Thursday, April 19, 2007
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 8, No. 30
 

Chancellor's Forum on Diversity Best Practices April 30

A panel of chief diversity officers will discuss what they've learned over the years at an April 30 Chancellor's Forum on Diversity Best Practices.

The moderators for the program will include Paul Lancaster Adams of Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP and Gaetan Alfano of Miller Alfano & Raspanti, P.C., along with a panel of diversity officers from major local corporations.

The panelists will focus on issues involving recruiting, retention and promotion. One ethics CLE credit will be available for the program, which begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. To register for the CLE credit, visit pbi.org. Lunch is available for $7.50. Click here to purchase lunch for this program.

Bar Association Conducting Poll on Judicial Retention

The Philadelphia Bar Association's Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention is currently conducting a poll regarding those judges who will be standing for retention election in November 2007.

Again this year, the Association is also conducting an interim poll relating to judges in the Court of Common Pleas in the fourth year of their terms and Municipal Court judges in the second year of their terms. All members of the bar in Philadelphia are urged to fill out the questionnaire. The poll will remain available until 5 p.m. Friday, May 4, 2007.

Click here to take the poll now!

If you are unable to, or prefer not to complete the poll electronically, you may come to the Philadelphia Bar Association, 10th Floor, 1101 Market St., with your Supreme Court attorney card and receive a copy of the questionnaire from the Association. You may also e-mail Areetha Carter, Esq. at acarter@philabar.org or call Carter at (215) 238-6351 and provide your name and Supreme Court identification number and a ballot will be mailed to you.

Register Online for 2007 Bench-Bar Conference

Bar Association members can now register online for the 2007 Bench-Bar Conference Sept. 28 and 29 at Bally's Atlantic City. Click here to register online.

This year's conference is expected to bring together more than 500 lawyers and judges from the Philadelphia area for two days of programming that lets practitioners and the judiciary share ideas and best practices. Up to 7 CLE credits will be available.

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. 27 are $99; rooms Friday night are $144, and Saturday night rooms are $189. 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.

Longtime Middle East Reporter to Speak April 30

Jay Bushinsky, Middle East bureau chief for KYW Newsradio, will offer a reporter's perspective on the region at an April 30 program sponsored by the Bar Association and the Brandeis Law Society.

Bushinsky has been reporting from the Middle East for four decades. He has covered almost every major event that has shaped the region, including Israel's six-day war (1967), the Yom Kippur war (1973), the Iranian revolution (1979) and the first Gulf War (1991). He has been reporting from Israel for KYW Newsradio for more than 30 years. He regularly tracks the changing developments in the political and economic landscape of the Mideast.

The program begins at 8:15 a.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. There is no charge to attend this program, but an RSVP is required. Click here to RSVP for this program or call Dawn Burger at (215) 238-6367.

Public Forum April 27 for Judicial Candidates

As a public service and to better inform the process of making newspaper endorsements in the May 15 Pennsylvania Primary, the Committee of Seventy and the editorial boards of the Philadelphia Daily News and The Philadelphia Inquirer are holding a public forum for Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas candidates on Friday, April 27.

The program begins at 8:30 a.m. in Room 303 of the Pennsylvania Convention Center (enter at 12th and Arch Streets) The room opens at 8 a.m. and the program starts promptly at 8:30 a.m.

The Philadelphia Bar Association is serving as a community partner in this program. The event will be moderated by Lynn A. Marks, executive director of Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts, who will coordinate questioning by members of the newspapers' editorial boards and audience members, time permitting. Candidates will be invited to present a two-minute summary of their credentials, after which the panel members will pose questions. Light refreshments will be provided. The event is open to the public, but attendees are requested to pre-register by sending a brief message to judge@phillynews.com, or by calling 215-854-4542.

Determine Your Law Office's Technology Needs

The Law Practice Management Division's Technology Committee will sponsor the panel discussion, "Setting Up a Law Office - Determining Your Technology Needs" today (Thursday, April 19).

