Thursday, April 24, 2008
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 9, No. 33
 

Register Online to Volunteer for Civics Program

Advancing Civics Education (A.C.E.) is a program launched by the Philadelphia Bar Association in partnership with the School District of Philadelphia to provide supplemental civics education — in areas such as fundamental principles of citizenship, democracy and dispute resolution — to ninth-grade public school students.

An understanding of civics, legal systems and civic participation is vital to the success of future generations. A.C.E. brings civics to life for Philadelphia high school students. This effort will complement the hard work of teachers and principals to create a bridge from middle school to high school that focuses upon each citizen's rights and responsibilities within our community, our Commonwealth and our rapidly changing world.

Attorneys can now register online for this program by clicking here.

Multinational Compliance Program Today

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

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

Estate Planning for the Incapacitated Today

Paul L. Feldman will present "Estate Planning for the Incapacitated Person" at today's (Thursday, April 24) meeting of the Elder Law Committee.

Feldman will discuss gifts, trusts, and wills for the incapacitated person. The meeting begins at 1 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $7.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Divorce Master's Hearing on a Budget Today

The Divorce and Equitable Distribution Committee will hold the brown-bag lunch meeting "How to Handle a Divorce Master's Hearing on a Shoestring Budget" today (Thursday, April 24).

Lee Schwartz and Mark Masley will lead the roundtable discussion beginning at 12 p.m. at the offices of Spear Wilderman, P.C., 230 S. Broad St. Suite 1400. To RSVP, contact Karen Zeitz at kfzesq@aol.com.

Judges on Effective Advocacy April 29

A panel of Court of Common Pleas judges will present "Judicial Tips for Effective Advocacy in Our State Courts" at the Tuesday, April 29 meeting of the Women in the Profession Committee.

Panelists include President Judge C. Darnell Jones II and Judges Sandra Mazer Moss, Frederica A. Massiah-Jackson, Amanda Cooperman and Karen Y. Simmons. 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 RSVP for this program.

Criminal Cases in Mental Health Court April 29

The Criminal Justice Section will present the lunchtime CLE program "Criminal Cases in Mental Health Court" on Tuesday, April 29.

Panelists include Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge Marsha H. Neifield; Gregg M. Blender, Defender Association of Philadelphia; Charles Ehrlich, Chief, Municipal Court Unit - Philadelphia District Attorney's Office; Luna K. Pattela, Deputy Chief, Mental Health Unit - Defender Association of Philadelphia; and Patricia Yusem, administrator of Mental Health - Philadelphia District Attorney's Office. The course planner is Isla A. Fruchter of the Defender Association of Philadelphia.

The program has been approved for 1 substantive CLE credit. Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay a fee of $25 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years, and $20 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. If you wish to register in advance please visit pbi.org or call PBI Customer Service at (800) 932-4637.

The program begins at 12:30 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Registration and Lunch begin at 12 p.m. Lunch is available for $7.50 for those who register in advance. Click here to purchase lunch for this program.

YLD Seeks Law Week Volunteers

The YLD seeks volunteers for Law Week events. Law Week is a weeklong series of programs placing Philadelphia lawyers of any age, as well law students, in the community to educate the city's youth and the public about the law through direct interaction. Some of our Law Week activities include:

Lawyer in the Classroom: Volunteer lawyers and law students will visit different schools throughout the week to address students' concerns about the law and the legal issues that affect them as they enter adulthood and answer questions about the legal profession. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Kelly Gastley at kgastley@phillyvip.org or Josh Ryan at joshua.ryan@dlapiper.com

Legal Advice Live! A free, daylong ask-a-lawyer event spanning across Philadelphia. On Wednesday, April 30, dozens of Philadelphia attorneys will gather on Independence Mall to provide free, in-person legal advice from 12 to 2 p.m. in Center City. In the event of rain, Legal Advice Live! will be held at The Gallery. Attorneys will provide answers to legal questions on a broad range of topics, including landlord/tenant law, divorce and child custody matters, wills and estate planning, real estate law and employment law. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Abbie DuFrayne at adufrayne@yahoo.com. Volunteer attorneys will go into the community and give free legal advice at select Free Library of Philadelphia branches. Volunteers are needed at the South Philadelphia Branch at Broad and Morris streets and the Tacony Branch at Torresdale Avenue and Knorr Street from 1 to 3 p.m. To volunteer contact Abbie DuFrayne at adufrayne@yahoo.com.

