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Feb. 24, 2011
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 12, No. 16
 

Sotomayor to Receive Diversity Honor; Event Sold Out

U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor will be presented with the Philadelphia Bar Association's newly renamed Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award at the Friday, March 11 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon. The event is completely sold out and the waiting list for tickets is full.

The change of the award's name, formerly known as the Chancellor's Diversity Award, "will add immeasurably to the prestige of the award and the incentive it will provide to make real progress throughout our legal community," Chancellor Rudolph Garcia said.

Justice Sotomayor was nominated to the Supreme Court by President Obama on May 26, 2009 and was sworn in to the nation's highest court on Aug. 8, 2009. The Bronx, N.Y. native and Yale Law School graduate was an assistant district attorney in New York City from 1979 to 1984. She worked in private practice from 1984 to 1992. She was nominated by President George H.W. Bush to the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York in 1991 and sat on that court from 1992 to 1998. Justice Sotomayor was a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit from 1998 to 2009. She was also a lecturer at Columbia University Law School and was also an adjunct professor at New York University Law School.

Also at the event, Immediate-Past Chancellor Scott F. Cooper 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."

The March 11 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon will be held at the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets, beginning at 12 p.m. Registration is closed for this event and the waiting list for tickets is full.

Bar Association Academy at African American Museum

The Philadelphia Bar Association Academy will present a behind-the-scenes tour of the African American Museum in Philadelphia on Wednesday, March 2.

Join us for an exclusive, after-hours tour as we celebrate the 35th anniversary of The African American Museum in Philadelphia - the first institution built by a major United States city to house and interpret the life and work of African Americans. At this unique wine-and-cheese event, you'll experience the richness and vibrancy of African American heritage and culture in four magnificent exhibition galleries filled with exciting history and fascinating art. The 35th anniversary celebration recently kicked off with an impactful new exhibition, "Patience to Raise the Sun: Art Quilts from Haiti & Their Power to Change Women's Lives." This powerful exhibition showcases a collection of 22 original art quilts and the unique collaboration that led to their creation.

The event, co-sponsored by the Diversity in the Profession Committee, will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at The African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch St. The cost is $20 per person. The event is open to members of the Philadelphia Bar Association only. To register, click here or visit baracademy.philadelphiabar.org. Registration is limited and required in advance.

The Philadelphia Bar Association Academy provides civic and cultural educational experiences that allow for enhanced business development opportunities to members of the Philadelphia Bar Association. Academy programs provide a unique entry to the city's most vibrant institutions and leaders, offering Association members behind-the-scenes access to these institutions in a manner designed to benefit all participants.

Federal Court CLE on Judicial Recusal Today

The Federal Courts Committee will present the CLE program "To Judge or Not To Judge: The Question of Judicial Recusal" today (Thursday, Feb. 24).

Panelists for the program include U.S. District Court Senior Judges Jan E. DuBois and Norma L. Shapiro and U.S. District Court Judge Gene E.K. Pratter. The moderator is Janet G. Perry, adjunct professor, University of Pennsylvania Law School.

The program begins at 12 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

Small Business Committee Planning Session Today

Do you represent small businesses in the areas of transactional law, litigation, real estate, intellectual property - or any other discipline? Can you share your insights with your fellow Philadelphia Bar Association colleagues? Do you hope to represent small businesses in these areas in the future?

The Business Law Section's Small Business Committee is holding a planning meeting today (Thursday, Feb. 24) at 12:30 p.m. in the 11th floor Committee Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register.

For more information about the committee, contact Chair Katayun I. Jaffari at 215-972-7161.

Bring Ideas to Municipal Court Committee Meeting

The Municipal Court Committee will hold its introductory meeting on Thursday, Feb. 24. Attendees are asked to bring one idea that would educate members of the Bar and the committee while appealing to a variety of practice areas.

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 $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to RSVP.

Women in Profession Committee Seeks Bloggers

The Women in the Profession Committee is looking for volunteers to contribute bi-weekly submissions to the Committee’s blog. From the professional to the personal, if you have something interesting to say then we want to hear from you. Topics can include but are not limited to practical advice in your practice area, tips for success, personal reflections, work/life balance, and entertainment.

Submissions can be short (250 words) and can be published anonymously. Submissions will be reviewed by the co-chairs prior to posting. Visit the Women in the Profession Committee blog by clicking here.

