March 4, 2010
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 11, No. 19
 

CNN's John King to Speak at March 17 Quarterly Meeting

John King, most recently host of CNN's "State of the Union with John King," will be the keynote speaker at the Association's Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon on Wednesday, March 17.

At the event, Immediate-Past Chancellor Sayde J. Ladov 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 Quarterly Meeting begins at 12 p.m. at the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. Tickets are $55 and available at by clicking here.

King joined CNN in May 1997 and was appointed chief national correspondent in April 2005. He served as CNN's senior White House correspondent from 1999 to 2005. He is well known for his use of CNN's "multi-touch" board, which allows him to delve into data on election nights.

Legal Directory Updates Areas of Concentration

The Legal Directory 2010, the official directory of the Philadelphia Bar Association, now features revamped Areas of Concentration (AOC); that's more AOCs than ever before! Organized by category, new AOCs make it easier for attorneys to pick the area/areas that represent their practice, which helps you find exactly the specialty you need.

Also new in 2010: you can search our exhaustive lawyer and law firm database anywhere, thanks to three different platforms.

Our new mobile feature, tailored for use on your BlackBerry, lets you access The Legal Directory's lawyer and law firm listings wherever there's an Internet connection. It's interactive: select a phone number and your device will call it; tap an e-mail address, and your device will generate an e-mail screen.

Using a laptop or desktop? The Legal Directory's Web site (thelegaldirectory.org) is a fast, convenient way to not only find attorneys and firms, but to update your own information all year long.

The print version of The Legal Directory 2010 lets you access all the information you need and rely on: find judges, complete with addresses and phone numbers, look up government agencies or corporate counsel and find alternative dispute resolution resources - it's all there in one volume. You can buy The Legal Directory three ways: visit thelegaldirectory.org to place your order online; e-mail legaldirectory@mediatwo.com to request an order form; or call 443-909-7843 to request an order form.

This year, when firms have merged and many within the legal profession have changed jobs, it's vital to have the most up-to-date information. Best of all, no matter how you access The Legal Directory, you only pay one price for the essential content area attorneys and firms have come to trust. Questions? Please e-mail legaldirectory@mediatwo.com or call 443-909-7843.

CLE Proposals Sought for Bench-Bar and Annual Conference

The Philadelphia Bar Association is currently seeking CLE proposals for the 2010 Bench-Bar and Annual Conference scheduled for Oct. 15-16 at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, N.J.

Proposals for the continuing legal education courses should be submitted to Conference Co-Chairs John Savoth or Regina Foley. They should include a brief description of the program and identify the course planner and likely faculty members. Programs should be one hour, with no more than four panelists. The proposed panels should include members of the bench when appropriate.

Only proposals submitted by Friday, March 19 will be considered for this year's meeting. Please note that submitting a proposal does not guarantee that the program will be selected.

International Law and Good Faith Duty March 4

The International Law Committee will present "International Law and 'Good Faith Duty' Under the Non-Proliferation Treaty" with Dr. Carlos Vargas Pizarro at its Thursday, March 4 meeting.

Dr. Vargas practices law in Costa Rica. He teaches international law and human rights at the University of Costa Rica. Dr. Vargas is also a private consultant on international law and human rights law. He has been involved in the promotion of human rights at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and in the Human Rights Commission in Geneva. He was chair of the negotiations for the additional protocol to the United Nations Torture Convention.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. at the offices of Pepper Hamilton LLP, 3000 Two Logan Square, 18th and Arch streets. Please RSVP to Nancy Mazer at mazern@pepperlaw.com or 215-981-4616.

Pension Offsets CLE March 4

The Workers' Compensation Section will present the lunchtime CLE "Litigating Pension Offsets in Workers' Compensation - Whose Money Is It Anyway?" on Thursday, March 4.

Panelists include Workers' Compensation Judges David A. Cicola and Joseph Stokes, along with Arthur G. Girton and Jenifer Dana Kaufman.

Three substantive and one ethics CLE credits are available for this program, which begins with registration and lunch at 11:30 a.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

Marketing on a Budget March 4

The Solo and Small Firm Committee will present "Marketing on a Budget: Surviving and Thriving During the Great Recession" at its Thursday, March 4 meeting.

Kimberly Alford Rice, principal, KLA Marketing Associates, will be the featured speaker. Attend this program and learn how to build and maintain a strong network which delivers new clients; how to stretch a marketing budget and become established as an expert; ways to gain visibility among key audiences; and how to leverage technology to create a "tight" brand and up the ante of your practice.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP.

Business Development Skills Series Starts March 5

The Training Resource Group will present a series of programs to introduce business development skills to attorneys beginning on Friday, March 5.

The program is designed for attorneys who are now expected to develop business for themselves or their firms. Learn these essential skill sets that were never taught in law school.