The panel will discuss the technology needs of new and existing law firms, including hardware and software. The moderator for the program is Gil Marquez, law firm administrator for Feldman, Shepherd, Wohlgelernter, Tanner & Weinstock. Panelists include Chuck Davis, president and co-founder of Adaptive Solutions, Inc.; Larry Hershman, president of Advanced Network Services, Inc.; and Monica D'Amore of D'Amore Consulting, LLC.

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.

Mayoral Candidates to Discuss Ethics April 23

Mayoral candidates Bob Brady, Dwight Evans, Chaka Fattah, Tom Knox, Michael Nutter and Al Taubenberger have been invited to address the issue of "Ethics in My Administration" at the Monday, April 23 meeting of the Professional Responsibility Committee.

The recently enacted city ethics legislation applies primarily to elected and appointed government officials and employees. Certain provisions, however, also apply to law firms, partnerships, corporations, business organizations and professional associations organized for profit. A Board of Ethics was created in the legislation to promulgate rules and regulations. City Solicitor Romulo L. Diaz will also be present to answer any questions that might arise about the legislation.

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.

LPM Program on Pro Bono Policies April 25

The Law Practice Management Division's Business Management Committee will hold a discussion on pro bono policies at its Wednesday, April 25 meeting.

The panel will include moderator Marsha L. Levick and panelists Joni J. Berner, Alan C. Promer and Joseph A. Sullivan. The program 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 purchase lunch for this program.

LPM Hotline Can Help Improve Your Practice

The Association's Law Practice Management Division offers committees with programs to help you manage your law office as well as a hotline to help you with staffing, bookkeeping and other issues. Contact the Law Practice Management Hotline at (215) 238-6314.

Whether you are just starting your own firm or trying to grow your established practice, the LPM Division is available to help. The program features a bank of consultants available to counsel Bar Association members with both innovative and practical information on topics including marketing, management, technology and finances.

The Association's Law Practice Management Division is offering programs designed to help members in many different areas. For more information on any of these subcommittees, contact the committee chairs listed below:

Vendor and Consultant Referral Program Committee - Mary Platt at mplatt@mmwr.com and Marla A. Joseph at mjoseph@workcomppa.com.

Financial Management Committee - Joel D. Feldman at jfeldman@anapolschwartz.com and Thomas A. Brophy at tbrophy@mdwcg.com.

Technology Committee - Carl G. Roberts at cgroberts@ballardspahr.com and Daniel J. Siegel at dan@danieljsiegel.com.

Business Management Committee - Margaret Klaw at mklaw@bernerklaw.com and Jeffrey A. Lutsky at jlutsky@stradley.com.

Marketing Committee - Merritt A. Cole at colem@whiteandwilliams.com and Harper J. Dimmerman at harper@harperlawgroup.com.

The Law Practice Management Division is chaired by Joseph A. Prim Jr. and Carl G. Roberts.

If you need help with staffing, bookkeeping or developing your Web site, we have the consultants to assist you! Contact the Law Practice Management Hotline at (215) 238-6314.

Ginsburg Essay Contest Entries Being Accepted

The Philadelphia Bar Association has announced the Fifth Annual Legal Writing Competition in honor of the Hon. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

In so doing, the Bar Association recognizes the importance of excellence in legal analysis and writing skills, and seeks to award a student enrolled in a Philadelphia-area law school for authoring a top-quality competition submission.

This competition is open to full- and part-time law students who are in their second or third year of study during the 2006-07 academic year at one of the following five institutions: University of Pennsylvania School of Law, The State University of New Jersey, Rutgers (Camden) School of Law, Temple University Beasley School of Law, Villanova University School of Law and Widener University School of Law (Delaware Campus). 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. 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.

The author of the first-place submission will receive a cash award of $2,500, the publication of the winning submission in The Philadelphia Lawyer magazine, on the Bar Association's Web site and/or in an appropriate Bar Association publication. The winner of the First Place award will be invited to the Bar's October Quarterly Meeting, at which time the award will be presented. Mail entries to the Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg "Pursuit of Justice Legal Writing Competition," c/o Dawn Burger, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2911. The deadline for entries is Monday, April 30.

