Thursday, June 22, 2006
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 7, No. 43

Bar Foundation Golf Classic
June 26 at Phila. Cricket Club

The 18th Annual Philadelphia Bar Foundation Golf Classic will be held Monday, June 26 at Philadelphia Cricket Club in Flourtown. The 18-hole tournament, which benefits the Foundation, will begin at 12:30 p.m. with a shotgun start on both the Wissahickon and Militia Hill courses. Click here to register online....READ MORE
 

Bar Foundation Golf Classic June 26

The 18th Annual Philadelphia Bar Foundation Golf Classic will be held Monday, June 26 at Philadelphia Cricket Club in Flourtown. The 18-hole tournament, which benefits the Foundation, will begin at 12:30 p.m. with a shotgun start on both the Wissahickon and Militia Hill courses. Click here to register online.

The 2005 tournament raised more than $100,000 for the Bar Foundation, the charitable arm of the Bar Association. During 2005, the Foundation funded 29 law-related programs with grants ranging from $2,000 to $100,000.

Prizes will be awarded for team low net, individual low net and individual low gross. A new prize for law-firm (defined as a foursome with at least three members from the same firm) low gross will also be awarded.

The tournament is open to the public with a general fee of $375 that includes greens fees, golf cart, lunch, refreshments on the course, and cocktails and dinner. Members of the Association's Young Lawyers Division may participate for a discounted fee of $295. Event and hole sponsorships are also available. For more information on sponsorships or playing in the event, contact Melissa Engler at (215) 238-6347. Click here to register online.

Judge Bartle to Address Committee June 22

U.S. District Court Chief Judge Harvey Bartle III will address members of the Labor and Employment Law Committee on Thursday, June 22.

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.

State Civil Litigation Quarterly Meeting June 26

Harris Bock and James C. Haggerty will discuss the elimination of mandatory arbitration in UM/UIM automobile claims at the Monday, June 26 Quarterly Meeting of the State Civil Litigation 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 register for this program.

Critical Mass Project Discussion June 27

Dr. Vicki Kramer will discuss the Critical Mass Project and whether it makes a difference in corporate governance to have a critical mass of women on corporate boards at the Tuesday, June 27 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 $7.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here to register for this program.

Authors to Meet with Committee June 29

Authors Tonya M. Evans-Walls, Gregory P. Miller and Sheilah D. Vance will discuss how they became published at the Thursday, June 29 meeting of the Minorities in the Profession Committee.

Miller, the founding shareholder of Miller, Alfano & Raspanti, PC, is the author of Becoming His Father's Son: A Novel. Vance, head of The Elevator Group, penned Chasing the 400. Evans-Walls, managing attorney of TME Law and owner of Legal Write Publications, has writen SHINE! Inspirational Poetry, Seasons of Her, Literary Law Guide for Authors Copyright, Trademark, and Contracts in Plain Language and Contracts Companion for Writers. The authors will also be available to sign copies of their work.

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 event.

Section's CLE to Examine Sentencing June 27

The Criminal Justice Section will present the lunchtime CLE seminar "Race to Incarcerate: An Examination of the Role of Race in the Criminal Justice System" on Tuesday, June 27.

Isla A. Fruchter of the Defenders Association of Philadelphia is the course planner for the seminar and Marc Mauer, executive director of The Sentencing Project, Washington, D.C., is the guest speaker.

This seminar will examine the policies and practices that have resulted in vastly disproportionate rates of imprisonment for people of color. The program has been approved for 1 ethics CLE credit. Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay $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. To register in advance, visit www.pbi.org or call PBI Customer Service at 1-800-932-4637. The program will be held in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch begins at 12 p.m.

Lunch is available for an additional fee of $7.50. Click here to purchase lunch for this event.

85 Firms Raise $1.35 Million for Legal Services

Eighty-five firms have pledged more than $1.35 million in support of Chancellor Alan M. Feldman's Raising the Bar Campaign to support legal services. The latest firm to join the effort is Naulty, Scaricamazza, and McDevitt, LLC.

The 85 law firms, representing more than 4,200 attorneys, have pledged $1,359,120. The Raising the Bar Campaign is a joint effort by the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Philadelphia Bar Foundation to increase funding for Philadelphia public interest law centers.

Each firm made a pledge of at least $300 per attorney in its Philadelphia office, with a number of firms committing to as much as $400. Seventeen of the firms are among the 20 largest as listed in PaLAW 2005. To contribute, contact Maureen Mingey, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation.

Click here for a list of the participating law firms and for more information about the Raising the Bar campaign.

Discussion Forums Debut at philadelphiabar.org

Philadelphia Bar Association members have a powerful new tool for exchanging information with their colleagues on practice-related issues with the launch of the Association's new Discussion Forums network at philadelphiabar.org.

The Association created Discussion Forums for members of every Section and the Young Lawyers Division. Forums soon will be launched for the Association's Committees, as well as Committees within Sections.

Any Association member in good standing of one of these groups can instantly access the Discussion Forum for that group by logging in to their personalized homepage at philadelphiabar.org, and clicking "My Discussion Forums" at the bottom of the page. Members can also access the Forums through a link on the Section and YLD homepages. For more information, visit philadelphiabar.org.

Section, Committees Plan Social Events

• The Family Law Section will hold a reception to welcome new Family Court judges and honor new Family Court Administrative Judge Kevin M. Dougherty on Thursday, June 22 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market St., on the 33rd floor.