LegalLine: From 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 30, area residents can call lawyers at (215) 238-6333 and have their legal questions answered free and confidentially. The lawyers will staff a phone bank at the headquarters of the Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th floor. If you would like to volunteer for LegalLine (either April 30 or a future date), please contact Stephanie Mensing at smensing@wm-law.net.

The Trials of Goldilocks and the Big Bad Wolf: Volunteer attorneys will use the facts of the well-known fairytales Goldilocks and The Three Little Pigs as the basis for mock criminal trials on Thursday, May 1 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Volunteers will act as prosecutors, defense attorneys and witnesses in the criminal trials, which include opening statements, examinations and cross-examinations of witnesses, closing arguments, and instructions of the juries. At the conclusion of each trial the students are given the role of the jury and determine whether the Big Bad Wolf or Goldilocks are guilty of a crime. To volunteer please contact Heather Herrington at hherrington@rawle.com.

Lawyer for a Day: Volunteer attorneys, law students and judges pair with high school students and take them into the courts to learn more about the process of the judicial system as well as the role lawyers, judges, and juries play in our community. Several city courtrooms will be open to allow the participants to observe proceedings. This program starts at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, May 2 at the Bar Association, and all participants are invited back to the Association’s 11th floor Conference Center at noon for a concluding lunch, which includes a keynote by a guest speaker. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Carey Chopko at cchopko@feldmanshepherd.com or Corey Davis at cdavis@equalitypa.org.

Submissions from 4th-, 5th-, 6th- and 12th-grade students, are being sought for:

Edward F. Chacker Essay Contest: Named for former Bar Association Chancellor Edward F. Chacker, the 2008 contest offers a $1,000 college scholarship to high school seniors who attend public, parochial, charter or private schools in Philadelphia. Seniors are asked to write an essay of at least 1,000 words on the question: Do you think that school officials should be permitted to search a student's computer, iPod or iPhone? Why or why not? What factors should a court consider when deciding whether it is proper for a school official to search the contents of a student’s computer, iPod or iPhone?

The 4th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is supposed to protect the privacy and security of individuals against unreasonable searches by government officials. However, school officials also have an interest in protecting the safety of their students and teachers. Students may want to address the possible kinds of information that could be on a computer, iPod or iPhone – like voicemails, emails, text messages, documents, videos, etc. – that could be illegal or perfectly legal but highly private information.

Workers' Comp Lunchtime CLE Program May 2

The Workers' Compensation Section will present the lunchtime CLE seminar "Pension Offsets in Workers' Compensation" on Friday, May 2.

Panelists include Judge Joseph Stokes, Workers' Compensation Office of Adjudication, Upper Darby and attorneys A. Greg Girton and Jenifer Dana Kaufman. Panelists will cover how to determine your offset amount; what information is required; and how to establish contributions.

The program begins at 12:30 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, 13th and Market streets. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m. 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 $34.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years, and $29.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. If you wish to register in advance please visit pbi.org or call PBI Customer Service (800) 932-4637. Lunch is included in the program.

Ginsburg Legal Writing Competition Submissions Sought

The Philadelphia Bar Association is pleased to announce the Sixth Annual Legal Writing Competition in honor of the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the United States 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 an ABA-approved or provisionally approved Philadelphia-area law school for authoring a top-quality Competition submission. The following information is provided to encourage your participation in the competition.

This competition is open to full- and part-time law students who are in their second or third year of study during the 2007-08 academic year at one of the following six institutions: Drexel University College of Law, University of Pennsylvania School of Law, The State University of New Jersey, Rutgers (Camden) School of Law, Temple University School of Law, Villanova University School of Law, 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.

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, 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 Quarterly Meeting of the Bar Association in October 2008, at which time the award will be presented. Click here for the complete rules and submission guidelines.

Nancy Polikoff on Marriage, Families May 5

Professor Nancy D. Polikoff of American University Washington College of Law will present "Beyond (Straight and Gay) Marriages: Valuing All Families Under the Law" on Monday, May 5.

The program is presented by the Family Law Section, Legal Rights of Unmarried Cohabitants Committee, Civil Rights Committee and LGBT Rights Committee.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $7.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Practice Law and Have a Life May 6

Phyllis Sisenwine will present "Practice Law and Have a Life" at the Tuesday, May 6 installment of the Associate Training Program Business Skills Series.

