May 20, 2010
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 11, No. 41
 

Federal Bench-Bar Conference June 11

Three panel discussions, a report on the state of the court and luncheon remarks by Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams highlight the Friday, June 11 Federal Bench-Bar Conference at the Rittenhouse Hotel.

Eight federal judges and some of the city's most well-known practitioners are among the faculty for the program. A total of 3 substantive CLE credit hours are available for the program.

The program will also include reports on the state of the court by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Harvey Bartle III; U.S. Bankruptcy Court Chief Judge Stephen Raslavich; and U.S. District Court Clerk of Court Michael E. Kunz. U.S. District Court Judge Michael M. Baylson will present an update on summary proceedings.

Registration and breakfast begin at 8:15 a.m. at the Rittenhouse Hotel, 210 Rittenhouse Square. Click here to register.

NAACP Chair Roslyn Brock to Speak at June 28 Quarterly

Roslyn M. Brock, chair of the National Board of Directors of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), will deliver the Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Memorial Public Interest Lecture at the Association's Monday, June 28 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon.

Stephanie Resnick, chair of the Litigation Department at Fox Rothschild LLP and chair of the Board of Governors of the Philadelphia Bar Association in 2008, will receive the 2010 Sandra Day O'Connor Award at the event, which begins at 12 p.m. at the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets.

Brock made history in February 2010 when she became the youngest person ever and fourth woman to serve as chair of the NAACP. For more than 25 years, Brock has served as a leader in the NAACP. As a committed community advocate who works on behalf of vulnerable populations, Brock fights for quality education, civil rights, economic justice, decent housing, and accessible, affordable healthcare for all.

New members of the Association's Year Clubs will also be honored at the event.

Click here to purchase tickets.

Bar Night at the Phillies June 9 Benefits Bar Foundation

Join your friends and colleagues at Bar Association Night at the Phillies on Wednesday, June 9 as the defending National League champions take on the Florida Marlins at Citizens Bank Park at 7:05 p.m.

A limited number of tickets are still available. Tickets are $26 each and a $6 handling fee will be added per order. A portion of all ticket sales will benefit the Philadelphia Bar Foundation and the SeniorLAW Center. For questions or to order tickets by phone please contact Kaitlyn Finley in the Phillies Sales Office at (215) 463-5000, extension 5110.

Study: Jail Population Driven By Individuals Held Pretrial

Evidence suggests number of inmates can be further reduced

A new study from The Pew Charitable Trusts' Philadelphia Research Initiative finds that the size of Philadelphia's jail population is driven largely by the number of individuals held pretrial - not by convicted criminals—and that without innovations to reduce that number, Philadelphia's gains in controlling its jail population may be hard to maintain or build upon.

The study, "Philadelphia's Crowded, Costly Jails: The Search for Safe Solutions, provides a comprehensive look at the city's prison population - including its decades-long increase and recent decline; the measures the city of Philadelphia is taking to decrease the number of inmates; and what other jurisdictions are doing to control their jail populations.

One conclusion that emerges - and is shared by many in the city's criminal justice system - is that the size of the population in the Philadelphia Prison System is largely within the power of policy makers to control and likely can be further reduced without jeopardizing public safety.

Pew's study was the focus of a panel discussion on May 19 at the University of Pennsylvania Law School featuring remarks by Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter and Chancellor Scott F. Cooper. Panelists included R. Seth Williams, District Attorney; Everett A. Gillison, Deputy Mayor for Public Safety; Reverend Dr. Ernest McNear, chairman of the Kingdom Care Reentry Network; and Michael P. Jacobson, director and president of the Vera Institute of Justice in New York.

To read the report, "Philadelphia's Crowded, Costly Jails: The Search for Safe Solutions visit Pew's website at www.pewtrusts.org.

Mock Oral Argument with Judge Rufe May 20

The Labor and Employment Law Committee and the Federal Courts Committee will present a mock oral argument on motion for summary judgment on a complaint alleging discrimination and retaliation on Thursday, May 20.

