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July 25, 2011
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 12, No. 56
 

Early-Bird Savings for Bench-Bar at Harrah's

Enjoy early-bird savings when you register for the 2011 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference Oct. 14-15 at Harrah's Resort Atlantic City. Click here to save $80 on your registration fee. But hurry, this offer ends on Sept. 16!

The Bench-Bar & Annual Conference provides attendees with the opportunity to earn CLE credit while networking with colleagues and members of the bench.

Registration for members is $349 if booked by Sept. 16. For non-members, registration is $399. Members of the Young Lawyers Division and public interest and government attorneys can attend for $199. For those wishing to attend only the Grand Reception at The Pool at Harrah's on Friday, Oct. 14, tickets are $150 for all members and $175 for non-members. Tickets will be an additional $25 if purchased at the door.

For those wishing to attend Friday's session only, tickets are $299 for members, $149 for the Young Lawyers Division and government or public interest attorneys and $349 for non-members. Members and guests wishing to attend without receiving CLE credit will pay $200. For non-members, the cost is $225. Admission includes all sponsored meals and events. Those wishing to attend programs on Saturday, Oct. 15 will only pay $229, while YLD members and government and public interest attorneys can attend for $79 and $279 for non-members. Click here to register.

Sponsors for the 2011 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference include The Legal Intelligencer, Iron Mountain and JAMS.

Diversity: Business Case or Moral Imperative Today

The Diversity in the Profession Committee will present "Advancing Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession: The Business Case or Moral Imperative?" today (Monday, July 25).

Speakers for the program include Paul Bonney, general counsel and vice president, PECO; Albert S. Dandridge III, partner, Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP; Roberta Jacobs-Meadway, member, board of directors and executive committee, co-chair of the Intellectual Property Group, Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC; and Joel C. Trotter, senior counsel, GlaxoSmithKline.

They will discuss whether the business case for diversity or the "moral imperative" argument is more compelling; how a commitment to diversity and inclusion is conveyed within and outside their organizations; and best practices for the recruitment, retention and advancement of women and diverse attorneys.

The program, presented with the support of the Business Law Section, begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members and $9.50 for non-members. Lunch is complimentary for in-house counsel. Click here to register.

Community Service Opportunities July 26

Learn about community service opportunities for lawyers at the Tuesday, July 26 meeting of the Women in the Profession Committee.

Speakers for the program include Molly Callahan and Kathleen O'Malley of Women Against Abuse; Michelle Hong and Dianne Elderkin of Philabundance; and Amanda Aronoff, executive director of Women's Way. They will discuss ways to serve the community while maintaining personal and professional commitments.

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 members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register.

Greenleaf to Address Criminal Justice Section: CLE to Follow

Pennsylvania state Sen. Stewart J. Greenleaf will discuss two important bills at the Tuesday, July 26 meeting of the Criminal Justice Section.

He will discuss S.B. 100, which provides for court-imposed sanctions for offenders violating probation, and further providing for county intermediate punishment programs, among other measures. He will also discuss S.B. 1153 that would expand the amount of time in which prisoners may file for post-conviction relief based on after-discovered evidence. The Section meeting begins at 11:45 a.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St.

Immediately following Sen. Greenleaf's remarks, the Section will present the CLE program "What May Happen to Your Criminal Clients' Housing, Employment, Public Benefits and/or Driving Privileges upon Conviction and How to Mitigate It-Collateral Consequences of Criminal Convictions."

Panelists include Rachel Garland, Janet Ginzberg and Rebecca Vallas of Community Legal Services. The moderator is Jordan F. Barnett of the Defender Association of Philadelphia. The course planner is Isla A. Fruchter of the Defender Association.

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. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register for lunch.

Venture Capital Investing CLE July 27

The Private Equity Committee and the Mergers and Acquisitions Committee will present the CLE program "Market Snapshot: An In-Depth Analysis of the Current Venture Capital Investing Environment" on Wednesday, July 27.

Speakers for the program are David R. King and Richard S. Kollender of Quaker BioVentures. They will provide a detailed examination of the current investment environment for venture capital investing in the life sciences community.

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. Interested parties not seeking CLE credit may attend and purchase lunch separately. Click here to register for CLE credit.

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. Interested parties not seeking CLE credit may attend and purchase lunch. Lunch is available for $8.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register for lunch.

