April 22, 2010
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 11, No. 33
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USI Affinity Waives
Administrative Fee for Solos

The Philadelphia Bar Association is pleased to announce that USI Affinity has decided to eliminate the 2.75 percent administrative fee on Independence Blue Cross's group policy for sole practitioners...READ MORE
 

USI Affinity Waives Administrative Fee for Solos

The Philadelphia Bar Association is pleased to announce that USI Affinity has decided to eliminate the 2.75 percent administrative fee on Independence Blue Cross's group policy for sole practitioners. As members had been previously advised in a letter from USI Affinity, the decision to implement the fee resulted from actions by Independence Blue Cross.

However, USI has taken this latest action because of its commitment to providing Association members the highest level of customer service and advocacy at the lowest possible price.

Members who already paid their May bills and included the fee will receive a refund directly from USI within the next several weeks.

Individuals with any questions may call Paul Kazaras directly at 215-238-6328.

Lunch Program on Submitting to Editorial Pages Today

The Association's Bar-News Media Committee will host "How and When to Share Your Opinion with the Press - Submitting to Editorial Pages" today at 12 p.m.

Members will hear from editorial page editors from several area newspapers. Panelists will include Bernard Dagenais, editor of the Philadelphia Business Journal; Hank Grezlak, associate publisher and editor-in-chief of The Legal Intelligencer; Lisa Hostein, executive editor, Jewish Exponent; Irv Randolph, managing editor of The Philadelphia Tribune; and Guy Petroziello, editorial page editor, Bucks County Courier Times.

The panel will answer questions regarding what they are looking for in terms of commentary, how best to contact them and build relationships, the types of stories that catch their attention and what not to do or say when communicating with the media.

The program will take place from 12 to 1:30 p.m. at Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St., in the 11th Floor Conference Center. Click here to register. For more information about the Bar-News Media Committee, contact Committee Chair Gina Furia Rubel at Gina@furiarubel.com.

International Business Initiative Meeting April 22

The International Business Initiative Committee will discuss issues regarding current clients and cases in international business and about the goals for the Initiative at its April 22 meeting. Its goals include increasing expertise and knowledge about international business, making Philadelphia more of a site for international business and bringing jobs to the Philadelphia area, increasing business in other countries, helping clients here expand internationally and building and expanding relationships around the world.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. at Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St., in the 10th Floor Board Room. Click here to register. For more information, call J. Michael Considine Jr., chair, International Business Initiative at 610-431-3288.

International Estate Planning CLE April 23

The Pennsylvania Bar Institute will present the CLE program "International Estate Planning" on Friday, April 23.

You'll walk away with important fundamental concepts in international estate planning; in-depth knowledge of the current trends and sophisticated issues in multinational estate and tax planning; and practical skills needed to best serve your clients. Faculty for the program includes Kelly Phillips Erb, David R. Elwell and Peter Rosenberger. The course planner is Paula M. Jones.

This program has been approved for three CLE credits. Click here for more information or to register.

Officer and Director Liability CLE April 23

The Pennsylvania Bar Institute will present the CLE program "Officer and Director Liability" on Friday, April 23.

This overview of the fiduciary duties of officers and directors will examine the fundamental duties owed and how these duties become relevant in litigation. Among the topics to be discussed are the basics of officer and directory liability; derivative suits and litigation; insurance issues; and insolvency and bankruptcy.

Panelists include U.S. Bankruptcy Court Chief Judge Kevin J. Carey; U.S. District Court Judge Joy Flowers Conti; Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Albert W. Sheppard Jr.; Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas Judge Christine A. Ward; Prof. Tom Baker; A. Bruce Bowden; Tobey M. Daluz; William T. Harvey; and Carol Zacharias.

A total of 3 CLE credits are available for this program, which begins at 12 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here for more information or to register.

Earth Day Event April 24

The Philadelphia Bar Association will mark the 40th anniversary of Earth Day by planting trees on the morning of Saturday, April 24. Please join the Green Ribbon Task Force in helping make Philadelphia greener.

