March 30, 2009
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 10, No. 24
 

Nutter, Huffington to Address Bar Members April 1

Mayor Michael Nutter and political commentator Arianna Huffington, co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, will both address Bar members 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 Bar Association 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.

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Strategic Planning Session on Rainmaking March 31

The Women in the Profession Committee will hold a strategic planning session on the art of rainmaking on Tuesday, March 31.

Topics include strategies for successful marketing and for building a book of business. This month, our goal is to develop issues, questions, and suggestions for discussion from a panel of proven rainmakers in our April meeting.

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 for this program.

Lawyers and Imprisoned Clients Ethics CLE March 31

The Criminal Justice Section will present the lunchtime CLE "Lawyers and their Imprisoned Clients - Ethical Issues" on Tuesday, March 31.

Panelists include Charles P. Junod, Assistant Deputy Mayor; Thomas Innes, Chief, Prison Services, Defender Association of Philadelphia; Angus Love, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project; and Jonathan H. Feinberg, partner, Kairys, Rudovsky, Messing & Feinberg LLP. Panelists will address the serious issues involved when you interact with your imprisoned client.

The program begins at 12:30 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquar-ters, 1101 Market St. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m. The program has been approved for 1 ethics 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. Click here to register in advance or call PBI Customer Service at 1-800-932-4637. Lunch is available for an additional $8. Click here to purchase lunch for this program.

Public Interest Fellowships Panel March 31

The Public Interest Section's Law School Outreach Committee will present a Public Interest Fellowships Panel and Reception on Tuesday, March 31, from 3:30 to 6 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association.

Martin Costello of Equal Justice Works, Susan Heckrotte of the Independence Foundation, and past fellowship recipients will talk about fellowship opportunities and how to develop a winning proposal. Panelists will discuss how to identify a sponsor, develop a great project and prepare for your interview. A wine and cheese reception to follow sponsored by the area law schools and the Public Interest Section of the Bar Association. Click here to register online.

"After Madoff" CLE March 31

Aaron Krauss will present the lunchtime CLE program "After Madoff: The Anatomy of a Fraud and Strategies for Recovery" on Tuesday, March 31.

This course, presented by the Business Law Section and the State Civil Litigation Section, will suggest ways to identify potential targets for fraud recovery, as well as the strengths and weaknesses of various legal theories that can be used to attempt to recover. This course will also suggest ways to balance the potential for recovery with the likely costs, so that clients can minimize the risk of "throwing good money after bad."

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 $33.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years, and $28.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. Interested parties not seeking CLE credit may attend and purchase lunch for the fee of $8.50. If you wish to register in advance please visit pbi.org or call PBI Customer Service at 1-800-932-4637. The program will be held at The CLE Conference Center on the10th floor of the Wanamaker Building.

Pa. Bar Mid-Year Conference for Women March 31

The Pennsylvania Bar Association Mid-Year Conference for the Women in the Profession "Plugging the Leaky Pipeline: Stopping Attrition" will be held Tuesday, March 31 at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets.

The program begins at 3 p.m. and concludes with a networking/socializing hour from 5 to 6 p.m. Participating panelists include U.S. District Court Senior Judge Norma Shapiro; Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Anne Lazarus; Lynn A. Marks, executive director, Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts; Gina Rubel, president/CEO, Furia Rubel Communications, Inc.; former Bar Association Chancellor Jane Dalton, partner, Duane Morris LLP; former Chancellor Audrey C. Talley, partner, Drinker Biddle; Diane Thompson, practitioner; and Wanda Flowers, in-house counsel, Sunoco, Inc.

Moderators include Phyllis H. Epstein, partner, Epstein, Shapiro & Epstein, P.C.; Jennifer L. Hoagland, shareholder, Bazelon Less & Feldman, P.C.; and Kathleen Wilkinson, Partner, Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP. Speakers for the program are Lorraine K. Koc, vice president and general counsel, Deb Shops, Inc. and Roberta Liebenberg, member, Fine, Kaplan & Black, R.P.C. and chair of the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession.

One substantive and one ethics CLE credits are available for this program. Click here for additional information and registration material.

