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April 21, 2011
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 12, No. 32
 

Chief Judge Lippman to Speak; Judge Rufe to Be Honored

Judge Jonathan Lippman, chief judge of the State of New York and a strong advocate for equal access to justice, will be the keynote speaker at the Bar Association’s Monday, June 27 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon.

The Association will also present the Sandra Day O'Connor Award to U.S. District Court Judge Cynthia M. Rufe at the event and honor the newest members of its Year Clubs, attorneys who have been practicing law for more than 50 years. The O'Connor Award is conferred annually on a woman attorney who has demonstrated superior legal talent, achieved significant legal accomplishments and has furthered the advancement of women in both the profession and the community.

As New York's chief judge, Lippman has championed equal access to justice issues and taken an active leadership role in identifying permanent funding streams for civil legal services, strengthening the state’s indigent criminal defense system, addressing the systemic causes of wrongful convictions, and reforming New York’s juvenile justice system, among many other areas. Judge Lippman’s four decades in the courts have been marked by a commitment to fostering a justice system that is independent, open, accountable and responsive to the people it serves.

Judge Rufe was nominated to the Eastern District by President George W. Bush on Jan. 23, 2002. She was confirmed by the Senate on April 30, 2002, and received her commission on May 3, 2002. She received her B.A. from Adelphi University and received her J.D. from State University of New York at Buffalo Law School.

Judge Rufe began her professional career as an assistant and coordinator in the Juvenile Division of the Bucks County Public Defender’s Office in 1977. She was a deputy public defender with the Bucks County Public Defender’s Office from 1980 to 1981. She served as solicitor for the Bucks County Children and Youth Social Services Agency from 1984 to 1988. She served as a judge on the Bucks County Court of Common Pleas from 1994 to 2002.

Tickets for the event, to be held at the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets, are $55 for members and $65 for non-members. Click here to purhcase tickets.

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Take Poll on Judges Standing for 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 in the November General Election.

As part of this poll, the Association is also conducting an interim poll relating to Court of Common Pleas judges 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. on Friday, April 29. All practitioners who have offices based in Philadelphia are eligible to take the poll. Click here to take the poll now!

If you are unable to, or prefer not to complete the poll electronically, you may receive a copy of the poll through the mail by contacting Charles Klitsch, Esq., the Association's director of public and legal services at cklitsch@philabar.org or by calling him at (215) 238-6326. You must provide your name and Supreme Court identification number to receive the ballot.

Ratings Released for Judicial Candidates in May 17 Primary

Chancellor Rudolph Garcia has announced the first round of results of the Association's investigation into the qualifications of candidates for the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and candidates for Philadelphia Municipal Court in the May 17 primary election. The investigation was conducted by the Association's Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention.

Garcia noted that the list of "Recommended" and "Not Recommended" candidates is still incomplete and said additional names and ratings will be announced as investigations are completed on the remaining candidates. Garcia said that the ratings provide the results for candidates who are on the ballot who submitted to the Association's evaluation process by the Bar’s announced deadline of Dec. 8, 2010.

"We wanted to get these names and ratings out as soon as possible and invite people to learn about these candidate ratings. They can do this by visiting our website at www.philadelphiabar.org," Garcia said. The Chancellor pointed out that the Association's Campaign for Qualified Judges has launched a banner that appears on the homepage of the Association's website. The banner contains a link to print the candidates' ratings so voters can bring the list to the polls. Garcia said the Association wants voters to know "not just who to vote for but why the judicial elections are so important and why we invest so much time and energy in reviewing and rating these candidates. This is the one place for voters to find a thorough, non-partisan, objective rating of the candidates."

The Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention is independent and non-partisan. It includes lawyers and non-lawyers. Among the members of the Commission are community leaders, officials including the District Attorney, Chief Public Defender, City Solicitor, and the President Judges of Common Pleas Court and Municipal Court, and representatives of minority legal groups and various sections of the Bar.

The ratings by the 30-member Judicial Commission follow extensive study and investigation by the Commission’s own 120-member investigative division, which includes 30 non-lawyer members. Candidates found "Recommended" satisfied a cumulative review of criteria including qualifications such as legal ability, experience, integrity, temperament, community involvement and judgment. Complete details can be found at www.philadelphiabar.org.

"The Commission will complete more than 40 evaluations of candidates for the 11 open seats on Common Pleas Court and Municipal Court," said Commission Chair Richard S. Seidel. "That is an enormous undertaking involving many hundreds of interviews by the investigative division and careful review, consideration and deliberation by the Commission."

