Thursday, June 12, 2008
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 9, No. 47

Comcast's Charisse Lillie
is Keynote Speaker at June 18
Women in Profession Summit

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...READ MORE
 

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.

Lawyer's Coach on Improving Profits, Performance June 17

Phyllis Sisenwine, master certified coach, will discuss ways to increase profits and improve performance at a June 17 program sponsored by the Solo and Small Firm Committee and the Marketing Committee of the Law Practice Management Division.

Sisenwine has an international practice providing coaching services to law firms and lawyers. Her expertise in coaching lawyers has allowed her to be known internationally as "The Lawyer's Coach." In addition to being a successful coach, Phyllis is a sought-after professional speaker, author, columnist, and frequent radio and television guest.

The program will be held 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.

Building and Motivating Teams June 24

Ross DeSimone of Corporate Psychological Resources Center and Russell Rado, manager of training and professional development, Duane Morris LLP, will discuss building and motivating teams at the Tuesday, June 24 session of the Associate Training Program Business Skills Series.

The program begins at 8 a.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Breakfast will be provided. Admission is $25. The program is presented by the Law Practice Management Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Association of Legal Administrators Philadelphia Chapter. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Learn About EEOC Mediation Program Today

Phil Goldman, district ADR coordinator for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, will talk about the EEOC's mediation program at today's (Thursday, June 12) meeting of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th Floor Committee Room South 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.

YLD Happy Hour Tonight at Mexican Post

Join the YLD tonight (Thursday, June 12) for a happy hour from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Mexican Post (16th and Cherry streets). Drink tickets are available and are good for margaritas, wine and beer. Drinks are $2 off after tickets run out. Heavy appetizers will be served.

The YLD will be collecting new and used ties for the Philadelphia Comprehensive Center for Fathers' Work-N-Style for Men program in conjunction with this happy hour. Work-N-Style is the only men's clothing referral program in the tri-state area that provides low income fathers in Philadelphia with ready-to-wear clothing for interviews, court hearings and special events.

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.

Carville to Speak at SeniorLAW Anniversary Gala Tonight

Political analyst James Carville will be the guest speaker at the SeniorLAW Center's 30th Anniversary Gala tonight (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.

Document Encryption Made Easy June 19

You spend most of your day lugging around laptops, USB flash drives, CD ROMs and more. What would happen to the client information on those devices if they were lost or stolen? Attorneys in larger firms can dump security-related responsibilities on their IT departments, but you can't if you're a sole practitioner.

Dan Giancaterino, Internet librarian at Jenkins Law Library, will explain easy ways to encrypt your sensitive information at the Thursday, June 19 meeting of the
Practice Technology Committee of the Law Practice Management Division. 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.

Former New Orleans Mayor 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.

Riders Sought for ACS Bike-a-Thon July 13

Team Philadelphia Bar Association will saddle up again this year and take part in the 36th Annual American Cancer Society Bike-a-Thon on Sunday, July 13.

The ride brings awareness to the issues of cancer and how it affects friends, families, colleagues and community. Another purpose of the ride is seeking to raise funds in support of cancer research.
The ride leaves Philadelphia and traverses the countryside in New Jersey to an end point approximately 65 miles away in Buena Vista, N.J.

Recently, the Philadelphia Bar Association has taken a lead and sponsored a team to participate in the ride. This year, the Philadelphia Bar Association team is co-chaired by Mark Feinman and Jim Meyer. Click here to join the Philadelphia Bar Association team.

Reception, Dinner, Auction Follow Golf Classic July 15

Tickets are available for the reception, dinner and silent auction immediately following the 20th Annual Philadelphia Bar Foundation Golf Classic on Tuesday, July 15.

Tickets are $75 for the event at The ACE Club, 800 Ridge Pike, Lafayette Hill, Pa. 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.

3 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.

Sandra Day O'Connor Award Nominees Sought

The Women in the Profession Committee is seeking nominations for the 2007 Sandra Day O'Connor Award. Deadline for nominations is Thursday, July 31.