Probate Section CLE March 1

The Probate and Trust Law Section will present the CLE program "The Challenges of Representing a Client with Diminished Capacity" at its Tuesday, March 1 Quarterly Meeting.

Featured speakers are Paul C. Heintz, Sanford Lee Pfeffer and Kari L. Prior. The program begins at 12:30 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Check-in and lunch begin at 11:45 a.m. Click here to register online.

Human Trafficking Resolution on Committee Agenda

The Women's Rights Committee will discuss a resolution on human trafficking at its Tuesday, March 1 meeting.

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 members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register.

Couple to Discuss Deportation Fight March 4

Anton Tanumihardja and Brian Andersen are partners and residents of Philadelphia. Tanumihardja has been threatened with deportation. Because their relationship is not legally recognized, Andersen cannot legally sponsor Tanumihardja for citizenship the way he could if they were legally married.

Tanumihardja and Andersen will discuss their situation at a Friday, March 4 program sponsored by the Public Interest Section and Civil Rights Committee. The meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. in the 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Click here to register.

Workers' Comp Section CLE March 4

The Workers' Compensation Section will present the CLE program "The Complexities and Pitfalls of the NTCP and Notice Stopping" on Friday, March 4.

The course will provide an overview regarding the use of the Notice of Temporary Compensation Payable and the Notice Stopping Temporary Compensation forms. The speakers will explain the procedures for filing these forms and address their intended use. In addition, the implications of using the TNCP as opposed to an NCP as well as the ramifications of a Notice Stopping on the litigation of a claim will be discussed. Pertinent issues that arise when utilizing these forms will be discussed from the perspective of both sides of the argument as well as the bench. Speakers for the program are Judge Marc Harrison, Lenard A. Cohen and Robert W. Elias.

he 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. Click here to register for CLE credit. Interested parties not seeking CLE credit may attend and purchase lunch for the fee of $8. Click here to register for lunch.

President Judge Stevens on State of Court March 8

Pennsylvania Superior Court President Judge Correale F. Stevens will discuss the state of the court and his plans as president judge at the Thursday, March 8 meeting of the Appellate Courts Committee.

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 members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register.

Medicare/Medicaid Liens Program March 9

The State Civil Litigation Section will present "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Medicare Liens and Medicaid Liens but Continue to be Afraid to Ask" at its Wednesday, March 9 meeting.

Speakers for the program are Charles L. Becker, Will Shapiro and Glenn A. Rickett. 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 members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register for lunch.

Title Issues for Distressed Real Estate March 16

The Financing & Securitization of Real Estate Committee will discuss title issues for distressed real estate at its Wednesday, March 16 meeting.

David Feldman and Leonard Schatz of First American Title will discuss a variety of topics including receiverships, newly adopted title endorsements, the new ALTA survey standards and new deed-in-lieu requirements.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. at the offices of Greenberg Traurig, LLP, 2700 Two Commerce Square, 2001 Market St., 27th Floor. Please bring your lunch, Greenberg Traurig, LLP will provide beverages, chips and cookies. Please RSVP to Rachel Kipnes at KipnesR@gtlaw.com.

CLE on Using CaseMap March 17

Daniel J. Siegel will present "CaseMap 101 - Using CaseMap to Manage Your Litigation" at a Thursday, March 17 CLE program presented by the Law Practice Management Committee.

Based upon Siegel's new book, The Lawyer's Guide to LexisNexis CaseMap, this CLE program will feature tips regarding how lawyers can use this highly popular litigation tool to more efficiently and effectively analyze their cases (from arbitration matters to large, complex litigation). 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. Interested parties not seeking CLE credit, may attend and purchase lunch separately. Click here to register for CLE credit.

The program begins at 12:30 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register for lunch.

Former Political Prisoner to Speak March 22

Alicia Rodriguez, a Puerto Rican nationalist and former political prisoner, will discuss her arrest in 1980 and her federal trial for seditious conspiracy to overthrow the United States government which culminated in a sentence of 55 years at a March 22 program sponsored by the Civil Rights Committee, Women's Rights Committee, Criminal Justice Section, National Lawyers Guild and the Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania.

Throughout her trial, Alicia Rodriguez and other Armed Forces of National Liberation (FLAN) members declared themselves to be combatants and invoked prisoner of war status due to the unlawful occupation of the island of Puerto Rico. Rodriguez and 9 other prisoners were ultimately extended offers of clemency from President Clinton in 1999.