Securities Regulation Committee to Meet April 2

Heather Tashman will lead the discussion Does CAFA Trump Section 22(a) of the Securities Act of 1933: Giving Concurrent Jurisdiction to State and Federal Courts – a look into the Circuit Split Between the 2nd, 7th and 9th Circuits at the Thursday, April 2 meeting of the Securities Regulation Committee.

The meeting begins 8:30 a.m. at the offices of Dilworth Paxson LLP, 1500 Market St., Suite 3500E. Please RSVP to Donna G. Kearse, at dkearse@dilworthlaw.com or 215-575-7076.

Judge Gantman on Family Law Appellate Advocacy April 6

Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge Susan Peikes Gantman and Michele Grimmig from Central Legal Staff will present tips on how to be an effective family law appellate advocate at the Monday, April 6 meeting of the Family Law Section.

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 for this program.

Business Succession CLE April 6

The Business Law Section, Pennsylvania Bar Institute and PNC Wealth Management will present the CLE program "Business Succession: Thinking About Transitioning a Business and the Impact of New (and Almost New) Tax Law" on Monday, April 6.

Jonathan H. Lander, J.D., LL.M., PNC Wealth Management, Doylestown, is the featured speaker for the program. Topics include the importance of planning, plan documents, planning strategies and more.

The program will be held at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper Streets. Registration and lunch begin at 11:30 a.m. Two substantive CLE credits are available. Click here to register.

Judge Moss on Complex Litigation April 15

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Sandra Mazer Moss will discuss the workings of the Complex Litigation Center as well as changes to the Arbitration Appeal program at the Wednesday, April 15 meeting of the Rules and Procedure Committee.

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 Lifetime Achievement Lunch April 15

The Workers' Compensation Section will present its inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award to Joseph S. Bekelja at a luncheon featuring keynote remarks by novelist and Philadelphia lawyer Lisa Scottoline on Wednesday, April 15.

Bekelja, a partner with Margolis Edelstein, has been a "teacher, leader, mentor and role model not just for workers' compensation attorneys but for all attorneys," said Workers' Compensation Bureau Judge A. Michael Snyder, one of the Section's co-chairs. The April 15 program is being co-hosted by the Women in the Profession Committee, Criminal Justice Section and the Law Practice Management Division. The program is sponsored by Summit Pharmacy.

Bekelja received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Notre Dame and his Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from Georgetown University. Bekelja was house counsel for Nationwide Insurance Company as well as house counsel for Yellow Cab Company before joining the firm. He is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. He has been associated with Margolis Edelstein since 1974 and has been a partner in the firm since 1981.

Scottoline, a Philadelphia-based lawyer-writer, had her first novel Everywhere That Mary Went, published in 1994. It became a bestseller and was nominated for the Edgar Award, the most prestigious award given in crime fiction, awarded by the Mystery Writers of America. Her second novel, Final Appeal, was also nominated for and received an Edgar Award. Since then she has written 11 more legal suspense novels.

Tickets to the luncheon are $50 for Association members and includes a copy of Scottoline's new book Look Again, which will be released April 14. Tickets are $45 for YLD members and $60 for nonmembers. Visit philadelphiabar.org to register for this event.

Tech Tools Even an Attorney Can Love April 16

Dan Giancaterino, Internet librarian at Jenkins Law Library, will present "Tech Tools Even An Attorney Can Love" on Thursday, April 16.

This presentation will include discussion of the following: Gmail; Google Reader; Google Docs/Zoho; Delicious; Windows Live SkyDrive; Twitter/Facebook/LinkedIn; Hulu/YouTube; Browsers other than IE; VLC; Tor; QtWeb; Keepass; Eraser/CleanAfterMe; TrueCrypt and Android G1 phone.

The program is presented by the Solo and Small Firm, Practice Technology and LPM Marketing Committees. 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 for this program.

Italian-American Media Night April 22

The Bar-News Media Committee, in partnership with The Justinian Society, will host Italian-American Media Night on Wednesday, April 22. The cocktail party and Italian food sample, along with the media meet and greet will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Mayor's Reception Room of City Hall.

