Monday, July 7, 2008
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 9, No. 54
 

Sandra Day O'Connor Award Nominees Sought

The Women in the Profession Committee is seeking nominations for the 2008 Sandra Day O'Connor Award. Deadline for nominations is Thursday, July 31.

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 October Quarterly Meeting.

The committee established the award in 1993 to recognize the important contributions that women attorneys in Philadelphia have made to the legal profession.

That year, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor presented the first award to U.S. District Court Senior Judge Norma L. Shapiro. The award has since been presented to the late Juanita Kidd Stout, former justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court; Deborah R. Willig, first woman Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association; Professor Marina Angel, of the Temple University Beasley School of Law faculty; Third Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Dolores K. Sloviter (former Chief Judge); U.S. District Court Judge Anita B. Brody; Leslie Anne Miller, first woman president of the Pennsylvania Bar Association; Lila G. Roomberg of Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP; the late Judge Judith J. Jamison; Ellen T. Greenlee, chief defender of the Defender Association of Philadelphia; former Chancellor Audrey C. Talley; U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Marjorie O. Rendell; Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge Phyllis W. Beck; Roberta D. Pichini and Lynn A. Marks.

Click here to download a nomination form.

Trusts and Custodial Accounts in Divorce, Support Actions

Michael E. Fingerman and Christina Alt will discuss trusts and custodial accounts and their impact on divorce and support actions at the Monday, July 7 meeting of the Family Law Section.

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.

Joint Diversity Happy Hour July 9 at Vango

The Young Lawyers Division and the Minorities in the Profession Committee will host the 2nd Joint Diversity Happy Hour on Wednesday, July 9 at 6 p.m. upstairs at Vango, 116 S. 18th St.

The event is also hosted by the Barristers' Association of Philadelphia, the South Asian Bar Association, the Asian American Bar Association of the Delaware Valley, the Hispanic Bar Association and Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia. The event is sponsored by Kaplan, Leaman and Wolfe Court Reporters.

Drink specials, complimentary appetizers and a DJ will also be featured. The first 200 people to RSVP will receive two complimentary drink tickets. Click here to RSVP online.

Proposed Assisted Living Regulations July 9

Ray Landis, advocacy manager in the Pennsylvania AARP Office, will discuss Pennsylvania's new proposed assisted living regulations at the Wednesday, July 9 meeting of the Elder Law Committee.

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.

Riders Sought for ACS Bike-a-Thon July 13

Team Philadelphia Bar Association will saddle up again this year and take part in the 36th Annual American Cancer Society Bike-a-Thon on Sunday, July 13.

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.

Attorneys Needed to Help Homeowners Facing Foreclosure

Pro bono attorneys are needed to help low-income homeowners facing foreclosure in a new pilot program requiring conciliation conferences.

Through the Residential Mortgage Foreclosures Diversion Pilot Program, instituted in April by Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas President Judge C. Darnell Jones II and Judge Annette M. Rizzo, hundreds of homeowners will be offered free housing counseling in advance of this conciliation conference and an opportunity to negotiate to save their homes.

This diversion program has garnered national attention but will need the involvement of pro bono attorneys to help clients work out an affordable loan modification or payment arrangement.

Volunteer attorneys should expect to spend one morning or afternoon per month to attend conciliation conferences for several clients in one day. (After the first several months, the court’s backlog from the postponed April and May sheriff sales will be reduced and should ease the time commitment.) This volunteer work requires only attending the conciliation conference and making some pre-conference calls to client and opposing counsel. Training will make volunteers aware of when further litigation should be pursued by another attorney.

Due to the tremendous response, a second training will be held on Monday, July 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at PNC Bank, 1600 Market St., 28th floor Center Hall, and will include Judge Rizzo as well as borrowers' and lenders' attorneys. Attorneys will receive two hours of free substantive CLE credit if they attend two complete morning or afternoon conciliation sessions. Breakfast will be provided through the joint support of the Business Law and Real Property Sections of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

Please RSVP your attendance at the training, including your contact information, to Philadelphia VIP at phillyvip@phillyvip.org or call 215-523-9550. For more information, contact Stefanie F. Seldin at 215-523-9564 or sfseldin@phillyvip.org.