Learning objectives for this session include understanding the varied approaches for handling work assignments; learning how to estimate time to complete tasks; analyze personal skills and abilities; and understanding the importance of timely, accurate and complete time entries

The program begins at 8 a.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Breakfast will be provided. Admission is $25. The program is presented by the Law Practice Management Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Association of Legal Administrators Philadelphia Chapter. Click here to register for this program.

Commerce Court Reception May 6

The Business Litigation Committee will hold its annual reception for Commerce Court judges on Tuesday, May 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Westin Philadelphia, 99 S. 17th St.

Tickets are $80 per per person or $750 for a group of 10. Tickets include cocktails and heavy hors d'oeuvres. Click here to register by April 29.

Third Annual YLD Comedy Night May 10

Join the YLD for a night of laughs on Saturday, May 10 featuring comedians Lynne Koplitz, and Doug Benson of VH1's "Best Week Ever," at the Academy of Natural Sciences. Tickets are available now and include open bar, heavy hors d'oeuvres, a silent auction and a DJ.

For sponsorship information, please contact Brian Chacker. To donate items to the silent auction, please contact Abbie DuFrayne. All proceeds benefit the Philadelphia Bar Foundation.

29th Annual 5K Run/Walk May 18

More than 700 runners and walkers will make their way along Martin Luther King Drive on Sunday, May 18 at 8:30 a.m. for the Association's 29th Annual 5K Run/Walk. Click here to register online.

The event will include both a 5-kilometer (3.1 miles) run and a 5-kilometer walk, both of which can be entered by individuals. Legal and company teams can enter the team competition in the run. For Association members who sign up as members of the Bar, your finishing time will be recorded in both the open competition and the Bar competition. This will allow you the chance to win a medal in your age group in both competitions.

The event will support the Support Center for Child Advocates. The Association is joined by FirstTrust; Wawa; Iron Mountain; Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC; The Legal Intelligencer; USI Colburn Insurance Service; Veritext L.L.C.; Special Counsel; and Document Technologies, Inc. as sponsors. Legal sponsors include the law firms of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, L.L.P.; Anapol, Schwartz, Weiss, Cohan, Feldman & Smalley, P.C.; Caesar, Rivise, Bernstein, Cohen & Pokotilow, Ltd.; Cozen O'Connor; DLA Piper; Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP; Fox Rothschild LLP; Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin; Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP; Neil A. Morris Associates, P.C.; Pepper Hamilton LLP; RatnerPrestia; Raynes McCarty; Sandals & Associates, P.C.; Schander Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP; Semanoff Ormsby Greenberg & Torchia, LLC; WolfBlock; Woodcock Washburn LLP and Zarwin, Baum, Devito, Kaplan, Schaer & Toddy, P.C. In addition to the legal sponsors, the law firms of Bennett, Bricklin & Saulsburg; Flaster/Greenberg P.C.; and Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP have contributed to the Run as legal supporters.

Everyone who participates will receive a T-shirt. At the finish line after the run there will be a variety of refreshments, giveaways and other post-run activities that are fun for the entire family.

Anyone interested in running or walking may obtain a race application at Caesar, Rivise, Bernstein, Cohen & Pokotilow, Ltd.; 1635 Market St., 11th Floor; Philadelphia, PA 19103, or by calling (215) 567-2010. Online registration will be available at active.com. For more information, please contact Eric S. Marzluf at esmarzluf@crbcp.com or (215) 567-2010, extension 130; or Tom Bell at tbell@sogtlaw.com and (215) 887-2050, extension 107.

Law firms and companies may enter teams in the 5K run by calling Michael Berkowitz at (215) 567-2010, extension 132 or e-mailing mjberkowitz@crbcp.com for team applications. The deadline for team registration is May 9.

In-House Counsel Committee Reception May 20

The Corporate In-House Counsel Committee will hold a cocktail reception so perspective members can learn about the committee on Tuesday, May 20 at 5:30 p.m. at XIX Cafe on the 19th floor of the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets.

The event is sponsored by the Philadelphia Bar Association and Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP. There is no cost to attend this reception, but an RSVP is required. RSVP to Dawn Burger at (215) 238-6367 or dburger@philabar.org.

Women in the Profession Committee Summit June 18

The Women in the Profession Committee will hold its first Women in the Profession Summit at The CLE Conference Center on Wednesday, June 18 beginning at 12 p.m. The summit will focus, in part, on the best practices for the retention and promotion of women lawyers.

The program will feature a keynote address by Charisse Lillie, vice president of human resources for Comcast Corporation and senior vice president of human resources for Comcast Cable. Summit attendees will receive two substantive and two ethics CLE credits.

