Thursday, June 29, 2006
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 7, No. 45
 

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. Click here to RSVP for this event.

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. Click here to purchase tickets for this event.

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.

YLD, International Law Happy Hour June 29

The Young Lawyers Division and the International Law Committee will sponsor a networking happy hour at Barrister's Bar, 1823 Sansom St., on Thursday, June 29, starting at 6:30 p.m.

The American Bar Association International's Young Lawyers Interest Network will be the special guests at the event, which features free drinks, appetizers and drink specials for the later hours.

Brennan Award Nominations Being Accepted

Chancellor Alan M. Feldman has announced the opening of nominations for the Philadelphia Bar Association's prestigious Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Distinguished Jurist Award. The award will be presented at the Association's October Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon scheduled for Oct. 30 at 12 p.m. at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue.

The award recognizes a jurist who adheres to the highest ideals of judicial service. Any member of the state or federal bench, whether active or retired, who has made a significant, positive impact on the quality or administration of justice in Philadelphia is eligible for consideration. Examples of accomplishments worthy of nomination include innovations in court administration, implementation of pioneering case management techniques, assumption of a leadership role in areas affecting the administration of justice, publication of a significant opinion, article, or other scholarly work, or the like.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan Jr. was the first recipient of the award in 1995. Other recipients of the award, which is now named in honor of Justice Brennan, include the following: President Judge Alex Bonavitacola of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas (1996); Judge Phyllis W. Beck of the Pennsylvania Superior Court (1997); Chief Judge Edward R. Becker of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (1998); Judge Louis C. Bechtle of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (1999); Chief Judge James T. Giles of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (2000); Justice Russell M. Nigro of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court (2002); U.S. District Court Judge Louis H. Pollack (2003); Judge James R. Melinson, retired U.S. Chief Magistrate (2004); and U.S. District Court Senior Judge Edmund V. Ludwig (2005). The Brennan Award was not given in 2001.

This year's Brennan Award Committee is chaired by Stephanie Resnick. Nominations for the Justice Brennan Distinguished Jurist Award should be forwarded to: Brennan Award, Attn: Areetha Carter, Esq., Staff Counsel, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107. All nominations should include the full name, address and telephone number of both the nominee and the person submitting the nomination, a summary of the nominee’s accomplishments, and any pertinent supporting material the committee should consider. All nominations must be received no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 8, 2006.

Restrictive Covenants and Employee Agreements June 29

Stephanie J. Mensing will be the guest speaker at the Thursday, June 29 meeting of the Business Law Section's Mergers and Acquisitions Committee. She will speak about restrictive covenants and employee agreements.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. at The Hub CityView, 30 S. 17th St., United Plaza, 14th Floor. Lunch will be included in the meeting, sponsored by Dilworth Paxson LLP. Please RSVP to Michael D. Ecker at mecker@dilworthlaw.com.

Elder Law Committee to Get Medicaid Update June 29

The Elder Law Committee will hold a program featuring a Medicaid Act 42 update, DRA and other changes at its Thursday, June 29 meeting.

The meeting begins at 1 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.

Public Interest Reception for Students July 27

The Public Interest Section and WolfBlock LLP will host a reception for students working in public service on Thursday, July 27 at the offices of WolfBlock, 1650 Arch St., 26th floor.

The reception begins at 5 p.m. RSVPs are requested by July 21 to Sara Woods at (610) 519-7228 or woods@law.villanova.edu or Ann Murray at (215) 898-3086 or amurray@law.upenn.edu.

86 Firms Raise $1.36 Million for Legal Services

Eighty-six firms have pledged more than $1.36 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 Kleinbard Bell & Brecker LLP.

The 86 law firms, representing nearly 4,300 attorneys, have pledged $1,365,720. 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.

Learn to Develop Negotiation Skills July 6

Mediator and educator Edward J. Bergman will discuss techniques for developing negotiation skills at the Thursday, July 6 meeting of the Association's Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee.

Bergman teaches negotiation and dispute resolution at the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business and is a former visiting lecturer in public and international affairs at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School, where he taught undergraduate and graduate seminars on alternative dispute resolution.

The meeting begins at 12:15 p.m. in the 11th Floor Committee Room South at
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.

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.

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 Schuylkill 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.

Summer Associates Reception July 19

The Minorities in the Profession Committee will hold a reception for summer associates on Wednesday, July 19 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St.

Complimentary hors d'oeuvres, beer and wine will be served. Summer associates can network with members of the Minorities in the Profession Committee, along with members of the Asian-American Bar Association of the Delaware Valley, the Barristers Association of Philadelphia, the Hispanic Bar Association and the Young Lawyers Division.

To RSVP, contact Tracey Blevins at (215) 238-6360 or e-mail tblevins@philadelphiabar.org.

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