Jan. 11, 2010
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 11, No. 3
 

Record $563,000 Distributed by Bar Foundation

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation distributed a record $563,000 to 33 organizations that provide legal services to those who battle poverty, abuse and discrimination in 2009. The Bar Foundation is dedicated to providing equal access to justice for all and brings together the legal community in support of this ideal.

The Board of Trustees voted to increase the Bar Foundation's funding commitment to the public interest legal community that struggled with overwhelming demands on their organizations because of the economy. "So many of our grantee organizations faced substantial cuts to their funding, we needed to be there for them," said Amy B. Ginensky of Pepper Hamilton LLP, the Bar Foundation’s president. "We will strive to continue giving at this high level, but to do so, we will need continued and increased support from the legal community." Funding for the 2009 grants came from law firm sponsorships of the Bar Foundation's events, individual contributions to the Bar Foundation, cy pres awards and money taken from the board designated investment fund guided by the Bar Foundation's spending policy.

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation funds a set of legal services priorities - ensuring a fair and just society, helping the poor, caring for our children and the elderly, addressing health and disability issues, focusing on issues affecting women and improving community welfare - that are exemplified in the public interest agencies that received 2009 grants. These include Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program, Support Center for Child Advocates, Homeless Advocacy Project, SeniorLAW Center, Community Legal Services, Education Law Center, and Legal Clinic for the Disabled, among others.

Two new groups were added to the Bar Foundation's network of grantee organizations - the Pennsylvania Innocence Project, which provides legal services to incarcerated individuals with viable claims of wrongful conviction, and Face To Face, a community-based legal clinic located in Germantown.

Information about the Philadelphia Bar Foundation, including grant applications and criteria, are available at PhilaBarFoundation.org. For more information, contact Gene Sirni, executive director of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation, at gsirni@philabar.org.

Legislative Priorities Discussion Jan. 14

The Legislative Liaison Committee will discuss top legislative priorities for 2010, along with the budget and elections at its Thursday, Jan. 14 meeting.

The meeting begins at 12:30 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP.

Judges on Social Security Hearing Backlogs Jan. 15

A panel of chief administrative law judges will provide updates on hearing backlogs, the status of the attorney advisor program, ERE and other issues related to cases at the hearing level at the Friday, Jan. 15 meeting of the Social Security Disability Benefits Committee.

Panelists include Judges Linda M. Bernstein, Joseph Davidson and Deborah H. Mande. 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 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP.

Workplace Investigations Discussion Jan. 20

Michael Torchia will discuss workplace investigations at the Wednesday, Jan. 20 meeting of the Labor and Employment Law Committee.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. at the offices of Greenburg Traurig, LLP, 2700 Two Commerce Square, 2001 Market St. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to Susan Wexler at SWexler@DiscrimLaw.net.

Pros and Cons of Structured Settlements Jan. 20

Brian J. Fillion will present "The Pros and Cons of Structured Settlements" at the Wednesday, Jan. 20 meeting of the Workers' Compensation Section.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. 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 $25 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years, and $20 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. If you wish to register in advance please visit pbi.org or call PBI Customer Service at 1-800-932-4637.

Lunch will be available through the Philadelphia Bar Association for an additional fee of $8 per person with payment being made to the Philadelphia Bar Association in advance of the meeting. Click here to RSVP.

Networking Happy Hour Jan. 20 at Con Murphy's

Join the Young Lawyers Division and other young professionals at the next Networking Happy Hour on Wednesday, Jan. 20 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Con Murphy's, 1700 Benjamin Franklin Parkway (at the Windsor Hotel). The event is co-sponsored by the YLD, Delivery of Legal Services Committee, the Justinians and the Lawyers Club of Philadelphia.

The first 50 to arrive will receive a complimentary drink ticket and appetizers will be served. Further details will be provided.

YLD Seeks Peretta, Perry Award Nominees

The Young Lawyers Division is now accepting nominations for the F. Sean Peretta Service Award and the Craig M. Perry Service Award, both presented at the upcoming YLD Annual Meeting in early 2010. Deadline for nominations is Friday, Jan. 22.

The F. Sean Peretta Service Award is presented annually to an individual who has devoted substantial time to an innovative or non-traditional program that serves the community. Peretta was a private practitioner who died suddenly at age 31 who was a very involved community activist and a mentor to kids in his home neighborhood. He was viewed as a role model for African-American youth.

The Craig M. Perry Service 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 should include the individual's name, address and a brief statement describing his or her qualifications. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Jan. 22. All nominations should be submitted to Tracey McCloskey at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107 or by e-mail to tmccloskey@philabar.org.

