Monday, July 10, 2006
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 7, No. 47

Bench-Bar Conference Returns
to Atlantic City in September

The Association's 2006 Bench-Bar Conference offers a weekend of top-quality programs and camaraderie, with as many as seven CLE credits available to attendees at the Atlantic City event. The theme of the 2006 Bench-Bar Conference is a salute to the movies. "The Greatest Show on Earth" will be held at The Tropicana Resort and Casino on Sept. 29 and 30...READ MORE
 

Bench-Bar Conference Sept. 29 and 30

The Association's 2006 Bench-Bar Conference offers a weekend of top-quality programs and camaraderie, with as many as seven CLE credits available to attendees at the Sept. 29-30 event in Atlantic City.

The theme of the 2006 Bench-Bar Conference is a salute to the movies. "The Greatest Show on Earth" will be held at The Tropicana Resort and Casino, the site of the successful 2005 event.

Attendees have 17 different programs to choose from, offering up to 7 CLE credits.
The Bench-Bar Conference brings together the Philadelphia legal community for continuing legal education seminars and provides an opportunity to foster the working environment between local judges and attorneys. The 2006 Bench-Bar Conference is chaired by Ronald A. Kovler and Laura A. Click here to register online.

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 servicesand 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.

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.

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.

Notice to Philadelphia Bar Association Members of Bylaw Amendments

Pursuant to Section 1100 of the Philadelphia Bar Association bylaws, notice is hereby given to all members of the Philadelphia Bar Association that the following amendments to the bylaws of the Philadelphia Bar Association were considered at the June 29, 2006 Board of Governors meeting and was approved for submission to the members at the October Quarterly Meeting to take place on Monday, October 30, 2006 at Noon at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue.
Click here to see the proposed amendments.

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.

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.

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.

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!

89 Firms Raise $1.36 Million for Legal Services

Eighty-nine 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 firms to join the effort are Harkins Cunningham LLP and the Law Offices of Paul J. Giordano.

The 89 law firms, representing more than 4,300 attorneys, have pledged $1,369,770. 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.

U.S. Supreme Court Roundup Luncheon July 10

The Federalist Society for Law & Public Policy Studies presents a United States Supreme Court Roundup Luncheon with Paul D. Clement, Solicitor General of the United States.

The luncheon is scheduled for noon on July 10, at The Union League of Philadelphia, Broad and Sansom Streets. Preregistration is required for this luncheon.
Seating is limited.
Program begins promptly at 12:00 noon.
Cost: $50.00 per person.
A table for eight may be reserved for $400.
Continuing Legal Education credit is available at no additional charge.
This program is approved in Pennsylvania for 1 hour of substantive CLE credit.
A limited number of on-site registrations are available. Call Mary Miller at (215) 981-4236 for more information.

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.

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.

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: Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts

Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts is a nonprofit nonpartisan organization committed to improving Pennsylvania's judicial system in order to achieve better courts for all Pennsylvanians. PMC is the only organization in Pennsylvania dedicated solely to helping citizens better understand, and have positive experiences within, the court system. PMC's work focuses on four major areas:

Providing information to citizens about their roles as jurors and litigants;
Improving the jury system to encourage and enhance jury service;
Combating racial and gender bias in the courts; and
Advocating a change in the way judges are selected in Pennsylvania.

PMC educates the public about the judicial branch, its impact on everyday life and the need to ensure the existence of impartial and independent courts. Through the publication of Guides and through direct telephone and electronic consultations, we help litigants, particularly pro se litigants, better understand and navigate the courts. PMC also works to achieve expanded interpreter services and other measures to make courts more accessible for all who use them.

PMC encourages citizens to fulfill the invaluable civic duty of jury service. This goal is highlighted in the annual Juror Appreciation Day we coordinate with the First Judicial District, as well as in our public education campaign to increase the numbers and diversity of citizens serving on juries.

PMC also works to transform the judicial selection processes - for Philadelphia trial courts and appellate courts - from costly, partisan elections to merit selection systems. We believe that merit selection is preferable because it eliminates the fund-raising that tars judicial contests and diminishes the public's confidence in the availability of fair and impartial judges; ensures that only the most qualified candidates, based on experience, temperament, and reputation will reach the bench; values diversity among those involved in the selection process and those who reach the bench; and maintains a role for the public through the use of retention elections. For more information call PMC at (215) 569-1150 or visit www.pmconline.org.

Adventures in Sarajevo July 20

As part of PBI's Public Policy Series, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Carolyn Engel Temen will offer her insights after having recently returned from serving as a judge on Court of Bosna and Herzegovina. This 2 substantive credit hour program will be held in Philadelphia on Thursday, July 20, 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 12 to 2 p.m. Registration and lunch begin at 11:15 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.

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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