Thursday, June 19, 2008
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 9, No. 49
 

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. Former Chancellor Seymour H. Kurland will address bar members on behalf of the new Year Club members.

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.

New Qualification, Compensation Order for JPTs

A new order on qualifications and compensation for judges pro tempore in the Court of Common Pleas Commerce Program will be issued soon with changes taking effect on July 1, said Judge D. Webster Keogh, administrative judge of the trial division.

Judges pro tempore will now be required to have at least 15 years of litigation experience. They will also be required to take part in at least 10 hours of alternative dispute resolution training and have taken part in at least three ADR proceedings. JPTs currently involved in the program will have one year to update their credentials.

Judge Keogh said the changes have been in the works for nearly a year. The changes came as a result of conversations with current and former Commerce Program judges as well as the Association’s Business Litigation Committee.

“We wanted to make the qualifications transparent,” Judge Keogh explained. “We’re putting the information out there to show who is qualified and what individuals need to do to become qualified as JPTs. It also recognizes the complexities that most of these Commerce Program cases are frought with.”

In May, the Board of Governors approved a resolution in support of amending administrative procedures with the Commerce Program.

Judges pro tem will be able to receive a fee of $300 per hour after three hours of pro bono work on a case, provided the litigants agree to pay the JPTs beyond the three-hour period.

Document Encryption Made Easy Today

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 today's (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.

Section 5 Regulations Discussion Today

The Securities Regulation Committee of the Business Law Section will discuss the recent attempts by the SEC to assert Section 5 violations in PIPE and cases addressing those attempts at its meeting today (Thursday, June 19).

The meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. at the offices of Stradley Ronon, 2600 One Commerce Square, Conference Room 26A. Breakfast will be served.

Traffic/Vehicular Law Committee Meeting Today

The Traffic/Vehicular Law Committee will discuss goals and objectives for the year, which includes methods to increase membership in the committee, today (Thursday, June 19) at 3 p.m. in the 10th Floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St.

Please register for this meeting by contacting Dawn Burger at 215-238-6367 or e-mailing dburger@philabar.org.

City Solicitor Smith on Legal Challenges Facing City Hall

City Solicitor Shelley R. Smith will discuss legal challenges facing the Nutter administration and what the bar can do to support the administration's efforts at today's (Thursday, June 19) meeting of the City Policy 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 meeting.

Update on State of Women's Rights June 23

Marcia D. Greenberger, founder and co-president of the National Women's Law Center, will present an update on the state of women's rights on Monday, June 23.

This program will include current cases pending or coming up before the U.S. Supreme Court, what's pending or coming up in Congress, new problems to be on the lookout for, and presidential politics with a focus on where the candidates stand on the proposed equal pay legislation as well as other current issues of concern to women. The program is presented by the Women's Rights Committee, Women in the Profession Committee and Civil Rights Committee.

The program begins at 4 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. The program will be immediately followed by a wine and cheese reception. The reception is sponsored by Haines & Associates, P.C. and Saul Ewing LLP. There is no charge to attend, but an RSVP is requested. Click here to RSVP.

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.

Deputy Mayor to Address Section June 24

Everett Gillison, deputy mayor in charge of public safety, will talk about the administration's view for a new Philadelphia and how the Criminal Justice Section can help them effectuate Mayor Nutter's criminal justice-related programs at the section's Tuesday, June 24 meeting.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available at $7.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Mock Trial Informational Program June 25

The Young Lawyers Division and Temple University Beasley School of Law LEAP Program will hold an information session for volunteers interested in becoming coaches and judges for the John S. Bradway Mock Trial Competition on Wednesday, June 25.

Hear from coaches, teachers and students about their experiences, the time commitments and the rewards of being involved in the program. Also learn more about the city competition, the LEAP program and what is involved in volunteering as a judge during the competition. If you have ever wondered whether coaching is right for you, now is the time to ask questions and find out more.

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 provided.

Disaster Planning Answers, Resources July 2

If your office were destroyed tomorrow by fire, flood or explosion, or Center City offices and courts quarantined by health or terrorist threats, do you have a disaster plan in place to cope? Get the answers and resources you need at the Wednesday, July 2 meeting of the Rules and Procedure 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 who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Bar Night at the Phillies Aug. 5

Join your colleagues and friends at Bar Association Night at the Phillies on Tuesday, Aug. 5 as the Phils take on the Florida Marlins at Citizens Bank Park at 7:05 p.m. Tickets are $38 and can be ordered by clicking here.

Seating (subject to availability) with fellow Philadelphia Bar Association supporters will be located on the Field Level Baseline (Sections 108 & 109). 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.

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. at PNC Bank, 1600 Market St., 28th floor Center Hall, 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.

Coming Soon: Judge Rendell on Civics Education

U.S. Court of Appeals Judge and Pennsylvania first lady Marjorie O. Rendell writes about why civics education is critical to the success of future generations in the Summer 2008 edition of The Philadelphia Lawyer.

Judge Rendell discusses the importance of civics education in schools, her involvement in civics education in Pennsylvania and the launch of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Advancing Civics Education initiative. These efforts aim to provide today’s schoolchildren with the foundation of understanding of our nation’s democratic principles and origins they need to succeed in maintaining our democracy.

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.

The Juvenile Law Center will hold a Benefit and Silent Auction, tonight (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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