Lobbying Disclosure Act Puts
Unfair Burden on Lawyers, Panel Told
Pennsylvania's proposed lobbying disclosure regulations go well beyond the words of the statute and would impose unfair burdens on attorneys, the nonprofit sector and the business community, Bar Association representatives have told the Lobbyist Disclosure Regulations Committee at a public hearing in Harrisburg.
Lawrence J. Beaser, chair of the Association's Task Force on Pennsylvania's Lobbying Disclosure Act and a partner at Blank Rome LLP, and Anthony J. Crisci, the Association's lobbyist, testified on behalf of the Association before the Lobbyist Disclosure Regulations Committee on March 27.
"The Philadelphia Bar Association strongly supports lobbying disclosure reform. But we are against imposing regulations that try to expand or amend, rather than implement, the Act’s provisions. We are opposed to regulations that are unduly complex and would impose unnecessary compliance burdens on attorneys and our clients," Beaser said.
"We raised a number of significant substantive and technical points with the committee. For example, the proposed regulations would expand the definition of lobbying to include merely monitoring legislative action or administrative action, without any requirement that there be some effort to influence that legislative action or administrative action.
"Thus, a banking lawyer who follows proposed changes in Banking Department regulations on behalf of a client would have to register as a lobbyist. In addition, the lawyer's client would be required to register as a 'principal' and would be required to report amounts paid to the lawyer to monitor the regulation changes."
Beaser said the legislation would put a strain on public interest groups who monitor legislation to help the people they represent. "Each affected nonprofit will have to take significant amounts of money away from their mission to comply with these regulations," he said.
"This is something the Bar Association is doing to protect members from the overreach of government. We expressed orally at the hearing, and in our 18 pages of written comments, our very serious concerns with the proposed regulations. Our testimony was well received at the public hearing by the members of the Committee," Beaser said. "I'm cautiously optimistic that the regulations committee will respond in a positive manner," Beaser said.
"This is one of the things that we do for members. We can have an impact and we can make a difference to the lawyers in Philadelphia," he said.
Crisci said the committee is to meet again today (April 3) to consider comments received at the hearing. There is no deadline for the committee to act, he said.
Click here to read the Philadelphia Bar Association's comments to the Lobbying Disclosure Regulations Committee.
Choice of Entity for Medical Practices Today
Debra Gruenstein will discuss choice of entity for medical practices and other health care ventures at today's (Thursday, April 3) meeting of the Health Care Law Committee.
With respect to medical practices, the discussion will include the differences between the use of a professional corporation or a restricted limited liability company and how that may differ in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here
to RSVP for this program.
Careers in Tax Law Reception Today
The Tax Section will host "Careers in Tax Law - Opportunities and Planning" cocktail reception today (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 email@example.com
. For more information, contact Joan Arnold at (215) 981-4362.
WC Practice Outside of 5 Counties CLE April 4
A panel of workers' compensation judges will provide specific guidance as to how to successfully practice outside the five counties at the Friday, April 4 meeting of the Workers' Compensation Section.
Panelists include Judges Wayne L. Dietrich, Bruce K. Doman, Alan R. Harris and Terry W. Knox.
The program has been approved for 1 substantive CLE credit. Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay a fee of $25 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years, and $20 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. If you wish to register in advance please visit pbi.org
or call PBI Customer Service at 1-800-932-4637.
Lunch is available for an additional $7.50. Click here
to purchase lunch for this program.
Judges Dougherty, Murphy on Family Court Issues April 7
Judge Kevin M. Dougherty, administrative judge, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Family Court Division and Judge Margaret T. Murphy, supervising judge, Domestic Relations Branch, will discuss Family Court 2008 and Beyond at the Monday, April 7 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 $7.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here
to RSVP for this program.
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.
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.
Download Judge Pro Tempore Application
Attorneys wishing to participate in the judge pro tempore program can click here
to download an application.
Peter J. Divon, manager of the First Judicial District's dispute resolution program, made a presentation to the Association's Rules and Procedures Committee on April 2. Click here
to listen to a podcast from that 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 of VH1's "Best Week Ever" at the Academy of Natural Sciences. 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.
YLD Happy Hour April 16 at Mission Grill
Join the Young Lawyers Division for its April Happy Hour on Wednesday, April 16 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Mission Grill, 1835 Arch St.
The first 50 people to arrive will receive a drink ticket. Specials include $3 beers, $4 wine and $5 margaritas. Appetizers will also be served. There is no cost to attend. The April Happy Hour is sponsored by Magna Legal Services.
Meet Legal Beat Reporters April 22
The Bar-News Media Committee will host "Meet and Greet Your Legal Beat Reporters" on Tuesday, April 22.