Confirmed members of the media who will be in attendance include Joanne Calabria, vice president of public affairs, CBS 3; Pat Ciarrocchi, news anchor, CBS 3; Dr. Mike Cirigliano, health correspondent for FOX 29; Joe De Felice of The Italian Tribune Delaware Valley Presence; Stephanie Esposito, reporter for WFMZ Channel 69 News; A.J. "Buddy" Fortunato, publisher of The Italian Tribune; Anthony Gargano, sports talk radio host, 610 AM WIP; Dom Giordano, host of The Big Talker" 1210 AM; Marnie Hall, gossip columnist for philly.com; Gina Passarella, reporter for The Legal Intelligencer; Justin Pizzi, news reporter, NBC 10; Letizia Rubino, news producer, NBC 10; and Sue Serio, weather reporter, FOX 29. Special guest Lorraine Ranalli will be on hand to sign copies of her latest book, Gravy Wars. Ranalli is best known as a Philadelphia radio and TV personality and writer.

The cost of the event is $25 per person. Space is limited. Reservations will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis. To register for the event, please contact The Justinian Society at 215-545-0706 or justinian-uta@att.net.

Jan Susler on Representing Political Prisoners

For 40 years, the People's Law Office of Chicago has successfully represented victims of police and abuses perpetrated by other government officials.

Attorney Jan Susler will be discussing human and civil rights implications within the context of her representation of Puerto Rican political prisoners at the Friday, April 24 meeting of the Civil Rights Committee. After two decades of representation, she served as lead counsel in the efforts culminating in the 1999 presidential clemency of their sentences. She continues to represent those who remain imprisoned.

The meeting begins at 1 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, which is co-sponsored by the National Lawyers Guild and the Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania.

Public Interest Plenary April 29

The Public Interest Section will hold a plenary meeting on systemic advocacy on Wednesday, April 29 followed by a wine and cheese reception.

The program will feature opening remarks by Marsha Levick, deputy director and chief counsel at Juvenile Law Center, about the recent Luzerne County cash-for-kids corruption scandal. A panel discussion with seasoned public interest advocates on how to conduct systemic advocacy through impact litigation, legislation, local policy initiatives and individual case work will also be included. Speakers are Cathy Carr, executive director, Community Legal Services; Michael Churchill, of counsel, Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia; Mark Murphy, legal director, Disabilities Rights Network; and Janet Stotland, co-director, Education Law Center. The panel will be moderated by Angus Love, executive director of the Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project and Chair of the Public Interest Section.

The program begins at 4 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. There is no charge to attend this program and reception. Space is limited and pre-registration is required by April 24, 2009. This program is co-sponsored by the Public Interest Section and the Delivery of Legal Services Committee. Click here to RSVP.

Ginsburg Legal Writing Competition Entries Sought

Entries are now being accepted for the Philadelphia Bar Association's Seventh Annual Legal Writing Competition in honor of the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Click here for the complete rules.

The co-chairs of the competition are Kathleen D. Wilkinson, partner at Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman and Dicker LLP and secretary of the Association and Diane Penneys Edelman, Assistant Dean for International Programs, Associate Professor of Legal Writing, Villanova University School of Law.

The Bar Association recognizes the importance of excellence in legal analysis and writing skills, and seeks to award a student enrolled in an American Bar Association-approved or provisionally approved Philadelphia-area law school for authoring a top-quality competition submission. This year the judges for the competition are Brandi J. Brice, City of Philadelphia Law Department; Professor Candace Mueller Centeno, Villanova University School of Law; Assistant Dean Arlene Rivera Finkelstein, University of Pennsylvania School of Law; Professor Sydney T. Howe-Barksdale, Widener University School of Law; Professor Ellie Margolis, Temple University Beasley School of Law; Professor Lisa T. McElroy, Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law; Linda D. Perkins, Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office; U.S. District Court Judge Gene E.K. Pratter; Professor Sheila Rodriguez, Rutgers University School of Law – Camden; Teresa F. Sachs, Post & Schell, P.C.; Professor David A. Sonenshein, Temple University Beasley School of Law; and Troy H. Wilson, Wilson & Wilson.

