Monday, May 15, 2006
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 7, No. 30

June 5 Chancellor's Forum
to Explore Diversity Issues

A Chancellor's Forum, "Diversity Beyond the Large Firms," will be held Monday, June 5 beginning at 1 p.m. at the CLE Conference Center at the Wanamaker Building, featuring (from left) Chancellor-Elect Jane L. Dalton, Charisse R. Lillie and Melissa M. Gomez. This unique conference for small and mid-size firms and public interest practitioners will feature a discussion on the challenges and successes for creating a diverse and inclusive work environment...READ MORE
 

Bar Association 5K Run/Walk May 21

An early registration discount is available until May 19 for the Association's 5K Run/Walk, which returns for its 27th year on Sunday, May 21 along the Schuylkill River on Martin Luther King Drive (fomerly West River Drive) adjacent to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The event benefits the Support Center for Child Advocates.

The entry fee for Bar Association members running in the 5K is $35 if postmarked by May 17 and in-person registration between May 18 and 19. Registration on the day of the event is $50. Online registration is available at active.com until May 19 for $35, plus the service fee.

For more information, or to learn more about becoming an event sponsor, contact Eric S. Marzluf at (215) 567-2010, extension 130 or by e-mail at charityrun2006@crbcp.com; Tom Bell at (215) 887-2050, extension 107 or by e-mail at tbell@soglaw.com; or Sandra Lavini at (215) 925-1913, extension 126 or by e-mail at Sandra@advokid.org.

Click here to print out a registration form, or visit active.com to register online.

Chancellor's Forum on Diversity Beyond the Large Firms

A Chancellor's Forum, "Diversity Beyond the Large Firms," will be held Monday, June 5 beginning at 1 p.m. at the CLE Conference Center at the Wanamaker Building. This unique conference for small and mid-size firms and public interest practitioners will feature a discussion on the challenges and successes for creating a diverse and inclusive work environment.

Chancellor Elect Jane L. Dalton will open the event, followed by keynote speaker Charisse R. Lillie, vice president of human resources for Comcast. Trial consultant Melissa M. Gomez will present "The Journey Continues: Understanding What It Means to Have a Diversity-Friendly Workplace."

The panel discussion "Creating a Model for Progress: Diversity Challenges and Successes From the Front Lines" follows, with moderator Karen Jackson Vaughn and panelists Carl G. Cooper, former Chancellor Deborah R. Willig, Roosevelt Hairston Jr., Louis Rulli and James A. Pabarue. A reception with federal and state judges follows from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m.

Three CLE credits are available for this program. The program is free to those who don't want CLE credit. The tuition is $149 for Philadelphia Bar Association members who wish to receive CLE credit; $150 for non-members of the Association admitted after Jan. 1, 2002 and $170 for non-members of the Association. To register for this event, visit pbi.org or call (800) 247-4724.

Bike-a-Thon Committee to Meet May 16

The Association's Bike-a-Thon Committee will meet on Tuesday, May 16 at 12:30 p.m. in the 11th floor Committee Room South of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. A complimentary lunch will be served.

The ACS Bike-a-Thon takes place Sunday, July 9 and begins at the base of the Ben Franklin Bridge and ends in Lenape Park in Mays Landing, N.J. Click here for more information about the event.

Anyone interested in becoming a sponsor should contact Jeffrey Abramowitz at 215-568-4980. Sponsorship opportunities are still available.

Judges to Examine Differences Between Courts

U.S. District Court Judges Lawrence F. Stengel, R. Barclay Surrick and Petrese B. Tucker will discuss practice differences between state and federal courts at the Wednesday, May 17 meeting of the Federal Courts Committee.

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 $7.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Workers' Comp CLE Program on Gardner Case May 17

The Workers' Compensation Section is sponsoring a lunchtime CLE seminar "A Review of the Gardner Case" on Wednesday, May 17.

Speakers for the program include Timothy P. Bulman, George Martin and Peter J. Weber. The program has been approved for 1 Substantive CLE credit. Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay a fee of $25 for members of the Bar Association admitted for more than five years, and $20 for members of the Association admitted for less than five years. If you wish to register in advance please visit www.pbi.org, call PBI Customer Service at 1-800-932-4637.

