Take Poll on Judges Standing for Retention
The Philadelphia Bar Association's Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention is currently conducting a poll
regarding those judges who will be standing for retention election in November 2009.
Again this year, the Association is also conducting an interim poll relating to judges in the Court of Common Pleas in the fourth year of their terms and Municipal Court judges in the second year of their terms. All members of the bar in Philadelphia are urged to fill out the questionnaire. The poll will remain available until 5 p.m. Friday, May 8. Click here to take the poll now!
If you are unable to, or prefer not to complete the poll electronically, you may receive a copy of the poll through the mail by contacting Charles Klitsch, Esq., the Association's director of public and legal services at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling Klitsch at (215) 238-6326. You must provide your name and Supreme Court identification number to receive the ballot.
The Association's Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention is also in the process of rating judges for the upcoming May primary. Click here for the most current list of recommended and not recommended candidates.
Chancellor's Forum for Controller Candidates May 8
The Philadelphia Bar Association will sponsor a Chancellor's Forum for candidates seeking to become the city's next controller on Friday, May 8. The forum will be held at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St.
The Philadelphia Bar Association will sponsor a Chancellor's Forum for candidates seeking to become the city's next Controller on Friday, May 8. The forum will be held at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St.
Candidates John Braxton, Alan Butkovitz, Brett Mandel and Al Schmidt have been invited to take part in the program. The Chancellor's Forum is co-sponsored by the Business Law Section, Tax Section and the Young Lawyers Division and will be moderated by Chancellor-Elect Scott F. Cooper. Lunch will be provided. Click here
to RSVP for this event.
DA Candidates at Chancellor's Forum May 11
The Philadelphia Bar Association will co-sponsor a Chancellor's Forum for candidates seeking to become the city's next district attorney on Monday, May 11.
Democrats Brian Grady, Daniel McCaffery, Daniel McElhatton, Michael Turner and Seth Williams and Republican Michael Untermeyer have been invited to discuss and answer questions regarding the critical issues facing this city. Chancellor Sayde Ladov will be the moderator.
The forum will be held at 4 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, 13th and Market streets. The Chancellor's Forum is co-sponsored by the Criminal Justice Section and the Young Lawyers Division.
The candidates are seeking to replace District Attorney Lynne Abraham, who is not seeking re-election. Abraham has been district attorney since 1991. Attendees are encouraged to visit philadelphiabar.org
to reserve a seat for the program.
Ginsburg Legal Writing Competition Entries Sought
Entries are now being accepted for the Philadelphia Bar Association's Seventh Annual Legal Writing Competition in honor of the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Click here
for the complete rules.
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, Associate Professor of Legal Writing, Villanova University School of Law.
The Bar Association recognizes the importance of excellence in legal analysis and writing skills, and seeks to award a student enrolled in an American Bar Association-approved or provisionally approved Philadelphia-area law school for authoring a top-quality competition submission. This year the judges for the competition are Brandi J. Brice, City of Philadelphia Law Department; Professor Candace Mueller Centeno, Villanova University School of Law; Assistant Dean Arlene Rivera Finkelstein, University of Pennsylvania School of Law; Professor Sydney T. Howe-Barksdale, Widener University School of Law; Professor Ellie Margolis, Temple University Beasley School of Law; Professor Lisa T. McElroy, Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law; Linda D. Perkins, Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office; U.S. District Court Judge Gene E.K. Pratter; Professor Sheila Rodriguez, Rutgers University School of Law – Camden; Teresa F. Sachs, Post & Schell, P.C.; Professor David A. Sonenshein, Temple University Beasley School of Law; and Troy H. Wilson, Wilson & Wilson.
