Thursday, May 15, 2008
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 9, No. 39
 

Register Online to Volunteer for Civics Program

Advancing Civics Education (A.C.E.) is a program launched by the Philadelphia Bar Association in partnership with the School District of Philadelphia to provide supplemental civics education — in areas such as fundamental principles of citizenship, democracy and dispute resolution — to ninth-grade public school students.

An understanding of civics, legal systems and civic participation is vital to the success of future generations. A.C.E. brings civics to life for Philadelphia high school students. This effort will complement the hard work of teachers and principals to create a bridge from middle school to high school that focuses upon each citizen's rights and responsibilities within our community, our Commonwealth and our rapidly changing world.

Attorneys can now register online for this program by clicking here.

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. Online registration is available until May 16.

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 is 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.

Judge Klein on Rule 1311.1 May 20

Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge Richard B. Klein and James E. McCutchen will discuss Rule 1311.1 and the judge's concurring opinion in Kopytin v. Aschinger at the Tuesday, May 20 meeting of the Compulsory Arbitration Committee. The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th Floor Committee Room South of the 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.

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.

Professional Women and Motherhood May 27

The Women in the Profession Committee will present "The Professional Woman and Motherhood," a frank and informative discussion about medical issues relevant to professional women at its Tuesday, May 27 meeting.

Panelists include Dr. Jackie Gutmann, Clinical Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Thomas Jefferson University, and physician, Northern Fertility and Reproductive Associates and Rebecca Schatschneider. The program will be moderated by Nikki Johnson-Huston. Topics will include a discussion about fertility, and related legal issues such as adoption. Attendees will have the opportunity to submit anonymous questions.

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.

State of Women's Rights Program May 27

Marcia Greenberger, co-president of the National Women’s Law Center, will discuss the state of women's rights at a Tuesday, May 27 program sponsored by the Women’s Rights Committee, Women in the Profession Committee and Civil Rights Committee.

Greenberger will discuss current cases pending or coming up before the U.S. Supreme Court; what's pending or coming up in Congress; new problems to be on the lookout for; and presidential politics with a focus on where the candidates stand on the proposed equal pay legislation as well as other current issues of concern to women.

The program begins at 4 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. A wine and cheese reception will follow. There is no charge to attend this program, but please click here to RSVP.

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.

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.

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.

Federal Bench-Bar Conference June 6

Seven 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.

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

Women in the Profession Committee Summit June 18

The Women in the Profession Committee will hold its first Women in the Profession Summit at The CLE Conference Center on Wednesday, June 18 beginning at 12 p.m. The summit will focus, in part, on the best practices for the retention and promotion of women lawyers.

The program will feature a keynote address by Charisse Lillie, vice president of human resources for Comcast Corporation and senior vice president of human resources for Comcast Cable. Summit attendees will receive two substantive and two ethics CLE credits.

Click here for more information or to register.

Urban League's Morial to Address Bar June 30

Marc H. Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League and former mayor of New Orleans, will deliver the Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Memorial Public Interest Lecture at the Association's Monday, June 30 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon.

A lifelong champion of individual rights, Judge Higginbotham had a legal career that spanned nearly half a century. Since Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund, delivered the first Higginbotham lecture in 1999, notables such as Juan Williams, Charles J. Ogletree, Chaka Fattah, Cornel West, Kweisi Mfume and Gwen Ifill have filled the role. New members of the Association's 50-, 60-, 65- and 70-Year Clubs will also be honored at the event. The Year Clubs recognize attorneys who have been practicing law for 50 years or more.

Morial served two distinguished four-year terms as mayor of New Orleans from 1994-2002. During that time, he also served as president of the United States Conference of Mayors in 2001 and 2002. The meeting begins at 12 p.m. at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. Tickets are $55 for Association members and $60 for non members. Click here to purchase tickets online.