U.S. District Court Judge Cynthia M. Rufe will preside over the argument and will present her analysis and ruling at the end of the argument. There will be two plaintiffs' attorneys and two defense attorneys arguing a stipulated set of facts provided to the judge and the audience beforehand. At the conclusion of the argument, a vote will be taken of those in attendance as to whether summary judgment will be granted or denied. The judge will then provide her analysis and ruling.

Kelly Dobbs Bunting of Greenberg Taurig, LLP and Robert Davitch of Sidkoff Pincus & Green will be the co-presenters and co-moderators. Arguing for the plaintiff are James Duttera of Console Law Offices LLC and Ronald Surkin of Gallagher, Schoenfeld, Surkin, Chupein & DeMis. Arguing for the defendant are Andrew Allison of Post & Schell, P. C. and Terry Johnson of Blank Rome LLP.

The program begins at 4 p.m. in the Ceremonial Courtroom of the U.S. Courthouse at 6th and Market streets. Click here to RSVP.

Directors and Officers Liability Insurance May 21

The Pennsylvania Bar Institute will present "Directors' and Officers' Liability Insurance: What Every Lawyer Needs to Know" on Friday, May 21.

It is critical in today's business world. You don't have to look far to see alarming examples of exposure of directors in civil lawsuits, regulatory actions and government investigations. If you advise businesses, boards of directors, individual directors you need to be completely conversant with D&O liability insurance - what it covers, what it doesn't cover - how to tell. Get up to the minute information from our experienced panel of attorneys and insurance experts.

The program begins at 9 a.m. on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register online.

Traditional Labor Law for Employment Litigators

The Human Resources and Employee Relations Committee will present "What Employment Litigators Need To Know About Traditional Labor Law" on Friday, May 21.

Speakers for the program include William E. Slack, a veteran attorney at the National Labor Relations Board and Jonathan Landesman, a partner at Cohen Seglias. They will examine how the protections of the National Labor Relations Act apply to all private sector employers - union and non-union.

The meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. at the offices of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC, Two Liberty Place, 50 S. 16th St., Suite 3200. Please RSVP to Sally Bolton at boltonsa@bipc.com. A continental breakfast will be provided beginning at 8:15 a.m. The committee would like to thank Buchanan Ingersoll for hosting this meeting.

Workers' Comp Practice and Procedure CLE May 24

The Pennsylvania Bar Institute will present the "Workers' Compensation Practice and Procedure CLE" on Monday, May 24. This is the program for every workers' compensation practitioner, bringing you up-to-date on recent developments in a thought-provoking format focusing on the most important issues today.

Topics include recent developments; strategies for analyzing the rules and exceptions; calculation of offsets; labor market survey update; calculating credit for overpayment; retirement issues; settlement issues (C&R); IRE's - the new battleground; third-party settlement agreements and lien enforcement issues; child support; withdrawal of counsel; trial schedule; mandatory/voluntary mediation; challenge proceedings - supersedeas; and hot topics and questions and answers.

This 4 credit program begins at 12:30 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here for registration information.

Embracing Gender in Dispute Resolution May 25

The Women in the Profession Committee and Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee will hold a joint meeting exploring gender dynamics in dispute resolution on Tuesday, May 25.

It's often said that women have different negotiating styles then men. But what does this mean in the real world? Join us as we explore gender dynamics in ADR. Panelists for the program include Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Sandra Mazer Moss, coordinating judge of the Complex Litigation Center; Vanessa Bullock, commissioner with the Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service; Nancy Walker, board member with the Labor and Employment Relations Association; Lisa Charles, Higginbotham Fellow with the American Arbitration Association; and Cynthia Locke,
staff mediator with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8. Click here to register.

State of Medical Malpractice Litigation May 26

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Jacqueline F. Allen will present "The State of Medical Malpractice Litigation in Philadelphia County for 2009 Filings" at the Wednesday, May 26 meeting of the Medical Legal Committee Meeting.

The meeting begins 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 RSVP.

Int'l Business Initiative Committee to Meet May 27

Karen Randall, director of Business Attraction and Retention, City of Philadelphia, Department of Commerce, will discuss specific steps the Association's International Business Initiative Committee can take toward making Philadelphia more of a site for international business, bringing jobs to the Philadelphia area, increasing business in other countries, helping clients here expand internationally and building and expanding relationships around the world. The program will be held Thursday, May 27.