The program begins at 12:30 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register.

Feinberg to Speak at April 28 Chancellor's Forum

Kenneth R. Feinberg, President Obama's compensation chief and administrator of the federal 9/11 fund, which distributed nearly $7 billion to more than 5,000 survivors and families of victims as well as the gulf oil spill fund, will be the featured speaker at a Thursday, April 28 Chancellor's Forum presented by the Business Law Section. Click here to register.

The Chancellor's Forum will be held at the Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia, 10 Avenue of the Arts, at 12:30 p.m. Tickets for this plated-lunch program are $35 for Business Law Section members, $45 for non-Section members who belong to the Philadelphia Bar Association and $55 for non-members.

Feinberg was named by President Obama in June 2010 as the independent administrator of a $20 billion fund set up by BP to compensate victims of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. He was appointed by the Secretary of the Treasury in 2009 to serve as the Special Master for TARP Executive Compensation.

Feinberg was the fund administrator responsible for the design, implementation and administration of the claims process for the Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund following the tragic shootings at Virginia Tech University in April 2007. Click here to register.

Applications Being Accepted for Marutani Fellowship

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation, in partnership with the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania, is accepting applications for The Judge William M. Marutani Fellowship, named in honor of Judge Marutani, the first Asian American judge in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

The Fellowship is offered to Asian Pacific American first-year law students and provides a stipend for the student to subsidize a summer internship position with a non-profit public interest organization or with a federal, state or municipal government entity (including the judiciary) in the greater Philadelphia area.

The attached PDF application form can be filled out online and submitted electronically or can be printed out and mailed to Lynne E. Brown, Deputy Executive Director. Philadelphia Bar Foundation, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107. Applications are due March 4, 2011. Click here for more information and the 2011 application.

Please feel free to contact Lynne Brown at 215-238-6347 or lbrown@philabar.org with any questions.

Get Admitted to U.S. Supreme Court May 23

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 23. 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 comprehensive. To review these requirements and to download the forms for admission please visit the Supreme Court's website 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 made payable to the Philadelphia Bar Association. The cost to attend the ceremony is $225 which includes your application fee and a continental breakfast. Please include an additional $25 if you plan to bring a guest. Per the Supreme Court's rule, each inductee is permitted to bring only one guest. Please send payment to: Attn: Dawn Petit, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 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, April 4, 2011.

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

Entries Sought for Ginsburg Legal Writing Competition

Entries are now being accepted for the Philadelphia Bar Association's 2011 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Pursuit of Justice Legal Writing Competition.

The co-chairs of the competition are Bar Association Vice Chancellor Kathleen D. Wilkinson, partner at Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman and Dicker LLP and Diane Penneys Edelman, Assistant Dean for International Programs, Associate Professor of Legal Writing, Villanova University School of Law.

The Bar Association recognizes the importance of excellence in legal analysis and writing skills, and seeks to award a student enrolled in an American Bar Association-approved or provisionally approved Philadelphia-area law school for authoring a top-quality competition submission.

This competition is open to full- and part-time law students who are in their second or third year of study during the 2010-11 academic year at one of the following six institutions: Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Rutgers University School of Law - Camden, Temple University Beasley School of Law, Villanova University School of Law and Widener University School of Law (Delaware Campus). Part-time law students in their third or later year of study are also eligible. Students must be in good standing at their institutions. The submission may not have been published previously, although it may have been prepared in connection with a law school course or for a law journal. The submission also may not have been submitted for any other competition during the time when it is under consideration for this competition, until after the time when awards are announced. The submission must be the work of one author alone (joint submissions will not be considered), and the author must certify that the submission has been prepared without substantial editing from others.

Candidates may submit a law review quality submission on any topic relating to rights, privileges and responsibilities under federal law. Entries must be received by Monday, May 9 at 4 p.m.

The author of the winning submission will receive a cash award of $2,500, the publication of the winning submission in The Philadelphia Lawyer, on the Bar Association's website and/or in an appropriate Bar Association publication. The winner will be invited to a Quarterly Meeting of the Bar Association, at which time the award will be presented.

