Jan. 21, 2010
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 11, No. 6
 

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.

Young Lawyer Bootcamp Feb. 19

Law students and young attorneys will receive practical and fundamental knowledge on the intricacies of the legal profession at "Young Lawyer Bootcamp: Tactics, Tips and Tricks for Law Students and New Lawyers," an inaugural program presented by the Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association on Friday, Feb. 19 from 12 to 5:30 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building.

In five distinct sessions, Philadelphia judges and experienced attorneys will speak on case preparation, selecting a career path, fully benefiting from initial employment, considerations when starting a solo practice, and building networking skills. The program will conclude with a networking happy hour open to all attendees. Young Lawyer Bootcamp features the following courses and panelists:

Entering Unknown Territory: Choosing a Career Path with panelists Judge Daniel J. Anders of the Family Court Division of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas; Brandi Brice, an assistant city solicitor at the City of Philadelphia Law Department; Sophia Lee, Assistant Treasurer of the Philadelphia Bar Association and a senior counsel at Sunoco, Inc.; and Kathleen Wilkinson, Secretary of the Philadelphia Bar Association and a partner at Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker, LLP.

Honoring the Veterans: Advice from the Bench with panelists to be announced.

Accepting Your Mission: Get the Most Out of Your First Job with panelists Natalie D'Amora, an associate at Dilworth Paxon LLP; Lizabeth Macoretta, executive director of West Mt. Airy Neighbors; and Gina Sullivan, counsel at GlaxoSmithKline.

Leading the Troops: Considerations Before Starting Your Own Practice with panelists Jeffrey Campolongo, The Law Office of Jeffrey Campolongo; James Elam, The Elam Law Firm; Laura Feldman, a partner at Feldman & Pinto; Stephanie Mensing, a partner at Wisniewski & Mensing, LLP; and David Walker, The Law Office of David M. Walker LLC.

Earning Your Stripes: The Nuts and Bolts of Networking with panelists Kim Jessum, of counsel at Stradley, Ronon, Stevens & Young, LLP; May Mon Post, The Post Law Firm; Scott Reid, an associate at Cozen O'Connor; and John Savoth, Vice Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association and of counsel at Saltz, Mongeluzzi, Barrett & Bendesky PC.

The cost of "Young Lawyer Bootcamp: Tactics, Tips and Tricks for Law Students and New Lawyers" is $10 and includes lunch and admission to the concluding networking happy hour. Click here to register. Stay tuned for details on additional panelists.

Legal Directory 2010 Launches Mobile Access

Instant access to Greater Philadelphia law firm and attorney listings is now available whenever and wherever you go - literally thousands of key contacts at your fingertips, all at no additional cost with the purchase of The Legal Directory 2010.

The huge Legal Directory database is now searchable via your handheld device thanks to a more streamlined interface that is ideally formatted to fit smaller screens. It is also conveniently interactive. Just click on a phone number and your handheld dials it; select an e-mail address and an e-mail template is instantly generated.

With this free mobile feature, The Legal Directory 2010 becomes the ultimate multi-platform database - all of the information is available to you in a traditional print version as well as handheld and online at www.thelegaldirectory.org. One purchase connects you to the most up-to-date contacts for law firms and lawyers in the five-county region.

Recognized as the official publication of the Philadelphia Bar Association, The Legal Directory 2010 delivers hundreds of new listings that are part of the most accurate database of Philadelphia-area firms and attorneys available. It also includes pages of indispensable information subscribers have come to rely on, including:

• Attorneys listed alphabetically and indexed by area of concentration;
• An index of judges, with phone numbers and addresses;
• Federal, state and county courts and government agencies;
• A special section devoted to corporate counsel;
• Alternative dispute resolution resources;
• Bar Association bylaws, contacts and committees; and
• A tabbed products, services and experts section with important information and resources in one concise area for all members of the legal community.

Order now and take advantage of the discounted pre-publication price of $59.95 (plus shipping and tax). This offer expires March 1, 2010.

For more information, e-mail legaldirectory@mediatwo.com or call 443-909-7843.