We will be planting root trees at three locations in and around Philadelphia and no experience or heavy lifting is necessary. You and your family and friends are all welcome and encouraged to participate. If you are interested in volunteering, click here to register. For questions, please contact Kim Jessum at kjessum@stradley.com or call 215-564-8165.

The two Philadelphia locations are Fairmount Tree Tenders, 24th and Aspen streets, at 9 a.m. and Graduate Hospital Tree Tenders, 22nd and Bainbridge streets, at 10:30 a.m. A third location has been added in East Lansdowne at the municipal parking lot just east of Lewis Avenue on the north side of Baltimore Avenue at 9 a.m.

If you have a pickup truck, please contact us if you can help pick up the trees on April 23 from the Naval Yard. Donations are welcome to help us purchase food and beverages for all volunteers, as well as mulch for the tree pits. Donations of mulch for the tree pits are welcome. Donations of cookies, muffins, other treats or cases of water for volunteers are welcome.

Consider lending any tools you may have. We need round-head shovels and square-head shovels (very important); picks; sledgehammers; work gloves; a wheelbarrow; brooms; and hoses and connection to a water supply or water buckets to water trees.

For more information about the Philadelphia Bar Association's Green Ribbon Task Force, click here.

YLD Seeks Law Week Volunteers April 26-May 3

Volunteer Philadelphia lawyers of all ages are needed to offer free legal advice, visit high school classes, guide children on tours of the city's courtrooms, and present mock criminal trials for grade school students in celebration of Law Week 2010, an annual occasion marked by the Philadelphia Bar Association and YLD through a host of special events and services reaching thousands of citizens.

The weeklong fest is one of the most ambitious public outreach efforts of its type in the nation. All of the Law Week activities are under the direction of Bar Association Chancellor-Elect Rudolph Garcia, and are coordinated by the Association's Young Lawyers Division with the help of scores of lawyer-volunteers. The Law Week 2010 co-chairs are Carey Chopko and Kelly Gastley.

The following is a schedule of Law Week activities and contact information for those interested in volunteering:

Lawyer in the Classroom, Monday, April 26, through Thursday, April 29: Monday kicks off a weeklong series of visits to Philadelphia school classrooms by volunteer lawyers with the Lawyer in the Classroom program. As part of this program, lawyers will enthusiastically 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 for the Lawyer in the Classroom program, please contact Aly Oswald or Aneesah El-Amin-Jaamia.

Legal Advice Live!, Monday, April 26: At lunchtime, dozens of Philadelphia attorneys will gather to provide free, in-person legal advice during the Legal Advice Live! program, from 12 to 2 p.m. at five different branches of the Philadelphia Library, including the Central branch. Attorneys will provide answers to legal questions on a broad range of topics including personal injury, medical malpractice, landlord/tenant law, divorce and child custody matters, wills and estate planning, real estate law and employment law.

If you are interested in volunteering at the Central branch, please contact Anthony Chwastyk. If you are interested in volunteering at a satellite branch, please contact Rachel Branson.

Also on Wednesday, April 28, free legal advice will be given to those who call the Legal Line hotline. From 5 to 8 p.m., area residents can call lawyers at 215-238-6333 and have their legal questions answered confidentially without a fee. The lawyers will staff a phone bank at the headquarters of the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market Street, 11th Floor.

If you are interested in volunteering for Legal Line, please contact Roxane Crowley.

Lawyer for a Day, Friday, April 30: Volunteer attorneys and judges pair with high school students and "show them the ropes" of their jobs by taking them into the courts during the Lawyer for a Day program. Several city courtrooms will be open to allow the participants to observe the proceedings. The students will meet the lawyers and judges and will participate in a concluding lunch, during which the students will recount their experiences and hear from a special guest speaker.

If you are interested in volunteering for Lawyer for a Day, please contact David Walker or Amanda Shoffel.

