Jan. 12, 2012
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 13, No. 4
 

Chief Judge Joyner on State of Court Jan. 18

Chief Judge J. Curtis Joyner of the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania will discuss the state of the court at the Wednesday, Jan. 18 meeting of the Federal Courts Committee.

The meeting begins at 12:30 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association offices, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Cancellations require 24-hour notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

Lifetime Achievement Award Nominations Sought

The Justinian Society and the Comisky family are seeking nominations for the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award in memory of Marvin Comisky and Judge G. Fred DiBona, to be awarded at the Philadelphia Bar Association's Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon scheduled for this spring.

The Lifetime Achievement Award is not limited to an area of practice or an advocate for a particular cause. Rather, the purpose of the award is to recognize an outstanding member of the bench or bar who, at a minimum, satisfies the following qualifications: acts as a superb mentor and advisor to clients, the Bar, the judicial system and/or the community; makes a difference in the lives of others irrespective of race, ethnicity, religion, disability, gender or sexual orientation; demonstrates a willingness to do what is right although sometimes unpopular; demonstrates legal acumen or scholarship; and exhibits great humility.

A charitable contribution will be made on behalf of the recipient to an organization of the recipient's choice.

Nominations should include the nominee's name, address and a statement of the nominee's qualifications. All nominations should be mailed to Thomas H. Chiacchio Jr., 2005 Market St., Suite 1930, Philadelphia, Pa., 19103 or may be emailed to chiacchio@thclaw.com. Nominations must be received no later than Monday, Jan. 16.

Int'l Business Initiative Committee Planning Meeting

The International Business Initiative Committee will hold an organizational meeting to decide on speakers, events and programs for 2012 on Thursday, Jan. 12.

Attendees will also receive a handout on new developments in case law in international business. The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Committee Room South of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register.

Voter ID, Redistricting on Jan. 12 Agenda

The Legislative Liaison Committee will discuss voter ID and redistricting at its Thursday, Jan. 12 meeting. The committee will also discuss immigration, school vouchers and a preview of the state budget.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association offices, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members.
Cancellations require 24-hour notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

Workers' Comp Fee Reviews CLE Jan. 13

The Workers' Compensation will present the CLE program "Fee Reviews in the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation System: Practice, Procedures, and Pitfalls for Medical Providers and Insurance Carriers" on Friday, Jan. 13.

Speakers for the program include Judge Timothy Bulman, Joseph S. Weimer and Patrick Donan. This lunchtime program will provide an overview of fee reviews within the Pennsylvania workers' compensation system from the viewpoint of the medical provider, insurance carrier, and the bench. Expert panelists will discuss what procedures must be followed by a medical provider when filing an application for a fee review with the department, fee caps under the cost containment provisions of the act, and the judge's role in overseeing this administrative process. Panelists will also address certain pitfalls within the fee review process, including time limitation to dispute payment, using the proper forms, billing codes, and burdens of proof.

The program begins at 12:30 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. 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 $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 for CLE credit.

Interested parties not seeking CLE credit may attend and purchase lunch. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register for lunch.

Judge Mazzola to Receive Beccaria Award Jan. 17

The Criminal Justice Section and The Justinian Society of Philadelphia will present the 17th Annual Beccaria Award to Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Senior Judge William J. Mazzola on Tuesday, Jan. 17.

The presentation begins at 5 p.m. in the Mayor's Reception Room (Room 202) in City Hall. Light fare and refreshments will be served following the presentation. The program is free of charge to all members of the bench and Philadelphia Bar Association and members of the Justinian Society.

Cesare Beccaria, an 18th century Italian scholar, was an early proponent of many of the tenets of modern criminal law. His visionary work is credited with aiding the subsequent European penal code reform and the eventual development of the American criminal justice system. The Beccaria Award is presented annually to a legal jurist, scholar or practitioner for outstanding contributions to the cause of justice and the advancement of legal education.

Please RSVP to (215) 545-0706 or email jct.uta@att.net.

Return to Work Incentives, Issues Jan. 20

Jim Broidrick will discuss the Social Security Administration's return to work incentives and issues at the Friday, Jan. 20 meeting of the Social Security Disability Benefits Committee.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association offices, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members.
Cancellations require 24-hour notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

Eminent Domain Procedures, Practices Jan. 24

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Supervising Judge Allan L. Tereshko will present updates and dialogue on eminent domain procedures and practices at the Tuesday, Jan. 24 meeting of the Eminent Domain and Appraisals Committee.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association offices, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members.
Cancellations require 24-hour notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

Introduction to VA Pensions Jan. 26

Dionysius Pappas will present "An Introduction to VA Pensions and the Aid and Attendance Benefit" at the Thursday, Jan. 26 meeting of the Elder Law & Guardianship Committee Meeting.

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 members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register.

Probate/Homeownership CLE Jan. 27

Philadelphia VIP will present a pro bono training CLE program on probate/homeownership on Friday, Jan. 27 from 12 to 2:30 p.m., at Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP, 1600 Market St., Suite 3600.