Business Development Skills Series Starts Jan. 22

The Training Resource Group will present a series of programs to introduce business development skills to attorneys beginning on Friday, Jan. 22.

The program is designed for attorneys who are now expected to develop business for themselves or their firms. Learn these essential skill sets that were never taught in law school.

The sessions will be held in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St., from 12 to 2 p.m. The Jan. 22 session will cover building a network for business development and designing a business plan. The Jan. 29 session will discuss the basics of networking and building a memorable 30-second commercial. On Feb. 12, attendees will learn how to build a stronger network. The Feb. 19 session will provide an introduction to a systematic approach to client development.

The cost is $795 per participant which includes four training sessions, one individual coaching session and materials. For more information call (215) 320-4650 or visit trainingresourcegroup.com.

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.

Slutsky on Executive Compensation Jan. 22

Steven Slutsky, a senior consultant in PricewaterhouseCoopers' Human Resource Services practice, will discuss executive compenation at the Friday, Jan. 22 meeting of the Human Resources and Employee Relations Committee.

The meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. at the offices of the Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC, Two Liberty Place, 50 S. 16th St., Suite 3200. Please RSVP to Sally Bolton at boltonsa@bipc.com. The Committee expresses its gratitude to Buchanan Ingersoll for hosting this meeting at their offices.

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; Gregory J. Vrato, Deputy Director of Legal Affairs, Philadelphia Prison System; and Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Genece E. Brinkley.

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.

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.

Lunch Program on Submitting to Editorial Pages Feb. 11

The Association's Bar-News Media Committee will host "How and When to Share Your Opinion with the Press - Submitting to Editorial Pages" on Thursday, Feb. 11.

Members will hear from editorial page editors from several area newspapers. Panelists will include Bernard Dagenais, editor of the Philadelphia Business Journal and Hank Grezlak, associate publisher and editor-in-chief of The Legal Intelligencer. Additional panelists will be announced.

The program will take place from 12 to 1:30 p.m. at Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St., in the 11th Floor Conference Center. Click here to register. For more information about the Bar-News Media Committee, contact Committee Chair Gina Furia Rubel at Gina@furiarubel.com.

Get Admitted to U.S. Supreme Court May 17

The Philadelphia Bar Association will move up to 50 of our members for admission to the Bar of the United States Supreme Court on Monday, May 17. The admission ceremony will be made to the full court sitting in Washington, D.C.

The court's requirements for a group admission ceremony are very comprehensive. To review these requirements and to download the forms for admission please visit the Supreme Court's web site at supremecourtus.gov. Select the Bar Admissions tab on the left-hand side and this will bring you to the link for the Bar Admissions Form and Bar Admissions Instructions. Please read the instructions carefully. Once you have determined that you are eligible for admission, please print out and complete the Admission Form. The instructions and guidelines are very specific and must be followed scrupulously. Do not fold the application or use staples. Use paper clips only.

Once you have successfully completed the Admission Form, please mail it along with a check made payable to the Philadelphia Bar Association. The cost to attend the ceremony is $225 which includes your application fee and a continental breakfast. Please include an additional $25 if you plan to bring a guest. Per the Supreme Court's rule, each inductee is permitted to bring only one guest. Please send payment to: Attn: Dawn Petit, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107. Do not send the application directly to the Supreme Court.

The event will be on a first-come, first-served basis and all applications must be received by 5 p.m. on Monday, March 29, 2010.

If you have any questions regarding this event, please do not hesitate to contact Dawn Petit at 215-238-6367 or dpetit@philabar.org.

Volunteers Needed for YLD Mentoring Program

The Young Lawyers Division needs volunteers for its mentoring program, an endeavor that seeks to foster the professional development of Philadelphia's future attorneys and simulate the growth, diversity and participation of Philadelphia lawyers in Bar Association activities and the community at large.