Hot Topics in Medical Malpractice July 27

Clifford Rieders will be the guest speaker for the Medical Legal Committee program "Hot Legal Topics that Every Medical Malpractice Lawyer Will Encounter" on Wednesday, July 27.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register.

Combating Human Trafficking CLE Aug. 2

The Women's Rights Committee will present the CLE program "Human Rights in Crisis: Combating Human Trafficking" on Tuesday, Aug. 2.

Faculty for the program includes moderator Krista Hoffman, Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape; James Dold, policy counsel, Polaris Project; Sen. Daylin Leach; Lisette McCormick, executive director, Pennsylvania Interbranch Commission for Gender, Racial and Ethnic Fairness; Hugh Organ, associate executive director, Covenant House; and Daniel A. Vélez, assistant U.S. Attorney.

The program is co-sponsored by the Civil Rights Committee, Criminal Justice Section, Family Law Section and Young Lawyers Division.

This 2 substantive CLE credit program includes a course book and lunch and begins at 12:30 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Registration and lunch begin at 12 p.m. Click here to register.

Law School Outreach Committee Schedule Set

The Law School Outreach Committee of the Public Interest Section will host the "Summer Brown Bag Lunch Series" on Thursdays through Aug. 4 from 12 to 1:30 p.m., in the 11th Floor Conference Center, of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St.

These programs provide an opportunity for summer law student interns to meet public interest attorneys who are leaders in their field and learn about different types of public interest practice and fellowship opportunities in the greater Philadelphia area. Click here for more information.

Herron to Receive Brennan Distinguished Jurist Award

Judge John W. Herron, considered to be an architect of the First Judicial District's Commerce Case Management Program, has been selected as the recipient of the Association’s 2011 Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Distinguished Jurist Award.

Judge Herron will be presented with the award, which recognizes a jurist who adheres to the highest ideals of judicial service, at an upcoming quarterly meeting.

"I am truly delighted that Judge Herron is being recognized for his exemplary service to our Philadelphia courts over many years, and for his extraordinarily accomplishments and devotion to our justice system," said Brennan Award Committee Chair Maria A. Feeley.

"The Justice Brennan Award is a terrific honor and I feel quite shocked and surprised to be this year's recipient," said Judge Herron. "It has been a wonderful privilege creating the Commerce Court and witnessing its growth and acceptance by the bar due in large part to the efforts of the core group of lawyers involved and Judge Albert W. Sheppard Jr. I am quite proud to share this award with all of them and with all members of the bar and the judges of this court who have supported the Commerce Program over the years."

Judge Herron, who now sits in Orphans' Court, is a graduate of Duke University and Dickinson Law School. He is a former assistant district attorney as served as chief disciplinary counsel for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court from 1973 to 1985. He was first elected to the bench in 1987 and has been retained twice since then. He was administrative judge of the FJD's Trial Division from 1996 to 2002.

Previous winners are Justice Brennan, U.S. Magistrate Judges L. Felipe Restrepo and Timothy R. Rice, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Annette M. Rizzo, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Albert W. Sheppard Jr., Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Sandra Mazer Moss, Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge Louis Presenza, U.S. District Court Judge Edmund V. Ludwig, U.S. Magistrate Judge James R. Melinson, U.S. District Court Judge Louis Pollak, Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Russell M. Nigro, U.S. District Court Judge James T. Giles, U.S. District Court Judge Louis C. Bechtle, U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Edward R. Becker, Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge Phyllis W. Beck and Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Alex Bonavitacola.

National Symposium on Diversity in Legal Profession Nov. 8

Chief legal officers and law firm managing partners from across the nation will assemble for the Philadelphia Bar Association's National Symposium on Diversity in the Legal Profession on Tuesday, Nov. 8 at The Union League of Philadelphia.

The half-day symposium will begin with a luncheon featuring keynote speaker Robert J. Grey Jr., (left) executive director of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. Grey is a past president of the American Bar Association.

Three concurrent breakout sessions may focus on topics such as the role(s) white men can play to advance diversity and inclusion in corporate legal departments and law firms; generational diversity and its impact in the workplace; successful pipeline initiatives and mentoring programs; and an employment law update. The symposium runs from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. and a VIP networking reception begins at 5:30 p.m. The VIP networking reception will provide a forum for discussion with remarks from a prominent speaker.

