Monday, Jan. 30, 2006
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 7, No. 5
 

Phillies VP Stiles to Keynote YLD Annual Meeting

Philadelphia Phillies vice president and former U.S. Attorney Michael Stiles will be the keynote speaker at the Young Lawyers Division Annual Meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at Loews Philadelphia Hotel.

YLD President Michael B. Hayes will outline his plans for 2006 at the event, which begins at 12 p.m. Tickets for the event are $35 and can be purchased online by clicking here.

And save the date for Bar Association Night at the Phillies, scheduled for Wednesday, June 14 when the Phillies take on the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park. Tickets will be available online at philadelphiabar.org.

Board OKs Resolution for Discounts on CLE Programs

The Board of Governors has unanimously approved a resolution supporting discounts to section members for section-sponsored continuing legal education programs provided by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute.

The resolution, approved at the Board's Jan. 26 meeting, calls for the Association to reserve up to $40,000 to provide for the discounts. Click here to view the complete resolution.

The Board also unanimously approved a resolution supporting increased educational funding in Pennsylvania.

The Board also unanimously approved the appointment of six new members to the Board of Directors of Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program. The new members include Alexander Kerr, Mark A. Momjian, Peter Newman, Jesse Rodriguez, Antoinette Dendtler and Jacqueline Lessman.

YLD Seeking Volunteers for Mock Trial Competition

The Young Lawyers Division is seeking volunteers to serve as scoring judges and presiding judges for the John S. Bradway Philadelphia High School Mock Trial Competition. Click here to sign up as a volunteer.

Round One of the 2006 Philadelphia Mock Trial Competition is being held at the Temple University Beasley School of Law from Jan. 30 through Feb. 4. Volunteers are needed to serve as scoring judges and presiding judges at upcoming mock trials at the Criminal Justice Center on Thursday, Feb. 16 (with trials from 4:30 - 7 p.m.), and Saturday, Feb. 18 and Feb. 25 (with trials from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and additional trials from 12:30 to 3 p.m.

Chancellor to Address Women in Profession Jan. 31

Chancellor Alan M. Feldman will share his agenda for 2006 at the Tuesday, Jan. 31 meeting of the Women in the Profession Committee.

Amy Boss, a professor at Temple University Beasley School of Law, will also be at the meeting and will discuss the current American Bar Association project designed to try to place more women lawyers on for-profit board of directors.

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 meeting.

Digital Recording on Criminal Justice Section Agenda

Representatives from the First Judicial District's Digital Recording Division will discuss the latest developments with Notes of Testimony at the Tuesday, Jan. 31 meeting of the Criminal Justice Section.

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 meeting.

Program to Teach Client Development Skills

The Training Resource Group will offer a four-week program designed to help those at the associate level with client development skills beginning Feb. 6 at Bar Association headquarters.

TRG will help attorneys create an individual business development plan, develop strategic partners, better cross-sell current clients and build account relationships at a higher level. For more than 10 years, TRG has worked with companies and individuals to teach them the skills necessary to increase sales, profits and productivity.

For more information about The Training Resource Group, visit their Web site at trainingresourcegroup.com.

Health Care Reform Official to Speak Feb. 1

Barbara Holland, deputy general counsel for the Commonwealth and Chief Counsel for the Governor's Office of Health Care Reform, will discuss proposed facility licensure regulations at the Wednesday, Feb. 1 meeting of the Business Law Section Health Care Law Committee.

Holland will discuss the department's goals and priorities with respect to regulations as well as their status. The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8.50 for those members who make reservations in advance. Click here to RSVP for this event.

ADR Committee Organizational Meeting Feb. 2

The Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee will hold its organizational meeting Thursday, Feb. 2 at 12:15 p.m. in the 11th floor Committee Room South of Bar Association headquarters.

Also at the meeting, Kevin Casey, chair of the Intellectual Property practice group at Stradley, Ronon, Stevens & Young, LLP, will present a program on decision tree analysis, a tool that can help facilitate the process of ADR and the communications of the parties involved.

Lunch is available for $7.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this meeting.

Civil Rights Committee Discussion to Focus on Race, Law

Gloria J. Browne-Marshall, founder and executive director of The Law and Policy Group, Inc., will discuss "Race, Law and the American Future" at the Thursday, Feb. 2 meeting of the Civil Rights 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 meeting.

Appellate Courts Committee Program on Drafting Petitions

The Appellate Courts Committee will hold a one-hour CLE seminar on "Strategies in Drafting and Opposing Petitions for Discretionary Appellate Review" on Wednesday, Feb. 8. The program will be held at the CLE Conference Center, on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building.

The faculty for this program includes Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge Jack A. Panella and Carl A. Solano of Schnader, Harrison, Segal & Lewis, LLP. They will offer strategies for litigants in drafting and opposing petitions for discretionary appellate review in Pennsylvania’s appellate courts, including allocatur petitions; King's Bench petitions; petitions for rehearing en banc or re-argument; and petitions for permission to appeal.

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 $32.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years, and $27.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. Click here to register for this program. Lunch is included with tuition.

If you would like to attend the meeting and not receive CLE credit, you may purchase lunch for a cost of $7.50 per person at the door. Lunch will only be provided for those who have registered in advance. If you wish to purchase lunch only, please RSVP to Tara Phoenix at tphoenix@pbi.org or (215) 965-5526.