"Goldilocks" and "The Big Bad Wolf" Mock Trials, Friday, April 30: Volunteer attorneys will use the facts of the well-known fairytales "Goldilocks" and "The Three Little Pigs" as the basis for mock criminal trials during the "Trials of Goldilocks" and the "Big Bad Wolf" program, taking place at seven different City Hall courtrooms. 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 act as the jury and determine whether the Big Bad Wolf or Goldilocks is guilty of a crime.

If you are interested in volunteering for the "Trials of Goldilocks" and the "Big Bad Wolf" program, please contact Heather Herrington or Justin Moriconi.

While no volunteers are needed, on Monday, May 3, a Naturalization Ceremony will welcome dozens of new United States citizens at the U.S. Courthouse, 6th and Market Streets in Philadelphia, at 10:30 a.m. Here the the winner of the Edward F. Chacker Essay Contest will read his or her essay. For additional information, click here.

Tips from Judges on Settlement Conferences April 26

The Federal Courts Committee will present "Tips From the Judges on Preparing For and Participating in Settlement Conferences and Mediations" on Monday, April 26.

Speakers for the program include U.S. District Court Magistrate Judges Timothy R. Rice and L. Felipe Restrepo along with former Chief Judge Edward N. Cahn.

The program begins at 12:30 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP.

Be Your Own Advocate April 27

Communications expert Jerza Kaye will be the guest speaker at the Tuesday, April 27 Women in the Profession Committee meeting "Be Your Own Advocate."

Kaye will show you how to develop a clear, authoritative and feminine speaking style that works. She'll also share a simple, effective way to make your point, state your success stories, win the respect of clients and colleagues, and ask for (and get!) what you want. Don't miss this opportunity to take your public speaking skills to the next level, and have fun doing it!

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for those members who register in advance. Click here to register.

Ethics, Forensics and Innocence CLE April 27

Professor Jules Epstein of Widener University Law School and Mark Gilson, chief of Major Trials with the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office will be the speakers for the Criminal Justice Section CLE program "Ethics, Forensics and Innocence" on Tuesday, April 27.

This session will highlight the use of forensic evidence and the ethical ramifications of the evidence in criminal trials.

The program has been approved for 1.0 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.

Registration and lunch begin at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP.

Volunteers Needed for Microentrepreneurs Clinic April 27

Philadelphia VIP and Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) are cosponsoring a free legal clinic for microentrepreneurs on Tuesday, April 27. These microentrepreneurs are participating in a WBDC training program.

Volunteer attorneys will provide free legal advice on immediate and ongoing legal matters concerning the microenterprise. Likely issues include choice of entity, employment, contracts, real estate, intellectual property and tax. VIP requests that volunteers have at least 3 years of legal experience.

The clinic begins at 5:45 p.m. at the Women's Business Development Center, 1315 Walnut St., Suite 1116. To volunteer, contact Theresa Brabson at jvolunteer@phillyvip.org or 215-523-9567 to register. She is available to answer any questions you may have about the event.

Representing Diminished Capacity Clients CLE April 28

The Professional Responsibility Committee will present the CLE program "Representing the Client with Diminished Capacity: Pitfalls, Problems and How to Avoid Them" on Wednesday, April 28.

Panelists for the program include Karen C. Buck, director, Senior Law Center; Paul C. Heintz of
Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP; and Sanford Lee Pfeffer, general counsel, Philadelphia Corporation for the Aging. The course planner is Hope A. Comisky.

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.

Registration and lunch begin at 11:30 a.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP.

Foreign Cubed Cases April 29

Neal R. Troum will discuss "Morrison v. National Australia Bank: Territorial jurisdiction of the federal securities laws and 'foreign cubed' cases" at the Thursday, April 29 meeting of the Securities Regulation Committee.

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

Antitrust Law CLE May 3

The Antitrust Law Committee will present the CLE program "Zubalake Revisited and Other Recent E-Discovery Developments and Their Implications for Antitrust Litigation" on Monday, May 3.

