to the contest sweepstakes winners.

Speaker: Rob Tornoe, Writer/Editor/Cartoonist, The Philadelphia Inquirer
DPA Awards Banquet speaker

Several years ago when featured in the quarterly DPA newsletter, cartoonist Rob Tornoe described himself as “an equal-opportunity offender” when it came to political cartoons.

We recently asked Rob – now also a writer and editor: Is there a serious side to being a cartoonist?  How does someone create a cartoon one day and a hard-news story the next day? And what can we learn about versatility and relevance in an ever-changing world of news media and social media.

Regional and national figures have been depicted in Rob’s many cartoons over the years, and he continues to thrive as a cartoonist, writer, and editor with and The Philadelphia Inquirer. We will see some of Rob’s favorite cartoons – some famous, some infamous – and get a current take on today’s media landscape from someone in the media, who also covers the media.


From Pennsylvania Avenue (Route 52) heading north out of Wilmington, turn left on Broom Street or, if driving south from Route 141, turn right on Broom. Landmark: Church of the Holy City at SW corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and Broom Street. In two to three blocks (you will pass Padua School on your right), watch on your right for the stone pillars on either side of the driveway into the University & Whist grounds immediately as you cross Ninth Street.

Parking Information

There is a parking lot at the club (to the left and to the rear of the building), as well as free on-street parking on adjacent streets should the lot be full. For a small fee, valet parking is available at the front door, and there is a handicap access ramp into the club from the parking area at the rear of the building.


Mixed Baby Greens / Scarlet Orange Vinaigrette
Stuffed Chicken Breast with Prosciutto & Mozzarella, Rosemary Demi-Glace
Roasted Red Bliss Potatoes  •  Asparagus
Lemon Sorbet with Fresh Raspberries
French Roast Coffee & Select Teas


Please reserve your seat by Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Reservations: Click Here

For More Information: Katherine Ward:  302-655-2175

“Boomer Reinvention: From Press to PR to Podcasting” with Steve Lubetkin 3/29


Boomer Reinvention

How do you meet the challenge of switching careers when you’ve been on the same track for decades?

Do you worry about how you would survive if you were suddenly downsized out of a job?

What would you do if you found yourself navigating treacherous waters and had to reinvent yourself, not just once, but twice?

Nationally published writer and photojournalist Steve Lubetkin will tell his story of Boomer Reinvention — how he made the journey from print and broadcast news into PR and out again, not only reinventing himself as one of the first professional podcasters but also expanding a new-found business into a company that serves clients with news and feature content in audio, video, and with other multimedia content.  

“Boomer Reinvention:

From Press to PR to Podcasting”

Wednesday, March 29, 2017
The Ballou Room
Kid Shelleen’s Restaurant
1801 W. 14th Street
Wilmington, DE
6 p.m. – Fun Food / Cash Bar / Networking
7 p.m. – Program
Open to the Public


Boomer Reinvention speaker Steve Lubetkin
Steve Lubetkin

Seasoned technology futurist and managing partner of The Lubetkin Media Companies, Steve Lubetkin is an award-winning producer of documentary-style radio, TV, and other multimedia content distributed over the Internet as podcasts. Lubetkin is a nationally published writer and photojournalist and co-author of the book, The Business of Podcasting: How to Take Your Podcasting Passion from the Personal to the Professional.

Please join us!

If you find yourself longing (or needing) to make a change but don’t know where or how to begin, come to Kid Shelleen’s on March 29, to enjoy great networking and fun food at 6 p.m.  At 7 p.m., treat yourself to a talk by DPA member Steve Lubetkin, a man who has blazed a trail from one job to another to yet another and is passionate about what he does now.

Cost: DPA Members, $15. Non-members, $20.

Reservations: Please register no later than March 24. Guests are welcome.

Click here to register


Directions to Kid Shelleen’s, 1801, W. 14th Street, Wilmington:

From Pennsylvania Avenue (Rte. 52) heading south into Wilmington, turn left onto Union Street (if heading north out of the city, turn right onto Union). Go half a block and turn right onto Liberia Street (if you reach the stop sign at 14th Street, you’ve gone too far). Liberia Street will take you straight into the parking lot. If it’s full, you will find free parking on adjacent streets.

