Thursday, Jan. 24, 2008
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 9, No. 7

Women in the Profession Panel
on Career and Family Jan. 29

The Women in the Profession Committee will present the panel discussion "How To Have It All - The Career and the Family" at its Tuesday, Jan. 29 meeting. Panelists include (from left) Jenimae Almquist of Raynes McCarty; Sharon L. Caffrey, a partner with Duane Morris LLP; Karen Detamore, executive director, Friends of Farmworkers, Inc.; and Deborah Epstein Henry, founder and president, Flex-Time Lawyers LLC. The moderators will be committee co-chairs Maria Feeley and Danielle Banks...READ MORE
 

Panel on Career and Family Jan. 29

The Women in the Profession Committee will present the panel discussion "How To Have It All - The Career and the Family" at its Tuesday, Jan. 29 meeting.

Panelists include Jenimae Almquist of Raynes McCarty; Sharon L. Caffrey, a partner with Duane Morris LLP; Karen Detamore, executive director, Friends of Farmworkers, Inc.; and Deborah Epstein Henry, founder and president, Flex-Time Lawyers LLC. The moderators will be committee co-chairs Maria Feeley and Danielle Banks.

The meeting begins at 12 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.

Chancellor to Meet with Criminal Justice Section

Chancellor A. Michael Pratt will meet with the Criminal Justice Section on Tuesday, Jan. 29 to discuss future protocol on criminal justice issues.

The Section will also receive an update on counsel fees. The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center 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.

Tangled Title CLE Jan. 25

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Anne Lazarus and attorneys from Philadelphia VIP and SeniorLAW Center will present the CLE program "Probating Estates and Alternatives to Probate in Philadelphia - Homeownership Issues Training Session" on Friday, Jan. 25.

Low-income families and seniors are facing the loss of their home due to unprobated estates and tangled titles. The session will concentrate on the unique issues that low-income clients frequently encounter in obtaining title to a property. This discussion will also address how volunteer attorneys can utilize the financial assistance of the Tangled Title Fund in representing these low-income clients. It covers the legal grounds, procedures, and forms for probating an estate and, alternatively, for filing a petition in Orphans' Court for determination of title.

The program begins at 12 p.m. at the offices of Blank Rome LLP, One Logan Square. A free lunch is available and the CLE is free if you volunteer to take on a pro bono case. Contact Philadelphia VIP at (215) 523-9550, to reserve your space.

Effects of Incarceration on Children Jan. 30

The Pennsylvania Prison Society and the Legal Rights of Children Committee will present the program "Effects of Incarceration on Children and Communities" on Wednesday, Jan. 30.

Learn about the devastating effects that a prison sentence has on children, families and our community with panelists Frank Cervone, executive director, Support Center for Child Advocates; Pennsylvania State Rep. Cherelle Parker; and Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Keith Sadler.

The program begins at 8:30 a.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. A light breakfast will be provided. To RSVP, contact Catherine Wise at (215) 564-6005, ext. 106 or e-mail her at cwise@prisonsociety.org.

Discovery Module for Civil E-Filing Feb. 6

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Esther R. Sylvester will discuss creation of the discovery module for civil e-filing at the Wednesday, Feb. 6 meeting of the Rules and Procedure 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 $7.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Bar Association Launches Video Podcasts

Up-close video interviews with the city's leading newsmakers are now available on the Bar Association's Web site.

The Association has crafted a new series of quick, sharp video podcasts, which complement an already extensive audio podcast lineup. The Leadership Video Podcast Series features prominent Philadelphians discussing their roles as leaders, revealing who inspired them as leaders, and outlining what kind of leadership the city needs right now.

The series kicks off with an interview with A. Michael Pratt, the Association's new Chancellor, and also features interviews with Mural Arts Program Director Jane Golden, Wireless Philadelphia CEO Greg Goldman and School Reform Commission Chairwoman Sandra Dungee Glenn.

Accessing these videos is as easy as accessing the audio podcasts: Current subscribers to the Bar Association's "Hot Interviews with Very Cool People" audio podcasts, will automatically receive these video podcasts. If you are not yet a subscriber, go the Association's Podcast homepage — and sign up.

The videos can be downloaded and viewed on a video iPod, or similar handheld device. Of course, with a simple click, Web site visitors can watch the videos directly on their computer.

Coaches, Judges Needed for Mock Trial Competition

Volunteer coaches and judges are needed for the 2008 John S. Bradway Philadelphia High School Mock Trial Competition, which is run by Temple University Beasley School of Law and the Young Lawyers Division.

