May 18, 2009
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 10, No. 39
 

Judicial Commission's Final Recommendations

The Philadelphia Bar Association’s Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention has
released its final list of recommended and not recommended candidates for judge in the Tuesday, May 19 primary election.

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."

The following judicial candidates, listed alphabetically, were found RECOMMENDED for election to the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas: Christine Adair; Daniel Anders; Adam Beloff; Gregory A. Coleman; Robert P. Coleman; Anne Marie B. Coyle; Joyce Eubanks; Angelo J. Foglietta; Vincent Giusini; Jonathan Q. Irvine; Daniel Rendine; Angeles Roca; Thomas Francis Shields, Jr.; Diane Thompson; and Donna M. Woelpper.

The following judicial candidates, listed alphabetically, were found NOT RECOMMENDED for election to the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas: John J. Capaldi; Roxanne Covington; Judge Hall; W. Fred Harrison; Elinore O’Neill Kolodner; Sharon Williams Losier; Beverly Muldrow; and Marilyn Rigmaiden-DeLeon.

The following judicial candidates, listed alphabetically, were found RECOMMENDED for election to Philadelphia Municipal Court: Christine Adair; Patrick F. Dugan; Charles Hayden; Joseph T. Murphy Jr.; Thomas M. Nocella; Kenneth J. Powel, Jr.; Dawn A. Segal; and Joseph C. Waters Jr.

The following judicial candidates, listed alphabetically, were found NOT RECOMMENDED for election to the Philadelphia Municipal Court: Lopez Thompson and Ted J. Vigilante.

For more on the Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention, visit electqualifiedjudges.com.

PhillyLawyersInTransition.org Launched to Assist Attorneys

In response to the current economic crisis, the Philadelphia Bar Association has created Lawyers in Transition, a wide-ranging initiative designed to assist lawyers who suddenly find themselves out of work, or who are concerned that they could be the next victims of the economy. An umbrella for all of the Bar's efforts, Lawyers in Transition includes programs, resources and online tools aimed at helping lawyers build their practices and/or prepare to open their own practices. Click here to access phillylawyersintransition.org.

To make information about Lawyers in Transition easily accessible, the Association's web site contains information specifically geared toward assisting lawyers affected by the economy. The site is available to all attorneys, not just members of the Association. There are links to upcoming CLE programs and other seminars; links to other web sites that provide helpful information; a bulletin board/forum where users can candidly discuss their situations; networking information; and ethics information and other professional responsibility resources.

The 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'oeuvres will be served. Click here to register.

Another initiative of the Association is the newly created attorney Career Development and Enhancement Committee, formed specifically to address the career and client development needs of attorneys coping with a challenging economic environment. Chaired by Arthur Bousel, a legal career coach, the Committee's goal is to bring together attorneys from all areas of practice and phases of their careers to collaborate on developing new business or career opportunities.

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.

Hot Topics in ERISA May 19

Janell Grenier and Mark C. Stephenson will discuss hot topics in ERISA at the Tuesday, May 19 joint meeting of the Labor and Employment Law Committee and the Employee Benefits Committees.

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

Judge Golden at Federal Courts Committee May 20

U.S. District Court Judge Thomas M. Golden will travel East from his chambers
in Reading to discuss his procedures and preferences for attorneys practicing before him at the Wednesday, May 20 meeting of the Federal Courts Committee.

This is a rare opportunity to meet a judge of the district before whom the members of the Committee may not yet have appeared, and to gain insight into the proper way to present a case in his courtroom. 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, interpretation, and the consequences of how appearance plays a factor in the impact on judges and juries. The program has been approved for 1 substantive CLE credit. 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.

Roger Wood on Financing Issues May 20

Roger F. Wood, chairman of the corporate department in the Banking and Financial Services Group at Dilworth Paxson LLP, will discuss financing issues at the Wednesday, May 20 meeting of the Mergers & Acquisitions Committee.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. at the offices of Kleinbard Bell & Brecker LLP, One Liberty Place, 46th Floor, 1650 Market St. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to Patricia D'Ercole at 215-568-2000 or via e-mail at pdercole@kleinbard.com.