Lunch will be available for an additional fee of $7.50 per person. Click here to purchase lunch for this event.

"Merger" Author Freund to Address Committee May 17

James C. Freund, author of Anatomy of a Merger, will be the featured speaker at the Wednesday, May 17 meeting of the Mergers and Acquisitions Subcommittee and the Business Law Section.

This session is open to all members of the Business Law Section, and members of the legal community. The event is free of charge to members of the Business Law Section and for non-members who were admitted to the Bar on and after 2001. The cost is $10 for non-members who were admitted to the Bar before 2001). Lunch is included. Attendees will receive a copy of Freund's book Smart Negotiating: How to Make Good Deals in the Real World, which he will gladly sign following the session.

The meeting begins at 12:30 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building. Please RSVP to Michael Ecker at mecker@dilworthlaw.com, chair of the Mergers and Acquisitions Subcommittee. If you are not a member of the Business Law Section, and were admitted to the Bar before 2001, you can either join the Business Law Section (cost is $20 per year), or make your check payable to the "Philadelphia Bar Association, Business Law Section" in the amount of $10 prior to the luncheon, or when you arrive for the luncheon on May 17.

PBI Program on Terrorism and Torture May 19

The Pennsylvania Bar Institute will present "Terrorism and Torture" on Friday, May 19 at the CLE Conference Center, Wanamaker Building, from 12 to 2 p.m. Registration and lunch begin at 11:15 a.m. This seminar is part of PBI's Public Policy series.

Terrorism is the battleground of the 21st century and torture is a hot button in the political arena. A panel of experts will discuss these issues from both a civil and criminal perspective.

Michael Isikoff, Newsweek investigative correspondent and award-winning journalist, has joined the faculty for this seminar. Isikoff has written extensively on the U.S. government's war on terrorism, the Abu Ghraib scandal, and many other national issues. Two prominent Philadelphia lawyers who also concentrate their practices on the issues of terrorism and torture will join Isikoff. Robert Swift is a senior member of Kohn Swift & Graf, PC and concentrates his practice on complex civil litigation, including class actions representing both individuals and corporations. Theodore Simon has been a criminal defense attorney in Philadelphia for the past 31 years and has handled many high-profile matters, including several international cases. Some of his high-profile cases include representing Michael Fay, Ira Einhorn and Don King. Come join these esteemed speakers and hear a captivating analysis of one of the world's most debated topics.
This course qualifies for 2 CLE credits. Call 800-932-4637 or 800-247-4724 or visit pbi.org for more information or to register.

Career Strategies for Women in the Legal Profession

Cathy Abelson, president of Abelson Legal Search, will present a special program focusing on the history of women in the legal profession and career strategies for women attorneys at the Tuesday, May 23 meeting of the Women in the Profession Committee.

Abelson will share her insights into the historical perspective on options for women since the mid 1970s; areas of the law most conducive to women planning a long-term legal career; finding a balance between career goals and personal life (family, children, interests); the best and worst times to make a move; and memorable blunders seen in the interview process.

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 register for this meeting.

Federal Bench-Bar Conference June 16 at Loews

The Federal Courts Committee's annual Federal Bench-Bar Conference moves back into the city on Friday, June 16 with a full program of seminars and a keynote luncheon address from U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Marjorie O. Rendell.

The Federal Bench-Bar Conference will be held at Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market St. A total of 3 CLE credits, including .5 ethics credits, are available. Seminars for the conference include "Managing Multi-District Litigation," "How Focus on Ethics and Professionalism Improves the Relationship Between the Bench and Bar," "Addressing Requests to Waive Attorney-Client Privilege in Criminal Matters" and "Pending Rules Changes on Discovery of Electronic Documents."

Tuition, which includes breakfast, a course book and lunch, is $175 for members of the bar admitted before Jan. 1, 2002 and $155 for members admitted after Jan. 1, 2002. Registration and breakfast begin at 7:45 a.m. Click here to register for this event.

