Thursday, May 1, 2008
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 9, No. 35
 

Association Backs Castille on Interim Court Appointments

In a letter sent to Pennsylvania Senate Republican leaders yesterday, Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor A. Michael Pratt expressed the 13,000-member Association's strong endorsement of Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille's call for action on interim appointments to the Pennsylvania appellate courts.

"As Pennsylvania's largest local bar association, the Philadelphia Bar Association has as its mission fostering understanding of, involvement in and access to the justice system for every citizen in the Commonwealth," the Chancellor wrote.

"The ability of Pennsylvania's citizens to receive fair and effective justice in our Commonwealth, Superior and Supreme Courts is contingent upon filling these crucial posts.

"We ask that you end, with all expediency, this stalemate by voting to confirm the four respected jurists and attorneys who have been deemed qualified for interim court appointments by Gov. Rendell," the Chancellor concluded.

Chancellor Speaks Out Against on Cover Story

The following was submitted as a letter to the editor of Philadelphia magazine.

Dear Editor:

The April 2008 cover story (“The Last Days of the Philadelphia Lawyer”) and funereal images implying a demise of the iconic tradition of the Philadelphia lawyer mislead readers on several levels.

Law is a business that produces ripple and multiplier effects throughout the regional economy. Legal services generate more jobs than leisure, arts and hospitality or the construction trades.

But the pitfalls of overexpansion are the same for law firms as they are for any other business. Increased overhead without sufficient demand for services will backfire, and expansion is not being taken lightly by our law firms or at the expense of the firms’ overall financial or cultural health.

As the economy has become global, more firms are developing international practices. But the article exaggerates the scope of expansion in relation to client demand. In particular, the references to growth at Duane Morris and Dechert specific to Vietnam and Hong Kong, respectively, do not explain that these offices serve large regions of Asia, where demand by expanding Asian companies for Western legal services is exploding.

The article also posits that the legal world in Philadelphia has become a far more volatile place than ever before. But it fails to account for the fact that higher turnover, particularly among young workers, is a workforce phenomenon not unique to the legal industry. One need only consider the downsizing that has occurred in the major print media, or significant acquisitions in the healthcare industry, to find evidence of this.

As the article notes, with market changes in some major industries, a law firm's business cannot logically be sustained in certain practice areas. But the article ignores the fact that other industries where our region has seen significant growth, e.g. pharmaceuticals, healthcare and technology, have seen parallel growth in related practice areas at local firms.

Philadelphia lawyers serve large employers and start-up businesses. They represent multinational corporations and new immigrants seeking citizenship. They contribute millions of dollars worth of pro bono services annually to disadvantaged citizens. It's hard to talk about Philadelphia without talking about Philadelphia lawyers.

As the heirs to America's founders in the city where America was born, Philadelphia lawyers will always maintain a time-honored reputation and strong sense of social responsibility and community. They will continue to serve our city well as we begin to write a new chapter in the history of Philadelphia. Mr. McGrath's article does not substantiate the harsh images alluding to the demise of Philadelphia lawyers and their legacy of gifted legal representation. It is, instead, a commentary on a new perspective about how law firms provide quality services to an increasingly global client base.

We wish that this would have been communicated to your art editors.

A. Michael Pratt
Chancellor
Philadelphia Bar Association

Electronic Health Records Transactions May 1

Edward F. Shay will discuss electronic health records transactions at the Thursday, May 1 meeting of the Health Care Law Committee.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th Floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here to purchase lunch for this program.

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.

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.

Insolvency Issues Under Indian Law May 5

Deepak Pasi will discuss insolvency issues under Indian law at the Monday, May 5 meeting of the Bankruptcy Committee.

Many U.S.-based companies have outsourced, and are continuing to outsource, labor to India where the price of labor is substantially less costly than in the United States. As more and more US companies are doing business in India, they must understand how local insolvency laws can affect their business. The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th Floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is sponsored by Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Commerce Court Reception May 6

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

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

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.

Rules Committee Counsels to Speak May 7

Karla M. Schultz, counsel to the Supreme Court Civil Procedural Rules Committee and Paula Knudsen Burke, counsel to the Minor Court Rules Committee will discuss their committees and how they operate at the Wednesday, May 7 meeting of the Rules and Procedure Committee.

The meeting 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.

ADR Committee to Hear of Fellowship Experience May 8

Cassandra J. Georges, will discuss her intensive, yearlong fellowship in Pittsburgh with Impartial Dispute Resolution Services at the Thursday, May 8 meeting of the Alternative Dispute Resolution 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 $7.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this 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.

