Monday, Feb. 25, 2008
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 9, No. 16
 

Get to Know City's African-American Media Feb. 25

The Bar-News Media Committee will present "Getting to Know Philadelphia's African-American Media" today (Monday, Feb. 25).

Panelists include (from top left) Bobbi Booker, Philadelphia-based journalist, radio personality and blogger; Michael Days, Philadelphia Daily News; Harold Jackson, editorial page editor, The Philadelphia Inquirer; Sheinelle Jones, news anchor, Fox29 Good Day Philadelphia; Karin Phillips, community affairs reporter, KYW Newsradio 1060; Lehronda Upshur, news anchor and public affairs director, Power 99, Q102 and My 106.1 FM; and Rhonda Hill Wilson, co-host, "The Morning Team," WURD 900 AM. The program will be moderated by Bar-News Media Committee Chair Gina Furia Rubel.

The program 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.

Panel Discussion on Working In House Feb. 26

A panel of in-house counsel will discuss "So You Think You'd Like To Work In House" at the Tuesday, Feb. 26 meeting of the Women in the Profession Committee.

Panelists include Sophia Lee of Sunoco, Grace Manno of Comcast and Lori White of CSS Industries. They will discuss how to position yourself for an in-house position; what to expect once you get there; how to make the most of it; and the similarities and differences between corporate and law firm life.

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.

Appellate Practice, Procedure Update CLE Feb. 26

The Criminal Justice Section will present the lunchtime CLE program Appellate Practice and Procedure Update on Tuesday, Feb. 26.

Panelists for the program are Karen R. Bramblett, prothonotary, Pennsylvania Superior Court; Karl Baker, chief, Appeals Division, Defender Association of Philadelphia; and Natasha L. Lowe, supervisor, Trial Division Appeals Unit, Court of Common Pleas. The course planner is Isla A. Fruchter of the Defender Association of Philadelphia. The panel will provide an update on the practical trials, traps and tribulations of criminal appellate practice.

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. Click here to register in advance or call PBI Customer Service at (800) 932-4637.

The program begins at 12:30 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Registration and lunch begin at 12 p.m. Lunch is available for an additional fee of $7.50 per person for those who register in advance. Click here to purchase lunch for this program.

Diversity on Appellate Courts Feb. 27

Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge Cheryl Lynn Allen will discuss diversity on the Appellate Courts of Pennsylvania at a Feb. 27 program sponsored by the Appellate Courts Committee and the Public Interest Section.

The program begins at 4 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. A wine and cheese reception will follow. There is no charge to attend the program, but space is limited. Please register by clicking here.

Committee to Hear from French Interns Feb. 27

Two French lawyers completing their six-month internships in Philadelphia will share their insights at the Wednesday, Feb. 27 meeting of the International Law Committee.

Jean-René Arnaud has been at Pepper Hamilton LLP and I-Tcheng South has split her time between McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter and Fox Rothschild LLP. The meeting begins at 12 p.m. at the offices of Pepper Hamilton LLP, 3000 Two Logan Square, 18th and Arch streets, in the Pepper Conference Center on the 31st Floor. Lunch will be provided for those who RSVP promptly to Nancy Mazer at mazern@pepperlaw.com or 215-981-4616.

Judge Manfredi on Medical Malpractice Feb. 27

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge William J. Manfredi will discuss procedural issues for 2007 cases as well as the statistics and the state of medical malpractice filings in Philadelphia and statewide at the Wednesday, Feb. 27 meeting of the Medical Legal Committee.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center of the Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $7.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Corporate In-House Counsel Inaugural Meeting Feb. 29

Join Marilyn Heffley and Doug Gaston, co-chairs of the Corporate In-House Counsel Committee, for a brown bag lunch meeting on Friday, Feb. 29 to discuss ways to increase corporate in-house counsel membership in the Philadelphia Bar Association.

The discussion will also identify legal and professional issues of particular interest to corporate in-house counsel, identify CLE topics of interest to corporate in-house counsel and identify interested volunteers to join the committee. The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Committee Room South of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St.

Family Law Section on Pensions March 3

The Family Law Section will present "What You Need to Know About Philadelphia
Pension Plans: Civilian, Police and Fire" at its Monday, March 3 meeting.

Panelists for the program are Anthony T. Vanore, master in divorce, Philadelphia Family Court and Mark A. Altshuler of Pension Analysis Consultants. 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.

Probate Quarterly Meeting March 4

The Probate and Trust Law Section will hold its Quarterly Meeting "Trust Situs: Cherry-Picking Time" on Tuesday, March 4.

