Thursday, Feb. 1, 2007
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 8, No. 10
 

Oscar-Winner Dreyfuss to Speak at March 26 Quarterly

Oscar-winning actor and social activist Richard Dreyfuss will be the keynote speaker at the Association's March 26 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue. Tickets are $50 for Bar Association members and can be purchased online by clicking here.

Dreyfuss won the Academy Award for best actor in 1977 for his performance in "The Goodbye Girl." He was nominated for Best Actor in 1996 for his role in "Mr. Holland's Opus." He has appeared in dozens of films, including Stephen Spielberg classics "Jaws" and "Close Encounters of the Third Kind." Three of his films were recently included in the American Film Institute’s list of the greatest 100 films.

"I am delighted that Richard Dreyfuss will be our speaker at the March Quarterly," said Chancellor Jane L. Dalton. "Although probably best known as a talented actor, Mr. Dreyfuss has been a longtime political activist. He is on the board of the National Constitution Center here in Philadelphia and has been studying the teaching of civics at Oxford University in England," she said.

"Mr. Dreyfuss speaks passionately and eloquently about the importance of an enlightened populace that understands the need for reason, logic, clarity, dissent, civility and debate. He urges that we educate our children to understand the important and unique ideals of the American republic, including the principals of freedom of thought, freedom of association and the personal responsibility of all citizens for their government," Dalton said.

Immediate-Past Chancellor Alan M. Feldman will be honored at the event. Feldman 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."

Dalton, Nix to Discuss Work of Police Advisory Commission

Chancellor Jane L. Dalton and Robert S. Nix will discuss gun violence and the work of the Philadelphia Police Advisory Commission at today's meeting of the Civil Rights Committee.

Dalton served as chair of the Police Advisory Commission from 1994-2001. Nix is the Commission's current chair. The Police Advisory Commission was established in 1993 by the executive order of Mayor Edward G. Rendell as the civilian oversight agency for the Philadelphia Police Department. The mission of the Commission is to help improve police-community relations. The Commission is authorized to conduct fact-finding investigations regarding the acts of individual police officers, general practices of the police department, as well as its customs and policies.

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.

Public Interest Career Fair Reception Tonight

The Third Annual Public Interest/Public Service Career Fair Reception will be held tonight. 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.

Update and Improve Property Settlement Provisions Feb. 5

Robert D. Feder will discuss ways to update and improve your property settlement provisions on retirement benefits at the Monday, Feb. 5 meeting of the Family Law Section.

Feder, of Schnader, Harrison, Segal & Lewis, LLP, is an editor and contributing author of Valuation Strategies in Divorce Valuing Specific Assets in Divorce. 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.

Rules and Procedure Committee to Get Updates

Dennis Brennan of the Dispute Resolution Center and Stanley Tompson of the Complex Litigation Center will be the guest speakers at the Wednesday, Feb. 7 meeting of the Rules and Procedure Committee.

Brennan will speak on new procedures for judge pro tem conferences; steps litigators and JTPs can take to make the process more effective; and the ongoing need for more JTPs and what the Committee can do to help. Tompson will speak on current issues at the Complex Litigation Center. Both speakers will address the new ID cards and security procedures at City Hall.

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. Click here to RSVP for this program.

PR Paradigm for Lawyers Feb. 8

Gina Rubel, president of Furia Rubel Communications, Inc. will present "The PR Paradigm for Lawyers" at the Thursday, Feb. 8 meeting of the Solo and Small Firm 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 $7.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

SEC Official to Discuss Regulatory Agenda Feb. 12

Andrew J. Donohue, director of the Division of Investment Management for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, will discuss current regulatory issues in the investment management industry and the current regulatory agenda of the Division of Investment Management at the Monday, Feb. 12 meeting of the Investment Companies Committee.

The program 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 register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

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, e-mail Carol Powers at cpowers@mslaw.cc.

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.

Women's Networking Event Feb. 22

The Women in the Profession Committee will cosponsor a reception following the Pennsylvania Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession Mid-Year Event on Thursday, Feb. 22.

"Networking For Women Lawyers, by Women Lawyers" begins at 5 p.m. at The CLE Learning Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, between 13th and Juniper streets, opposite City Hall. The program begins with a panel discussion with Cathy Fleming, president of the National Association of Women Lawyers; Robyn Pollack, chair of the women's networking arm of the Philadelphia Chapter of TMA; Sherry Lowe; Alison Stein, founder and current board chair of the Younger Women's Task Force; and Deborah Epstein Henry, event moderator and Founder and President of Flex-Time Lawyers LLC.

The reception begins at 6:30 p.m. There is no charge for this event. Registration is on a first come, first serve basis. Registration is limited to 125. Registrations will not be accepted by phone. Click here to print out a registration form.