Volunteers Needed for Law Week April 30 - May 4

Volunteers are needed to help with Law Week activities. If you would like to volunteer for Lawyer in the Classroom, please contact Abbie DuFrayne at 215-686-4057 or Albertine.dufrayne@courts.phila.gov.

If you would like to volunteer for Law Fair at the Gallery on Wednesday, May 2, please contact Heather Herrington at 215-627-6900 x 458 or heather.herrington@wilsonelser.com or Kristin McKenna at 215-564-8176 or KMcKenna@stradley.com.

To volunteer for Lawyer For A Day on Friday, May 4, please contact Scott Sigman at 215-735-3900 or ssigman@bochettoandlentz.com or Pauline Manos at 215-546-2604 or pmanos@feldmanpinto.com.

For more information on Law Week activities, please visit philadelphiabar.org/page/LawWeek.

Section to Honor Justice Newman at May 1 Reception

The State Civil Litigation Section will host a reception in honor of retired Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Sandra Schultz Newman on Tuesday, May 1 from 5 to 7 p.m. at The Residences at Two Liberty Place, 50 S. 16th St., 57th Floor Penthouse Showroom.

Tickets to the reception are $25 per person and include breathtaking views of the city and wine and cheese from around the world by Di Bruno Brothers. Click here to order your tickets by April 24.

YLD Forms Attorney Mentoring Program

Young attorneys have the opportunity to gain valuable insights from senior practitioners under the Young Lawyers Division's Attorney Mentoring Program. A group of 25 senior lawyers have agreed to serve as mentors to members of the Young Lawyers Division. These distinguished lawyers come from diverse backgrounds and include solo practitioners, attorneys from large firms and attorneys who have been in government service.

If you are interested in being matched with a mentor through this program, please contact either Dan McKenna at McKennaD@ballardspahr.com or Kate Skubecz at kskubecz@mmwr.com. If you would like to be matched with a mentor with a specific background, please specify that, and we will do our best to accommodate your request. Based on the responses, young lawyers and mentors will be partnered and contact information will be provided to each party.

A luncheon hosted by the Young Lawyers Division will be held on Tuesday, May 8 for mentors and mentees. Thereafter, mentors and mentees will be able to develop an ongoing mentoring arrangement.

YLD Comedy Night with Ty Barnett May 12

Ty Barnett, stand-up comedian and finalist on NBC's hit "Last Comic Standing," will fill the Academy of Natural Sciences with laughter when he headlines the Young Lawyers Division's 2nd Annual Comedy Night at the Academy on Saturday, May 12. Click here to RSVP for this event.

In addition to a night filled with entertainment, attendees will join together to raise money for the Philadelphia Bar Foundation - the charitable arm of the Bar Association, supporting legal agencies assisting the indigent, elderly and disabled, as well as abused women and children. The event, which runs from 7 to 11:30 p.m., features comedy, dancing, an open bar, heavy hors d'oeuvres and a silent auction.

Comedian and Philadelphia-native Chris Coccia will open for Barnett and serve as emcee for the night.

YLD Comedy Night is part of an annual mission to raise money for the Philadelphia Bar Foundation by promoting access to justice for all people in the community, particularly those struggling with poverty, abuse and discrimination. That mission is accomplished by providing grants and technical assistance in support of quality legal services, addressing unmet legal needs and providing education on matters in the public interest.

Real Property Spring Reception May 17 at Maggiano's

The Real Property Section will hold its Annual Spring Reception on Thursday, May 17 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Maggiano's Little Italy, 12th and Filbert streets.

Tickets are $10 per person and include beer and wine, pasta and hors d'oeuvres. Come to Maggiano's and raise a glass with your fellow real estate practitioners. Click here to purchase tickets online.

Registration Open for Bar's 28th Annual 5K Run/Walk

The Association's 28th Annual 5K Run/Walk returns to Martin Luther King Drive on Sunday, May 20. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Support Center for Child Advocates. Click here to register online.

The 5K race features a number of competition divisions: open-individual, Bar Association members, company teams, legal teams, and male and female divisions. Runners also are divided into the following age groups: 13 and younger; 14-16; 17-19; 20-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54; 55-59; 60-64; 65-69; 70-74; 75-79; and 80 and older. Awards are presented to the top three finishers in each division. Runners may also participate in a separate competition featuring legal and corporate teams. For information about the team competition, contact Michael Berkowitz at (215) 567-2010, ext. 132.

