Thursday, May 8, 2008
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 9, No. 37
 

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 at the door for $70, 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.

ADR Committee to Hear of Fellowship Experience Today

Cassandra J. Georges will discuss her intensive, yearlong fellowship in Pittsburgh with Impartial Dispute Resolution Services at today's (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.

Federal Courts Law Day Today

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania is holding its Federal Courts Law Day in Philadelphia, Allentown and Reading today (Thursday, May 8) to celebrate the rule of law, an independent judiciary and the role of the jury. Nearly 450 students are expected to participate. Under the direction of District Court Judge Cynthia M. Rufe, the Federal Courts Law Day will involve more than 50 volunteer lawyers and judges in 14 courtrooms at the three sites. Judge Rufe co-chairs the educational outreach efforts of the Court.

The program is built around the Scott v. Harris case that was decided by the Supreme Court in 2007 involving a high-speed chase of a teenager who refused to pull over after being clocked speeding and whose subsequent apprehension by the police bumping his car off the road left him a quadriplegic. The lesson materials were designed by the Administrative Office of the Courts for use in the federal courts educational outreach efforts and have been modified by the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Law-Related Education Committee and Judge Rufe for the event. Students will hear federal prosecutors and defense attorneys present closing arguments in the case and then have their opportunity as jurors to decide whether the police action was justified. Once the jury verdict comes in, the lawyers and students will prepare the appellate arguments for the case and conduct a mock Supreme Court argument before the federal judges.

Serving with Judge Rufe in Philadelphia are Chief Judge of the Eastern District, Harvey Bartle III, and Judge Norma Shapiro, who co-chairs the educational outreach of the Court with Rufe. The other judges include Judges Petrese Tucker, Timothy Savage, Gene E. K. Pratter, Linda K. Caracappa, L. Felipe Restrepo, Elizabeth T. Hey and Lynne A. Sitarski.

The students in Philadelphia are from more than 50 schools and have been selected to participate in the day under the auspices of the Union League. The Philadelphia Bar Association is supporting the effort by providing refreshments for the students at the court.

In Allentown, Judges James Knoll Gardner and Henry S. Perkin will be working with students from Saucon Valley and Allen High Schools while in Reading, Judges Thomas Golden and Lawrence F. Stengel will greet students from Conrad Weiser and Reading High Schools.

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. The contest is chaired by Diane Edelman and Kathleen Wilkinson.

Legislative Update at Legal Rights of Children Meeting May 12

Jennifer Pokempner of the Juvenile Law Center will provide highlights on selected legislation at the Monday, May 12 meeting of the Legal Rights of Children Committee.

The meeting begins at 3:30 p.m. in the 11th Floor Committee Room South of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St.

Senior Lawyers Reception May 13 at Palm

The Senior Lawyers Professional and Public Service Committee will hold a reception on Tuesday, May 13 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at The Palm Philadelphia, 200 S. Broad St. Space is limited so please RSVP by May 9 to Dawn Burger at (215) 238-6367 or via e-mail to dburger@philabar.org.

Attorneys Needed to Help Homeowners Facing Foreclosure

Pro bono attorneys are needed to help low-income homeowners facing foreclosure in a new pilot program requiring conciliation conferences.

Through the Residential Mortgage Foreclosures Diversion Pilot Program, instituted in April by Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas President Judge C. Darnell Jones II and Judge Annette M. Rizzo, hundreds of homeowners will be offered free housing counseling in advance of this conciliation conference and an opportunity to negotiate to save their homes.

This diversion program has garnered national attention but will need the involvement of pro bono attorneys to help clients work out an affordable loan modification or payment arrangement.

Volunteer attorneys should expect to spend one morning or afternoon per month to attend conciliation conferences for several clients in one day. (After the first several months, the court’s backlog from the postponed April and May sheriff sales will be reduced and should ease the time commitment.) This volunteer work requires only attending the conciliation conference and making some pre-conference calls to client and opposing counsel. Training will make volunteers aware of when further litigation should be pursued by another attorney.

Training will be held on Tuesday, June 3, from 8:30 to 11 a.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St., and will include Judge Rizzo as well as borrowers' and lenders' attorneys. Attorneys will receive two hours of free substantive CLE credit if they attend two complete morning or afternoon conciliation sessions. Breakfast will be provided through the joint support of the Business Law and Real Property Sections of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

Please RSVP your attendance at the training, including your contact information, to Philadelphia VIP at phillyvip@phillyvip.org or call 215-523-9550. For more information, contact Stefanie F. Seldin at 215-523-9564 or sfseldin@phillyvip.org.

Public Interest Events, Training Sessions

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.

Workers' Comp Essay Contest Entries Sought

Entries for the Workers’ Compensation Section Law Student Essay Competition must be submitted by Thursday, May 15. The theme for this year's essays is "Workers' compensation was an early 20th century remedy for a 19th century industrial condition. Is it still relevant?"

The competition is open to currently enrolled students of ABA-accredited law schools. The essay must be the student's original, unpublished work. The paper may be prepared to satisfy a course requirement or for other academic credit. The essay must be the work of the submitting student without substantial editorial input from others. Co-authored papers are ineligible. Only one essay may be submitted per entrant.

