June 10, 2010
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 11, No. 47
 

Chancellor's Forum on Civil Gideon July 7

Professor Russell Engler, director of clinical programs at New England Law School and a national expert on Civil Gideon, will be the featured speaker at a Wednesday, July 7 Chancellor's Forum on Civil Gideon.

Engler serves on the Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission and the Boston Bar Association's Task Force on Expanding the Civil Right to Counsel.

The program will also feature a panel discussion including Catherine C. Carr, Executive Director of Community Legal Services, and Joseph A. Sullivan, Special Counsel and Director of Pro Bono Programs at Pepper Hamilton LLP, who are co-chairs of the Association's Civil Gideon Task Force.

The event, which begins at 12 p.m. in the Association's 11th floor Conference Center, is free and open to all Bar members. Lunch will be provided. Advance registration is required. To register for the July 7 Chancellor's Forum, visit philadelphiabar.org.

Bar Association to Host Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing

The Philadelphia Bar Association will host a public hearing of the Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday, June 11 at 1 p.m. at the Association's headquarters in the 11th floor Conference Center.

The hearing will address the problems of witness intimidation and the culture of "stop snitching" that plagues the criminal justice system in Philadelphia. Those expected to testify include Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams; Deputy District Attorney Ed McCann; Leland Kent, victim witness coordinator; Bernard L. Siegel, co-chair, Philadelphia Chapter, and Past-President of the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; and Bilal Qayyum, Father's Day Rally Committee.

Members are invited to attend. Inquiries regarding testifying should be directed to Sen. Stewart Greenleaf's office at (215) 657-7700.

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.

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.

Antitrust Committee CLE June 15

The Antitrust Committee will present the CLE program "Antitrust at the Speed of Byte" on Tuesday, June 15.

Will enforcement agencies and private parties be able to keep up with the fast-paced IT world as it continues to accelerate? Learn more from panelists Kenneth L. Glazer, Melissa Maxmann, Dr. Steven Schwartz, Elise E. Singer and Ronald F. Wick.

Registration and lunch begin at 12 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to RSVP.

Changes in Proxy Solicitation Landscape June 16

Bruce H. Goldfarb, president and CEO of Okapi Partners LLC, a proxy advisory firm, will present an overview of recent changes in the proxy solicitation landscape, including legal changes and recent shareholder activism at the Wednesday, June 16 meeting of the Mergers & Acquisitions and Securities Regulation Committees .

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. at the offices of Dilworth Paxson LLP, 1500 Market St., Suite 3500E. RSVP to Donna Kearse at 215-575-7076 or dkearse@dilworthlaw.com.

Workers' Comp CLE June 16

The Workers' Compensation Section will present the lunchtime CLE "The City Labyrinth - Navigating the City's Workers' Compensation Benefits System" on Wednesday, June 16.

Two of the most experienced guides to the maze that is the City of Philadelphia's employee disability programs will lead you through the traps and pitfalls, improving your ability to represent your clients. They will touch upon the conflicts and the complementarities between workers' compensation, Civil Service Regulation 32 disability benefits, service connected disability pension benefits, Heart and Lung Act benefits, and offsets and credits, each from their own unique perspective.

The program has been approved for 1.0 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. Click here to register for CLE credit. Interested parties not seeking CLE credit may attend and purchase lunch for the fee of $8. Click here to register for lunch.

Women in the Profession Summit June 16

U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Marjorie O. Rendell will deliver keynote remarks at the Third Annual Women in the Profession Summit "21st Century Issues for the 21st Century Woman Lawyer" on Wednesday, June 16.

The program is co-sponsored by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and the Philadelphia Bar Association's Women in the Profession Committee. The program begins at 12 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. A reception follows from 5 to 6 p.m. Two substantive and two ethics CLE credits are available.

Panel discussions include "Women Lawyers and Social Media (Ethics, Privacy, and Social Media)," "The Women of E-Discovery" and "Ethical Challenges Facing Judges - Do They Differ for Women?"

To register for the Third Annual Women in the Profession Summit, visit pbi.org.

Ethical Guidance for Changing Firms June 17

The Law Practice Management Committee will present "Changing Firms: Ethical Guidance for Law Firms and Attorneys" on Thursday, June 17.

The featured speaker is Ellen Freedman, founder and president of Freedman Consulting and the Pennsylvania Bar Association Law Practice Management Coordinator. This program will outline the ethical, legal and practical issues these situations raise, and provide advice on how attorneys can address such matters while fully complying with their ethical obligations to the firms and their clients.

The program 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.

YLD Diversity Scholarship Reception and CLE June 17

The Young Lawyers Division will emphasize the importance of diversity in the legal field by recognizing several outstanding local law students at its Diversity Scholarship Reception and presenting its first-ever diversity-related continuing legal education seminar, "The Dangers of Stereotypes and Subconscious Bias: Does It Impact Your Success in the Courtroom?" on Thursday, June 17.

The one-credit CLE will be held from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, 100 S. Penn Square, followed immediately by the Diversity Scholarship Reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the 9th floor.

The reception is co-hosted by the Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania, the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania, the Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia, and the Philadelphia Bar Association's LGBT Rights Committee and Civil Rights Committee.

This year's Diversity Scholarship winners are Dwight Bailey from Villanova University School of Law; Kevin Harden from Temple University Beasley School of Law; Priscilla Jiminez from Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University; Dalisai Nisperos from University of Pennsylvania Law School; and Abraham Tran from Rutgers School of Law - Camden.