Mediation Director to Address ADR Committee Feb. 26

P. Douglas Sisk, director of the Pennsylvania Superior Court Mediation Program, will be the featured speaker at the Monday, Feb. 26 meeting of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee.

The Superior Court has established an appellate mediation program to provide litigants with a prompt, effective, alternative means of creatively resolving disputes. The program is up and running and initially applies to civil appeals from the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The mediation process will occur on a fast-track basis during the pre-briefing stage of appeal.

With the implementation of this program, the Superior Court joins numerous federal and state courts that have adopted mediation programs as successful tools for case management. Sisk is an experienced attorney with extensive appellate and mediation experience and developed a similar program for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. As the program director, Sisk will select and mediate Eastern District appeals that are appropriate for alternate dispute resolution. Find out how to take advantage of this new program and how it operates.

The meeting begins at 12:15 p.m. in the 11th Floor Committee Room South 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.

Minority Lawyers Roundtable Discussion Feb. 22

The Minorities in the Profession Committee will hold a roundtable discussion program on Thursday, Feb. 22 to outline goals, obstacles and issues for 2007.

Joining the discussion will be Reetu Dandora, president of the South Asian Bar Association; David Garnes, president of the Barristers' Association of Philadelphia; Maria Gonzalez-Calvet, president of the Hispanic Bar Association; and Grace Manno, president of the Asian American Bar Association of the Delaware Valley.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. There is no cost for lunch but an RSVP is requested. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Retirement Luncheon for Judges Rapoport, Angell, Smith

The Historical Society and the judges of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania will host a retirement luncheon in honor of Judges Arnold C. Rapoport, M. Faith Angell and Charles B. Smith on Thursday, Feb. 15.

The luncheon will be held at The Downtown Club, 6th and Chestnut Streets, beginning at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 per person and should be made payable to:
Historical Society of the U.S. District Court; P.O. Box 53357, Philadelphia, PA 19105. The favor of your response is requested by Feb. 12.

CLE Seminars Available for Pro Bono Work

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. For more information, please contact David 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.

Marutani Fellowship Applications Being Accepted

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation is now accepting applications from Asian-American first-year law students for the Judge William Marutani Fellowship.

The Fellowship was established by the Asian American Bar Association of the Delaware Valley in conjunction with the Philadelphia Bar Foundation to honor the legacy of Judge Marutani, a distinguished member of the judiciary who served the Asian-American community and the community at large for many years.

The Fellowship recipient will receive a stipend not to exceed $5,000 (depending on sources of funding other than the Marutani Fellowship) for full-time summer employment (of at least 10 weeks) with federal, state or municipal government offices/agencies (including the judiciary) or non-profit/public interest organizations in the greater Philadelphia area. The Fellowship is available to Asian-American first-year law students attending Dickinson School of Law, Rutgers-Camden University School of Law, Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law, University of Pennsylvania School of Law, Villanova University School of Law, Drexel University College of Law and Widener University School of Law.

Click here for copies of the application form and eligibility guidelines. Applications must be postmarked by Feb. 28 or received at the Philadelphia Bar Foundation office (1101 Market St., 11th floor, Philadelphia PA 19107) by 5 p.m. on that date.

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.

WHYY 91FM Seeks Phone Drive Volunteers

WHYY's 91FM on-air membership drive runs from Friday, Feb 2 through Friday, Feb. 9. They are looking for volunteers to commit to a two-to three-hour shift on the phones in these time slots. Volunteers can determine their beginning and ending times:

Friday, Feb. 2, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 3 - 8 p.m.; Monday, Feb. 5, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.; Tuesday, Feb. 6, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 3 - 8 p.m.; Wed. Feb. 7, 6 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 3 - 8 p.m.; Thursday, Feb. 8, 6 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 3 - 8 p.m.; Friday, Feb. 9, 12 - 3 p.m.

Each volunteer will enter data using a headphone and computer. To volunteer, contact Sandra W. Chatfield, WHYY Community Relations Manager at (215) 351-1261 or by e-mail at schatfield@whyy.org.

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AABADV Lunar New Year Banquet Feb. 23

The Asian American Bar Association of the Delaware Valley will hold its Lunar New Year Banquet, celebrating the Chinese New Year, on Friday, Feb. 23 beginning at 5 p.m. at H.K. Golden Phoenix Restaurant, 911 Race St.

In addition to a dinner including several courses of meat, seafood and vegetarian dishes, the banquet will also feature a traditional Lion Dance performance by the Philadelphia Suns.

Tickets for the banquet are $30 for members who are current with their dues by the time of the banquet; $35 for non-members; $10 for children; and $15 for law students APALSA members.

To RSVP, contact Catherine P.Y. Siu, The Benjamin Franklin, 834 Chestnut St., Suite 206, Philadelphia, PA 19107. Make checks payable to AABADV. Click here for additional information.

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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