How to Start a Nonprofit Organization CLE Jan. 13

The Pennsylvania Bar Institute will present "How to Start a Nonprofit Organization" on Wednesday, Jan. 13, a spin-off from its highly popular session at PBI's Annual Nonprofit Institute.

Starting a nonprofit requires a careful analysis of your goals and the best ways to accomplish them. Come join our experienced faculty as they answer all of the basic questions. Course planners and faculty include Karl E. Emerson, Laura Solomon and Deborah J. Zateeny.

This seminar offers 3.0 substantive CLE credits and will take place from 12 to 3:15 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of The Wanamaker Building, 100 Penn Square East (Juniper Street entrance. For more information on standard tuition fees and registration, please call 1.800.932.4637 or visit PBI's web site at pbi.org.

Criminal Justice CLE on Work Release Jan. 26

The Criminal Justice Section will present the lunchtime CLE "County and State Prisons: Work Release in the County and RRRI in the State" on Tuesday, Jan. 26.

Panelists include Warden Arthur J. Blackmon, Alternative and Special Detention, Central Unit; Byron Cotter, Chief of Alternative Sentencing, Defender Association of Philadelphia; Commissioner Louis Giorla, Philadelphia Prison System; and Gregory J. Vrato, Deputy Director of Legal Affairs, Philadelphia Prison System.

The program begins at 12:30 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Registration and lunch begin at 12 p.m. The program has been approved for 1.0 substantive CLE credit. Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay a fee of $25 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years, and $20 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. If you wish to register in advance please visit pbi.org or call PBI Customer Service at 1-800-932-4637 or send in the attached registration form. Lunch will be available through the Philadelphia Bar Association for an additional fee of $8 per person. Click here to RSVP.

Women and the Recession Jan. 26

The Women in the Profession Committee will host an informal discussion on how women are being affected by the recession at its Tuesday, Jan. 26 meeting.

Topics will include full time, part time and maternity leave issues. The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Business Law Section Annual Reception Jan. 26

The Business Law Section will hold its Annual Reception on Tuesday, Jan. 26 at the Westin Philadelphia Hotel, 99 S. 17th St., from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The Section will present its annual Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award to Herman C. Fala, a member of Cozen O'Connor. The Committee of the Year Award will be presented to the Venture Capital and Private Equity Law Committee. Ralph Mauro, chair of the Mergers and Acquisitions Committee, will be presented with Committee Chair of the Year Award.

Tickets are $45 and include a light dinner and cocktails. Click here to purchase tickets. Download a printable registration form by clicking here.

FJD's Mapp to Review 2009 Developments, Decisions

Charles A. Mapp Sr., deputy court administrator for the First Judicial District, will review developments and decisions from 2009 at the Wednesday, Jan. 27 meeting of the Eminent Domain and Appraisals Committee.

The meeting begins at 8 a.m. at the offices of Ballard Spahr LLP, 1735 Market St., 42nd floor. A complimentary breakfast will be provided courtesy of Ballard Spahr. Please RSVP by Monday, Jan. 25 to Marjorie Stern Jacobs at jacobsms@ballardspahr.com.

Long-Term Care Insurance CLE Jan. 28

The Elder Law Committee will present the CLE program "Introduction to Long-Term Care Insurance" at its Thursday, Jan. 28 meeting.

Panelists James Boyd and Gary M. Klazmer will provide an introduction to long-term care insurance, including the advantages of long-term care insurance, who should buy a long term care policy and the guidelines for evaluating long term care policies and selecting appropriate benefits.

Registration and lunch begin at 12:30 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St.

The program has been approved for 1.0 substantive CLE credit. Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay a fee of $25 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years, and $20 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. Click here to register.

Lunch is available for an additional $8. Click here to purchase lunch.

Justinians to Honor Cooper at Feb. 10 Luncheon

The Justinian Society of Philadelphia will honor Chancellor Scott F. Cooper on Wednesday, Feb. 10 with a reception and luncheon at The Union League of Philadelphia, 140 S. Broad St.

The reception begins at 11:30 a.m. and the luncheon will follow at 12 p.m. To register for the event, please contact The Justinian Society of Philadelphia at 215-545-0706 or e-mail justinian-uta@att.net or visit the Justinian Society web site at justinian.org. Ticket prices are $50 per person for members and $60 per person for non-members. A table of 10 is $450 for Justinian members and $550 for non-members.

