Monday, March 24, 2008
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 9, No. 24
 

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.

Deputy Mayor for Public Safety to Speak March 25

Everett Gillison, deputy mayor in charge of public safety, will be the guest speaker at the Tuesday, March 25 meeting of the Criminal Justice Section.

Gillison will discuss the administration's vision for a new Philadelphia and how the Criminal Justice Section can help effectuate Mayor Nutter's criminal justice related programs. Gillison has agreed to a brief question and answer period at the end of the section 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 $7.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Polish Your Professional Image Program March 25

Sara Canuso will present "Creating Your Most Polished Professional Image to Achieve Your Highest Potential and Career Success" at the Tuesday, March 25 meeting of the Women in the Profession Committee.

Canuso is president of A Suitable Solution. 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 wh register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Labor/Employment Law Planning Meeting March 25

The Labor and Employment Law Committee will hold a planning meeting for 2008 programs on Tuesday, March 25.

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.

Merit Selection of Appellate Judges April 1

Shira Goodman, associate director of Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts, will discuss merit selection of appellate judges at the April 1 joint meeting of the Professional Responsibility and Appellate Courts Committees.

The meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. in the 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Breakfast will be served. So that the Association may prepare appropriately, please advise of your intent to attend by e-mailing dburger@philabar.org no later than Monday, March 31.

Inner Workings of Judge Pro Tem Program April 2

Peter Divon, supervisor of the judge pro tem program, will discuss the inner workings of the dispute resolution center and the judge pro tem program at the Wednesday, April 2 meeting of the Rules and Procedure Committee.

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.

How to Become a Lawyer April 3

The Women in the Profession Committee's Public Service Task Force will present "How To Become A Lawyer" to local high school students on Thursday, April 3 at Temple University Beasley School of Law.

The program will feature Rebecca Dougherty of Beasley School of Law Admissions Office; Maria Feeley, co-chair, Women in the Profession Committee and public service task force members Nikki Johnson-Huston, Christine Welsh, Patricia Dansbury, Jennifer Lambert and Sarah Schlossberg.

For information about the Task Force, please contact the Committee Co-Chairs Maria Feeley at feeleym@pepperlaw.com or Danielle Banks dbanks@stradley.com.

CLE on War on Terror, Immigration Reform April 3

Col. Morris D. Davis the former chief prosecutor responsible for directing the overall prosecution efforts of the United States in the Guantanamo military commissions, will be the keynote speaker at the CLE program The Rule of Law Today: The War on Terror and Immigration Reform on Thursday, April 3.

Topics will include security surveillance – statutory and constitutional frameworks; legal basis for u.s. actions in guantanamo; tribunals, extradition, and other judicial processes for detainees; interrelations with terrorism laws of other countries; ethical responsibility of lawyers representing suspected terrorists; race profiling and national origin as factors in immigration policy; enforcement by state and local authorities of immigration laws; and asylum: jurisdiction stripping, refugee resettlement.

The program is presented by Presented by the Pennsylvania Bar Association
and Drexel University School of Law; Duquesne University Law School; The Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law; Rutgers University School of Law; Temple University Beasley School of Law; University of Pittsburgh School of Law; Villanova University School of Law; and Widener University School of Law.

Click here for more information.

Careers in Tax Law Reception April 3

The Tax Section will host "Careers in Tax Law - Opportunities and Planning" cocktail reception on Thursday, April 3 at 5:15 p.m. at Pepper Hamilton LLP, Two Logan Square, 18th and Arch streets.

The goal is to help tax professionals learn about career paths, and how to develop a career in tax law. Attendees will hear from representatives of law firms, Big 4 accounting firms, in-house practitioners and government attorneys.

The event is free to attend, but an RSVP is requested. Please RSVP to Marilyn Bennett at bennettm@pepperlaw.com. For more information, contact Joan Arnold at (215) 981-4362.

Discussion with Justice McCaffery April 9

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery will be the guest speaker at a joint meeting of the Appellate Courts Committee and the Public Interest Section on Wednesday, April 9.

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.

Third Annual YLD Comedy Night May 10

Join the YLD for a night of laughs on Saturday, May 10 featuring comedians Lynne Koplitz and Doug Benson. Tickets are available now and include open bar, heavy hors d'oeuvres, a silent auction and a DJ.

For sponsorship information, please contact Brian Chacker. To donate items to the silent auction, please contact Abbie DuFrayne. All proceeds benefit the Philadelphia Bar Foundation.

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. Click here to register online.

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.