The sessions will be held in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St., from 12 to 2 p.m. The March 5 session will cover building a network for business development and designing a business plan. The March 12 session will discuss the basics of networking and building a memorable 30-second commercial. On March 19, attendees will learn how to build a stronger network. The March 26 session will provide an introduction to a systematic approach to client development.

The cost is $795 per participant which includes four training sessions, one individual coaching session and materials. For more information call (215) 320-4650 or visit trainingresourcegroup.com.

Civil Rights Committee Planning Meeting March 8

The Civil Rights Committee will hold a general membership meeting to plan the committee's activities for the year on Monday, March 8.

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.

Women's Rights Committee Planning Meeting March 11

The Women's Rights Committee will hold an organizational meeting on Thursday, March 11 to plan programs for the year.

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 $8 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP.

International Business Case Law Update March 16

The International Business Initiative Committee Meeting will present an update on new case law and other developments in international business at its Tuesday, March 16 meeting.

The program begins at 12 p.m. 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.

Successful Job Search Networking March 18

The Lawyers in Transition initiative will present "Seven Secrets for Successful Job Search Networking" with Kimberly Alford Rice, principal, KLA Marketing Associates, on Thursday, March 18.

Attendees will learn how to efficiently build a network, connect, and stay connected; how to make the best first impression; how to help your network to help you; and tips for testing the social networking waters in your job search and taking the plunge.

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

Sandra Day O'Connor Award Nominees Sought

The Women in the Profession Committee is seeking nominations for the 2010 Sandra Day O'Connor Award. Deadline for nominations is Monday, March 22.

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 June 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. Please send nominations to the attention of Dawn Petit, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

HR Committee to Consider Topics at March 26 Meeting

The Human Resources and Employee Relations Committee will meet Friday, March 26 to consider topics and presenters for future meetings.

The meeting will be held at 8:30 a.m. at the offices of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC, Two Liberty Place, 50 S. 16th St., Suite 3200. Please RSVP to Sally Bolton at boltonsa@bipc.com.

Get Admitted to U.S. Supreme Court May 17

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 17. 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 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 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, March 29, 2010.

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

Bar Academy Presents Soccer Seminar with Union March 29

Major League Soccer is coming to Philadelphia and Association members have the opportunity to get a first-hand look at the city's newest professional sports franchise on Monday, March 29 as part of the new Philadelphia Bar Association Academy. Click here to register.

Philadelphia Union President Tom Veit will address Bar Association members at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets, from 12 to 1:30 p.m. In this exclusive session, members will get a virtual preview of the Union’s new 18,500-seat stadium in Delaware County and learn the basics of soccer. Team players, fresh off their first-ever game March 25, have been invited to appear for a demonstration of soccer basics.

The Philadelphia Bar Association Academy, launched this year by Chancellor Scott F. Cooper, is a new civic and cultural education series for members of the Association. Academy programs enable members to greater connect with many of the city's most vibrant institutions through exclusive, behind-the-scenes access.

To register for this free program, visit philadelphiabar.org. Lunch is available for $15 for those members who pre-register.

Pinkenson to Address YLD Annual Meeting March 31

Sharon Pinkenson, executive director of the Greater Philadelphia Film Office, is the keynote speaker at the Young Lawyers Division Annual Meeting on Wednesday, March 31.

YLD Chair Albertine DuFrayne, an associate with Petrelli Law, P.C., will outline her plans for the year at the event. The YLD will also present its Craig M. Perry Service Award, F. Sean Peretta Service Award and YLD Vision Award at the event.

The program begins at 12 p.m. at Table 31 (located in the Comcast Center), 1701 John F. Kennedy Blvd. Tickets are $35 for YLD members and $50 for nonmembers. Visit philadelphiabar.org to register.

FJD E-Filing Training Session April 22

The First Judicial District will hold a training session on electronic filing on Thursday, April 22.

Electronic filing of all civil matters became mandatory in January 2009. This program will provide in-depth instruction on the use of the electronic filing system. It was designed to allow for the filing of all civil cases and legal document via the Internet from anywhere at any time. The system currently provides attorneys and litigants with unlimited online access to all papers and legal documents filed in their cases.

The faculty for the program includes President Judge Pamela Pryor Dembe, Administrative Judge D. Webster Keogh, Supervising Judge William J. Manfredi, Deputy Court Administrator Charles A. Mapp Sr., Prothonotary Joseph H. Evers, and Deputy Prothonotary Deborah E. Dailey, along with Harold Palmer, director of application systems development and Steven Wulko from quality assurance.