Bar Foundation Seeks Marutani Fellowship Applicants

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation, in partnership with the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania, is seeking applicants for the Judge William M. Marutani Fellowship.

The Fellowship serves to honor the legacy of Judge Marutani, the first Asian-American judge in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and a distinguished member of the judiciary who served both the Asian-American community and the community at large for many years. Judge Marutani's exemplary career is a model for students committed to public service.

Stipends are provided to first-year Asian American law students from area law schools to take summer internships with public interest organizations or government agencies (including the judiciary) in the Greater Philadelphia area.

Click here for more information and the 2010 Marutani Fellowship application. Applications are due Friday, Feb. 26.

Public Interest Training Programs Set

The Homeless Advocacy Project will conduct a free general volunteer training program for attorneys interested in volunteering with HAP to provide pro bono civil legal services to men, women and children experiencing homelessness in Philadelphia on Wednesday, Jan. 13. The program will be held at Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP, 123 S. Broad St. from 12 to 1:30 p.m. HAP staff attorney Margaret Retz will conduct the training program. Please register for this program with Cary Moritz at cmoritz@philalegal.org. Lunch will be provided.

•The Homeless Advocacy Project will conduct a pro bono civil services legal clinic celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, at Visitation Homes, 2638 Kensington Ave. on Monday, Jan. 18. The legal clinic will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. for 18 female-headed households with one to five children living in transitional housing. Volunteers for this program should register with Cary Moritz at cmoritz@philalegal.org or by calling 215-523-9587.

•The Homeless Advocacy Project will conduct a free pro bono training for attorneys interested in learning how to handle veteran's benefits cases on Monday, Feb. 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Dechert LLP, Cira Center, 2929 Arch St. HAP staff attorney Michael Taub, will conduct the training. For attorneys already accredited, this training meets the 3 hour CLE requirement to maintain certification by the Veteran's Administration. For attorneys not yet certified and interested in certification, please contact Michael Taub at mtaub@philalegal.org, or Cary Moritz at cmoritz@philalegal.org before the training. Please note that CLE credits can not be awarded unless certification applications have been submitted and approved by the Veteran's Administration prior to the training. Please register for this program with Cary Moritz at cmoritz@philalegal.org. Breakfast will be provided.

• Philadelphia VIP will present a video replay of a CLE training program on how to handle a case in the Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Project, the mandatory negotiation program operated by the First Judicial District, on Friday, Jan. 22. The CLE training program will be held from 12:30 to 4 p.m. at Pepper Hamilton LLP, 3000 Two Logan Square, 18th and Arch streets, Philadelphia. Volunteers will receive one free CLE credit for each hour of course work attended (a total of three free CLE credits are available) in exchange for representing two different clients from one or more mortgage foreclosure conciliation conferences on a continuing basis until the attempted negotiation is resolved, or in exchange for volunteering as an on-call attorney at three different conciliation conference half-day sessions. Volunteer work must be completed within six months of the training program. Lunch will be provided. Register at phillyvip@phillyvip.org or by calling 215- 523-9550. For more information, please contact Doug Schairer at 215-523-9569.

• The Support Center for Child Advocates will present two CLE training programs at the PBI CLE Conference Center, Wanamaker Building, 10th Floor, Suite 1010 on Wednesday, Feb. 3. The first CLE program, "How to Handle a Dependency Case Involving a Child with Complex Medical Needs," will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and will provide three (3) substantive CLE credits. The second CLE program, "How to Handle a Dependency Case Involving a Child with Complex Behavioral Health Needs," will be held from 1 to 4 p.m., and will provide three substantive CLE credits provided. To register call PBI at 1-800-932-4637 or register online at pbi.org.

Brandeis Society Law Student Networking Night Jan. 27

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas President Judge Pamela Pryor Dembe will be the guest speaker when The Brandeis Law Society of Philadelphia holds its Ninth Annual Law Student Networking Night on Wednesday, Jan. 27 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the offices of Fox Rothschild LLP, 2000 Market St.

The event gives Jewish law students from area law schools the opportunity to meet and chat with seasoned attorneys and judges. It includes breakout sessions focusing on specific practice areas as well as a general session, refreshments and socializing. It has proven to be beneficial to countless young lawyers making their way into the Philadelphia legal community.

The Brandeis Law Society welcomes all of its members as well as other lawyers to this free event and advance registration is not necessary. The participation of experienced lawyers and judges is vital to the success of the evening.

Participants will have an opportunity to sign up to mentor individual law students if they choose.


