Thursday, June 21, 2007
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 8, No. 51
 

City Hall Security ID Plan Begins June 27

Security identification cards will be required to access Philadelphia City Hall beginning Wednesday, June 27. Security identification application forms are available at philadelphiabar.org.

Attorneys can go to Room 112 near the northeast corner of City Hall Monday through Thursday between 9 and 3 p.m. and fill out an application and have a photo taken for the new badge. The photo and application process takes just 10 minutes. Attorneys must have their Supreme Court lawyer identification card to apply for the security card. Click here to download the application form.

For more information, call (215) 686-4580.

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.

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.

Justice Nigro to Discuss Mediation June 25

Judge Russell M. Nigro, former justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, will discuss the process of mediation, how it should work and how you should prepare for mediation in order to achieve your goals at the Monday, June 25 meeting of the Alternative Dispute Resolution 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.

Computer Forensics Presentation June 26

Len Deutchman, general counsel and managing partner of LDiscovery, will discuss the cutting edge of computer forensics at the Tuesday, June 26 meeting of the Criminal Justice Section.

After 20 years as a prosecutor in the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, the last seven as chief of the Economic and Cyber Crime Unit, Deutchman left the District Attorney's Office and went to LDiscovery. 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.

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 Program Scheduled

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.

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.

Summer Associates, Law Student Reception July 12

The Committee on the Legal Rights of Lesbians and Gay Men will host a reception for summer associates and law students on Thursday, July 12 at the offices of Saul Ewing LLP, 1500 Market St.

Please RSVP By July 9 to either Katie Eyer at (215) 731-1447, extension 12 or via e-mail at keyer@equalitypa.org or Larry Felzer at (215) 701-3203 or via e-mail at lfelzer@seniorlawcenter.org.

Please join us to meet and mingle with area judges, attorneys and others, both gay and straight.

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.

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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