A trust's situs can have a substantial impact on the growth of the trust assets. A trust's situs can often be selected or changed to take advantage of differences in tax laws across jurisdictions. The issue as to what law applies after situs has changed is different from situs. The "million dollar" question remains, "How is situs itself determined?" If you have not thought about this issue, it is time! Our expert panelists will attempt to answer the "Why, How and What Now!" Step-by-step advice on why to change situs; how to change situs; and what now after change of situs has been made. The speakers for the program are Karen A. Fahrner and Margaret E.W. Sager.

The program begins at 12:30 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building. Two substantive CLE credits are available. Click here for more information.

Workers' Comp Lunchtime CLE Program March 7

Halmon L. Banks III and Kenneth F. Demarco will present the CLE program "Breaking News - A Review and Discussion of Recent Case Law Relative to Medical Bill Issues in Workers' Compensation Cases" on Friday, March 7.

Banks and Demarco will provide an in-depth discussion of recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court and Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Cases involving medical bills issue in Pennsylvania workers' compensation cases. Significant decisions from the last six months will be discussed, including cases involving petitions for review of utilization review, fee review petitions and penalty petitions. The panel also will address possible future trends.

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 please visit pbi.org or call PBI Customer Service at (800) 932-4637.

The program will be held in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Registration begins at 12 p.m. Lunch is available for an additional $7.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here to purchase lunch for this program.

Senior Lawyers Committee to Meet March 12

The Senior Lawyers Professional and Public Service Committee will hold its first meeting of 2008 on Wednesday, March 12 at 12 p.m. in the 10th Floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St..

Lunch will be provided. There is no cost to attend this program, but registration is required. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Mayor Nutter to Speak at March 17 Quarterly Meeting

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter will deliver the keynote address at the Association's Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon on Monday, March 17.

Nutter was sworn in as the 98th mayor of Philadelphia on Jan. 7. He is a native Philadelphian with an accomplished career in public service, business and financial administration. He served as a Philadelphia City Councilman for nearly 15 years representing the city's Fourth District encompassing the communities of Wynnefield, Overbrook, Roxborough, Manayunk, East Falls, Mt. Airy and parts of North and West Philadelphia.

The March Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon will be held at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. Tickets are available online at philadelphiabar.org.

Immediate-Past Chancellor Jane Dalton will be honored at the event. Dalton 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."

International LL.M. Reception March 4

The International Law Committee, in conjunction with the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Temple University Beasley School of Law, will hold its annual reception in honor of international LL.M. students on Tuesday, March 4 at 5:30 p.m. at the offices of Duane Morris, 30 S. 17th St.

The international LL.M. students are spending the academic year in Philadelphia. Come welcome about 50 foreign lawyers, diplomats, judges and students - from Afghanistan, Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Cameroon, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Egypt, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lebanon, Liberia, Korea, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, P.R. China, Peru, Poland, Philippines, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom and Venezuela - to the Philadelphia legal community. Come share some of your personal and professional experiences with legal specialists from around the world or simply learn more about their countries, cultures and legal practices.

To RSVP, contact Amanda Orson at amorson@duanemorris.com or call (215) 979-1847
by Thursday, Feb. 28. There is no charge for this event, but reservations are required.

7th Annual La Justicia Reception March 11

The Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania will hold its 7th Annual La Justicia Award Reception on Tuesday, March 11 at 5:30 p.m. at the Pyramid Club, 1735 Market St.

Andi Perez, executive director of Youth United for Change, will be honored for her advocacy on behalf of the Hispanic community. Additionally, the 2008 boards of the Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania and the HBA-Legal Education Fund will be inaugurated. The event is sponsored by Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC.

The event is open to the general legal community. To confirm your attendance, e-mail pahbanews@yahoo.com.

Latino Elders Pro Bono Project and Celebration March 14

The SeniorLAW Center and PECO will hold a Latino elders pro bono project and celebration on Friday, March 14 at at Somerset Villas, 200 E. Somerset St., from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Contact Karen Buck, executive director of SeniorLAW Center at kbuck@seniorlawcenter.org or call (215) 701-3201 for more information.

Presentation on Museum of History of Polish Jews March 18

The Philopatrian Society, the Jagiellonian Law Society and the Brandeis Law Society will hold a presentation on the Museum of History of Polish Jews currently under construction in Warsaw on Tuesday, March 18.

The primary speaker will be Michael Berkowicz, New York Region Chair and Treasurer of the North American Council of the Museum. The program begins at 6 p.m. at 1923 Walnut St. For information, contact Marian Kornilowicz at (215) 564-1700, or visit jagiellonianlawsociety.org.