7th Annual Nonprofit Institute May 20

Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter will discuss "Public/Private Partnerships – the Importance of Working Together in Challenging Times" at the 7th Annual Nonprofit Institute on Wednesday, May 20.

The Nonprofit Institute is a must attend for anyone involved with the nonprofit sector. There will be hot topics not only for lawyers, but also for nonprofit executives, employees and volunteers, accountants, nonprofit board members, fundraisers and anybody who is thinking of starting up a nonprofit. The program will offer four separate tracks for this seminar – a “basic” track for those new to nonprofit operations, a nonprofit management track, a nonprofit governance track, and a fourth track of miscellaneous nonprofit topics.

The Nonprofit Institute seminar offers 5 substantive and 1 ethics CLE credits beginning at 9 a.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building. Click here for more information.

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.

Brown Bag Series for Summer Associates Begins May 29

The Law School Outreach Committee of the Public Interest Section will host the “Summer Brown Bag Lunch Series” beginning on Friday, May 29 at 12 p.m.

These programs provide an opportunity for summer associates to meet public interest attorneys who are leaders in their field and learn about different types of public interest practice and fellowship opportunities in the greater Philadelphia area. There is no fee to attend these programs, held in the 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. The programs will be held every Friday throughout the summer except for Friday, July 3.

For more information about the LSOC or its activities, contact Maureen Olives, Director of Public Interest Programs at Temple University Beasley School of Law, at molives@temple.edu or (215) 204-3705.

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.

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.

Stalberg to Address Federal Bench-Bar June 12

Zachary Stalberg, president and CEO of the Committee of Seventy, will deliver keynote remarks at the Federal Courts Committee’s annual Federal Bench-Bar Conference on 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. The conference features seven federal judges and a host of top practitioners and begins at 8:15 a.m. Registration begins at 7:30 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” along with U.S. District Court Judges C. Darnell Jones II and Linda K. Caracappa.

U.S. District Court Chief Judge Harvey Bartle III, U.S. Bankruptcy Court Chief Judge Stephen Raslavich 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.

If you do not attend the full program, you will receive only substantive credits for the time of your attendance. 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).

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.

Pro Bono Training Sessions Planned

The Homeless Advocacy Project will present the pro bono CLE training program "How to Prepare for an SSI Hearing" on Tuesday, June 16 from 12 to 1:30 p.m., at Dilworth Paxson LLP, 1500 Market St., Center Square, East Tower, 35th Floor. The course will be presented by HAP Managing Attorney Michele Levy. The course is free and open to current and prospective HAP volunteers, and will provide 1.5 substantive CLE credits in exchange for volunteering with HAP. To register, contact Michele Levy at 215-523-9585 or e-mail at mlevy@philalegal.org. Deadline for registration is Tuesday, June 9.

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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.

Appellate Advocacy May 21

PBI's Appellate Advocacy uses movie clips and other media to illustrate common pitfalls and recurring issues that crop up in appellate advocacy. This seminar teaches how to be a more effective appellate advocate by showcasing the good, the bad and the ugly of both oral and written advocacy. This 4 substantive CLE credit hour program will simulcast on Thursday, May 21 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 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Check-in begins at 8:30 am. 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.

Wednesday, May 20
Seventh Annual Nonprofit Institute
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits (Workshop choices will determine whether credits are in substantive law, practice and procedure or ethics, professionalism or substance abuse.)
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thursday, May 21
Appellate Advocacy
4 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Wednesday, May 27
Simulcast - Privacy and Data Security: 2009 and Beyond
3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits (Must attend entire program to receive ethics credit)
8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Thursday, May 28
Climate Change Law for Pennsylvania Lawyers
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 30
Medical School for Lawyers: Into the Lab
6 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4:15 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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