Chief Judge Lippman to Speak; Judge Rufe to Be Honored
Hon. Jonathan Lippman, chief judge of the State of New York and a strong advocate for equal access to justice, will be the keynote speaker at the Bar Association's Monday, June 27 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon
The Association will also present the Sandra Day O'Connor Award to U.S. District Court Judge Cynthia M. Rufe at the event. The O'Connor 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.
We will also welcome Hon. Bruce W. Kauffman to join us in saluting the distinguished careers of our senior members of the Bar Association as we induct new members into the 50-, 60-, 65- and 70-Year Clubs. Our two new 70-Year Club members, Albert Konefsky and George Ovington, will receive special recognition for their extraordinary record of service.
As New York's chief judge, Lippman has championed equal access to justice issues and taken an active leadership role in identifying permanent funding streams for civil legal services, strengthening the state's indigent criminal defense system, addressing the systemic causes of wrongful convictions, and reforming New York's juvenile justice system, among many other areas. Judge Lippman's four decades in the courts have been marked by a commitment to fostering a justice system that is independent, open, accountable and responsive to the people it serves.
Judge Rufe was nominated to the Eastern District by President George W. Bush on Jan. 23, 2002. She was confirmed by the Senate on April 30, 2002, and received her commission on May 3, 2002. She received her B.A. from Adelphi University and received her J.D. from State University of New York at Buffalo Law School.
Judge Rufe began her professional career as an assistant and coordinator in the Juvenile Division of the Bucks County Public Defender's Office in 1977. She was a deputy public defender with the Bucks County Public Defender's Office from 1980 to 1981. She served as solicitor for the Bucks County Children and Youth Social Services Agency from 1984 to 1988. She served as a judge on the Bucks County Court of Common Pleas from 1994 to 2002.
Tickets for the event, to be held at 12 p.m. the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets, are $55 for members and $65 for non-members. Click here to purchase tickets.
Early-Bird Savings for Bench-Bar at Harrah's
Enjoy early-bird savings when you register for the 2011 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference Oct. 14-15 at Harrah's Resort Atlantic City. Click here
to save $80 on your registration fee. But hurry, this offer ends on Sept. 16!
The Bench-Bar & Annual Conference provides attendees with the opportunity to earn CLE credit while networking with colleagues and members of the bench.
Registration for members is $349 if booked by Sept. 16. For non-members, registration is $399. Members of the Young Lawyers Division and public interest and government attorneys can attend for $199. For those wishing to attend only the Grand Reception at The Pool at Harrah's on Friday, Oct. 14, tickets are $150 for all members and $175 for non-members. Tickets will be an additional $25 if purchased at the door.
For those wishing to attend Friday's session only, tickets are $299 for members, $149 for the Young Lawyers Division and government or public interest attorneys and $349 for non-members. Members and guests wishing to attend without receiving CLE credit will pay $200. For non-members, the cost is $225. Admission includes all sponsored meals and events. Those wishing to attend programs on Saturday, Oct. 15 will only pay $229, while YLD members and government and public interest attorneys can attend for $79 and $279 for non-members. Click here
Chancellor Urges Changes to Proposed Lobbying Regulations
Chancellor Rudolph Garcia provided testimony Wednesday to the Philadelphia Board of Ethics urging changes to regulations interpreting Philadelphia's new lobbying ordinance. In addition to summarizing the Bar's position, he referred the Board to a 24-page letter submitted in advance, which contained more detailed comments and suggestions.
One major concern he expressed is that "the regulations intrude upon the exclusive authority of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to regulate the practice of law." He explained that lobbying is so broadly defined by the ordinance that it includes many activities regularly conducted by lawyers when representing their clients in legal matters. That is particularly problematic, he said, because the regulations require disclosures that would violate the Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct governing lawyers.
Chancellor Garcia also urged the Board to explicitly exempt both attempts to settle potential administrative actions and volunteer service by lawyers to promote legal reforms.