Reception, Dinner, Auction Follow Golf Classic July 15

Tickets are available for the reception, dinner and silent auction immediately following the 20th Annual Philadelphia Bar Foundation Golf Classic on Tuesday, July 15.

Tickets are $75 for the event at The ACE Club, 800 Ridge Pike, Lafayette Hill, Pa. Click here to purchase tickets online.

Judges Savage, Golden on Rule 16 Conferences July 16

U.S. District Court Judges Timothy J. Savage and Thomas M. Golden will discuss attorneys' preparation for and participation in Rule 16 conferences at the Wednesday, July 16 meeting of the Federal Courts Committee.

The meeting 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 RSVP for this program.

3 Steps to an LPM Vendor/Consultant Referral

It only takes three steps for Bar members to receive a Law Practice Management Division Vendor/Consultant referral.

If you need help choosing and implementing new billing software, finding a bookkeeper, marketing your firm, developing a firm Web site or handling human resources issues, we have the consultants to assist you.

First, members should call the LPM hotline at 215-238-6314. Members can then discuss with a Program Counselor the type of assistance that is needed.

Then members receive a referral. A referral through this program entitles Bar members to a free, one-hour consultation with the selected vendor/consultant. Subsequent services may be negotiated between the member and vendor/consultant directly.

For more information, visit the Law Practice Management Division on the Bar Association Web site by clicking here.

Bar Night at the Phillies Aug. 5

Join your colleagues and friends at Bar Association Night at the Phillies on Tuesday, Aug. 5 as the Phils take on the Florida Marlins at Citizens Bank Park at 7:05 p.m. Tickets are $38 and can be ordered by clicking here.

Seating (subject to availability) with fellow Philadelphia Bar Association supporters will be located on the Field Level Baseline (Sections 108 & 109). There is a special $2 discount off the cost of these tickets.

To order your tickets for this special event, click here and enter the promotion code BAR.

Bench-Bar Annual Conference Registration Open

Registration is now open for the Association's 2008 Bench-Bar and Annual Conference on Sept. 19-21 at Bally's Atlantic City.

This year's conference is expected to bring together more than 500 lawyers and judges from the Philadelphia area for three days of CLE programming that lets practitioners and the judiciary share ideas and best practices. The theme of this year's conference is "The Sound of Philadelphia."

Registration for the full three days of the conference is $549 for those members who register by Aug. 15. That rate includes all meals and CLE. For public interest attorneys, government attorneys and members of the Young Lawyers Division who register by Aug. 15, the full conference registration fee is $399. Other one-day and two-day registration packages are available. For those prices, visit philadelphiabar.org.

Bally's Atlantic City offers a world-class spa, salon, fitness center and 18 restaurants to meet every craving. Experience the Old West at Bally's Wild Wild West Casino with nearly 74,000 feet of gaming accessible via a short walkway connected to Bally's.

Bally's is now accepting hotel reservations for attendees. Book early for the best rates: rooms on Thursday, Sept. 18 are $99; rooms Friday, Sept. 19 are $144, and Saturday, Sept. 20 rooms range from $189 to $209. A limited number of rooms are available for the $189 rate on Saturday night. Call 1-800-345-7253 for reservations and mention you are attending the Philadelphia Bar Association Bench-Bar Conference to get these special room rates.

Senior Lawyers, YLD Team Up for Mentoring

Young attorneys will once again have the opportunity to gain valuable insights from senior practitioners under the Young Lawyers Division's Attorney Mentoring Program.

More than 20 senior lawyers have agreed to serve as mentors to members of the Young Lawyers Division. These distinguished lawyers come from diverse backgrounds and include solo practitioners, attorneys from large firms and attorneys who have been in government service.