Featured speakers for the program are Anthony J. Bolognese and Barak A. Bassman. They will discuss recent developments in electronic discovery and the implications of those developments to antitrust practitioners. This program has been approved for one substantive CLE credit.

Registration and lunch begin at 12 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Tuition is $25 and includes lunch. Click here to register.

Program on Impact of State Budget on Vulnerable May 4

The Delivery of Legal Services Committee and Public Interest Section will present “Impact of the State Budget on Vulnerable Persons: Lessons Learned for the Budgets Ahead" on Tuesday, May 4.

Speakers for the program include Michael Wood, research director for Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center and Anthony L. Crisci of Crisci Associates. The program will be moderated by Catherine Carr, executive director of Community Legal Services. The program will also feature a discussion with public interest advocates about the impact of the state budget on the court system, health care, prisons, education and services for those with low incomes and people with disabilities.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP.

Join Bar Academy for Inside Look at KYW Newsradio

Join us on Tuesday, May 4, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. as the Philadelphia Bar Association Academy presents "All News, All the Time: An Inside Look at KYW Newsradio 1060" at the top-rated news station's headquarters at 400 Market St.

Attendees will learn about business development opportunities from the station's vice president of sales, and enjoy complimentary wine and cheese.

This free program will provide a behind-the-scenes look at the station's news operation and broadcast technologies presented by station executives and senior reporter Tony Hanson, including a tour of the broadcast booth.

The program is open to all members of the Philadelphia Bar Association. Space is limited and advance registration is required. Register online at BarAcademy.philadelphiabar.org.

Improving Diversity in Plaintiff's Firms May 6

The Women in the Profession Committee, Minority Bar Committee and the Diversity Committee of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers will present a joint panel discussion concerning the commitment to improve diversity among plaintiff’s firms in Philadelphia on Thursday, May 6.

Panel members will offer advice and recommendations for persons interested in beginning a career as a trial attorney and on the retention and promotion of minority and women attorneys within the plaintiff’s bar. Recently, several law firms represented on the PtLA Board committed to hire at least one diverse lawyer or law student as a summer clerk or intern. A cocktail hour will follow the presentation and provide employers and those seeking employment with a unique opportunity to network. This presentation will be open to law students.

Panelists include Nadeem Bezar, partner, Kolsby Gordon Robin Shore & Bezar; Rhonda Hill Wilson, Law Offices of Rhonda Hill Wilson; Laura Feldman, partner, Feldman & Pinto; Stewart J. Eisenberg, president of PTLA and partner, Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck; Emily B. Marks, associate, Kolsby Gordon Robin Shore & Bezar; and Royce W. Smith, associate, Kline & Specter.

The program begins at 4 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Click here to RSVP.

Justice Newman to Address Appellate Committee May 10

Former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Sandra Schultz Newman will discuss arbitration, mediation and preparing lawyers for appellate argument at the Monday, May 10 meeting of the Appellate Courts Committee.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP.

Ginsburg Legal Writing Competition Entries Due May 10

Entries are being accepted for the Philadelphia Bar Association's Eighth Annual "Pursuit of Justice" Legal Writing Competition in honor of the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg, associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

The competition is open to full- and part-time law students who are in their second or third year of study during the 2009-2010 academic year at one of the following schools: 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).

Click here for a link to the contest rules. Entries must be received by Monday, May 10 at 4 p.m.

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 area law school for authoring a top-quality competition submission.

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. The author of the winning submission will receive a cash award of $2,500, the publication of the winning submission on the Bar Association's Web site and/or in an appropriate Bar Association publication. The winner will be presented with the award at the Association's Quarterly Meeting in October.

The co-chairs of the competition are Kathleen D. Wilkinson, partner at Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman and Dicker LLP and secretary of the Association, and Diane Penneys Edelman, assistant dean for international programs and professor of legal writing, Villanova University School of Law.

Sen. Michael Stack to Speak May 12

Pennsylvania state Sen. Michael Stack of the 5th District will address "From the National Guard to Guarding our Tax Dollars: A Public Servant's Role" at the Wednesday, May 12 meeting of the Government and Public Service Lawyers Committee.

