Wednesday, July 6, 2006
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 7, No. 46

Get Quick Answers to Questions
With New Discussion Forums

Discussion Forums are a new member benefit at philadelphiabar.org available free to Section members and members of the Young Lawyers Division. Post a question, get an answer - it's that easy! You can also post replies to questions from other members. Best of all, you're already pre-registered for your Section's Discussion Forum! To get started, just log in to the Association's Web site at philadelphiabar.org. Once you log in, you never have to log in again!...READ MORE
 

Discussion Forums Debut at philadelphiabar.org

Discussion Forums are a new member benefit at philadelphiabar.org available free to Section members and members of the Young Lawyers Division. Post a question, get an answer - it's that easy! You can also post replies to questions from other members. Best of all, you're already pre-registered for your Section's Discussion Forum! To get started, just log in to the Association's Web site at philadelphiabar.org. Once you log in, you never have to log in again!

Just follow these simple steps:
1) Click "Member Log-in" (upper right corner).
2) Enter your User Name and Password (click "Need Help?" to have them e-mailed to you).
3) Click "Remember Me" to bypass future log ins.
4) On your personalized homepage, click "My Discussion Forums" at the bottom of the page and you're in!

To start taking advantage of the Discussion Forums:
1) Click on the "New Topic" button.
2) Enter a subject in the Subject field.
3) Type your message in the Message body field and hit Submit to post.
4) Your message is viewable only by other members of your Section. To reply to a message, click "Post Reply."

Discussion forums are a quick and easy way to get answers from colleagues on important practice questions. What's more, by personalizing your Profile, you'll receive an e-mail when someone has replied to your posting! And with the "Private Message" button, you can send a personal message to a Forum member at any time!

We invite you to take advantage of this valuable new service today, available exclusively on the Philadelphia Bar Association's Web site. If you have any questions, we're happy to help. Just e-mail Mark Tarasiewicz at mtarasiewicz@philabar.org, or Brett Schaeffer at webmaster@philabar.org. Go ahead, post a question today!

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.

Observations on Civil Jury Instructions July 19

U.S. District Court Judges Mary A. McLaughlin and Cynthia Rufe, along with attorney Gino J. Benediiti, will be the panelists for "Observations and Comments on the Third Circuit's Proposed Model Civil Jury Instructions" at the Wednesday, July 19 meeting of the Federal Courts Committee.

The Committee will also hear a brief report from Ellen Meriwether on proposed recommendations for improvements sto the ECF filing system at the meeting, which begins at 12:30 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.

Civil Rights Implications of Language Barriers July 13

Panelists Greg Heller, Dr. Noel B. Rosales and Paul Uyehara will discuss the civil rights implications of language barriers to essential services and to full participation in civic life at the Wednesday, July 13 meeting of the Civil Rights Committee.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room 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.

Law Practice Management Division Gets OK for Vote

Association members will get to vote on the creation of a new Law Practice Management Division following the unanimous approval of a resolution by the Board of Governors on June 29.

The proposal will be voted on at the Association's Oct. 30 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon. The new division shall be devoted to supporting members in their activities relating to the business of practicing law by offering assistance with marketing, management, technology and finance.

In other business, the Board unanimously approved a resolution adopting the Transamerica Occidental Life Insurance Company Flexible Premium Adjustable Life Insurance Program exclusively for Association members.

The Board also unanimously approved a resolution supporting a full and formal investigation by Congress regarding the National Security Agency warrantless electronic surveillance program.

The Board unanimously approved a resolution supporting submission of comments and proposed amendments to Pennsylvania Rule of Appellate Procedure 1925(b) to the Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

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.

Bar Foundation Golf Classic Rescheduled for Aug. 7

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation's 18th Annual Golf Classic has been rescheduled for Monday, Aug. 7 at the Philadelphia Cricket Club. 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.

87 Firms Raise $1.36 Million for Legal Services

Eighty-seven 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 Kirschner & Gartrell, P.C.

The 87 law firms, representing nearly 4,300 attorneys, have pledged $1,365,570. 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.

Lawyer Advertising - What is Your Opinion?

Pennsylvania Bar Association President Kenneth J. Horoho has created a task force to carefully examine the issue of lawyer advertising. The task force will report its findings and conclusions to the Association's leadership later in the year.

Co-chairs Thomas L. Cooper and H. Robert Fiebach are seeking your input to assist the task force in understanding perceptions among lawyers throughout Pennsylvania. Giving consideration to the following topics, the task force would like to know your opinions regarding how lawyers promote their services:

What are your thoughts about lawyer advertising in print, radio and TV commercials, Web site promotion and brochures you've seen, heard or read? Which media do you think is effective? What should be the appropriate use of advertising in the future? How do you promote your services? What works for you?

