Monday, July 21, 2008
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 9, No. 56
 

Court of Common Pleas E-Filing Begins Aug. 4

Effective Aug. 4, 2008, litigants in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Civil Division, will be permitted to file documents electronically. Commonly known as "e-filing," the program is optional until Jan. 5, 2009, at which time all filings must be made in electronic form.

The new civil e-filing system is modeled after the successful program that has operated in Orphans' Court since Jan. 1, 2005, and may be accessed through the First Judicial District's Web site at courts.phila.gov. The court welcomes input from the bar, and requests that comments and suggestions be sent to cefs@courts.phila.gov.

To access the e-filing process, counsel and pro se parties must electronically apply for a user name and password. After registering, users will log on to the court's Web site with their user names and passwords, and the filing process begins. "The process is as simple as attaching a document to email," said attorney Daniel J. Siegel, a member of the court's E-Filing Planning Committee.

Once a document is filed, it will be integrated into the court's case management and document management systems. The court will immediately serve notice to all counsel that a document has been e-filed. Counsel can then review the document online and save it on their own computers or servers. The only documents that the court will not serve are initial process such as complaints and writs of summons, which must still be personally served according to the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure. The court also will issue and serve other court notices and orders electronically.

Proxy Contests – Hot Topics and Trends CLE Today

The Business Organizations Committee of the Business Law Section will sponsor the lunchtime CLE seminar "Proxy Contests – Hot Topics and Trends" today (Monday, July 21).

Listen to Mark H. Harnett, a leading participant and expert in the proxy contest and M&A fields, discuss highlights of the 2008 proxy season.

The program begins at 12:30 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Registration and lunch begin 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. If you wish to register in advance please visit pbi.org or call PBI Customer Service at 1-800-932-4637. Lunch is available for $8.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here to purchase lunch for this program.

Client Service and Marketing Ethics CLE July 23

Ellen Freedman, Law Practice Management coordinator for the Pennsylvania Bar Association, will present the CLE program "Client Service and Marketing within Ethical Boundaries" on Wednesday, July 23.

The program has been approved for 1.5 ethics CLE credits. Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay a fee of $40 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years, and $35.00 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. If you wish to register in advance please visit pbi.org or call PBI Customer Service at 1-800-932-4637.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch will be available for $7.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here to purchase lunch for this program.

Merit Rules Changes, Voire Dire Discussion July 23

Jerrold P. Anders and Rhonda Hill Wilson will be the guest speakers at the Wednesday, July 23 meeting of the Medical Legal Committee.

Anders will be discuss the recent changes to the certificate of merit rule and Wilson will discuss recent case law regarding voire dire in medical malpractice cases. 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.

Improving Standards for Court-Appointed Counsel July 23

Samuel C. Stretton will discuss improving standards for court-appointed counsel by improving pay for court-appointed attorneys at the Wednesday, July 23 meeting of the Legal Rights of Children Committee.

The meeting begins at 3:30 p.m. in the 11th Floor Committee Room South of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St.

Intellectual Property Issues in M&A Deals July 23

Michael K. Jones and Joshua R. Slavitt 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 St., 10th Floor. Lunch will be included at the meeting, courtesy of the Business Law Section.

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 & Rhoads, 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.

Pa. Capital Representation Project Reception July 24

The Pennsylvania Capital Representation Project will hold a cocktail reception in honor of Robert Dunham's 50th birthday and to honor with him the law firms and lawyers who have given their time and skill to pursue justice on behalf of Pennsylvania's capital defendants on Thursday, July 24.

The celebration begins at 6 p.m. at the Comisky Conference Center at the offices of Blank Rome LLP, 1 Logan Square.

Donations beginning at $50 will be accepted. For more information, contact event coordinator Kitty Hailey 215-928-0520 ext 7555

Everyday Public Relations for Lawyers July 24

Gina Furia Rubel of Furia Rubel Communications, Inc. will present "Everyday Public Relations for Lawyers: The No-Nonsense Strategic Approach to Getting Noticed" at the Thursday, July 24 meeting of the Solo and Small Firm Committee.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center 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.

Paternity Cases CLE July 25

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Robert J. Matthews is among the panelists for the CLE program "Paternity Cases" on Friday, July 25.

Other panelists include Joan Esmonde, James A. Rocco III and Julia Swain.
This program will address the various legal grounds by which paternity may be established in Pennsylvania and discusses paternity practice variations in different jurisdictions around the Commonwealth.

The program begins at 9 a.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the Wanamaker Building. Click here to register for this program.

Women Bar Leaders to Speak July 29

Three leaders of the Bar will answer questions about Bar membership and community involvement at the Tuesday, July 29 meeting of the Women in the Profession Committee will hold a program.

Panelists include Chancellor Elect Sayde J. Ladov, former Chancellor Audrey C. Talley and Amy Ginensky, president-elect of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation.

The program 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.

JACS Training CLE Program July 29

The Criminal Justice Section will present the CLE program "JACS Training: How to Find Everything You Need to Know on the Juvenile Automated Computer System" on Tuesday, July 29.

Panelists include James E. Sharp and Renee D. Roman. The course planner is Donna Woelpper. The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St.

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. Visit pbi.org or call PBI Customer Service at 1-800-932-4637 to register. Lunch is available for $7.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here to purchase lunch for this program.

Corporate Emergency Access System July 31

The next meeting of the Disaster Planning Programs Committee will be held Thursday, July 31 at 8 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.

Commonwealth Court Procedures CLE Aug. 1

Michael F. Krimmel, Chief Clerk of Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, will present the CLE program "Proceeding in the Commonwealth Court: Policies, Procedures and Practices" on Friday, Aug. 1.

This lunchtime CLE program is sponsored by the Workers' Compensation Section. 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. Visit pbi.org or call PBI Customer Service at 1-800-932-4637 to register.

Lunch is available for $7.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Using the Internet for Legal Research

Join PBI to discover online, real-time, practical legal research strategies using the Internet with Leigh C. Webber, one of nation’s leading experts in law office automation. This 6 (5 substantive/1 ethics) CLE credit hour program will be held on Thursday, July 24, 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 4:30 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.

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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