Tuesday, May 27, 2008
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 9, No. 42
 

3 Easy Steps to an LPM Vendor/Consultant Referral

It only takes three steps for Bar members to receive a Law Practice Management Division Vendor/Consultant referral.

If you need help choosing and implementing new billing software, finding a bookkeeper, marketing your firm, developing a firm Web site or handling human resources issues, we have the consultants to assist you.

First, members should call the LPM hotline at 215-238-6314. Members can then discuss with a Program Counselor the type of assistance that is needed.

Then members receive a referral. A referral through this program entitles Bar members to a free, one-hour consultation with the selected vendor/consultant. Subsequent services may be negotiated between the member and vendor/consultant directly.

For more information, visit the Law Practice Management Division on the Bar Association Web site by clicking here.

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.

Judge Dembe to Address Section May 27

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Pamela Pryor Dembe will be the guest speaker at the Tuesday, May 27 meeting of the Criminal Justice Section.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $7.50 for those members who register in advance. 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.

School Funding Crisis CLE Program May 28

The Education Funding Task Force will sponsor the lunchtime CLE seminar "The School Funding Crisis: Points of View and Potential Solutions" on Wednesday, May 28.

Panelists include Donna Cooper, secretary, Governor's Office of Policy & Planning; Baruch Joseph Kintisch, Pennsylvania Education Law Center; and Beth Olanoff, director, Office of Policy, Pennsylvania Department of Education.

The program begins at 12 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, 13th and Market streets. The program has been approved for 1 substantive CLE credit. Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit and lunch will be required to pay a fee of $32.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association ad-mitted for more than five years, and $27.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. Those who wish to receive CLE credit only will be required to pay a fee of $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. Those attending, but not receiving CLE credit, will be required to pay a lunch fee of $7.50. Click here to register for this program.

Oxholm on Drexel Mediation May 28

Carl Tobey Oxholm III, senior vice president and general counsel at Drexel University, will provide an update on the status of Drexel's mediation program at the Wednesday, May 28 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 $7.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Conversation with In-House Counsel May 29

The Minorities in the Profession Committee will present a conversation with in-house counsel at its Thursday, May 29 meeting.

Panelists include Wanda E. Flowers, chief counsel, Sunoco, Inc.; Edward Delk, principal, Legal Department, The Vanguard Group; and Grace Manno, counsel, Comcast Corp. They will discuss the nature of in-house practice, pathways to in-house positions, criteria for selecting outside counsel, and the increasing importance of diversity in corporate legal departments.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center 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.

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.

Chancellor's Forum: Working Together to Improve the City June 10

Philadelphia City Council members Blondell Reynolds-Brown and James Kenney will join Center City District CEO Paul Levy and Pennsylvania Convention Center General Manager Ahmeenah Young to discuss key issues affecting the City and its lawyers and law firms at a Tuesday, June 10 Chancellor's Forum.

Discussion topics will include tax reform, city revitalization, the role of government and the role of the Bar Association.

The noon Forum will be held at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market Street, 11th floor. Register online now for this event.

Crafting and Marketing Your Image June 3

How do you know if your professional image is working for you? Join us for a candid discussion on the do's and don'ts of building your own personal "brand," and learn the secrets of professional persuasion from the experts on Tuesday, June 3.

Discover how to edit and tailor your own image to "impress for success." From creating your own style, to attire, speech, and developing a realistic, workable marketing plan - learn the "hot-button" issues and walk away knowing what today's potential clients and business contacts expect.

Panelists include Brian Lipstein of Henry A. Davidsen Tailors and Image Consultants; Jennifer Smuts, director of marketing at Woodcock Washburn; Gina Furia Rubel, president and CEO of Furia Rubel Communications, Inc.; and Maggie Suender, director of associate development at Pepper Hamilton LLP.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $3 for those members who register in advance. Click here to purchase lunch and RSVP for this event.

Meet the Press Breakfast Program June 5

The Bar-News Media Committee will hold a Philadelphia "Meet the Press" breakfast on Thursday, June 5. The event is co-sponsored by Business Wire.

Speakers for the program include Bernard Dagenais, editor, Philadelphia Business Journal; Tom Ginsburg, deputy business editor,The Philadelphia Inquirer; and Stu Bykovsky, reporter, Philadelphia Daily News. The program will be moderated by George Mucci, regional manager, Business Wire, Philadelphia.

The program begins at 8:30 a.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. There is no cost to attend, but pre-registration is required. Click here to RSVP for this program.

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.