The comments also point to the potential burden to smaller nonprofit organizations that, under the proposed Regulation, would be subject to a $500 annual registration fee that must be paid by the organization as well as each of its "lobbyists." "Those funds will not be available to help the organization fulfill its charitable mission and the burden may stifle the organization's ability to speak out on current community issues," Garcia said.
The Association's comments also provide recommendations regarding a number of technical and organizational issues.
"The majority of our comments are directed to issues that we believe may be addressed in the final regulations by the Board of Ethics," the Chancellor said. However, we also made several suggestions "regarding needed revisions to the Lobbying Ordinance that we hope the Board of Ethics will recommend to City Council."
"The Philadelphia Bar Association urges the Ethics Board to recommend immediate amendment to the Lobbying Ordinance," the Chancellor said. "We request that the Board urge City Council to rethink these rules in a way that reflects the underlying goals they are hoping to achieve. The Association is available to assist the Ethics Board in its work in whatever way the Board deems appropriate."
Garcia expressed his appreciation to Philadelphia Board of Ethics Chair Richard C. Glazer and the other members of the Board for their ongoing efforts to implement what he called a "complicated ordinance" under "significant time pressure and with a limited budget."
Joining Garcia in providing testimony to the Board was attorney Lawrence J. Beaser, co-chair of the Association's Philadelphia Lobbying Ordinance Task Force and a major contributor to the Bar's comments.
The comments and suggestions pertain to draft Regulation No. 9 (Lobbying) that interprets Philadelphia's Lobbying Ordinance, Chapter 20-1200 of the Philadelphia Code (Bill No. 100127, approved June 16, 2010).
The full text of the Association's comments regarding proposed Regulation No. 9 (Lobbying) can be found by clicking here
YLD Diversity Scholarship Reception Tonight
The Young Lawyers Division will recognize its 2011 Diversity Scholarship winners tonight (Thursday, June 16) at reception at Kokopelli Restaurant and Tequila Bar (Upstairs), 1904 Chestnut St., from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
The winners include Tanishka V. Cruz from the Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University and nominated by the Hispanic Bar Association; Sammetria L. Goodson from Temple University Beasley School of Law and nominated by the National Bar Association, Women Lawyers Division, Philadelphia Chapter; Jacquie T. Huynh-Linenberg from Rutgers School of Law - Camden and nominated by the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of PA; Sean-Tamba Matthew from Temple University Beasley School of Law and nominated by the Barristers' Association of Philadelphia; and Muthuramanan "Ramana" Ramaswaran from Temple University Beasley School of Law and nominated by the South Asian Bar Association of Philadelphia. Click here
Chief Judge to Provide Social Security Update June 17
Regional Chief Adminstrative Law Judge Jasper J. Bede will provide updates for the region at the Friday, June 17 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 members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here
Motion Practice in Appellate Courts CLE June 21
Leonard R. Blazick of the Central Legal Staff of Pennsylvania Superior Court will discuss "Motion Practice in Pennsylvania Appellate Courts" at the Tuesday, June 21 CLE program presented by the Appellate Courts Committee.
The program begins at 12:30 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Registration and lunch begin at 12 p.m.
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.
Interested parties not seeking CLE credit may attend and purchase lunch. Click here
to register for lunch.
Ins and Outs of PHRC Public Hearing Process June 24
Chief Judge Carl Summerson for the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission will present an overview on "The Ins and Outs of the PHRC Public Hearing Process" at the Friday, June 24 meeting of the Human Resources & Employee Relations Committee.
The meeting begins at 8:15 a.m. at the offices of Cohen Seglias, United Plaza, 19th Floor, 30 S. 17th St. Please RSVP to Nicole Gasiorowski at firstname.lastname@example.org
Career Advancement, Business Development June 28
Susan Letterman White will discuss "Power and Influence for Lawyers' Career Advancement and Business Development" at the Tuesday, June 28 meeting of the Women in the Profession Committee.
White will explain the different power bases and influence strategies for career advancement and business development and let you learn through experience, how to use power and influence more effectively.
