July 26, 2010
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 11, No. 57
 

Register for Bench-Bar and Annual Conference at Borgata

Registration is now open for the Bar Association's 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 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 on Oct. 15. The case established the concept of freedom of the press and coined the term "Philadelphia lawyer."

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.

Criminal Justice Section on Zone Courts July 27

The Criminal Justice Section will present "Zone Courts: Navigating a New Structure" at its Tuesday, July 27 meeting.

Speakers for the program include Judge Sheila Woods-Skipper, supervising judge, Criminal Trial Division, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas; Charles A. Cunningham
First Assistant Defender, Defender Association; Edward McCann, Deputy, Trial Division, District Attorney's Office; and Jennifer Selber, Chief, Felony Waiver Unit, District Attorney's Office.

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. Click here to register.

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.

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.

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.

Supreme Revolution CLE July 30

The Pennsylvania Bar Institute will present "A Supreme Revolution - How the Supreme Court Will Change America" on Friday, July 30 as part of its public policy series.

PBI has assembled a panel of Supreme Court experts to present their views and debate the direction the court will take and ultimately, illuminate how the Supreme Court could change the fabric of our nation. Faculty includes Ron Christie
CEO, Christie Strategies, Washington, D.C.; Craig Green, associate professor of Law, Temple University; and Amy Howe of Howe & Russell, P.C., Bethesda, Md.

Check in and lunch begin at 11:30 a.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register online.

Due Diligence in Business Transactions Aug. 10

The Pennsylvania Bar Institute's "Due Diligence in Business Transactions" CLE is a comprehensive review of due diligence essentials, including important tips to help you cover all the bases.

Faculty for this Tuesday, Aug. 10 program includes Merritt A. Cole, Michael D. Ecker and La-Toya P. Hackney. The course planner is Graham R. Laub. Three substantive CLE credits and one ethics CLE credits are available.

The program begins at 12:30 p.m., with check-in and lunch at 12 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

Running a Small or Solo Practice Aug. 19

Sheryl L. Axelrod, Harper J. Dimmerman and May Mon Post will be the featured speakers for the Thursday, Aug. 19 Law Practice Management Committee meeting
"Running A Small or Solo Practice."

At this meeting, the speakers will engage in a roundtable discussion with an emphasis upon sharing meaningful lessons in their own practices. The subjects will range from cost-cutting to bill tracking to marketing.

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. Click here to register.

Criminal Justice Section Seeks Award Nominees

Nominations are now being accepted for the Criminal Justice Section's Thurgood Marshall Award. The award will be presented at the Section's Annual Holiday Party.

The award represents the highest honor that the Criminal Justice Section can give to anyone, whether or not a member of the Section, who exemplifies the ideals of Justice Thurgood Marshall's career. The award should be for longtime service, not an individual event, although a specific event can be the triggering factor. For more information about the standards for awards, please click here and visit the Criminal Justice Section's website.

This year's Awards Committee is co-chaired by Kevin Mincey and Brad V. Shuttleworth. Nominations and/or questions should be sent to either minceylaw@gmail.com or brad@shuttleworth-law.com.

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 12 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 15.

In addition, you may make recommendations for the Cesare Beccaria Award, presented annually to one who exemplifies the ideals of the career of Cesare Beccaria. The Beccaria Award recognizes a member of the Philadelphia Bar who has had distinguished achievement in the field of education in criminal justice, including legal and/or general education activities in the field. The Justinian Society participates in the award and its presentation. For more information about the standards for awards, please click here and visit the Criminal Justice Section's website.

YLD 2010 Photo Contest: "Eyes on the Environment"

The Young Lawyers Division welcomes submissions from all members of the Bar Association for "Eyes on the Environment," a late summer photography contest in which the winning image will be featured in The Philadelphia Lawyer, the Association's quarterly magazine.

Entrants are asked to consider the following: "As you embark on late summer vacations or enjoy the remainder of the season here in Philadelphia, the Young Lawyers Division asks you to capture particularly compelling images of environmental awareness and natural conservation. What did you witness during your travels that showcases nature's untouched beauty? What efforts did you see toward preserving it?"

One submission per entrant can be emailed to tplmag@philabar.org in JPG format. A professional panel of judges will select the winner. The deadline for entries is Monday, Sept. 20. Stay tuned for more details.

