Monday, March 2, 2009
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 10, No. 17
 

Arianna Huffington to Address Bar Members April 1

Political commentator Arianna Huffington, co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, will be the keynote speaker at the Association's Wednesday, April 1 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon at 12 p.m. at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue.

Immediate-Past Chancellor A. Michael Pratt will be honored at the event. Pratt 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."

Huffington is also a nationally syndicated columnist, and author of 12 books. She is also co-host of "Left, Right & Center," public radio's popular political roundtable program. She launched The Huffington Post in May 2005, and the news and blog site has become one of the most widely read, linked to, and frequently cited media brands on the Internet.

Tickets are $55 for members and $60 for non-members and can be purchased online at by clicking here.

Renew Membership Today and Save

Members have until April 1 to renew their Bar Association memberships at 2008 prices. Members renewing after April 1 will face a 5 percent increase in their dues. Click here to renew your membership.

Benefits of membership include:

You'll attend informative workshops, meetings and special programs and receive significant discounts on continuing legal education courses offered through the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and the Philadelphia Bar Association. At sessions sponsored by more than 50 committees, nine sections and two divisions, you'll meet and network with colleagues who are experts in every possible legal specialty. You'll interact with people who can help you grow your practice and thrive in your profession.

Within our Young Lawyers Division or as part of one of our many pro bono or public service projects, you will test the broad range of your interests and make valuable contributions to the community while sharing in the proud legacy of the Philadelphia lawyer.

You'll have ongoing access to our ethics hotline which brings more than 20 years of ethics experience to answer your questions. In addition, you can request formal written guidance from our Professional Guidance Committee.

Through our monthly Philadelphia Bar Reporter newspaper, The Philadelphia Lawyer quarterly magazine, our philadelphiabar.org web site, our bi-weekly Bar Reporter Online e-newsbrief and monthly online substantive law publication Upon Further Review, you'll receive a regular menu of information that will update you and keep you connected to our professional family day after day.

You'll benefit from our comprehensive, economical membership insurance package, including professional liability insurance, complete health coverage, group term life insurance, a disability income plan and more. You'll also be able to take advantage of discounted rates on credit cards, health clubs and rental cars.

Finally, our legislative program - under the direction of a full-time, on-site staff attorney and a special consultant in the state Capitol - will champion your interests to lawmakers at City Hall, in Harrisburg and in Washington.

Click here to renew your membership.

Family Law Section Lunchtime CLE Today

The Family Law Section will present the lunchtime CLE "Avoiding Financial Mistakes in Equitable Distribution" today (Monday, March 2).

Speaker Paul T. Murray will lead a discussion on the impact of the current financial crisis on various assets in the marital estate. He will discuss tax strategies for the divorcing couple; strategic considerations in the splitting of certain marital assets; the marital home, capital gains and tax considerations; and a complete analysis of a hypothetical marital estate with alternate distribution scenarios.

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 admit-ted for more than five years, and $20 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. To register, visit pbi.org or call PBI Customer Service at 1-800-932-4637.

Lunch will be available for an additional fee of $8 per person. Click here to purchase lunch with this program.

Probate and Trust Quarterly Meeting March 3

The Probate and Trust Law Section will hold its March Quarterly Meeting "The Allure of the Non-Judicial Settlement Agreement – an Appropriate Alternative to Going to Court?" on Tuesday, March 3.

Faculty for the program includes Karen A. Fahrner, COO, CFO, SVP, Wealth Management Division, The Bryn Mawr Trust Company, along with Matthew Giuliano and Melissa M. Grossman of Dechert, LLP.

Registration and lunch begin at 11:45 a.m. The CLE program begins at 12:30 p.m. The program will be held at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, 13th and Market streets. Visit pbi.org to register for this program.

Assistive Technology in the Workplace March 3

The Legal Rights of Persons with Disabilities Committee will discuss assistive technology in the workplace at its Tuesday, March 3 meeting.

Presenters include Jennifer Garman of Disability Rights Network of PA; Susan Tachau of PA Assistive Technology Foundation; and Ann Dolloff of PIAT. The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th Floor Committee Room South of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Please bring your lunch. Beverages and cookies will be provided.

President Judge to Address State Civil Section March 4

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas President Judge Pamela Pryor Dembe will discuss the financial challenges facing the First Judicial District, the e-filing Initiative and reinvigorating the mass torts program at the Wednesday, March 4 quarterly meeting of the State Civil Litigation Section.

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 those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Gov't and Public Service Lawyers Committee to Meet March 5

The Government and Public Service Lawyers Committee will hold its first meeting of the year on Thursday, March 5.

Meet your new co-chairs and bring your brainstorming hats. This first meeting will be introductory in nature, but we will also open up the floor to new ideas for how the Government and Public Service Lawyers Committee can better serve you in 2009 and in the future.

Also, please bring along any ideas you have for interesting and relevant panel discussions, speakers and community activities for which our members can volunteer to participate. The meeting will be held in the 11th floor Committee Room South of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Practical Tips from EEOC, PHRC and PCHR March 5

The Labor and Employment Law Committee and the Corporate In-House Counsel Committees will hold a joint meeting on practical tips from the EEOC, PHRC and PCHR on Thursday, March 5.

Panelists include Mary Tiernan, acting program analyst, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; Charles Nier, assistant chief counsel, Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission; and Rue Landau, executive director, Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations.

