Monday, Feb. 26, 2007
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 8, No. 17
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Assistance from Law Students
Available for Pro Bono Cases

The Law School Outreach Committee, in conjunction with Chancellor Jane L. Dalton, is pleased to announce an easy, quick way to find law students who are willing to help the private bar with pro bono cases. If you are currently working on a pro bono case and need assistance, the area law schools are happy to find eager law students to help...READ MORE
 

Assistance from Law Students Available for Pro Bono Cases

The Law School Outreach Committee, in conjunction with Chancellor Jane L. Dalton, is pleased to announce an easy, quick way to find law students who are willing to help the private bar with pro bono cases. If you are currently working on a pro bono case and need assistance, the area law schools are happy to find eager law students to help.

Signing up for help is easy. Given that all of the area law schools have different pro bono programs and methods for matching students, a "one-stop shopping" link has been created. Visit philadelphiabar.org and click on the Public Interest Section and then go to Pro Bono Corner. There, you'll see a list of the area law school pro bono programs. After each description, there is a link to a volunteer form. Just fill out the online form and it will be e-mailed directly to the school of your choice (and you can e-mail more than one school if you choose). The law school coordinator from that school will be in touch within 48 hours with your students.

This new online system will give attorneys another reason to take a pro bono case from any of our many Philadelphia public interest agencies. The area law schools are happy to help with this initiative and look forward to working with the new volunteers.

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 alternative 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.

Learn About Trying Cases Before Magistrate Judge Feb. 27

Learn effective settlement techniques and understand the benefits of trying a case before a magistrate judge at the Tuesday, Feb. 27 meeting of the Labor and Employment Committee.

The meeting begins at 12 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.

Marutani Fellowship Applications Deadline is Feb. 28

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.

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.

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.

Board Backs Suggested Revisions to Rules

The Board of Governors has approved a resolution adopting suggested revisions to proposed amendments to Rule of Professional Conduct 1.15 and Rule of Disciplinary Enforcement 221.

The Board also passed a resolution recognizing Drexel University's new College Of Law. The action came at the Board's Feb. 22 meeting.

Family Law Section Mentoring Reception March 6

The Family Law Section is instituting an attorney mentoring program in which an attorney inexperienced in the area of family law can consult with an experienced lawyer for guidance and support.

The section's more experienced attorneys can provide needed guidance to help the new practitioners gain important expertise and avoid practice problems. The program recognizes that inexperienced firm practitioners are often reluctant to seek help and thereby appear ignorant or deficient to the senior attorneys in their firm and that inexperienced solo practitioners may have an even greater need for professional guidance.

A mentoring reception for all interested persons has been scheduled for Tuesday, March 6 at 5 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. We look forward to welcoming you at that time. Click here for more information.

"Associates 101" for Young Lawyers March 6

Molly Peckman, director of associate development at Pepper Hamilton LLP, will be the moderator for "Associates 101," a panel discussion on career management, self-assessment and managing supervisor expectations on Tuesday, March 6.

The program is being presented by the Young Lawyers Division and the Membership-Bar Placement Committee. The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. There is no cost for the luncheon, but RSVP is requested. Click here to RSVP for this program.

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.

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."

Chancellor's Forum for Mayoral Candidates April 10

The Philadelphia Bar Association will host a Chancellor's Forum for mayoral candidates on Tuesday, April 10 beginning at 11:45 a.m. at The CLE Conference Center in the Wanamaker Building.

Each candidate will have an allotted time to answer questions concerning main issues of interest to Philadelphians. During the second portion of the forum, the audience will have the opportunity to submit questions in writing on any topic. The moderator will then select several audience questions and direct them to the candidates as time permits. All declared candidates have been invited to participate in this forum. The program will be moderated by Joseph C. Vignola, co-chair of the Association's Legislative Liaison Committee.

The program is co-sponsored by the Criminal Justice Section and Young Lawyers Division, the Barristers' Association of Philadelphia, the South Asian Bar Association, the Asian American Bar Association of the Delaware Valley and the National Bar Association Women Lawyers Division.

The event will begin with a luncheon at 11:45 a.m. on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Juniper Street entrance (between 13th and Broad Streets, opposite City Hall). The forum will begin at 12:15 p.m. There is no charge to attend this program, but you must RSVP to attend. Click here to RSVP for this program.

LPM Hotline Can Help Improve Your Practice

The Association's Law Practice Management Division offers subcommittees with programs to help you manage your law office as well as a hotline to help you with staffing, bookkeeping and other issues. Contact the hotline Law Practice Management Hotline at (215) 238-6314.

Whether you are just starting your own firm or trying to grow your established practice, the LPM Program is available to help. The program features a bank of consultants on call to counsel Bar Association members with both innovative and practical information on topics including marketing, management, technology and finances.

The Association's Law Practice Management Division is offering programs designed to help members in many different areas, including vendor management, financial management, technology, business practices and marketing. For more information on any of these subcommittees, contact the chairs listed below:

Vendor Management Program - Mary Platt at mplatt@mmwr.com and Marla A. Joseph at mjoseph@workcomppa.com.

Financial Management Committee - Joel D. Feldman at jfeldman@anapolschwartz.com and Thomas A. Brophy at tbrophy@mdwcg.com.

Technology Committee - Carl G. Roberts at cgroberts@ballardspahr.com and Daniel J. Siegel at dan@danieljsiegel.com.

Business Practices Committee - Margaret Klaw at mklaw@bernerklaw.com and Jeffrey A. Lutsky at jlutsky@stradley.com.

Marketing Committee - Merritt A. Cole at colem@whiteandwilliams.com and Harper J. Dimmerman at harper@harperlawgroup.com.

The Law Practice Management Division is chaired by Joseph A. Prim Jr. and Carl G. Roberts.

If you need help with staffing, bookkeeping or developing your Web site, we have the consultants to assist you! Contact the Law Practice Management Hotline at (215) 238-6314

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.

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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