Monday, Jan. 7, 2008
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 9, No. 2
 

Chancellor's Reception Jan. 9 at Bellevue

All members of the legal community are invited to attend a complimentary reception on Wednesday, Jan. 9 from 5 to 7 p.m. in honor of A. Michael Pratt, 81st Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

The Chancellor's Reception will be held in the Grand Ballroom at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. No reservations are necessary.

This is the event at which even the city's busiest and most successful legal luminaries wish their leader and each other good luck in the year ahead.

Investment Companies Committee on Regulatory Issues

Amy B.R. Lancellotta and Karrie McMillan will discuss current regulatory issues and pending and prospective projects of the Independent Directors Council and the Investment Company Institute at today's (Monday, Jan. 7) meeting of the Investment Companies Committee.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Business Development, Networking Seminar Jan. 8

The Philadelphia Bar Association and the Philadelphia Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators will present "Business Development: Effective Networking Strategies," the first in a series of associate training programs on Tuesday, Jan. 8.

Stacy West Clark, founder of the Delaware Valley Law Firm Marketing Group, will discuss the importance of learning your firm's business and marketing strategies; using your personal skills to fit into the firm's plan; the value of a business network; identifying and developing relationships that have business development potential; and identifying referral sources.

The program begins at 8 a.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Breakfast will be provided. The cost of the program is $25. Click here for more information.

Superior Court Developments Discussion Jan. 9

Superior Court Prothonotary Karen Bramblett and Lenny Blazick of Central Legal Staff will discuss Superior Court developments of 2007 and 20008 at the Wednesday, Jan. 9 meeting of the Appellate Courts Committee.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th Floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $7.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Crawley on Minorities in Construction Jan. 10

A. Bruce Crawley, the founder and former chair of the Philadelphia African-American Chamber of Commerce, will discuss "Ending Economic Apartheid in Philadelphia's Construction Industry" at the Thursday, Jan. 10 meeting of the Civil Rights Committee.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for those who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Dependency Law Update Jan. 15

Neha Desai, the Zubrow Fellow at the Juvenile Law Center will present a dependency law update at the Tuesday, Jan. 15 meeting of the Legal Rights of Children Committee.

The meeting begins at 3:30 p.m. in the 11th Floor Committee Room South of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St.

Discussion on State of Court Jan. 15

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judges D. Webster Keogh and Esther R. Sylvester will discuss their plans and new initiatives for the coming year and their impressions of the Commerce Program at the Tuesday, Jan. 15 meeting of the Business Litigation Committee.

Judge Keogh is administrative judge for the civil trial division and Judge Sylvester is supervising judge for the civil trial division. The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

How to Build Your Law Firm From Scratch Jan. 15

The Young Lawyers Division and PNC Wealth Management will present the program "How to Build Your Law Firm from Scratch" on Tuesday, Jan. 15 beginning at 5 p.m. at PNC Bank, 1600 Market St., 3rd floor.

Speakers for the program include Alan Nochumson, Joseph A. Prim, Richard K. Washington Jr. and Adrian Harris. The program will be moderated by May Mon Post. A cocktail reception will follow the program. Click here to RSVP for this free program.

Data Security Risks for Law Firms Jan. 17

The Technology Committee of the Law Practice Management Division will host a discussion on "The Five Biggest Data Security Risks for Law Firms - And How to Avoid Them" at its Thursday, Jan. 17 meeting.

Speakers for the program are Rich Massaro, network administrator, Caesar, Rivise, Bernstein, Cohen & Pokotilow, Ltd.; Jesse Valentine, security expert for 215 Secure; and Bill Wittkamp, vice president of engineering, BCW.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $7.50 for hose members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Securities Enforcement Update Jan. 17

The Securities Regulation Committee of the Business Law Section will present the lunchtime CLE program "SEC Enforcement Update" on Thursday, Jan. 17.

Panelists include Amy J. Greer, regional trial counsel for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Philadelphia; and Richard A. Levan, chair of the Securities Regulations Committee.

The program will be held at the CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of thte Wanamaker Building, Juniper Street entrance. Lunch and Registration begin at 12 p.m. The program has been approved for 1 substantive CLE credit. Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay a fee of $33.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years, and $28.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. Interested parties not seeking CLE credit may attend and purchase lunch for the fee of $8.50. If you wish to register in advance please visit pbi.org, call PBI Customer Service at 1-800-932-4637.

Volunteers Sought for MLK Day Legal Clinic Jan. 21

Volunteer attorneys are needed for a free legal clinic for low income, homeless and senior residents of Philadelphia on Monday, Jan. 21 at 9 a.m. at Germantown High School as part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

This clinic will provide free legal advice and representation to low income Philadelphians on the following legal matters advance planning documents; birth certificates and identification; consumer law; family law; homelessness; housing and home ownership; and public benefits and public utilities.

Contact Marsha Cohen at the Homeless Advocacy Project for further details at (215) 523-9590 or marsha@philalegal.org.