The following judicial candidates, listed alphabetically, were found "RECOMMENDED" for election to the Court of Common Pleas:




Drew Aldinger Recommended
Anne Marie B. Coyle Recommended
Charles Ehrlich Recommended
Michael Fanning Recommended
Angelo J. Foglietta Recommended
Vince Giusini Recommended
Roger F. Gordon, Jr. Recommended
Jonathan Q. Irvine Recommended
Vincent L. Johnson Recommended
Sayde J. Ladov Recommended
Harry J. Levant Recommended
Christopher Mallios, Jr. Recommended
Barbara A. McDermott Recommended
Maria McLaughlin Recommended
Carolyn H. Nichols Recommended
J. Scott O'Keefe Recommended
Kenneth J. Powell, Jr. Recommended
Fran Shields Recommended
Joseph C. Waters, Jr. Recommended

The following judicial candidates, listed alphabetically, were found "RECOMMENDED" for election to Municipal Court:

Michael Fanning Recommended
Kenneth J. Powell, Jr. Recommended
Vincent L. Johnson Recommended

The following judicial candidates, listed alphabetically, were found "NOT RECOMMENDED" for election to the Court of Common Pleas:

Martin S. Coleman Not Recommended
Jim Divergilis Not Recommended
Tom Fitzpatrick Not Recommended
Beverly Muldrow Not Recommended
Lopez T. Thompson Not Recommended
Ted J. Vigilante Not Recommended

The following judicial candidates, listed alphabetically, were found "NOT RECOMMENDED" for election to Municipal Court:

Martin S. Coleman Not Recommended
Jim Divergilis Not Recommended
Anita Smith Not Recommended

Additional names and ratings will be announced soon.

CLE on Electronic Filing Today

The First Judicial District will present a CLE program on electronic filing in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas today (Thursday, April 21).

This course will provide in-depth instruction on the use of the electronic filing system. The electronic filing system was designed to allow for the filing of all civil cases and legal documents via the Internet from anywhere and at anytime using a personal computer. The system currently provides attorneys and litigants with unlimited online access to all papers and legal documents filed in their cases.

The program begins at 9 a.m. in Conference Room 380 of Philadelphia City Hall. Tuition is $135 and includes an electronic version of the e-filing manual. Click here to register.

Freedom of Expression in Egypt April 25

The ACLU of Pennsylvania and the Bar Association’s Public Interest Section, Civil Rights Committee and Delivery of Legal Services Committee will present “Freedom of Expression in Egypt: Before and After the Uprising,” on Monday, April 25

The program will feature an Egyptian civil rights advocate who specializes in academic freedom with a prominent human rights organization based in Cairo. She is serving a professional internship with the American Civil Liberties Union, courtesy of the U.S. Agency for International Development’ Cairo Initiative, which is administered nationally by World Learning and locally by the International Visitors Council Of Philadelphia.

The program begins at 3:30 in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. and wil be followed by a wine-and-cheese reception. This program is free for all Public Interest Section members, but preregistration is required. Click here to register online.

Avoiding the Pitfalls of Handling Funds CLE April 25

Barbara S. Rosenberg and Joni J. Berner will present the CLE program "Avoiding the Pitfalls of Handling Funds" at the Monday, April 25 meeting of the Professional Responsibility Committee.

When lawyers engage in transactions of funds of clients and others, whether in their practice or in other capacities, they are subject to the Rules of Professional Conduct. Attend this seminar to learn how to avoid errors which can lead to disciplinary consequences, even for the most scrupulous attorney. Practical tips and available accounting systems will be discussed.

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 for CLE credit.

Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register for lunch.

Tax Section CLE April 26

The Tax Section will present the CLE program "Codification of Economic Substance" on Tuesday, April 26, featuring Eric Solomon, director of national tax, Ernst & Young LLP.

The Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 codified the existing economic substance doctrine. The new legislation imposes a strict liability penalty for failing to satisfy the economic substance test, which will likely result in more aggressive use of the doctrine by the IRS in corporate audits. The IRS has indicated that it will not release any list of safe harbor transactions. Join our expert panel as they guide you through the new provisions codifying the economic substance doctrine and analyzing the impact of these new rules on tax planning and tax controversy disputes.

The program begins at 12:30 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Check-in and lunch begin at 12 p.m. Click here to register online.