The Initiative has begun meeting with regional leaders to get ideas as to what it can do and will report some recent findings. There will also be an update on recent international business case law.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8. Click here to RSVP. For more information call J. Michael Considine Jr., chair, International Business Initiative, 610-431-3288.

CLS Breakfast of Champions May 27

Laurence Tribe of the U.S. Department of Justice will give the keynote address at Community Legal Services Breakfast of Champions, on Thursday, May 27 at 8 a.m. at the Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel.

A former Harvard Law professor and mentor to President Barack Obama, Tribe is renowned for his expertise in Constitutional Law and currently serves as senior counselor for Access to Justice, a new initiative of the Department of Justice to improve the legal help provided to low-income people.

For the past 21 years, the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association has sponsored CLS' annual Breakfast of Champions, which honors leaders, innovators, and dedicated servants of public interest law through its Champion of Justice and Equal Justice awards and kicks off CLS' Bar Campaign.

This year, CLS will present a Champion of Justice Award to Pennsylvania State Rep. Kathy M. Manderino, and Equal Justice Awards to Michael J. Boni of Boni & Zack LLC, CLS Paralegal Johnie Mae Coles, and Philadelphia Legal Assistance Executive Director Anita Santos-Singh.

Online registration for CLS' Breakfast of Champions is available at
clsbreakfastofchampions2010.eventbrite.com. Donations to Community Legal Services can be made online at www.clsphila.org.

Workers' Comp Spring Party June 2 at Manayunk Brewery

The Workers' Compensation Section will hold its Annual Spring Party Wednesday, June 2 at the Manayunk Brewery and Restaurant, 4120 Main St.

The Section will unveil its first Arts in the Courts mural and will present the annual Irv Stander Award. Registration is required by Friday, May 28 and includes two drink tickets, heavy hors d'oeuvres and an open-air deck. The event is sponsored by Summit Pharmacy Inc. Click here for ticket information and to register.

Commerce Court 10th Anniversary Reception June 3

The Business Litigation Committee will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Commerce Court Program with a reception on Thursday, June 3.

The reception begins at 6 p.m. at the Westin Philadelphia Hotel, 99 S. 17th St. Tickets are $80 each and $750 for a group of 10. The reception includes beer and wine and heavy hors d'oeuvres. Registration is required by Friday, May 28. Click here to register.

Family Law Section Spring Reception June 10

The Family Law Section will greet the city's new Family Court judges at its Annual Spring Reception on Thursday, June 10 at one of Philadelphia's newest hotels, Le Meridien, 1421 Arch St.

The reception begins at 5:30 p.m. Registration is required by Monday, June 7 and includes beer, wine and heavy hors d'oeuvres. Click here to register.

Real Property Section Spring Social June 15

The Real Property Section's Annual Spring Social will be held Tuesday, June 15 at 5:30 p.m. at Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse, 111 S. 17th St.

Registration is required by Friday, June 11 and includes beer, wine and hors d'oeuvres. Click here to register.

Federal Circuit Chief Judge Michel to Speak June 8

Retiring Federal Circuit Chief Judge Paul R. Michel will be the speaker for "Unplugged: First Thoughts Post-Retirement," at a Tuesday, June 8 event presented by the Association's Intellectual Property Committee.

The event will be held at The Union League of Philadelphia, 140 S. Broad St., beginning at 5:30 p.m. and is co-sponsored by the Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law Association.

Sponsors for the program (as of May 12) include Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP; Ballard Spahr LLP; Benjamin Franklin American Inn of Court; Caesar Rivise Bernstein Cohen & Pokotilow, Ltd.; Connolly Bove Lodge & Hutz LLP; Cozen O'Connor; Dechert LLP; Dilworth Paxson; Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP; Duane Morris LLP; Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC; Feldman Gale, P.A.; Fish & Richardson, P.C.; Flaster/Greenberg PC; Fox Rothschild LLP; Harding, Earley, Follmer & Frailey P.C.; The Mannino Law Firm; Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP; Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP; Pepper Hamilton LLP; Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP; RatnerPrestia; Saul Ewing LLP; Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP; Volpe and Koenig, P.C.; and Woodcock Washburn LLP.