For more information: 302-655-2175 or

Law for Creators Workshop – Saturday 10/29


Calling All Entrepreneurs, Inventors, Artists,
Authors, and Engineers


Join the Delaware Law School Patent Pro Bono Program and Delaware Press Association on Saturday, October 29, 2016, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. for a free half-day workshop that provides need-to-know legal information for entrepreneurs, inventors, artists, authors, and software engineers. Experts on patent, copyright, and trademark law will present current information on these important topics and will be available for questions.

The free workshop will cover:

Trademark Law for Entrepreneurs

For entrepreneurs who are creating new businesses and want to protect the distinctive names, symbols, and logos of their products and services.

Trade Secret & Patent Law for Inventors

For tinkerers, chemists, software engineers, and others who are creating new and useful machines and processes.

Copyright Law for Artists and Authors

For authors, artists, filmmakers, photographers, choreographers, architects, and others who are creating original works of authorship.

Workshop Details

The first part of the workshop will provide an overview of patent, copyright, and trademark law. The second part will consist of concurrent sessions, each concentrating on a specific area: patent law, copyright law, or trademark law. Attendees will be able to choose the session that covers their area of interest and expertise.

There will be a half-hour break between the two parts of the workshop. During that time, drinks and snacks will be available in the lobby, with music by Susan Ryan (flute) and Bert Damron (clarinet).

The workshop will be held at the Ruby R. Vale Moot Courtroom in the Main Law Building, Widener University, Delaware Law School, 4601 Concord Pike, Wilmington, Delaware. Although the workshop is free, registration is required. Please use the link below to register and ensure you have a seat.






DPA Awards Banquet May 5

Awards Banquet Tickets Now Available

Tickets are now available for the popular DPA Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet, which will be held on Thursday, May 5, at the University & Whist Club in Wilmington, DE. The event will begin at 5:30pm with a social hour that includes a cash bar and awards display.

2015 Awards Banquet, R Ferguson and Team
Roxane Ferguson and her communications team from the Middletown Area Chamber of Commerce won multiple awards in 2015


Whether you won one award or a handful, like the team from the Middletown Area Chamber of Commerce did last year, you won’t want to miss the awards presentations. And if you didn’t win, come cheer on your colleagues, network over a great meal, and listen to a seasoned journalist share his insights.

Jason Levine on “Life of the Modern Journalist”

Jason Levine, editorial page editor for the Wilmington News Journal

Jason Levine, the editorial page editor at The News Journal, will deliver a talk entitled: “Life of the Modern Journalist: An Ever-expanding Skill Set.” A modern journalist with his own ever-expanding skill set, Levine has been using his voice and his talents in the news business for more than 20 years. At the DPA awards banquet, he will address the challenges of working in the business of communications today and the need for an ever-expanding skill set to survive in the current  climate of downsizing and constant adjustment to new modes of communication.

When named the new editorial page editor at The News Journal last November, Jason Levine’s first word was “Voice.” He said: “It is the identity of America . . . our most important right.” In that editorial he stated, “We must invest in a culture that encourages, applauds and wholeheartedly supports action toward solving a problem” and urged “Use your voice to offer ideas for solutions.”

Register Now to Avoid Disappointment

Space is limited, so reserve your spot now. Bring a guest or two and join us in the ballroom at the University & Whist Club, 805 N. Broom Street, Wilmington, on Thursday, May 5, to honor those who entered our Communications Contests this year – professional communicators and high school journalists alike – and to enjoy the display of the award-winning contest entries. Social hour with cash bar begins at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m. Following dinner and Jason Levine’s presentation, the Communications Contest awards will be announced, certificates will be presented to the contest award winners and $500 in cash prizes will be given to the contest sweepstakes winners.

The cost is $45 for DPA members and guests, payable by check or credit card.

RSVP by April 27.