Justice Sotomayor to Receive Bar Award March 11
U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor will be presented with the Philadelphia Bar Association's newly renamed Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award at the Friday, March 11 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon. Click here to purchase tickets.
The change of the award's name, formerly known as the Chancellor's Diversity Award, "will add immeasurably to the prestige of the award and the incentive it will provide to make real progress throughout our legal community," Chancellor Rudolph Garcia told Bar members in December.
Previous recipients of the Diversity Award are Nolan N. Atkinson Jr. and past Chancellor Andre L. Dennis.
Justice Sotomayor was nominated to the Supreme Court by President Obama on May 26, 2009 and was sworn in to the nation's highest court on Aug. 8, 2009. The Bronx, N.Y. native and Yale Law School graduate was an assistant district attorney in New York City from 1979 to 1984. She worked in private practice from 1984 to 1992. She was nominated by President George H.W. Bush to the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York in 1991 and sat on that court from 1992 to 1998. Justice Sotomayor was a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit from 1998 to 2009. She was also a lecturer at Columbia University Law School and was also an adjunct professor at New York University Law School.
Also at the event, Immediate-Past Chancellor Scott F. Cooper will be presented with a gold box, an exact replica of the one presented to Andrew Hamilton for his defense of John Peter Zenger in 1735. The gold box is presented annually to the immediate-past Chancellor and is inscribed with the message "acquired not by money, but by character."
The March 11 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon will be held at the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets beginning at 12 p.m. Tickets are $60 for members and $70 for non-members and are available at philadelphiabar.org. Tickets for a table of 10 Bar Association members are $550 and table of 10 non-members can be purchased for $675. Click here
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Probate and Trust Section Seeks Young Lawyers
The Probate and Trust Law Section has started a new initiative to get younger lawyers - those with 10 years of experience or less - involved in the Section''s committee and activities.
The section will hold a meeting on Thursday, Jan. 27 where younger members can learn more about the section's current committees and to let the section know what kinds of programs and activities you would like to see in the future. Future activities of the Young Lawyers Committee may include seminars, happy hours, pro bono activities and more.
The meeting begins at 12 p.m. at the offices Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP, One Penn Center, 19th Floor, John F. Kennedy Blvd. (between 16th and 17th streets). Lunch will be provided. To register, please contact Alison Gross, chair of the Young Lawyers Committee, at Alison@altmangross.com
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.
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.
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."
Discussion on Proposed Amendments to Rules Feb. 2
The Rules and Procedure Committee will discuss proposed amendments to rules on discovery of expert testimony and discovery of electronically stored information at its Wednesday, Feb. 2 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
Insurance Law Committee CLE Feb. 9
The Insurance Law Committee will present the CLE program "Business Interruption Claims 101: Measurement and Calculation Methodologies and Claim Preparation Issues Facing Policyholders" on Wednesday, Feb. 9.
The program focuses on four major areas of common disputes in these types of claims, including coverage conditions and payment terms, policy definitions, assumptions and approaches for calculating BI losses, and unique claim facts and circumstances to take into consideration. The program has been approved for 1.5 hours of substantive CLE credit. Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay a fee of $48.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years, and $43.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. Interested parties not seeking CLE credit may attend and purchase lunch for the fee of $8.50.
The speaker is Brandon J. Kivler and the course planner is Heather Fritts. The program 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 online.
Jenkins' Giancaterino on Internet Privacy Feb. 16
Dan Giancaterino, education services manager at Jenkins Law Library, will discuss Internet privacy at the Wednesday, Feb. 16 meeting of the Law Practice Management Committee.
The meeting 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 of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here
Bring Ideas to Municipal Court Committee Meeting
The Municipal Court Committee will hold its introductory meeting on Thursday, Feb. 24. Attendees are asked to bring one idea that would educate members of the Bar and the committee while appealing to a variety of practice areas.
The meeting begins at 12:30 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
Women in Profession Committee Seeks Bloggers
The Women in the Profession Committee is looking for volunteers to contribute bi-weekly submissions to the Committee’s blog
. From the professional to the personal, if you have something interesting to say then we want to hear from you. Topics can include but are not limited to practical advice in your practice area, tips for success, personal reflections, work/life balance, and entertainment.
