Research Interests: consumer protection laws, cross-border debtor-creditor and bankruptcy issues, french, arabic, hebrew and german languages & cultures, gender equity, international interest in u.s. affiliated start-ups
JD, Columbia University School of Law, 1989; MA, Arabic Language and Literature, Columbia University Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, 1986; BA Barnard College, Columbia University, 1984.
Professional Positions Held
Law Firms: Managing Partner, E. Carolyn Hochstadter Dicker, LLC, 2007-present; Of Counsel, Klehr, Harrison, Harvey, Branzburg & Ellers, LLP, 1999-2007; LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae, LLP, 1989-1999.
Arbitrator, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Arbitration Center, January 2017-present.
WBE (Woman Owned Business Enterprise) and WOSB (Woman Owned Small Business), WBENC (Women’s Business Enterprise National Council), 2008-present; City of Philadelphia Office of Economic Opportunity, 2010-present.
Professional Leadership and Alliances
Chair & Vice Chair, Regional Council & Governance Committees, Women Owned Law; Executive Board, Philadelphia Israel Chamber of Commerce; Member, French American Chamber of Commerce; Member, Brazen.
Public Sector Leadership
Chair, Philadelphia Chapter, JOFA (Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance), Editorial Board, JOFA Journal; President, Lechu Neranena Minyan; Board of Trustees, Kohelet Yeshiva; Advisory Board of Trustees, Politz Day School, Cherry Hill.
Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Pilot Program, Philadelphia, 2008-present; Consumer Bankruptcy Assistance Project, Philadelphia, 2009-present; Judge National Finals of The ABA Law Student Negotiation Competition, 2007.
Speaking Engagements: Upcoming and Recent
Critical Legal Concerns Facing Entrepreneurs, Jenkins Law Library, Philadelphia, November 2017, https://www.jenkinslaw.org/cle/classes/critical-legal-concerns-facing-entrepreneurs.
Getting the Work Done – Making the Most of a Virtual Office, Women Owned Law Virtual Speaker Series, October 10, 2017.
SharpHeels Career Advancement Summit: Overcoming Career Obstacles, Philadelphia August 2017.
Office Space, Budgets and Loans: Considerations when Starting Your Own Practice, Philadelphia Bar Association Solo, Small, and Mid-Size Management Committee Program, June 2017, http://www.philadelphiabar.org/cgi-bin/WebObjects/PBAReadOnly.woa/wa/eventNotification?style=1&eventID=0226L.
Establishing a Business in the U.S.: How to Qualify for Investor Visas and Green Cards, Panelist with D. Nachman, Esquire and Jean-David Cohen, Business Planner, Paris May 2017.
Penetrating the U.S. Start-Up Market, Presentation to Hungarian Trade Delegation to Axis Tel Aviv International Start-Up Conference, Tel Aviv March 2017.
Moderator, We Can Do It! Advocating For Change Within The Israeli Legal System, JOFA Conference, January 15, 2017.
Panelist, Halacha (Jewish Law) and Community Inclusion, National Museum of American Jewish History, Feb. 2016.
Legal Challenges of Early Stage Startups, Innovation Engagement Speaker Series, Thomas Jefferson University, November 2015; https://www.jenkinslaw.org/classes/legal-aspects-entrepreneurship-survey-basic-start-issues
Legal Aspects of Entrepreneurship: A Survey of Basic Start-up Issues, Jenkins Law Library, Philadelphia, October 2015; http://innovation.jefferson.edu/programs-events/speaker-series.html
Moderator, Law for Entrepreneurs, Wharton Business and Law Association Second Annual Conference, February 7, 2014.
Moderator, How to Talk So Your Rabbi Will Listen and Listen So Your Rabbi Will Talk, JOFA Conference, December 8, 2013.
Wharton Business Law Association, Hillel – University of Pennsylvania, Legal Aspects of Entrepreneurship: Practical Tips and Tools, Fall 2013.