This competition is open to full- and part-time law students who are in their second or third year of study during the 2008-09 academic year at one of the following six institutions: Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Rutgers University School of Law - Camden, Temple University Beasley School of Law, Villanova University School of Law and Widener University School of Law (Delaware Campus). Part-time law students in their third or later year of study are also eligible. Students must be in good standing at their institutions. The submission may not have been published previously, although it may have been prepared in connection with a law school course or for a law journal. The submission also may not have been submitted for any other competition during the time when it is under consideration for this competition, until after the time when awards are announced. The submission must be the work of one author alone (joint submissions will not be considered), and the author must certify that the submission has been prepared without substantial editing from others.
Candidates may submit a law review quality submission on any topic relating to rights, privileges and responsibilities under federal law. Entries must be received by Friday, May 8 at 4 p.m.

The author of the winning submission will receive a cash award of $2,500, the publication of the winning submission in The Philadelphia Lawyer, on the Bar Association’s web site and/or in an appropriate Bar Association publication. The winner will be invited to the Quarterly Meeting of the Bar Association in October 2009, at which time the award will be presented. Click here for the complete rules.

YLD to Host Fourth Annual Comedy Night May 9

Laugh away the night while supporting a worthy cause at the Young Lawyers Division's Fourth Annual Comedy Night, Saturday, May 9 from 7 to 11:30 p.m. at The Franklin, 222 N. 20th St.

Gerry Dee of NBC's "Last Comic Standing" will headline the event, which will include an open bar, hors d'oeuvres, a silent auction and a DJ. Tickets are $65 in advance and $80 at the door.

All proceeds benefit the Philadelphia Bar Foundation, which provides funding to approximately 30 local legal services organizations. For sponsorship information, please contact Brian Chacker at bchacker@gaychackermittin.net. To donate items to the silent auction, please contact Abbie DuFrayne at adufrayne@petrellilaw.com.

Click here to purchase tickets to this event.

30th Annual 5K Run/Walk May 17

Grab your running shoes and join your friends and colleagues on Sunday, May 17 for the Philadelphia Bar Association's 30th Annual 5K Run/Walk to benefit the Support Center for Child Advocates.

This year, bring your kids for the first Kids Dash. Co-register for the 30th Annual Blue Cross Broad Street Run and the Philadelphia Bar Association Run and receive a commemorative gift.

The race will be held on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive adjacent to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Registration begins at 7:15 a.m. For more information, visit charityrun2009.com or call 267-546-9200. To register, visit active.com.

Public Interest Training Sessions, Events

The Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network will present its 2009 Excellence Awards at its annual dinner on Tuesday, March 31, at the Harrisburg Hilton & Towers. The event will begin with a social hour from 5 to 6 p.m., followed by a buffet dinner, featuring keynote speaker U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Marjorie O. Rendell. Winners the 2009 Excellent Awards include Karen Detamore, executive director of Friends of Farmworkers; and Richard Weishaupt, senior attorney at Community Legal Services. Also being recognized with Excellence Awards are U.S. District Court Judge C. Darnell Jones II and Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Judge Annette Rizzo for their work relating to the groundbreaking Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Pilot Program that was implemented in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County in 2008.

The HomeWorks Project is also being recognized by PLAN for a unique and innovative collaboration between Regional Housing Legal Services and the Pennsylvania Health Law Project to develop a supportive housing project tailored to the needs of a group of disabled individuals. Individual attorneys being recognized in connection with the project include David Gates, PA Health Law Project, and Kim Dolan, Regional Housing Legal Services. Tickets cost $45 each. For more information about this event or to make reservations online, click here.

SeniorLAW Center will host "Take Me Out to the Ballgame," a beer tasting party, on Wednesday, April 1 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Mellon Bank Center, 1735 Market St., 8th Floor. The party will feature a two-hour testing of locally produced beers and ballpark fare. Tickets are $30 (two for $50). Proceeds from the event will benefit SeniorLAW Center. For ticket information call 215-701-3203 or e-mail lfelzer@seniorlawcenter.org.