Speakers for the National Symposium on Diversity in the Legal Profession include Thomas E. Cabaniss, managing partner, McGuireWoods LLP, Richmond, Va.; Mark Hershey, senior vice president, general counsel & secretary, Armstrong World Industries, Inc., Lancaster, Pa.; H. Eric Hilton, senior vice president, secretary and general counsel, H. J. Russell & Company and Concessions International, LLC, Atlanta; Alan J. Hoffman, co-chair and managing partner, Blank Rome LLP, Philadelphia; James G. Liepold, executive director, NALP: The Association for Legal Career Professionals, Washington, D.C.; Curtis L. Mack, partner, McGuireWoods LLP, Atlanta; Robert A. Nicholas, partner and global director of legal personnel, Reed Smith LLP, New York; Karl A. Racine, managing partner, Venable LLP, Washington, D.C.; Robin Sangston, vice president, legal affairs, Cox Communications, Inc., Atlanta; Mark S. Stewart, chair, Ballard Spahr LLP, Philadelphia; Michael K. Tucker, executive vice president and general counsel, Avis Budget Group, Inc., Parsippany, N.J.; LeRoy J. Watkins, Jr., partner, Jackson Lewis LLP, Morristown, N.J.; Gerry L. Williams, partner, DLA Piper, Atlanta; Sherry D. Williams, senior vice president, chief ethics and compliance officer, Halliburton, Houston; and Sandra S. Yamate, chief executive officer, Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession, Chicago.

For additional information on the National Symposium on Diversity in the Legal Profession, contact Naomi K. McLaurin at 215-238-6340 or nmclaurin@philabar.org.

Philadelphia VIP Announces Move to 1500 Walnut

Philadelphia VIP, the hub of pro bono legal services for low-income clients in Philadelphia, is pleased to announce that the office has moved to 1500 Walnut St., Suite 400.

"In order to serve more clients with critical legal needs, our organization continues to grow. Because of that growth we are excited to move into a larger office space," said Executive Director Sara Woods. "We are thankful for all of the support we have received from our friends, volunteers, and donors for helping make this move possible. We welcome them to our new space."

VIP promotes equal justice for the poor by providing civil legal services not otherwise available, collaborating with other legal services organizations and promoting a culture of volunteerism by educating and exposing attorneys and law students to issues of poverty. The new office facilities will help VIP to better meet the needs of our clients and our community.

Philadelphia VIP’s contact information as of July 18 will be:

New Address:
Philadelphia VIP
1500 Walnut St., Suite 400
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Philadelphia VIP’s Telephone and Fax Numbers will remain the same:
Direct Line: 215.523.9550
Fax Number: 215.564.0845

For more information on Philadelphia VIP, visit: www.phillyvip.org or e-mail: phillyvip@phillyvip.org.

Access The Legal Directory 2011 on Your Handheld Device

Attorneys on the go can access The Legal Directory 2011 on handheld devices. With thousands of listings at your fingertips, simply click a phone number or email; your handheld will dial or generate an email template. Visit mobile.thelegaldirectory.org to sign on.

The newly released, expanded and updated Legal Directory has more than 700 pages of firm and attorney entries, information for more than 350 local judges, government contacts, law organization profiles, ADR resources, Bar Association bylaws, contacts and committees, and more. It's a wealth of vital information legal professionals in the region trust and rely on - all in one resource.

For $79.95, you get the incredible convenience of print, online and mobile access to The Legal Directory. To order, visit thelegaldirectory.org.

Free Fastcase Training Webinars Scheduled

A series of free webinars have been scheduled for Philadelphia Bar Association members to help them familiarize themselves with Fastcase®, the new member benefit legal research tool.

Fastcase® puts a comprehensive law library of Pennsylvania state and federal cases, statutes and rules at your fingertips. If your firm's Philadelphia office has 100 percent attorney membership in the Philadelphia Bar Association, you'll receive Fastcase® free!

Webinars for Fastcase Research Tips (in depth) will be held:
Wednesday, Aug. 10, 3 to 4 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 14, 1 to 2 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 12, 3 to 4 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 9, 1 to 2 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 14, 3 to 4 p.m.

Webinars for Case Law Nuts & Bolts (Overview) will be held:
Tuesday, Sept. 6, 12 to 1 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 1, 12 to 1 p.m.

Webinars for Searching for Statutes (Overview)
Tuesday, Aug. 2, 3 to 4 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 4, 3 to 4 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 6, 3 to 4 p.m.

