Monday, Feb. 9, 2009
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 10, No. 11
 

President Judge to Address State Civil Section March 4

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas President Judge Pamela Pryor Dembe will discuss the financial challenges facing the First Judicial District, the e-filing Initiative and reinvigorating the mass torts program at the Wednesday, March 4 quarterly meeting of the State Civil Litigation 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 $8 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Matthews is Keynote Speaker at YLD Annual Meeting

The Young Lawyers Division invites Bar members to its annual meeting on Monday, Feb. 23 at the Westin Philadelphia. Political commentator Chris Matthews of MSNBC's "Hardball" will give the keynote remarks and YLD Chair Brian Chacker will outline his plans for 2009. Click here to order tickets for the event.

The YLD will also present its annual awards at the event. The Craig M. Perry Award will be presented to Nikki Johnson-Huston, an assistant city solicitor with the City of Philadelphia Law Department. The 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.

The Sean Peretta Award will be presented to co-recipients, Stella Tsai, a partner with Archer & Greiner, P.C. and Robert S. Tintner, a partner with Fox Rothschild LLP. The Peretta Award is given annually to a member of the legal community who exhibits exceptional community service.

The YLD Vision Award will be presented to Kroll, the world's leading risk consulting company. The award is presented annually to an organization – whether law firm, business corporation, non profit, or other group – that has provided outstanding support to the YLD in the fulfillment of its mission: to promote and preserve the interests of young lawyers, improve the quality of the legal system, provide a forum for the exchange of views among young lawyers, encourage the professional development of young lawyers through educational and service programs, participate in the growth and advancement of the legal profession, and encourage young lawyers to represent deserving clients on a pro bono basis.

The YLD Annual meeting begins at 12 p.m. at the Westin Philadelphia, 99 S. 17th St. Tickets are $35 for YLD members, $50 for members of the Association and $55 for non-members. Click here to purchase tickets for this event.

Arianna Huffington to Address Bar Members April 1

Political commentator Arianna Huffington, co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, will be the keynote speaker at the Association's Wednesday, April 1 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon at 12 p.m. at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue.

Immediate-Past Chancellor A. Michael Pratt will be honored at the event. Pratt 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."

Huffington is also a nationally syndicated columnist, and author of 12 books. She is also co-host of "Left, Right & Center," public radio's popular political roundtable program. She launched The Huffington Post in May 2005, and the news and blog site has become one of the most widely read, linked to, and frequently cited media brands on the Internet.

Tickets are $55 for members and $60 for non-members and can be purchased online at by clicking here.

Women's Rights Committee Seeks Input on Programs

The Women's Rights Committee will discuss its goals for the year, including the topics for future meetings at its Monday, Feb. 9 meeting.

The committee is considering a panel presentation on Ledbetter and the New Fair Pay Act of 200 as well as a program about women and economic security in these economically troubled times, focusing on low-income women. A pro bono initiative may also be considered. 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 those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Informal Admonition Re-enactment CLE Feb. 10

Hope A. Comisky, Barbara S. Rosenberg, and Paul J. Kazaras will present the CLE program "A Re-enactment of an Informal Admonition" at the Tuesday, Feb. 10 meeting of the Professional Responsibility Committee.

Rosenberg, a former disciplinary counsel for the Disciplinary Board of Pennsylvania and current co-chair of the Professional Responsibility Committee, will lead a discussion of the facts and circumstances that have resulted in an attorney receiving an informal admonition (facts and the rule violations involved). Comisky, partner and professional responsibility counsel at Pepper Hamilton LLP and current co-chair of the Professional Responsibility Committee, will join with Kazaras in a re-enactment of the rendering of an informal admonition.

The program has been approved for 1 ethics CLE credit. Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay a fee of $25 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years, and $20 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. If you wish to register in advance please visit pbi.org or call PBI Customer Service at 1-800-932-4637. Lunch is available for an additional $8. Click here to purchase lunch for this program.