The seminar will delve into the probate process and an alternative to probate (namely, the § 3546 Petition filed in Orphans' Court) as avenues to transfer legal title of homes into VIP clients' names. It will concentrate on the unique issues that low-income clients frequently encounter in obtaining title to a family property, including how volunteer attorneys can utilize the financial assistance of the Tangled Title Fund in representing these low-income clients.

The seminar will be taught by Kevin Gilboy, partner at Teeters Harvey Gilboy & Kaier LLP and former chair of the Probate and Trust Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association, as well as Kelly Gastley, supervising attorney at VIP.

Attorneys receive two free CLE credits if they accept a VIP case within six months of the training. Please contact Philadelphia VIP at (215) 523-9550 or phillyvip@phillyvip.org (including your full name and contact information), to reserve your space.

Make 2012 Best Year Ever Jan. 31

Phyllis Sisenwine, the Lawyer's Coach, will present a program on how to make 2012 your best year ever at the Tuesday, Jan. 31 meeting of the Women in the Profession Committee.

Sisenwine works with lawyers to focus on client development and creating strategies to increase performance and profitability. Clients learn her proven methods to help them increase revenue and billable hours while providing time for personal growth. Her expertise in coaching lawyers has earned her an international reputation as "The Lawyer's Coach."

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association offices, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Cancellations require 24-hour notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

Bar Academy at "Scottsboro Boys" Jan. 31

Straight from Broadway, join the Bar Academy for a special Philadelphia Theatre Company performance of "The Scottsboro Boys", followed by a post-performance meet-the-artists discussion featuring a Q & A with the cast on Tuesday, Jan. 31.

From the legendary songwriting team of Kander and Ebb ("Cabaret," "Chicago," "Kiss of the Spider Woman"), "The Scottsboro Boys" is a stirring musical that explores the infamous 1930s "Scottsboro Case" in which a group of African-American men are falsely accused of a terrible crime, ultimately provoking a national outrage that sparked the American civil rights movement. "Scottsboro Boys" is the definition of inspired American musical theater with a gorgeous and melodic score.

The Bar Academy has a very limited number of tickets at the price listed below that are expected to sell out for this performance at Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 S. Broad St. (Broad and Lombard streets). The curtain goes up at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $43 for Association members and guests (normally $51). All fees waived.
To take advantage of the group rate go to ticketing.theatrealliance.org and click on Jan. 31 in the calendar, then the Select Seats tab. Click your seats on the theatre map and at checkout enter promo code "philabar" or call the box office at 215-985-0420.

The Philadelphia Bar Association Academy provides Bar members with civic and cultural educational experiences that allow for enhanced business development opportunities. Academy programs provide a unique entry to the city's most vibrant institutions and leaders, offering behind-the-scenes access to these institutions in a manner designed to benefit all participants.

Business Law Section to Honor Beaser Feb. 6

The Business Law Section's Annual Reception will be held Monday, Feb. 6 at the Westin Philadelphia Hotel where former Association Chancellor Lawrence J. Beaser will be presented with the Section's Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award.

The Section established the award in recognition of Replansky's career as a lawyer and his contributions to legal, civic, religious and other charitable causes. Replansky was a 51-year-old senior partner at Blank Rome Comisky & McCauley LLP when he died in March 1994. He was a former chair of the Business Law Section.

The section will also recognize Katayun I. Jaffari as Committee Chair of the Year and the Human Resources & Employee Relations Committee as Committee of the Year at the event, which begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Westin, 99 S. 17th St.

Tickets are $50 for members of the Business Law Section and $60 for non-members. Tickets are $70 for those who are not members of the Philadelphia Bar Association. Click here to purchase tickets.

Women in the Profession Newsletter Issue No. 2

Click here to view the second issue of the Women in the Profession Newsletter with contributions from Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Ann Butchart, Dean Linda Ammons, Bobbie Liebenberg, Jennifer Weed, Chancellor-Elect Kathleen D. Wilkinson, Sheryl Axelrod, Stacy Lilly, Carol Carty, and Susan Satkowski.

Have comments, suggestions or a submission for the Newsletter? Please contact Editor Maureen Farrell at maureen@maureenfarrellesq.com.
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Staying in the Game: PNC's 2012 Outlook

What do you make of the current markets? Do you have an investment strategy in place for 2012? Are you confident about near-term economic growth? What about the state of the U.S. recovery? If these topics are of interest to you, then read this interview with E. William Stone, CFA®, CMT, senior vice president and chief investment strategist for PNC Wealth Management and Institutional Investments, to learn about PNC's 2012 outlook.

This interview takes a look back at what transpired in 2011, discusses the projected recovery, evaluates some current risks, and offers investors recommendations going into 2012. Click here to read the interview.

Penn LALSA Annual Conference Jan. 29

The University of Pennsylvania Law School's Latin American Law Students Association Conference will be held on Saturday, Jan. 29 with keynote remarks from Thomas A. Saenz, president and general counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

For more information, please visit pennlalsa.org.

