June 15, 2009
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 10, No. 47
 

Bar Foundation Golf Classic June 22

A limited number of places remain for the Philadelphia Bar Foundation's 21st Annual Golf Classic on Monday, June 22 at Huntington Valley Country Club in Huntington Valley, Pa.

The general fee for players is $375. Members of the Young Lawyers Division may play at a discounted fee of $350. Price includes all greens fees, golf cart, lunch, refreshments, dinner and cocktails.

Several levels of sponsorship are available. Tournament Underwriters ($15,000) get a banner hung at clubhouse entrance; name on the front cover of the souvenir program as sponsor of the event; distribution of skills competition prizes to winners; eight players plus four additional guests to cocktail reception; and VIP parking for golfers. Other levels include Tournament Cup/Skills Prize Sponsor ($7,500), Luncheon, Cocktail Buffet, Reception or Putting Contest Sponsor ($5,000) and Hole Sponsor ($2,000). For more information, contact Lynne Brown at (215) 238-6347. Click here to register.

YLD Diversity Happy Hour June 16

The Young Lawyers Division will hold its annual Joint Diversity Happy Hour and Scholarship Ceremony on Tuesday, June 16 at the Mexican Post, 1601 Cherry St., at 5:30 p.m.

The recipients of this year's scholarships are Samea Lin, Temple University Beasley School of Law; Earthen Johnson, Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law; Maricruz Melendrez, Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law; Priya De Souza, Temple University Beasley School of Law; and Jennifer A. Supplee, Temple University Beasley School of Law.

The first 200 people to pre-register at philadelphiabar.org will be guaranteed two drink tickets, good for draft beer, house margaritas, house wine, sangria and well drinks. Appetizers and drink specials will be available throughout the evening. The scholarships will be presented at 6:30 p.m.

The event is co-hosted by the Barristers Association of Philadelphia, Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia, Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania, Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania and the South Asian Bar Association of Philadelphia. The YLD Diversity Happy Hour is sponsored by James DeCrescenzo Reporting LLC and Trial Technologies, Inc. Click here to register.

Conflicts of Interest CLE June 16

The Professional Responsibility Committee and Business Law Section will present the CLE program "Conflicts of Interest and Joint Representation" on Tuesday, June 16.

Avoiding conflicts of interest is one of the core obligations of an attorney. This program will address conflicts of interest which appear at the inception of an engagement and those that may arise later in the representation. Often, issues arise when there is a joint representation.

Faculty for this program include Sarah Bricknell, assistant general counsel, Duane Morris, LLP; Hope Comisky, professional responsibility counsel, Pepper Hamilton LLP and co-chair Professional Guidance and Professional Responsibility Committees, Philadelphia Bar Association; Kimberly S. Ingersoll, partner, Abrams and Ingersoll, LLP and co-chair Professional Responsibility Committee; Barbara S. Rosenberg, sole practitioner, Norristown and former disciplinary counsel, Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and co-chair, Professional Responsibility Committee; and Tamara Lee Traynor, assistant general counsel, Wolf Block LLP.

Registration and lunch begin at 11:45 a.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

Mergers and Acquisitions CLE June 17

David H. Glusman and Joseph L. DeSimone will present "Accounting Issues and Due Diligence in Merger Opportunities" at the Wednesday, June 17 meeting of the Mergers and Acquisitions Committee. One substantive CLE credit is available.

The course will cover review of financial statements with emphasis on the issues relevant to merger and acquisition activity. The presenters will focus on covenant issues, financial ratios which are important to understanding the covenants and the financial due diligence process.

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 $33.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years, and $28.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. Interested parties not seeking CLE credit may attend and purchase lunch for the fee of $8.50. If you wish to register in advance please visit pbi.org or call PBI Customer Service at 1-800-932-4637.

The program begins at 12:30 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Lunch and registration begin at noon. Click here to register.

Workers' Comp Ethics CLE June 17

John J. "Jack" Duffy III and William J. McKee will present the lunchtime CLE "Ethics: Professionalism and Propriety – A New Edition of the Jack and Bill Show" at the Wednesday, June 17 meeting of the Workers' Compensation Section.

Duffy and McKee will discuss courtroom behavior, discovery issues, surveillance, and deposition conduct among other hot topics. From points on who is to be addressed in court, to when surveillance is to be produced, be prepared to be enlightened, educated, and entertained, as this well-known duo of attorneys tackles the most difficult ethical issues in their own unique way.

The program has been approved for 1.0 ethics 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 $20.00 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. If you wish to register in advance please visit www.pbi.org or call PBI Customer Service at 1-800-932-4637. Lunch is available for an additional $8. Click here to purchase lunch for this event.

Bar Night at the Phillies June 17

Join your colleagues and friends at Bar Association Night at the Phillies on Wednesday, June 17 as the World Series champion Phils take on the Toronto Blue Jays at Citizens Bank Park at 7:05 p.m. Tickets are $28.