Judge Moss on Arbitration Appeal Changes Feb. 10

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Sandra Mazer Moss will discuss upcoming changes to the Arbitration Appeal Program at the Tuesday, Feb. 10 meeting of the Compulsory Arbitration Committee.

Judge Moss is the new team leader of the complex litigation program. Also at this meeting Carl H. Delacato, Jr., Gibbons P.C., will be discussing
partnering with area law schools to introduce the arbitration program.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th Floor Committee Room South of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Judge Lally-Green on Children's Fast Track Rules Feb. 11

Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge Maureen E. Lally-Green and other members of the Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee will discuss the new and comprehensive set of rule changes to expedite children's cases involving dependency, custody, adoption, termination of parental rights and paternity at the Wednesday, Feb. 11 meeting of the Family Law Section.

Panelists will also include Frederick Frank, co-chair of Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee and Scott R. Withers, deputy legal counsel to Appellate Court Procedural Rules 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 for members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

LinkedIn as a Resource at Women in IP Meeting Feb. 11

The Women in IP Committee will discuss the many ways in which the professional networking site LinkedIn can be leveraged as a resource at its Wednesday, Feb. 11 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 those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Helping Real Estate Clients Do Business in City Feb. 13

Fran Burns, commissioner of the Department of Licenses and Inspections, will be among the speakers when the Zoning, Land Use and Code Enforcement Committee discusses helping real estate clients do business in Philadelphia at its Friday, Feb. 13 meeting.

Burns will be joined by Brian Flannigan, deputy chief of staff to the deputy mayor for planning and economic development and Andrew Ross, Chief Deputy City Solicitor, Housing and Code Enforcement. 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 those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Learn How to Become a Media Resource Feb. 23

The Bar-News Media Committee present "Meet the Legal Media: How to Be a Great Resource" on Monday, Feb. 23 at 12 p.m..

The media panel will feature Jeff Blumenthal of the Philadelphia Business Journal; Mike Dunn of KYW Newsradio 1060; Lu Ann Cahn, investigative reporter at NBC10; and Hank Grezlak of The Legal Intelligencer. Gina F. Rubel, chair of the Bar-News Media Committee, will moderate. 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 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Reception for Young Tax Lawyers Feb. 26

A cocktail reception for the young lawyers of the Association's Tax Section will be held Thursday, Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. at the offices of Pepper Hamilton LLP, 3000 Two Logan Square.

Come mingle with young tax lawyers from the Philadelphia area while enjoying refreshments and appetizers. Additionally, there will be a brief presentation regarding the activities of the Young Lawyers Division and how you can get involved.

Please RSVP to Kate Haeffner by e-mailing haeffnec@pepperlaw.com or calling 215-981-4042.

Self Defense CLE Feb. 27

The Young Lawyers Division, Criminal Justice Section, LGBT Rights Committee and Women in the Profession Committee will present the lunchtime CLE program “Self Defense: Defending Your Person and Your Property Under the Law” on Friday, Feb. 27.

This Self Defense CLE will teach attendees the legal and real aspects of protecting yourself, including what Pennsylvania law allows, what self-defense is designed to accomplish, and what is “too far” when defending yourself. Immediately following the CLE program, please stay for an actual self-defense demonstration and learn valuable self-defense techniques to defend yourself in common situations.

The program begins at 12 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, 13th and Market streets. Lunch and registration begin at 11:30 a.m. Click here to register for this program.

Justinian Society to Honor Chancellor Ladov Feb. 19

The Justinian Society of Philadelphia will honor Bar Association Chancellor Sayde J. Ladov at a luncheon on Thursday, Feb. 19 at the Union League of Philadelphia, 140 S. Broad St.

The event begins with a reception at 11:30 a.m., followed by a luncheon at 12 p.m. To register for the event, please contact The Justinian Society at 215-545-0706 or e-mail justinian-uta@att.net or visit the Justinian Society Web site at justinian.org. Ticket prices are $50 per person for members and $60 per person for non-members. A table of 10 is $450 for Justinian members and $550 for non-members.

