Thursday, June 14, 2007
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 8, No. 49
 

Dr. Elijah Anderson to Discuss Violence in City June 19

Dr. Elijah Anderson, noted sociologist and author, will discuss his acclaimed book The Code of the Streets and the generalized weakness of civil law in many poor neighborhoods, on Tuesday, June 19 at 4 p.m. The program is presented by the Public Interest Section.

He will address the concept of "no snitching" and the serious implications of this concept for the city. The presentation will be held in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St., and will be followed by a wine and cheese reception. There is no charge to attend this forum, however, space is limited. Pre-registration is required and available by clicking here.

Guantanamo Detainees Discussion Today

The Civil Rights Committee will host a discussion on Guantanamo detainees, the Military Commissions Act and the suspension of habeas corpus at its meeting today (Thursday, June 14).

The speakers, who are counsel for Guantanamo detainees, are Christopher J. Huber, a partner with Pepper Hamilton LLP and board member of the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the ACLU, and Mark Wilson, assistant federal defender, federal community defender, Eastern District of Pennsylvania. 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.

Electronic Records Express Discussion June 15

Michelle Hall, regional supervisory IT specialist for the Social Security Administration's Office of Disability Adjudication and Review, will discuss the electronic records express at the Friday, June 15 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 $7.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Conduct Code Changes on June 18 Agenda

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court's Interbranch Commission for Gender Racial and Ethnic Fairness, whose purpose includes suggesting "ways to reduce or eliminate ... bias or invidious discrimination within all branches of government and within the legal profession ..." has recommended changes to the Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct as well as the Pennsylvania Code of Judicial Conduct that will make prohibited discrimination and harassment ethical code violations. Whether this is an effective way to address these issues will be topic of the Monday, June 18 meeting of the Professional Responsibility Committee.

Panelists for the program include Lisette McCormick, executive director of the Interbranch Commission; Kathleen D. Wilkinson; Bourne Ruthrauff; and James C. Schwartzman.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center in Seminar Room B on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, 13th and Market streets. Registration is required and lunch will be available at a cost $7.50 per person. Click here to register for this program.

Domestic Relations Orders in WC Cases June 20

Maria McLaughlin, chief of the Child Support Enforcement Unit of the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, will present "Complying with Domestic Relations Orders
in Workers' Compensation Cases" at the Wednesday, June 20 meeting of the Workers' Compensation 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.

Avoiding Malpractice with Technology June 21

The Law Practice Management Division Technology Committee will present the program "Avoiding Malpractice with Technology" on Thursday, June 21 at 12 p.m.

We all know that we use technology in our practices in order to run our businesses, but often do not realize the benefits technology can provide in avoiding malpractice. The speakers for the program are Joni Berner, a partner with Berner & Klaw, and Paul Kazaras, assistant executive director of the Philadelphia Bar Association. Both Ms. Berner and Mr. Kazaras have a wealth of practical experience dealing with these issues, and theirs should be a lively and informative presentation.

The program 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.

YLD Happy Hour Tonight at Mexican Post

The Young Lawyers Division will hold a Happy Hour tonight (Thursday, June 14) from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Mexican Post, 1601 Cherry St.

Drink specials include $3.50 margaritas, $3 well drinks and $2.25 drafts. Heavy hors d'oeuvres and drink tickets will be available.

The June Happy Hour is sponsored by Kroll, who will be holding a raffle for two tickets to an upcoming Phillies game. No RSVP required.

JLC Fundraiser Tonight at Twenty21

The Juvenile Law Center will host an awareness and fundraising event tonight (Thursday, June 14) at Twenty21, located beyond the fountain at Commerce Square, 2005 Market St., from 6 to 9 p.m.

Enjoy free appetizers, reduced drink prices, and free after-work massage from Rittenhouse Square's Body Klinic, all for a $10 donation. The Juvenile Law Center is the oldest public interest law firm for children in the United States serving youth in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems.

AIDS Law Project Movie Party June 15

The AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania will host its 8th Annual Summer Movie Party fundraiser on Friday, June 15 at Digitas Health, 229 S. 18th St.

