Professionals For

Elizabeth L. Bennett

Elizabeth Bennett, Esquire
Astor, Weiss, Kaplan and Mandel

200 S. Broad St.
6th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102

175 Strafford Ave.
Wayne, PA 19087

(215) 790-0100


Law School: Villanova University, JD 1977

College: Swarthmore College
(Art History) 1969

San Francisco State College,
Spring Semester, Dean’s List 1964

Continuing Law
Related Training: Basic Course for Lawyers in 1983

Psychoanalytic Psychiatry
Mediation Training Institute 1982
Collaborative Divorce 1999


Pennsylvania Honor Roll of Women 1996
Who’s Who in America 1998
Phebe Novakovic Award 2008

Professional Positions

Legal: Astor, Weiss, Kaplan and Mandel 2013 – Present

Legal: Bennett & Associates Dec., 1991 – 2013

Surgeant & Associates
– Instructor 1997 – 2000

Dilworth, Paxson, Kalish
& Kauffman – Partner 1990 – 1991
– Associate 1986 – 1989

Stradley, Ronon, Stevens & Young
– Associate 1981 – 1986

Beagon, Gannon & Barnard
– Associate 1980 – 1981
– Clerk 1977 – 1978

Private Practice of Law 1979

Pennsylvania Program for
Women and Girl Offenders,
Community Organizer 1973-1974


American Bar Association:
Ad Hoc Committee on Unified Family Courts 1994-1998
Family Law Section
Family Law Section 1981-present

Pennsylvania Bar Association:
Women in the Profession Commission 1993-present
Children’s Rights Committee 1993-1996
Family Law Section 1978-present
Equal Rights Committee 1992-1994

Philadelphia Bar Association:
Women in the Profession Committee 1993-present
Family Law Section 1981-present

Delaware County Bar Association:
Family Law Committee 1992-present
Family Law, Real Estate Practices
and Legal Journal Committees 1978-1981

Miscellaneous Memberships:

Collaborative Family Law Affiliates 2000-present
Women’s Resource Center 1992-present
Forum of Executive Women 1993-2001
American Association of Family
Conciliation Courts 1984-1987
Business Women’s Network 1983-1987
Family Mediation Association of Delaware
Valley 1983-1985
TIAAW 2008-Present
Women International Leaders of Greater Philadelphia 2006-Present

Professional Activities

Trainer & Organizer Collaborative Family Law Affiliates Training for
Collaborative Professionals 2000-present
Member Philadelphia Visiting Nurses Association 2004-2005
Ethics Committee
Member Board of the Condominium Association for 2004-2007
Greythorne Woods
Sponsor Conestoga High School Senior Internship
Program 2004
Chair Collaborative Family Law Affiliates 2003-2005
Member Organizing Committee – ABA Summit on 1998
Unified Family Court: Exploring
Solutions for Families, Women, and
Conference Women in the Profession Commission 1997
Co-Chair Conference – “Fractured Families,
Fragmented Courts – Pennsylvania Bar
Member: Women’s Law Project – Advisory Board 1995
Organizer: Women in the Profession Commission –
Conference Committee – Pennsylvania Bar
Association 1994
Member: Advisory Committee, Suburban Philadelphia
Fair Housing Council 1994
Co-Chair: Children’s Rights Committee – Pennsylvania
Bar Association 1994-1998
Member: Women in the Profession Commission –
Conference Committee – Pennsylvania Bar
Association 1993
Co-Chair: Women and the Profession Committee –
Philadelphia Bar Association – co-creator Sandra
Day O’Connor Award 1993
Conference Pennsylvania Institute of Certified 1992-1993-1994
Chairperson: Public Accountants – Divorce Conference and 1996
Member: Civil Service Commission – Borough 1992-2003
of Swarthmore
Co-Chair: Insurance Committee 1991-1994
Pennsylvania Bar Association –
Family Law Section
Co-Chair: Children Rights SubCommittee 1989-1990
Pennsylvania Bar Association –
Family Law Section
Member: Executive Committee Philadelphia 1989-1990
Family Law Section
Member: Uniform Status of Children of 1989-1990
Assisted Conception Act And Model
Surrogacy Act Committee, Pennsylvania Bar
Association – Family Law Section
Director: Marriage Council, Inc. (Now Penn Council for
Relationships) 1985-1993
Director: Domestic Abuse Project of Delaware Co. 1984-1988
Board Member: Child Support Project of Philadelphia 1987-1988
Member: Child Support Task Force of Delaware Co. 1986-1987
Co-Chair: Children’s Rights Committee, Greater 1984-1985
Philadelphia ACLU
Director: Greater Philadelphia American Civil 1974-1987
Liberties Union
Director: Pennsylvania American Civil Liberties 1977-1985
Organizer: Seminar – “Real Estate Practices & Divorce” 1981
Organizer: Delaware Law School Trial School 1980
Member: Citizens for Corrections – Citizens 1974-1976
Advisory Board to the Commonwealth
of Pennsylvania Bureau of Corrections
Coordinator: “Citizens for Justice” conference, 1973
Widener College