Essays must not exceed 12 pages, including title, citations, and any footnotes. The text of the essay must be double-spaced, with 12-point font and one-inch margins. Cites must conform to the 18th Edition of The Bluebook: Uniform System of Citation. Participants may email their submissions in the form of an attachment.

Each submission must include a separate cover page with the entrant's name, law school, year of study, mailing and email address, and phone number. Submissions must be postmarked no later than May 15, 2008 to:

Jody Joy, Esquire
Martin, Banks, Pond, Lehocky & Wilson
1818 Market St. 35th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
jjoy@paworkinjury.com

By submitting an entry in this contest, the entrant grants the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Philadelphia Bar Association Workers' Compensation Section the right to make editorial changes. Please direct any questions about the contest to: imohamed@krasno.com or jj@paworkinjury.com.

Entries will be judged based on creativity and clarity of the proposal or thesis; organization; quality of the analysis and research; and grammar, syntax and form.

The winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize. The winner will be presented an award at the annual Workers' Compensation Section Spring event on June 3, 2008. This will be an excellent opportunity to meet judges, attorneys and hiring partners from the Philadelphia region.

Courtroom Technology Program May 15

Bob McCreary will discuss what goes into equipping a courtroom with technology that makes effective multimedia presentations at trial possible at the May 15 meeting of the Practice Technology Committee of the Law Practice Management Division.

McCreary will examine the purpose and necessity of certain readily available, and commonly used technology and discuss commonly-accepted best practices for the effective use of technology in court. He will also share strategies on how to plan for, implement and support trial technology efficiently and cost-effectively regardless of the size of your firm, or the frequency, scope or venue of your trials. The meeting 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.

Practicing Law in Asia May 16

Sesto E. Vecchi, who practices in Vietnam, will discuss practicing law in Asia at the Friday, May 16 meeting of the International Law Committee.

Vecchi attended both Wharton and Temple Law School and has practiced abroad, in Vietnam and Thailand, for about 30 years. He will discuss practicing law in Asia, from the unique perspective of an American lawyer with connections to Philadelphia but whose practice experience has been quite different. The meeting should also provide an insight into the current economic climate in Vietnam.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. at the offices of McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, 1617 JFK Blvd., Suite 1500, Philadelphia PA 19103. Sandwiches will be available for those who RSVP to Beth Devlin at bdevlin@mdmc-law.com by May 15.

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.

Panel on Twombly and Tellabs May 21

The Federal Courts Committee will hold a panel discussion assessing the impact of Twombly and Tellabs on litigation strategy with plaintiff and defense perspectives on Wednesday, May 21.

Panelists include Steven A. Asher, Todd Collins, Robert R. Baron Jr. and Gay Parks Rainville. Committee Chair Charles S. Marion will be the moderator.

The program begins at 12:30 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.

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.

Productivity Expert on Better Bottom Line May 28

International productivity expert Neen James will share real-life systems and strategies to increase your firm's bottom line at a joint meeting of the Solo and Small Firm Committee and the Marketing Committee of the Law Practice Management Division on Wednesday, May 28.

This high-energy and interactive program will establish systems to increase productivity, leverage everyday communication tools; demonstrate strategies to grow your book of business and communicate how to build a productive practice development action plan. This workshop is valuable for attorneys wanting to increase their practice development activities.

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.

Bar Foundation Grant Proposal Deadline is May 30

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation is accepting grant proposals for 2008 through May 30. The Bar Foundation's funding priority focuses on organizations that are direct providers of legal services that assist the indigent, elderly and disabled, as well as abused women and children. Grant guidelines and the 2008 application are available online by clicking here.

Committee, Sections Plan Spring Social Events

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.

• 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.

• 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. The reception is sponsored by Agoos/Livera Architects.

• The Family Law Section will welcome new Family Court judges at its annual spring reception on Tuesday, June 10 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Trump Tower Philadelphia Showroom at One Liberty Place, 1650 Market St., 57th floor. Tickets are $50 for Section members, $55 for non-Section members and $45 for employees of the First Judicial District. Click here to register online.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

NBA-WLD Scholarship Breakfast June 13

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.

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Wilkinson to Receive PBA's Alpern Award

Board of Governors Secretary Kathleen D. Wilkinson, a partner with Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker LLP, has been named the 2008 recipient of the Pennsylvania Bar Association's Anne X. Alpern Award. The award will be presented at the PBA’s annual meeting luncheon on June 5 in Hershey.

The Anne X. Alpern Award is presented annually to a female lawyer or judge who demonstrates excellence in the legal profession and who makes a significant professional impact on women in the law. Recipients are chosen for their leadership and mentoring activities on behalf of women in the profession. The award was established in 1994. It is named in honor of Anne X. Alpern, who was Pennsylvania’s attorney general in 1959 and the first woman state attorney general in the nation.

Wilkinson has served as co-chair of the Women in the Profession Committees of both the Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Bar Associations and is secretary of the Philadelphia Bar Association. She also serves on the Interbranch Commission on Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Fairness, a statewide committee charged with making recommendations to Pennsylvania’s three branches of government on eliminating gender, racial and ethnic bias. She was appointed to the statewide panel by Gov. Edward G. Rendell. In addition, a founding member of Villanova Law J. Willard O'Brien Inn of Court (a member of the American Inns of Court), Kathleen served as Program Chair and the first woman President. She also is a member of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Rules of Evidence Committee.

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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