Submissions can be short (250 words) and can be published anonymously. Submissions will be reviewed by the co-chairs prior to posting. Visit the Women in the Profession Committee blog by clicking here
Free Online, Mobile Access With Legal Directory Order
Get the convenience of instant access to greater Philadelphia law firm and attorney listings whenever and wherever you go. That's literally thousands of key contacts at your fingertips. All this is available - at no additional cost - with your purchase of The Legal Directory 2011
The huge Legal Directory database is searchable via your handheld device thanks to a more streamlined interface that is ideally formatted to fit smaller screens. It is also fully interactive: Click on a phone number and your handheld dials it; select an e-mail address and an e-mail template is instantly generated!
This free mobile feature makes The Legal Directory 2011 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 thelegaldirectory.org. One purchase connects you to the most up-to-date contacts for law firms and lawyers in the five-county region for an entire year!
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:
Bar Association bylaws, contacts and committees.
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Attorneys listed alphabetically and indexed by area of concentration.
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Order now and take advantage of the discounted pre-publication price of $59.95 (plus shipping and tax). This offer expires Feb. 28, 2011.
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Advertise in The Legal Directory 2011
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The Legal Directory contains listings for more than 18,000 attorneys and law firms. Many listings include areas of concentration, fax numbers and other contact information. The Legal Directory Online's listings reflect the most up-to-date information on file.
For information on advertising opportunities, contact David Hoeckel at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 443-909-7824.
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 email@example.com
or Joe Guzzardo at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Yale Law's Resnick to Discuss Book Jan. 28
Yale Law Professors Judith Resnick and Dennis Curtis will discuss their book Representing Justice, Invention, Controversy, and Rights in City-States and Democratic Courtrooms
on Friday, Jan. 28 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Benjamin Franklin Hall, 427 Chestnut St.
Their book centers on the relationship between courts and democracy. The event is presented by the American Philosophical Society and includes the lecture, a reception and book signing. Click here to RSVP.
Penn Law Group Holding Programs on Miranda, Prisons
The Prisoners' Education & Advocacy Project, a pro bono group at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, is sponsoring programs on Miranda rights and prison privatization in February.
Elizabeth L. Jacobs, counsel for defendant-respondent in Berghuis v. Thompkins, will discuss "The Future of Miranda Rights" on Friday, Feb. 4 at 12:45 p.m. at the law school, 3400 Chestnut St., Room G214. Professor David Rudovsky will moderate the program. Refreshments will be served.
Professors Alexander Volokh and David Rudovsky will debate prison privatization on Friday, Feb. 25 at 12 p.m. at the law school, 3400 Chestnut St., Room G214. Lunch will be served.
The events are free. An RSVP to email@example.com would be appreciated.
Public Interest Training Programs Scheduled
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
A Public Interest/Public Service career fair will be held Thursday, Feb. 3 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Fox Rothschild LLP, 2000 Market St., 20th Floor. This cocktail reception is free and will provide an opportunity to meet employers, public interest attorneys and law students in an informal setting. Complimentary beverages and appetizers will be served. Preregistration is required. Please RSVP by Thursday, Jan. 27 at www.eventbrite.com/event/1204216845. For more information, please contact Liz Dunn at email@example.com. This event is presented by the Greater Philadelphia Area Law School Consortium.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com.
Mazzoni Center Legal Services will host Open Bar II, an event to commemorate Mazzoni Center's first year as Philadelphia's only agency providing direct legal services to low income lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons facing legal obstacles related to sexual orientation and/or gender identity. The event will be held Wednesday, March 9 at Kokopelli, 1904 Chestnut St. Director of Legal Services Amara Chaudhry will provide a brief program following appetizers and cocktails. Promotional co-sponsors of Open Bar II are GALLOP (Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia) and the Philadelphia Bar Association. For more information or to register for Open Bar II, please visit mazzonicenter.org or contact Troy Porter at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215.563.0652, extension 270. The event is free for law students and costs $20 for young lawyers (under 30 years) and $40 for all others.
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