For more information about the Law Student Networking Night, contact Miriam Steinberg-Egeth at 215-898-6451 or e-mail info@jewishgrads.org; or Matthew G. Laver at 215-686-7097 or Matthew.Laver@courts.phila.gov.

Volunteer Judges Needed for Mock Trial Competition

Volunteer judges are needed for the 2010 John S. Bradway Philadelphia High School Mock Trial Competition, which is run by Temple University Beasley School of Law and the Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

The rounds of competition will take place from Jan. 25 through March 13. Just click here and scroll down to sign up using our new and improved sign-up form.

If you have volunteered in the past, we thank you and hope that you will do so again this year. If you have not yet volunteered for the Mock Trial Competition, we encourage you to and are confident the experience will be rewarding. As a judge, you can chose to fill as many time slots as your schedule will allow and you do not need trial experience to participate. We encourage you to volunteer for multiple sessions. All you need is a willingness to give some time and be wowed by the high school students. Click here to volunteer.

Update Your Listing for The Legal Directory 2010

Listings updates for The Legal Directory 2010 have begun!

And this year, lawyer and law firm listings are now searchable on your mobile. That means more people will be using The Legal Directory than ever before - online, in print and wirelessly. That's thousands of listings at your fingertips, easily and instantly accessible. With this brand new component, you can't afford not to join in. Updating your information is more important than ever.

Don't be left in the dust. Act now and make sure your information is 100 percent correct in the Philadelphia area's most comprehensive legal resource.

If you have not heard from The Legal Directory, call us at 443-909-7843 and update information will be sent to your attention. The deadline is Monday, Jan. 11.

New to the Directory? Here are some key facts:

The Legal Directory 2010 will feature hundreds of new listings, part of the most complete database of metro-area firms and attorneys available. It also includes pages of indispensable information subscribers have come to rely on:
• Bar Association bylaws, contacts and committees;
• Facts on federal, state and county courts and government agencies;
• An index of judges with phone numbers and addresses;
• A special section devoted to corporate counsel;
PLUS our brand new mobile component and more!

Each copy of The Legal Directory 2010 will include free access to The Legal Directory Online, good through March 31, 2011.

Order now and take advantage of the discounted pre-publication price of $59.95 (plus shipping and tax).

The imitators have nothing on us - this is THE official publication of the Philadelphia Bar Association. Click here for more information.

Brandeis Society Co-Sponsoring Israel Trip in June

The Brandeis Law Society is co-sponsoring a trip to Israel from June 13 to June 24. This air and land package trip, also sponsored by Tau Epsilon Rho, includes transportation, airport transfers, 10 nights hotel accommodations in your choice of hotels, nine breakfasts, five dinners and one lunch. Lawyer participants will reap the benefit of six to 12 hours of continuing legal education credits exclusively arranged in cooperation with Israeli bar associations.

The air and land package is available for $3,429 per person, double occupancy or $4,562, single occupancy. The land only package is $2,219 per person, double and $3,352 per person, single. For the complete itinerary and other details go to www.gate1travel.com/groups/brandeis. For more information call Stephanie Howlett or Roberta Yesowitch at Gate 1 at 1-800-682-3333, extension 1249 or 1146. A $300 deposit to Gate 1 is required to reserve your place for this remarkable journey.

Those who wish to participate are urged to save a place now. Interest is high and space is limited.

The Louis D. Brandeis Law Society is a Jewish law society, dedicated to advancing and enriching the personal and professional interests of members of the bench and bar. It promotes opportunities for leadership development, social interaction, education and community service.

Developments in Fiduciary Litigation

The field of fiduciary litigation is exploding. New statutes and groundbreaking cases are changing the landscape for fiduciaries. Join us on Thursday, Jan. 14 to learn some common "land mines" affecting fiduciaries and new ways of resolving disputes. This 6 substantive CLE credit hour program will be held 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 4:30 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.

Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 11-12
Simulcast - PLI - Mergers and Acquisitions 2010: Trends and Developments
11.5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
Monday: 9 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Tuesday: 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 12
Simulcast - Hot Topics in Oil and Gas Law
4 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 13
Simulcast - PLI - Secured Transactions 2010: What Lawyers Need to Know About UCC Article 9
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5:10 p.m.

Simulcast - How to Start a Nonprofit Organization Encore Presentation
3 substantive CLE credits
12 to 3:15 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 14
Privilege in IP Law: Best Practices for Protecting and Waiving
1 substantive, 2 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
You must attend entire program to receive ethics credits.

Developments in Fiduciary Litigation - Encore
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Simulcast - PLI - Real Estate M and A and REIT Transactions 2010
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

*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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