Monday, May 11, 2009
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 10, No. 37
 

DA Candidates at Chancellor's Forum Today

The Philadelphia Bar Association will co-sponsor a Chancellor's Forum for candidates seeking to become the city's next district attorney today (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.

Inquirer Tells Voters to Consult Judicial Commission

The Philadelphia Inquirer suggests voters turn to the findings of the Bar Association's Judicial Commission when it comes to choosing candidates in the May 19 primary.

In a May 8 editorial, the Inquirer wrote "One major deciding factor should be the ratings issued by the Philadelphia Bar Association, which puts dozens of volunteers to work conducting interviews and background checks. Receiving the bar's "recommended" rating should be the minimum hurdle. That eliminates 10 candidates."

Click here to see the Judicial Commission's list of recommended and not recommended candidates in the May 19 judicial primary election.

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 amorris@philabar.org.

Lawyers in Transition Kickoff Event May 27

The Philadelphia Bar Association will host a kickoff reception and networking event for the new Lawyers in Transition program on Wednesday, May 27 at 4:30 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St.

Come and learn what the Lawyers in Transition program and resource center can do for you. Learn about upcoming events and network with bar leaders and colleagues. Beverages and hors d'oeurves will be served. Click here to register.

Article of Interest at Women in IP Meeting May 13

The Women in Intellectual Property Committee will discuss articles of interest at its Wednesday, May 13 meeting, where attendees are encouraged to share a recent article that may be of interest to members’ professional lives.

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

State Budget Process Update May 14

The Legislative Liaison Committee will get an update on the state budget process and learn more about state funding for civil litigation services at its Thursday, May 14 meeting.

The meeting begins at 12:30 p.m. in the 10th Floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Workers' Comp Lunchtime CLE May 20

Ann T. Greeley, Ph.D., senior director of DecisionQuest, will present the lunchtime CLE "Perception, Persuasion and Professionalism: Appearance as a Factor in the Impact on Judges and Juries" at the Wednesday, May 20 meeting of the Workers’ Compensation Section.

Dr. Greeley will discuss the dynamics of communication, perception, inter-pretation, and the consequences of how appearance plays a factor in the im-pact on judges and juries. The program has been approved for 1.0 substantive CLE credits. Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay $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. To register in advance visit www.pbi.org or call PBI Customer Service at 1-800-932-4637.

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

ABA Recession Recovery Series Prices Cut

The American Bar Association is offering steep discounts to nonmembers who would like to listen to the ABA's Recession Recovery teleconference series.

Two 60-minute programs - How to Sell Yourself on Tuesday, May 19 and Recession-Proof Yourself on Tuesday, June 16 - are available for $14.95 each for nonmembers who phone in or listen to the web cast.

The 90-minute program on Solotions, which will be Tuesday, June 2, will cost $19.95. CLE credit has been requested for this program. The 30-minute program on Staying Positive will cost $9.95. These new prices will appear on the ABA's recession recovery Web site. Click here for more information.

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.

Employee Computer Use at Work May 21

Shelley Goldner will lead the discussion "What are Employees Doing on their Computers at Work? - Limiting Employer Liability for Employee Use of Electronic Resources" at the Thursday, May 21 meeting of the Cyberspace and E-Commerce Committee.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. at the offices of Duane Morris LLP, 30 S. 17th St., 12th floor. Lunch and beverages will be provided. Please RSVP to Linda Waiters at 215-979-1294 or ljwaiters@duanemorris.com.

Careers in Government, Public Service Panel June 10

The Government and Public Service Lawyers Committee, in collaboration with Attorney Career Development Committee, will hold a "Careers in Government and Public Service" panel and networking program on Wednesday, June 10.

Panelists include James Beyer, associate area counsel, IRS; Amy Kurland, inspector general, City of Philadelphia; Colleen Lynch, branch chief, SEC; and
Ellen Greenlee, chief defender, Defender Association of Philadelphia.

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

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.

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. 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 to register.

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).

Juror Appreciation Day May 14

The Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts will host the 10th Annual Juror Appreciation Day on Thursday, May 14 to recognize the crucial public service performed by local citizens who respond to jury duty.

Before prospective jurors begin their day of service at the Criminal Justice Center, they will hear remarks acknowledging their commitment to their civic duty from Phillies Vice President of Administration and Operations (and former Court of Common Pleas sudge and U.S. Attorney) Michael Stiles. The Phillie Phanatic and Mayor Michael C. Nutter will also celebrate the jurors.

Juror Appreciation Day is part of the statewide celebration of juries and jurors in May. For more information, visit pmconline.org.

Public Interest Training Sessions, Events

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 lkobylarz@clsphila.org. 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.

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 akeating@phillyvip.org. The last date to register for the program is Monday, May 18.

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You can now purchase your copy in person at Bar Association headquarters at 1101 Market St., 11th floor, for $79.95 plus tax.

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• Local court fee schedules;
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In these times, you need every tool to increase efficiency. You can wander the Internet looking for hard-to-find phone numbers, e-mails, government agency lawyers, lists of judges and court fees. Or you can turn to The Legal Directory, in print and online. If you save just five minutes a month using The Legal Directory, it's paid for itself!

Reminder: Our annual update has added hundreds of new lawyer and law firm entries and the most current information on local courts, law-related organizations, federal, state and county governments, judges, and more.

Order The Legal Directory 2009 today at thelegaldirectory.org. The cost is just $79.95, plus shipping/handling and sales tax.

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.

Murray on Contracts May 15

Learn the top 10 things every attorney should (but probably doesn't) know about contract law at PBI's Murray on Contracts. The program covers the "hot" topics in contract law that most attorneys never studied in school or have forgotten. This 3 (substantive) CLE credit hour program will be simulcast on Friday, May 15, at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Juniper Street entrance (between 13th and Broad streets, opposite City Hall), from 1 to 4:15 p.m. Check-in begins at 12:30 p.m. For additional information, or to register, click here.

Upcoming CLE

The following courses are cosponsored by the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. All courses are at The CLE Conference Center in the Wanamaker Building, except as otherwise noted. Registration begins 30 minutes before course start time.

Monday and Tuesday, May 11-12
Simulcast – PLI – 50th Annual Antitrust Law Institute
10.5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tuesday, May 12
The First 100 Days of the Obama Administration: Legal Implications (Part of PBI’s Public Policy Series)
2 substantive CLE credits
12 to 2 p.m.

Wednesday, May 13
Civil Litigation 101
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits (Must attend entire program to receive ethics credit)
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Friday, May 15
Simulcast – Murray on Contracts
3 substantive CLE credits
1 to 4:15 p.m.

Monday and Tuesday, May 18-19
Simulcast – PLI – Negotiating Commercial Leases: How Owners and Corporate Occupants Can Avoid Costly Errors – Spring 2009
9.5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
Monday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.

Earn as many as 4 credits on your computer, at your convenience at PBI's Online Campus, at www.onlinecle.pbi.org. More than 300 classes are available, including nearly 50 one-hour ethics programs. 24/7 CLE.

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