Sen. Stack was elected to his third term in the state Senate in November 2008. His district includes Northeast Philadelphia, Port Richmond, Bridesburg and Kensington. He serves as a captain in the armed forces in the Pennsylvania National Guard. He graduated from the Officers Basic Course competing with soldiers 20 years his junior. Sen. Stack serves as Democratic Vice Chair of the Appropriations Committee and Democratic Chair of the Banking and Insurance Committee.

The event will be held in the Association's 11th Floor Conference Center at 12 p.m. Lunch is available for purchase for $8 if reserved in advance. Click here to register online.

Bar Association's 31st Annual 5K Run/Walk May 16

The 31st Annual Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Run/Walk for the Support Center for Child Advocates will be held Sunday, May 16 at 8:30 a.m. on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.

There will be several competitive divisions with a 5K run competition for all runners, a 5K run competition for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association only. There will be both legal team competition and corporate team competition.

This year, the Bar Association is being joined by corporate sponsors FirsTrust, Wawa, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney P.C., Iron Mountain, Philadelphia Runner, Brooks, The Legal Intelligencer, Landmark Legal Solutions, USI Affinity, Veritext, Reliable and CPMI. The event is also being joined by legal sponsors Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP; Anapol Schwartz Weiss Cohan Feldman & Smalley, PC; Archer & Greiner, 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; Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP; Pepper Hamilton LLP; RatnerPrestia; Raynes McCarty; Sandals & Associates, P.C.; Thorp, Reed & Armstrong, LLP and Zarwin Baum DeVito Kaplan Schaer Toddy P.C. along with legal supporters, Barrack, Rodos & Bacine and Berger & Montague, P.C.

For more information or to become volunteer, contact Eric Marzluf at 215-567-2010 (ext. 146) or via e-mail at esmarzluf@crbcp.com or Kristyn DiDominick at 267-546-9211 or via-email at kdidominick@advokid.org. To register for the race, visit active.com.

Federal Circuit Chief Judge Michel to Speak June 8

Retiring Federal Circuit Chief Judge Paul R. Michel will be the speaker for "Unplugged: First Thoughts Post-Retirement," at a Tuesday, June 8 event presented by the Association's Intellectual Property Committee.

The event will be held at The Union League of Philadelphia, 140 S. Broad St., beginning at 5:30 p.m. and is co-sponsored by the Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law Association.

Sponsors for the program (as of April 9) include Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP; Ben Franklin Inn of Court; Caesar Rivise Bernstein Cohen & Pokotilow, Ltd.; Connolly Bove Lodge & Hutz LLP; Cozen O'Connor; Dechert LLP; Dilworth Paxson; DLA Piper; Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP; Duane Morris LLP; Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC; Feldman Gale, P.A.; Fish & Richardson, P.C.; Fox Rothschild LLP; Harding, Earley, Follmer & Frailey P.C.; Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP; Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP; Pepper Hamilton LLP; Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP; RatnerPrestia; Saul Ewing LLP; Volpe and Koenig, P.C.; White and Williams LLP; Woodcock Washburn LLP; and Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor.

Judge Michel was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in March 1988. He became chief judge on Dec. 25, 2004 and since then has served as one of 27 judges comprising the Judicial Conference of the United States, the governing body of the judicial branch. In 2005 he was appointed by the chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court to serve on the seven-judge Executive Committee of the Judicial Conference.

Admission to the event is free, but registration is required. To register, click here.

Bar Association Night at the Phillies June 9

Join your friends and colleagues at Bar Association Night at the Phillies on Wednesday, June 9 as the defending National League champions take on the Florida Marlins at Citizens Bank Park at 7:05 p.m.

Tickets are $26 each and a $6 handling fee will be included per order. A portion of all ticket sales will benefit the Philadelphia Bar Foundation and the SeniorLAW Center. Click here to purchase your tickets online.

For questions or to order tickets by phone please contact Kaitlyn Finley in the Phillies Sales Office at (215) 463-5000, extension 5110. The deadline to order tickets is Monday, May 10.