Fully-Paid Bar Membership for Villanova Law Students

Through an agreement negotiated by Dean John Y. Gotanda, the Philadelphia Bar Association is pleased to offer all current students of Villanova University School of Law the opportunity to register for fully-paid membership in the Philadelphia Bar Association. This is an annual membership that can be renewed each year and will be paid for by the law school while you are a student. (Note to 3L students: If you registered before graduation, your membership will be paid by the law school and will continue through December 2011.)

Membership in the Bar Association provides you with opportunities to professionally connect with practicing lawyers and judges in a cooperative and learning environment, allowing for one-on-one interactions that are invaluable in building your career and obtaining contacts for potential job opportunities.

A similar agreement exists for students at Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University.

Registration is required to receive your law school-sponsored fully-paid membership in the Philadelphia Bar Association. To register, click here and complete the form.

As a member of the Philadelphia Association, you'll receive:

• Access to the "Members Only" portion of our interactive website, philadelphiabar.org, that lets you view "Bar Classifieds" employment opportunities and place Classified ads at a fraction of the cost of other online services

• Fastcase®, the next-generation legal research provider, available free of charge

• Invaluable networking opportunities with local attorneys and judges at hundreds of events each year, including Chancellor's Forums, substantive panel programs and practice group receptions

• The opportunity to join more than 50 Committees and nine Sections in specific areas of legal practice (such as intellectual property, business litigation, international law, workers compensation, criminal, etc.) as well as targeted interest groups (diversity in the profession, women in the profession, solo practitioners, etc.)

• Automatic membership in the Young Lawyers Division (YLD)

• A subscription to The Philadelphia Lawyer quarterly magazine; the Philadelphia Bar Reporter monthly newspaper; Bar Reporter Online twice-weekly e-newsletter; YLD weekly E-Zine; and Upon Further Review monthly caselaw e-publication

• A vibrant social media network including Facebook sites for the Bar Association and the YLD, Twitter, podcasts and blogs including "PhiLAWdelphia" - the blog of the YLD

• Insurance brokerage services provided through USI Affinity

• Discounts on CLE programs offered through the Pennsylvania Bar Institute

• A legislative program to champion your interests to lawmakers at City Hall, in Harrisburg and in Washington

• Much, much more!

For questions, or to learn more about the advantages of Philadelphia Bar Association membership, call our Membership Department at 215-238-6313.

Take Part in VIP's 30 for 30 Challenge

Matthew S. Olesh and Martha F. Reilly of Fox Rothschild LLP, co-chairs of Philadelphia VIP's 30th Anniversary Engagement Committee, are calling upon the generous members of Philadelphia's legal community to participate in the "30 for 30 Challenge."

They are asking all Philadelphia-area attorneys to commit to 30 hours of pro bono service this year with an organization of their choosing in honor of Philadelphia VIP's 30th anniversary.

The "30 for 30" pledge form is available on Philadelphia VIP's website at phillyvip.org. All pledge signers will be recognized at a special 30th Anniversary ceremony during National Pro Bono Week this October. Philadelphia VIP will also track all participation and provide special recognition to practices of varying sizes with the highest rates of participation.

Support Center for Child Advocates Golf Classic Oct. 3

The Support Center for Child Advocates will hold its Sixth Annual Child Advocates Golf Classic on Monday, Oct. 3 at Huntingdon Valley Country Club.

Before golf, Cleantech Alliance Mid-Atlantic will present a CLE program on the science of clean energy and green development. For more information, visit advokid.org.

Litigating in Orphans' Court July 27

Our impressive faculty will cover the litigation process from beginning to end by discussing jurisdiction, burdens of proof, procedural matters, discovery, evidence and damages as they arise in a variety of Orphans' Court actions. You will also be updated on the latest cases and challenged with provocative ethical dilemmas that run rampant in this area of practice. And, you will get the latest word on the all-important topics of attorneys' fees, commissions and costs. This 5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credit program will be held Wednesday, July 27, 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 3:30 p.m. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. Lunch is included with the program. 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-Tuesday, July 25-26
PLI - Hot Topics in Commercial Insurance Law 2011
11 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days

Tuesday, July 26
Trials of the Century II
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Basics of ADA
3 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Wednesday, July 27
Litigating in Orphans’ Court
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Fundamentals of Civil Practice and Procedure
4 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Market Snapshop - An In-Depth Analysis of the Current Venture Capital Investing Environment
1 substantive CLE credits
12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 28
Due Diligence in Business Transactions
3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
12:30 to 4:45 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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