YLD Seeks Law Week Volunteers

The YLD seeks volunteers for Law Week events. Law Week is a weeklong series of programs placing Philadelphia lawyers in the community to educate the city's youth and the public about the law through direct interaction. Some of our Law Week activities include:

Lawyer in the Classroom: Volunteer lawyers and law students will visit different schools throughout the week to address students' concerns about the law and the legal issues that affect them as they enter adulthood and answer questions about the legal profession. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Kelly Gastley at kgastley@phillyvip.org or Josh Ryan at joshua.ryan@dlapiper.com

Legal Advice Live! A free, daylong ask-a-lawyer event spanning across Philadelphia. On Wednesday, April 30, dozens of Philadelphia attorneys will gather on Independence Mall to provide free, in-person legal advice from 12 to 2 p.m. in Center City. Attorneys will provide answers to legal questions on a broad range of topics, including landlord/tenant law, divorce and child custody matters, wills and estate planning, real estate law and employment law. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Abbie DuFrayne at adufrayne@yahoo.com. Volunteer attorneys will go into the community and give free legal advice at select Free Library of Philadelphia branches. To volunteer contact Abbie DuFrayne at adufrayne@yahoo.com.

LegalLine: From 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 30, area residents can call lawyers at (215) 238-6333 and have their legal questions answered free and confidentially. The lawyers will staff a phone bank at the headquarters of the Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th floor. If you would like to volunteer for LegalLine (either April 30 or a future date), please contact Stephanie Mensing at smensing@wm-law.net.

The Trials of Goldilocks and the Big Bad WolfVolunteer attorneys will use the facts of the well-known fairy-tales, Goldilocks and The Three Little Pigs, as the basis for criminal trials on Thursday, May 1 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Volunteers will act as prosecutors, defense attorneys and witnesses in the criminal trials, which include opening statements, examinations and cross-examinations of witnesses, closing arguments, and instructions of the juries. At the conclusion of each trial the students are given the role of the jury and determine whether the Big Bad Wolf or Goldilocks are guilty of a crime. To volunteer please contact Heather Herrington at hherrington@rawle.com.

Lawyer for a Day: Volunteer attorneys, law students and judges pair with high school students and take them into the courts to learn more about the process of the judicial system as well as the role lawyers, judges, and juries play in our community. Several city courtrooms will be open to allow the participants to observe proceedings. This program starts at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, May 2 at the Bar Association, and all participants are invited back to the Association’s 11th floor Conference Center at noon for a concluding lunch, which includes a keynote by a guest speaker. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Carey Chopko at cchopko@feldmanshepherd.com or Corey Davis at cdavis@equalitypa.org.

Submissions from 4th-, 5th-, 6th- and 12th-grade students, are being sought for:

Edward F. Chacker Essay Contest: Named for former Bar Association Chancellor Edward F. Chacker, the 2008 contest offers a $1,000 college scholarship to high school seniors who attend public, parochial, charter or private schools in Philadelphia. Seniors are asked to write an essay of at least 1,000 words on the question: Do you think that school officials should be permitted to search a student's computer, iPod or iPhone? Why or why not? What factors should a court consider when deciding whether it is proper for a school official to search the contents of a student’s computer, iPod or iPhone?

The 4th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is supposed to protect the privacy and security of individuals against unreasonable searches by government officials. However, school officials also have an interest in protecting the safety of their students and teachers. Students may want to address the possible kinds of information that could be on a computer, iPod or iPhone – like voicemails, emails, text messages, documents, videos, etc. – that could be illegal or perfectly legal but highly private information.

In addition to the scholarship, the winner will read their essay at a Naturalization Ceremony on Thursday, May 1. Submissions should include the student’s name, address, telephone number and school on a cover sheet accompanying the essay. All entries must be received by Amy Muldoon at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107 or amuldoon@philabar.org by 12 p.m. on Friday, April 11, 2008.

2008 Poster Contest: All 4th-, 5th- and 6th-grade students who attend Philadelphia public, private, charter and parochial schools are invited to participate in the 2008 Poster Contest. Students are asked to: Draw a picture which best illustrates how law provides opportunity and equality in our community. Posters should be produced on standard 22" x 28" poster board and students should include their name, address, telephone number and school on the back of the poster. First, second and third prize savings bonds will be awarded. All entries must be received by Amy Muldoon at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107 by 12 p.m. on Friday, April 11, 2008.

Bench-Bar Annual Conference Registration Open

Registration is now open for the Association's 2008 Bench-Bar and Annual Conference on Sept. 19-21 at Bally's Atlantic City.

This year's conference is expected to bring together more than 500 lawyers and judges from the Philadelphia area for three days of CLE programming that lets practitioners and the judiciary share ideas and best practices. The theme of this year's conference is "The Sound of Philadelphia."

Registration for the full three days of the conference is $549 for those members who register by Aug. 15. That rate includes all meals and CLE. For public interest attorneys, government attorneys and members of the Young Lawyers Division who register by Aug. 15, the full conference registration fee is $399. Other one-day and two-day registration packages are available. For those prices, visit philadelphiabar.org.

Bally's Atlantic City offers a world-class spa, salon, fitness center and 18 restaurants to meet every craving. Experience the Old West at Bally's Wild Wild West Casino with nearly 74,000 feet of gaming accessible via a short walkway connected to Bally's.