Mediation from the Mediator's Perspective April 26

The Women in the Profession Committee will present "Mediation from the Mediator's Perspective" with Ret. Justice Jane Cutler Greenspan, Judith P. Meyer and Harrie Samaras at its Tuesday, April 26 meeting.

Hear directly from the perspective of leading neutrals on how to prepare for your next mediation. Panelists will discuss negotiating with confidence, choosing the right mediator and dealing with difficult moments in the mediation. If you want to get the best outcome for your client at your next mediation then this meeting is for you.

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 members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register.

Ethics of Witness Prep CLE April 26

The Criminal Justice Section will present the CLE program "The Ethics of Witness Prep" on Tuesday, April 26.

his program will focus on the prosecutor preparing his/her officer for a motion. We will begin this lively discussion by viewing an episode from the popular legal drama, "Law and Order." Our expert panelists will provide guidance regarding what's done, how it's done and what should and shouldn't be done. Panelists for the program include Professor Jules Epstein, Widener University School of Law; Mark F. Gilson, chief, Major Trials Unit, Philadelphia District Attorney's Office; and Matthew Perks, director of training, Philadelphia District Attorney's Office. The course planner and moderator is Isla A. Fruchter of the Defender Association of Philadelphia

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 for CLE credit.

The program begins 12:30 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Registration, lunch and the section meeting begin at 12 p.m. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register for lunch.

Legal Clinic for Microentrepreneurs April 26

The LawWorks project of Philadelphia VIP invites you to participate in our Legal Clinic for Microentrepreneurs on Tuesday, April 26 from 5 to 7:15 p.m. The clinic is sponsored by DELVACCA, Duane Morris LLP and the Women's Business Development Center (WBDC).

Attorneys will meet one-on-one with microentrepreneurs to discuss immediate and ongoing legal matters. LawWorks will match volunteer attorneys' practice expertise with clients' specific legal needs; however, we request a minimum of three years experience for this event. Usually, microentrepreneurs have questions regarding corporate governance issues, contracts, tax, intellectual property, real estate and employment law. Duane Morris LLP will provide attorneys with significant experience in these practice areas should a consult be needed by a volunteer unfamiliar with an issue. Most clients are participants in WBDC's FastTrac® NewVentureT 10-class series, which helps get new businesses up and running.

There will be an opportunity for private and corporate counsel to network at this event at a brief reception. The clinic will be held at Duane Morris Café, 30 S. 17th St. To get involved again or represent your firm or business for the first time, please contact Bailey Andersen at jvolunteer@phillyvip.org or at (215) 523-9567 for registration information.

The LawWorks project of Philadelphia VIP refers eligible nonprofits, small businesses and homeowners to lawyers who provide free legal services. For more information about LawWorks, visit phillyvip.org/content/lawworks.

Panel on "Over-the-Top" Journalism April 27

The Bar-News Media Committee will co-sponsor "Fair & Balanced? Journalism May Never Be Truly Objective, But is it Now Truly Over the Top?" in partnership with the Philadelphia Public Relations Association (PPRA) and the Society for Professional Journalists (SPJ) on Wednesday, April 27.

The program will take place at Estia Restaurant, 1405 Locust St., from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Cynthia Sanz, assistant managing editor of People magazine, will moderate and address how the changing media landscape alters the complex relationship between the public relations and journalism.

Panelists include Gina Furia Rubel, president/CEO, Furia Rubel Communications, Inc.; Michael Days, managing editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer; Kingsley Smith, vice president of news and news director, FOX 29 Philadelphia; and Michael Berry, partner, Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz, L.L.P; Advance registration is $45 for members of PPRA, SPJ and the Philadelphia Bar Association, $60 for non-members, and $25 for students. Walk-ins add $5. To register, visit ppra.net.

Mcare Fund Claims Discussion April 27

Beth C. Persun, director of the Pennsylvania Insurance Department Mcare Fund - Bureau of Claims Administration will discuss "Mcare Fund Claims: Everything You Always Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask" at the Wednesday, April 27 meeting of the Medical-Legal 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 members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register.

Commerce Program on April 27 Agenda

The Business Litigation Committee will future programs, membership, the Commerce Program and other topics at its Wednesday, April 27 meeting.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Committee Room South of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register.

Real Property Section Spring Social April 27

The Real Property Section will hold its Annual Spring Social sponsored by Land Services USA on Wednesday, April 27 at DiBruno Bros., 1730 Chestnut St.

Tickets are $30 for Section members and $40 for non-members. Registration includes beer, wine and hors d'oeuvres. The deadline for registration is Thursday, April 21. Click here to register.