The rounds of competition will take place Jan. 28 through March 1. If you have volunteered in the past, we thank you and hope that you will do so this year. If you have not yet volunteered for the Mock Trial Competition, we encourage you to do so.

As a coach, you would meet and communicate with the students to prepare for the competition. As a judge, you can choose to fill as many time slots as your schedule will allow and you do not need trial experience to participate.

Contact Roberta West at (215) 204-8948 if you have interest in coaching. Click here for more information.

Rutgers Group to Honor Judge Jones Tonight

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas President Judge C. Darnell Jones II will be honored by the Black Law Students Association of Rutgers University Law School-Camden tonight (Thursday, Jan. 24) at the 12th Annual MLK Champions of Social Justice Banquet.

The event will take place at the Adelphia Pan Athenian Grand Ballroom, 1750 Clements Bridge Road, Deptford, N.J., 08096 at 6:30 p.m.

If you have not yet RSVP'd for the event and would like to attend, please e-mail Tishekia@camden.rutgers.edu your name and the number of attendees.

AABADV Lunar Banquet Feb. 1

The Asian American Bar Association of the Delaware Valley will celebrate the Chinese New Year with its Lunar New Year Banquet on Friday, Feb. 1 beginning at 6 p.m. at HK Phoenix Garden, 911 Race St.

In addition to a 10-course meal, the banquet will also feature a traditional Lion Dance performance by the Philadelphia Suns.

For more information about becoming a member or purchasing tickets for the banquet, please visit the AABADV Web site at aabadv.org.

Guardianship CLE Training Feb. 8

Philadelphia VIP and the Legal Clinic for the Disabled will sponsor a guardianship training program on Friday, Feb. 8 at the offices of Ballard Spahr Andrews and Ingersoll, LLP, 1735 Market St., from 12 to 2:15 p.m.

Paul Feldman of the Law Offices of Feldman and Feldman will be the presenter. Two CLE credits in exchange for accepting a pro bono referral will be provided to each participant. This training is open to all attorneys interested in pro bono representation. For more information please contact Philadelphia VIP at 215-523-9550.

Learn Presentation Strategies at Feb. 12 CLE Program

Learn what general counsels want from law firms and how firms should approach general counsels at the 3 credit CLE seminar "How Attorneys Can Make the Perfect Presentation - From a General Counsel's Perspective" on Tuesday, Feb. 12.

Panelists for the program include Chancellor A. Michael Pratt, Kim R. Jessum, B. Christopher Lee, David Smith, Gary Deutsch, Walker Allen and Al Parker. The program will be moderated by Chuck Polin of the Training Resource Group.

The program begins at 8:30 a.m. at The Hub at The Cira Centre, 2929 Arch St., Suite 200. Registration is $219 per attendee and includes a continental breakfast. Call 215-557-2335 to register. The program is presented by The Legal Intelligencer and The Training Resource Group.

Justinians to Honor Pratt at Feb. 13 Luncheon

The Justinian Society will honor Chancellor A. Michael Pratt at a luncheon on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 11:30 a.m. at The Union League of Philadelphia, 140 S. Broad St.

A reception begins at 11:30 a.m. with the luncheon following at 12 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person for members of The Justinian Society and $450 for a table of 10 and $60 per person for non-members, $550 for a table of 10.

For more information or to register contact The Justinian Society at 215-545-0706 or e-mail justinian-uta@att.net or visit justinian.org/events to place your reservation.

Comments Sought on Magistrate's Reappointment

The current term of the office of U.S. Magistrate Judge Linda K. Caracappa at Philadelphia, Pa., is due to expire Nov. 16, 2008. The U.S. District Court is required by law to establish a panel of citizens to consider the reappointment of the magistrate judge to a new eight-year term.

The duties of the magistrate judge position include the following: 1) conduct of most preliminary proceedings in criminal cases; 2) trial and disposition of misdemeanor cases; 3) conduct of various pretrial matters and evidentiary proceedings on delegation from the judges of the district court; and 4) trial and disposition of civil cases upon consent of the litigants.

Comments from members of the bar and the public are invited as to whether the incumbent magistrate judge should be recommended by the panel for reappointment by the court and should be directed to:

Michael E. Kunz
Clerk of Court
2609 U.S. Courthouse
601 Market St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
ATTN: Human Resources Department, Magistrate Judge Reappointment
Comments must be received by March 5, 2008.

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