Please send your comments by Aug. 1, 2006 to: Lawyer Advertising Task Force, Pennsylvania Bar Association, P.O. Box 186, Harrisburg, PA, 17108-0186 or e-mail them to bruce.pinto@pabar.org.

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.

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.

Register for July 9 ACS Bike-a-Thon

Register now to join the Philadelphia Bar Association's team in the American Cancer Society Bike-a-Thon on Sunday, July 9.

This year's Bike-a-Thon 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, the South Asian American Bar Association and the Young Lawyers Division.

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

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

The Legal Directory 2006 is now available. If you've ordered your copy, it will soon arrive; if not, place your order now for this indispensable resource – and receive free access to The Legal Directory Online.

This year's edition includes listings for more than 1,500 law firms and 17,000 attorneys in Philadelphia and the surrounding Pennsylvania counties, Delaware and New Jersey, in addition to Bar Association contacts and committees; information on federal, state and county courts and government agencies; a judges index; alternative dispute resolution resources; and a special business-to-business section tailored to the legal community.

New for 2006, each copy of The Legal Directory includes complimentary access to The Legal Directory Online. So information will be only a few mouse clicks away and accessible wherever you go.

Over the coming weeks, new features will be available on The Legal Directory Online. You can still search for firms and attorneys; but you'll also have information on local courts and court rules, area bar associations and breaking legal news at your fingertips.
Click here to order The Legal Directory 2006 today!

Weekly Spotlight: Nationalities Service Center

For 85 years, Nationalities Service Center has been a community center in every sense, where tens of thousands of immigrants and refugees in the Delaware Valley come together to receive services that are essential for their new lives in the U.S. The mission of NSC is to help immigrants and refugees participate fully in American society. The NSC implements this mission by focusing on four main objectives: protecting legal rights; strengthening families and promoting self-sufficiency; eliminating barriers caused by language and cultural difference, and promoting public awareness of the benefits of diversity in American society.

NSC's legal department provides free and low-cost representation to individuals from all over the world. In 2005, NSC assisted more than 1,200 indigent and low-income immigrants from more than 75 different countries.

The legal matters handled included a wide variety of complex and challenging cases. These include victims of persecution and abuse seeking asylum or protection under the Convention Against Torture; victims of domestic violence seeking legal status and protection from their abusers; long-term permanent residents with strong family and community ties fighting government efforts to deport them; persons seeking legal status in order to stay or be reunited with family members; and other similarly compelling clients. NSC represents clients before the USCIS (former INS), the Department of State, the Immigration Courts and Asylum Office, the Board of Immigration Appeals and the Federal Courts. NSC's work includes representation of asylum seekers and others detained by the government while deportation proceedings (and any appeals) take place.

Nationalities Service Center welcomes the support of attorneys interested in providing pro bono representation of one of the many immigrants who come seeking help. Interested attorney should contact Nan Feyler, Executive Director at nfeyler@nationalitiesservice.org or call 215 893-8400.

Fundamentals of Family Law July 7

Fundamentals of Family Law is a full-day presentation filled with the information you need to know for a thorough foundation on family law. Our experienced faculty will highlight the topics you will encounter in your day-to-day practice. This 5 substantive/1 ethics credit hour program will be held in Philadelphia on Friday, July 7, at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Juniper Street entrance (between 13th and Broad streets, opposite City Hall), from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Registration begins at 8 a.m. For additional information, or to register, click here.

Upcoming CLE

The following courses are cosponsored by the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. All courses are at The CLE Conference Center in the Wanamaker Building, except as otherwise noted. Registration begins 30 minutes before course start time.

Thursday, July 6
Bridge the Gap
4 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Friday, July 7
Fundamentals of Family Law
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 12
Second Chances: Employment Issues Impacting People with Criminal Records
3 substantive CLE credits
12:30 to 3:45 p.m.

Thursday, July 13
ABCs of Liquor Law
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, July 18
Biotechnology in the Courts
3 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Wednesday, July 19
Civil Practice in Magisterial District Courts
3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Thursday, July 20
Adventures in Sarajevo: A Philadelphia Judge's Experience on the International Court
2 substantive CLE credits
12 to 2 p.m.

More information is available on the PBI Web site at www.pbi.org, on the page devoted to Philadelphia programs, by calling 1-800-247-4724, or by e-mailing info@pbi.org. Note: some events sell out; before walking in, call PBI to confirm that space is still available for the program that interests you.

Earn up to 4 credits on your computer, at your convenience, at PBI's Online Campus, at www.onlinecle.pbi.org. More than 300 classes are available, including nearly 50 one-hour ethics programs. 24/7 CLE.

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