Feinberg to Speak at April 28 Chancellor's Forum

Kenneth R. Feinberg, President Obama's compensation chief and administrator of the federal 9/11 fund - which distributed nearly $7 billion to more than 5,000 survivors and families of victims - as well as the gulf oil spill fund, will be the featured speaker at a Thursday, April 28 Chancellor's Forum presented by the Business Law Section. Click here to register.

Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor Rudolph Garcia will welcome attendees, and Albert S. Dandridge III, past chair of the Business Law Section, will introduce Feinberg. A question-and-answer session will follow Feinberg's remarks.

The Chancellor's Forum will be held at the Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia, 10 Avenue of the Arts, at 12:30 p.m. Tickets for this plated-lunch program are $35 for Business Law Section members, $45 for non-Section members who belong to the Philadelphia Bar Association and $55 for non-members.

Feinberg was named by President Obama in June 2010 as the independent administrator of a $20 billion fund set up by BP to compensate victims of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. He was appointed by the Secretary of the Treasury in 2009 to serve as the Special Master for TARP Executive Compensation.

Feinberg was the fund administrator responsible for the design, implementation and administration of the claims process for the Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund following the tragic shootings at Virginia Tech University in April 2007. Click here to register. The Chancellor's Forum is sponsored by TD Bank.

Bar Academy Presents Wynton Marsalis May 1

Join the Philadelphia Bar Association Academy for a very special afternoon with incomparable trumpeter-composer Wynton Marsalis on Sunday, May 1.

Led by Marsalis, the inimitable Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra will close the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts with a French-influenced program. Whether performing historic compositions or commissioned works, the "finest big band in the world today" (Daily Telegraph, United Kingdom) delivers a dynamic, attention-grabbing show every time. The 15 jazz soloists and ensemble players, under Marsalis' esteemed direction, are serious musicians whose playing is as fun as it is stylistically remarkable.

The event includes a Second Tier-level ticket to the concert, which will be held at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, and a pre-concert reception with wine and hors d'oeuvres. Kimmel Center CEO Anne Ewers will talk about exciting developments in store at The Kimmel Center at the reception before the performance. Registration is limited to Philadelphia Bar members and a guest. A limited number of tickets will be sold.

The reception begins at 1:30 p.m. and the performance starts at 3 p.m. All tickets will be held at Will Call. The cost is $65 per person (includes concert ticket and pre-concert reception). To register for this program, visit baracademy.philadelphiabar.org.

VIP Speaker Series with Owen Lefkon May 3

Join Philadelphia VIP at its upcoming Speaker Series on Tuesday, May 3 at 12 p.m., featuring keynote speaker Owen Lefkon, former assistant attorney general of Massachusetts.

The program, co-sponsored by the Public Interest Section, begins at 12 p.m. at the offices of White and Williams LLP, 1650 Market St., One Liberty Place, Suite 1800. To learn more about this event or to register, click here.

To learn about upcoming 30th Anniversary events, including the 30 for 30 Pledge and the 30th Anniversary Giving Circle, click here.

Securities Regulation Committee CLE May 4

The Securities Regulation Committee will present the CLE program "Dodd-Frank Regulatory and Rulemaking Update" on Wednesday, May 4.

Featured panelists are Jeffrey M. Taylor and E. Andrew Southerling. This seminar will provide you with a summary update on the SEC's regulatory and rulemaking activities under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, including regulatory initiatives affecting public companies, oversight of the financial markets, and the SEC's new enforcement powers.

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. Click here to register online.

The program begins at 12:30 p.m. at Blank Rome LLP, One Logan Square, 130 N. 18th St.

Mediating Complex Class Action Case May 5

Daniel Segal will discuss mediating a complex class action case at the Thursday, May 5 meeting of the Alternative Dispute Resolution 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 members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register.

Entries Sought for Ginsburg Legal Writing Competition

Entries are now being accepted for the Philadelphia Bar Association's 2011 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Pursuit of Justice Legal Writing Competition.

The co-chairs of the competition are Bar Association Vice Chancellor Kathleen D. Wilkinson, partner at Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman and Dicker LLP, 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 competition is open to full- and part-time law students who are in their second or third year of study during the 2010-11 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 Monday, May 9 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 website and/or in an appropriate Bar Association publication. The winner will be invited to a Quarterly Meeting of the Bar Association, at which time the award will be presented.

Registering Patents Overseas May 12

John S. Child Jr. will discuss registering patents in Europe, Japan, China and the United States at the Thursday, May 12 meeting of the International Business Initiative Committee .