Registration for Bar Association members automatically includes members in a separate open bar competition. The entry fee for Bar Association members running in the 5K is $40 if applications are postmarked by May 16. Registration on the race day is $50.

In addition to the 5K run, a 5K walk begins shortly after the start of the run for those individuals and families who want to participate in this important cause. Individual walk registration is $20, and family registration is $60. Online registration for the event is available at active.com until May 18. All runners and walkers receive t-shirts and other items after the event.

The Philadelphia Bar Association is being joined as the event sponsor by corporate sponsors Firstrust, Wawa, Iron Mountain, The Legal Intelligencer, USI Colburn Insurance Service, Special Counsel, Veritext L.L.C., Dolfin, and Document Technologies, Inc.

Contributing to the event as legal sponsors are the law firms of Akin Gump Strauss, Hauer & Feld LLP; Anapol, Schwartz, Weiss, Cohan, Feldman & Smalley, P.C.; Bennett, Bricklin & Saltzburg LLP; Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC; Caesar, Rivise, Bernstein, Cohen & Pokotilow, Ltd.; Cozen O'Connor; DLA Piper; Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP; Flaster/Greenberg; Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin; McKissock & Hoffman, P.C.; 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.

The law firms of Barrack, Rodos & Bacine; Fox Rothschild LLP; Pelino & Lentz, P.C.; and Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP are contributing to the Run/Walk as Legal Supporters.

Registration for the May 20 event begins at 7:15 a.m. The run starts at 8:30 a.m. and the walk begins at 8:35 a.m. For more information, contact Eric S. Marzluf at (215) 567-2010, extension 130 or by e-mail at esmarzluf@crbcp.com; Tom Bell at (215) 887-2050, extension 107 or by e-mail at tbell@soglaw.com; or Louise Pangborn at (215) 925-1913, extension 125 or by e-mail at LouiseP@advokid.org.

The directors of the race are Manny Pokotilow, Tom Bell, Eric Marzluf and Michael Berkowitz. Click here to register online.

Bar Association Night at the Phillies June 12

Join your colleagues and friends as the Phillies take on the Chicago White Sox at Citizens Bank Park at Bar Association Night at the Phillies on Tuesday, June 12. Click here to order tickets online. The sign-in ID to purchase tickets is BARN and the password is 0612.

FJD to Honor Pro Bono Work April 24

The First Judicial District's Pro Bono Committee will hold its second event to honor attorneys for their pro bono work on Tuesday, April 24 in Room 653 of Philadelphia City Hall.

The committee's mission is to create and promote a culture of pro bono service in Philadelphia's legal community. The April 24 event begins with a panel discussion on pro bono services and the First Judicial District and will be followed by a brief reception in the Bonavitacola Law Library. Those attending the panel discussion will be eligible to receive 1.5 hours of continuing legal education credits. The reception will include a presentation of certificates to these attorneys, along with lapel pins designed to signify their contributions.

To be included on the First Judicial District's Roll of Honor, an attorney must have been in private practice, not employed by an organization that provides free legal services, must have rendered the service to a low-income client without any fee (or expectation of fee), and must have rendered the legal services to the First Judicial District. Submissions for inclusion on the 2006 Roll of Honor concluded Jan. 12. Click here for a list of 2006 winners.

The CLE portion of the program begins at 4 p.m. and the reception begins at 5:30 p.m. All members of the 2006 Pro Bono Roll of Honor are invited to attend this event for free, and should RSVP to Marianne Berauer at marianne.bernauer@courts.phila.gov. This event will cost $79 for attorneys who are not members of the Judicial Pro Bono Roll of Honor ($59 for attorneys admitted less than five years). Paying registrants may register online at pbi.org, or by calling PBI at (800) 932-4637.