The judges for this year's competition include Prof. Chapin Cimino Cody, Drexel University College of Law; Arlene Rivera Finkelstein, University of Pennsylvania Law School; Sydney Howe-Barksdale, director, Public Interest Resource Center, Widener University; Prof. Sheila Rodriguez, clinical assistant professor, Rutgers University School of Law, Camden; Prof. Ellie Margolis, Temple University Beasley School of Law; Mitchell Nathanson, associate professor of legal writing, Villanova University School of Law; Judge Abraham Gafni, Villanova University School of Law; Bruce Merenstein, Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP; Linda Perkins, Philadelphia District Attorney's Office; U.S. District Court Judge Gene E.K. Pratter; Judy F. Berkman, managing attorney, Regional Housing Legal Services; and Karen Detamore, executive director, Friends of Farmworkers.

All entries must be received by no later than 4 p.m. on Friday, May 9.

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.

Pratt to Be Honored at Black Tie and Sneaker Gala May 22

Chancellor A. Michael Pratt and the Philadelphia Bar Association will be honored for community contributions at the Dawn Staley Foundation Seventh Annual Black Tie and Sneaker Gala on Thursday, May 22.

Individual tickets are $200 and two tickets are $300. All proceeds benefit the After School Program of the Dawn Staley Foundation. The gala (dress shoes optional) will be held at Cescaphe Ballroom, 923 N. 2nd St., from 7 to 10 p.m. For ticket and sponsorship information, call (215) 457-1270.

Workers' Comp Spring Party June 3

The Workers' Compensation Section will hold its annual spring party on Tuesday, June 3 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Manayunk Brewery and Restaurant, 4120 Main Street in Manayunk.

Tickets are $45 per person and include two drink tickets per person, heavy hors d'oeuvres, an open air deck and camaraderie. Click here to purchase tickets for this event.

Real Property Annual Reception June 5

The Real Property Section will hold its annual spring reception on Thursday, June 5 at 5:30 p.m. at the Trump Tower Philadelphia Showroom at One Liberty Place, 1650 Market St., 57th floor.

The event is co-hosted by the Young Lawyers Division. Tickets are $20 for Real Property Section and YLD members and $25 for non-section members. Beer, wine, summer cocktails and special menu tastings from Starr Restaurants are included. Click here to purchase tickets for this event.

Federal Bench-Bar Conference June 6

Eight federal judges and a host of top practitioners will be among the panelists for the Federal Courts Committee's Federal Bench-Bar Conference on Friday, June 6 at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, 1201 Market St.

The program, offering 3 substantive CLE credits, begins with opening remarks by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Harvey Bartle II, Committee Chair Charles S. Marion and Vice Chair Craig D. Mills.

"This year’s Federal Bench-Bar will feature panel presentations of interest to every type of practitioner who tries cases in the district. Members of the court and leading local attorneys will provide insight and commentary on issues and important practical topics," Mills said.

Tuition, which includes a course book, breakfast and lunch, is $185 for members of the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania or any other county bar association. Tuition is $165 for members admitted after Jan. 1, 2004; $215 for nonmembers; $99 for paralegals attending with an attorney; $129 for paralegals attending alone; $100 for judges and judicial law clerks; and $90 for judges and judicial law clerks admitted after Jan. 1, 2004. Registrations received more than three days before the conference qualify for these early registration rates. Click here to register.

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.

Click here for more information or to register.

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 four-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.

Brandeis Law Society Networking Happy Hour May 5

Bring your business cards to the Brandeis Law Society's free Monday night networking happy hour on Monday, May 5 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Vesper Club 223 S. Sydenham St.

Mingle with other Brandeis members in a purely social setting. Hear a short presentation from a marketing expert which is sure to be relevant to your practice and enter to win a door prize. Feel free to bring a colleague who may be interested in becoming a Brandeis member. Click here for more information about the Brandeis Law Society.

Public Interest Events, Training Sessions

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.

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.

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.

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.

Justinians to Honor Mayor Nutter June 9

The Justinian Society will honor Mayor Michael Nutter at its Annual Meeting Election and Scholarship Luncheon on Monday, June 9 at 12 p.m. at the Union League, 140 S. Broad St.

Tickets are $60 for members and $75 for non-members. Table sponsorships are available. For more information, visit justinian.org. Proceeds to benefit The Justinian Foundation Scholarship Fund.

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Susan G. Komen Philadelphia Race for the Cure May 11

Participate in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® and become part of the world's largest and most successful education and fund-raising event for breast cancer.

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

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