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 members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here
Bar Foundation Golf Classic June 28 at ACE Club
The Philadelphia Bar Foundation's 23rd Annual Golf Classic, one of its biggest fundraisers of the year, will be held at The ACE Club in Lafayette Hill on Tuesday, June 28. The proceeds from the event fund the Bar Foundation's grants program that helps ensure that justice is for all, not just for those who can afford it.
"What differentiates this from other charity golf outings is that we cap the field at 108 golfers and you play your own ball so players get to experience ACE, one of the premier private courses in the area, as their own private golf club for the day," said Golf Committee Co-Chair David Kessler of Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, LLP, the Presenting Sponsor of the 2011 Golf Classic.
Golfers will tee off at 11:30 a.m. after brunch and will compete for best net or gross score, longest drive, closest to the pin, best putt and best chip shot.
Not a golfer? Join us for an open bar cocktail reception and Surf and Turf dinner at 5:30 pm. A silent auction with high-end items donated by local restaurants, businesses and golf clubs will be part of the festivities.
Call 215-238-6347 or go to philabarfoundation.org
for more information.
Attorney-Client Privilege vs. Disclosure of Records June 29
Counsel for each side in the wrongful termination suit of former Philadelphia Housing Authority Executive Director Carl Greene will discuss attorney-client privilege vs. the disclosure of records at the Wednesday, June 29 meeting of the Professional Responsibility Committee.
Greene was terminated from his position last fall amidst allegations of sexual harassment of female employees as well as covering up several prior settlements for such conduct. Greene has sued PHA for wrongful termination. Past Chancellor Clifford E. Haines (left), counsel for Greene, and Barry J. Gross, counsel for PHA, will be the speakers at the program.
From 2007 through 2010 alone, outside lawyers were paid $38.5 million in legal fees by PHA. These bills may contain information about Greene's private communications with lawyers, and is now at issue in his wrongful termination suit. Greene claims that the information in the records is privileged and that the privilege is his. PHA claims that it has the privilege and is willing to waive it.
The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register.
Law School Outreach Committee Schedule Set
The Law School Outreach Committee of the Public Interest Section will host the "Summer Brown Bag Lunch Series" on Thursdays through Aug. 4 from 12 to 1:30 p.m., in the 11th Floor Conference Center, of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St.
These programs provide an opportunity for summer law student interns to meet public interest attorneys who are leaders in their field and learn about different types of public interest practice and fellowship opportunities in the greater Philadelphia area. Click here
for more information.
Immigration Legislation Discussion June 22
Ilan Rosenberg will discuss the impact of the Whiting
decision in the Hazelton immigration case at the Wednesday, June 22 meeting of the Immigration Law Committee.
Quickly moving anti-immigrant bills moving through the Pennsylvania Legislature will also be discussed. 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 members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register.
YLD Night at the Phillies July 22
Cheer on your hometown team as they take on the San Diego Padres at YLD Night at the Phillies on Friday, July 22 at Citizens Bank Park at 7 p.m.
Tickets include a pre-game tailgate from 5to 7 p.m. at McFadden's at the Ballpark, which includes food and drinks. Seats are located in Section 424. Only a limited number of tickets are available and must be purchased by June 21. Click here
to buy tickets.
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For $79.95, you get the incredible convenience of print, online and mobile access to The Legal Directory. To order, visit thelegaldirectory.org.
Free Fastcase Training Webinars Scheduled
A series of free webinars have been scheduled for Philadelphia Bar Association members to help them familiarize themselves with Fastcase®, the new member benefit legal research tool.
Fastcase® puts a comprehensive law library of Pennsylvania state and federal cases, statutes and rules at your fingertips. If your firm's Philadelphia office has 100 percent attorney membership in the Philadelphia Bar Association, you'll receive Fastcase® free!
Webinars for Fastcase Research Tips (in depth) will be held:
Wednesday, July 13, 12 to 1 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 10, 3 to 4 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 14, 1 to 2 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 12, 3 to 4 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 9, 1 to 2 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 14, 3 to 4 p.m.
Webinars for Case Law Nuts & Bolts (Overview) will be held:
Tuesday, July 5, 12 to 1 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 6, 12 to 1 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 1, 12 to 1 p.m.
