July 12, 2010
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 11, No. 54
 

Register for Bench-Bar and Annual Conference at Borgata

Registration is now open for the Bar Association's Bench-Bar and Annual Conference at the Borgata in Atlantic City, N.J. on Friday, Oct. 15 and Saturday, Oct. 16.

Fourteen CLE programs in a variety of practice areas are being planned for the Bench-Bar and Annual Conference. The CLE programs, in which attendees can earn up to eight hours of credit (including the opportunity to earn two ethics credits), will feature judges and some of the city's most well-known practitioners, who will use their expertise and experience to enlighten attendees.

A dramatic re-enactment commemorating the 275th anniversary of Andrew Hamilton's historic 1735 defense of printer John Peter Zenger will be offered for CLE credit as the opening program on Oct. 15. The case established the concept of freedom of the press and coined the term "Philadelphia lawyer."

A State of the Court Presentation will also be offered for CLE credit as the closing program on Saturday, Oct. 16. Vice Chancellor John E. Savoth and Board of Governors Vice Chair Regina M. Foley are co-chairs of the 2010 conference.

Full-conference admission is $349 for members and $399 for non-members, if reserved by the early bird deadline of Friday, Sept. 17. For members of the Young Lawyers Division and government and public interest attorneys, admission is only $199. Visit philadelphiabar.org for a complete registration form and pricing guide.

Hotel reservations must be made separately by calling the Borgata directly at 1-866-692-6742. Guests must reference the Philadelphia Bar Association to receive the special rate. Discounted rooms are available from Thursday, Oct. 14 through Saturday, Oct. 16. if booked by Friday, Sept. 17.

Bar Academy Suggestions Sought

The Philadelphia Bar Association Academy is seeking your suggestions for future programs. The Academy is a new civic and cultural education series for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association launched earlier this year by Chancellor Scott F. Cooper and chaired by Hon. A. Michael Snyder.

Academy programs enable members to connect with many of the city's most vibrant institutions through exclusive, behind-the-scenes access and business development opportunities. Programs so far have included a lunch with executives of the Philadelphia Union, the region's newest professional sports franchise; an inside look at Philadelphia's top-rated all-news station, KYW Newsradio 1060; and our upcoming program on June 30 featuring a taste and pastry kitchen tour of the city's premier fine-dining restaurant, Le Bec-Fin.

All programs are presented at a nominal cost to cover some portion of food, beverage, etc. To send program suggestions, please e-mail Tracey McCloskey at tmccloskey@philabar.org.

Chancellor Urges Family Court Building Project to Proceed Without Delay

In a statement issued July 7, Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor Scott F. Cooper urged that construction proceed immediately on the new Family Court building project. Citing that there is "presently no issue of justice more pressing to Philadelphians," he strongly disagreed with those who call for cessation of the project.

Each year, tens of thousands of people bring their family crises to the Court's Domestic Relations Division. Cooper said that the Division cannot continue to adequately serve the needs of Philadelphians in its current condition and location.

"If we lose the hard-earned momentum now, the future of this critical project is very much in doubt," Cooper said. "Time is not on our side."

Continuing, the Chancellor pointed out that "as an association of nearly 13,000 lawyers, we believe in a full and fair process concerning the funding of this project. But, on behalf of the citizens of this city, we cannot delay the building of a Family Court any longer."

"Our system of justice requires that a full and fair inquiry be made into the funding and that all sides are heard. That may not happen as fast as some would like. But until it is completed, and unless there are explicit findings of wrongdoing, Chief Justice Castille should keep his position and the project should move forward," Cooper said.

"We do not know where the facts will ultimately land," Cooper added. "But what we know for certain is that bringing a newly constructed, desperately needed Family Court building to 15th and Arch streets is critical to the citizens of Philadelphia. Indeed, our institutions of justice require it. Family members should not have to cower in fear that the person who domestically abused them may sit across the waiting room because the current court has insufficient space."

For seven years, the Philadelphia Bar Association has closely examined the need for a unified Family Court building.

In 2003, the Association's Board of Governors unanimously adopted a resolution aimed at improving the delivery of justice in the Domestic Relations Division of Family Court.

The resolution expressed support for increased public accountability about funding and resources allocation in the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania. It also supported increased funding, personnel and resources; the provision of assistance and information for pro se litigants; improved facilities, security, scheduling and timeliness; and the fulfillment of the constitutional mandate of open court.

Since that time, the Association, through its Family Law Section, has worked continuously with Court leadership to advance the effort. An Ad Hoc Family Law Construction Committee of the Association featuring numerous stakeholders - including representatives from the courts, the District Attorney's Office, the private bar, court reform advocates, architects and others - was established in early 2009 to create a blueprint to help advance and ensure the ultimate success of the project.

"The Philadelphia Bar Association remains dedicated to moving this effort decisively and deliberately forward," Cooper said. "This new facility must be up, running and serving Philadelphia families. We will keep pressing to make it happen.".

Family Law Section to Learn of VIP Study July 12

Sara Woods, executive director of Philadelphia VIP, will give a brief presentation regarding VIP's partnership with Harvard Law School to conduct a three- to four-year study evaluating the impact of pro bono services in divorce cases in Philadelphia County at the Monday, July 12 meeting of the Family Law Section.

Mark Momjian of Momjian Anderer, LLC will also give a brief presentation on "Same-Sex Marriages, Civil Unions, and Domestic Partnerships: New Jurisdictional Challenges for Pennsylvania."

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center at Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8. Click here to register.

