Thursday, March 1, 2007
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 8, No. 18

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Oscar-Winner Richard Dreyfuss
Speak to Bar Members 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....READ MORE
 

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."

Support Cases Crossing State Lines March 5

Joan Esmonde of the District Attorney's Office Child Support Enforcement Unit, and Amy Goldman, supervisor of Family Court's Interstate Unit will present "What You Need to Know about Support Cases Crossing State Lines" at the Monday, March 5 meeting of the Family Law Section.

The program 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.

Discussion with General Counsel March 5

The Business Law Section and Business Litigation Committee will hold a special panel discussion "Counseling the Corporation - A Discussion with General Counsel" on Monday, March 5.

The speakers are John R. Mesher, senior vice president and general counsel, Saint-Gobain Corporation and Stanley L. Wang, senior executive, Comcast. This experienced pair of general counsel will discuss the relationship between inside counsel and outside counsel from the corporation's perspective.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8.50 for those who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

"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.

Panelists for the program include James LaRosa of Juristaff, Inc; Regina M. Foley of Raynes McCarty; and Mairi V. Luce, a partner at Duane Morris LLP. Peckman is former chair of the Association's Young Lawyers Division.

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.

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. All individuals who sign up to take part in the mentoring program are invited to the reception. We look forward to welcoming you at that time. Click here for more information.

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.

Probate Section Quarterly Meeting March 6

The Probate and Trust Law Section will hold its quarterly meeting with the CLE program "Estate Planning for Multinationals" on Tuesday, March 6 at The CLE Conference Center.

Paula M. Jones and H. Ronald Klasko are the featured speakers for the program, which begins with registration and lunch at 11:45 a.m. The program begins at 12:30 p.m. and 2 substantive CLE credits are available. Click here for more information.

Discussion on State of Women March 8

The Women's Regional Business Council will host a panel discussion on the state of women in honor of International Women's Day 2007 on Thursday, March 8.

The program will be anchored by NBC10 News anchor Tracy Davidson and features panelists Dagmar E. McGill, U.N. representative Virginia Gildersleeve International Fund; Patricia D. Wellenbach of The Forum of Executive Women; Gerianne DiPiano, president and founder of FemmePharma; and Teta Banks, honorary counsul of Liberia. The Association's Women in the Profession Committee, the World Trade Center of Philadelphia and Untied Nations Association of Greater Philadelphia are supporting organizations for the program.

The program begins at 8 a.m. at the offices of Blank Rome LLP, One Logan Square, 130 N. 18th St. Tickets are $30 for those who pre-register and $40 at the door. Click here for more information.

YLD Happy Hour March 1 at North Bar & Lounge

The Young Lawyers Division will hold a Happy Hour tonight 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.

Public Interest Calendar

Temple Student Public Interest Network (SPIN) Annual Live Auction will be held at Duane Morris, LLP, 30 S. 17th St., Philadelphia on Wednesday, March 14. The reception will begin at 6 p.m., and the live auction will start at 7 p.m. SPIN works to support Temple law students who volunteer their time to the public interest. Proceeds from the auction support grants to law students working for non-profit legal organizations during the summer. This event is free. For more information, contact Molly Armour at spin@temple.edu or at 646-554-0538.

The Edward V. Sparer Symposium "Judicial Responses to International Violence," will be held at the University of Pennsylvania Law School on Thursday, March 22 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The keynote speaker will be Juan Mendez, United Nations special adviser on the prevention of genocide. Panel discussions will feature leading human rights activists, academics, and practitioners and include domestic judicial remedies for torture, international criminal tribunals and universal jurisdiction, and the transitional justice for war-affected children. This event is free and open to the public. Six CLE credits are anticipated. Please RSVP by March 9 to Jacobsbh@law.upenn.edu.

Rutgers Law School Association for Public Interest Law will hold the Rutgers Law School 2007 Public Interest Auction on Wednesday, March 28 from 12:30 to 2 p.m., at Rutgers Law School, 217 N. 5th St., Camden, N.J. Proceeds from the auction support grants to law students working for non-profit legal organizations during the summer. This event is free. For more information contact Eve Biskind Klothen at 856-225-6608.

Nationalities Service Center will be hosting an Open House at its new office on Thursday, March 29 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at 1216 Arch Street, 4th Floor, Philadelphia. Nationalities Service Center provides services to immigrants and refugees from around the world. This event is free and open to the public.

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, the Hispanic Bar Association 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.

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.

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.

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