Workers' Comp Lunchtime CLE Program June 6

The Workers’ Compensation Section will hold a lunchtime CLE program on Friday, June 6 where attendees will learn the details and interaction of Regulation 32, the Heart & Lung Act and Workers' Compensation.

Panelists for the program include Judge Tina Rago of the Workers' Compensation Office of Adjudication; and attorneys Hilary S. Cornell, W. Michael Mulvey and Maria Terpolilli.

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 Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years, and $20 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. If you wish to register in advance please visit {link:http://www.pbi.org|pbi.org or call PBI Customer Service at (800) 932-4637.

Lunch will be available for an additional $7.50. Click here to purchase lunch for this program.

Justice McCaffery at State Civil Quarterly Meeting June 11

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus P. McCaffery will present a new view on the Supreme Court at the Wednesday, June 11 quarterly meeting of the State Civil Litigation Section.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center 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.

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.

Sections Plan Spring Social Events

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.

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.

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.

Due to the tremendous response, a second training will be held on Monday, July 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.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.

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.

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.

Public Interest Training, Events Scheduled

Philadelphia VIP and Women Against Abuse will hold a free custody training CLE program on Friday, June 27 at 12 p.m. at the offices of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP, 1600 Market St., Suite 3600. The CLE credit is free for all attorneys who agree to take a pro bono case. Lunch will be provided at the training. To reserve your space, call Philadelphia VIP at (215) 523-9550.

Friends of Farmworkers will hold its Annual Benefit Event on Tuesday, June 17, from 5 to 7 p.m., at Moore College of Art & Design, 20th Street & the Parkway. Tickets are $80. Yvette Long, immediate-past president of PA Legal Aid Network; Will Gonzalez, executive director of CEIBA; and Thomas Wilkinson of Cozen O’Connor will be honored at this event. For ticket information, call 215-733-0878.

The Juvenile Law Center will hold a Benefit and Silent Auction, on Thursday, June 19 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Independence Visitors Center at 6th and Market Streets. To order tickets, visit jlc.org. For more information contact Rosie McNamara-Jones at (215) 625-0551 or e-mail rmcnamara-jones@jlc.org.

The AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania will present its 9th Annual Summer Movie Party on Friday, June 20. This year’s film is “Soul Hustler,” starring Fabian. The party starts at 6 p.m. The screening is at 7:30 p.m., at Digitas Health, 229 S. 18th St. Tickets are $20. For more information, please call the AIDS Law Project at 215-587-9377.

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.

Luncheon to Honor Chief Justice Castille June 5

The Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, with partner the Philadelphia Bar Association and corporate partners Blank Rome LLP and Aqua America, will host a luncheon honoring Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille on Thursday, June 5.

The event will be held from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at The Park Hyatt at the Bellevue, Broad and Walnut Streets. Tickets are $75 for Chamber and PBA members and $100 for non-members. Click here to purchase tickets for this event.

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.

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.

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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As in past years, each copy of The Legal Directory 2008 comes with a free subscription to The Legal Directory Online. Online listings for both attorneys and law firms are updated year-round, making this an ever-changing, useful resource. The Legal Directory Online also features links to court rules, area bar associations and more. All are only a mouse-click away.

The printed edition of The Legal Directory 2008 includes the indispensable information you've come to rely upon – Bar Association bylaws, contacts and committees; information on federal, state and county courts, and government agencies; a section devoted to law-related organizations, organizations and nonprofits serving Greater Philadelphia; the judges' index; corporate counsel listings; and a special business-to-business section tailored to the legal community. You'll have at your fingertips more than 18,000 attorney listings and nearly 1,700 law firm listings.

If you've ordered your copy, it will soon arrive; if not, place your order now for this essential resource – and receive free access to The Legal Directory Online. Order today at www.thelegaldirectory.org.

Hot Topics in Title Insurance May 28

Hot Topics in Title Insurance is an eye-opening look into 2008’s hottest title problems - with practical ideas for dealing with them. The program explores title insurance fallout from subprime lending and related rise in mortgage foreclosures. Hear about title insurance litigation - what is leading to it and how to prevent it. This 3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credit hour program (you must attend entire program to receive ethics credit) will be held on Wednesday, May 28 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 12 to 4:15 p.m. Check-in and lunch begin at 11:30 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 28
Hot Tips in Title Insurance
3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits (Must attend entire program to receive ethics credit)
12 to 4:15 p.m.

Thursday, May 29
When to Hold Them and When to Fold Them: Protecting Tax Accrual Workpapers and Tax Opinions from the IRS
2 substantive CLE credits
12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

More information is available at 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 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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