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June 23, 2011
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 12, No. 50
 

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.

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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.

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 ngasiorowski@cohenseglias.com.

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.

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 to register.

Rue Landau on Fair Housing June 30

Rue Landau, executive director of the Philadelphia Human Relations Commission, will discuss fair housing and recent changes to the Philadelphia Fair Practices Ordinance at the Thursday, June 30 meeting of the Affordable Housing Committee of the Real Property Section.

The meeting begins at 3 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. There is no cost to attend this meeting but registration is required. Click here to register.

Judge Bernstein on Proposed Rules of Evidence Amendments

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Mark I. Bernstein will discuss proposed amendments to the Pennsylvania Rules of Evidence at the Wednesday, July 6 meeting of the Rules and Procedure 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 members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register.

Workers' Comp Issues Involving Large Employers

The Workers' Compensation Section will present the CLE program "Workers' Compensation Issues Involving the Large Employer" on Friday, July 8.

Panelists for the program include Judge Martin Burman, Richard Graham, Mary S. Kohnke-Wagner and Amit Shah. They will discuss the changing workforce and issues involving violence in the workplace, the obesity epidemic and an aging employee population. Panelists will also debate the issue of the lack of medical insurance coverage for American workers and its implication in providing adequate medical care to the injured worker.

The program begins at 12:30 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters. Lunch and registration begins at 12 p.m. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register for lunch.

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.

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 to register.

Sponsors for the 2011 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference include The Legal Intelligencer, Iron Mountain and JAMS.

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.

Access The Legal Directory 2011 on Your Handheld Device

Attorneys on the go can access The Legal Directory 2011 on handheld devices. With thousands of listings at your fingertips, simply click a phone number or email; your handheld will dial or generate an email template. Visit mobile.thelegaldirectory.org to sign on.

The newly released, expanded and updated Legal Directory has more than 700 pages of firm and attorney entries, information for more than 350 local judges, government contacts, law organization profiles, ADR resources, Bar Association bylaws, contacts and committees, and more. It's a wealth of vital information legal professionals in the region trust and rely on - all in one resource.

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.

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.

SeniorLAW Center Orientation June 28

The SeniorLAW Center will hold an orientation for new attorney volunteers on Tuesday, June 28 interested in the SeniorLAW Center's work.

Orientation includes overview of the organization, programs and history, special needs of senior clients, confidentiality concerns and obligations, the PA SeniorLAW HelpLine, IFP and filing fee waivers, and the referral process. SeniorLAW Center's legal services staff and corps of volunteers save homes, fight abuse, violence, fraud and exploitation, help grandparents raising grandchildren, and enable seniors to live safe, healthy lives of independence and dignity.

The orientation will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the SeniorLAW Center, 100 S. Broad St., Suite 1810. RSVP to Sue Goodwin at sgoodwin@seniorlawcenter.org to attend.

Public Interest Reception July 21

The Public Interest Section's Law School Outreach Committee will hold its Annual Public Interest Reception to celebrate the accomplishments of law students working in public service on Thursday, July 21.

The reception begins at 5 p.m. at the offices of Saltz Mongeluzzi Barrett & Bendesky PC, One Liberty Place, 1650 Market St., 52nd Floor. Please RSVP by Monday, July 11 at summerreception2011.eventbrite.com.

For more information, please contact Maureen Olives, director of public interest programs at
Temple University Beasley School of Law, at 215-204-3705 or molives@temple.edu. This event is co-sponsored by the Public Interest Section and the law firm of Saltz Mongeluzzi Barrett & Bendesky PC.

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.

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.

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 recently, 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."

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 judicial@casey.senate.gov and judgeappEDPA@toomey.senate.gov 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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