This competition is open to full- and part-time law students who are in their second or third year of study during the 2008-09 academic year at one of the following six institutions: Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Rutgers University School of Law - Camden, Temple University Beasley School of Law, Villanova University School of Law and Widener University School of Law (Delaware Campus). Part-time law students in their third or later year of study are also eligible. Students must be in good standing at their institutions. The submission may not have been published previously, although it may have been prepared in connection with a law school course or for a law journal. The submission also may not have been submitted for any other competition during the time when it is under consideration for this competition, until after the time when awards are announced. The submission must be the work of one author alone (joint submissions will not be considered), and the author must certify that the submission has been prepared without substantial editing from others. Candidates may submit a law review quality submission on any topic relating to rights, privileges and responsibilities under federal law. Entries must be received by Friday, May 8 at 4 p.m.
The author of the winning submission will receive a cash award of $2,500, the publication of the winning submission in The Philadelphia Lawyer, on the Bar Association’s web site and/or in an appropriate Bar Association publication. The winner will be invited to the Quarterly Meeting of the Bar Association in October 2009, at which time the award will be presented. Click here for the complete rules.
YLD to Host Fourth Annual Comedy Night May 9
Tickets are still available for the YLD's Fourth Annual Comedy Night
, Saturday, May 9 from 7 to 11:30 p.m. at The Franklin, 222 N. 20th St., featuring comedians Gerry Dee (left) and William Chiang. The event, which will include an open bar, hors d'oeuvres, a silent auction and a DJ. Tickets are $65 in advance and $80 at the door.
All proceeds benefit the Philadelphia Bar Foundation, which provides funding to approximately 30 local legal services organizations. For sponsorship information, please contact Brian Chacker at email@example.com. To donate items to the silent auction, please contact Abbie DuFrayne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here to purchase tickets to this event.
Lawyers in Transition CLE May 13
The current economic slowdown has hit the legal profession hard. Attorneys have been laid off and firms have closed their doors. In an effort to assist attorneys who have been affected by the recession, the Law Practice Management Division and the Pennsylvania Bar Institute will present "Lawyers in Transition,"
a 2.5-credit CLE program designed to help struggling attorneys get back on their feet on Wednesday, May 13.
Job seekers will get advice about what steps to take to find a new position. Attorneys interested in forming their own practice will learn how to do so, how to market themselves and ethical considerations. This program will also provide an opportunity to network with other attorneys with whom you may want to practice or who are facing similar situations.
In furtherance of PBI's goal of assisting attorneys who find themselves in transition and are looking for work during these difficult times, PBI is offering this program at a substantially reduced fee. In addition to the reduced fee, those who cannot afford to pay for the seminar may attend at no cost. PBI will not require verification for this opportunity; you simply need to check the box appropriate to you when registering.
Panelists for this program include Daniel J. Siegel, president, Law Offices of Daniel J. Siegel, LLC; Mary F. Platt, Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP; Ellen Freedman, Law Practice Management Coordinator, Pennsylvania Bar Association; Kenneth J. Hagreen, Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers of Pennsylvania, Inc.; Elizabeth Lloyd, Ajilon Legal; Susan G. Manch, Shannon & Manch LLP; Barbara S. Rosenberg; Gina Sage, USI Affinity; and Gina Furia Rubel, Furia Rubel Communications, Inc. The course planners are Siegel and Platt.
The program begins with "Suddenly Solo," a session discussing issues relating to how to set up your own law practice or to handle client matters while seeking new opportunities. Following a short break, "Looking for a Job" will examine using placement services, interviewing techniques, resumes, networking and dealing with stress. The program closes with "Marketing Yourself," with a discussion on getting clients, working with existing clients, ethical aspects of communicating with former clients. The program begins at 1 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, 13th and Market streets.
Because of the CLE rules, a portion of each of these sessions are not creditable. Credit will be provided for 30 minutes of ethics during each session. Click here to register for this event.
Any attorney whose contact information has changed in the last few months is urged to contact the Bar Association to update their information. Contact Andrea Morris at email@example.com.
30th Annual 5K Run/Walk May 17
Grab your running shoes and join your friends and colleagues on Sunday, May 17 for the Philadelphia Bar Association's 30th Annual 5K Run/Walk to benefit the Support Center for Child Advocates.
