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Jan. 13, 2011
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 12, No. 4
 

Heilemann on Panel Examining Impact of Midterm Elections

John Heilemann, national political correspondent and columnist for New York magazine and author of Game Change, will be among the panelists for the Friday, Jan. 28 CLE program "The Impact of the Midterm Elections on Law and Policy."

Heilemann is an award-winning journalist and coauthor of Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime. Other panelists include Lanny J. Davis, of Lanny J. Davis & Associates, who was special counsel to President Clinton and is a regular television commentator and political legal analyst for many of the major news outlets; and Benjamin L. Ginsberg, of Patton Boggs, LLP, who represents numerous political campaigns, candidates, members of Congress, governors, corporations and trade associations who participate in the political process and who served as national counsel to the Bush-Cheney presidential campaign. Philadelphia Daily News political columnist John M. Baer will moderate the program.

Two CLE credits are available for this program, which begins at 12 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

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As the official publication of the Philadelphia Bar Association, The Legal Directory 2011 delivers hundreds of new listings, further enhancing the most accurate database of metro-area firms and attorneys available. No other publication gives you all this vital information in one place. The Legal Directory is your one-stop source for:
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Forensics for the Criminal Practitioner CLE Today

The Criminal Justice Section will present the CLE program "Forensics for the Criminal Practitioner" today (Thursday, Jan. 13).

Forensic science is taking on a greater and greater role in today's criminal courts. This brand-new CLE program is designed for attorneys with differing levels of experience on both the prosecution and defense side. Everyone will receive a "crash course" on the basics of forensic evidence that should be a foundation for every criminal defense attorney. You will also learn what is legitimate science on the many TV shows featuring crime scene investigation and what is an exaggeration or "artistic license" for entertainment purposes.

Panelists include Major Carl A. Leisinger III (Ret.); Patricia Roussel, RN, Sexual Assault Program director, Temple University Episcopal Hospital; Charles J. Walsh (Ret.), Forensic Consulting; and Arthur W. Young, forensic biologist, NMS Labs. The course planner is Troy H. Wilson.

The program begins at 12:30 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

Tax Section to Train VITA Tax Preparers Today

The Tax Section is providing the opportunity for attorneys to be trained as VITA tax return preparers and to greatly assist in the lives of low-income Philadelphians.

It is estimated that each volunteer can bring in more than $60,000 in tax refunds. For people making $20,000 a year, that's huge!

The training will be held today (Thursday, Jan. 13) from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the offices of Pepper Hamilton LLP, 18th and Arch streets, 29th Floor Training Room. There is limited space in the computer lab. More slots are available for those who can bring a PC with Internet Explorer 7 or above.

Three CLE credits are available at this free program. Enrollment is limited because of the size of the computer lab, so please sign up as early as possible. Please, don't take a space just because you need CLE. Please sign up if you are willing to commit to volunteer time in January - April to prepare the returns.

Visit phillyfreetaxes.org to register to volunteer with The Campaign for Working Families. Once you register, you will choose a tax site where you will volunteer and register for this special CLE training. Space is limited in the computer lab; please register online today.

Workers' Comp CLE Jan. 14

The Workers' Compensation Section will present the CLE program "The City Labyrinth Part II: The Journey Through the City's Workers' Compensation Benefits System Continues" on Friday, Jan. 14.

Featured speakers include Hillary S. Cornell and W. Michael Mulvey. The course will provide an overview of the various disability programs available to the City of Philadelphia employees including Workers' Compensation benefits, Heart and Lung Act benefits, the Civil Service Regulation 32 benefits, as well as service connected disability pension benefits.

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. 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 members and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to purchase lunch.

DeSimone to Receive Beccaria Award Jan. 19

The Criminal Justice Section and The Justinian Society will present the Cesare Beccaria Award to Frank DeSimone on Wednesday, Jan. 19.

The presentation and reception will be held in the Mayor's Reception Room on the second floor of City Hall from 5 to 7 p.m.