Webinars for Searching for Statutes (Overview)
Tuesday, Aug. 2, 3 to 4 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 4, 3 to 4 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 6, 3 to 4 p.m.
First Judicial District Blood Drive July 22
The Association's Workers' Compensation Section invites its members to participate in the First Judicial District's Summer Blood Drive on Friday, July 22.
The blood drive will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Room 696 of Philadelphia City Hall. To make an appointment online, click here
. Please enter "Philadelphia Bar Association" in the comments field when registering.
From July 1 through Sept. 5, all presenting blood donors will be entered into a weekly drawing for a $250 giftcertificates.com Super Certificate.
Take Part in VIP's 30 for 30 Challenge
Matthew S. Olesh and Martha F. Reilly, co-chairs of Philadelphia VIP's 30th Anniversary Engagement Committee, are calling upon the generous members of Philadelphia's legal community to participate in the "30 for 30 Challenge."
They are asking all Philadelphia-area attorneys to commit to 30 hours of pro bono service this year with an organization of their choosing in honor of Philadelphia VIP's 30th anniversary.
The "30 for 30" pledge form is available on Philadelphia VIP's website at phillyvip.org
. All pledge signers will be recognized at a special 30th Anniversary ceremony during National Pro Bono Week this October. Philadelphia VIP will also track all participation and provide special recognition to practices of varying sizes with the highest rates of participation.
Fully-Paid Bar Membership for Villanova Law Students
Through an agreement negotiated by Dean John Y. Gotanda, the Philadelphia Bar Association is pleased to offer all current students of Villanova University School of Law the opportunity to register for fully-paid membership in the Philadelphia Bar Association
. This is an annual membership that can be renewed each year and will be paid for by the law school while you are a student. (Note to 3L students: If you registered before graduation, your membership will be paid by the law school and will continue through December 2011.)
Membership in the Bar Association provides you with opportunities to professionally connect with practicing lawyers and judges in a cooperative and learning environment, allowing for one-on-one interactions that are invaluable in building your career and obtaining contacts for potential job opportunities.
A similar agreement exists for students at Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University.
Registration is required to receive your law school-sponsored fully-paid membership in the Philadelphia Bar Association. To register, click here
and complete the form.
As a member of the Philadelphia Association, you'll receive:
Access to the "Members Only" portion of our interactive website, philadelphiabar.org, that lets you view "Bar Classifieds" employment opportunities and place Classified ads at a fraction of the cost of other online services
Fastcase®, the next-generation legal research provider, available free of charge
Invaluable networking opportunities with local attorneys and judges at hundreds of events each year, including Chancellor's Forums, substantive panel programs and practice group receptions
The opportunity to join more than 50 Committees and nine Sections in specific areas of legal practice (such as intellectual property, business litigation, international law, workers compensation, criminal, etc.) as well as targeted interest groups (diversity in the profession, women in the profession, solo practitioners, etc.)
Automatic membership in the Young Lawyers Division (YLD)
A subscription to The Philadelphia Lawyer quarterly magazine; the Philadelphia Bar Reporter monthly newspaper; Bar Reporter Online twice-weekly e-newsletter; YLD weekly E-Zine; and Upon Further Review monthly caselaw e-publication
A vibrant social media network including Facebook sites for the Bar Association and the YLD, Twitter, podcasts and blogs including "PhiLAWdelphia" - the blog of the YLD
Insurance brokerage services provided through USI Affinity
Discounts on CLE programs offered through the Pennsylvania Bar Institute
A legislative program to champion your interests to lawmakers at City Hall, in Harrisburg and in Washington
Much, much more!
For questions, or to learn more about the advantages of Philadelphia Bar Association membership, call our Membership Department at 215-238-6313.
Court Launches Judicial Fellowship Program
Thirty-five judges of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas have agreed to host up to 45 law school graduates as judicial fellows to provide them with substantive legal experience while benefitting the court system with this additional legal talent.
The Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas created a Judicial Fellowship Program in conjunction with the Philadelphia based law schools - the Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University, the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Temple University Beasley School of Law - to address the difficult hiring climate for lawyers that many recent law graduates are facing. Due to the popularity of the Judicial Fellowship Program, three Philadelphia area law schools - Rutgers University Law School, Villanova University School of Law and Widener University School of Law - joined the program last week, doubling the number of participating schools.
The Judicial Fellowship Program provides high-caliber law graduates professional development opportunities. At the same time, the judicial fellows help the busy court carry out key functions and maintain its superior quality of service to the Philadelphia community. Demands on the court have intensified with the existence of numerous vacancies on the bench that have not been filled with interim appointments due to the Commonwealth's budgetary constraints. Judicial Fellows work at least 20 hours a week in the civil, criminal, family and orphans divisions of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and Municipal Courts, carrying out the same duties as paid judicial clerks. The Fellowships help recent graduates gain valuable experience and strengthen their marketability for obtaining a paid position in law. Judges select judicial fellows through an application process administered by the court.
Judge Lisa M. Rau developed the program with help from Professor Chapin Cimino of the Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University as well as faculty and administrators from career services offices at the University of Pennsylvania's Law School and Temple Beasley School of Law. "This program will help the court maintain high quality service with fewer resources and help the many exceptional graduates from Philadelphia's law schools who are graduating during an especially difficult time in the legal economy," Rau said. "We appreciate the law schools' efforts to get the program started and for the enthusiastic response of judges who have agreed to host and mentor recent graduates."
"On behalf of the Trial Division, I enthusiastically support this creative program and applaud Judge Rau for her efforts. Our judges will benefit from the assistance of exceptional local legal talent; and those selected as fellows will be exposed to the major attorneys, firms and judges actively engaged in civil and criminal litigation in Pennsylvania's busiest courts," said Administrative Judge D. Webster Keogh.
"This is a winner for both the courts and the new graduates. We are grateful to Judge Rau for developing the program," said President Judge Pamela Pryor Dembe. "The program will feature events where the fellows will be able to network with members of the Philadelphia Bar Association," Cimino said. "This is a really wonderful opportunity for some extremely capable graduates to gain notice from the bench and bar."
"The economic downturn has created an urgent need for programs that help new lawyers find jobs," said Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor Rudolph Garcia. "The Judicial Fellowship Program gives highly qualified graduates an additional credential and valuable experience to assist them in finding subsequent employment. The Philadelphia Bar Association is proud to support this innovative program."
VIP Summer Pro Bono Program June 17
Philadelphia VIP, the hub of pro bono legal services in Philadelphia, will host its 16th annual Summer Pro Bono Program on Friday, June 17. VIP's 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. Participants in the Summer Pro Bono Program will:
Attend a training on VIP's work with the City of Philadelphia's Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Program, an innovative program that provides thousands of homeowners an opportunity to negotiate face to face with lenders' representatives to save their homes from foreclosure.
Discuss the importance of pro bono with judges from the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Bar Association leaders and VIP board members during a complimentary luncheon.
Shadow a volunteer attorney or housing counselor assisting a client at a conciliation conference during the summer months.
The program will be held from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Registration ends Wednesday, June 8. Registration forms are available by clicking here
. Questions can be directed to Bailey Andersen at email@example.com
or (215) 523-9567.
Applicants Sought for Federal Judgeship by July 15
U.S. Senators Robert P. Casey, Jr. and Patrick J. Toomey invite all persons interested in being considered for appointment to the position of Federal District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania to obtain and submit an application that can be found on Senator Casey's website (http://casey.senate.gov)
or by request from Senator Toomey's office at judgeappEDPA@toomey.senate.gov
This questionnaire must be completed and returned to both Senators in Microsoft Word or PDF format by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
no later than 5 p.m., on Friday, July 15. Applicants will be contacted to arrange for interviews. Senators Casey and Toomey will be advised and assisted in this process by several leading members of the bar and other Pennsylvanian citizens.
Please note that all applicants must complete this process, regardless of whether they have participated in previous judicial selection processes.
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