Judge Michel was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in March 1988. He became chief judge on Dec. 25, 2004 and since then has served as one of 27 judges comprising the Judicial Conference of the United States, the governing body of the judicial branch. In 2005 he was appointed by the chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court to serve on the seven-judge Executive Committee of the Judicial Conference.

Admission to the event is free, but registration is required. To register, click here.

Volunteer Mediator Training Program June 14

The Philadelphia Bar Association's Lawyer-Client Fee Dispute Resolution Program will hold volunteer mediator training on Monday, June 14. The training is sponsored by the Fee Dispute Committee and features Cheryl Cutrona of Good Shepherd Mediation Program.

The purpose of this mediator training is to prepare attorney mediators to volunteer for the Philadelphia Bar Association's Lawyer-Client Fee Dispute Resolution Program. If you are interested in mediation as a form of dispute resolution, would like to gain some valuable training, and would be willing to serve a few hours each year to help resolve a couple of lawyer-client fee disputes, then the Fee Disputes Committee would like you to consider becoming one of its volunteer mediators.

The Philadelphia Bar Association's Fee Disputes Committee offers a neutral forum for the resolution of disagreements between clients and lawyers over fees charged for legal services. Both Mediation and Arbitration are offered. This is a free service of the Philadelphia Bar Association. Attendance at this program will qualify you to serve as a volunteer mediator for the Lawyer-Client Fee Disputes Resolution Program at the Philadelphia Bar Association. You must be a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association to participate.

The program will cover lawyer-client fee disputes, pre-mediation logistics, the mediation process and follow-up and confidentiality and standards of conduct.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch will be provided but you must register for the program. Click here to register.

Bar Foundation Golf Classic June 21

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation's 22nd Annual Golf Classic will be held Monday, June 21 at Huntington Valley Country Club in Huntington Valley, Pa.

The fee for players is $450. Members of the Young Lawyers Division may play at a discounted fee of $375. A foursome can play at the discounted rate of $1,700. Price includes all greens fees, golf cart, lunch, refreshments, dinner and cocktails. For those wishing to attend the cocktail reception and dinner, tickets are $125.

Several levels of sponsorship are available. Tournament Underwriter ($15,000) includes banner hung at clubhouse entrance; name on the cover of the souvenir program as underwriter of the event; microphone time at tee off; advertising in all publications; present skills competition prizes; includes golf for eight players plus four additional guests to the grand cocktail party; VIP parking for golfers; two tickets to the 2010 Andrew Hamilton Benefit; premium gift for sponsor and guests; and commemorative hole flag for guests.

Tournament cup/skills prize sponsor ($7,500) includes banner hung in clubhouse; recognition in the souvenir program; present skills competition prizes; includes golf for six players plus four additional guests to the grand cocktail party; commemorative hole flag for guests; and two VIP parking spaces for golfers.

Luncheon, Grand Cocktail Party or Putting Contest Sponsor ($5,000) includes name on sign at sponsorship location; recognition in the souvenir program; and four players plus four additional guests to the grand cocktail party.

Golf Cart Signs, Refreshment Cabana Sponsor ($3,500) includes name on golf carts or at refreshment cabanas; recognition in the souvenir program; and golf for two players and two additional guests to the grand cocktail party.

Hole Sponsor ($2,250) includes name on sign at tee; recognition in the souvenir program; and golf for two players.

For more information, contact Lynne Brown at (215) 238-6347 or visit philabarfoundation.org.

Register for Bench-Bar and Annual Conference at Borgata

Registration is now open for the Bar Association's Bench-Bar and Annual Conference at the Borgata in Atlantic City, N.J. on Friday, Oct. 15 and Saturday, Oct. 16.

