Thursday, July 27, 2006
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 7, No. 52
 

Former Chancellor Arthur G. Raynes Remembered

Dear Colleagues:

On Monday morning, I was stunned to learn that Arthur Raynes had passed away. Arthur touched many in the legal community in life-altering ways, including yours truly. I'd like to offer a few words about this extraordinary lawyer and even more amazing human being, who so many of us will never forget.

Like many other plaintiffs' personal injury lawyers, Arthur Raynes was nurtured at the old Richter, Lord & Levy firm. In 1969, he founded the firm now known as Raynes McCarty. His exceptional legal work on behalf of children with birth defects caused by the drug Thalidomide is legendary, and established him as one of the top advocates for victims not only here, but throughout the country. But I write today not about his accomplishments as a trial lawyer, or his service as Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association, or his philanthropy in support of Temple Law School and many other institutions and causes. Today, I'd like to take a moment to reflect on the extraordinary human being who made such a difference to me and others privileged to know and work with him.

In 1977, I was a law clerk drafting an opinion for my then-boss Judge Stanley Greenberg, when I received a call from Arthur Raynes offering me a position with his firm. I was delirious with excitement: it was just the law firm I wanted to join, and Arthur was just the trial lawyer I had hoped to work for. It turned out that I was as lucky as I could have imagined; over the next 10 years, Arthur played a huge role in my personal and professional development. He encouraged, motivated and even inspired me, forgiving my rookie mistakes and always giving me the kind of support that one ordinarily receives only from a parent. But Arthur was not just a smart and compassionate person. He possessed a shrewdness about clients, cases and even law office management that helped him to build one of the most successful practices in the region. It was his unique combination of a clear-eyed pragmatism, together with his personal warmth, humor and humanity, that made him one of the most respected (and most charismatic) lawyers I have ever known.

As someone utterly devoted to his family, Arthur's wife Diane, children Nancy, Michael and Stephen and the grandchildren have suffered a terribly painful loss. And so has our legal community, because Arthur was one of those rare individuals who made an indelible impression on everyone he met. It's a shopworn phrase, but there's simply no other way to describe Arthur Raynes than to say that there will never be another like him.

We'll miss you, Arthur. Rest in peace.

Very truly yours,

Alan M. Feldman, Chancellor,
Philadelphia Bar Association

Editor's note: The family respectfully requestss that contributions in his memory be made to The Abramson Cancer Center, University of Pennsylvania, c/o Development Office, 3535 Market St., Suite 750, Philadelphia, Pa. 19104-3309.

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.

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

Nominations are being accepted 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.

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.

Public Interest Reception for Students July 27

The Public Interest Section and WolfBlock LLP will host a reception for students working in public service on Thursday, July 27 at the offices of WolfBlock, 1650 Arch St., 26th floor. The reception begins at 5 p.m.

If you haven't RSVP'd but want to attend, please e-mail Sara Woods at
woods@law.villanova.edu so your name can be added to the security list.

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.

102 Firms Raise $1.4 Million for Legal Services

One-hundred two 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 Volpe and Koenig, P.C.

The 102 law firms, representing more than 4,400 attorneys, have pledged $1,400,570. 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.

Discover 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!


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