Business Law Section Annual Reception Jan. 22

The Business Law Section will present its Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award to Justin P. Klein at the Section's Annual Reception on Tuesday, Jan. 22 at the Pyramid Club, 1735 Market St., 53rd floor. Tickets are $35 and include light dinner, cocktails and live music. Click here to purchase tickets online.

The Section will present its Committee of the Year Award to the Bankruptcy Committee. Nancy Weinman and Shelley Goldner will receive the Committee Chair of the Year Award.

Coaches, Judges Needed for Mock Trial Competition

Volunteer coaches and judges are needed for the 2008 John S. Bradway Philadelphia High School Mock Trial Competition, which is run by Temple University Beasley School of Law and the Young Lawyers Division.

The rounds of competition will take place Jan. 28 through March 1. If you have volunteered in the past, we thank you and hope that you will do so this year. If you have not yet volunteered for the Mock Trial Competition, we encourage you to do so.

As a coach, you would meet and communicate with the students to prepare for the competition. As a judge, you can choose to fill as many time slots as your schedule will allow and you do not need trial experience to participate.

Contact Roberta West at (215) 204-8948 if you have interest in coaching. Click here for more information.

YLD Seeks Nominations for Craig M. Perry Service Award

The Young Lawyers Division is accepting nominations for the Craig M. Perry Service Award. This award is presented annually to a young lawyer 37 years old or younger or within the first three years of practice who has devoted substantial time and energy to community-oriented activities, including, but not limited to, pro bono and charity work.

Perry was a member of the YLD Executive Committee who suffered an untimely death. He was very involved in community service and active in student-related and other YLD programs.

Nominations are encouraged and should include the individual's name, address and a brief statement describing his or her qualifications. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Jan. 25. All nominations should be submitted to Tracey McCloskey at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market Street, 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107 or tmccloskey@philabar.org.

Tangled Title CLE Jan. 25

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Anne Lazarus and attorneys from Philadelphia VIP and SeniorLAW Center will present the CLE program "Probating Estates and Alternatives to Probate in Philadelphia - Homeownership Issues Training Session" on Friday, Jan. 25.

Low-income families and seniors are facing the loss of their home due to unprobated estates and tangled titles. The session will concentrate on the unique issues that low-income clients frequently encounter in obtaining title to a property. This discussion will also address how volunteer attorneys can utilize the financial assistance of the Tangled Title Fund in representing these low-income clients. It covers the legal grounds, procedures, and forms for probating an estate and, alternatively, for filing a petition in Orphans' Court for determination of title.

The program begins at 12 p.m. at the offices of Blank Rome LLP, One Logan Square. A free lunch is available and the CLE is free if you volunteer to take on a pro bono case. Contact Philadelphia VIP at (215) 523-9550, to reserve your space.

Volunteers Sought for Commerce Court Opinion Program

The Business Litigation Committee is looking for volunteers to work with business law students from Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law, University of Pennsylvania School of Law and Rutgers University-Camden School of Law to compile all Commerce Court opinions in an encyclopedia/treatise format. The goal of the project is to create an online compilation and analysis of Commerce Court opinions by subject matter, for use by members of the bar and other interested parties.

Each pair of students, under the guidance of a lawyer-editor, collects, analyzes and summarizes the opinions relating to a given subject. The lawyer-editor then works with the students to finalize the product into a distinct "chapter." Most of the labor is performed by the students, but volunteer lawyers would have the opportunity to have impact on this work and to act as a mentor to the students. Each individual chapter involves some synthesizing and categorizing of ideas, so there will be editorial comment without the labor-intensive effort that accompanies the drafting of a scholarly treatise. Ultimately the project should be of mutual benefit to the volunteers, the students and the bar.

Three chapters already have been posted on the Bar Association Web site, addressing arbitration issues and restrictive covenants. Click here to find those chapters under the heading "Commerce Case Management Program Opinion Project." There are currently more than 20 lawyers working with more than 40 students on the project.

If you are interested in being a part of this project, please contact Lee Applebaum at (215) 893-8702 or lapplebaum@finemanlawfirm.com.

Bar Association Launches Video Podcasts

Up-close video interviews with the city's leading newsmakers are now available on the Bar Association's Web site.

The Association has crafted a new series of quick, sharp video podcasts, which complement an already extensive audio podcast lineup. The Leadership Video Podcast Series features prominent Philadelphians discussing their roles as leaders, revealing who inspired them as leaders, and outlining what kind of leadership the city needs right now.

The series kicks off with an interview with A. Michael Pratt, the Association's new Chancellor, and also features interviews with Mural Arts Program Director Jane Golden, Wireless Philadelphia CEO Greg Goldman and School Reform Commission Chairwoman Sandra Dungee Glenn.

Accessing these videos is as easy as accessing the audio podcasts: Current subscribers to the Bar Association's "Hot Interviews with Very Cool People" audio podcasts, will automatically receive these video podcasts. If you are not yet a subscriber, go the Association's Podcast homepage — and sign up.