"I am hopeful that the summit will keep up the momentum behind the Call to Action and Best Practices for the Retention and Promotion of Women Lawyers that the Bar Association adopted in September 2007. It would be great if this became an annual event," said Committee Co-Chair Maria A. Feeley

"We have dynamic faculty lined up, several Sandra Day O'Connor award winners, women trailblazers, as well as executive partners from Philadelphia's largest firms who will discuss women's initiatives focused on the retention and promotion of women lawyers. The cocktail reception also will provide a great networking opportunity. If you are a woman lawyer, you do not want to miss this event," said Feeley. Click here for more information or to register.

Philbrook Award Nominations Due May 1

The Mary Philbrook Award Committee is seeking nominations for the 2008 Mary Philbrook Public Interest Award, by Thursday, May 1. Nominations should include an enthusiastic and informative letter in support of the nominee, contact information for the nominee, and a resume or curriculum vitae. It should be forwarded to Pro Bono Coordinator Pam Mertsock-Wolf at the law school at pmertsoc@camden.rutgers.edu. If you or someone else could serve as liaison between the law school and your nominee, or to provide additional information about him or her, please include that information in your nomination.

Please take the time to nominate distinguished attorneys or judges whose careers exemplify the values of Mary Philbrook's life. (Note that tenure track Rutgers–Camden faculty are generally not considered for this award; adjuncts may be considered.) An award recipient should be someone who is a good speaker and whose accomplishments and personality will help make this an exciting and well-attended event. We particularly appreciate nominations of Rutgers School of Law–Camden alumni.

The Mary Philbrook Public Interest Award is given annually, at a gala event held each fall and organized by the Women's Law Caucus and APIL, in recognition of Mary Philbrook, the first woman admitted to the New Jersey Bar. Philbrook was a prominent leader in the campaign for women's suffrage and the Equal Rights Amendment, and was instrumental in the formation of New Jersey's first statewide legal aid society. She also worked in the settlement houses of slums, educated immigrants, organized workers, and attempted to reform prison and the juvenile justice system. As a tribute to her lifelong struggle for justice, the Mary Philbrook Public Interest Award is presented each year to a leading contemporary advocate of social justice and equality. In addition, we recognize members of the third-year class and most recent graduates for exceptional contributions to the public interest during their years in the law school.

In the recent past, awards have been given to The Honorable Deborah Poritz, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of New Jersey; Catherine Carr, the Executive Director of Community Legal Services in Philadelphia; The Honorable Theodore McKee, of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals; Carole Wood and Judith Bernstein-Baker, in recognition of their work in the field of immigration and refugee law, and on behalf of low income people; and The Honorable Judith Wizmur, Bankruptcy Judge, Federal District Court of New Jersey.

If you have any questions or comments about the event, please feel free to contact Ann Freedman at aefreedm@camden.rutgers.edu, Eve Biskind Klothen at eklothen@camden.rutgers.edu, or Terry McCuen at mccuen@camden.rutgers.edu.

Jewish Law Day June 4

Rabbi Elliot Dorff, PhD will speak on "For Love of God and People: A Philosophy of Jewish Law" at the 26th Annual Jewish Law Day on Wednesday, June 4 at 4:30 p.m. at the Jewish Community Services Building, 2100 Arch St.

The program is sponsored by the Committee of Judges and Lawyers, VAAD: The Board of Rabbis of Greater Philadelphia, and the Louis D. Brandeis Law Society. Mayor Michael Nutter will be honored at the event.

For more information about Jewish Law Day visit brandeislawsociety.org or call Adam Laver at (215) 569-5764. The program qualifies for one substantive hour of CLE credit. Jewish Law Day is free of charge and open to the entire community. Complimentary valet parking provided.

Urban League's Morial to Address Bar June 30

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

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

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

Bench-Bar Annual Conference Registration Open

Registration is now open for the Association's 2008 Bench-Bar and Annual Conference on Sept. 19-21 at Bally's Atlantic City.

This year's conference is expected to bring together more than 500 lawyers and judges from the Philadelphia area for three days of CLE programming that lets practitioners and the judiciary share ideas and best practices. The theme of this year's conference is "The Sound of Philadelphia."

Registration for the full three days of the conference is $549 for those members who register by Aug. 15. That rate includes all meals and CLE. For public interest attorneys, government attorneys and members of the Young Lawyers Division who register by Aug. 15, the full conference registration fee is $399. Other one-day and two-day registration packages are available. For those prices, visit philadelphiabar.org.