The Homeless Advocacy Project will host its Annual April Benefit on Thursday, April 2 from 5:30 to 8 p.m., at the Ritz Carlton, 10 Avenue of the Arts. The event will feature complimentary cocktails and appetizers, and an extensive silent auction. All proceeds of the event will benefit HAP. Individual tickets cost $55. For more information about tickets and sponsorship opportunities, contact Marsha Cohen at 215-523-9595, or visit HAP’s web site.

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.

The Legal Clinic for the Disabled will host its Seventh Annual Spring Celebration and Silent Auction on Thursday, April 16 from 5:30 to 8 p.m., at Duane Morris LLP, Morris Cafe, 30 S. 17th St. White Hat Awards will be presented to Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhodes LLP and Julia Swain. A Special Volunteer Recognition Award will be presented to Thomas Prettyman. This event will feature gourmet food, open bar and live music. Tickets are $50 and $25 for public interest attorneys. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Linda Peyton at 215-587-3214.

HIAS and Council Migration Services will hold its special event "Dancing Without Borders: A Celebration of Culture," on Tuesday, April 21, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel, honoring the Samuel S. Fels Fund and Helen Cunningham; Cozen O'Connor; and Lynne Fox, International Vice President of Local 643UNITEHERE. The event will feature live music and international dancing. For more information, or to make reservations, please contact Sarah Peterson, at 215-832-0920 or speterson@hiaspa.org.

The Support Center for Child Advocates will hold its Annual Benefit Reception and Silent Auction on Wednesday, April 22 at the Crystal Tea Room, John Wanamaker Building, 100 Penn Square East, Philadelphia. An awards ceremony will be held from 5 to 6 p.m., honoring Jim Murray, co-founder of the Ronald McDonald House and former general manager of the Philadelphia Eagles, with the Judge Lois G. Forer Award. The silent auction will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. A reception will follow. For more information contact Kristyn DiDominick at kdidominick@advokid.org or 267-546-9211.

Philadelphia VIP will present a new revised training program on how to handle a case in the Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Project, the mandatory negotiation program run by the First Judicial District, on Friday, May 7 from 8:30 to 11 a.m. A session on mortgage foreclosure defense litigation will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with a lunch break. Two free CLE credits are available for the morning training and three CLE credits are available for the afternoon program, for five CLE credits total. Breakfast will be provided. Attendees have the option of attending the morning or afternoon session, or both sessions. The training/CLE is free if the attorney handles two pro bono mortgage foreclosure cases within six months of the training date. The program will be held at GlaxoSmithKline, 16th and Vine Streets. Register at phillyvip@phillyvip.org or 215- 523-9550.

Regional Housing Legal Services will celebrate its 35th anniversary at a Thursday, May 7 reception from 5:30 to 8 p.m., at the Independence Visitor Center. The event will feature heavy hors d'oeuvres, refreshments and awards. For ticket and sponsorship information, contact Phyllis Guillaume at pguillaume@rhls.org. Please RSVP by April 2.

P.I.N. Stripes Event April 1 at UnionTrust Steakhouse

The Komen Philadelphia P.I.N. Stripes (Philanthropy. Insights. Networking.) series offers aspiring young professionals an opportunity to gather, make connections for bettering their careers, and gain a look at the stories behind the most eminent career success stories in the area.

The spring P.I.N. Stripes will be held in the new UnionTrust Philadelphia Steakhouse and offers a lineup of incredible speakers, including Chaka Fattah Jr., chief marketing officer, Real Estate Mogul Corp.; Michael Stiles, senior vice president, administration and operations, Philadelphia Phillies; Frances Jones, assistant general manager, government affairs, SEPTA; Andrea Chila, owner, Pileggi Boutique; Emily Bittenbender, managing partner, Bittenbender Construction, LP; and David Lipson Jr., president, Philadelphia magazine. The moderator is Bob Kelly of CBS 3 Eyewitness News

Please join us Wednesday April 1 at The UnionTrust Philadelphia Steakhouse, 717 Chestnut St. Cocktails begin at 6 p.m. The cost is $25 per person. For more information or to register, visit komenphiladelphia.org.