The Cesare Beccaria Award represents the highest honor that the Justinian Society in cooperation with Criminal Justice Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association can give to any member of the Bar, who exemplifies the ideals of the career of Cesare Beccaria, the 18th century Italian scholar whose writings presaged the dawn of the modern penal system. The Award is to recognize distinguished achievement of a member of the Philadelphia Bar in the field of education in criminal justice.

Three Judges to Address Committee Jan. 21

Chief Administrative Law Judges Linda M. Bernstein, Joseph Davidson and Deborah H. Mande will be the featured speakers at the Friday, Jan. 21 meeting of the Social Security Disability Benefits 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. Click here to register.

Strategies for Starting Your Own Firm Jan. 25

The Women in the Profession Committee and Solo and Small Firm Committee will present "The Business of Law: Strategies for Starting Your Own Law Firm" on Tuesday, Jan. 25.

Many lawyers have the dream of starting their own law practice. Because of the current economic circumstances and the lack of job opportunities many women have decided to pursue this dream. Come hear several women lawyers who have successfully started their own law practice share their stories of success and struggle. There will also be a business banking officer from PNC Bank who will discuss the financial reality of starting your own business. We will discuss strategies to help you decide if opening a law firm is right for you.

Panelists include May Mon Post, The Post Law Firm; Deborah Weinstein, The Weinstein Firm; Alison Altman Gross, Law Office of Alison Altman Gross; Stacy N. Lilly, The Law Office of Stacy N. Lilly; and Kathleen O'Brien, business banking officer, PNC Bank. The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8. Click here to register.

Business Law Section Annual Reception Jan. 25

The Business Law Section is pleased to announce the following 2010 annual award recipients. These awards will be presented at the Section's Annual Reception on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011 at the Westin Hotel, 99 S. 17th St.

Past Bar Chancellor and 2001 Business Law Section Committee Chair of the Year, Jane Leslie Dalton, will receive the Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award. Replansky, a former Business Law Section Chair, passed away in 1994 at the age of 51 and was among the Bar's most esteemed and beloved members. In 1997, the Section established the Award in recognition of his career as a lawyer and his contributions to legal, civic, religious and other charitable causes. Dalton, through her years of accomplishments and service, continues the line of award recipients who exemplify the abilities and qualities that honor Dennis Replansky's memory, and whose lives are exemplars to other lawyers.

The 2010 Chair of the Year is Graham R. Laub, chair of both the Mergers & Acquisitions Committee and the Securities Regulation Committee. His commitment, leadership and industry are deeply appreciated by the Section and by those who have directly benefited from the many programs offered by those committees.

The 2010 Committee of the Year is the Antitrust Committee, chaired by Gerard A. Dever. The Committee has put on a series of fascinating and well-attended seminars that are a genuine boon to the antitrust bar. The Section is enriched by such an active and productive committee.

The reception begins at 5:30 p.m. Visit philadelphiabar.org for ticket information once it becomes available.

Behind the Scenes of the Marian Anderson Museum Jan. 26

Join the Philadelphia Bar Academy for a special curated tour of the 19th century home of America's greatest contralto singer of the 20th century, Marian Anderson, on Wednesday, Jan. 26 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. This unique wine-and-cheese event will feature a live performance by a Marian Anderson Fellow. The Marian Anderson Residence Museum has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the U.S. Department of the Interior. The event is co-sponsored by the Association's Minorities in the Profession Committee.

Anderson became an important figure in the struggle for African-American artists to overcome racial prejudice in the United States during the mid-20th century. The Marian Anderson Residence Museum is located at 762 South Marian Anderson Way (South Martin Street - between 19th and 20th and Fitzwater and Catherine streets). The cost is $15 per person. The event is open to members of the Philadelphia Bar Association only. Register HERE. Registration is limited and required in advance.

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

Mediating Family Business Disputes Jan. 27

Psychiatrist and mediator Dr. Craig Lichtman will describe his work mediating family business disputes at the Thursday, Jan. 27 meeting of the Alternative Dispute Resolution 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 $8 for Bar Association members and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register.