Register for Bar Association 5K May 15

Registration is now available for the 32nd Annual Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Run/Walk which will be held Sunday, May 15 on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive adjacent to the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

While the 5KRun/Walk offers friendly individual competition for runners in 16 age categories for both male and female competitors in both Bar Association and non-Bar Association categories, the competition also includes the Caesar, Rivise, Bernstein, Cohen & Pokotilow Legal Team Competition for participating law firms. This legal team competition is fun for all participants because of its unique scoring system that allows teams with diverse age and gender classifications to be competitive with each another. A team's score is based on the individual rankings of the team members who do best in their individual age and gender classifications based on the finishing times of only the legal team competitors. A legal team includes between three and five members who must be bona fide full-time or part-time employees of the firm, so paralegals, law clerks and legal secretaries are encouraged to join attorneys on legal teams. The highly sought after trophy bowls are awarded to the top three legal teams. The entry fee for each legal team is a $400 contribution to Child Advocates and all team competitors also receive an exclusive team competitor T-shirt for having completed the event.

For more information, visit charityrun2011.com.

Notice to Bar Association Members

Pursuant to Section 1100 of the Philadelphia Bar Association bylaws, notice is hereby given to all members of the Philadelphia Bar Association that the following amendment to the bylaws of the Philadelphia Bar Association were considered at the Nov. 18, 2010 Board of Governors meetings and were approved for submission to the members at the March Quarterly meeting to take place on Friday, March 11, 2011 at 12 p.m. at the Hyatt at The Bellevue.

Addition of Section 217 to the Bylaws, creating a Long-Range Advisory Council, as follows:

Section 217. Long-Range Advisory Council

A. The Long-Range Advisory Council (the "Council") shall consider the long term goals of the Association and make recommendations to the Chancellor and the Board regarding achievement of those goals through means which may take more than a single year. The Council shall have the discretion to meet and to make such recommendations as often as it deems advisable. Such recommendations shall be advisory only, and shall not limit the authority of the Chancellor or the Board, nor shall the Chancellor or the Board be required to conform agenda items, policy or resolutions to the Council's recommendations.

B. The Council shall consist of the following persons, each of whom shall be entitled to vote:

1. The Chancellor;

2. The Chancellor-Elect;

3. The Vice Chancellor;

4. The Chair of the Young Lawyers Division; and

5. Nine Members of the Association, who shall be appointed as follows:

(a) Each year, the Chancellor shall appoint three Members to serve on the Council for a term of three years, except as provided in Section 217(B)(5)(e) with respect to the initial appointments.

(b) To be eligible for appointment to the Council, a Member must be well respected and have an established record of service and commitment to the Association, preferably in a high leadership capacity. It is also preferable that appointed Members have no intention to run for any other elected office of the Association.

(c) Appointments to the Council shall be made with due regard for the Association's commitment to diversity.

(d) Members of the Council shall be eligible for re-appointment to successive terms.

(e) The first nine appointments to the Council shall be made by the Chancellor, with the consent of the Board, for the following terms: three for three-year terms, three for two-year terms, and three for one-year terms.

C. The Chair of the Council shall be appointed each year by the Chancellor from among the nine appointed members.

D. Any vacancy among the appointed members of the Council shall be filled for the duration of the unexpired term by appointment of the Chancellor.

Fastcase is Newest Member Benefit for Legal Research

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Fastcase® has features that more established services simply don't offer. It provides smarter and more powerful searching, sorting and visualization tools - including an interactive map of your search results - so you can see the most important cases at a glance. More than 500,000 lawyers already have access to Fastcase®.

Click here for a complete list of the comprehensive Pennsylvania and federal law library resources that this special member benefit includes. In addition, 100 percent participation firms can upgrade to the full Fastcase® nationwide database at a substantial discount.

For more information on the features included in Fastcase® for Philadelphia Bar Association members, call 866-773-2782. To learn how to activate your Fastcase® member benefit, call 215-238-6300.

Free Online, Mobile Access With Legal Directory Order

Get the convenience of instant access to greater Philadelphia law firm and attorney listings whenever and wherever you go. That's literally thousands of key contacts at your fingertips. All this is available - at no additional cost - with your purchase of The Legal Directory 2011!

The huge Legal Directory database is searchable via your handheld device thanks to a more streamlined interface that is ideally formatted to fit smaller screens. It is also fully interactive: Click on a phone number and your handheld dials it; select an e-mail address and an e-mail template is instantly generated!