Public Interest Training Sessions Set

The SeniorLAW Center will present the CLE training program for volunteer attorneys "Representing Grandparents Raising Grandchildren," on Tuesday, Feb. 26 from 12 to 2 p.m., at the offices Ballard Spahr LLP, 1735 Market St. Learn how to prepare a custody case for one of the thousands of grandparents in our community who are raising minor children whose birth parents cannot. Help these clients obtain the legal status to make medical, educational and life decisions for children in their care. This training program will be led by Jane E. Lessner, Esq., Fox Rothschild LLP, and Brian Krase, Esq., SeniorLAW Center. The program is open to any attorney. Two free CLE credits are available for attorneys who accept a pro bono custody case. RSVP to ncobb@seniorlawcenter.org or call (215) 988-1244.

Philadelphia VIP, Women Against Abuse and the Legal Clinic for the Disabled will present a pro bono CLE training program on divorce on Friday, March 7 from 12 to 2:15 p.m. The program will be hosted by Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel, One Penn Center, 19th Floor, 1617 JFK Blvd. Please contact VIP at (215) 523-9550 to register. Two CLE credits will be provided in exchange for taking a pro bono case. This program is open to all attorneys.

Law School Public Interest Auctions

• The Rutgers University School of Law-Camden Association for Public Interest Law will hold its 13th Annual Goods and Services Auction on Wednesday, March 5 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., at Rutgers School of Law. 217 North 5th St., Room 106, Camden, N.J. For more information, contact Pam Merstock-Wolfe at (856) 225-6406 or pmertsoc@camden.rutgers.edu.

• Temple University Beasley School of Law Student Public Interest Network will hold its 16th Annual Auction on Wednesday, March 5, at Duane Morris, LLP, 30 S. 17th St., Philadelphia. A reception will be held at 5 p.m., followed by the auction at 5:30 p.m. All proceeds are used to subsidize summer grants for students to volunteer in public interest legal services organizations. This year, SPIN will honor Dean Robert J. Reinstein with the Inaugural SPIN Award for a member of the Temple Law community dedicated to public interest. Click here to visit the SPIN online auction between Friday, Feb. 29 and Friday, March 7. This event is free. No RSVP is necessary.

• Villanova University School of Law will host its 11th annual Public Interest Fellowship Program Auction on Thursday, March 28 at 6 p.m. The evening begins at the law school with a silent auction and lasts until approximately 10 p.m. when the last live auction item is sold. The PIFP Auction provides financial support to law students who commit their summer to doing public service legal work, as well as funding the Villanova loan repayment assistance award.

• The Public Interest Employment Grant Board will hold its Inaugural "Slice of Justice" Public Interest Auction on Thursday, April 3 from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Drexel University School of Law, Behrakis Grand Hall, Creese Student Center, Chestnut Street, between 32nd and 33rd streets. All money raised at the auction will subsidize public interest summer internships for Drexel Law students. The Auction is open to the public and costs $15. For more information, contact Karen Pearlman at kpearlman@drexel.edu or (215) 545-4596.

Copyright Society to Host Google's Patry March 11

William Patry, senior copyright counsel of Google Inc. and author of Patry on Copyright, will be speaking on "The Rhetoric of the Copyright Debates: The Use of Metaphors, Moral Panics, and Folk Devils in the Great Copyright Wars" at the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. Philadelphia Chapter meeting on Tuesday, March 11.

The program will be held at the offices of Woodcock Washburn LLP, 2929 Arch St., on the 12th floor of the Cira Centre beginning at 11:45 a.m. Admission is $10 for Society members and $15 for non-members. Please make payments at the door to The Copyright Society of the U.S.A., Philadelphia Chapter. Click here for more information.

Pa. Minority Prelaw Conference March 12

The Law School Admission Council Office of Minority Affairs will present the Pennsylvania Minority Prelaw Conference on Wednesday, March 12 beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

The conference is an opportunity for high school students to learn about college, law school and the legal profession and meet with law students, judges, law professors and admission professionals.

Transportation and lunch will be provided. For more information, please contact
Glenn E. Bell at (215) 968-1387 or gbell@lsac.org.

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Inheritance Tax Return CLE Feb. 28

PBI's How to Prepare the Pennsylvania Inheritance Tax Return features a practical "walkthrough" of completed returns with an emphasis on real-world practical problems that arise and how to deal with them. Come and get your questions answered in this popular course. This 4 substantive CLE credit hour program will be held via simulcast in Philadelphia on Thursday, Feb. 28, 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 8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Check-in begins at 8 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.

Tuesday, Feb. 26
9th Annual Estate & Elder Law Symposium
6 CLE credits (Workshop choices will determine if credits are substantive and/or ethics)
8:30 a.m. to 3:40 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 27
4th Annual ADR Institute 2008
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 28
Groupcast - How to Prepare the Pennsylvania Inheritance Tax Return
4 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 29
Great! Adverse Depositions: Principles and Principal Techniques
6.5 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

More information is available at 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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