Monday, Jan. 22, 2007
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 8, No. 7
 

St. Joe's Coach Martelli to Address YLD Feb. 21

Phil Martelli, head coach of the St. Joseph's University men's basketball team, will be the keynote speaker at the Young Lawyers Division Annual Meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 21.

Alan Nochumson, chair of the YLD, will outline his plans for 2007 at the event, which will be held at the Doubletree Hotel, Broad and Locust streets. The YLD will also present the Craig M. Perry Service Award, the YLD Vision Award and the F. Sean Peretta Service Award at the event.

Martelli, in his 11th season as head coach for the Hawks, won numerous national coach of the year honors when his team went 30-2 and reached the NCAA tournament quarterfinals. He is also a leader in the Philadelphia Chapter of Coaches Vs. Cancer. He recently received the Citizen of the Year Award from the March of Dimes. The event begins at 12 p.m. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased online by clicking here.

Program on Special Needs Trusts Jan. 25

The Elder Law Committee will hear a presentation on "Making Special Needs Trusts Work for your Clients" at its Thursday, Jan. 25 meeting.

The program will be presented by the McAndrews Law Group. The meeting begins at 1 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $7.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

YLD Committee Volunteer Sign-Up Night and Happy Hour

The Young Lawyers Division will hold a Happy Hour and Committee Volunteer Sign-Up Night on Thursday, Jan. 25 at the Blue Martini, 24 S. 2nd St., from 5 to 7 p.m.

The first 100 people will receive a coupon for one drink. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and drink specials will also be available. YLD leaders will be in attendance with information about volunteer opportunities on YLD committees.

Responding to Computer Network Attacks Jan. 26

The Cyberspace Committee will hear the presentation "How to Respond to Computer Network Attacks: A Legal and Practical Perspective" at its Friday, Jan. 26 meeting.

Tim Rosenberg, attorney and principal of White Wolf Security, will present an overview of the rise of distributed and "below threshold" attacks on computer networks. The meeting will be held at the new offices of Eckert, Seamans, Cherin and Mellott, LLC, Two Liberty Place, 50 S. 16th St., 22nd Floor. The entrance to the building is on the west side of 16th Street between Market and Chestnut Streets. Registration begins at 12 p.m. Please bring your lunch. Beverages will be provided.

Please RSVP to Susan Freedman at (215) 985-0257 or via e-mail at freedman@voicenet.com.

Update on Fair Labor Standards Act Jan. 26

Gina Ameci will provide an update on Fair Labor Standards Act issues at the Friday, Jan. 26 meeting of the Business Law Section's Human Resources Committee.

Participants will be eligible for 1 hour of substantive CLE credit for this program. The CLE portion of the meeting will run from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., and a light breakfast will be served beginning at 8:15 a.m. Please be sure to arrive on time if you will be seeking CLE credit. The meeting will be held at the offices of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, P.C., 1835 Market St., 14th Floor. Please RSVP to Sally Bolton at boltonsa@bipc.com.

Trailblazers to Offer Tips to Young Lawyers Jan. 30

A U.S. District Court judge and three top women attorneys will be panelists for the Women in the Profession Committee/Young Lawyers Division program "Things I Wish I Had Known When I Was a Young Lawyer" on Tuesday, Jan. 30.

The panelists for the program are (clockwise, from top left) U.S. District Court Judge Gene E.K. Pratter; Leslie Anne Miller, first woman president of the Pennsylvania Bar Association; Sunah Park, a partner at Thorp Reed & Armstrong, LLP; and Deborah Weinstein, chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association's Board of Governors.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. A complimentary lunch will be provided by the Young Lawyers Division. Attendees will also be able to meet with the panelists following the program. Click here to RSVP for the program.

Chief Judge Bartle to Offer State of Court Jan. 31

U.S. District Court Chief Judge Harvey Bartle III (left) and Clerk of Court Michael E. Kunz will present a "state of the court" program at the Wednesday, Jan. 31 meeting of the Federal Courts Committee.

The program begins at 12:30 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $7.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

CLE Seminars Available for Pro Bono Work

The SeniorLAW Center will present a CLE training program, "Representing Low-Income Tenants: Basic Training in Landlord-Tenant Practice," on Tuesday, Jan. 25 from 12 to 2:30 p.m., at Blank Rome LLP, One Logan Square. This course is free in exchange for handling one SeniorLAW Center landlord tenant case on a pro bono basis and 2.5 CLE credits anticipated. Lunch will be provided. Please register by Jan. 22 by contacting Angel Recchia at 215-701-3209, or arecchia@seniorlawcenter.org, or Jeni Wright at 215-701-3219, or jwright@seniorlawcenter.org.

Jenkins Law Library, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, will provide a free hands-on workshop that will provide lawyers with an opportunity to explore the latest pro bono tools available through PALawHelp.org and PAProbono.net. The workshop will take place on Friday, Feb. 9 at Jenkins Law Library, 833 Chestnut St., Suite 1220, Philadelphia, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (9:45 a.m. registration), and will provide two hours of free CLE credits (1.0 hour of substantive CLE credit and 1.0 hour of ethics CLE credit). The program is limited to the first 23 registrants. Registrations must be submitted by Feb. 5. Click here to register for the program with David Trevaskis at the Pennsylvania Bar Association. For more information, please contact Trevaskis at (800) 932-0311 extension 2236.