“Collaborative Divorce Comes To Pennsylvania,” The Philadelphia Lawyer, Winter 1999 (2000)
“Asset Sequestration in Divorce Cases,” Fair Share,1999
“Alternative Dispute Resolution in Family Law,” Pennsylvania Law Weekly, March 22, 1999
“Welfare and the Environment – A Single Bullet Solution,” Philadelphia Inquirer, March 9, 1997
“Court May Reverse Hostility Toward Children,” The Patriot-News, December, 1995
“Lost in the Legal Maze of Family Courts,” Commentary, Philadelphia Inquirer, July, 1995
“Divorce, Older Women and Alimony,” American Journal of Family Law, Winter 1994; and the Pennsylvania Family Lawyer, December, 1994
“Guaranteeing Medical Insurance Coverage After Separation or Divorce,” American Bar Association’s Family Law Quarterly, 1994
“Lost in the Shuffle: Ensuring Medical Care for Children After Divorce,“ ACE Magazine, April, 1994
“Guaranteeing Medical Care for Women, Children: The Gaping Federal Loophole,” Legal Intelligencer, June, 1992
“Lost in Family Court,” MetroKid, March, 1992
“The Discovery Rule and Child Abuse,” Pennsylvania Family Lawyer, February, 1991
“Courting Disaster,” Swarthmore College Bulletin, August, 1989
“Determining the Real Cost of Supporting Children in Single Parent Homes,” Philadelphia Bar Association Family Law Section Newsletter, August, 1989
“The Indigent Spouse: Making Litigation Claims Affordable,” Philadelphia Bar Association Family Law Section Newsletter, February, 1989
“Sexual Abuse: Minimizing the Pain,” Legal Intelligencer, November 15, 1988
“Divorce Court: Not a Soap Opera,” Legal Intelligencer, October 1, 1988
“Child Support: Is Shared Custody a Threat?” Legal Intelligencer, July 1, 1986
“Divorce: Men May Lose Money Under Tax Reform Act of 1986,” Legal Intelligencer,
November 26, 1986 and Focus Magazine, January, 1987
“Pitfalls and Potential of Being a Woman,” Swarthmore College Bulletin, November, 1985