Leadership Skills for Small Firms July 15

Susan Letterman White of Letterman White Consulting will discuss "Leading Your Solo and Small Firm: Leadership Skills to Advance Your Business or Your Career" at the Thursday, July 15 meeting of the Law Practice Management Committee.

Growing your business or advancing your career requires a strategic plan and set of skills that will help you to differentiate your legal services or products from those of everyone else. The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8. Click here to register.

Public Interest Reception July 22

The law firm of Duffy + Partners and the Public Interest Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association will host the annual Public Interest Reception on Thursday, July 22, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the offices of Duffy + Partners, One Liberty Place, 1650 Market St., 55th Floor.

The event celebrates the accomplishments of law students working in public service. Please RSVP by Monday, July 12, by visiting reception2010.eventbrite.com. Please direct any questions to Maureen Olives at (215) 204-3705 or via e-mail at molives@temple.edu.

Bar Night at the Phillies Rescheduled to Sept. 6

Due to a rainout on June 9, Bar Association Night at the Phillies has been rescheduled to Monday, Sept. 6 at 1:05 p.m. against the Florida Marlins.

Fans with tickets to the June 9 game should use those tickets for the 1:05 p.m. game. Please note that Monday, Sept. 6 is a day-night doubleheader. Your tickets are good for the 1:05 p.m. game only.

Legal Directory Unveils Optimized Site for Mobile Devices

Purchase The 2010 Legal Directory and you'll receive access to mobile.thelegaldirectory.org, the new way to view The Legal Directory on your mobile device.

Order The Legal Directory 2010 today to start taking advantage of this indispensable multi-platform legal resource. With this package, you'll also receive access to the online directory and the print directory.

Using a laptop or desktop? The Legal Directory 2010's website (thelegaldirectory.org) is a fast, convenient way to not only find attorneys and firms, but to update your own information all year long.

Our new mobile feature, tailored for use on your BlackBerry, lets you access The Legal Directory 2010's lawyer and law firm listings wherever there's an Internet connection. It's interactive: select a phone number and your device will call it; tap an e-mail address, and your device will generate an e-mail screen.

The print version of The Legal Directory 2010 lets you access all the information you need and rely on: find judges, complete with addresses and phone numbers, look up government agencies or corporate counsel and find alternative dispute resolution options - it's all there in one volume.

All three resources offer revamped Areas of Concentration (AOC). This code at the end of a listing tells you an attorney's specialty. Organized by category, the new, enhanced list more closely reflects the current legal environment, helping you find the exact attorney and area of expertise you need. Every lawyer listing comes with a free AOC.

You can buy The Legal Directory 2010 three ways: visit thelegaldirectory.org to place your order online; e-mail legaldirectory@mediatwo.com to request an order form; or call 443-909-7843 to request an order form.

The cost for all three platforms is just $79.95 (plus shipping and sales tax).

PBI Offers Breaking Down the Basics Seminars

The Pennsylvania Bar Institute's new Breaking Down the Basics series is designed for the new attorney, or the attorney who has recently changed practice areas, started his/her own firm or expanded into new areas in a general practice.

These programs will provide you with practical nuts-and-bolts information and lots of sample documents, forms and checklists.

Each seminar is two hours over lunch and you can register for as many as you like, or just one. If you sign up for all five seminars, you will receive a substantial discount! The ethics seminar, being held on Tuesday, July 27, will provide you with two ethics credits, allowing you to earn your credit for this year and carry an ethics credit over to next year.

Click here for more information.

Public Interest Programs Scheduled

The AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania, in conjunction with Secret Cinema and Qfest, will offer a screening on Friday, July 16 of "Madame X" (1966) starring Lana Turner, John Forsythe, Ricardo Montalban, Burgess Meredith, and Keir Dullea. The event starts at 6 p.m. with beer, wine and hors d'oeuvres (included in ticket price). The movie begins at 7:30 p.m. This fundraising event will be held at Digitas Health, 11th floor of the Wanamaker Building (100 Penn Square East) in Philadelphia, just east of City Hall. Tickets are $20 per person (minimum donation). For sponsorship information or to order tickets, visit www.aidslawpa.org.

Controversy in Courts Collection at Free Library

The Rare Book Department at the Free Library's Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St., is currently hosting "Controversy in the Courts: Regicide, Rebels, and Regal Indiscretion," an exhibition of books, pamphlets and illustrations related to the trials of King Charles I, William Penn, Daniel O'Connell and Queen Caroline from the Hampton L. Carson Collection Illustrative of the Growth of the Common Law.

The exhibition runs through July 30 and may be viewed from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Tours of the Department are offered on weekdays at 11 a.m.

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.

Monday, July 12
Bridge the Gap
4 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Simulcast - Privacy and Security Law 2010: The Top Ten Issues
3 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Monday and Tuesday, July 12 and 13
PLI - 11th Annual Private Equity Forum
8 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
Monday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Tuesday, July 13
Wills vs. Trusts: A Primer on the Right Tool for Your Clients
4 ethics CLE credits
12:15 to 4 p.m.

Due Process Hearings Skills
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 14
Understanding Patent Law 2010
6 substantive CLE credits

Simulcast - Boating Law and Liability
4 substantive CLE credits
12 to 4:15 p.m.

Workplace Investigations of Sexual Harassment Claims
2 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
12:30 to 3:45 p.m.

Thursday, July 15
23rd Annual Civil Litigation Update
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Drafting and Negotiating Construction and Design Contracts: Meeting the Challenges of Sustainable Development 2010
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Friday, July 16
PLI - Fundamentals of Investment Adviser Regulation 2010
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Essentials of Chapter 13 Practice
4 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Monday, July 19
Understanding Copyright Law 2010
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

*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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