Bar Night at Performance of "Race" Feb. 1

Join your colleagues for Philadelphia Bar Association Night at "Race" - the smash Broadway hit of 2010 by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and Tony nominee David Mamet - on Tuesday, Feb. 1 at 6:30 p.m. (curtain) at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre, Broad and Pine streets. Association members can purchase Orchestra level tickets at the special group rate of $39 each (regular price $51) when purchasing tickets over the phone. Taxes and fees included.

In "Race," two lawyers, one black and one white, find themselves defending a wealthy white executive against the charge of raping a young black woman. When a new legal assistant gets involved, emotions bubbling just beneath the surface explode.

To purchase tickets, call the Box Office at 215-985-0420, and mention special promotional code "philabar."

Panel on Legal Industry Trends and Future Feb. 1

A panel of prominent legal observers will take part in a discussion focused on legal industry trends and the future of the profession on Tuesday, Feb. 1 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. at Philadelphia Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market Street, in the 11th Floor Conference Center. The program, "LAW & REORDER: Legal Industry Trends & the Future of the Profession," is co-sponsored by the Association's Large, Mid-Size, and Solo and Small Firm Management Committees; the Women in the Profession Committee; and the Bar-News Media Committee.

Topics to be discussed at the event include the threat to the billable hour, the rise of new models of legal practice, the morphing of large law firms, the development of talent management strategies, and the creation of work/life and women-friendly employers. The program will also address how lawyers can successfully navigate today's - and tomorrow's - changing legal environment, including an emphasis on productivity, leadership, mentoring, promotion, work/life balance, transition, compensation and networking.

The program will feature an interview by Comcast television's Lynn Doyle with Deborah Epstein Henry, author of "LAW & REORDER: Legal Industry Solutions for Restructure, Retention, Promotion & Work/Life Balance" (ABA, 2010). Henry is the founder of Flex-Time Lawyers LLC. Following the interview, Doyle will moderate a panel discussion with Henry; Carol Ann Petren, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, CIGNA Corporation; JoAnne A. Epps, Dean, Temple University Beasley School of Law; and Abraham C. Reich, Co-Chair, Fox Rothschild LLP.

"LAW & REORDER," has been endorsed by 25 legal and other industry leaders including general counsels, managing partners, law school deans, leaders of bar and women's associations, legal industry experts, and career and work/life experts. Among the prominent leaders who have endorsed the book are the general counsels of Wal-Mart, DuPont, CIGNA, Verizon, General Electric, Allstate Insurance and the Association of Corporate Counsel. The Feb. 1 event is part of the "LAW & REORDER" national book tour. For more information, visit www.lawandreorder.com.

The program is free of charge. Register early to avoid disappointment. CLICK HERE. Lunch is available for purchase if reserved in advance. The cost of lunch is $8 for Association members, and $9.50 for nonmembers. "LAW & REORDER" will be available for sale at the program at the discounted rate of $25, payable by cash or check made out to Law & Reorder.

New Partner and In-House Counsel Conference Feb. 25-26

The Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association will hold the inaugural "New Partner and In-House Counsel Conference" on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 25-26 at the Four Seasons Hotel on Logan Square in Philadelphia.

The program provides two days of practical tips and advice that can immediately help you navigate this landscape with greater ease and success through unique CLE, networking and a nationally acclaimed faculty. Conference highlights include more than 8 CLE credits including 1.5 ethics; networking sessions and small group discussions; and tracks that guide you through the issues and information you should be familiar with as you take on this new role.

The Philadelphia Bar Association is a co-sponsor of this event. Visit abanet.org/yld/newpartner for more information.

Volunteers Sought for Mock Trial Competition

The YLD is once again teaming up with Temple University Beasley School of Law to host the 2011 John S. Bradway High School Mock Trial Competition and needs volunteers to act as judges and coaches. Each spring, students from approximately 50 public, private, and parochial schools are given the opportunity play the roles of attorneys and witnesses in a fictitious criminal or civil case, focusing on real legal issues. The top two teams from Philadelphia go on to the state championship where they compete to move onto the national championship.

Being a volunteer is a truly rewarding experience and provides a great service to the students. Only two to three hours of your time is needed. 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 event, we encourage you to do so. Just complete the form HERE. Please direct any questions to Kristy Littman at littmanak@sec.gov or Joe Guzzardo at jguzzardo@wglaw.com.