The videos can be downloaded and viewed on a video iPod, or similar handheld device. Of course, with a simple click, Web site visitors can watch the videos directly on their computer.

FJD Pro Bono Award Event Jan. 17

The First Judicial District of Pennsylvania will present its Second Annual Pro Bono Publico Awards to members of the bar who have provided exceptional pro bono service to the underprivileged in Philadelphia on Thursday, Jan. 17 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Law Library on the 6th Floor of City Hall.

The recipients of the Pro Bono Publico Award are nominated by the judges of each division of the FJD and selected by the judges who serve on the FJD Pro Bono Committee. The awards will be presented to each recipient by a judge of the division nominating that recipient.

The awards ceremony will also recognize all attorneys on the Pro Bono Roll of Honor who have provided pro bono services to litigants in the Philadelphia courts in 2007. This year’s recipients are:
• Court of Common Pleas Civil Trial Division: Landlord Tenant Liaison Committee.
• Court of Common Pleas Criminal Trial Division: Fred Harrison.
• Court of Common Pleas Family Division, Domestic Relations: Megan Watson.
• Court of Common Pleas Court Family Division, Juvenile: Gary Server.
• Court of Common Pleas Orphans' Court Division: Howard Solomon.
• Municipal Court, Criminal: Mary Moran.
• Municipal Court, Civil: David H. Denenberg.

The ceremony will include a presentation of certificates to these attorneys, along with lapel pins designed to signify their contributions. This year's ceremony is co-chaired by the Court of Common Pleas Judge Annette Rizzo and Thomas E. Zemaitis, a partner at Pepper Hamilton LLP.

This annual event was first launched last year by the First Judicial District's Pro Bono Committee, which was formed by members of the bench, bar and pro bono service providers to create and promote a culture of pro bono service in Philadelphia's legal community.

All members of the Bar are invited to attend the awards ceremony. To RSVP, contact Deborah Dailey, Office of the Court Administrator, First Judicial District of Pennsylvania, by e-mail at debbie.dailey@courts.phila.gov, or by fax at 215-686-7485, by Thursday, Jan. 10.

Positions Available in JAG Corps

The Pennsylvania Army National Guard, headquartered in Harrisburg, has positions available for lawyers who wish to serve in the Judge Advocate General's Corps. No prior military service is necessary, although prior military service speeds the application process and counts towards a retirement as an officer.

If you are in good physical health, under 45 years of age, enjoy a challenge, and wish to serve your state and country on a part-time basis in the Headquarters Company of the 28th Infantry Division in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, please contact Maj. Frank J. McGovern, Chief of Administrative Law, HHC 28th Infantry Division Mechanized, c/o Fidelity National Title Insurance Company, 1500 Walnut St., Suite 400, Philadelphia, PA 19102 or via e-mail at frank.mcgovern@fnf.com.

Participants Sought for Israel Exchange Program

The Philadelphia Bar Association is in the process of planning an exciting international exchange program in cooperation with the Israel Bar Association, in which local Philadelphia firms will host Israeli attorneys for a short internship (one to six months) and Philadelphia attorneys will travel to Israel for a comparable internship at an Israeli law firm. The target date for implementing the program is June 2008.

If you are interested in participating in such an internship, or in hosting one or more visiting Israeli lawyers, please send an e-mail to Bar Association Executive Director Ken Shear at kshear@philabar.org, and you will be contacted by one of the members of the planning committee.

Your input will be invaluable in helping us shape the parameters of the program in a manner best calculated to meet your professional needs or those of your firm.

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Economic Development Incentives in Pa. Jan. 17

PBI's Economic Development Incentives in Pennsylvania is designed to provide an overview of Pennsylvania’s economic development incentive programs, summarize their use and targeted businesses and highlight program characteristics of which applicants should be aware when pursuing such incentives. This 4 (substantive) CLE credit hour program will be held in Philadelphia on Thursday, Jan. 17, at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Juniper Street entrance (between 13th and Broad streets, opposite City Hall), from 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. For additional information, or to register, click here.

Upcoming CLE

The following courses are cosponsored by the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. All courses are at The CLE Conference Center in the Wanamaker Building, except as otherwise noted. Registration begins 30 minutes before course start time.

Wednesday, Jan. 9
Groupcast - PLI – Drafting Corporate Agreements
6 substantive, .5 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 10
How to Write a Will
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

More information is available on the PBI Web site at www.pbi.org, on the page devoted to Philadelphia programs, by calling 1-800-247-4724, or by e-mailing info@pbi.org. Note: some events sell out; before walking in, call PBI to confirm that space is still available for the program that interests you.

Earn as many as 4 credits on your computer, at your convenience at PBI's Online Campus, at www.onlinecle.pbi.org. More than 300 classes are available, including nearly 50 one-hour ethics programs. 24/7 CLE.

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