Resnick to Receive O'Connor Award at June Quarterly

Stephanie Resnick, chair of the Litigation Department at Fox Rothschild LLP and chair of the Board of Governors of the Philadelphia Bar Association in 2008, has been announced as the recipient of the 2010 Sandra Day O'Connor Award.

The 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. The Women in the Profession Committee established the award in 1993 to recognize the important contributions that women attorneys in Philadelphia have made to the legal profession. The award presentation will be made during the June Quarterly Meeting.

Resnick served as chair of the Federal Courts Committee in 2004, the liaison between the federal bench and its practitioners. She was responsible for program planning, communication between the bench and bar on strategic initiatives, and professional development and education. In 1997, she served as chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association's Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention (Judicial Commission), having served as a member of the Commission from 1995 through 1998. From 1988 through 1994, she was a member of the Investigative Division of the Judicial Commission. In that role, she investigated the background of judicial candidates seeking election and reported those findings to the Judicial Commission.

Resnick was appointed trustee of the Campaign for Qualified Judges in 1996 and was also appointed by the then president judge of the Court of Common Pleas to the Task Force on Gender Fairness in the Courts. She also served as co-chair of the Women's Rights Committee, and as a member of the Professional Responsibility, Professional Guidance and Fee Disputes Committees.

Visit philadelphiabar.org to order tickets for the June Quarterly Meeting once they become available.

Bar Foundation Golf Classic June 21

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation's 22nd Annual Golf Classic will be held Monday, June 21 at Huntington Valley Country Club in Huntington Valley, Pa.

The fee for players is $450. Members of the Young Lawyers Division may play at a discounted fee of $375. A foursome can play at the discounted rate of $1,700. 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.

Several levels of sponsorship are available. Tournament Underwriter ($15,000) includes banner hung at clubhouse entrance; name on the cover of the souvenir program as underwriter of the event; microphone time at tee off; advertising in all publications; present skills competition prizes; includes golf for eight players plus four additional guests to the grand cocktail party; VIP parking for golfers; two tickets to the 2010 Andrew Hamilton Benefit; premium gift for sponsor and guests; and commemorative hole flag for guests.

Tournament cup/skills prize sponsor ($7,500) includes banner hung in clubhouse; recognition in the souvenir program; present skills competition prizes; includes golf for six players plus four additional guests to the grand cocktail party; commemorative hole flag for guests; and two VIP parking spaces for golfers.

Luncheon, Grand Cocktail Party or Putting Contest Sponsor ($5,000) includes name on sign at sponsorship location; recognition in the souvenir program; and four players plus four additional guests to the grand cocktail party.

Golf Cart Signs, Refreshment Cabana Sponsor ($3,500) includes name on golf carts or at refreshment cabanas; recognition in the souvenir program; and golf for two players and two additional guests to the grand cocktail party.

Hole Sponsor ($2,250) includes name on sign at tee; recognition in the souvenir program; and golf for two players.

For more information, contact Lynne Brown at (215) 238-6347 or visit philabarfoundation.org.

Register for Bench-Bar and Annual Conference at Borgata

Registration is now open for the Bar Association's Bench-Bar and Annual Conference at the Borgata in Atlantic City, N.J. on Friday, Oct. 15 and Saturday, Oct. 16.

The Association’s Bench-Bar Conference features a large selection of continuing legal education seminars for practitioners in a variety of areas and topics. There is ample opportunity for attorneys to mingle and network with their colleagues and members of the bench. Vice Chancellor John E. Savoth and Board of Governors Vice Chair Regina M. Foley are co-chairs of the 2010 conference.

Full-conference admission is $349 for members and $399 for non-members, if reserved by the early bird deadline of Friday, Sept. 17. For members of the Young Lawyers Division and government and public interest attorneys, admission is only $199. Visit philadelphiabar.org for a complete registration form and pricing guide.