Celebrate Formation of Pa. Innocence Project April 7

A reception will be held Tuesday, April 7 to celebrate the formation of the Pennsylvania Innocence Project, an organization dedicated to exonerating persons imprisoned in Pennsylvania for crimes they did not commit and to eliminating the causes of wrongful convictions.

The program will be held at the National Consitution Center, 525 Arch St., beginning at 5 p.m. with a private viewing of the America I Am exhibit. The program and reception will follow. Speakers for the program include JoAnne Epps, dean, Temple University Beasley School of Law; Pa. state Sen. Stewart J. Greenleaf, chair of the Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee; Peter J. Neufeld, co-founder and co-director of Innocence Project at Cadozo Law School and Jennifer Thompson-Cannino, eyewitness whose testimony convicted exoneree Ronald Cotton and co-author with Cotton of Picking Cotton: Our Story of Injustice and Redemption.

Tickets are $25 and include admission of America I Am exhibit, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. For more information, contact Amy Hastings at (215) 981-4249. Click here to register.

Brandeis Foundation Scholarship Lunch April 21

Area law school students who have demonstrated an interest in and involvement with Jewish religion, law or ethics will be honored at the Brandeis Law Foundation scholarship luncheon on Tuesday, April 21 at 12 p.m. at the Union League of Philadelphia, Broad and Sansom Streets.

According to Mayer Horwitz, president of the Foundation, the scholarships will be awarded in the name of Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judges Abraham J. Gafni (Ret.) and Sandra Mazer Moss. The Judge Abraham J. Gafni award is a $1,000 cash prize given to a second or third year Jewish law student at a Philadelphia area law school who has demonstrated an interest and involvement in Jewish Religion, Law, or Ethics. The Judge Sandra Mazer Moss Award is a $1,000 cash prize given to a single parent law student at a Philadelphia area law school who strives for personal achievement, success and excellence in the law.

The event is chaired by Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor and Brandeis Law Society member Sayde J. Ladov who notes that all area law school deans have been invited to the luncheon along with members of the local judiciary.

Tickets for the luncheon are $65 for members of the Bar and $25 for judges, law clerks, law students and public interest lawyers. Tables of 10 can be purchased for $500. For tickets, indicate the number of attendees and price category and send it along with a check made payable to the "Brandeis Law Society" to Mitchell H. Klevan, Esq., 1515 Market St., Suite 1410, Philadelphia, PA 19102. More information can be found at the Society's web site at brandeislawsociety.org.

The Brandeis Law Foundation is the charitable arm of the Brandeis Law Society.
The Louis D. Brandeis Law Society is a Jewish law society, dedicated to advancing and enriching the personal and professional interests of members of the Bench and Bar. It promotes opportunities for leadership development, social interaction, education and community service.

How Your Computer Can Get You in Trouble April 2

At PBI's "How Your Computer Can Get You in Trouble," learn what and what not to post on social networking sites as well as your firm's web site. Find out what to do in the event your equipment is lost or stolen and how to ethically preserve confidential client information and more. This 3 substantive/1 ethics CLE credit hour program will be held Thursday, April 2, 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. You must attend the entire program to receive the ethics credit.

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.

Monday, March 23
Simulcast - PLI - Venture Capital 2009: Nuts and Bolts
5.5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Tuesday, March 24
Simulcast - PLI - International Arbitration 2009
7 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Handling the Dog Bite Case
4 substantive CLE credits
12 to 4:15 p.m.

Wednesday, March 25
Tough Problems in Workers’ Compensation 2009
3.5 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

How to Survive the Crash
4 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Commercial Documents Series - Technology Licensing Agreements
2 substantive CLE credits
12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 26
Who’s on First? Lien Priority in Pennsylvania
4 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Persuasion for Transactional Lawyers
6 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

You Can't Fire Me, I Quit: The Proper Way to Extricate Oneself from Representing A Client
2 substantive, 2 ethics CLE credits (Must attend entire program to receive ethics credit)
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Friday, March 27
Selecting and Influencing Your Jury
6 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Monday and Tuesday, March 30-31
Simulcast - PLI - Asset Based Financing 2009
11 substantive, 1 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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