Bench-Bar Annual Conference Registration Open

Registration is now open for the Association's 2008 Bench-Bar and Annual Conference on Sept. 19-21 at Bally's Atlantic City.

This year's conference is expected to bring together more than 500 lawyers and judges from the Philadelphia area for three days of CLE programming that lets practitioners and the judiciary share ideas and best practices. The theme of this year's conference is "The Sound of Philadelphia."

Registration for the full three days of the conference is $549 for those members who register by Aug. 15. That rate includes all meals and CLE. For public interest attorneys, government attorneys and members of the Young Lawyers Division who register by Aug. 15, the full conference registration fee is $399. Other one-day and two-day registration packages are available. For those prices, visit philadelphiabar.org.

Bally's Atlantic City offers a world-class spa, salon, fitness center and 18 restaurants to meet every craving. Experience the Old West at Bally's Wild Wild West Casino with nearly 74,000 feet of gaming accessible via a short walkway connected to Bally's.

Bally's is now accepting hotel reservations for attendees. Book early for the best rates: rooms on Thursday, Sept. 18 are $99; rooms Friday, Sept. 19 are $144, and Saturday, Sept. 20 rooms range from $189 to $209. A limited number of rooms are available for the $189 rate on Saturday night. Call 1-800-345-7253 for reservations and mention you are attending the Philadelphia Bar Association Bench-Bar Conference to get these special room rates.

Carville to Speak at SeniorLAW Anniversary Gala June 12

Political analyst James Carville will be the guest speaker at the SeniorLAW Center's 30th Anniversary Gala on Thursday, June 12 at The Ballroom at the Ben, 834 Chestnut St.

Founded by leaders of the Philadelphia Bar Association in 1978, SeniorLAW Center (formerly Judicare) provides free legal services, community education and advocacy for more than 10,000 senior citizens in Pennsylvania each year. Special sponsorship opportunities, including the exclusive SeniorCircle reception with Carville, are available. Information is available at seniorlawcenter.org or contact Larry Felzer at 215-701-3203 or lfelzer@seniorlawcenter.org.

Register Online to Volunteer for Civics Program

Advancing Civics Education (A.C.E.) is a program launched by the Philadelphia Bar Association in partnership with the School District of Philadelphia to provide supplemental civics education — in areas such as fundamental principles of citizenship, democracy and dispute resolution — to ninth-grade public school students.

An understanding of civics, legal systems and civic participation is vital to the success of future generations. A.C.E. brings civics to life for Philadelphia high school students. This effort will complement the hard work of teachers and principals to create a bridge from middle school to high school that focuses upon each citizen's rights and responsibilities within our community, our Commonwealth and our rapidly changing world.

Attorneys can now register online for this program by clicking here.

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.

Legal Marketing Association Town Meeting Today

As part of its continued growth, the Legal Marketing Association has named its first full-time executive director. Betsi Roach, a former legal marketer, joins LMA from the American Bar Association.

Please join your colleagues and fellow members in a "Town Meeting" of sorts to not only welcome Betsi to the LMA (and Philadelphia), but learn all of the fantastic things LMA, both locally and nationally, has in store for you as a member, and provide her with feedback as to how the LMA can improve opportunities for education and networking for its members.

The program will be held today (Thursday, May 15) from 8 to 9 a.m. at the offices of Woodcock Washburn LLP, Cira Centre, 2929 Arch St. RSVP to Jenn Smuts at (215) 564-8399. The program, sponsored by Pomco Graphic Arts & Mohawk, is free and all are welcome to attend.

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.

Surviving/Thriving in Changing Economy May 22

The MidAtlantic Employers' Associaiton will present "Surviving and Thriving in a Changing Economy" on Thursday, May 22.

The sponsors for this presentation include Business Clubs America, Philadelphia Business Journal, Training Resource Group and Vistage. The program begins at 7:30 a.m. at The Union League of Philadelphia, 140 S. Broad St. Attendance is complimentary. Click here to RSVP.

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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