Hotel reservations must be made separately by calling the Borgata directly at 1-866-692-6742. Guests must reference the Philadelphia Bar Association to receive the special rate. Discounted rooms are available from Thursday, Oct. 14 through Saturday, Oct. 16. if booked by Friday, Sept. 17.

Business Development Skills Series Begins May 7

The Training Resource Group will present a series of programs to introduce business development skills to attorneys beginning on Friday, May 7.

The program is designed for attorneys who are now expected to develop business for themselves or their firms. Learn these essential skill sets that were never taught in law school.

The sessions will be held in the 11th floor Committee Room South of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St., from 12 to 2 p.m. The May 7 session will cover building a network for business development and designing a business plan. The May 14 session will discuss the basics of networking and building a memorable 30-second commercial. On May 21, attendees will learn how to build a stronger network. The June 4 session will provide an introduction to a systematic approach to client development.

The cost is $795 per participant which includes four training sessions, one individual coaching session and materials. For more information call (215) 320-4650 or visit trainingresourcegroup.com.

How to Handle Child Abuse Case CLE April 26

The Support Center for Child Advocates will hold a volunteer training CLE workshop "How to Handle a Child Abuse Case" on Monday, April 26.

This course provides certification for eligibility to receive court appointments for dependency cases in Philadelphia County. Join us for this volunteer workshop and hear experts in the field of child advocacy explain how you can make a difference in the lives of child victims. This program has been approved for 5 hours of CLE credit in substantive law and 1 hour in ethics.

The program begins at 9 a.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

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Public Interest Events, Trainings Set

• SeniorLAW Center will celebrate its work with the live music of CTO Park Avenue and dancing for all ages at its "SENIOR PROM," a special event that will be held Friday, April 23, from 6 to 11 p.m., at The Westin Philadelphia, 99 S. 17th St. at Liberty Place. Kids (and prom queens) are welcome! Prom attire is optional! For more information and tickets, call Larry Felzer at (215) 701-3203 or e-mail at lfelzer@seniorlawcenter.org.

• The Support Center for Child Advocates will present its pro bono training program, "How to Handle a Child Abuse Case," on Monday, April 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building. Five substantive and one ethics CLE credits are available. Register online at www.pbi.org or by calling 1-800-932-4637.

• HIAS and Council Migration Service of Philadelphia will hold its annual event, Building Bridges, Opening Doors, on Tuesday, April 27 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Union League of Philadelphia. This event will feature a performance by Eddie Bruce, a nationally known singer and bandleader. HIAS and Council will honor Dechert LLP; Rue Landau, the executive director of Philadelphia's Commission on Human Relations; Anuj Gupta, deputy commissioner for the City of Philadelphia Department of Licenses and Inspection; and Dr. Lena Allen Shore, a holocaust survivor, poet and humanitarian. Tickets are $118 per person and $60 per person for nonprofit employees. For ticket information, please contact Sarah Peterson at speterson@hiaspa.org or 215-832-0920.

• Philadelphia VIP will host a CLE training session on tax controversies on Friday, April 30 to help attorneys learn methods and skills required to represent low-income workers facing IRS compliance actions. This event will be held from 12 to 2:15 p.m. at Morgan Lewis & Bockius, LLP, 1701 Market St. The trainers will be Keith Fogg and Linda Love Vines from Villanova Law School. For more information and to register, e-mail phillyvip@phillyvip.org or call 215-523-9550.

National Legal Panel on GLBT Equal Rights April 28

Equality Forum 2010, in collaboration with the Williams Institute, will hold a National Legal Panel that explores the role that America's judicial system plays in the GLBT community's fight for equal rights on Wednesday, April 28.

The program will be moderated by Brad Sears, executive director of the Williams Institute. Panelists include Toni Broaddus, executive director of Equality Federation; Kevin Cathcart, executive director of Lambda Legal; James Esseks, director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and AIDS Project of the American Civil Liberties Union; and Prof. Nancy Polikoff, American University Washington College of Law.