Each year, the YLD presents a $500 scholarship to select first-, or second-year local law students in recognition of their excellence in academic achievement, community service, and commitment to the Philadelphia area. The YLD Cabinet and YLD Executive Committee liaisons to Philadelphia's minority bar associations select the scholarship winners from submitted applications. Winners will be announced in early June.

"The Dangers of Stereotypes and Subconscious Bias: Does It Impact Your Success in the Courtroom?," features panelists Scott Reid, a member of Cozen O'Connor; Hon. Renee Cardwell Hughes, Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia; John S. Han, U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Organized Crime and Racketeering Section; Vincent Regan, assistant district attorney, Repeat Offenders Unit of the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office; and Deborah Starr, Ph.D, DecisionQuest Trial Consultants. The course will examine various approaches to coping with the biases, beliefs, and preconceived notions often held by those called for jury duty and detail the methods of overcoming these notions, including techniques for eliciting potential bias in voir dire and developing persuasive themes as a means of combating common social prejudices.

Registration is required and separate for each event. The Diversity Scholarship Reception is free of charge and includes wine and cheese. Click here to register. The CLE program is $20 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years and $25 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years and non-members. Click here to register for the CLE program.

Area SSA Director to Speak June 18

Jim Riley, area director of the Social Security Administration will discuss enrollment of appointed representatives for online access to the electronic folder (e-Folder) for cases pending at the hearing level at the Friday, June 18 meeting of the Social Security Disability Benefits Committee.

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 who register in advance. Click here to RSVP.

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.

YLD Negotiation Workshop CLE June 22

The Young Lawyers Division will present a negotiation workshop on Tuesday, June 22 as part of the Live, Lunch & Learn Series.

Presenters Craig Circosta and James Leyden will engage in a mock negotiation of a typical merger and acquisition transaction. Attendees will listen in on sidebars, as lawyers interact with their clients and watch them go head to head on controversial provisions. The course planner is Adiah I. Ferron.

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. Click here to register for CLE credit. Lunch is available for $8. Click here to register for lunch.

Phila. World Trade Center Chief to Speak June 24

Linda Mysliwy Conlin, president of the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia, will give a presentation on benefits offered to those doing or seeking to do business internationally at the Thursday, June 24 meeting of the International Business Initiative Committee.

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.

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.

Raymond L. Shapiro, senior counsel to Blank Rome LLP, will be the featured speaker as members of the Association's 50-, 60-, 65- and 70-Year Clubs are inducted at the event. Click here to purchase tickets.

YLD Family Night at the Phillies July 29

Register now to join friends, colleagues and their families on July 29 for YLD Family Night at the Phillies.

The event, which costs $35 for adults and $25 for children 12 and under, includes a pre-game tailgate at McFadden's at the Ballpark from 5-7 p.m. followed by that night's Phillies game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Best to sign up fast, only 130 tickets are available and registration ends June 30. Non-members are welcome but must be accompanied by a Bar Association member. Click here to register.

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.

Thirteen CLE programs in a variety of practice areas are being planned for the Bench-Bar and Annual Conference. The CLE programs, in which attendees can earn up to eight hours of credit (including the opportunity to earn two ethics credits), will feature judges and some of the city's most well-known practitioners, who will use their expertise and experience to enlighten attendees.

A dramatic re-enactment commemorating the 275th anniversary of Andrew Hamilton's historic 1735 defense of printer John Peter Zenger will be offered for CLE credit as the opening program on Oct. 15. The case established the concept of freedom of the press and coined the term "Philadelphia lawyer."

A state-of-the-court program will also be offered for CLE credit as the closing program on Saturday, Oct. 16. 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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Lawyers Lounge Grand Re-Opening June 16 at CJC

The First Judicial District and the Criminal Justice Section will present the
Rrand Re-Opening And Rededication of the Jack Myers Lawyers Lounge, featuring a new free legal resource center for court-appointed counsel on Wednesday, June 16.

The program begins at 4 p.m. in Room 303 of the Criminal Justice Center, 1301 Filbert St. Refreshments will be served. This is a free event.

Speakers include Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas President Judge Pamela P. Dembe, Supervising Judge Sheila Woods-Skipper and Chancellor Scott F. Cooper. There will be a special guest appearance by Jack Myers.

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 SeniorLAW Center Spring Art Brunch will be held Sunday, June 13 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the offices of Feldman and Feldman, 820 Homestead Road, Jenkintown, Pa. This new fundraising event for SeniorLAW Center will feature artwork, photography, jewelry and more. Suggested donation is $50 per person. Please RSVP to Larry Felzer at lfelzer@seniorlawcenter.org. For more information, please call 215-701-3203.

• 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.

• The Homeless Advocacy Project will present "Representing Clients in SSI Cases" on Tuesday, June 29. The program, presented by HAP Senior Staff Attorney Patricia Malley, will be held at the offices of Blank Rome, LLP at 130 N. 18th St., 11th Floor from 12 to 2:30 pm. The course is open to current and prospective volunteers. There is no charge for attendance and attendees are eligible to receive 2.0 substantive CLE credits. For more information or to RSVP (By Thursday, June 23), please contact Cary E. Moritz at cmoritz@philalegal.org or call 215-523-9587.

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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