July 19, 2010
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 11, No. 56
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Andrew Hamilton delivers his summation in the trial of John Peter Zenger in this painting by David C. Lithgow. (Reproduced with the permission of The Historical Society of the Courts of the State of New York and its website, www.nycourts.gov/history. Any other use of this material is strictly prohibited.)

Zenger Trial Reenactment
Kicks Off Bench-Bar Conference

A dramatic reenactment 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 of the Bar Association's 2010 Bench-Bar and Annual Conference beginning on Oct. 15. The case established the concept of freedom of the press and coined the term "Philadelphia lawyer."...READ MORE
 

Register for Bench-Bar and Annual Conference at Borgata

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 of the Bar Association's 2010 Bench-Bar and Annual Conference beginning on Oct. 15. The case established the concept of freedom of the press and coined the term "Philadelphia lawyer."

Registration is now open for the 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 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.

Sponsors for the Bench-Bar and Annual Conference include Iron Mountain and Kaplan Leaman and Wolfe Court Reporters. For more information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Michael Petitti at (215) 238-6342.

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 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.

Workers' Comp CLE July 21

Course participants will gain insight into the value of head, neck and facial disfigurement claims at a Wednesday, July 21 lunchtime CLE presented by the Workers' Compensation Section.

Panelists for the program include Christian A. Davis and Aaron S. Friedmann. Burden of proof and important objective and subjection factors of case evaluation will be addressed. Award review by the Appeal Board and case value comparisons demonstrating the difference in awards will be shared. The benefits and pitfalls in specific loss claims will also be addressed. Our presenters will explain when counsel for either side would prefer specific loss benefits vs. TTD benefits for their clients. Learn the nuances of loss of use for all practical intents and purposes and how to prove a specific loss. Recent law on when is a specific loss payable will also be addressed.

The program begins at 12:30 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch begins at 12 p.m.

The program has been approved for 1 substantive CLE credit. Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay a fee of $25 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years, and $20 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. Click here to register for CLE credit. Interested parties not seeking CLE credit may attend and purchase lunch for the fee of $8. Click here to register for lunch.

Discussion on Eliminating Income Gap July 27

Veta Richardson, executive director of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, and Roberta Liebenberg, chair of the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, will discuss steps that must be taken to eliminate the significant income gap between male and female partners at the Tuesday, July 27 meeting of the Women in the Profession Committee.

The program is co-sponsored by the Young Lawyers Division and the Minorities in the Profession Committee. The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for those members who register in advance. Click here to register.

Honorary Romanian Consul General July 29

George P. Sfedu, Honorary Consul General of Romania in Philadelphia who works for Pennsylvania International Company, SRL, a Romanian company in the chemical industry, will give a presentation on the functions of his office, his real life experience in global trade and how he helps Romanian companies in the region at the Thursday, July 29 meeting of the International Business Initiative Committee.

The meeting 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.

PBI Offers Breaking Down the Basics Seminars July 27

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.

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.

New Mobile Application Drives Legal Directory Sales

Legal Directory buyers are finding that a new-for-2010 mobile application, tailored for your BlackBerry, is making information easier and faster to find.

The quick-search for lawyers and law firms and the click-and-call or click-and-e-mail features are terrifically useful. This is a great tool
to make attorneys and support staff more productive.

The Directory database includes the most up-to-date listings of 19,000+ Philadelphia-area lawyers and law firms. Every purchase comes with three components: the online Directory, mobile access and the print directory, which is jammed with useful information like court rules, lists of government agency lawyers, judges' phone numbers and more.

Copies are going fast and will soon be sold out. The next edition will not be published until Spring 2011. You can buy The Legal Directory three ways: click here to 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.

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.

Damages and Indemnities in Commercial Contracts

Understanding Damages and Indemnities in Commercial Contracts is a new seminar that begins at breach of contract, and explores the differences between the types of damages, the impact each may have on the ability to recover from a breach, and when it would be appropriate to limit the types of damages that may be sought. This 3 substantive CLE credit hour program will be held Wednesday, July 21, 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 12:15 p.m.; check-in begins 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.

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

Tuesday, July 20
Four County Civil Practice
4 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Understanding Trademark Law
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Wednesday, July 21
Simulcast - Understanding Easements in Pennsylvania
4 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Understanding Damages and Indemnities in Commercial Contracts
3 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Thursday, July 22
Ohlbaum on Evidence Advocacy: Using the Rules of Evidence to Persuade
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Friday, July 23
Simulcast - Have Guns - Will Litigate: The Law of Guns in PA
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Monday, July 26
Legal Writing Techniques for Winning Arguments
6 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 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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