Collaborative Family Law Affiliates: “Collaborative Procedures” 2008
Pennsylvania Bar Institute: “The Second Season: Issues for Divorce Over Fifty” 2008
Sterling Education Service: “Shared Custody: Issues and Considerations” 2008
Montgomery County Family Law Section: “Collaborative Divorce” 2008
Rotary Club, Chesterbrook: “Collaborative Family Law” 2006
Rotary Club, Ardmore: “Collaborative Family Law” 2006
Pennsylvania Bar Institute: “Ethical Consideration in Collaborative Family Law” 2004
Annual Training of the Collaborative Family Law Affiliates 2003-2007
Women’s Resource Center: “Basics of Divorce and Support Law” 1994-2007
Regional Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: “Collaborative Divorce” 1999
Swarthmore College: “Law as a Career” 1999
American Bar Association Summit on Unified Family Court, Plenary Session: “A Day in The Life” 1998
League of Women Voters: “Welfare Reform” 1998
Delaware County Bar Association: “Tax Tips: the 1997 Tax Relief Act” 1997
Surgeant & Associates, Continuing Professional Education for Accountants, Massachusetts and Philadelphia: ”Divorce and Taxation” 1997
Pennsylvania Senate, Domestic Relations Committee: Testimony 1997
Forum of Executive Women, Moderator: “Barriers to Women’s Self-Sufficiency” 1997
Regional Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: Managed Care, Sixth Annual Colloquium 1997
Pennsylvania Bar Institute: “Fundamentals of Family Law” 1997, 1998
Villanova Law School Family Law Class: Lecturer 1992, 1994, 1996, 1997
Villanova Law School Law and Psychology Class: Lecturer 1994, 1996, 1997
Philadelphia Bench Bar Unified Family Court 1996
Northwestern Tax Institute, Nevada: Divorce Tax 1996
Family Law Institute: “Sequestering Assets – Off Shore Trusts” 1996
Delaware County Women’s Commission Conference: “Women and Managed Care” 1996
Living Beyond Breast Cancer Program: “Job Rights, Medical Insurance Options and Credit Opportunities” 1996
Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Divorce Conference: Conference Chair and Participant 1993 – 1994 – 1995; Participant 1992 and 1996
Unified Family Courts, Separate presentations for the Family Law Committees: Delaware, Chester, Philadelphia, Bucks, and York County Bar Associations – 1995
Forensic Accounting Seminar – Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants 1995
Testimony before Joint State Government Task Force on Domestic Relations Law – 1995
WCAU-TV: “Cohabitation” 1995
Pennsylvania Bar Institute: “Divorcing the Elderly: Medical Insurance, Ethics and Bifurcation”1995
WCAU-TV: “Child Support” 1994
Suburban Cable: “Date Rape” 1994
Delaware County Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Committee: QDROs and QMSCOs 1994
WCAU-TV: “Domestic Violence and Insurance Underwriting” 1994
Philadelphia Bar Association: “Practical Tips: Medical Insurance” 1994
Women’s Resource Center: “Financial Planning for Women” 1994
Forensic Accounting Seminar – Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants 1994
Fundamentals of Family Law – Pennsylvania Bar Institute 1994
Pennsylvania Bar Association Winter Meeting: “Medical Benefits” 1994
Womens Resource Center: Single Mothers Group 1993
Sandra Day O’Connor Award, Philadelphia Bar Association (responsible for its creation and donation) 1993
WCAU-TV Sunday Focus: “Sexual Harassment and Women in the Legal Profession” 1993
Pennsylvania Bar Association Family Law Section workshop: “Insurance Benefits” 1993
Society for Human Resource Development workshop: “The Medical and Family Leave Act” 1993
Conference of County Bar Leaders, Pennsylvania Bar Association: “Gender Bias” 1993
Herron Cable Channel 2: “Health Insurance” 1993
Women’s Resource Center: “Women and Health Insurance Coverage” 1993
Unitarian Church of Delaware County, Womens’ Service: 1993
Women’s Way Breakfast: Co-Sponsor and Presenter 1992
Philadelphia Bar Association Family Law Section Health Insurance Workshop: Moderator 1992
Mellon Bank: “Trusts & Divorce” 1992
World Affairs Council, Philadelphia: “Women at the Crossroads” Panelist 1992
Domestic Relations Association of Pennsylvania, Mock Support Conference 1991
Marriage Council of Philadelphia, Inc: Presentation to staff on divorce practice 1986 and 1991
Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants: Conference on Divorce 1991
Interview with Darrell Sifford, Philadelphia Inquirer: “Lessons in Life From Eastern
Europe” 1991
Swarthmore League of Women Voters, “Divorce: the U.S. and Eastern Europe” 1991
Pennsylvania Bar Association Family Law Section Workshop: “Insurance” 1991
Adult School, Cheltenham High School, Instructor Fall 1990/Fall 1991
Delaware County Chamber of Commerce, Speech: “Equitable Distribution” 1990
Elkins Park Rotary Club: “Divorce Update” 1990
Women’s Resource Center: “Divorce Overview” 1990
WWDB Talk Radio: “Divorce” 1989
Testimony in Opposition to Senate Bills Nos. 229, 419 & 1100, Commonwealth
of Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee 1989
Pennsylvania Bar Institute: “New Developments in Equitable Distribution” 1989
Pennsylvania Council of Mediators: “Bridging Cultures” Panelist 1989
Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution: “Mediating Domestic Violence” 1989
Volunteers for the Indigent: Family Law Supervisor, pro bono project 1989
WWDB Talk Radio: “Sexual Abuse Allegations” 1989
Pennsylvania Bar Association Family Law Section Workshop: “Mediation Skills” 1989
Consumer Watch, WCAU AM: “Choosing a Professional” 1988
WDVT Talk Radio: “False Sexual Abuse Allegations” 1988
What You Should Know, WYSP: “Sex with Clients” 1988
Womens Conference of Delaware County “Women and the Bill of Rights” 1987
Philadelphia Bar Association: “The Issue of Gender” Panelist 1987
Pennsylvania Bar Institute: “Equitable Distribution” 1987
Mary Mason Show, WWDB: “Pre-Marital Agreements” 1987
Reggie Lavong Show, WHAT: “Pre-Marital Agreements” 1987
We Can’t Stop Now, WIOQ: “Pre-Marital Agreements” 1987
The Media Rose Tree Unitarian Church: “Women and the Constitution” Sermon 1987
Womens Conference of Delaware County: “Women and the Constitution” 1986
People Are Talking KYW/TV: “Divorce Mediation” 1986
Philadelphia Bench Bar Conference, Family Law Section: Panelist, Mock Custody Trial 1986
Womens Conference of Delaware County, Workshop: “Divorce Law in Pennsylvania” 1984
Parents Without Partners: “The New Divorce Law” Speech 1982
Delaware County Trial Seminar presentation: “Injunctive Relief under the New Divorce Code” 1981
Women’s Conference of Delaware County, Workshop: “Women and the Law ” 1980
Delaware County Bar Association, Seminar: “Real Estate Transactions Under the Divorce Code of 1980”
The Media Rose Tree Unitarian Church: “Civil Liberties” Sermon 1980
The Lions Club of Springfield: “Capital Punishment” Speech 1975
Widener College Women and the Law Conference: Panelist 1974
Melting Pot, KYW/TV: Panelist on the Criminal Justice System 1973
The Rotary Club of Springfield: “Civil Liberties” Speech 1973