53 Firms Donate $1.1 Million to Raising the Bar Campaign

Fifty-three law firms have pledged more than $1.1 million in support of Chancellor Alan M. Feldman's Raising the Bar Campaign to support legal services.

The 53 law firms, representing more than 3,400 attorneys, have pledged $1,106,220. Campaign organizers remain confident that many more firms will agree to participate in the weeks and months ahead, according to Feldman. The Raising the Bar Campaign is a joint effort by the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Philadelphia Bar Foundation to increase funding for Philadelphia public interest law centers.

Each firm made a pledge of at least $300 per attorney in its Philadelphia office, with a number of firms committing to as much as $400. Seventeen of the firms are among the 20 largest as listed in PaLAW 2005. To contribute, contact Maureen Mingey, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation.

Click here for a list of the participating law firms and for more information about the Raising the Bar campaign.

Workers' Comp, Real Property Sections Plan Spring Events

The Workers' Compensation Section will hold its annual spring party on Wednesday, June 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Manayunk Brewery and Restaurant, 4120 Main St., in Manayunk.

Tickets are $45 per person and includes two drink tickets and heavy hors d'oeuvres. Click here to order tickets online.

The Real Property Section will hold its Annual Spring Reception on Thursday, June 8 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Maggiano's Little Italy, 1201 Filbert St.

Tickets to the event are $5 and are available by clicking here.

Organizations Schedule Spring Fund-Raisers

The Support Center for Child Advocates will hold its Annual Champions of Children Benefit Reception and Volunteer Celebration on Wednesday, May 24 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Main Banking Lobby of Wachovia, Broad and Walnut Streets. For more information, call (215) 925-1913.

Friends of Farmworkers will hold its 30th Anniversary Celebration on Wednesday, June 28 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn, 11th and Arch streets. Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Frederica A. Massiah-Jackson, Immediate-Past Chancellor Andrew A. Chirls and Efren Diego will be honored at the event. Tickets are $75. For more information, call (215) 733-0878 or e-mail admin@friendsfw.org.

Bar Association Night at the Phillies June 14

Join your colleagues and friends at Citizens Bank Park at Bar Association Night at the Phillies on Wednesday, June 14 when the Phillies take on their National League East rivals, the New York Mets, at 7:05 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased online by clicking here. Tickets are $36 and $28. The login name for the electronic ticket purchase is BARN and the password is 0614. The log-in is case sensitive, so make sure the items are entered correctly.

Mfume to Address Bar at June 19 Quarterly Meeting

Kweisi Mfume, former president and chief executive officer of the NAACP and candidate for U.S. Senate in Maryland, will deliver the annual Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Memorial Public Interest Lecture at the Philadelphia Bar Association's Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon on Monday, June 19 at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue.

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 and Cornel West have filled the role. Tickets to the luncheon are $50 for Association members and $55 for non-members. Click here to purchase tickets online. New members of the Association's 50-, 60-, 65- and 70-Year Clubs will also be honored.

After serving five terms in Congress, Mfume resigned in 1996 to take over as the leader of the NAACP, a post he held for nine years. He is credited with restoring respect to the Association as well as instituting management and financial structures that led to an increase in endowment funds as well as a budget surplus. In March 2005, Mfume announced his candidacy for the Senate seat currently held by Paul Sarbanes, who will retire this year after serving in the Senate since 1977. Mfume, a member of the Democratic Party, seeks to become the first African American to represent Maryland in the Senate.

Bar Foundation Golf Classic June 26

The 18th Annual Philadelphia Bar Foundation Golf Classic will be held Monday, June 26 at Philadelphia Cricket Club in Flourtown. The 18-hole tournament, which benefits the Foundation, will begin at 12:30 p.m. with a shotgun start on both the Wissahickon and Militia Hill courses. Click here to register online.

The 2005 tournament raised more than $100,000 for the Bar Foundation, the charitable arm of the Bar Association. During 2005, the Foundation funded 29 law-related programs with grants ranging from $2,000 to $100,000.

Prizes will be awarded for team low net, individual low net and individual low gross. A new prize for law-firm (defined as a foursome with at least three members from the same firm) low gross will also be awarded.

