Monday, March 10, 2008
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 9, No. 20
 

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."

Learn About Encryption Options March 11

Dan Giancaterino, Internet librarian at Jenkins Law Library, will present "Practical Encryption for Attorneys" at the Tuesday, March 11 meeting of the Solo and Small Firm Committee.

You spend most of your day lugging around stuff like laptops, USB flash drives, smartphones, and more. What would happen to the client information on those devices if they were lost or stolen? Attorneys in larger firms can dump security-related responsibilities on their IT departments, but you can't - you're a solo. Can you find easy ways to encrypt your sensitive information? This one-hour seminar will demonstrate Cryptainer, HushMail, Open PGP, and TrueCrypt - all free encryption services available from the Web.

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.

Tax Section CLE on IRS Code Changes March 11

The Tax Section and the Pennsylvania Bar Institute will present the CLE program "The New Internal Revenue Code Section 409A: The Known and Unknown Consequences for Your Clients" on Tuesday, March 11.

Speakers for the program are Robert A. Bildersee of Bildersee & Silbert LLP and Amy P. Kelly of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP. This seminar will address the rules in 409A and the Final Regulations that impact executive compensation, deferred compensation arrangements, nonqualified retirement plans and equity incentive plans. Two substantive CLE credits are available as well as two CPA credits. Registration and lunch begin at 11:45 a.m. at the CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building. Click here for more information.

Judge Keogh at State Civil Quarterly Meeting March 12

Judge D. Webster Keogh, administrative judge for the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, will be the guest speaker at the Wednesday, March 12 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 $7.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP 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.

Legal Presentation Skills Training Seminar March 18

Renowned trial lawyers Robert J. Mongeluzzi and Mark J. LeWinter will present Legal Presentation Skills in the third installment of the Associate Training Program on Tuesday, March 18.

This seminar will help guide attorneys on how to structure language for persuasion and clarity; use physical and vocal skills which can mean the difference between a good presentation and a great one; and establish credibility in communications with clients, judges, witnesses and staff.

The program, sponsored by the Law Practice Management Division and the Philadelphia Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators, has been approved for 1.5 substantive CLE credits. Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay a fee of $40 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years, and $35 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. If you wish to register in advance, visit pbi.org, call PBI Customer Service at (800) 932-4637

The program begins at 8 a.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, 13th and Market Sts. (please use Juniper Street entrance). Continental breakfast and registration begin at 7:30 a.m.

Judges Turned Litigants Discuss Perspectives March 19

Former Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge Robert Graci and former Third Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Timothy K. Lewis will discuss the unique perspective of judge-turned-litigant at the Wednesday, March 19, meeting of the Appellate Courts Committee and the Third Circuit Bar Association.

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.

YLD Happy Hour March 19 at Finn McCool's

Join the YLD on Wednesday, March 19 for its happy hour at Prime Lounge, located on the second floor above Finn McCool's (12th and Sansom streets).

After closing in summer 2007 for renovations, Finn McCool's has recently reopened as an Irish pub with 16 taps on the first floor. Prime Lounge has a DJ and bottle service.

The happy hour will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and will feature drink specials and appetizers. The first 70 people in attendance will receive a ticket for a free drink. No RSVP required. The March Happy Hour is sponsored by Summit Court Reporting.

E-Filing in Court of Common Pleas March 20

The Technology Committee of the Law Practice Management Division will present E-filing in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia on Thursday, March 20.

The presentation will provide an overview of the new e-filing system, and will answer questions about how attorneys and their staffs can prepare for and achieve the maximum benefits from electronic filing. The panelists for this meeting include Charles A. Mapp Sr., deputy court administrator, Civil Division, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas; and Harold Palmer, programmer manager of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.

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.

Rendell to Deliver Keynote at YLD Annual Meeting March 25

Gov. Edward G. Rendell will be the keynote speaker at the Young Lawyers Division Annual Meeting and Reception Tuesday, March 25 at G, 111 S. 17th St., below Davio's, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $35 and include an open bar and heavy hors d'oeuvres. The YLD will officially welcome its new chair, Scott P. Sigman, at the event. The F. Sean Peretta Service Award will be presented to Maria Feeley of Pepper Hamilton, LLP. The Craig M. Perry Community Service Award will be presented to DaQuana Carter of Pepper Hamilton, LLP. Dechert LLP will receive the YLD Vision Award. Click here to purchase tickets for this event.

The event is co-hosted by Young Advocates for Mural Arts, which will be holding a raffle where the winner will paint a new mural with a friend, and receive lunch at a Center City restaurant. To purchase tickets, click here.

Alva Announces Candidacy for Association Vice Chancellor

Daniel-Paul Alva of Alva & Azzarano has announced his candidacy for Vice Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

Alva is a former Chair of the Board of Governors (2006) and served on the Board from 2003 to 2007. He is a two-time Chair of the Criminal Justice Section (1998 and 2002) and was the Section's representative to the Board of Governors in 1999 and 2003. He was also a member of the Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention from 1997 to 2000 and from 2002 to 2003. He is co-chair of the Municipal Court Committee and has served as a member of the Public Interest Section Executive Committee and Criminal Justice Section Executive Committee.

The Association's election is held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting in December.

Play Glenlivet City Links March 14

The Philadelphia Bar Association and Philadelphia Bar Foundation would like to invite you to join us from 7 to 10 p.m. on Friday, March 14 at The Glenlivet City Links.

This unique golf experience, held at the Packard Building at 15th and Chestnut streets, includes an urban-scaled golf course modeled after the famous St. Andrews course in Scotland. The City Links also boasts a state-of-the-art driving simulator and a clubhouse with complimentary hors d'oeuvres and Glenlivet Scotch. Click here to RSVP.