Tickets are $45 for Section members; $40 for employees of the First Judicial District and $50 for non-members of the Section. Tickets include one drink. Hors d'oeuvres, a carving station, a pasta station and dessert will be available. Click here to purchase tickets.

• The Solo and Small Firm Committee will hold a networking reception on Thursday, June 22 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at PNC Bank, 1600 Market St., in the Center Hall on the 3rd Floor. The event, sponsored by PNC Wealth Management and Thomson West, includes cocktails and hors d'oeuvres and is open to the first 60 members who reserve a place. Contact Dawn Burger at dburger@philabar.org or call (215) 238-6360 to RSVP.

• The Association's Committee on the Legal Rights of Lesbians and Gay Men will host a reception for summer associates on Thursday, June 22 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the offices of WolfBlock, 1650 Arch St. The reception, which will feature wine and other beverages as well as hors d'oeuvres, is free of charge. To RSVP contact Larry Felzer at (215) 701-3203 or by e-mail at lfelzer@seniorlawcenter.org or Michelle M. Marx at (215) 864-6289 or by e-mail at marxm@whiteandwilliams.com.

Friends of Farmworkers Event June 28

Friends of Farmworkers will hold its 30th Anniversary Celebration on Wednesday, June 28 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn, 11th and Arch streets. Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Frederica A. Massiah-Jackson, Immediate-Past Chancellor Andrew A. Chirls and Efren Diego will be honored at the event. Tickets are $75. For more information, call (215) 733-0878 or e-mail admin@friendsfw.org.

YPN Summer Associates Reception June 22

The Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce's Young Professionals Network Summer Associates Reception will provide high-level networking opportunities and a panel discussion with top executives and lawyers that will discuss the region's economic outlook and what it's like to live, work and socialize in the Greater Philadelphia region on Thursday, June 22 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Cira Centre, 30th and Arch streets.

Steve Grandizio, president of Friendly Mortgage, will moderate the program with panelists Michael B. Hayes, chair of the Young Lawyers Division, Jeanne O'Connor, chief development officer, Select Greater Philadelphia; and David Abrams of Blank Rome, LLP.

This event is free to YLD members, but registration is necessary. To register for this event, contact Dawn Burger at dburger@philadelphiabar.org.

YLD Summer in the City Party July 13

The Young Lawyers Division will host its annual Summer in the City party on Thursday, July 13 at The Print Center, 1614 Latimer St., from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. This annual event is a great opportunity for summer associates to network with young members of the legal community.

The cost of admission is $25 and will include an open bar and heavy hors d'oeuvres. All young lawyers and summer associates are encouraged to attend.

Register for ACS Bike-a-Thon

The Association's Bike-a-Thon team meets every Saturday at 7 a.m. for training rides, leaving from Spring Mill train station on the Schuylkyll Bike Path.

Riders of all abilities are welcome and the training sessions will go only as far as the riders are comfortable. If you will be riding on Saturday please send a confirming e-mail to Jeffrey Abramowitz.

This year's Bike-a-Thon is scheduled for Sunday, July 9 and begins at 7 a.m. at the Ben Franklin Bridge in Philadelphia and stretches 62.5 miles to Lenape Park in Mays Landing, N.J. There are also starting points at Cherry Hill High School East on Kresson Road in Cherry Hill, N.J. and Mazzas Furniture on 12th Street in Hammonton, N.J.

The ACS Bike-a-Thon Expo is set for Saturday, July 8 at Dave & Busters on Columbus Boulevard from 12 to 5 p.m. For more information, contact Jeffrey Abramowitz at (215) 568-4980 or visit acsbike.org.

Nominations Sought for Sandra Day O'Connor Award

The Women in the Profession Committee is seeking nominations for the 2006 Sandra Day O'Connor Award. Deadline for nominations is Friday, Aug. 11.

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 download a nomination form for the 2006 Sandra Day O'Connor Award.

VIP Training on Estates June 27

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Anne E. Lazarus will teach a VIP training session "Probating Estates and Alternatives to Probate in Philadelphia - Homeownership Issues" on Tuesday, June 27 from 3 to 4:15 p.m. at the offices of WolfBlock, 1650 Arch St., 22nd Floor.

Judge Lazarus will talk about 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 Orphans' Court for determination of title, with an emphasis on the 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 one (1) Substantive CLE credit if they accept a VIP case. Please contact Philadelphia VIP at (215) 523-9550, to reserve your space.

Professional Announcements Available in Bar Publications

The Philadelphia Bar Reporter and The Philadelphia Lawyer are excellent resources for any sort of professional announcement by your firm. Tell the legal community of greater Philadelphia about special new hires, associates ascending to partner level, career advancements, special awards and more.

A professional announcement in The Philadelphia Bar Reporter and The Philadelphia Lawyer will be placed in a publication with more than three times the circulation of any other legal publication in Philadelphia!

A professional announcement has tremendous impact and will benefit your firm in the increasingly competitive environment in which we work. Your firm will stand out as a fertile breeding ground for outstanding legal talent when placing a professional announcement.

The individuals recognized in the announcement will have a tangible piece of history that will serve as a keepsake that he/she will never forget. For rates and information, please call Howard Hyatt, senior account manager, at (410) 902-5797 or (800) 466-8721, extension 250.

Legal Directory 2006 Now Available for Purchase

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