Monday, Feb. 13, 2006
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 7, No. 7
 

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.

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 Correspondents 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.

Also, 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.

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 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.

Workers' Comp Medicare/Medicaid Program Feb. 15

Robert Clark of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Philadelphia Regional Office, will discuss the new Medicare regulations at the Wednesday, Feb. 15 meeting of the Workers' Compensation Section.

Robert Clark will answer questions and provide valuable information to Workers' Compensation practitioners about policies requiring the inclusion of prescription drugs that Medicare will cover in Workers' Compensation Medicare Set-Aside Trusts. The program has been approved for 1 substantive CLE credit.

This lunchtime CLE seminar begins at 12:30 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch and registration begins at 12 p.m. 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 www.pbi.org or call PBI Customer Service at 1-800-932-4637. Lunch will be available for an additional fee of $7.50 per person. Click here to purchase lunch for this event.

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.

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.

Come welcome more than 40 foreign lawyers, diplomats, judges and students from Afghanistan, Albania, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Bolivia, P.R. China, Colombia, Cote D'Ivoire, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Germany, Ghana, India, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Liberia, Mali, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Poland, Peru, Russia, Slovakia, Sudan, Taiwan, Turkey, Trinidad & Tobago, and Ukraine to the Philadelphia legal community!

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.

Justinians to Honor Feldman, Cirucci Feb. 27

The Justinian Society will hold a luncheon in honor of Chancellor Alan M. Feldman and Daniel A. Cirucci, the Bar Association's former associate executive director of communications and public policy, on Monday, Feb. 27 at the Union League.

The event begins with a reception at 11:30 a.m. The luncheon begins at 12 p.m. Tickets to the event are $50 per person and $450 for a table of 10. For more information, contact The Justinian Society at (215) 545-0706 or visit justinian.org.

Program on Polish-Jewish Relations Feb. 27

The Louis D. Brandeis Law Society and the Jagiellonian Law Society will present a program on Polish-Jewish relations on Monday, Feb. 27 beginning at 5:15 p.m. at the Philopatrian Literary Institute, 1923 Walnut St.

The program, which has been submitted for one hour of ethics CLE credit, will feature speakers Rabbi Andrew Baker, director of International Jewish Affairs for the American Jewish Committee and the Rev. John T. Pawlikowski, professor of social ethics and director of the Catholic-Jewish Studies program at the Catholic Theological Union at the University of Chicago.

Special greetings at the event will be offered by Consul General Krzysztof Kasprzyk of the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in New York and Consul General Uriel Palti of the Consulate General of Israel in Philadelphia.

The event begins at 5:15 p.m. with cocktails and a buffet of traditional Polish and Israeli food. The program begins at 6 p.m. For additional information, visit www.jagiellonianlawsociety.org or www.brandeislawsociety.org.

Traffic Court Committee Under Consideration

The Association is considering re-creating its Traffic Court Committee. Anyone interested in joining the committee or serving as its chair should contact Areetha Carter at acarter@philabar.org.

Senior Lawyers Committee Forming

A new Senior Lawyers Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association is being formed, to be chaired by Louis W. Fryman, Chair Emeritus of Fox Rothschild LLP.

Individuals interested in serving on the committee should contact Ken Shear at kshear@philabar.org or call 215-238-6338. Individuals also can request membership in the new committee by completing the signup form on the Association's Web site by clicking here.

Probate and Trust Section Quarterly Meeting March 7

The Association's Probate and Trust Section will hold its Quarterly Meeting "Are Storm Clouds on the Charitable Horizon?" on Tuesday, March 7 at The CLE Conference Center in the Wanamaker Building.

The program will discuss pitfalls and opportunities related to the use of common charitable planning techniques during a period of heightened scrutiny by Congress and the Internal Revenue Service. The topics to be covered include:

- Analysis of proposals in Congress and elsewhere to tighten the rules on private foundations, donor-advised funds, supporting organizations and other charitable vehicles.

- The new Form 1023 (Application for Recognition of Exemption) and Form 990 (Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax) - valuable insight into the compensation and governance issues addressed by the recent changes to these forms.

- Conservation Easements - new IRS requirements for charitable gifts of conservation easements (including new Form 8323 and attachments), brief overview of conservation easements as estate planning tools and dicsussion of established elements required by the IRS to qualify for a charitable deduction (including easement purpose, prohibited uses and perpetual life).

