Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 10, No. 12
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Career Development Committee
to Hold Inaugural Meeting Feb. 18

In order to address the career and client development needs of attorneys coping with a challenging economic environment, the Philadelphia Bar Association is launching a comprehensive initiative to help attorneys explore opportunities, provide tools to generate additional business and gain greater control over their careers. The cornerstone of this initiative is the creation of the new Attorney Career Development Committee...READ MORE
 

New Career Development Committee to Meet Feb. 18

In order to address the career and client development needs of attorneys coping with a challenging economic environment, the Philadelphia Bar Association is launching a comprehensive initiative to help attorneys explore opportunities, provide tools to generate additional business and gain greater control over their careers. The cornerstone of this initiative is the creation of the new Attorney Career Development Committee.

Chaired by Arthur Bousel, Esq., a well-known legal career coach and expert speaker on “Best Practices” in building a network, developing business and finding the right fit for a career, the Committee will bring together attorneys from all areas of practice and phases of their careers to collaborate on developing new business or career opportunities. Committee initiatives will include:

• Expert panels and speakers offered on a regular and on-going basis to address the most pressing career and business development issues facing attorneys.

• An annual career enhancement event bringing together leaders from Philadelphia’s legal and business community to share “best practice” recommendations for identifying and achieving career and business development goals.

• One-on-one coaching is provided to keep members on track in reaching their career and client development goals. Coaching is available for Association members at a significantly discounted rate by Bousel. Sessions focus on pragmatic action steps that tap into a client’s natural and learned abilities, yielding practical results.

Committee meetings will focus on key issues, such as making connections to achieve career success, developing a value proposition, overcoming employment gaps or using individual strengths to obtain alternative careers.

Attorneys interested in joining this committee should contact Andrea Morris, membership coordinator, at amorris@philabar.org or by calling 215-238-6313.

The first meeting of the Committee will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 18 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 the Feb. 18 meeting. Thereafter, Committee meetings will be held the fourth Wednesday of every month.

For information about one-on-one coaching and availability of coaching appointments, contact Bousel directly at abousel@law2law.com. Specify you are requesting a Philadelphia Bar Association appointment.

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.

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.

Workers' Comp Lunchtime CLE Feb. 18

The Workers' Compensation Section will present the lunchtime CLE "Trying the Occupational Disease Case – Pitfalls, Pratfalls, Problems and Solutions" on Wednesday, Feb. 18.

Panelists for the program will be Jeffrey S. Gross and Michael D. Schaff. Hear from experienced attorneys who have successfully handled these complex cases as they explain the intricacies of the law, problems to avoid and techniques to provide a win for your client.

The program has been approved for 1.0 substantive 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 will be available for an additional $8 for those members who register in advance. Click here to purchase lunch for this program.

Learn Ins and Outs of E-Filing Feb. 19

The Law Practice Management Division Technology Committee and the Philadelphia Chapter of the ALA will hold a roundtable discussion on the ins and outs of e-filing at a Thursday, Feb. 19 program.

Panelists for the program include Harold Palmer, senior system analyst, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas; Deborah Dailey, deputy prothonotary, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas; Daniel Siegel, The Law Office of Daniel Siegel and co-chair, Technology Committee; Susan Cioeta, training manager, Post & Schell, P.C.; Fran Bisicchia, court filing coordinator, Drinker, Biddle & Reath LLP; and Derek Veitro, account manager, American Express.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is sponsored by Reliable. 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.

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.

Learn the Basics of Self Defense, Get CLE Credit

The Young Lawyers Division, Criminal Justice Section, LGBT Rights Committee, Women's 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.

Probate and Trust Quarterly Meeting March 3

The Probate and Trust Law Section will hold its March Quarterly Meeting "The Allure of the Non-Judicial Settlement Agreement — an Appropriate Alternative to Going to Court?" on Tuesday, March 3.

Faculty for the program includes Karen A. Fahrner, COO, CFO, SVP, Wealth Management Division, The Bryn Mawr Trust Company, along with Matthew Giuliano and Melissa M. Grossman of Dechert, LLP.

Registration and lunch begin at 11:45 a.m. The CLE program begins at 12:30 p.m. The program will be held at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, 13th and Market streets. Visit pbi.org to register for this program.

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.

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.

Volunteers 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. 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

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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