Open to the public, the evening will feature a screening of "Dino," a critically acclaimed 1957 drama about an urban teen delinquent starring Sal Mineo. Light fare and drinks are included. The movie is part of the Secret Cinema's collection of popular and rare classic movies gathered by movie buff Jay Schwartz. Doors will open at 6 p.m., and the movie will roll at 7:30 p.m.

Admission is a minimum donation of $20, all of which is tax-deductible. Reservations are recommended; call the AIDS Law Project at 215-587-9377. Gift baskets from local retailers will be raffled for $3 per ticket or $30 per book. Attendance is not required to win.

Friends of Farmworkers Reception June 18

Friends of Farmworkers will hold its annual reception Monday, June 18 where Lydia Hernandez-Velez, senior vice president of Wachovia Bank and former secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Banking, will be honored for her lifelong commitment to the betterment of the Latino community. Immediate-Past Chancellor Alan M. Feldman and Jessica Rosario also will be honored. The event will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn, 11th and Arch streets, from 5 to 7 p.m. For ticket information, call (215) 733-0878.

Citywide Summer Associates Reception June 21

The Young Lawyers Division and the YL will co-host an evening for summer associates at the National Constitution Center on Thursday, June 21 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets cost $60 and include an open bar, hors d'oeuvres and culinary stations. To register, please click here. If you have any questions, please call John Palmer at 215-557-2335.

Bar Foundation Golf Classic Sold Out

The Golf Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation would like to thank all of the players who have signed up for the 2007 Golf Outing at The ACE Club. Thanks to your support, the June 26 event is completely sold out.

For those who could not make it this year, we hope to see you in 2008.

Create Your Roadmap to Business Success June 26

Joan Walsh, principal of Financial Synergies Management, Inc., will present "Create Your Roadmap to Business Success" at the Tuesday, June 26 meeting of the Women in the Profession Committee.

Walsh will explain how to streamline the business planning process and clearly focus on those actions that will yield results. The meeting 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.

Immigration, Refugee Overview June 28

The Minorities in the Profession Committee will present a panel discussion on Thursday, June 28 on the immigrant and refugee communities living in the Philadelphia region with special emphasis on the recent refugees who are resettling here. There will be an update and a discussion on the recently proposed federal legislation and elements of comprehensive immigration reform.

Panelists for the program include Nan Feyler, executive director, Nationalities Service Center; Regan Cooper, executive director, Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition; Ayodele Gansallo, senior staff attorney, HIAS and Council Migration Service; Juliane Ramic, director of social services, Nationalities Service Center; and Art Read, general counsel, Friends of Farmworkers, Inc.

The program 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.

This program is sponsored by the Public Interest Section, the Asian American Bar Association of the Delaware Valley, Hispanic Bar Association, South Asian Bar Association, the Barrister's Association, and the National Bar Association Women Lawyers Division.

International Initiatives Discussion June 28

Chancellor Jane Dalton will discuss developments and directions in the Philadelphia Bar Association's international initiatives, including the proposed relationship with the Israeli Bar at the Thursday, June 28 meeting of the International Law 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 $7.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Pro Bono Training Programs Scheduled

Philadelphia VIP attorneys will present the training session "Probating Estates and Alternatives to Probate in Philadelphia - Homeownership Issues" today (Thursday, June 14) from 12 to 2 p.m. at the offices of Reed Smith LLP, 2500 One Liberty Place.

The program will explain the probate process and the alternatives to probate that are used to convey title to low-income clients. It covers the legal grounds, procedures and forms for probating an estate and, alternatively, for filing a petition in OrphansÂ’ Court for determination of title. The session will concentrate on the unique issues that low-income clients frequently encounter in obtaining title to a property. This discussion will also address how volunteer attorneys can utilize the financial assistance of the Tangled Title Fund project in representing these low-income clients.

Attorneys can earn two substantive CLE credits if they accept a VIP case. Please contact Philadelphia VIP at (215) 523-9550, to reserve your space. Lunch will be provided.

Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center will present the pro bono training program "Defenses to Deportation: Forms of Relief for Detained Immigrants in Removal Proceedings at York Immigration Court," on Tuesday, June 26 from 12 to 2:30 p.m., at Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP, 1735 Market St., Philadelphia. This seminar will provide an overview of potential forms of relief available to detained immigrants for practitioners with little to no previous experience with immigration litigation. Topics to be discussed include an introduction to immigration law and Immigration Court concepts and forms of relief such as citizenship, asylum and withholding, adjustment of status, cancellation of removal, waivers and voluntary departure. This program is free in exchange for handling a pro bono case referred by PIRC. Two substantive CLE credits are anticipated. To register, or for more information, please contact Maria McCollum at mmccollum@pirclaw.org, or 717-600-8099 x 206.