The program begins at 9 a.m. in Conference Room 380 of City Hall. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Click here for an electronic fillable registration form. Completed registration forms can be e-mailed to Kara.behlau@courts.phila.gov. The cost of the program is $125 and includes and electronic version of the e-filing manual. The program has been approved for 3 substantive CLE credits.

Lunch Program on Submitting to Editorial Pages April 22

The Association's Bar-News Media Committee will host "How and When to Share Your Opinion with the Press - Submitting to Editorial Pages" on Thursday, April 22.

Members will hear from editorial page editors from several area newspapers. Panelists will include Bernard Dagenais, editor of the Philadelphia Business Journal; Hank Grezlak, associate publisher and editor-in-chief of The Legal Intelligencer; Lisa Hostein, executive editor, Jewish Exponent; Irv Randolph, managing editor of The Philadelphia Tribune; Idelle Howitt, managing editor, Metropolitan Corporate Counsel; and Guy Petroziello, editorial page editor, Bucks County Courier Times. Additional panelists will be announced.

The program will take place from 12 to 1:30 p.m. at Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St., in the 11th Floor Conference Center. Click here to register. For more information about the Bar-News Media Committee, contact Committee Chair Gina Furia Rubel at Gina@furiarubel.com.

Brehon St. Patrick's Day Party March 11

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

All members of the Bar are welcome. The cost will be $20 for members and $25 for non-members. The cost includes an open bar featuring beer and wine, hors d'oeuvres and Irish music. The Brehon Law Society invites local state and federal judges as guests for the event.

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

BiblioBash March 20 at Elkins Estate

The Friends of the Free Library will hold the 2010 BiblioBash and Silent Auction on Saturday, March 20 at the storied Elkins Estate in Elkins Park, only 10 miles from Center City Philadelphia. Slated to be Philadelphia’s premier benefit of the year, all proceeds from BiblioBash will go towards the growth of library stewardship and citizen engagement that help keep library doors open, shelves filled with books, and programs such as computer literacy and cultural enrichment, current and vibrant.

This event is dedicated to the thousands of individuals who worked tirelessly to preserve the 54 branch library system during the economic crisis so that every child and adult continues to have access to learning at their local library. A special award ceremony will honor four outstanding "Champions of the Greater Good" for their leadership and commitment to all city neighborhood libraries: City Councilman-at-Large Bill Green; Shelly Yanoff, Executive Director for Public Citizens for Children and Youth; Save the Library Coalition’s Sherrie Cohen and attorney Irv Ackelsberg.

The BiblioBash will treat guests to a glamorous evening evoking the Gilded Age with gourmet food, period cocktails, and swinging live jazz. Kicking off at 6:30 p.m., the night will include an impressive assortment of auction items, including restaurant gift certificates, sporting and event tickets, vacation houses, eclectic services, and unique memorabilia. Guests will have an opportunity to explore the elegant Elkins Estate, a true treasure modeled in the Italian Renaissance style by Architect Horace Trumbauer, who designed classic cultural institutions such as the Central Library.

In the spirit of Elkins' philanthropy FFL is offering tiered ticket pricing for the event starting at $50 per person. Tickets can be purchased online through the FFL Web site (libraryfriends.info) or by calling the FFL office at (215) 567-4562.

The event is sponsored in part by: Stradley Ronon, Attorneys-at-Law; Bowman Properties; District Council 47, AFSCME; Pintzuk Brown Realty Group; Jim and Janet Averill; The Elkins Estate; the Asian Pacific American Bar Association (PA); the Hispanic Bar Association (PA), and the Philadelphia Bar Association.

Brandeis Foundation Scholarship Luncheon April 20

The Louis D. Brandeis Law Society Foundation will have its Second Annual Scholarship Luncheon on Tuesday, April 20, at 12 p.m. at the Union League of Philadelphia, Broad and Sansom streets.

The Third Annual Hon. Abraham J. Gafni Award will be presented, and the Second Annual Hon. Sandra Mazer Moss Award will also be presented to deserving law students selected from the five area law schools.

Members of the bench, bar and public are invited to attend. For more information, contact Louis W. Fryman, president of the Foundation, at 215-864-8089 or Mitchell H. Klevan, treasurer, at 215-568-4980. The charge for members and guests is $75. Tickets for judges, law clerks and public interest attorneys are $37.50. Kosher meals will be available upon request.

CLE Credits Available at Philly VIP Training March 17

Philadelphia VIP will hold a "Spotlight on Pro Bono" training program on Wednesday, March 17 for attorneys interested in taking on a guardianship or probate/homeownership case.

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Matthew Carrafiello will welcome attendees to the event, which will be held at the offices of Blank Rome LLP, One Logan Square, 130 N. 18th St., beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Each attorney who attends the seminar and accepts a VIP case within six months of the training will earn two substantive CLE credits. This free training will include breakfast and training materials.

