Monday, Feb. 6, 2006
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 7, No. 6
 

NPR's Mara Liasson to Speak at March 23 Quarterly

Mara Liasson, the national political correspondent for National Public Radio, will be the keynote speaker at the Association's March 23 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon.

Liasson's reports can be heard regularly on NPR's award-winning newsmagazine "All Things Considered" and "Morning Edition." She provides extensive coverage of politics and policy from Washington, D.C., focusing on the White House and Congress. Liasson also reports on political trends beyond the Beltway. During her tenure she has covered the 1992, 1996 and 2000 presidential elections. Prior to her current assignment, Liasson was NPR's White House correspondent for all eight years of the Clinton administration. She has won the White House Correspondent Association’s Merriman Smith Award for daily news coverage in 1994, 1995, and again in 1997. From 1989 to 1992, Liasson was NPR's congressional correspondent.

Immediate-Past Chancellor Andrew A. Chirls will be honored by the Association at the event, which begins at 12 p.m. in the Main Ballroom at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue, Broad and Walnut Streets. Tickets are $50 for Association members and $55 for non-members and can be purchased online by clicking here.

YLD Annual Meeting Feb. 22 at Loews Hotel

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.

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.

This free program is open to all Bar Association members. To register for this program, contact The Training Resource Group at (215) 320-4650. The program will be held from 8:30 to 11 a.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St.

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.

E-Discovery on Family Law Section Agenda Feb. 6

Dorothy M. Bollinger and Sandy Goldstein will discuss "E-Discovery...How to Get It and How to Use It" at the Monday, Feb. 6 meeting of the Family Law Section.

Bollinger and Goldstein will discuss how to update discovery requests to get what you need, tips to retrieve information from the home computer and search the Internet and understand how to use e-discovery in court.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Judges to Address Federal Courts Committee Feb. 15

U.S. District Court Judges John R. Padova and Juan R. Sanchez will discuss stipulated protective orders and confidentiality agreements at the Wednesday, Feb. 15 meeting of the Federal Courts Committee.

The judges will be joined by Anthony J. Bolognese and Nancy J. Gelman. The meeting begins at 12:30 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.

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.

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.

Minority Bar Brainstorming Session Feb. 27

The Miniorities in the Profession Committee will hold a brainstorming session to discuss goals, obstacles and issues for 2006 with representatives of minority bar associations on Monday, Feb. 27.

Guests at the meeting will include Jefferie Garcia, president, Hispanic Bar Association; David Garnes, president-elect, Barristers Association of Philadelphia; Grace Manno, president-elect, Asian-American Bar Association of the Delaware Valley; and Bharati Sharma, president, South Asian Bar Association.

Lunch will be provided at no cost. Click here to RSVP for this meeting.
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Reception for International L.L.M. Students Feb. 21

The International Law Committee will hold a reception for International L.L.M. students on Tuesday, Feb. 21 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the offices of Duane Morris, 30 S. 17th St.

The event is free to members of the Bar Association, but RSVP is required. To RSVP, contact Gene Burd at gburd@mslaw.cc.

YLD Happy Hour Feb. 23 at Barristers Bar

The Young Lawyers Division will host a February happy hour with the Barristers' Association on Thursday, Feb. 23, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Barristers Bar, 1823 Sansom St.

The first 100 people to arrive will receive a free drink ticket. A free buffet will be available from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., with any additional appetizers being offered from half-off. Drink specials will include $3 drafts, $3 well-drinks, $4 cosmopolitans, and $4 apple martinis. All Young Lawyers and their colleagues are invited to attend. This happy hour is being sponsored by Trial Graphix.

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.

Funding Regulations for Nonprofits Feb. 10

The Delivery of Legal Services Committee will co-sponsor the CLE program, "Overview of Fundraising Regulations and Other Hot Topics for Nonprofits" on Friday, Feb. 10 at PBI's CLE Conference Center, Wanamaker Building, 10th Floor, Suite 1010, from 12:30 p.m. to 3:45 p. m.

Faculty include Professors Louis J. Rulli and Dina Schlossberg, University of Pennsylvania Law School; Karl Emerson, director, Bureau of Charitable Organizations, Harrisburg; and Donald Kramer, Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP. Registration and lunch begin at 11:45 a.m. Three substantive CLE credits are available. To register, call (800) 247-4724 or click here to register online.

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. 7
David Binder on Pennsylvania Evidence
3 substantive CLE credits
8:30 to 11:45 a.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 8
Strategies in Drafting and Opposing Petitions for Discretionary Appellate Review
Philadelphia Bar Association
1 substantive CLE credit
12 to 1 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 9
Beyond Criminal Convictions: Pointers on Collateral Consequences and Alternative Dispositions
3 substantive CLE credits
12:30 to 3:45 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 10
Overview of Fundraising Regulations and Other Hot Topics for Nonprofits
3 substantive CLE credits
12:30 to 3:45 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 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.