June 25, 2009
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 10, No. 50
 

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Nagle on Employee Free Choice Act Today

The Labor and Employment Law Committee will discuss the Employee Free Choice Act with Robert Nagle at its meeting today (Thursday, June 25).

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 those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP.

Criminal Justice Section Summer Happy Hour Tonight

The Criminal Justice Section will host a summer happy hour at McCormick & Schmick's, 1 S. Broad St., tonight (Thursday, June 25) from 5 to 7 p.m.

Reduced drink prices and food specials will be available. The section will raffle a Philadelphia Phillies package, which includes two Phillies tickets (good seats), two Phillies hats and a cooler.

Mock Trial Information Session June 29

The Young Lawyers Division and Temple University Beasley School of Law LEAP Program will hold a mock trial information session for coaches and judges on Monday, June 29.

Every year, YLD and Temple LEAP put on a mock trial camp in the fall and the citywide John S. Bradway High School Mock Trial Competition in the spring. Philadelphia teams regularly distinguish themselves statewide and even in the national competition, which Philadelphia will proudly host in 2010. Come learn about the commitments and rewards of getting involved. Organizers, coaches, judges, teachers and students will talk about their experiences and answer questions. All area lawyers and law students are welcome.

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 served. Click here to RSVP.

DA Abraham, Judge Moss, Savett on Mentoring June 30

Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne Abraham, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Sandra Mazer Moss and Sherry Savett will offer their thoughts on mentoring at the Tuesday, June 30 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 $8 for those who register in advance. Click here to RSVP.

Update from Judge Woods-Skipper June 30

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Sheila A. Woods-Skipper will provide an update on recent changes in procedures at the Tuesday, June 30 meeting of the Criminal Justice Section.

These changes include court VOPs early release from custody for non-violent probation detainers and the use of a collection agency for fines, costs and restitution and the new procedures for in-patient FIR referrals, video conferences and issues relating to streamlining these types of cases.

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 those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP.

Women in IP Committee to Meet July 8

Everyone faces limits in their ability to notice data, collect data, make decisions, and take appropriate action. These limitations arise because of our personalities and life experiences, which create lenses through which we view our world. Susan Letterman White, J.D., M.S. will look at some of the common lenses used by IP lawyers and scientists, suggest methods for mitigating their negative effects, and offer an opportunity for discussing with colleagues participants' ongoing challenges at the Wednesday, July 8 meeting of the Women in Intellectual Property Committee.

White works with law firms, law departments, and individual lawyers to help them improve communication skills, develop and implement growth strategies, and develop future leaders. She practiced employment and commercial litigation for over 20 years and was the managing partner of a Philadelphia law firm before pursuing a Master of Science degree in Organization Development from American University.

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 those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP.

Join Association's Bike-a-Thon Team for ACS Ride

Team Philadelphia Bar Association will saddle up again this year and take part in the 37th Annual American Cancer Society Bike-a-Thon on Sunday, July 12.

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.

Riders who have participated in the past are encouraged to wear their Bar Association jerseys. A team photo will be taken at approximately 6:15 a.m. on July 12 in front of the U.S. Mint on 5th Street. For more information about the Bar Association team, contact Mark Feinman at markfeinmanlawoffices@verizon.net or Jim Meyer at jmeyer@schnader.com.

Judge Klein on Rule 1311.1 July 14

Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge Richard B. Klein will discuss suggested changes to Rule 1311.1 at a joint meeting of the Rules and Procedure Committee and the Compulsory Arbitration Committee on Tuesday, July 14.

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 those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP.

Join YLD at PhiLAWpalooza 2009 July 16

Four bands have been confirmed to perform at PhiLAWpalooza 2009 on Thursday, July 16 at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.

Class Action, A Band Called M, Grady and Jen 'n' Juice will be performing. The show begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for Bar Association members; $18 for non-members. Tickets can be purchased at philadelphiabar.org.

Public Interest Reception July 23

The law firm of Duffy + Partners and the Public Interest Section will host a public interest reception to celebrate the accomplishments of law students working in public service on Thursday, July 23.

The reception begins at 5 p.m. at the offices of Duffy + Partners, One Liberty Place, 1650 Market St., 55th Floor. RSVP by Monday, July 13, 2009 to Maureen Olives at (215) 204-3705 or by e-mail at molives@temple.edu. Special thanks to the law firm of Duffy + Partners for generously sponsoring this event.

Learn about YLD Benefits at YLD Live! July 27

The Young Lawyers Division wants to hear from you! On July 27 at 12 p.m., join the YLD Executive Committee and other young lawyers at YLD Live!, an interactive meeting that will address how the YLD can better benefit you. YLD Live! is open to all YLD members and will include a complimentary lunch.

Whether you have an idea for a program or an event that would help young lawyers, a specific topic you would like to see addressed in a CLE or panel discussion, or a suggestion for a program the YLD could undertake in the Philadelphia community, the YLD invites you to join effort to shape the future of the profession.

Some things you can expect to learn are:
• The history of the YLD, its structure, and its mission;
• How the YLD can benefit you through its programs and initiatives;
• How to get involved with the YLD through social media;
• Advice/suggestions if affected by the economic downturn; and
• Upcoming YLD events

In addition to hearing from members of the YLD Executive Committee, attendees will break into groups for a more personal discussion about what the YLD can do for you. Cabinet members will lead these groups and answer questions as well as keep track of suggestions, opinions, etc., for future follow-up.

We will also be auctioning off four $25 gift certificates to the Mexican Post at YLD Live!, giving you another great reason to join us.

YLD Live! will be held at the Philadelphia Bar Association's headquarters, 1101 Market St., in the 11th Floor Conference Center. Click here to register.

Bar Launches PhilaBenchBar.org

The Philadelphia Bar Association has launched PhilaBenchBar.org, a web site devoted entirely to the Association's Bench-Bar and Annual Conference on Oct. 23 and 24 at Harrah's Atlantic City.

PhilaBenchBar.org contains all the details about the annual conference, including details about CLE programs and speakers. Members can also register for the conference and view photos from past events.

Visit PhilaBenchBar.org and register today.

Friends of Farmworkers Reception July 15

Friends of Farmworkers will hold its Annual Reception on Wednesday, July 15 from 5 to 7 p.m., at Moore College of Art & Design, 20th Street and the Parkway.

Susan Sherman, president and CEO, the Independence Foundation; Judge Phyllis Beck, chair of the Board of Directors and CFO, the Independence Foundation; and former Chancellor A. Michael Pratt, Pepper Hamilton LLP, will be honored at this event.

Karen Detamore will also be honored with special recognition for her 20 years of service to the Friends of Farmworkers. Individual tickets cost $80. For ticket and sponsorship information, please contact Arlene Rivera Finkelstein at 215-898-0459 or friendsoffarmworkers@gmail.org.

Bar Foundation Seeks Award Nominees

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation is seeking nominations for two awards to be presented at the Andrew Hamilton Benefit on Saturday, Nov. 21 at the Please Touch Museum.

The Citizens Bank Pro Bono Award is presented by Citizens Bank, the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Philadelphia Bar Foundation, and is given annually to a Philadelphia law firm or corporate legal department demonstrating outstanding volunteer efforts to help provide legal services to those in need. The recipient of the Citizens Bank Award designates the $10,000 monetary award to one or more Philadelphia Bar Foundation grantees.

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation Award is given to an attorney who is working in the nonprofit legal services community. A $2,500 award will be presented each year to an attorney who is providing direct legal services to the poor and the underprivileged in Philadelphia.

Visit PhilaBarFoundation.org for more information. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Aug. 14.

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