Monday, July 24, 2006
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 7, No. 51

Scholarships Available for 2006
Bench-Bar Conference at Trop

The 2006 Annual Bench-Bar Conference, "The Greatest Show On Earth," affords attorneys and judges the opportunity to join together to foster a strong working relationship while also addessing issues of importance to the Philadelphia legal community. For your donation of $500, a Philadelphia Bar Association member who is an attorney for a governmental or public service agency will have the opportunity to attend the conference free of charge. Your generous donation will pay for one night's stay at The Tropicana, conference fees and CLE credit costs....READ MORE
 

Bench-Bar Conference Scholarships Available

The 2006 Annual Bench-Bar Conference, "The Greatest Show On Earth," affords attorneys and judges the opportunity to join together to foster a strong working relationship while also addessing issues of importance to the Philadelphia legal community.

For your donation of $500, a Philadelphia Bar Association member who is an attorney for a governmental or public service agency will have the opportunity to attend the conference free of charge. Your generous donation will pay for one night's stay at The Tropicana, conference fees and CLE credit costs.

The goal is to offer 50 scholarships to these groups with allocation through a lottery. Benefactors will be recognized in conference materials and in Philadelphia Bar Association publications. To donate a scholarship, please contact Conference Co-Chair Laura Feldman at 215-546-2604.

Scholarship winners will be drawn and announced on Wednesday, Sept. 6 during a reception beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St., in the 11th Floor Conference Center. To enter the lottery, please submit your name and organization to Areetha Carter at acarter@philabar.org by Thursday, Aug. 31.

101 Firms Raise $1.4 Million for Legal Services

One-hundred one firms have pledged more than $1.4 million in support of Chancellor Alan M. Feldman's Raising the Bar Campaign to support legal services. The latest firm to join the effort is the Law Office of Howard M. Soloman, PC.

The 101 law firms, representing more than 4,400 attorneys, have pledged $1,411,670. 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 $500. 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.

Appellate Procedures CLE Program July 25

The Criminal Justice Section will sponsor the lunchtime CLE seminar "Appellate Procedures: Everything the Criminal Practitioner Needs to Know" on Tuesday, July 25. The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St.

This seminar will cover legal issues following conviction in the Court of Common Pleas on appeal to the Pennsylvania Superior Court, including how to properly preserve issues in the trial court for appellate review.

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. To register in advance, call PBI Customer Service at 1-800-932-4637.

Lunch will be available for an additional fee of $7.50 per person. Click here to purchase lunch for this event.

LLC Distinctions Seminar July 26

The Business Organization Committee of the Business Law Section will sponsor a lunchtime CLE seminar "Pennsylvania LLCs and Delaware LLCs: Sophisticated Distinctions" on Wednesday, July 26.

Experienced practitioners in Pennsylvania and other jurisdictions often form limited liability companies in Delaware as a "default" jurisdiction. This approach may not be the best one for a particular client's needs. This seminar focuses on the critical differences of Pennsylvania from Delaware law in this area and will be presented by two veteran corporate practitioners. The second portion of this seminar will concentrate on an expanded discussion of some of the Delaware law provisions that are identified as contrasting with Pennsylvania law. This topic has seldom, if ever, been addressed in a seminar format and will provide intermediate to advanced-level commentary useful to attorneys who work with limited liability companies regularly.

The program has been approved for 1 substantive CLE credit. Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay $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. To register in advance, call PBI Customer Service at 1-800-932-4637.

Lunch will be available through the Bar Association for an additional fee of $8.50 per person. Contact Dawn Burger at dburger@philabar.org. The program begins at 12:15 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St.

YLD Happy Hour July 27 at Davio's

The Young Lawyers Division will hold a Happy Hour at Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse, 111 S. 17th St., on Thursday, July 27 from 5 to 7 p.m.

This free event is a great chance to connect with your colleagues in a relaxed atmosphere. Enjoy a top-shelf open bar and complimentary hors d'oeuvres prepared by the master chefs of Northern Italian cuisine at Davio's. Click here to RSVP or call (800) 999-1916.

The event is sponsored by Micki Stolker, Christopher's and Pure Bliss Wellness Center & Spa.

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 on 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.

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.

Check Out Discussion Forums 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!

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: Pa. Health Law Project

At the age of 19, Dwayne was shot while standing on a North Philadelphia Street corner, leaving him paralyzed. After his mother's health insurance coverage ran out, Dwayne turned to the state's Medicaid program for nursing and other services that enabled him to live at home. But when he turned 20, the state told him that he was costing too much, and would have to go to a nursing home.

That's when his mother called the toll-free helpline of the Pennsylvania Health Law Project. A PHLP attorney filed an appeal, and after months of negotiations, during which time Dwayne lived in a nursing home outside his native Philadelphia, he returned home, this time with adequate supports and a new motorized wheelchair which he operates with his chin. Now Dwayne gets out of the house almost daily, and takes courses toward his GED.

Dwayne's case exemplifies the work of PHLP's Philadelphia office, whose seven attorneys and one physician help thousands of people each year to gain coverage and services through the state's publicly financed health care programs. More than 31 percent of the population of Philadelphia relies on Medical Assistance, the largest such program, for its health insurance. Most of these programs are operated by HMOs, which employ a maze of prior authorization requirements, restrictive drug formularies and limited provider networks to reduce utilization of services. The health care system has become adversarial, which makes PHLP's work critical to folks like Dwayne.

PHLP doesn't just represent individuals. PHLP plays a critical role in advising government on how to better run its programs. Sixteen years ago, Ann Torregrossa, former executive director and co-founder of PHLP, drafted the original legislation for the state's Children's Health Insurance Program, which became a national model. Recently, when the Medicare prescription drug program disrupted care for tens of thousands of low-income Pennsylvanians, PHLP joined with its colleagues at CLS in bringing class action litigation. To learn more about the work of PHLP, or to take advantage of the program's newsletters and educational materials, visit the Web site at www.phlp.org.

Litigating in Orphans' Court July 26

PBI's "Litigating in Orphans' Court" is presented in an engaging interactive panel discussion format. Learn the litigation process from beginning to end. You will be updated on the latest cases and challenged with provocative ethical dilemmas that run rampant in this area of practice. This 5 substantive/1 ethics credit hour program will be held in Philadelphia on Wednesday, July 26, 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 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. You must attend the full program to receive the ethics credit. Registration begins at 8 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 24
Law Office Management in the 21st Century
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, July 25
Appellate Procedures: Everything the Criminal Practitioner Needs to Know
Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor
1 substantive CLE credits
12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Least Restrictive Environment: Proving Your Case in a Post Schaffer v. Weast Landscape
4 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Litigating the Legal Malpractice Case
3 substantive CLE credits
1 to 4:15 p.m.

Wednesday, July 26
Artistry in Advocacy in the 21st Century
Franklin Institute Science Museum, 222 N. 20th St., 5th Floor
4 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 12:55 p.m.

Litigating in Orphans' Court
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Thursday, July 27
Fire At-Will: Wrongful Termination in PA
3 substantive CLE credits
12:30 to 3:45 p.m.

Preparing & Trying the Soft Tissue Case
4 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:45 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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