The program begins at 7 p.m. at Arts Bank, 601 S. Broad St. The event is free of charge. For more information, visit equalityforum.com.

Women in Law Leadership Academy April 29-30

The American Bar Association Commission on Women and Young Lawyers Division will present the fourth Women in Law Leadership (WILL) Academy on April 29-30 in Philadelphia. Realize your leadership potential, learn how to develop business and take your career to the next level.

The WILL Academy empowers and trains women lawyers to achieve success and leadership skills. You will receive practical advice from and have the opportunity to network with prominent judges, general counsels and practitioners from around the country. You will participate in a number of interactive and highly informative programs that address a wide range of important and cutting-edge subjects.

Keynote speakers include Lynn Laverty Elsenhans, chair and chief executive officer, Sunoco, Inc. and Mary E. Snapp, corporate vice president, deputy general counsel, Microsoft Corporation.

The Academy will be held at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market St. and is co-sponsored by the Philadelphia Bar Association. Click here to download the Academy brochure. For more information about the 2010 Women in Law Leadership Academy, click here.

Roberta D. Liebenberg, a senior partner at Fine, Kaplan and Black, R.P.C., is chair of the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession. Maria A. Feeley, a partner at Pepper Hamilton LLP, is co-chair of the 2010 Women in Law Leadership Academy, as well as the Philadelphia liaison to the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession.

Lawyers' Club to Honor Judge Fullam May 4

The Lawyers' Club of Philadelphia will honor U.S. District Court Judge John P. Fullam for his 50 years on the bench at a reception on Tuesday, May 4 at the Four Seasons Hotel.

Attendees will also get to meet the judges of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, U.S. District Court, U.S. Magistrate judges and the judges of Bankruptcy Court at the event, which begins at 5:45 p.m. at the Four Seasons at One Logan Square.

For more information, contact Judy Camiel at 610-668-1730 or e-mail j.camiel@comcast.net. For membership information please visit www.lawyersclubofphiladlephia.org.

Judge Lazarus to Be Honored at Jewish Law Day May 11

Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge Anne E. Lazarus will be honored at the 28th Annual Jewish Law Day on Tuesday, May 11 at 4:30 p.m. at the Jewish Community Services, Building, 2100 Arch St. Complimentary valet parking will be available.

Deborah E. Lipstadt, Ph.D., professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies at Emory University will be the distinguished guest speaker. Professor Lipstadt's topic is "History on Trial: My Day In Court With Holocaust Denier David Irving." This program has been approved for 1 hour of CLE credit.

A reception will follow the program. For more information, call (215) 953-2726 or visit brandeislawsociety.org to register.

The Countdown is On to a World Without Breast Cancer

With just 20 days remaining to the milestone 20th anniversary Susan G. Komen Philadelphia Race for the Cure, the community is counting down by setting aside Race for the Cure fundraising dollars every day for the next 20 days!

If you set aside just $5 a day, that's enough to potentially fund one life-saving mammogram for a woman in need through the Komen Philadelphia Affiliate community grants program. Other important Race countdowns include: only six days left to register your 2010 Race Team (deadline April 25); 11 days to enter the Team T-shirt Contest (ends April 30); 15 days remain to register online (ends May 3).

Time is ticking away to a save lives and empower your world against breast cancer - don't let these final days to the Race for the Cure tick away without taking action. Register, team up and fundraise Learn more at www.Race.KomenPhiladelphia.org. Komen Philadelphia Race for the Cure, Mother’s Day, May 9, Eakins Oval/Philadelphia Museum of Art.


Gary Papa Run 4 Your Life June 20

The Ninth Annual Gary Papa Run 4 Your Life will be held Sunday, June 20, sponsored by Prostate Health International, in partnership with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98 and 6ABC-TV.

The 5K walk/run promotes prostate cancer awareness and research and to support a program of free screenings and educational programs to men in the Delaware Valley. The event is named in honor of Gary Papa, a longtime sportscaster with 6ABC, who lost his battle with prostate cancer last June. Register online by clicking here.

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