This year, bring your kids for the first Kids Dash. Co-register for the 30th Annual Blue Cross Broad Street Run and the Philadelphia Bar Association Run and receive a commemorative gift.
The race will be held on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive adjacent to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Registration begins at 7:15 a.m. For more information, visit charityrun2009.com or call 267-546-9200. To register, visit active.com.
Epps to Receive O'Connor Award June 9
Temple University Beasley School of Law Dean JoAnne Epps will receive the Association's Sandra Day O'Connor Award and present the Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Memorial Public Interest Lecture at the Association's Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon on Tuesday, June 9
. Until her appointment, Epps was a professor of law (1985-present) and associate dean for academic affairs (1989-2008). Before joining the Temple faculty in 1985, she was a deputy city attorney for the City of Los Angeles (1976-1980) and an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (1980-1985). Her primary teaching areas include criminal procedure, evidence and trial advocacy. On occasion, she will teach criminal law and interviewing, counseling and negotiation. Epps received her B.A. degree from Trinity College in Hartford, Conn. in 1973 and her J.D. degree from Yale Law School in 1976.
The O'Connor Award is conferred annually on a woman attorney who has demonstrated superior legal talent, achieved significant legal accomplishments and has furthered the advancement of women in both the profession and the community.
Tickets are $55 for members and $60 for nonmembers. Click here to purchase tickets to this event.
Federal Bench-Bar Conference June 12
The Federal Courts Committee's annual Federal Bench-Bar Conference
is set for Friday, June 12 at the Marriott Philadelphia Downtown, 1200 Market St. A total of 3 CLE credits are available for this program, including one ethics credit.
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter has been invited to speak at the program, which includes five federal judges and a host of top practitioners. The program begins at 8:15 a.m.
Following introductions by Committee Chair Craig D. Mills and Vice Chair Grant S. Palmer, the conference begins with the session "How Not to Go to Jail with Your Clients - Handling Client Monies and Other Timely Issues." Panelists for this session are U.S. District Court Judge Joel H. Slomsky, Ellen C. Brotman, Ian M. Comisky and Louis D. Lappen.
U.S. District Court Judge Eduardo Robreno will present "Multi-District Litigation - Handling of the Asbestos MDL in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania."
Following a short break, Chancellor-Elect Scott F. Cooper, Sidney L. Gold and Kelly Dobbs Bunting will present "Layoffs and Dissolutions - Hot Issues in Employment Law." U.S. District Court Chief Judge Harvey Bartle III and Clerk of Court Michael Kunz will then present state of the court reports.
U.S. District Court Judge Cynthia M. Rufe, Stephanie A. "Tess" Blair, Gerard G. Boccuti, David J. Kessler and Donald W. Myers are the panelists for "E-Discovery: Perspectives from the Bench, Outside Counsel and the Client."
Steven Orlofsky will present an update on the Third Circuit Bar Association.
Additional faculty may be announced for this program. If you do not attend the full program, you will receive only substantive credits for the time of your attendance. Click here
for additional information or to register.
YLD Diversity Happy Hour June 16
The Young Lawyers Division will hold its annual Diversity Happy Hour on Tuesday, June 16 at the Mexican Post, 1601 Cherry St., at 5:30 p.m., where the YLD will present its annual diversity scholarships.
The recipients of this year's scholarships are Samea Lin, Temple University Beasley School of Law; Earthen Johnson, Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law; Maricruz Melendrez, Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law; Priya De Souza, Temple University Beasley School of Law; and Jennifer A. Supplee, Temple University Beasley School of Law.
Happy hour attendees will receive two drink tickets per person, good for draft beer, house margaritas, house wine, sangria and well drinks. Appetizers and drink specials will be available throughout the evening. The scholarships will be presented at 6:30 p.m.