This free mobile feature makes The Legal Directory 2011 the ultimate multi-platform database. All of the information is available to you in a traditional print version as well as handheld and online at thelegaldirectory.org. One purchase connects you to the most up-to-date contacts for law firms and lawyers in the five-county region for an entire year!

As the official publication of the Philadelphia Bar Association, The Legal Directory 2011 delivers hundreds of new listings, further enhancing the most accurate database of metro-area firms and attorneys available. No other publication gives you all this vital information in one place. The Legal Directory is your one-stop source for:
• Bar Association bylaws, contacts and committees.
• Federal, state and county courts and government agencies.
• An index of judges, with phone numbers and addresses.
• Attorneys listed alphabetically and indexed by area of concentration.
• A special section devoted to corporate counsel.
• Alternative dispute resolution resources.

Order now and take advantage of the discounted pre-publication price of $59.95 (plus shipping and tax). This offer expires Feb. 28, 2011.

For more information, e-mail legaldirectory@mediatwo.com or call 443-909-7843.


Advertise in The Legal Directory 2011

There's still time to advertise in The Legal Directory 2011, the only official directory of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

The Legal Directory contains listings for more than 18,000 attorneys and law firms. Many listings include areas of concentration, fax numbers and other contact information. The Legal Directory Online's listings reflect the most up-to-date information on file.

For information on advertising opportunities, contact David Hoeckel at david.hoeckel@mediatwo.com or call 443-909-7824.

Penn Law Group Holding Program on Prisons

The Prisoners' Education & Advocacy Project, a pro bono group at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, is sponsoring a program on prison privatization with Professors Alexander Volokh and David Rudovsky on Friday, Feb. 25 at 12 p.m. at the law school, 3400 Chestnut St., Room G214. Lunch will be served.

The events are free. An RSVP to vling@law.upenn.edu would be appreciated.

New Partner and In-House Counsel Conference Feb. 25-26

The Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association will hold the inaugural "New Partner and In-House Counsel Conference" on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 25-26 at the Four Seasons Hotel on Logan Square in Philadelphia.

The program provides two days of practical tips and advice that can immediately help you navigate this landscape with greater ease and success through unique CLE, networking and a nationally acclaimed faculty. Conference highlights include more than 8 CLE credits including 1.5 ethics; networking sessions and small group discussions; and tracks that guide you through the issues and information you should be familiar with as you take on this new role.

The Philadelphia Bar Association is a co-sponsor of this event. Visit abanet.org/yld/newpartner for more information.

Philadelphia VIP 30th Anniversary Event March 19

Philadelphia VIP will hold its 30th Anniversary Gala Celebration on Saturday, March 19 at the Westin Philadelphia, 99 S. 17th St. The event will begin with a patron's reception from 6 to 7 p.m., cocktails and a silent auction from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dinner, an awards ceremony and dancing to the music of The Inferno will follow from 7:30 to 11 p.m.

Tickets are $175 each, $100 for young lawyers and $75 for public interest or government attorneys. Please visit phillyvip.org to purchase tickets online.

For more information about the Anniversary Gala Celebration and other VIP events, including VIP's Speakers Series, please visit VIP's 30th Anniversary page on the VIP website. For sponsorship opportunities or more information call Samar Aryani-Sabet at 215.523.9568.

Public Interest Events, Training Programs Scheduled

Philadelphia VIP will present a pro bono CLE training program on homeownership/probate on Friday, Feb. 25 from 12 to 2:15 p.m., at Blank Rome LLP, One Logan Square, 130 North 18th St. Two substantive CLE credits in exchange for handling a VIP case within six months. To register, call 215-523-9550 or e-mail phillyvip@phillyvip.org.

Rutgers – Camden Law School Association for Public Interest Law will hold its 16th Annual Auction on Wednesday, March 2, from 12:30 – 2:20 p.m., at Rutgers University School of Law-Camden, 217 N. Fifth St., Room 106, Camden, N.J. The auction raises funds for summer stipends, awarded to students working in unpaid public interest and public service positions with nonprofit public interest legal organizations and government departments. Come bid on lunch with professors, golf with Dean Solomon, tickets to Philadelphia sporting events, and other exciting auction items. For donations or questions, contact Pam Mertsock-Wolfe at pmertsoc@camden.rutgers.edu.

