Thursday, April 17, 2008
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 9, No. 31

Marsha Levick, legal director and co-founder of the Juvenile Law Center, and Robert Schwartz, executive director and co-founder of Juvenile Law Center.

Juvenile Law Center Honored,
Receives $500,000 Grant

Juvenile Law Center has been recognized as one of only eight organizations in six countries to receive the prestigious, international John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. The award honors nonprofit organizations that are highly creative and effective, have made an extraordinary impact in their fields and are helping to address some of the world's most challenging problems. The Center will receive $500,000 as part of the award...READ MORE
 

Juvenile Law Center Honored, Gets $500,000 Grant

Juvenile Law Center has been recognized as one of only eight organizations in six countries to receive the prestigious, international John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. The award honors nonprofit organizations that are highly creative and effective, have made an extraordinary impact in their fields and are helping to address some of the world's most challenging problems. The Center will receive $500,000 as part of the award.

"From its founding, the MacArthur Foundation has sought out people and organizations that have the creativity, energy and breadth of vision to change the world for the better," said MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton. "This imaginative and influential small organization has an impact altogether disproportionate to its size. They are addressing problems and injustices, finding fresh solutions, and proving themselves as leaders and innovators."

Established in 1975 by four Temple Law School graduates, Juvenile Law Center has grown to become one of America's oldest and most respected public interest law firms, advancing the welfare and needs of society's most vulnerable citizens: youth in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. The Center advocates for the rule of law to provide a voice for children, ensuring fair, developmentally appropriate solutions through legal advocacy, policy change and public education. Their expertise is now sought by child and legal advocacy groups nationwide.

"We are truly honored to be recognized as a recipient of the MacArthur Foundation Award for Creative and Effective Institutions," said Robert Schwartz, executive director and co-founder, Juvenile Law Center. "This award will allow us to strengthen our national policy work, create a more effective strategic communications plan and extend the reach of our work to protect children now and into the future."

Beginner's Guide to VoIP Today

The Technology Committee of the Law Practice Management Division will offer a beginner's guide to VoIP (voice over Internet protocol) at its meeting today (Thursday, April 17).

Learn why VoIP is such a good idea, how to identify ways VoIP can increase communications service and productivity and the ways VoIP can save money. The program will also include a readiness assessment along with review of application management and migration in general. Three VoIP engineers – Jonathan Gearinger, Glenn Harrington and Brian Stabile – will be panelists for the program.

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 who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Judge McLaughlin on District Court Appeals April 18

U.S. District Court Judge Mary A. McLaughlin will discuss appeals to the U.S. District Court and obtaining representation for pro se plaintiffs at the Friday, April 18 meeting of the Social Security Disability Benefits 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 $7.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

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.

Multinational Compliance April 24

Neil Boyden Tanner will discuss "Compliance, the Multinational Challenge - When Culture, Local and Foreign Relations Clash" at the Thursday, April 24 meeting of the International Law Committee.

Tanner is associate general counsel - international of ARAMARK. The meeting begins at 12 p.m. at the offices of Pepper Hamilton LLP, 3000 Two Logan Square, 18th and Arch streets, in the Scott Room on the 30th Floor. Please bring your own lunch or you can purchase your lunch in the Pepper cafeteria on the 30th Floor, in which case you should arrive a few minutes early. Soft drinks will be provided. Please RSVP promptly to Nancy Mazer at mazern@pepperlaw.com or call (215) 981-4616.

Program Addresses Mortgage Foreclosures

In announcing the adoption of a novel pilot program addressing residential mortgage foreclosures, judicial leaders acknowledged that Philadelphia, like many large metropolitan areas, has fallen prey to the current national mortgage foreclosure crisis.

In 1983 and 2004, the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas was called upon to issue stop-gap relief to a large number of residential homeowners who were facing the loss of their homes due to their inability to pay their mortgages. Relief was granted in the form of a temporary stay and postponements in the Sheriff Sale of foreclosed residential properties.

Reliable data reveal that the current crisis is due in part to "subprime" and "predatory lending" practices as well as rising interest rates, unemployment and underemployment, unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of the owner/occupier and has negatively impacted not only homeowners hovering at the poverty level but also a larger percentage of middle class homeowners. The anticipated increase in residential mortgage foreclosure actions filed in the Court of Common Pleas will not only require the further expenditure of limited judicial resources, but will also have a devastating effect on the residential homeowners who have lost or will lose their homes, as well as the lenders and investors, and the City of Philadelphia which will suffer a reduction of tax revenues making it more difficult to provide necessary services.

President Judge C. Darnell Jones, II noted that "a systemic solution is needed to address this recurring problem."

"Today, D. Webster Keogh, the administrative judge of the trial division, and I have issued a General Court Regulation establishing a Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Pilot Program," President Judge Jones stated, "implementing tried-and-tested case management tools which have been successful in other types of civil actions, and will be modified for residential, owner-occupied mortgage foreclosure cases."

The program authorizes the sheriff sale of non-residential and non-owner occupied premises as previously scheduled, but requires owner occupied residential premises to be scheduled for a conciliation conference before the sheriff sale can occur. Click here for more information.