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Committee Room South of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register.

Overuse Injuries in the Workplace CLE May 13

Drs. Mark S. Rekant and Sidney M. Jacoby will present "Overuse Injuries in the Workplace" at a Friday, May 13 CLE program presented by the Workers' Compensation Section.

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. Click here to register for CLE credit.

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 members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register for lunch.

YLD Casino Night Fundraiser May 14

Play casino games for a winning cause at the Young Lawyers Division's {link: on Saturday, May 14 from 7 to 10:30 p.m. at the Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel, 200 S. 17th St. All proceeds benefit the Philadelphia Bar Foundation, a nonprofit group that provides funding to legal service organizations that represent impoverished individuals.

Seven authentic blackjack tables, three poker tables, two craps tables and a double roulette table staffed by professionally trained dealers will be available at the event. The chance to win prizes in a big ticket raffle, a three-hour open bar, a generous dinner buffet, and a DJ are also included with admission.

Tickets are $65 each and $120 for two. Each guest will receive $200 worth of playing chips. Additional chips will be available for purchase at the event. Chips can be exchanged for raffle tickets for a chance to win prizes such as: overnight stays at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City and the Westin Philadelphia; unique tours of Philadelphia landmarks and complimentary admission to entertainment venues; Phillies tickets; gift certificates to renowned Philadelphia restaurants and retail establishments; and more.

Since 2006, the YLD has raised more than $140,000 for the Philadelphia Bar Foundation through its signature fundraiser, which in previous years featured a comedian and a silent auction.

For more details, including a full list of available raffle items, and to register, click here. For information on sponsoring the event, click here. Gaming tables and dealers are being supplied by Philly Casino Parties.

Current sponsors are: Leadership: Feldman Shepherd Wohlgelernter Tanner Weinstock Doddig (sponsor of the Roulette Table); Partnership: Cozen O'Connor; Friendship: Saltz Mongeluzzi Barrett and Bendesky; and Fellowship: The Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University and the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association.

Register for Bar Association 5K May 15

Registration is now available for the 32nd Annual Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Run/Walk set for Sunday, May 15 on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive adjacent to the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

While the 5KRun/Walk offers friendly individual competition for runners in 16 age categories for both male and female competitors in both Bar Association and non-Bar Association categories, the competition also includes the Caesar, Rivise, Bernstein, Cohen & Pokotilow Legal Team Competition for participating law firms. This legal team competition is fun for all participants because of its unique scoring system that allows teams with diverse age and gender classifications to be competitive with each another. A team's score is based on the individual rankings of the team members who do best in their individual age and gender classifications based on the finishing times of only the legal team competitors. A legal team includes between three and five members who must be bona fide full-time or part-time employees of the firm, so paralegals, law clerks and legal secretaries are encouraged to join attorneys on legal teams. The highly sought after trophy bowls are awarded to the top three legal teams. The entry fee for each legal team is a $400 contribution to Child Advocates and all team competitors also receive an exclusive team competitor T-shirt for having completed the event.

For more information, visit charityrun2011.com.

Bar Association Night at the Phillies June 7

Join your colleagues and friends at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday, June 7 for Bar Association Night at the Phillies when the Phils play the Los Angeles Dodgers at 7:05 p.m.

Seating will be located in Terrace Deck (sections 418 and 426) at $28 per ticket. Net proceeds from tickets sold through this offer will benefit the Philadelphia Bar Foundation and SeniorLAW Center.

Please place your order by May 7. Tickets are subject to availability!

For groups of 25 or more, please contact Colleen Mogee in the Group Sales Office at 215-463-5000 ext. 5103. All groups of 25 or more will be welcomed on the Phillies side auxiliary message boards at the top of the 5th inning. To purchase tickets, visit phillies.com/philabarassoc and enter the promotion code PBAN.

Bar Foundation Golf Classic June 28 at ACE Club

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation's 22nd Annual Golf Classic will be held Tuesday, June 28 at The ACE Club in Lafayette Hill, Pa.

The fee for players is $450. Members of the Young Lawyers Division may play at a discounted fee of $375. Price includes all greens fees, golf cart, lunch, refreshments, dinner and cocktails. For those wishing to attend the cocktail reception and dinner, tickets are $125.

The ACE Club is a 7,500-yard, par 72 course featuring rolling topography, streams, lakes, trees, open ground, wetland habitat, natural rock outcroppings and historic architectural sites.