E. Carolyn Hochstadter Dicker (with Rabbi M. Stein, B.A. Fein), When the Gelt is Gone: Bankruptcy and Foreclosure in Jewish and American Law, Gratz College, August, 2011.
E. Carolyn Hochstadter Dicker (with M. Soboleski), Bankruptcy Basics for 2011, Jenkins Law Library, Philadelphia June, 2011.
E. Carolyn Hochstadter Dicker (2011), Jewish Debtor-Creditor Law: Does it Permit the Filing for Bankruptcy in the U.S. Courts?, Louis D. Brandeis Law Society Newsletter..
E. Carolyn Hochstadter Dicker (2011), The Impact of Lay Leadership on Gender Issues in Jewish Day Schools, The JOFA Journal, Volume IX, No. 2.
E. Carolyn Hochstadter Dicker (2008), Eikha Through the Voices of Women, The JOFA Journal, Volume VII, No. 2.
E. Carolyn Hochstadter Dicker and J. P. Campo (1999), FF&E and the True Lease Question: Article 2A and Accompanying Amendments to UCC Section 1-201(37), American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review, Volume 7, No. 2.
E. Carolyn Hochstadter Dicker, A.J. Somers, P.A. Zisser (1998), Prepayment Premiums in Bankruptcy: A Remedy for Unsecured Creditors?, Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law..
E. Carolyn Hochstadter Dicker (1998), PCS Licenses and The 'Specter' of Bankruptcy, 6 CommLaw Conspectus: Journal of Communications Law and Policy 59 and Infrastructure, Volume 37, No. 1.
E. Carolyn Hochstadter Dicker (1996), Minimizing Risk: Securing a Loan With an Anticipated Tax Refund, The Bankruptcy Strategist..
E. Carolyn Hochstadter Dicker (1993), OREA's and Bankruptcy, Shopping Center Legal Update, Volume 12, No. 3.
E. Carolyn Hochstadter Dicker, G.A. Goodman, P.A. Ivanick (1992), Shopping Centers and Bankruptcy: The Effect of the 1984 Amendments on Leases and Operating and Reciprocal Easement Agreements, International Council of Shopping Centers Report..
E. Carolyn Hochstadter Dicker (1991), Good Faith and the Single-Asset Debtor: Trends in Recent Bankruptcy Filings, Real Estate Finance, Volume 8, No. 2.
Lecturer in Law, Wharton, 2012-present, course: The Legal Aspects of Entrepreneurship
Faculty Advisor to the Wharton Business and Law Association
Mentor: Lawyer/Entrepreneur: Penn Wharton Entrepreneurship, Innovation Fund – Weiss Tech House
This practically oriented course examines the critical legal issues confronting start-ups with a focus on innovation and disruption. Cutting edge topics include the new drone law, which permits companies to benefit from the efficiency of aerial view techniques. Students will learn to use the law to manage risk, deploy resources and maximize value by analyzing cases, statutes, pleadings and contracts. The course covers the entire lifecycle of a business and deals with confidentiality, non-competition and invention assignment clauses, tax advantages of limited liability companies (LLC) v. corporations or partnerships, securities law strategy for raising venture capital, independent contractor v. employee concerns, discrimination laws, merger and acquisition exit plans, intellectual property (IP) including patent, trade secrets, copyrights and trademarks, as well as restructuring and bankruptcy. Students will emerge from the course with the skills and tools to draft term sheets tailored to their business models, as well as mitigate liability via risk-protective policies, insurance and management of litigation. The course fulfills elective requirements for 6 Concentrations, Majors, or Minors: * Wharton Legal Studies and Business Ethics; * Wharton Entrepreneurship and Innovation/Managment; * Wharton Social Impact and Responsibility; * SAS Legal Studies Minor; * SAS STSC Major(Science, Technology and Society)--with permission; * Engineering Entrepreneurship Minor--with permission.