Bar Night at the Phillies June 17
Join your colleagues and friends at Bar Association Night at the Phillies on Wednesday, June 17 as the World Series champion Phils take on the Toronto Blue Jays at Citizens Bank Park at 7:05 p.m. Tickets are $28 and can be ordered by clicking here
Seating (subject to availability) with fellow Philadelphia Bar Association supporters will be located on the Field Level Outfield (Sections 145 - 148). There is a special $2 discount off the cost of these tickets. To order your tickets for this special event, click here and enter the promotion code BAR.
Bar Foundation Golf Classic June 22
The Philadelphia Bar Foundation's 21st Annual Golf Classic is moving to a new location. The event will be held Monday, June 22 at Huntington Valley Country Club in Huntington Valley, Pa.
The general fee for players is $375. Members of the Young Lawyers Division may play at a discounted fee of $350. Price includes all greens fees, golf cart, lunch, refreshments, dinner and cocktails.
Several levels of sponsorship are available. Tournament Underwriters ($15,000) get a banner hung at clubhouse entrance; name on the front cover of the souvenir program as sponsor of the event; distribution of skills competition prizes to winners; eight players plus four additional guests to cocktail reception; and VIP parking for golfers. Other levels include Tournament Cup/Skills Prize Sponsor ($7,500), Luncheon, Cocktail Buffet, Reception or Putting Contest Sponsor ($5,000) and Hole Sponsor ($2,000). For more information, contact Lynne Brown at (215) 238-6347. Click here
PhiLAWpalooza '09 at World Cafe Live July 16
Bands and solo musicians interested in performing at the YLD's third annual PhiLAWpalooza should contact Stephanie Mensing
by May 1, 2009
. Please include your band name, band members' names and firm affiliations, and web site/social networking site address (if any).
Public Interest Training Sessions, Events
Regional Housing Legal Services will celebrate its 35th anniversary at a Thursday, May 7 reception from 5:30 to 8 p.m., at the Independence Visitor Center. The event will feature heavy hors d'oeuvres, refreshments and awards. For ticket and sponsorship information, contact Phyllis Guillaume at firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Legal Services will host its annual Breakfast of Champions event on Tuesday, May 12, at 8 a.m., at the Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel, 1701 Locust St. The keynote speaker at the event is the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Annette M. Rizzo. At the event, the 2009 Champion of Justice Awards will be presented to Leventhal Sutton & Gornstein and the Judge Rizzo; and the 2009 Equal Justice Awards will be presented to Michael Ruffin, a paralegal in CLS's Public Benefits Unit, and Suzanne J. Young, Supervising Attorney in CLS's Employment Unit. RSVP by May 1 to Laruen Kobylarz at 215-981-3792 or email@example.com. More information about the event is available at clsphila.org.
Equality Advocates Pennsylvania will host its 13th Anniversary Celebration on Wednesday, May 13 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, 1630 Latimer St. The event will feature a cocktail hour and silent auction from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., followed by a dinner buffet and program from 7:30 to 9 p.m., and will honor Stacey L. Sobel, former Equality Advocates Pennsylvania executive director; WolfBlock LLP, Large Firm Pro Bono Award Winner; Salmanson Goldshaw, P.C., Small Firm Pro Bono Award Winner; Natalie Hrubos, Sara Weaver Volunteer of the Year; and Kris Rust, Barbara Gittings Activist of the Year. RSVP is requested by May 11. Tickets are $125 per person. To purchase tickets visit equalitypa.org. For sponsorship information, please contact Executive Director, Lynn Zeitlin at 215-731-1447, ext. 11.
Sections, Committees Plan Spring Receptions
The Business Litigation Committee will hold its annual Commerce Court Reception on Thursday, May 28 at 6 p.m. at the Westin Philadelphia Hotel, 99 S. 17th St. Tickets are $80 per person or $750 for a group of 10 tickets. Admission includes beer, wine and light dinner. Click here
to purchase tickets.
The Workers' Compensation Section Annual Spring Reception will be held Wednesday, June 3 at 6 p.m. at Manayunk Brewery and Restaurant, 4120 Main St., Manayunk. Tickets are $45 per person and includes two drink tickets and heavy hors d'oeuvres. Click here for tickets.