Attorneys interested in registering for the training should e-mail phillyvip@phillyvip.org or call (215) 523-9550.

Public Interest Events, Trainings Set

The 17th Annual Temple SPIN (Student Public Interest Network) Auction will be held Thursday, March 4 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Duane Morris LLP, 30 S. 17th St. A reception will be held at 5 p.m., followed by the auction at 5:30 p.m. This event is free. No RSVP is necessary. For more information contact Maureen Olives at 215-204-3705 or molives@temple.edu.

Rutgers University Law School-Camden will hold its Annual Public Interest Auction on Wednesday, March 10 from 12:30 to 2 p.m., at the Law School, 217 North 5th St., Room 106, Camden, N.J. For more information, contact Pam Mertock-Wolfe at (856) 225-6406 or at pmertsoc@camden.rutgers.edu. In addition, the law school will hold an evening auction of luxury items and adventures, with silent and live components. The tentative date of the evening auction is April 1, with further details to follow.

SeniorLAW Center and Villanova School of Law will partner on Tuesday, March 16 in presenting a pro bono CLE training program to serve older Pennsylvanians, "Personal Planning 101: Wills, Living Wills, and Powers of Attorney," from 6 to 8 p.m. (registration and light dinner at 5:30 p.m.), at Villanova School of Law, 299 Spring Mill Road, Villanova. Participants will learn how to prepare and execute basic personal planning documents, including simple wills, living wills and financial and health care powers of attorney. Attendees will not only learn the relevant Pennsylvania law and pertinent definitions, but also drafting tips and ways to address common misconceptions their clients may have about this area of law. This training program is free and two CLE credits will be available to those who agree to provide pro bono services to a SeniorLAW Center personal planning client. (A nominal administrative fee payable to PA CLE Board.) To register, please call (610) 519-7228 or send an e-mail to dunn@law.villanova.edu.

• The Public Interest Employment Grants Board will hold Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law's "Slice of Justice" Public Interest Auction on Thursday, March 18 from 6 to 10 p.m., at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. All money raised at the auction will subsidize summer employment for Drexel Law students. Food, drinks and live entertainment will be provided. The Auction is open to the public and costs $20. For more information, contact Karen Pearlman at kpearlman@drexel.edu or (215) 571-4722.

The Legal Clinic for the Disabled will hold its Eighth Spring Celebration and Silent Auction on Friday, March 19. Hosted by Duane Morris, LLP, the event will take place at 30 S. 17th Street, Philadelphia, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The ticket price is $50. For more information contact Linda A. Peyton, executive director at 215-587-3214 or lpeyton@mageerehab.org.

The 29th Annual Edward V. Sparer Symposium will be held Friday, March 19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., followed by a reception from 4 to 6 p.m., at the Paul Levy Conference Center, University of Pennsylvania Law School, 3400 Chestnut St. The symposium, "Expanding Access to Justice in Times of Crisis," will focus on the challenges of expanding legal services and explore innovative strategies to deal with the economic downturn and any crisis. Panels will include: Fulfilling Gideon's Promise: Expanding Access to Criminal Legal Services in Times of Crisis; Justice for Some? Challenging Limited Access to Civil Legal Services; and a Best Practices Breakout Session. There will be a keynote luncheon presentation by Professor Peter B. Edelman. Panelists include Jonathan Rapping, Abbe Smith, Robin Dahlberg, Laura Abel and Alan Houseman, with more to come. CLE credit will be available. For more information and to register, contact Tory Messina at vmessina@law.upenn.edu.

Villanova Law School Walter Lucas Public Interest Fellowship Program (PIFP) will hold its Annual Auction Friday, March 19 at Villanova Law School, 299 N. Spring Mill Road Villanova. The event will begin with a Silent Auction from 6:30 to 8 p.m., followed by a live auction from 8 to 9 p.m. (doors close at 9:30 p.m.). For more information, contact Jane Nylund at JNylund@law.villanova.edu.

The 4th Annual Widener Law PILA (Public Interest Law Alliance) Silent Auction will be held Tuesday, March 23 at Widener University School of Law, 4601 Concord Pike, Wilmington, Del. This all-day event is free. For more information contact Sydney Howe-Barksdale at 302-477-2264 or sthowe-barksdale@widener.edu.

The Women's Law Caucus of Temple University Beasley School of Law will hold its Annual Spring Reception on Tuesday, March 23 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Shusterman Hall on Temple's Main Campus. Marina Kats, a partner with Kats, van der Veen, Baccari & Associates, will be honored at the event and the Hon. Evelyn Trommer Student Scholarship will be presented. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the door or online at mytlawconnection.com/wlcreception. For more information, contact Danielle Schwarz at templewlc@yahoo.com.

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