Seating (subject to availability) with fellow Philadelphia Bar Association supporters will be located on the Field Level Outfield (Sections 145 - 148). There is a special $2 discount off the cost of these tickets. To order your tickets for this special event, click here and enter the promotion code BAR.

Discussion on New DOT June 19

Thomas A. Hardy will discuss the formation of the new DOT and get input and comments for the Occupational Information Development Advisory Panel at the Friday, June 19 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.

Business Development for Shy Attorneys June 23

The Philadelphia Bar Association and the Training Resource Group will present "Business Development and Rainmaking for Shy Attorneys During Tough Economic Times" on Tuesday, June 23.

Among the topics to be discussed are styles that can be used for business development and networking strategies.

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

Franchise Law Committee to Meet June 24

A meeting of the Franchise Law Committee will be held Wednesday, June 24 at 12 p.m. at Dilworth Paxson LLP, 1500 Market St., Suite 3500 E.

Using the troubled auto industry as a backdrop, this program facilitates an open dialogue discussing current market trends affecting franchises, exploring the termination rights and remedies of auto dealers and other franchisees in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and contemplating the legal limitations on what manufacturers and franchisors can do to end a franchise. The lunch session may also touch on the importance of contract language and federal bankruptcy laws vis-à-vis franchise termination.

Lunch will be provided courtesy of Dilworth Paxson LLP. Please RSVP to Bonnie Chong at bchong@sunocoinc.com.

Nagle on Employee Free Choice Act June 25

The Labor and Employment Law Committee will discuss the Employee Free Choice Act with Robert Nagle at its Thursday, June 25 meeting.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP.

Criminal Justice Section Summer Happy Hour June 25

The Criminal Justice Section will host a summer happy hour at McCormick & Schmick's, 1 S. Broad St., on Thursday, June 25 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Reduced drink prices and food specials will be available. The section will raffle a Philadelphia Phillies package, which includes two Phillies tickets (good seats), two Phillies hats and a cooler.

Mock Trial Information Session June 29

The Young Lawyers Division and Temple University Beasley School of Law LEAP Program will hold a mock trial information session for coaches and judges on Monday, June 29.

Every year, YLD and Temple LEAP put on a mock trial camp in the fall and the citywide John S. Bradway High School Mock Trial Competition in the spring. Philadelphia teams regularly distinguish themselves statewide and even in the national competition, which Philadelphia will proudly host in 2010. Come learn about the commitments and rewards of getting involved—organizers, coaches, judges, teachers and students will talk about their experiences and answer questions. All area lawyers and law students are welcome.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th Floor Board Room of Bar Association
headquarters, 1101 Market St. A complimentary lunch will be served.

DA Abraham, Judge Moss, Savett on Mentoring June 30

Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne Abraham, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Sandra Mazer Moss and Sherry Savett will offer their thoughts on mentoring at the Tuesday, June 30 meeting of the Women in the Profession 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 for those who register in advance. Click here to RSVP.

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Judge Urges Attendance at VIP Title CLE June 25

Dear Probate and Trust Section colleagues:

I write to urge you to support Philadelphia VIP's efforts to assist low income clients with title issues by participating in their June 25 training at White and Williams LLP from 12 to 2:15 p.m. I will be there to welcome all of you who attend. There are more than 14,000 potential clients who live in homes in their deceased relatives' names who need legal assistance and cannot afford it.

Without legal assistance, these clients cannot enter into payment agreements for delinquent real estate taxes or obtain free repair services from the City of Philadelphia, and therefore they face losing or abandoning their homes. Your colleague Kevin Gilboy and VIP staff attorney Kelly Gastley will be teaching this seminar. Also, you receive 2 hours of free CLE for taking a case, and lunch will be provided.

In this critical economic time, I know that it is even more difficult to ask you to give free legal services. But this is the time when I also ask you to remember that as professionals we have an obligation to help those who need our services more than ever.

I look forward to seeing you there.
Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Anne Lazarus

From VIP: Attorneys receive 2 free CLE credits if they accept a VIP case within 6 months of the training. Please contact Philadelphia VIP at (215) 523-9550 or phillyvip@phillyvip.org (including your full name and contact information), to reserve your space. White and Williams LLP is located at 1650 Market St., One Liberty Place, 18th Floor.

Integrity CLE June 19

Good people, bad choices and life lessons from the White House will be discussed at PBI's "Integrity" on June 19. Get solid advice and focused methods to overcome threats to integrity in the practice of law, in business and in government service. Interaction with audience is hallmark of Egil "Bud" Krogh's highly acclaimed programs. This 2 substantive, 1 ethics) CLE program will be a held as a video encore on Friday, June 19 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 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Check-in begins at 9 a.m. 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.

Tuesday, June 16
Simulcast - A Survey of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
2 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Wednesday, June 17
The 21st Century Law Office
3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Environmental Issues in Real Estate and Business Transactions
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Thursday, June 18
Civil Practice & Procedure in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas
3 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Friday, June 19
Advocacy for the Ages
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Video Encore – Integrity: Good People, Bad Choices and Life Lessons from the White House
2 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Monday, June 22
Bridge the Gap
4 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

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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