Public Interest Groups Schedule Spring Events

The Homeless Advocacy Project will hold its Annual April Benefit tonight (Thursday, April 19) from 5:30 to 8 p.m., at the Conservatory of the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue, Broad and Walnut Streets, Philadelphia. This event will feature a Silent Auction and Cocktail Party. For more information, contact Marsha Cohen at 215-523-9595 or via e-mail at marsha@philalegal.org. Ticket and sponsorship information is available online by clicking here.

The Support Center for Child Advocates will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a gala benefit reception and auction at the Union League on Thursday, April 26 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Child Advocates will present its Judge Lois Forer Child Advocacy Award to Dr. Audrey E. Evans. Attorneys John Branigan, Brett M.L. Blyshak, Gail Marcus, Molly Peckman, David Rovner, along with Dr. Cindy W. Christian, Laura Anne DeRiggi, MSW; Susan Sherman, RN and the Child Advocates Client Advisory Board will be recognized as the 2007 Distinguished Advocates honorees.

More than 500 members of the legal, business and medical community are expected to attend the event, which will raise the funds to help Philadelphia's abused and neglected children. For 30 years, Child Advocates have moved Philadelphia's at-risk children to safety by securing a permanent, nurturing environment for each and every one through free legal and social services.

To attend or to volunteer at the 30th anniversary event, contact Jane Barr Pino Associates (215) 628-9844 or e-mail jane@barrpino.com.

HIAS and Council Migration Service of Philadelphia will mark its 125th anniversary with an event on Wednesday, May 2 at the National Constitution Center. Donald Aaron will be posthumously honored with the Golden Door Award at the program, which begins at 5:30 p.m. at the NCC, 525 Arch St. Click here for more information.

Equality Advocates Pennsylvania (formerly The Center for Lesbian and Gay Civil Rights) will hold its 11th Anniversary Celebration on Wednesday, May 9, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Moore College of Art and Design, 20th Street & the Parkway. Tickets cost $125. For more information, visit equalitypa.org or contact Alicia Marie Williamson at 215-731-1447, extension 13, or awilliamson@equalitypa.org.

The SeniorLAW Center will hold a casino night on Thursday, May 10 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at Mellon Bank Center, 1735 Market St.

Come play, eat, drink, and enjoy live music, cocktails and silent auctions. This will be a fun evening to support very serious work. SeniorLAW Center provides free legal assistance to thousands of elders in Philadelphia, and through the toll free SeniorLAW HelpLine (877-PA-SR-LAW), helps elders throughout Pennsylvania

The SeniorLAW Center will honor Jane E. Lessner of Fox Rothschild LLP and Diane E. Menio of CARIE for their commitment, advocacy and work on behalf of seniors throughout Pennsylvania.

Tickets are only $65 (which entitles you to $40 in gaming chips!) To order tickets or for more information, call (215) 701-3203, e-mail lfelzer@seniorlawcenter.org or visit seniorlawcenter.org.

Community Legal Services will host its Annual Breakfast of Champions on Friday, May 11 at 8 a.m., at Sofitel, 120 S. 17th St., Philadelphia. The 2007 Champion of Justice Award will be presented to the keynote speaker of the event, state Rep. Dennis M. O'Brien, speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. The Equal Justice Awards will be presented to Alan Feldman, Thomas B. Roberts, Jordana Greenwald, Pam Walz and Joyce Wilkerson. This event is free. To reserve a seat, please call Anna Perng at (215) 981-3732, or send an e-mail to aperng@clsphila.org, by Friday, May 4.

Order Your Copy of The Legal Directory 2007

The Legal Directory 2007 is now available, and you won't want to miss the newest, most comprehensive resource for the Philadelphia-area legal community.

This year's edition includes listings for more than 1,600 law firms and nearly 18,000 attorneys in Philadelphia and the surrounding Pennsylvania counties, Delaware and New Jersey.

But The Legal Directory 2007 also includes all 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 judges index; corporate counsel listings; alternative dispute resolution resources; and a special business-to-business section tailored to the legal community.

Once again this year, each copy of The Legal Directory will include complimentary access to The Legal Directory Online. So the information you need will be only a few mouse clicks away. Online firm and attorney listings are updated throughout the year, so you'll always have access to the most up-to-date addresses and phone numbers.

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