Learn About Web Searches Feb. 9

Dan Giancaterino will demonstrate how to search for content other than "traditional" Web pages - books, audio and video, podcasts, scholarly articles, blogs/RSS, and more - at the Thursday, Feb. 9 meeting of the Solo and Small Firm Committee.

Giancaterino, the Internet librarian at Jenkins Law Library, will also cover mobile text search, desktop search, and local search/maps.

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 event.

AABADV Lunar New Year Banquet Feb. 10

The Asian American Bar Association of the Delaware Valley will celebrate the Year of the Dog at its Annual Lunar New Year Banquet on Friday, Feb. 10, at H.K. Golden Phoenix Restaurant, 911 Race St. in Chinatown.

Tickets are $25 for members current with their 2006 dues and their guests; $35 for non-members; $25 for students (which includes a 2006 membership); and $10 for children. The Philadelphia Suns will be on hand to perform the Lion Dance to ring in the new year. Social hour will begin at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m.

To RSVP, please make checks payable to AABADV and send no later than Feb. 3 to Catherine Siu, Esq., The Benjamin Franklin, 834 Chestnut St., Suite 206, Philadelphia, Pa. 19107.

Judge Abramson to Discuss Commerce Court ADR

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Howland W. Abramson will describe new alternative dispute resolution procedures in Commerce Court at the Monday, Feb. 13 meeting of the Business Litigation Committee.

The meeting begins at 1 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Women's Education, Networking Program Feb. 13

Continuing the theme of leadership development for women in the legal profession, the Pennsylvania Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession is hosting an afternoon of learning and networking for women attorneys on Monday, Feb. 13.

Join Ellen Freedman, law practice management coordinator for the Pennsylvania Bar Association, and Dr. Larry Richard, head of the leadership and organization development practice group at Hildebrandt International, for an insightful discussion of issues confronting women in the legal profession.

The first session, which runs from 2 to 3 p.m., will feature a discussion on the coping and management strategies that can make the difference between experiencing a meltdown, or achieving the superwoman status of one who manages the conflicts and demands of home and office and "has it all." The strategic use of networking opportunities will be emphasized. Get a head start by attending this unique networking opportunity.

In the second session, Dr. Richard, who practiced law for 10 years, will use the results of a personality profile test administered to female attorneys at two ends of the law firm size spectrum to illustrate issues facing women attorneys. He will be using results of personality profile testing completed on thousands of attorneys and the public over the past 15 years. Dr. Richard is recognized as the leading authority on leadership effectiveness and organizational behavior in law firms.

The program concludes with a reception where attendees can join the speakers and other women leaders from the federal and state judiciary, government, private practice, corporate legal departments, nonprofits and academia and network with women attorneys at all stages of their careers, in an informal, intimate environment where attendees can talk with leaders of the profession "up close and personal."

The program will be held at the U.S. Courthouse at Sixth and Market Streets beginning at 2 p.m. Registration begins at 1:30 p.m. The conference and reception are being sponsored by the Pennsylvania Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession and is at no cost to attendees. The reception is being co-sponsored by the Philadelphia Bar Association Women in the Profession Committee at no charge to members. Course planners are Shelley R. Goldner and Kathleen D. Wilkinson.

Please RSVP by phone or e-mail to Diann Stinney at (800) 932-0311, ext. 2280 or diann.stinney@pabar.org. The deadline for registration is Jan. 31. Please provide your name, address, phone, fax and e-mail address in your RSVP.

Legal Directory Comes With A Free Online Subscription

The Legal Directory 2006 plus The Legal Directory Online are now together at one low price. For the first time, every hard-copy edition comes with a complimentary online subscription. As always, both printed and online editions of The Legal Directory will contain comprehensive, up-to-date listings of area law firms and attorneys.

New for 2006, the online version also will include all the indispensable resources found in the printed directory - information about the Philadelphia Bar Association, its officers and committees; contacts for state, federal and local government agencies; listings of law-related associations, organizations and law schools; and an index of area judges.

Plus, The Legal Directory Online will include valuable new features - local court rules, links to area bar associations and other content of interest to the legal community.

It's all available, both the printed book and expanded online resource, for one price - $57.95, plus shipping and tax. Beginning April 1, the price becomes $77.95, plus tax, shipping and handling.

Private Placement: Legal and Practical Considerations

PBI's panelists in "Private Placement: Legal and Practical Considerations" on Feb. 3 will discuss the financial, accounting and legal considerations related to a private placement of securities and the components of private placement documents. This course will focus on topics including overview of Regulation D; state securities law in Pennsylvania; legal requirements for brokers and placement agents; accounting considerations; negotiating and drafting private offering documents; and integration of securities offerings. This substantive 3-hour program will be held in Philadelphia on Feb. 3 at The CLE Conference Center, in the Wanamaker Building from 8:30 to 11:45 a.m. Registration begins at 8 a.m. For more 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, Jan. 31
Annual Disclosure Documents
4 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 1
Fundamentals of Elder Law
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 3
Private Placement: Legal and Practical Considerations
3 substantive CLE credits
8:30 to 11:45 a.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 up to 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.