The Education Law Center will present a CLE program on student discipline on Tuesday, Feb. 12, from 12 to 2 p.m., at the offices of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, 1701 Market St., Philadelphia. This program will cover relevant education law, as well as practical techniques in representing students in discipline hearings. Two CLE credits are anticipated. This event is free and open to all attorneys who agree to handle one pro bono case referred by the Education Law Center. To register, please contact Susannah Henderson at shenderson@morganlewis.com.

The SeniorLAW Center will present the CLE program "Fighting for Senior Victims of Fraud and Exploitation" on Thursday, Feb. 15 from 12 to 3 p.m., at Blank Rome LLP, One Logan Square. This course is designed to train experienced litigators to represent elders who have been exploited or defrauded by home repair contractors, debt collectors, and other unscrupulous third parties who prey on vulnerable senior citizens. Presented by a panel of four experienced SeniorLAW Center attorneys, this course will cover a wide range of legal issues and causes of action in financial exploitation and consumer fraud, in addition to an overview of addressing the special challenges of working with older clients and those living in poverty, related ethical and capacity issues, and the work of SeniorLAW Center. This program is open to all interested attorneys and is free in exchange for handling one SeniorLAW Center case on a pro bono basis. Three (3) CLE credits are anticipated. Registration is required by no later than Feb. 12. To register, please contact Kathy Ochroch at ochroch@blankrome.com.

Reception for International LLM Candidates Feb. 13

The International Law Committee will hold a reception for international LLM candidates in the area at the offices of DLA Piper on Tuesday, Feb. 13.

The reception will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at One Liberty Place, 1650 Market St., Suite 4900. In addition to local lawyers and other leaders, more than 75 distinguished lawyers, judges, political leaders and professors from around the world are expected to attend.

There is no charge to attend this reception, but reservations are required. To RSVP, call (215) 569-8901.

"Soul of Justice" Screening Jan. 29

The Philadelphia Chapter of the American Constitution Society, The Barristers' Association of Philadelphia and the National Lawyers Guild will host a screening of "Soul of Justice: Thelton Henderson's American Journey" on Monday, Jan. 29 at the Down Town Club, 150 S. Independence Mall West, Suite 1040, beginning at 4 p.m.

The event will also feature remarks by U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Theodore A. McKee, U.S. District Court Senior Judge Louis Pollak and "Soul of Justice" director Abby Ginzberg. A reception will follow the program. To RSVP, please call (202) 393-6181.

Public Interest Career Fair Reception Feb. 1

The Third Annual Public Interest/Public Service Career Fair Reception will be held on Thursday, Feb 1. This reception is an opportunity to meet colleagues, career planning professionals, and students from the six area law schools in an informal setting.

The reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at the offices of Duane Morris LLP, 30 S. 17th St. Complimentary beverages and heavy appetizers will be served. The event is free of charge, but RSVP information is requested. Please RSVP by Friday, Jan. 26 to Sara Woods at (610) 519-7228 or via e-mail at woods@law.villanova.edu.

Volunteers Sought to Compile Commerce Court Opinions

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

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

Two chapters already have been posted on the Bar Association Web site, addressing arbitration issues and restrictive covenants. Click here to find those chapters under the heading "Commerce Case Management Program Opinion Project."

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

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Mock Trial Competition Seeking Volunteers

The John S. Bradway Philadelphia High School Mock Trial Competition, which is run by Temple University Beasley School of Law and the Young Lawyers Division, is seeking volunteers for this year's competition beginning Monday, Jan. 29.

Each spring students from 50 public, private, and parochial schools compete in a simplified mock trial for the City Mock Trial Championship. The students are given the opportunity play the roles of attorneys and witnesses in a fictitious criminal or civil case, focusing on real legal issues. Previous trials have involved the suppression of evidence, hate crimes, constitutional issues, simple negligence matters, civil forfeitures in a criminal context, and first-degree murder.

Go to the Young Lawyers Division page on the Bar Association's web site to fill out the volunteer form. If you have any questions or concerns, contact Eleanore.Jones@Temple.edu or Roberta.West@Temple.edu or call 215-204-1887.

City Hall Security ID Application Program Expanded

Attorneys who do business at Philadelphia City Hall are urged to apply for their new security cards. A new security system is being implemented for City Hall within the next several months.

Attorneys can go to Room 112 near the northeast corner of City Hall Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. for the next several weeks and fill out an application and have a photo taken for the new badge. The photo and application process takes just 10 minutes. Click here to download the application form.

Sex Discrimination in the Legal Profession

Sex discrimination and sexual harassment cases related to the law profession will be discussed with focus upon current professionals and reality of its success in the context of economic and competitive constraints within which the legal profession must operate. This 2 substantive credit hour program will be held in Philadelphia on Friday, Jan. 26, 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 12 to 2 p.m. Registration and lunch begin at 11:15 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.

Tuesday, Feb. 6
The Nuts and Bolts of Appellate Advocacy
3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits (Must attend entire program to receive the ethics credit)
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 7
Saving the Assets of an Individual Entering a Nursing Home After the Deficit Reduction Act of 2006
2 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits (Must attend entire program to receive the ethics credit)
9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 13
Your First Divorce Case
6 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 16
Trial Evidence: Artistry & Advocacy in the Courtroom
6 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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

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

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