The tournament is open to the public with a general fee of $375 that includes greens fees, golf cart, lunch, refreshments on the course, and cocktails and dinner. Members of the Association's Young Lawyers Division may participate for a discounted fee of $295. Event and hole sponsorships are also available. For more information on sponsorships or playing in the event, contact Melissa Engler at (215) 238-6347. Click here to register online.

Legal Directory 2006 Now Available for Purchase

The Legal Directory 2006 is now available. If you've ordered your copy, it will soon arrive; if not, place your order now for this indispensable resource – and receive free access to The Legal Directory Online.

This year's edition includes listings for more than 1,500 law firms and 17,000 attorneys in Philadelphia and the surrounding Pennsylvania counties, Delaware and New Jersey, in addition to Bar Association contacts and committees; information on federal, state and county courts and government agencies; a judges index; alternative dispute resolution resources; and a special business-to-business section tailored to the legal community.

New for 2006, each copy of The Legal Directory includes complimentary access to The Legal Directory Online. So information will be only a few mouse clicks away and accessible wherever you go.

Over the coming weeks, new features will be available on The Legal Directory Online. You can still search for firms and attorneys; but you'll also have information on local courts and court rules, area bar associations and breaking legal news at your fingertips.
Click here to order The Legal Directory 2006 today!

Weekly Snapshot: Friends of Farmworkers

Friends of Farmworkers is about to celebrate its 30th anniversary of providing legal assistance and education on legal rights to poor farmworkers in Pennsylvania, principally in matters related to their employment and housing. During this time, it has provided direct legal assistance to thousands of individuals. It has also affected the living and working conditions for many more through impact litigation, education, and legislative and administrative advocacy. Recently it has expanded its work to include limited services to other poor immigrant workers, such as landscaping workers.

Work ranges from successful representation of individuals on small wage claims to major class actions. One recent case involved a mushroom worker who was owed his last paycheck. Thanks to assistance from an FOF attorney, the employer promptly paid up. Representation in another case of a large group of mushroom workers followed a plant closing and bankruptcy of a multinational corporation. It resulted in more than $400,000 in compensation, protection of pension rights, 18 additional months of medical benefits nationally for affected retirees, and extended unemployment benefits and job retraining benefits.

FOF also has a very successful education program, with staff and volunteer lawyers and law students making presentations in public schools about basic employment rights and other topics.

For more information on FOF's 30th anniversary celebration on June 28, honoring Judge Frederica Massiah-Jackson, Andrew Chirls, and Efren Diego or on how to volunteer with or contribute to Friends of Farmworkers, call executive director Karen Detamore at (215) 733-0878, ext. 110 or e-mail her at kdetamore@friendsfw.org.

4th Annual Nonprofit Institute May 18

PBI's 4th Annual Nonprofit Institute on May 18 allows you to network with your colleagues, enjoy lunch, hear from two dynamic keynote speakers who are well-known figures in the nonprofit world and select from many different topics designed to include all aspects of the nonprofit sector. This 5 substantive/1 ethics credit hour program will be held in Philadelphia on Thursday, May 18, at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Workshop choices will determine whether credits are in substantive law, practice and procedure or ethics, professionalism or substance abuse. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and lunch is included in the registration. Click here for more information or to register.

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.

Thursday, May 18
4th Annual Nonprofit Institute
6 CLE credits (Workshop choices will determine if credits are substantive or ethics)
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Friday, May 19
Estate Planning for the International Family
4 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Terrorism and Torture
2 substantive CLE credits
12 to 2 p.m.

Tuesday, May 23
Defamation, Libel and Slander
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits (Must attend full class to receive the ethics credit)
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 24
A Family of Laws for the Family Lawyer
6 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 25
Litigating the Upper Extremity Injury Case - Do's and Don'ts
6 substantive CLE credits
8:25 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

More information is available on the PBI Web site at www.pbi.org, on the page devoted to Philadelphia programs, by calling 1-800-247-4724, or by e-mailing info@pbi.org. Note: some events sell out; before walking in, call PBI to confirm that space is still available for the program that interests you.

Earn up to 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.