The faculty includes Jaffray Louise Edens, senior planner, Environmental Management Center, Brandywine Conservancy, Inc.; Frederick J. Gerhart, partner with Dechert LLP; Kathy C. Mandelbaum, director of the Graduate Tax Program and associate professor of law at Temple University Beasley School of Law; and Eric J. Vieland, of cousel at Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP. The course planners are Paula M. Jones of McCarter & English LLP; Laura E. Stegossi of Blank Rome LLP, Judith B. Stein, vice president of Wilmington Trust Company; and Jeffrey C. Wolken, vice president of wealth advisory services at Wilmington Trust Company.

The program will be held at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building. Registration for this program begins at 11:45 a.m. The Section's Quarterly Meeting begins at 12:15 p.m. and the CLE program runs from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. and is worth 2 substantive CLE credits. To register for this program visit the Pennsylvania Bar Institute's Web site at www.pbi.org.

6ABC's Anita Brikman to Address Committees March 16

Anita Brikman, the medical reporter for WPVI 6ABC Action News, will be the guest speaker at the Thursday, March 16 joint meeting of the Medical-Legal and Bar-News Media Committees.

Brikman worked at television stations in Indiana and Ohio before joining Action News in 1994. Her "Health Check" segments have covered a variety of topics important to the health of individuals and families, including recent segments on avian flu, prescription drug recalls and mercury contamination in seafood. She traveled to Indonesia to chronicle relief efforts by local physicians following the devastating tsunami of December

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Visit philadelphiabar.org for more information.

Bankruptcy Committee Ethics Program March 2

The Business Law Section's Bankruptcy Committee is holding a bankruptcy ethics CLE, "Disclosure by Professionals Revisited," on Thursday, March 2.

This program will be taught by Michael Temin and includes one hour of CLE credit. The program will be held from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the offices of WolfBlock, 1650 Arch St., 26th Floor. Lunch will be provided and served from 12 to 12:30 p.m. This event, including lunch and the CLE credit, is complementary, and is limited to 50 attendees only. If you are interested in attending, you must RSVP to Donna Zeoli at dzeoli@wolfblock.com no later than Feb. 24.

For more information about the Bankruptcy Committee, please contact: Kevin Buraks, chairman, (215) 977-2473, or via e-mail at kburaks@wolfblock.com or Brad Sandler, vice chairman, (215) 569-5092 or via e-mail at bsandler@adelmanlaw.com.

Pa. Bar Presents Public Service Institute March 9

The Pennsylvania Bar Association will present the "Public Service Institute" on Thursday, March 9, at the Hilton Garden Inn, 1100 Arch St., Philadelphia, from 8:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event includes two CLE credits in ethics and a luncheon.

Pennsylvania first lady and 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Marjorie O. Rendell (left) is the keynote luncheon speaker. The day will begin with an opening plenary session at 9:15 a.m. featuring PBA President William Carlucci and Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor Alan Feldman. Two concurrent two-hour breakout CLE programs will follow, starting at 10 a.m. The programs will focus on public service for lawyers who are in different stages of their practices. The program will conclude with the luncheon featuring Judge Rendell. Visit www.pabar.org for more information.

The PBA cordially invites all legal services attorneys to attend the program and is offering a discounted registration fee of $40. The PBA is waiving the CLE fee. To register, call the PBA Meetings Department at 1-800-932-0311, ext. 2234, or click here to download the registration form.

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.

Program on Privacy and Security on Feb. 16

PBI's "Privacy and Security" will feature two attorneys, one from large firm and one in-house, covering topics such as an overview of privacy and security laws; consumer privacy and security; government enforcement; corporate liability; information security; technology and how attorneys can avoid some serious minefields in these areas of practice. This 4-hour program, including ethics, will be held on Feb. 16, at The CLE Conference Center in the Wanamaker Building from 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.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.

Wednesday, Feb. 15
Lessons From Tinseltown
4 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Managing the Corporate Legal Crisis
3 substantive CLE credits
8:30 to 11:45 a.m.

Hot Topics in Business Today
2 substantive CLE credits
12:30 to 2:45 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 16
Privacy and Security
3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 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.