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 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. In the event of rain, Legal Advice Live! will be held at The Gallery. 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. 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 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 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 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.

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.

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.

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 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.

Urban League's Morial to Address Bar June 30

Marc H. Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League and former mayor of New Orleans, will deliver the Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Memorial Public Interest Lecture at the Association's Monday, June 30 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon.

A lifelong champion of individual rights, Judge Higginbotham had a legal career that spanned nearly half a century. Since Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund, delivered the first Higginbotham lecture in 1999, notables such as Juan Williams, Charles J. Ogletree, Chaka Fattah, Cornel West, Kweisi Mfume and Gwen Ifill have filled the role. New members of the Association's 50-, 60-, 65- and 70-Year Clubs will also be honored at the event. The Year Clubs recognize attorneys who have been practicing law for 50 years or more.

Morial served two distinguished 4-year terms as mayor of New Orleans from 1994-2002. During that time, he also served as president of the United States Conference of Mayors in 2001 and 2002. The meeting begins at 12 p.m. at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. Tickets are $55 for Association members and $60 for non members. Click here to purchase tickets online.

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.

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 nbloch@seventy.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!

NBAWLD Plans Afternoon Tea, Scholarship Breakfast

The Philadelphia Chapter of the National Bar Association Women Lawyers Division will host an Afternoon Tea on Sunday, May 4 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel, 1701 Locust St.

The theme is "Each One, Reach One" and guests are encouraged to bring their mothers, daughters, mentees or friends to enjoy afternoon tea. Tickets are $45 for adults and $35 for young ladies (12 and under).

For tickets please contact WLD Vice President Linda A. Medley at VicePresident@nbawld.org or (215) 869-1163.

• The Philadelphia Chapter of the National Bar Association Women Lawyers Division will hold its annual scholarship breakfast on Friday, June 13 from 7:30 to 10 a.m. at the Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel, 1701 Locust St.

The WLD will celebrate the recipients of the Sadie T.M. Alexander Book Award, the Doris May Harris Image Award and the special inaugural presentation of the Justice Juanita Kidd Stout Scholarship.

For tickets please contact Barbara Ash at Barbara.Ash@phila.gov or (215) 683-5139. For sponsorship information please contact Adiah Ferron at ferrona@BallardSpahr.com or (215) 864-8523.

The Philadelphia Chapter of the National Bar Association Women Lawyers Division was formed to address the challenges to advancement in the legal profession faced by women of color in the Philadelphia area, including minimized opportunities to form networks and find mentors with similar interests and backgrounds.

Order The Legal Directory 2008 Now

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As in past years, each copy of The Legal Directory 2008 comes with a free subscription to The Legal Directory Online. Online listings for both attorneys and law firms are updated year-round, making this an ever-changing, useful resource. The Legal Directory Online also features links to court rules, area bar associations and more. All are only a mouse-click away.

The printed edition of The Legal Directory 2008 includes the indispensable information you've come to rely upon – Bar Association bylaws, contacts and committees; information on federal, state and county courts, and government agencies; a section devoted to law-related organizations, organizations and nonprofits serving Greater Philadelphia; the judges' index; corporate counsel listings; and a special business-to-business section tailored to the legal community. You'll have at your fingertips more than 18,000 attorney listings and nearly 1,700 law firm listings.

If you've ordered your copy, it will soon arrive; if not, place your order now for this essential resource – and receive free access to The Legal Directory Online. Order today at www.thelegaldirectory.org.

Public Interest Events, Training Sessions

• 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.

• Philadelphia VIP and HIAS and Council Migration Service of Philadelphia will present the CLE program "Immigration Relief and the Value of Exceptional and Extremely Unusual Hardship" on Friday, April 25 from 12 to 2:15 p.m. at the offices of Cozen O'Connor, 1900 Market St. The CLE credit is free when you take a pro bono case. Lunch will be provided. To RSVP, call (215) 523-9550.

• Philadelphia VIP and and Ceiba will present a tax training CLE program where attorneys can learn methods and skills required to represent low-income workers facing IRS compliance actions. This program will be held Friday, May 2 from 12 to 2:15 p.m. at the offices of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, 1701 Market St. Lunch will be provided. The CLE credit is free when you take a pro bono case. Lunch will be provided. To RSVP, call (215) 523-9550.

• 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.

CLS Breakfast of Champions May 20

Mayor Michael Nutter will be the keynote speaker at Community Legal Services' annual Breakfast of Champions on Tuesday, May 20 at the Doubletree Hotel, 237 S. Broad St. The program begins at 7:30 a.m.

CLS will present its annual awards at the event. Wendell Pritchett, director of the Office of Research, Planning and Policy for the City of Philadelphia and Irv Ackelsberg of Langer, Grogan & Diver P.C., will each receive the Champion of Justice Award.

The Equal Justice Award will be presented to Ethan Fogel and the Dechert LLP Landlord/Tenant Pro Bono Team; and Priscilla Hamilton Munroe, a paralegal in the Family Advocacy Unit of Community Legal Services.

Susan G. Komen Philadelphia Race for the Cure May 11

Participate in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® 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. 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.

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