Bally's is now accepting hotel reservations for attendees. Book early for the best rates: rooms on Thursday, Sept. 18 are $99; rooms Friday, Sept. 19 are $144, and Saturday, Sept. 20 rooms are $189. A limited number of room are available for the $189 rate on Saturday night. Call 1-800-345-7253 for reservations and mention you are attending the Philadelphia Bar Association Bench-Bar Conference to get these special room rates.

Jewish Law Networking Event March 25

The Louis D. Brandeis Law Society and the Jewish Graduate Student Network of Hillel of Greater Philadelphia in conjunction with Blank Rome LLP will present Philadelphia's 7th Annual Law Networking event for Jewish lawyers and law students on Tuesday, March 25 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Blank Rome LLP, 130 N. 18th St.

All are invited to join Jewish law students and lawyers for cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and conversation, followed by remarks by prominent Jewish professionals in the field and small sessions led by experts in diverse practice areas. Dietary laws will be observed. Dress is business casual.
RSVP to jewishgrads.org/lawnetworking08. For more information, e-mail info@jewishgrads.org or call (215) 898-6451.

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.

Public Interest Events, Training Sessions

Philadelphia VIP and Philadelphia Legal Assistance will hold a pro bono training program on Civil Forfeiture on Friday, April 4 from 12 to 2:15 p.m. at Pepper Hamilton LLP, 3000 Two Logan Square, 18th and Arch streets. The presenters of this program include the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Susan I. Schulman; Louis S. Rulli, Practice Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School; and Tom Burke, senior intake paralegal, Philadelphia Legal Assistance. Two substantive CLE credits are available for free if a VIP pro bono case is accepted. To reserve a space, contact VIP at 215-523-9550.

The Legal Clinic for the Disabled will hold its Sixth Annual Spring Celebration and Silent Auction on Thursday, April 10 at the Morris Cafe at the offices of Duane Morris LLP, 30 S. 17th St. The Legal Clinic will present its annual White Hat Awards to White and Williams, LLP and Evan Caplan. Amy Slater will be honored with the Special Volunteer Recognition Award. The celebration begins at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $50. For additional information, contact Tom Prettyman, executive director of the Legal Clinic for the Disabled at (215) 587-3357.

• 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.

• The Homeless Advocacy Project will hold its Annual April Benefit on Thursday, April 24 from 5:30 to 8 p.m., in the Conservatory of the Park Hyatt at the Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. The evening will feature complimentary cocktails and appetizers, and an extensive silent auction. For ticket information, please contact Marsha Cohen at (215) 523-9590 or marsha@philalegal.org.

• HIAS and Council Migration Service of Philadelphia will hold "Children of the American Dream," a tribute to Judge Harold Berger on Wednesday, April 30 from 5:30 to 8 p.m., at the Union League, 140 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. This cocktail reception will pay tribute to Judge Harold Berger, civil leader, jurist, scientist, and philanthropist and will feature live international jazz by "Seeds of Sun." General admission costs $118; discounted rate of $60 is available for staff members from nonprofit organizations and students. For ticket information, contact Sarah Peterson at 215-832-0929 or speterson@hiaspa.org.

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Susan G. Komen Philadelphia Race for the Cure May 11

What are you doing on your lunch hour? In that one hour, approximately five women will die of breast cancer. Yes, it’s a terrible statistic. But you can do something about it by participating in the Susan G. Komen Philadelphia Race for the Cure.® Join us and help make a true difference in the fight against breast cancer. It only takes a few hours – or less if you become a virtual participant – and you can help save the lives of thousands!

More than a 5-K run/walk, the Race in Philadelphia is a Delaware Valley Mother’s Day tradition for celebrating survivors, remembering loved ones, and uniting the community in the hope of the cure. Plus there’s a great deal of fun for all ages, including live music, sponsors alley, and more. Opening ceremonies begin at 7 a.m. at Eakins Oval/The Philadelphia Museum of Art. Click here for details and to register.

Preserving Issues and Avoiding Waiver at Trial and on Appeal

Don’t miss this important program that brings together judges, court personnel and practitioners to discuss pre-trial, post-trial and appellate issues from the unique perspective of the doctrine of waiver. This 3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credit hour program will be held in Philadelphia on Thursday, March 27 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 8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. You must attend entire program to receive ethics credit. 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 25
Taking and Defending Depositions for Lay and Expert Witnesses
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Wednesday, March 26
Commercial Documents Series 2008 – Acquisition Agreements
2 substantive CLE credits
12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Family Caregiver Contracts and Ownership of Real Estate for the Elderly
3 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Thursday, March 27
Preventing Nightmares: Preserving Issues and Avoiding Waiver at Trial and on Appeal
3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits (Must attend entire program to receive ethics credit)
8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Friday, March 28
Business Boot Camp for Lawyers
7 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday, March 29
Business Boot Camp for Lawyers
6 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Monday, March 31
Simulcast - PLI – Asset Based Financing 2008
11 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 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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