Panelists will include Jeff Blumenthal, legal reporter for The Philadelphia Business Journal
; Mike Dunn, City Hall bureau chief for KYW Newsradio; Chris Mondics, legal reporter for The Philadelphia Inquirer
; and Gina Passarella, staff reporter for The Legal Intelligencer
. The purpose of the "Meet and Greet Your Legal Beat Reporters" event is to provide a quality and diversified educational program that addresses regional media opportunities and help build relationships between members of the bar and members of the media.
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.
Election Oversight Program Volunteers Needed
On Tuesday, April 22, all eyes will be on Pennsylvania. You can help make history by volunteering just a few hours of your time for the non-partisan Committee of Seventy's Election Oversight Program.
The Committee of Seventy sponsors America's oldest non-partisan volunteer Election Day Oversight Program. For the April 22 primary – which, in addition to the Clinton-Obama race, will feature a number of important and hotly contested local races – Seventy needs help on a legal field team or in its office headquarters.
WHEN: On Tuesday, April 22, the polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. You can volunteer for a few hours in the morning, afternoon or evening, or you can volunteer all day.
WHAT: Legal Field Teams will visit polling places in a geographical area of their choice (covering 3-4 wards in Philadelphia) to answer voters' questions, document complaints, and help solve disputes. Office Headquarter volunteers answer voters' phone calls and dispatch Legal Teams to problematic sites.
HOW: Register online at seventy.org/volunteer. If you have any questions contact Seventy’s Volunteer Coordinator Nina Bloch at (215) 557-3600, ext. 124 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Training sessions will be conducted at convenient Center City locations. (Please note – although trainings are not mandatory, they are strongly encouraged.)
Your participation will protect the voting rights of Philadelphians and the integrity of the electoral process. We hope we can count on your help!
YLD Seeks Law Week Volunteers
The YLD seeks volunteers for Law Week events. Law Week is a weeklong series of programs placing Philadelphia lawyers of any age, as well law students, 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 email@example.com or Josh Ryan at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com. Volunteer attorneys will go into the community and give free legal advice at select Free Library of Philadelphia branches. Volunteers are needed at the South Philadelphia Branch at Broad and Morris streets and the Tacony Branch at Torresdale Avenue and Knorr Street from 1 to 3 p.m. To volunteer contact Abbie DuFrayne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
The Trials of Goldilocks and the Big Bad Wolf: Volunteer attorneys will use the facts of the well-known fairytales Goldilocks and The Three Little Pigs as the basis for mock 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com or Corey Davis at firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com 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.
Nancy Polikoff on Marriage, Families May 5
Professor Nancy D. Polikoff of American University Washington College of Law will present "Beyond (Straight and Gay) Marriages: Valuing All Families Under the Law" on Monday, May 5.
The program is presented by the Family Law Section, Legal Rights of Unmarried Cohabitants Committee, Civil Rights Committee and LGBT Rights Committee.
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.
Commerce Court Reception May 6
The Business Litigation Committee will hold its annual reception for Commerce Court judges on Tuesday, May 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Westin Philadelphia, 99 S. 17th St.
Tickets are $80 per per person or $750 for a group of 10. Tickets include cocktails and heavy hors d'oeuvres. Click here
to register by April 29.
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. 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (215) 567-2010, extension 130; or Tom Bell at email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org for team applications. The deadline for team registration is May 9.
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 range from $189 to $209. A limited number of rooms 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.
RFP Best Practices Program April 17
The Metropolitan Philadelphia Legal Marketing Association will present "RFP from A to Z: Best Practices and Current Applications" on Thursday, April 17.
Get a review of best practices surrounding the response to an RFP (or the choice to decline to respond) and discuss a variety of practical tools, approaches and software used by legal marketers throughout the country in firms of all sizes. The presenter and open discussion moderator will be Jamie Mulholland of Jamie Mulholland Marketing.
The program will be held at the offices of Duane Morris LLP, 30 S. 17th St. at 12 p.m. The event is $10 for MPC LMA members and $15 for non-members. All are welcome to attend. Food will be served. Click here
to register for this event.
Public Interest Auction Today at Drexel
The Public Interest Employment Grant Board
will hold its inaugural "Slice of Justice" Public Interest Auction today (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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com
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Susan G. Komen Philadelphia Race for the Cure May 11
What better way to say “I love you, Mom” than to take part in the Delaware Valley’s largest one-day fundraiser for the fight against breast cancer? More than a 5-K run/walk, the Susan G. Komen Philadelphia Race for the Cure® 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.
Help make a true difference in the fight against breast cancer. Do it for your mother, your sisters, your friends, yourself! It only takes a few hours – or less if you become a virtual participant – and you can help save the lives of thousands. Opening ceremonies begin at 7 a.m. at Eakins Oval/The Philadelphia Museum of Art. Click here for details and to register.
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