Bally's Atlantic City offers a world-class spa, salon, fitness center and 18 restaurants to meet every craving. Experience the Old West at Bally's Wild Wild West Casino with nearly 74,000 feet of gaming accessible via a short walkway connected to Bally's.

Bally's is now accepting hotel reservations for attendees. Book early for the best rates: rooms on Thursday, Sept. 18 are $99; rooms Friday, Sept. 19 are $144, and Saturday, Sept. 20 rooms range from $189 to $209. A limited number of rooms are available for the $189 rate on Saturday night. Call 1-800-345-7253 for reservations and mention you are attending the Philadelphia Bar Association Bench-Bar Conference to get these special room rates.

NBAWLD Plans Afternoon Tea, Scholarship Breakfast

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Order The Legal Directory 2008 Now

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

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

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

Public Interest Events, Training Sessions

• The Homeless Advocacy Project will hold its Annual April Benefit on Thursday, April 24 from 5:30 to 8 p.m., in the Conservatory of the Park Hyatt at the Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. The evening will feature complimentary cocktails and appetizers, and an extensive silent auction. For ticket information, please contact Marsha Cohen at (215) 523-9590 or marsha@philalegal.org.

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

• HIAS and Council Migration Service of Philadelphia will hold "Children of the American Dream," a tribute to Judge Harold Berger on Wednesday, April 30 from 5:30 to 8 p.m., at the Union League, 140 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. This cocktail reception will pay tribute to Judge Harold Berger, civil leader, jurist, scientist, and philanthropist and will feature live international jazz by "Seeds of Sun." General admission costs $118; discounted rate of $60 is available for staff members from nonprofit organizations and students. For ticket information, contact Sarah Peterson at 215-832-0929 or speterson@hiaspa.org.

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

• The Support Center for Child Advocates will present the pro bono training program “How to Handle a Child Abuse Case,” on Wednesday, May 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Juniper Street entrance. This course provides certification for eligibility to receive court appointments for dependency cases in Philadelphia County. The program provides 5 substantive and 1 ethics CLE credits. Register online at pbi.org.

• Equality Advocates Pennsylvania will hold its 12th Anniversary Celebration on Thursday, May 8, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the American Philosophical Society, 105 S. 5th St., Philadelphia. This event will feature food, complimentary wine bar and silent auction. At the event, Equality Advocates will present the following awards: Dechert LLP will receive the Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year Award; Rebecca Simon will receive the Sarah Weaver Volunteer of the Year Award; and Alanna Berger will receive the Barbara Gittings Activist of the Year Tickets cost $125 each. For reservations or more information, contact Michael Ludwig at mludwig@equalitypa.org or call (215)731-1447, extension 18. Tickets may also be purchased online at equalitypa.org.

• The Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia will recognize Thomas K. Gilhool for 41 years of dedicated public service at a cocktail reception and dinner on Wednesday, May 14 from 5 to 9 p.m., at the Downtown Club, 6th & Chestnut Streets. Tickets are $100 ($50 per ticket for public interest staff, clients and students). A keynote address will be presented by Drew S. Days III, U.S. Solicitor General from 1993-1996 and Alfred M. Rankin, Professor of Law at Yale Law School. To RSVP, please contact Lauren Mirowitz at 215-627-7100, ext. 223 or lmirowitz@pilcop.org. For more information, visit pilcop.org.

CLS Breakfast of Champions May 20

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

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

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

Susan G. Komen Philadelphia Race for the Cure May 11

Watch the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum disappear… under a pink sea more than 6,000 breast cancer survivors. This parade of victory against disease and pride in survivorship is just one of the cherished traditions of the 120,000 people who attend the Komen Philadelphia Race for the Cure. This year, we invite you to join us in this incredible celebration of life—while the entire Delaware Valley comes together to assure that the number of survivors keeps on growing. Register as a Race participant or virtual participant, form a team, raise pledges…whatever best fits your lifestyle, there are many ways you can help save lives.

More than just another 5-K run/walk, the Race in Philadelphia is a Delaware Valley Mother's Day tradition for celebrating survivors, remembering loved ones, and making a true difference in turning the dream of the cure into reality. Opening ceremonies begin at 7 a.m. and festivities for all ages continue throughout the morning. Whether you run, walk or are a "virtual" participant, you'll be empowering women everywhere, while perpetuating the Komen promise to end breast cancer forever. Click here for details and to register.

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