The Real Property Section Annual Spring Reception, co-hosted by the Young Lawyers Division will be held Thursday, June 4 at 5:30 p.m. at Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse, Penthouse Deck, 111 S. 17th St. Tickets are $20 for Real Property Section and YLD members and $25 for non-section members. Admission includes open bar and hors d'oeuvres. Click here for tickets.
The Family Law Section Annual Spring Reception will be Wednesday, June 10 at 5:30 p.m. at Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market St. Tickets are $50 for Family Law Section members, $45 for employees of the First Judicial District and $55 for non-Section members. Admission Includes one drink ticket and heavy hors d'oeuvres. Click here for tickets.
VIP Summer Pro Bono Program June 1-2
Philadelphia VIP invites area law firms and their summer law students to participate in its 14th annual Summer Pro Bono Program on June 1. VIP's Summer Pro Bono Program is geared specifically to law students at the inception of their careers to promote an ethic of service towards issues of poverty in Philadelphia.
This year's program will train law students in the preparation of life planning documents and enable them to participate in legal clinics throughout the city. Students will work with experienced attorneys and VIP staff to provide much needed legal services to low-income clients. VIP is partnering with the Legal Clinic for the Disabled and SeniorLAW Center for this program.
VIP's Summer Pro Bono Program will commence on Monday, June 1 with an Open House reception at VIP from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 2 will feature a morning of legal training at The CLE Conference Center and includes breakfast, a keynote presentation on ethics and a training session on life planning documents. The day will conclude with an interactive lunch with members of the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania to discuss the legal profession and the importance of pro bono service.
Summer law students will then have the opportunity to put their training into practice by serving clients at one of five legal clinics. This year's partnering organizations include Journey's Way, Casa Farnese, Inglis House and Turning Points for Children.
The PBI training seminar costs $50 and includes breakfast, lunch and training materials for the day. To register, please contact Andrew Keating at 215-523-9563 or firstname.lastname@example.org
. The last date to register for the program is Monday, May 18.
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Reception for Federal Judiciary May 7
The Lawyers Club of Philadelphia will host a reception honoring the federal judiciary on Thursday, May 7 at The Four Seasons Hotel, One Logan Square.
The event begins at 5:45 p.m. The event is open to all members. Click here
for more information.
Theodore Bikel Concert to Benefit Juvenile Law Center
Broadway and folk legend Theodore Bikel, a lifelong social justice advocate, will celebrate a rich career devoted to art and activism with a star-studded 85th birthday benefit concert for the Juvenile Law Center at Carnegie Hall on Monday, June 15.
Bikel, his wife, Tamara Brooks, and all those performing are donating their time and performance fees in support of Juvenile Law Center. Performers (to date) include: Alan Alda; David Amram; Beyond the Pale; Artie Butler; Patricia Conolly; Arlo Guthrie; Judy Kaye; David Krakauer; Serendipity 4 (Theodore Bikel, Tamara Brooks, Merina Kljuco and Shura Lipovsky); Tom Paxton; Noel Paul Stookey & Peter Yarrow; Susan Werner; and Michael Wex.
Tickets are on sale at the Carnegie Hall Box Office and can be purchased online by clicking here
All proceeds will support Juvenile Law Center, a national 501(c)(3) charitable public interest law firm that advocates for youth in the child welfare (foster care) and juvenile justice systems. Juvenile Law Center has recently been featured by ABC News "20/20," The New York Times
, and People
magazine for representing youth in the Luzerne County, Pa., judges scandal, a juvenile court corruption case being addressed as one of the most egregious violations of children's rights in U.S. legal history. Please contact the Juvenile Law Center for information on sponsorship packages at (215) 625-0551. For more information on the event, visit jlc.org
Komen Race for the Cure May 10
Participate in the Susan G. Komen Philadelphia Race for the Cure® on Mothers Day, Sunday, May 10 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 empowering the Komen vision of a world without breast cancer. Click here
for details and to register.
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