If you are interested in being matched with a mentor through this program, please contact Michael B. Hayes at mhayes@mmwr.com.

Legislative Action Center Launched

Philadelphia Bar Association members now have the opportunity to let their voices be heard in Harrisburg through the Legislative Action Center on the Association's Web site. In just three easy steps, members can contact their legislators to express their views regarding issues on which the Association has taken a stand.

First, a member will be asked to enter his or her name, address, telephone number and e-mail address. The Web site automatically finds the appropriate state House and Senate members based on the address entered.

Second, when the member clicks on "edit," model letters will appear, already addressed to House and Senate members. At this point, a member will be able to personalize each letter.

Finally, the member will be provided the option of either printing out the letters to mail to legislators or to e-mail the letters directly to the legislators' offices.

With the debut of the Legislative Action Center, members will be able to contact their legislators to urge the General Assembly to enact Gov. Edward G. Rendell's education funding formula designed to provide all school districts with adequate resources within the next six years to meet state proficiency standards in accordance with the Costing-Out Study commissioned by the General Assembly.

Association Chancellor A. Michael Pratt stated in his letter of June 3, 2008, to leaders of the General Assembly and members of the Philadelphia legislative delegation, "As citizens and business persons, we know that an adequate education system throughout the state - in rural areas, suburbs, small cities and big cities - is vital to the economic health of every community and to the state as a whole."

Take a stand on this vital issue. Contact your legislators today through the Philadelphia Bar Association's Legislative Action Center!

Public Interest Reception July 24

The Public Interest Section will celebrate the work of its summer public interest interns and the agencies that sponsor them on Thursday, July 24, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the offices of Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhodes, LLP, 123 S. Broad St. The Law School Outreach Committee and the Public Interest Section are most grateful to Montgomery McCracken for generously sponsoring this event.

Order The Legal Directory 2008 Now

The Legal Directory 2008 and The Legal Directory Online are now available. We've added hundreds of new attorneys, making this edition the most comprehensive ever produced.

As in past years, each copy of The Legal Directory 2008 comes with a free subscription to The Legal Directory Online. Online listings for both attorneys and law firms are updated year-round, making this an ever-changing, useful resource. The Legal Directory Online also features links to court rules, area bar associations and more. All are only a mouse-click away.

The printed edition of The Legal Directory 2008 includes the indispensable information you've come to rely upon - Bar Association bylaws, contacts and committees; information on federal, state and county courts, and government agencies; a section devoted to law-related organizations, organizations and nonprofits serving Greater Philadelphia; the judges' index; corporate counsel listings; and a special business-to-business section tailored to the legal community. You'll have at your fingertips more than 18,000 attorney listings and nearly 1,700 law firm listings.

If you've ordered your copy, it will soon arrive; if not, place your order now for this essential resource - and receive free access to The Legal Directory Online. Order today at www.thelegaldirectory.org.

Lawyer's Guide to Diagnostic Testing July 10

A Lawyer's Guide to Diagnostic Testing starts off with a basic anatomy primer and then heads directly to the med lab, where the testing, and your personal understanding, begin. This 6 substantive CLE credit hour program will be held Thursday, July 10, 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 3:45 p.m. Check-in 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.

Tuesday, July 8
Changing Law Firms - Ethical Guidance for Law Firms & Attorneys
3 ethics CLE credits
8:30 to 11:45 a.m.

Wednesday, July 9
Basics of Special Education Law for Parents and New Attorneys
5 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

21st Annual Civil Litigation Update
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Thursday, July 10
A Lawyer's Guide to Diagnostic Testing: Everything You Wanted to Know but Were Afraid to Ask
6 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Monday, July 14
Simulcast - PLI - 9th Annual Private Equity Forum 2008 (First of two days)
11 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

More information is available at 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 as many as 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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