Civil Gideon Plenary Session April 10

The Public Interest Section and the Pennsylvania Bar Association will hold the plenary meeting "Civil Gideon: A Right to Counsel in Civil Cases" on Thursday, April 10 at 4 p.m.

The program will feature opening remarks by Chancellor A. Michael Pratt and Andrew F. Susko, president of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. Panelists include Pa. State Rep. Kathy M. Manderino; Debra Gardner, legal director, Public Justice Center of Baltimore; and Laura Abel, deputy director of the Justice Program, Brennan Center for Justice, New York University School of Law.

A wine and cheese reception follows this free program, which will be held in the 11th Floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Space is limited. Click here to register for this program.

29th Annual 5K Run/Walk May 18

More than 700 runners and walkers will make their way along Martin Luther King Drive on Sunday, May 18 at 8:30 a.m. for the Association's 29th Annual 5K Run/Walk.

The event will include both a 5-kilometer (3.1 miles) run and a 5-kilometer walk, both of which can be entered by individuals. Legal and company teams can enter the team competition in the run. Legal and company teams can enter the team competition in the run. For Association members who sign up as members of the Bar, your finishing time will be recorded in both the open competition and the Bar competition. This will allow you the chance to win a medal in your age group in both competitions.

The event will support the Support Center for Child Advocates. The Association is being joined by FirstTrust; Wawa; Iron Mountain; Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC; The Legal Intelligencer; USI Colburn Insurance Service; Veritext L.L.C.; Special Counsel; and Document Technologies, Inc. as sponsors. Legal sponsors include the law firms of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, L.L.P.; Anapol, Schwartz, Weiss, Cohan, Feldman & Smalley, P.C.; Caesar, Rivise, Bernstein, Cohen & Pokotilow, Ltd.; Cozen O'Connor; DLA Piper; Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP; Fox Rothschild LLP; Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin; Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP; Neil A. Morris Associates, P.C.; Pepper Hamilton LLP; RatnerPrestia; Raynes McCarty; Sandals & Associates, P.C.; Schander Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP; Semanoff Ormsby Greenberg & Torchia, LLC; WolfBlock; Woodcock Washburn LLP and Zarwin, Baum, Devito, Kaplan, Schaer & Toddy, P.C. In addition to the legal sponsors, the law firms of Bennett, Bricklin & Saulsburg; Flaster/Greenberg P.C.; and Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP have contributed to the Run as legal supporters.

Everyone who participates will receive a t-shirt. At the finish line after the run there will be a variety of refreshments, giveaways and other post-run activities that are fun for the entire family.

Anyone interested in running or walking may obtain a race application at Caesar, Rivise, Bernstein, Cohen & Pokotilow, Ltd.; 1635 Market St., 11th Floor; Philadelphia, PA 19103, or by calling (215) 567-2010. Online registration will be available at active.com. For more information, please contact Eric S. Marzluf at esmarzluf@crbcp.com or (215) 567-2010, extension 130; or Tom Bell at tbell@sogtlaw.com and (215) 887-2050, extension 107.

Law firms and companies may enter teams in the 5K run by calling Michael Berkowitz at (215) 567-2010, extension 132 or e-mailing mjberkowitz@crbcp.com for team applications. The deadline for team registration is May 9.

Law School Public Interest Auctions

• 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.

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.

Support Center Annual Benefit April 16

The Support Center for Child Advocates Annual Benefit Reception and Silent Auction will be held Wednesday, April 16 at 5:30 p.m. at the Crystal Tea Room in the Wanamaker Building.

The Support Center's 2008 Judge Lois Forer Child Advocacy Award will be presented to Lynne Honickman, founder of Moms Against Guns and creator of Honickman Learning Center. The following individuals will be recognized as distinguished advocates:
Joseph Baldassari, Barbara Beckman, Susan Blumenfeld, Pam Ende, Mary Graham, Cathleen Palm, Suzanne Root and Cassie Solomon. Click here to register for this event.

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Komen Race for the Cure May 11

Participate in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® on Sunday, May 11 and become part of the world’s largest and most successful education and fundraising event for breast cancer.

More than just another 5-K run/walk, the Race in Philadelphia is a Delaware Valley Mother’s Day tradition for celebrating survivors, remembering loved ones, and making a true difference in turning the dream of the cure into reality.

Opening ceremonies begin at 7 a.m. at Eakins Oval at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and festivities for all ages continue throughout the morning. Whether you run, walk or are a “virtual” participant—you’ll be empowering women everywhere, while perpetuating the Komen promise to end breast cancer forever. Click here for details and to register.

International Arbitration CLE March 13

PBI will present International Arbitration, live from the Practising Law Institute on March 13. Save time and the expense of an overnight trip to New York City. Take advantage of specialized education programs for which PLI is famous. All participants have the opportunity to have questions answered during live question-and-answer sessions. This 6.5 (substantive) CLE credit hour program will be held in Philadelphia – Simulcast on Thursday, March 13, 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 5:30 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 11
New Internal Revenue Code Section 409A
2 substantive CLE credits
12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 11 and Wednesday, March 12 14th Annual Health Law Institute
Pennsylvania Convention Center, 12th and Arch Streets
6 CLE credits each day (Workshop choices will determine if credits are substantive or ethics)
8:30 a.m. to 4:35 p.m.

Wednesday, March 12
Simulcast - 21st Annual Civil Litigation Update
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Simulcast - PLI – Doing Deals 2008: Understanding the Nuts & Bolts of Transactional Practice
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thursday, March 13
How to Practice Probate & Estate Law
8 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
1 to 4:15 p.m.

Simulcast - PLI – International Arbitration
6.5 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Friday, March 14
Gaming Law Update
4 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

How to Practice Probate & Estate Law
8 substantive, 1 ethics 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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