Monday, Feb. 19, 2007
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 8, No. 15
 

Oscar-Winner Richard Dreyfuss to Speak March 26

Oscar-winning actor and social activist Richard Dreyfuss will be the keynote speaker at the Association's Monday, 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.

Immediate-Past Chancellor Alan M. Feldman will be honored at the event. Feldman will be presented with a gold snuff 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."

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 to Thomas A. Spratt Jr; the YLD Vision Award to LexisNexis; and the F. Sean Peretta Service Award to Immediate-Past Chancellor Alan M. Feldman 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.

Mayoral Issues on City Policy Committee Agenda

The City Policy Committee will discuss important issues the Bar Association should ask mayoral candidates at its Tuesday, Feb. 20 meeting.

The committee will also discuss proposed campaign finance legislation; a resolution from the Public Interest Section requesting a charter change that would make the Police Advisory Commission a permanent agency; and how the bar can assist with city employment issues.

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.

Workers' Comp CLE on Medical Set-Asides Feb. 21

Benjamin M. Batista and Travis W. Smith will present the CLE program "Medical Set-Asides: Find Out the Who, What, When and How of Set-Asides, with Case Law Updates" at the Wednesday, Feb. 21 meeting of the Workers' Compensation Section.

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 $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 call PBI Customer Service at 1-800-932-4637.

Lunch will be available for $7.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here to purchase lunch for this program.

Class Certifications Standards and Procedure Feb. 21

U.S. District Court Judge Mary McLaughlin and Anthony J. Bolognese will discuss class certification standards and procedure at the Wednesday, Feb. 21 meeting of the Federal Courts Committee.

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.

Minority Lawyers Roundtable Discussion Feb. 22

The Minorities in the Profession Committee will hold a roundtable discussion program 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.

Women's Networking Event Feb. 22

The Women in the Profession Committee will co-sponsor 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 the Turnaround Management Association; 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-served basis. Registration is limited to 125. Registrations will not be accepted by phone. Click here to print out a registration form.

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.

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.

Judicial Tips for Effective Advocacy Feb. 27

A panel of three judges will offer "Judicial Tips for Effective Advocacy" at the Tuesday, Feb. 27 meeting of the Women in the Profession Committee.

U.S. District Court Judge Cynthia Rufe, U.S. Magistrate Judge Linda K. Caracappa and Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Marlene F. Lachman will be the panelists for the program, which will be moderated by committee co-chairs Roberta D. Liebenberg and Maria Feeley.

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.

Client Development Workshop Feb. 28

Chuck Polin of The Training Resource Group will present a rainmaking workshop for attorneys looking to improve their client development skills on Wednesday, Feb. 28.

Polin will present an overview of a consultative approach to client development at the program, which will be held from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St.

To RSVP for this program, call The Training Resource Group at (215) 320-4652 or e-mail helene@trainingresourcegroup.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 nonprofit/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., Philadelphia PA 19107) by 5 p.m. on that date.

YLD Happy Hour March 1 at North Bar & Lounge

The Young Lawyers Division will hold a Happy Hour on Thursday, March 1, from 6 to 8 p.m. at North Bar & Lounge, 222 South St.

The first 45 people to arrive will receive free drink tickets. People who bring their taxi or parking receipts will also receive a free drink. There will also be drink specials and complimentary hors d'oeuvres. No RSVP is required. This event is sponsored by Trial Graphix.

President Judge Jones to Discuss State of Court March 7

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas President Judge C. Darnell Jones II will discuss the state of the First Judicial District at the quarterly meeting of the State Civil Litigation Section on Wednesday, March 7.

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.

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 to 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.

Order Your Copy of The Legal Directory 2007

The Legal Directory 2007 will be available in early April, and you won't want to miss the newest, most comprehensive resource for the Philadelphia-area legal community. This is your last chance to order your copy at a special pre-publication price.

This year's edition includes listings for more than 1,600 law firms and nearly 18,000 attorneys in Philadelphia and the surrounding Pennsylvania counties, Delaware and New Jersey.

But The Legal Directory 2007 also includes all the indispensable information you've come to rely upon - Bar Association bylaws, contacts and committees; information on federal, state and county courts and government agencies; a judges index; corporate counsel listings; alternative dispute resolution resources; and a special business-to-business section tailored to the legal community.

Once again this year, each copy of The Legal Directory will include complimentary access to The Legal Directory Online. So the information you need will be only a few mouse clicks away. Online firm and attorney listings are updated throughout the year, so you'll always have access to the most up-to-date addresses and phone numbers.

Order The Legal Directory 2007 now for the discounted pre-publication price of $57.95 (plus shipping and tax). Order today at thelegaldirectory.org.

Mechanic's Liens in Pennsylvania - An Update

Even experienced practitioners will want to attend PBI's "Mechanic's Liens in Pennsylvania - An Update" which will highlight important changes due to the Amendments to the Mechanic's Liens Law of Pennsylvania signed into law last year. This 3 substantive/1 ethics credit hour program will be held in Philadelphia on Friday, March 2, at The CLE Conference Center, on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Juniper Street entrance (between 13th and Broad streets, opposite City Hall), from 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. For additional 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.

Thursday, Feb. 22
Fire-At Will: Wrongful Termination in PA
3 substantive CLE credits
12:30 to 3:45 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 23
Prisoner Civil Rights Litigation
2.5 substantive, .5 ethics CLE credits (Must attend entire program to receive the ethics credit)
9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The Profitable Personal Injury Practice: Knowing When to Take, Reject or Refer a Case and Your Ethical Obligations to Clients
3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits (Must attend entire program to receive the ethics credit)
12 to 4:15 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 27
8th Annual Estate & Elder Law Symposium
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits (Must attend entire program to receive the ethics credit)
8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 28
20th Annual Civil Litigation Update
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credit
9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Thursday, March 1
ADR Institute
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Friday, March 2
Mechanics Liens – New Amendments
3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Monday, March 5
Power of Attorney and Healthcare Directives - 2007
2 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits (Must attend entire program to receive the ethics credit)
9 a.m. to 12:15 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 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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