Coaches, Judges Needed for Mock Trial Competition

Volunteer scoring and presiding judges are needed for the 2009 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 through Feb. 28. 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.

Sandra Day O'Connor Award Nominees Sought

The Women in the Profession Committee is seeking nominations for the 2009 Sandra Day O'Connor Award. Deadline for nominations is Tuesday, March 17.

The award is conferred annually on a woman attorney who has demonstrated superior legal talent, achieved significant legal accomplishments and has furthered the advancement of women in both the profession and the community. The award presentation will be made during the October Quarterly Meeting.

The committee established the award in 1993 to recognize the important contributions that women attorneys in Philadelphia have made to the legal profession. That year, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor presented the first award to U.S. District Court Senior Judge Norma L. Shapiro. The award has since been presented to the late Juanita Kidd Stout, former justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court; Deborah R. Willig, first woman Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association; Professor Marina Angel, of the Temple University Beasley School of Law faculty; Third Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Dolores K. Sloviter (former Chief Judge); U.S. District Court Judge Anita B. Brody; Leslie Anne Miller, first woman president of the Pennsylvania Bar Association; Lila G. Roomberg of Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP; the late Judge Judith J. Jamison; Ellen T. Greenlee, chief defender of the Defender Association of Philadelphia; former Chancellor Audrey C. Talley; U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Marjorie O. Rendell; Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge Phyllis W. Beck; Roberta D. Pichini, Lynn A. Marks and Roberta D. Liebenberg.

Click here to download a nomination form.

February is Lawyers Month at Morton's

Located at 1411 Walnut St. in Center City, Morton's hosts "Lawyers Month at Morton's" in February in partnership with the Philadelphia Bar Foundation.

Throughout the month of February, Morton's is donating to the Philadelphia Bar Foundation a portion of sales from diners who mention the Philadelphia Bar Foundation or the Philadelphia Bar Association. Do a good deed while you dine!

Get Admitted to U.S. Supreme Court May 4

The Philadelphia Bar Association will move up to 50 of our members for admission to the Bar of the United States Supreme Court on Monday, May 4. The admission ceremony will be made to the full court sitting in Washington, D.C.

The court's requirements for a group admission ceremony are very rigid. To review these requirements and to download the forms for admission please visit the Supreme Court's web site at supremecourtus.gov. Select the Bar Admissions tab on the left-hand side and this will bring you to the link for the Bar Admissions Form and Bar Admissions Instructions. Please read the instructions carefully. Once you have determined that you are eligible for admission, please print out and complete the Admission Form. The instructions and guidelines are very specific and must be followed scrupulously. Do not fold the application or use staples. Use paper clips only.

Once you have successfully completed the Admission Form, please mail it along with a check for $200 made payable to the Philadelphia Bar Association to: Dawn Petit, 1101 Market Street, 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107. Do not send the application directly to the Supreme Court.

The event will be on a first-come, first-served basis and all applications must be received by 5 p.m. on Monday, March 16, 2009.

If you have any questions regarding this event, please do not hesitate to contact Dawn Petit at 215-238-6367 or dpetit@philabar.org.

LMA Program on Client Feedback and Results Feb. 19

Every law firm makes claims of excellent client service on web sites, brochures and proposals, but few measure their performance against client opinions. Firms willing to invest time and resources in an effective client feedback program have a powerful tool for demonstrating their commitment to client service and delivering on it.

On Thursday, Feb. 19, the Legal Marketing Association – Metropolitan Philadelphia Chapter will host "Establishing a Client Feedback Program that Delivers Quantifiable Results" an interactive program that will provide practical tips for starting an effective client feedback program that will deliver measurable results. The speakers will be Laura A. Meherg, founder and partner, and Nancy Mangan, senior consultant and client growth specialist of The Wicker Park Group, an organization that assists firms with the development of effective client service interviews and client growth programs.