Terrorism Awareness, Prevention Event Sept. 8

A National Preparedness Month program on Terrorism Awareness and Prevention will be held Wednesday, Sept. 8 at the National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St.

The program begins at 10 a.m. and includes sessions on terrorism awareness and prevention, critical infrastructure protection and how to stay informed during an emergency. The sessions will be presented by the Philadelphia Police Department, Department of Homeland Security, Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management and Center City District.

Reservations are required. RSVP by Friday, Sept. 3 by e-mailing oem@phila.gov.

Public Interest Training Programs Set

Philadelphia VIP will present a training session on Friday, Sept. 24, on how to transfer title of a property into a client’s name through the filing of a Quiet Title action. The program covers the legal grounds, procedures, and forms for bringing a Quiet Title Action, with an emphasis on the issues that low-income clients frequently encounter in obtaining title to a property. The CLE training will be held from 12 to 2 p.m. at Fox Rothschild LLP, 2000 Market St. Each attorney who attends and accepts a VIP pro bono case within six months of the training will earn two substantive CLE credits. Lunch is provided. Register at phillyvip@phillyvip.org or by calling 215-523-9550.

Philadelphia VIP will host Corporate Pro Bono Day on Tuesday Oct. 5, an event that will provide microentrepreneurs the opportunity to discuss immediate and ongoing legal matters with corporate counsel from various Philadelphia-area businesses at no cost. Prior to the counseling sessions, experienced trainers will provide a Continuing Legal Education seminar for the corporate counsel on the essential legal needs of small businesses. The event location and exact time are TBD. A light dinner will be provided. This event is limited to corporate counsel. Register at jvolunteer@phillyvip.org or by calling 215-523-9567.

Philadelphia VIP will sponsor its annual Pro Bono Opportunities Day on Wednesday, Oct. 27. This year’s event spotlights VIP's work with families and children. Training sessions will focus on areas of law critical to Philadelphia families: guardianship, custody, and protection from abuse. From first-year associates new to the practice of law, to experienced practitioners new to pro bono, all attorneys to are invited to learn how to use their legal experience to support Philadelphia’s low-income families. The event will be held at Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP, 123 S. Broad St., 28th Floor, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Each attorney who attends and accepts a VIP pro bono case within six months of the training will earn two substantive CLE credits. Register at phillyvip@phillyvip.org or by calling 215- 523-9550.

Philadelphia VIP will host a CLE training program on how to handle a case in the Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Project, the mandatory negotiation program operated by the First Judicial District. The event will be held Tuesday, Nov. 9 at Comcast, One Comcast Center, 45th floor. The CLE training program will be held from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Volunteers will receive one free CLE credit for each hour of course work attended (a total of three free CLE credits are available) in exchange for representing two different clients at one or more mortgage foreclosure conciliation conferences on a continuing basis until the attempted negotiation is resolved, or in exchange for volunteering as an on-call attorney at three different conciliation conference half-day sessions. Volunteer work must be completed within six months of the training program. Register at phillyvip@phillyvip.org or by calling 215- 523-9550.

Philadelphia VIP will host a CLE training program on ethics on Friday, Dec. 3 from 12 to 2:15 p.m. Presented in a lively and interactive format, this training includes a discussion of Rule 6.1: Pro Bono Publico Service, the role of training in ethical representation, malpractice insurance, models for pro bono participation, and ethical considerations for volunteer attorneys. Special considerations in the representation of low income clients will also be explored. The event will be held at Ballard Spahr LLP, 1735 Market St., 51st Floor. Each attorney who attends and accepts a VIP pro bono case within six months of the training will earn two substantive CLE credits. Register at phillyvip@phillyvip.org phillyvip@phillyvip.org or by calling 215- 523-9550.

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.

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.

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

Tuesday, July 27
Simulcast - Breaking Down the Basics Series - How to Avoid Ethics Traps
2 ethics CLE credits
2 to 4 p.m.

Wednesday, July 28
Getting Paid in Pennsylvania: Basics of Wage and Hour Law
4 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

From File to Trial: 8 Keys to Success in Court and Beyond
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 29
Historic Preservation and the Law: Then and Now
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 2
Fundamentals of Estate Planning
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:30 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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