The Association’s Bench-Bar Conference features a large selection of continuing legal education seminars for practitioners in a variety of areas and topics. There is ample opportunity for attorneys to mingle and network with their colleagues and members of the bench. Vice Chancellor John E. Savoth and Board of Governors Vice Chair Regina M. Foley are co-chairs of the 2010 conference.

Full-conference admission is $349 for members and $399 for non-members, if reserved by the early bird deadline of Friday, Sept. 17. For members of the Young Lawyers Division and government and public interest attorneys, admission is only $199. Visit philadelphiabar.org for a complete registration form and pricing guide.

Hotel reservations must be made separately by calling the Borgata directly at 1-866-692-6742. Guests must reference the Philadelphia Bar Association to receive the special rate. Discounted rooms are available from Thursday, Oct. 14 through Saturday, Oct. 16. if booked by Friday, Sept. 17.

Legal Directory Unveils Optimized Site for Mobile Devices

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Public Interest Events, Trainings Set

• Philadelphia VIP, the hub of pro bono legal services in Philadelphia, will hold its 15th annual Summer Pro Bono Program on Thursday, June 10. The Summer Pro Bono Program is geared specifically to law students at the inception of their careers to educate them about issues of poverty in Philadelphia and to promote an ethic of service to address those issues through pro bono work.

The Summer Pro Bono Program will commence on Thursday, June 10, 2010 with an Open House reception at VIP from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 11 will feature a training about Philadelphia's nationally recognized Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Program and provide students an opportunity to conduct mock client interviews. 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. The event will be held from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Students will then have the opportunity to put their training into practice by serving clients at a conciliation conference during June, July and early August.

The Open House reception will take place at Philadelphia VIP, 42 S. 15th St., 4th floor, The training event and lunch will take place at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, 100 Penn Square East. The cost of the training is $50 per student and includes breakfast, lunch and training materials for the day. Please note there is special pricing for students who are not employed for the summer or whose employers do not cover the cost of attendance.

To register or for more information, please contact Theresa Brabson at 215-523-9567 or jvolunteer@phillyvip.org. The last day to register for the program is Wednesday, June 2.

• The Friends of Farmworkers 2010 Reception will be held Thursday, June 17 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Moore College of Art, 20th Street and the Parkway. At this event, Joseph A. Sullivan, co-chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association's Delivery of Legal Services Committee and Special Counsel and Director of Pro Bono Programs at Pepper Hamilton LLP, and Andrew F. Susko, past President of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, and White and Williams LLP, will be honored. At the event, special recognition will also be provided to Daniel Sipe, immediate-past president of the Board of Directors of Friends of Farmworkers. Tickets are $80. To order tickets or for more information, please call 215-733-0878 or e-mail gguerrero@friendsfw.org.

Brehons to Host Duffy's Cut Authors May 26

The Brehon Law Society's next meeting will be Wednesday, May 26, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Vesper Club, 223 S. Sydenham St. The speakers are the authors of The Ghosts of Duffy's Cut, Immaculata University professors Bill Watson, Francis Watson, John H. Ahtes and Earl H. Schandelmeier.

The Ghosts of Duffy's Cut is the story of 57 Irish Catholic immigrants who were brought to the United States to construct one of the most difficult stretches of American railway, the so-called Duffy's Cut of the Pennsylvania Railroad, in Chester County. Within six weeks, all 57 were dead under mysterious circumstances. The Duffy’s Cut story was the subject of a recent documentary, which aired on the Smithsonian Channel.

The meeting will begin with a networking happy hour at 5:30, followed by the authors' discussion and a Q&A session. Any questions about this event, or the Brehon Law Society, can be directed to John O'Malley at jomalley@volpe-koenig.com.

Controversy in Courts Collection at Free Library

The Rare Book Department at the Free Library's Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St., is currently hosting "Controversy in the Courts: Regicide, Rebels, and Regal Indiscretion," an exhibition of books, pamphlets and illustrations related to the trials of King Charles I, William Penn, Daniel O'Connell and Queen Caroline from the Hampton L. Carson Collection Illustrative of the Growth of the Common Law.

The exhibition runs through July 30 and may be viewed from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Tours of the Department are offered on weekdays at 11 a.m.

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