Judges Needed for Transactional LawMeet

The Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University is once again hosting the Annual Transactional LawMeet. The Meet is a unique law school competition that gives students interested in transactional law a taste of real practice. This year 52 schools from around the country will be participating.

The highpoint of the Meet is the interaction between the students and experts from practice. Last year some 50 lawyers from the Philadelphia business law bar served as judges at the LawMeet. We need your help again. We are looking for judges to join us on either Thursday or Friday, March 29 and 30.

If you are willing to participate and help teach the next generation of transactional lawyers, please email Professor Karl Okamoto at ko54@drexel.edu.

Free Fastcase Training Webinars Scheduled

A series of free webinars have been scheduled for Philadelphia Bar Association members to help them familiarize themselves with Fastcase®, the new member benefit legal research tool.

Fastcase® puts a comprehensive law library of Pennsylvania state and federal cases, statutes and rules at your fingertips. If your firm's Philadelphia office has 100 percent attorney membership in the Philadelphia Bar Association, you'll receive Fastcase® free!

Introduction to Fastcase
Monday, Feb. 6, 1 p.m.
Monday, March 5, 3:30 p.m.
Monday, April 9, 9 a.m.
Monday, May 7, 1 p.m.
Monday, June 4, 3:30 p.m.
Monday, July 9, 10 a.m.
Monday, Aug. 6, 1 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 10, 3:30 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 8,10 a.m.
Monday, Nov. 5, 1 p.m.

Advanced Tips for Enhanced Legal Research on Fastcase
Wednesday, Feb. 8, 1 p.m.
Wednesday, March 7, 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 4, 10 a.m.
Wednesday, May 9, 1 p.m.
Wednesday, June 6, 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, July 11, 10 a.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 8, 1 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 12, 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 10, 10 a.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 7, 1 p.m.

Boolean (Keyword) Search for Lawyers
Monday, Jan. 30, 10 a.m.
Monday, Feb. 27, 1 p.m.
Monday, March 26, 3:30 p.m.
Monday, April 30, 10 a.m.
Monday, May 28, 1 p.m.
Monday, June 25, 3:30 p.m.
Monday, July 30, 10 a.m.
Monday, Aug. 27, 1 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 24, 3:30 p.m.
Monday, Oct 29, 10 a.m.
Monday, Nov. 26, 1 p.m.

Fastcase for Paralegals
Tuesday, Feb. 7, 1 p.m.
Tuesday, March 6, 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 3, 10 a.m.
Tuesday, May 1,1 p.m.
Tuesday, June 5, 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 3, 10 a.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 7, 1 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 4, 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 2, 10 a.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 6, 1 p.m.

Fully-Paid Bar Membership for Villanova Law Students

Through an agreement negotiated by Dean John Y. Gotanda, the Philadelphia Bar Association is pleased to offer all current students of Villanova University School of Law the opportunity to register for fully-paid membership in the Philadelphia Bar Association. This is an annual membership that can be renewed each year and will be paid for by the law school while you are a student. (Note to 3L students: If you registered before graduation, your membership will be paid by the law school and will continue through December 2011.)

Membership in the Bar Association provides you with opportunities to professionally connect with practicing lawyers and judges in a cooperative and learning environment, allowing for one-on-one interactions that are invaluable in building your career and obtaining contacts for potential job opportunities.

A similar agreement exists for students at Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University.

Registration is required to receive your law school-sponsored fully-paid membership in the Philadelphia Bar Association. To register, click here and complete the form.

As a member of the Philadelphia Association, you'll receive:

• Access to the "Members Only" portion of our interactive website, philadelphiabar.org, that lets you view "Bar Classifieds" employment opportunities and place Classified ads at a fraction of the cost of other online services

• Fastcase®, the next-generation legal research provider, available free of charge

• Invaluable networking opportunities with local attorneys and judges at hundreds of events each year, including Chancellor's Forums, substantive panel programs and practice group receptions

• The opportunity to join more than 50 Committees and nine Sections in specific areas of legal practice (such as intellectual property, business litigation, international law, workers compensation, criminal, etc.) as well as targeted interest groups (diversity in the profession, women in the profession, solo practitioners, etc.)

• Automatic membership in the Young Lawyers Division (YLD)

• A subscription to The Philadelphia Lawyer quarterly magazine; the Philadelphia Bar Reporter monthly newspaper; Bar Reporter Online twice-weekly e-newsletter; YLD weekly E-Zine; and Upon Further Review monthly caselaw e-publication

• A vibrant social media network including Facebook sites for the Bar Association and the YLD, Twitter, podcasts and blogs including "PhiLAWdelphia" - the blog of the YLD

• Insurance brokerage services provided through USI Affinity

• Discounts on CLE programs offered through the Pennsylvania Bar Institute

• A legislative program to champion your interests to lawmakers at City Hall, in Harrisburg and in Washington

• Much, much more!

For questions, or to learn more about the advantages of Philadelphia Bar Association membership, call our Membership Department at 215-238-6313.

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