There are also still some schools that do not yet have attorney coaches. Like acting as a judge, volunteering to coach requires a commitment of as little as a few hours a week for the final month leading up to the competition. We need coaches for schools in various neighborhoods, but particularly in Northeast and Northwest Philadelphia. Anyone interested in coaching should contact Joshu Harris at jlh67@georgetown.edu.

Please remember, volunteer judges and coaches need not have any litigation experience to make a huge impact in a short time on Philadelphia high school students. Legal training and experience of any kind is an invaluable resource to students as they work to master the basics of persuasive advocacy and legal reasoning. With hundreds of student competitors, the John S. Bradway High School Mock Trial Competition's success depends upon the support of the entire legal community. Volunteer today! Click here to view this year's case materials.

YLD Now Accepting Award Nominations

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 2011. Deadline for nominations is Monday, Feb. 7.

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 Monday, Feb. 7. All nominations should be submitted to Tracey McCloskey at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market Street, 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107 or e-mail to tmccloskey@philabar.org.

Public Interest Training Programs Scheduled

The Homeless Advocacy Project will hold a legal clinic on Monday, Jan. 17 at Outley House, 6901 Woodland St., from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Attorneys and paralegals are strongly encouraged to volunteer to help staff the clinic, meet with clients and provide advice and representation to homeless individuals in desperate need of legal assistance. To volunteer (or for more information), please contact Cary E. Moritz at 215-523-9587 or e-mail cmoritz@philalegal.org.

Philadelphia VIP will present the pro bono CLE training program "Representing Tenants in Landlord/Tenant Eviction Cases," on Friday, Jan. 28, from 12 to 2:15 p.m., at DLA Piper, One Liberty Place, 1650 Market St., Suite 4900, Philadelphia. Two (2) substantive CLE credits will be provided in exchange for handling a VIP case within six months. To register, call 215-523-9567 or e-mail jvolunteer@phillyvip.org.

Philadelphia VIP will present a pro bono CLE training program on homeownership/probate on Friday, Feb. 25 from 12 to 2:15 p.m., at Blank Rome LLP, One Logan Square, 130 North 18th St. Two substantive CLE credits in exchange for handling a VIP case within six months. To register, call 215-523-9550 or e-mail phillyvip@phillyvip.org.

Philadelphia VIP will present a pro bono CLE training program on taxes on Wednesday, March 9 from 12 to 2:15 p.m., at Dilworth Paxon LLP, 1500 Market St., 3500E. Two substantive CLE credits in exchange for handling a VIP case within six months. To register, call 215-523-9550 or e-mail phillyvip@phillyvip.org.

Phillies Beat Reporter Murphy to Address Brehons Jan. 19

Philadelphia Daily News reporter David Murphy, who covers the Phillies and writes the baseball blog High Cheese, will be the guest speaker at the Jan. 19 meeting of the Brehon Law Society at the Vesper Club, 223 S. Sydenham St.

Murphy will talk about the Phillies offseason, including the acquisition of Cliff Lee and the loss of Jayson Werth, and will take questions from the audience. Murphy, a native of the Philadelphia area, has covered the Phillies since 2008 and is a frequent guest on CSN's "Daily News Live." The meeting will begin with a networking happy hour at 6 p.m. followed by Murphy’s discussion and Q&A session.

Please follow the Brehon Law Society on Twitter @Phillybrehons and on Facebook. For questions about this event, or the Brehon Law Society, contact Joe Kelley at jkelleyjr@kmlaw.org or Sean Sullivan at srs@curtinheefner.com.

Tell Us About Your Healthy Lifestyle

Everyone knows the pressure of working as an attorney. And that can take a toll on a lawyer's health and well-being. Have you or one of your colleagues overcome a health issue? Or do you know someone who has re-dedicated him or herself to living a healthy, well-balanced life?

We're looking for lawyers who have turned their lives around for a feature for The Philadelphia Lawyer magazine. We want to hear your success stories and how you did it. Tell your tale and inspire someone to get healthy. Contact us at tplmag@philabar.org.

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