Each mentor is assigned to serve as a role model and counselor to one mentee. Mentorship is an obligation and responsibility. Mentors must:

1) Reach out and make initial contact with their mentee;

2) Have one in-person or telephonic meeting with their mentee in advance of the Mentorship Program Event;

3) Have one or more in person meetings with their mentee after the Mentorship Program Event;

4) Remain as a resource to the mentee for the course of the year.

Download the sign-up form and questionnaire by clicking here. Completed forms can be forward to Daniel McKenna at mckennad@ballardspahr.com.

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.

Reception for Mazzoni Center Legal Services Jan. 21

The LGBT RIghts Committee, Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia and Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund will co-sponsor a reception announcing LGBT legal services at Mazzoni Center on Thursday, Jan. 21.

A short program begins at 5:45 p.m. followed by complimentary bar and hors d'oeuvres in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. To RSVP, call (215) 563-0652 or e-mail pmonastero@mazzonicenter.org.

Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Training CLE Jan. 22

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.

Public Interest Trainings, Programs Set

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.

• The Support Center for Child Advocates will present two CLE training programs at the PBI CLE Conference Center, Wanamaker Building, 10th Floor, 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.

• The Greater Philadelphia Area Law School Consortium will hold a Public Interest/Public Service Career Fair Reception on Thursday, Feb. 4 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the offices of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, 1701 Market St. This is a great way to meet employers, public interest attorneys and other law students in an informal setting. Complimentary beverages and appetizers will be served. Please RSVP by Thursday, Jan. 28 by clicking here. For security reasons the law firm must have the names of all the attendees. For more information, contact Liz Dunn at dunn@law.villanova.edu.

• SeniorLAW Center and Villanova University School of Law will present a pro bono CLE training program to serve older Pennsylvanians on Thursday, Feb. 11. "Personal Planning101: Wills, Living Wills, and Powers of Attorney," will be presented from 6 to 8 p.m., at Villanova University School of Law, 299 Spring Mill Road, Villanova. Participants will learn how to prepare and execute basic personal planning documents, including simple wills, living wills and financial and health care powers of attorney. Attendees will not only learn the relevant Pennsylvania law and pertinent definitions, but also drafting tips and ways to address common misconceptions their clients may have about this area of law. Particular focus will be given to preparing and executing documents for SeniorLAW Center's client base, older Pennsylvanians in need. This training program is free and two (2) CLE credits will be available to those who agree to provide pro bono services to a SeniorLAW Center personal planning client. (Nominal administrative fee payable to PA CLE Board.) To register, please call (610) 519-7228 or e-mail dunn@law.villanova.edu.

• HIAS and Council Migration Service of Philadelphia, Support Center for Child Advocates and others are sponsoring a free panel discussion, "A Long Way From Home: Immigrant and Refugee Children Without Parents," on Wednesday, Feb. 17 from 12 to 1 p.m., at Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP, 123 S. Broad St., in the Justice Roberts Conference Room. Four panelists will discuss their experiences of fleeing to the United States without parents. This event is a brown-bag lunch and drinks will be available. RSVP to Loy at HIAS and Council at Loy@hiaspa.org.

• The Toll Pubic Interest Center will hold the Equal Justice Foundation Fund-Raising Auction on Thursday, Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, 3400 Chestnut St., Philadelphia. The event will feature a cocktail reception, silent and live auction. All proceeds support University of Pennsylvania law school students doing public interest work during the summer and after graduation. Tickets cost $10 for students, $20 for non-students. RSVP online by Feb. 12 by clicking here.

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.

'On the Irish Waterfront' Author to Address Brehons

Prof. James T. Fisher of Fordham University, author of On the Irish Waterfront, will be the guest speaker at the Thursday, Jan. 28 meeting of the Brehon Law Society.

Prof. Fisher's book tells the story of the gangsters, politicians, longshoremen, union leaders and clergy that inspired the movie classic "On the Waterfront." The meeting will begin with a networking happy hour at 5:30 p.m., followed by Prof. Fisher's discussion and a Q&A session. The meeting will be held at the Vesper Club, 223 S. Sydenham St. For more information about this event or the Brehon Law Society, please contact John O'Malley at JOMalley@volpe-koenig.com.

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.

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.
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