• The Pennsylvania Bar Association will present the pro bono seminar "Reaching Out to the Neediest Among Us" on Monday, March 7, from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. (registration at 8:30 a.m.), at the CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Juniper Street entrance. A networking breakfast will be held from 8 to 9 a.m. and lunch will be provided to all registrants. This program will be available via simulcast at various locations throughout Pennsylvania and will provide five hours of substantive CLE credits and one hour of ethics CLE credit. Sessions include "Wills for Heroes;" "Pro Bono Program in a Box;" "Teen/Youth Courts as an Alternative Juvenile Justice Program;" "Making the Most of Electronic Tools;" "Addressing Mortgage Foreclosure Issues;" and "Older and Wiser." For more information or to register online visit pbi.org.

Philadelphia VIP will present a pro bono CLE training program on taxes on Wednesday, March 9 from 12 to 2:15 p.m., at Dilworth Paxon LLP, 1500 Market St., 3500E. Two substantive CLE credits in exchange for handling a VIP case within six months. To register, call 215-523-9550 or e-mail phillyvip@phillyvip.org.

Mazzoni Center Legal Services will host Open Bar II, an event to commemorate Mazzoni Center's first year as Philadelphia's only agency providing direct legal services to low income lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons facing legal obstacles related to sexual orientation and/or gender identity. The event will be held Wednesday, March 9 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Kokopelli, 1904 Chestnut St. Director of Legal Services Amara Chaudhry will provide a brief program following appetizers and cocktails. Promotional co-sponsors of Open Bar II are GALLOP (Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia) and the Philadelphia Bar Association. For more information or to register for Open Bar II, please visit mazzonicenter.org or contact Troy Porter at tporter@mazzonicenter.org or 215.563.0652, extension 270. The event is free for law students and costs $20 for young lawyers (under 30 years) and $40 for all others.

• The 30th Annual Penn Law School Edward V. Sparer Symposium will be held Friday, March 18 in the Levy Conference Center, at University of Pennsylvania Law School, 3400 Chestnut St., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (registration starts at 8:30 a.m.) This year's symposium is "Partnering Against Poverty: Examining Cross-Disciplinary Approaches to Public Interest Lawyering." CLE hours will be available for this event. Please contact Lauren Ikpe at 215-898-0459 or e-mail all-pic@law.upenn.edu if you have questions regarding the symposium. Click here to register.

The Legal Clinic for the Disabled will hold its Ninth Annual Spring Celebration & Silent Auction on Friday, March 18. Hosted by Duane Morris, LLP, the event will take place at the Morris Café, 30 S. 17th St., from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $50. For more information contact Linda A. Peyton, executive director, at 215-587-3214 or lpeyton@mageerehab.org.

Face to Face is holding its annual Silent Auction and Reception on Friday, March 25 at 6:30 p.m. at Ancillae Assumpta Academy, 2025 Church Road, Wyncote PA. Tickets are $35. For more information, call Marie McCabe, executive administrator, at 215-849-0179 or contact her by e-mail at marie@facetofacegermantown.org.

The SeniorLAW Center's 2011 SeniorPROM will be held Friday, April 1, from 6 to 10 p.m., at the Westin Philadelphia, 99 S. 17th St. The event includes cocktails, dinner, live music, dancing for all ages! Individual adult tickets are $125. Tickets may be purchased online at seniorlawcenter.org. For sponsorship opportunities or for more information, contact Larry Felzer at 215-701-3203 or e-mail lfelzer@seniorlawcenter.org.

The Support Center for Child Advocates will hold the training program "How to Handle a Child Abuse Case," Wednesday, April 6, a full-day, 6-CLE credit course offered through PBI. Register at pbi.org. Join us for this volunteer workshop training and hear experts in the field of child advocacy explain how you can make a difference in the lives of child victims. For additional information, please contact Jodi Schatz, director of Intake and Pro Bono Services, jschatz@advokid.org or call 267-546-9228.

Marian Anderson Scholars Competition Feb. 27

The Marian Anderson Historical Society will hold the Marian Anderson Scholars Competition Concert/Dinner/Celebrity Ball on Sunday, Feb. 27.

The Marian Anderson Scholar/Artists will perform classical and spiritual selections from Anderson's repertoire in honor of her 114th birthday.

The event begins at 6 p.m. at The Franklin Institute, 20th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Visit http://mariananderson.org for more information.

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