The 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. The award presentation will be made during the October Quarterly Meeting.

The committee established the award in 1993 to recognize the important contributions that women attorneys in Philadelphia have made to the legal profession.

That year, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor presented the first award to U.S. District Court Senior Judge Norma L. Shapiro. The award has since been presented to the late Juanita Kidd Stout, former justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court; Deborah R. Willig, first woman Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association; Professor Marina Angel, of the Temple University Beasley School of Law faculty; Third Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Dolores K. Sloviter (former Chief Judge); U.S. District Court Judge Anita B. Brody; Leslie Anne Miller, first woman president of the Pennsylvania Bar Association; Lila G. Roomberg of Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP; the late Judge Judith J. Jamison; Ellen T. Greenlee, chief defender of the Defender Association of Philadelphia; former Chancellor Audrey C. Talley; U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Marjorie O. Rendell; Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge Phyllis W. Beck; Roberta D. Pichini and Lynn A. Marks.

Click here to download a nomination form.

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.

Notice of Electronic Availability of Transcripts

At its September 2007 session, the Judicial Conference of the United States approved a new policy to make electronic transcripts of court proceedings available to the public. Effective immediately, this new policy will be implemented in the Office of the Clerk, United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Click here to read the policy.

Digital Audio File Electronic Access Pilot Program

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania is participating in a national Digital Audio File Electronic Access Pilot Program. The pilot program has been authorized by the Judicial Conference of the United States and provides digital audio files of court proceedings through the Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) system. The Judicial Conference of the United States Committee on Court Administration and Case Management has selected five pilot courts. The Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the District of Nebraska are the district courts selected to participate in the project. The Eastern District of North Carolina, the Northern District of Alabama and the District of Maine are the bankruptcy courts selected to participate in this project.

During the pilot project digital audio recordings of courtroom proceedings will be publicly available on PACER upon the approval of the presiding judge. The project enables PACER users to download, in MP3 format, court proceedings that have been recorded using electronic sound recording technology. During the pilot program, access to the digital audio files will cost 16 cents; 8 cents for accessing the docket sheet and another 8 cents for selecting the audio file. More than 840,000 subscribers already use PACER to access docket and case information from federal appellate, district and bankruptcy courts.

Digital audio recording has been an authorized method of making an official record of court proceedings since 1999, when it was approved by the Judicial Conference of the United States. Digital audio recording is used in district and bankruptcy courts in the federal court system. A majority of Eastern District of Pennsylvania district court judges and all magistrate judges use digital audio recordings of court proceedings.

Should you have any questions concerning the pilot program, please contact Michael Hearn, Electronic Sound Recording Coordinator, at 267-299-7039.

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.

Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center will present a free pro bono training program, "Fear-Based Cases in Deportation Proceedings: Asylum, Withholding of Removal, and Convention Against Torture Claims," from on Thursday, June 26 from 12 to 2:15 p.m., at Ballard Spahr LLP, 1735 Market St., 51st Floor. Designed for practitioners with little or no previous experience with immigration litigation, this training program will provide an overview of the fear-based claims available to detained immigrants in deportation proceedings as well as an introduction to general detention issues. Topics to be discussed will include an introduction to immigration law and Immigration Court concepts and an overview of fear-based claims including Asylum, Withholding of Removal, and Convention Against Torture relief. Participants will receive two free CLE credit hours in exchange for handling a pro bono case referred by PIRC (approval for two CLE credits is pending with the PA CLE Board). To register for this program, please send an e-mail with the participating attorney's name, firm or agency name if applicable, and a contact address, e-mail address and telephone number to Maria McCollum at mmccollum@pirclaw.org. The registration deadline is Friday, June 20.

• The Public Interest Section will celebrate the work of its summer public interest interns and the agencies that sponsor them on Thursday, July 24, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the offices of Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhodes, LLP, 123 S. Broad St. The Law School Outreach Committee and the Public Interest Section are most grateful to Montgomery McCracken for generously sponsoring this event.

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