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 those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

State Rep. Joseph on Antidiscrimination Bill March 6

State Representative Babette Josephs will discuss the details of House Bill 300, the antidiscrimination measure she will be introducing shortly, at a Friday, March 6 meeting of the the LGBT Rights Committee and the Civil Rights Committee.

The meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. in the 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Breakfast will be provided.

Mortgage Foreclosure CLE March 11

A CLE program about the Philadelphia Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Program will be held Wednesday, March 11 at 9 a.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building.

Faculty for the program include Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Annette M. Rizzo, Kenneth J. Fleisher, George D. Gould and Michael T. McKeever.

The Philadelphia Court System, in response to a national crisis caused by more than 700,000 seriously delinquent mortgages and a 37 percent increase in foreclosure filings in Philadelphia alone, in 2008 determined that judicial intervention was not only justified, but absolutely necessary to avert a crisis. The Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Pilot Program is a case management alternative designed to provide early court intervention in residential owner-occupied mortgage foreclosure cases. The process involves early identification of suitable properties for the program and diverts those cases to counselors and pro bono attorneys for possible interest rate renegotiation, loan restructuring, or other settlement options prior to foreclosure.

Click here to register online or contact the Pennsylvania Bar Institute at 1-800-932-4637.

Ins and Outs of Mentoring March 11

The Women in Intellectual Property Committee will discuss the ins and outs of mentoring for mentors and mentees at its Wednesday, March 11 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 those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Workers' Comp CLE on IREs March 18

The Workers' Compensation Section will present the lunchtime CLE program "Everything You Wanted to Know About IREs" on Wednesday, March 18.

Panelists for the program are Mark M. Mazzanti and Mark Schmidt. 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 1-800-932-4637.

Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Sandra Day O'Connor Award Nominees Sought

The Women in the Profession Committee is seeking nominations for the 2009 Sandra Day O'Connor Award. Deadline for nominations is Tuesday, March 17.

The award is conferred annually on a woman attorney who has demonstrated superior legal talent, achieved significant legal accomplishments and has furthered the advancement of women in both the profession and the community. The award presentation will be made during the October Quarterly Meeting.

The committee established the award in 1993 to recognize the important contributions that women attorneys in Philadelphia have made to the legal profession. Click here to download a nomination form.

Get Admitted to U.S. Supreme Court May 4

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 4. 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 rigid. To review these requirements and to download the forms for admission please visit the Supreme Court's web site 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 for $200 made payable to the Philadelphia Bar Association to: Dawn Petit, 1101 Market Street, 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, March 16, 2009.

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

Public Interest Training Sessions, Events

Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network will present the CLE training program, "Avoiding Foreclosure: Helping Families Keep Their Homes," on Monday, March 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., via live simulcast at The CLE Conference Center o n the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building. Six substantive CLE credits available free for all PLAN staff and pro bono attorneys who agree to accept two cases. Registration for others is $125. To register, contact Fran Weisinger at fweisinger@palegalaid.net or 1-800-322-7572., ext. 207, by Feb. 26.

Philadelphia VIP will present a pro bono CLE training program on quiet title on Friday, March 6, from 12 to 2:15 p.m., at Reed Smith, 2500 One Liberty Place, 1650 Market St. Two CLE credits will be provided in exchange for handling a pro bono case referred by VIP. To register, please call VIP at 215-523-9550.

Philadelphia VIP will present a pro bono CLE training program on divorce on Friday, April 3, from 12 to 2:15 p.m., at Dechert LLP, 2929 Arch St. Two CLE credits will be provided in exchange for handling a pro bono case referred by VIP. To register, please call VIP at 215-523-9550.

Support Center for Child Advocates will present the pro bono training program "How to Handle A Child Abuse Case," from on Monday, April 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building. Five substantive CLE credits and one ethics CLE credits provided. To register, contact PBI at 1-800-247-4724.

Brehon St. Patrick's Day Party March 11

The Brehon Law Society will hold its annual St. Patrick's Day Party on Wednesday, March 11 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Stotesbury Mansion (Philo Club), 1923 Walnut St.

The Brehon Law Society invites local state and federal judges as guests for the event. All members of the Bar are welcome. The cost will be $20 if paid before March 9 and $25 if paid at the door. The cost includes an open bar (beer and wine), hors d'oeuvres and Irish music.

Checks for the event made payable to the Brehon Law Society can be sent to John O'Malley, Volpe and Koenig, P.C., 30 S. 17th St., Suite 1800, Philadelphia, PA 19103. For more information, contact John O'Malley at jomalley@volpe-koenig.com or by phone at 215-568-6400.

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Anatomy of a Software License March 3

PBI’s Anatomy of a Software License will focus on the key business and legal drivers and negotiating lynchpins of a typical software license deal – both from the perspective of the buyer/licensee and seller/licensor. Don’t miss this comprehensive seminar. This 4 substantive CLE credit hour program will be a held Tuesday, March 3, 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. Check-in 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, March 3
Anatomy of a Software License
4 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Philadelphia Bar Association Probate & Trust Law Section May 2009 Probate & Trust Law Section Quarterly Meeting – The Allure of the Non-Judicial Settlement Agreement – An Appropriate Alternative to Going to Court?
2 substantive CLE credits
12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 4
22nd Annual Civil Litigation Update
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Thursday and Friday, March 5 – 6
3rd Annual Intellectual Property Law Institute
11 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days

Monday and Tuesday, March 9 – 10
Simulcast – PLI – 14th Annual Consumer Financial Services Litigation Institute
11.5 substantive, .5 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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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