Contribute to Access to Justice Campaign

What do an elderly woman, a young child and a pro bono attorney have in common?

They need your help.

And to give it - you don't have to dig too deep.

Your donation of just $100 can help save a home, support a child who needs legal help, and ensure that the pro bono attorney who spends his or her every waking moment ensuring that they get that help can continue to make a difference.

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation's Access for Justice campaign is an easy way for attorneys and paralegals to make a real difference. Last year, the campaign helped fund 28 different organizations - including Community Legal Services, Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program and the Support Center for Child Advocates - just to name a few. Each organization's application for funding is carefully reviewed, ensuring that the funds go to worthy organizations that are making a positive, lasting impact in the Philadelphia community.

Click here to make a donation.

Join Bar's ACS Bike-a-Thon Team

The Philadelphia Bar Association American Cancer Society Bike-a-Thon team is back again and stronger than ever. For the fourth straight year, members of the Association, their families and friends will be getting on their bicycles and riding across the Benjamin Franklin Bridge all the way to Atlantic County, N.J. as part of the American Cancer Society Bike-a-Thon.

The July 15 event will celebrate its 35th year this year and will raise money in the fight against cancer. The American Cancer Society Bike-a-Thon raised more than $1.7 million last year and had more than 4,500 riders participating. Last year the Philadelphia Bar team donated more than $93,000 and had more than 150 riders.

This past year, the Bar team lost its captain, Stephen T. Saltz, to his long battle against cancer. Saltz was an avid cyclist and participated in the ACS Bike-a-Thon over the past years when he was physically able to do so. Stephen was an inspiration to the entire Bar Association. This year, the Bar Association team will honor Saltz having his name prominently displayed on newly designed jerseys. The theme for this yearÂ’s bike-a-thon is "Who Are You Riding For?" Do something special for someone and ride in their memory or honor, or just go to acsbike.org and make a donation or become a volunteer.

Nominations Sought for Sandra Day O'Connor Award

The Women in the Profession Committee is seeking nominations for the 2007 Sandra Day O'Connor Award. The deadline for nominations is Tuesday, 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 Association's Quarterly Meeting in October.

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

Click here to print a nomination form for the 2007 Sandra Day O'Connor Award.

Register Online for 2007 Bench-Bar Conference

Bar Association members can now register online for the 2007 Bench-Bar Conference Sept. 28 and 29 at Bally's Atlantic City. Click here to register online.

This year's conference is expected to bring together more than 500 lawyers and judges from the Philadelphia area for two days of programming that lets practitioners and the judiciary share ideas and best practices. Up to 7 CLE credits will be available.

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. 27 are $99; rooms Friday night are $144, and Saturday night rooms are $189. 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.

Philadelphia Lawyer Magazine Seeks Photo Contest Entries

As our city and our Association continue to reach out to the international community, what strikes you about society's increasingly global worldview? What image captures its influence on Philadelphia and the rest of the world?

The Philadelphia Lawyer 2007 Photo Contest will award a Grand Prize in the form of a $500 Capital Grille gift certificate to the member-submitted photograph that best captures the theme of "Eyes on the World." Honorable mention winners may also be selected at the judges' discretion. The contest is sponsored by The Capital Grille.

Deadline for entries is Friday, Oct. 12, 2007. Photos can be either color or black and white. All submissions will be judged by a panel of professional photographers and all winning photographs will be published in the Winter issue of The Philadelphia Lawyer.

Summer is the perfect time to begin compiling your entries, so remember to take your camera with you on your travels - whether they take you around the world or just around the corner.

Submit entries to The Philadelphia Lawyer 2007 Photo Contest by Friday, October 12, 2007. The title of the photograph and the name, address and phone number of the photographer must accompany each entry.