Sponsored by Kelly + Partners, Inc., the program will be held from 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. at The Union League of Philadelphia, 140 S. Broad St.. The cost of attending the event is $10 for members of the LMA and $25 for non-members. If you are interested in attending, please contact Shellee E. Buchanan, Esq. at (215) 864-8755, or Buchanans@ballardspahr.com, or register online at legalmarketing.org/metrophilly.

Public Interest Training Sessions Set

The Education Law Center will present the CLE program "Education Law: School Discipline" on Friday, Feb. 6 from 12 to 2 p.m. at Dechert LLP, 2929 Arch St. Two free CLE credits are available in exchange for handling a pro bono case referred by ELC. To register, contact Carol O'Brien at 215-994-2181 or by e-mail at carol.obrien@dechert.com.

The Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center will present the pro bono CLE training program, "Afraid to Return: Applying for Fear-Based Relief in Immigration Court," on Tuesday, Feb. 10, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Gibbel Kraybill & Hess LLP, 41 E. Orange St., Lancaster, Pa. This program is free in exchange for taking a pro bono case referred by PIRC in 2009, and anticipates providing 3 CLE credits (attorneys applying for CLE credit will have to pay $4.50 charge for CLE application). Space is limited and pre-registration is required. To register, please contact Maria McCollum at 717-600-8099, ext. 206, or mmccollum@pirclaw.org.

Philadelphia VIP and the SeniorLAW Center will present a pro bono CLE training program on custody, on Friday, Feb. 13, from 12 to 2:15 p.m., at Fox Rothschild LLP, 2000 Market St., 10th Floor. Two CLE credits will be provided in exchange for handling a pro bono case referred by VIP. To register, please call VIP at 215-523-9550.

HIAS and Council, Nationalities Services Center, Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition and The American Immigration Lawyers Association will present a free training program in citizenship procedure for attorneys from on Friday, Feb. 27 from 12 to 2 p.m., at HIAS and Council, 2100 Arch St., Philadelphia. Trained attorneys will provide pro bono assistance to low income immigrants applying for citizenship on 2009 Citizenship Day, a national event that will be held in Philadelphia and State College on Saturday, April 18, and in Allentown on Sunday, April 19. To register, contact Jamie Johns at hiascitizenship@gmail.com or 215-832-0922.

Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network will present the CLE training program, "Avoiding Foreclosure: Helping Families Keep Their Homes," on Monday, March 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., via live simulcast at The CLE Conference Center o n the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building. Six substantive CLE credits available free for all PLAN staff and pro bono attorneys who agree to accept two cases. Registration for others is $125. To register, contact Fran Weisinger at fweisinger@palegalaid.net or 1-800-322-7572., ext. 207, by Feb. 26.

Philadelphia VIP will present a pro bono CLE training program on quiet title on Friday, March 6, from 12 to 2:15 p.m., at Reed Smith, 2500 One Liberty Place, 1650 Market St. Two CLE credits will be provided in exchange for handling a pro bono case referred by VIP. To register, please call VIP at 215-523-9550.

Philadelphia VIP will present a pro bono CLE training program on divorce on Friday, April 3, from 12 to 2:15 p.m., at Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP, One Penn Center, 19th Floor, 1617 John F. Kennedy Blvd. Two CLE credits will be provided in exchange for handling a pro bono case referred by VIP. To register, please call VIP at 215-523-9550.

Support Center for Child Advocates will present the pro bono training program "How to Handle A Child Abuse Case," from on Monday, April 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building. Five substantive CLE credits and one ethics CLE credits provided. To register, contact PBI at 1-800-247-4724.

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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. 10
Drafting Marital Settlement Agreements
6 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 11
Auto Law Potpourri
3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Simulcast – PLI – Doing Business in India 2009: Critical Legal Issues for U.S. Companies
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 12
Using Letters of Intent in Business Acquisitions
3 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Earn as many as 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.

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