Several levels of sponsorship are available. For more information about registration or sponsorship, contact Lynne Brown at (215) 238-6347 or visit philabarfoundation.org.

Volunteers Needed to Help Homeless Vets April 27

The Homeless Advocacy Project will hold a free legal clinic for homeless veterans on Wednesday April 27 at Impact Services, 124 E. Indiana Ave.

The clinic begins at 3 p.m. Volunteers are needed to help veterans in need. For more information, contact Michael Taub at mtaub@philalegal.org or call 215-523-9594.

Public Interest Events, Training Programs Scheduled

The Women's Law Project will hosts the First Annual Myra Bradwell Lecture from on Tuesday, April 26 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Roberts Room, Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP, 123 S. Broad St. Carol E. Tracy, executive director will speak. Leslie Stiles, recently retired as executive director of the Pennsylvania Commission for Women, will be honored. RSVP to Nan Langen Steketee at 215-928-5765 or nsteketee@womenslawproject.org.

The Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia will hold its 2011 Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, April 27 at 12 p.m. (registration and networking begin at 11:30 a.m.), at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, in the new Terrace Ballroom (entrance is on North Broad Street). This event will recognize leaders in arts and business as well as business/arts partnerships that have significantly contributed to the enrichment of the Greater Philadelphia Region's cultural landscape, and will feature music by the Opera Company of Philadelphia, and a dance performance by Miro Dance Theatre. For more information or to register online visit www.artsandbusinessphila.org/awards or call 215-790-3620.

HIAS and Council will hold its Annual Fundraising Event, Celebrating the Courage of Immigrants on Thursday, April 28. Judith Bernstein-Baker, HIAS and Council's executive director, will be honored at this event. The guest speaker at the event is Gideon Aronoff, CEO and president, HIAS, Inc., and the moderator is Dave Davies, WHYY. A Cocktail Reception and the Program will begin at 5:30 p.m., at the National Museum for American Jewish History, 101 South Independence Mall East, Philadelphia. The museum is open free of charge to all HIAS and Council guests from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. A private tour of the museum is available. For more information, contact Sarah Peterson at speterson@hiaspa.org or call 215-832-0920.

Philadelphia VIP's Speaker Series program "Preventing Homelessness" will be held Tuesday, May 3 at 12 p.m. at White and Williams LLP, 1650 Market St., One Liberty Place, Suite 1800, featuring a keynote address by Owen Lefkon, former assistant attorney general of Massachusetts. To register for this free event, please email Christina Ortiz at phillyvip@phillyvip.org. This event is co-sponsored by the Philadelphia Bar Association's Public Interest Section.

AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania will hosts One Divine Night: It Would Be A Drag To Miss It, featuring WMMR's Pierre Robert and the Captivating Queens of Illusion at 507 S. Broad (at Lombard). on Thursday, May 12. Once owned by Father Divine, founder of the Peace Mission Movement, this George Pearson-designed mansion has been painstakingly restored to its former grandeur and will serve as a magnificent backdrop for the evening's entertainment. Guests will enjoy an evening of provocative performances and delectable food and drink generously provided by Tim Bellew catering at FARE, Moore Brothers Wine Company and Flying Fish Brewing Company. For sponsorship and tickets, please contact the AIDS Law Project at 215-587-9377.

• Join Nationalities Service Center at the White Manor Country Club, for a golf event to celebrate 90 years of working to improve the lives of immigrants and refugees by helping them become socially and economically self-sufficient and engaged members of our community. The event will be held Tuesday, May 17 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at White Manor, 831 Providence Road, Malvern. Please contact Leyla Dursunova at NSC at 215-609-1522 or ldursunova@nscphila.org for golf reservations and/or sponsorship opportunities. For more information, visit nationalitiesservice.org.

Global Perspective on Medical Malpractice Reforms

Legal scholars and observers will discuss diverse approaches to medical malpractice reforms that have been explored around the globe during a one-day symposium at the Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University on Friday, April 22.

Sponsored by the school's Health Law Program and Suffolk University Law School, the symposium will feature panel discussions led by experts on malpractice reforms in Asia, Australia, France and India as well as the United States.

Panels will cover patient safety and medical liability; the problem of adverse events; French reforms of liability; Japan and Asia generally; and U.S. perspectives on reform.

Participants are eligible to receive 5 CLE credits, (including one ethics credit) at a cost of $100. To register for CLE credits, contact Assistant Dean Mary McGovern at mmcgovern@drexel.edu.

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