Digital photographs must be submitted at a resolution of 300 dpi or greater in jpeg format. E-mail digital entries to tplmag@philabar.org with "TPL Photo Contest Entry" in the subject line or mail a CD of the entries to the address below. You may also submit hard-copy entries to TPL Photo Contest, c/o Adrienne Cornwall, 1101 Market Street, 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107. Hard-copy entries must be no smaller than five by seven inches and mounted on white poster board with a two-inch border all around.

Contact Adrienne Cornwall, managing editor of The Philadelphia Lawyer, at 215-238-6339 or acornwall@philabar.org with contest questions.

Nominations Sought for 2007 Wachovia Fidelity Award

Nominations are now being accepted for the Philadelphia Bar Association's 2007 Wachovia Fidelity Award. Nominations should be made in writing. Please include a detailed statement setting forth information and reasons why you are recommending the nominee for this award. The deadline for receipt of nominations is 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12.

Nominations should be sent to Tracey McCloskey, Philadelphia Bar Association, c/o Fidelity Award Committee, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

The criteria for the award are:

Significant accomplishments in improving the administration of justice (preferably in Philadelphia);

The absence of prior recognition for this work by the Philadelphia Bar Association;

Distinguished service consistently rendered over a considerable period of time or a single outstanding achievement in a particular year. (The fact that this single achievement may have occurred some years ago in not material so long as it has not been recognized.);

The accomplishment must arise from voluntary activities rather than for service rendered as a paid professional; and

It is preferred that the recipient be a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association not now in public office or directly involved with the court operations or any other public service activity.

Visit Bar's Legislative Action Center

The Philadelphia Bar Association is unique among metropolitan bar associations in its commitment to a comprehensive legislative action program.

Association members have opportunities to affect governmental decision-making at the federal, state and local levels. Association sections and committees have the opportunity to review city, state and federal legislation and to make suggestions regarding legislation of interest. Sections and committees are often called upon to take a proactive stance by assisting in the drafting of legislation, and are sometimes the impetus for initiating legislation.

Visit the Legislative Action Center for the latest news from Harrisburg.

LPM Hotline Can Help Improve Your Practice

The Association's Law Practice Management Division offers committees with programs to help you manage your law office as well as a hotline to help you with staffing, bookkeeping and other issues. Contact the Law Practice Management Hotline at (215) 238-6314.

Whether you are just starting your own firm or trying to grow your established practice, the LPM Division is available to help. The program features a bank of consultants available to counsel Bar Association members with both innovative and practical information on topics including marketing, management, technology and finances.

The Association's Law Practice Management Division is offering programs designed to help members in many different areas. For more information on any of these subcommittees, contact the committee chairs listed below:

Vendor and Consultant Referral Program Committee - Mary Platt at mplatt@mmwr.com and Marla A. Joseph at mjoseph@workcomppa.com.

Financial Management Committee - Joel D. Feldman at jfeldman@anapolschwartz.com and Thomas A. Brophy at tbrophy@mdwcg.com.

Technology Committee - Carl G. Roberts at cgroberts@ballardspahr.com and Daniel J. Siegel at dan@danieljsiegel.com.

Business Management Committee - Margaret Klaw at mklaw@bernerklaw.com and Jeffrey A. Lutsky at jlutsky@stradley.com.

Marketing Committee - Merritt A. Cole at colem@whiteandwilliams.com and Harper J. Dimmerman at harper@harperlawgroup.com.

The Law Practice Management Division is chaired by Joseph A. Prim Jr. and Carl G. Roberts.

If you need help with staffing, bookkeeping or developing your Web site, we have the consultants to assist you! Contact the Law Practice Management Hotline at (215) 238-6314.

Order Your Copy of The Legal Directory 2007

The Legal Directory 2007 is now available, and you won't want to miss the newest, most comprehensive resource for the Philadelphia-area legal community.

This year's edition includes listings for more than 1,600 law firms and nearly 18,000 attorneys in Philadelphia and the surrounding Pennsylvania counties, Delaware and New Jersey.

But The Legal Directory 2007 also in cludes all 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 judges index; corporate counsel listings; alternative dispute resolution resources; and a special business-to-business section tailored to the legal community.

Once again this year, each copy of The Legal Directory will include complimentary access to The Legal Directory Online. So the information you need will be only a few mouse clicks away. Online firm and attorney listings are updated throughout the year, so you'll always have access to the most up-to-date addresses and phone numbers.

Order today at thelegaldirectory.org.

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