Monday, July 14, 2008
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 9, No. 55
 

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.

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., 3rd 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.

Intellectual Property Issues in M&A Deals July 23

Joshua R. Slavitt and Michael K. Jones will discuss intellectual property issues in M&A deals at the Wednesday, July 23 meeting of the Mergers & Acquisitions Committee.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. at the offices of Fox Rothschild LLP, 2000 Market Street, 10th Floor. Lunch will be included at the meeting, courtesy of the Business Law Section. Please RSVP to Curtis L. Golkow at cgolkow@foxrothschild.com or 215-299-2747.

Health Care Law Committee on Form 990 Preparedness July 14

Cozen O'Connor's John Washlick will speak about the IRS's final updated version of Form 990, Return of Organizations Exempt from Income Tax, at the Health Care Law Committee's July 14 meeting.

The meeting begins at noon in the Philadelphia Bar Association's 11th Floor Conference Center. To register online for this meeting click here.

The new Form 990 affects tax exempt health care organizations with fiscal years beginning in 2008. It raises new questions regarding governance practices and imposes increased reporting obligations. If you are counsel for a tax exempt health care organization, it is essential that you plan to assess your organization's readiness to comply with these new reporting requirements now. This presentation will focus on requirements of Form 990 applicable to hospitals and health care systems, including the following topics:
• Community Benefit
• Best Governance Practices
• Compensation to Key Employees and other Disqualified Persons
• Joint Ventures
• Tax-Exempt Bond Compliance

USI Affinity Offers Long Term Care Insurance

Start shopping for long term care insurance at age 50. Why? Current costs of care today are at least $80,000 per year. In 25 years when most will be needing care, costs are expected to exceed $250,000 per year.

Now is the perfect time to consider long term care planning while you are healthy enough to qualify for coverage. The cost of Long Term Care insurance is based on your age and health when you apply, the younger and healthier you are, the more affordable you’re insurance will be.

Here are just a few quick facts about Long Term Care Insurance:

  • Pays for care needs at home as well as in assisted living and nursing homes.
  • Tax Qualified Long Term Care Policies purchased by sole proprietors, self employed individuals and/or their spouses, are eligible for substantial tax incentives that reduce your plans cost.
  • Shared benefit coverage for couples. You may access benefits individually or at same time. This shared personal benefit account remains available after one dies so that the survivor has the remaining benefits to use during their lifetime. In many cases the survivor will qualify for a paid up plan with no future premiums due.

If you have questions about how Long Term Care works and what the cost can be, please call Chuck Kindt, Long Term Care Senior Account Executive at USI Colburn Insurance Service. Chuck may be reached at 610-537-1387 or contact by e-mail chuck.kindt@usi.biz

Civil Rights Committee on Philadelphia's Housing Crisis July 15

Join the Civil Rights Committee Tuesday, July 15, 12:00 p.m., 11th Floor Conference Center Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., to hear several speakers discuss the Housing Crisis Facing Philadelphia's Homeowners and Tenants

Featured guests include:

  • Phil Lord
    Executive Director, Tenant Union Representative Network
    Discussing the city's suspension of the requirement that landlords document that there are no fire, health and safety violations in their residential properties being offered for rent.
  • Laura Weinbaum
    Director of Public Policy and Advocacy, Project H.O.M.E.
    Discussing the status of the city’s 10-year plan to end homelessness.
  • Pamela Kennebrew
    Housing Counselor, Philadelphia Unemployment Project
    Discussing the subprime mortgage foreclosure crisis and the First Judicial District's groundbreaking Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Pilot Program.

Register online for the event here.

Disaster Planning Committee on Corporate Emergency Access System July 31

The next meeting of the Disaster Planning Programs Committee, originally scheduled for 8:00 a.m. on July 23, 2008 has been rescheduled and will now take place on Thursday, July 31, 2008 at 8:00 a.m. in the 10th Floor Board Room at the Association offices, 1101 Market St.

The agenda includes a presentation by Liam O'Keefe, Assistant Managing Director of Emergency Management for the City of Philadelphia. Mr. O'Keefe will be discussing the program offered by Corporate Emergency Access System (CEAS), which is a pre-event credentialing program offered to businesses within the City of Philadelphia that authenticates critical business employees for access to restricted areas following a disaster or serious emergency using a secure identification card recognized by the police.

Because this is an issue that will effect virtually every law firm in the City should there be an emergency which limits access in certain geographic areas, we are inviting all interested members of the Association, as well as their IT personnel and office administrators to this meeting.

A complimentary breakfast will be served.

Seating is limited, so please respond to Dawn Burger at dburger@philabar.org to advise if you will be attending.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Open Source Software Licensing July 17

PBI's Open Source Software Licensing will assist in what you need to understand about key issues of litigation risks; open source audits; managing open source; product development; and the future of open source, in this advanced area of practice. This 4 (substantive) CLE credit hour program will be held on Thursday, July 17 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 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Check-in begins at 8:30 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 15
Simulcast - PLI - 9th Annual Private Equity Forum 2008 (Second of two days)
11 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Legal Writing for the 21st Century
2 substantive CLE credits
9 to 11 a.m.

Fundamentals of Estate Planning
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 16
Simulcast - The Basics of Employment Law
6 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Business Insurance
4 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 a.m.

Thursday, July 17
Open Source Software Licensing
4 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Friday, July 18
Theater Skills in the Courtroom
8 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Special Interests and the Government Process
2 substantive CLE credits
12 to 2 p.m.

Monday, July 21
Simulcast - PLI - Basics of Accounting & Finance: What Every Practicing Lawyer Needs to Know (First of two days)
11.5 substantive, .5 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Wednesday, July 23
Client Service and Marketing within Ethical Boundaries
1.5 CLE credits, 1.5 ethics CLE credits
12:15 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.

Friday, July 25
Paternity Cases
3 CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:45 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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