Monday, July 28, 2008
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 9, No. 57

Time is Running Out; Register
for 2008 Bench-Bar by Aug. 15
to Save with Early Bird Discount

Association members and non-members have until Friday, Aug. 15 to take advantage of the early bird discount and save on registration for the 2008 Bench-Bar and Annual Conference at Bally's Atlantic City on Sept. 19-21...READ MORE
 

Bench-Bar Annual Conference Registration Open

Association members and non-members have until Friday, Aug. 15 to take advantage of the early bird discount and save on registration for the 2008 Bench-Bar and Annual Conference at Bally's Atlantic City on Sept. 19-21.

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.

Bench-Bar Conference Scholarships Available

Scholarships to the 2008 Bench-Bar and Annual Conference, to be held Sept. 19-21 at Bally's Atlantic City, are available by lottery to Association members who are public interest or government service attorneys.

Scholarship winners will be drawn and announced on Thursday, Sept. 4 during a reception beginning at 5 p.m. at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor Conference Center.

To enter the lottery, please submit your name and organization to Dawn Burger at dburger@philabar.org by Wednesday, Aug. 13. Scholarships include hotel accommodations for two nights at Bally's as well as all conference fees, CLE credits and meals.

You must be a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association to participate in the scholarship lottery.

Scholarship donations are also being sought. To donate a scholarship, please contact Conference Co-Chair Rosemary Pinto at 215-546-2604.

Law Professors from China to Speak Today

Two law school professors from China, visiting Philadelphia as guests of the U.S. Department of State under its International Visitor Leadership Program, will discuss "Legal Reform: Human Rights Law" at today's meeting of the International Law Committee.

The meeting begins at 3 p.m. at the offices of Pepper Hamilton LLP, 3000 Two Logan Square, 18th and Arch streets, in the Scott Room on the 30th Floor.

Please RSVP promptly to Nancy Mazer at mazern@pepperlaw.com or 215-981-4616.

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.

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.

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.

Click here to download a nomination form.

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.

Judge Chen on Bench, Bar Experiences July 31

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Ida K. Chen, a longstanding Family Court trial judge, will share her bar and bench experiences in advising how to be an effective courtroom advocate and discussing new challenges facing judges and practitioners inside the courtroom at the Thursday, July 31 meeting of the Minorities in the Profession 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.

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.

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.

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 Rhonda Hill Wilson. Nominations for the Justice Brennan Distinguished Jurist Award should be forwarded to: Brennan Award, Attn: Tracey McCloskey, 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. 5, 2008.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan Jr. was the first recipient of the award in 1995. Other recipients of the award, which is now named in honor of Justice Brennan, include the following: President Judge Alex Bonavitacola of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas (1996); Judge Phyllis W. Beck of the Pennsylvania Superior Court (1997); Chief Judge Edward R. Becker of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (1998); Judge Louis C. Bechtle of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (1999); Chief Judge James T. Giles of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (2000); Justice Russell M. Nigro of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court (2002); U.S. District Court Judge Louis H. Pollack (2003); Judge James R. Melinson, retired U.S. Chief Magistrate (2004); U.S. District Court Senior Judge Edmund V. Ludwig (2005); Philadelphia Municipal Court President Judge Louis J. Presenza (2006); and Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Sandra Mazer Moss (2007). The Brennan Award was not given in 2001.

Trial of a Felony Case CLE Aug. 13

The Criminal Justice Section will present the CLE program "Trial of a Felony Case," a brand-new seminar that will allow you to take a seat in the courtroom and watch the masters try a felony case on Wednesday, Aug. 13.

Presiding over the trial will be Philadelphia Common Pleas Court President Judge C. Darnell Jones II. Presenting the case for the prosecution will be Peter Hobart, Kenneth L. McDaniel, Judith Frankel Rubino and Kevin R. Steele. Presenting for the defense will be Frank DeSimone, Byron Houston, Barbara Ann McDermott and Jack McMahon. The course planner is Troy Wilson.

After the jury reaches their verdict, they will return to the classroom to answer your questions. The faculty of master litigators will be joined by Jo-Ellan Dimitrius, the jury consultant who coached the “dream team” in the O.J. Simpson criminal trial. Dr. Dimitrius will share some insights on the jury process and how your selection of jurors can impact the outcome of your case.

If you are a civil or commercial litigator, you will finally have the opportunity to see how top-notch criminal practitioners approach direct and cross exam and opening and closing statements. Don't miss this great new PBI program!

The program will be held on The CLE Education Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. A total of 6 substantive CLE credits are available. For more information on standard tuition fees and registration, please c (800) 932-4637or click here.

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.

Meeting Zoning Commission Attorneys Aug. 4

Attorneys from the Philadelphia Zoning Code Commission will speak at the Monday, Aug. 4 meeting of the Zoning, Land Use and Code Enforcement 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.

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.

Making Sense of the Subprime Mortgage Mess

Join panel of attorneys, appraisers and mortgage professionals to discover the "real world" implications of subprime mortgages, and learn tactics to save yourself and your client from being bogged down in the mire. This 4 (3 substantive/1 ethics) CLE credit hour program will be held Wednesday, July 30, 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 12:45 p.m. Check-in 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.

Wednesday, July 30 Making Sense of the Subprime Mortgage Mess
3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Identity Theft
3.5 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Thursday, July 31
Negotiation & Conflict Resolution for Lawyers
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Simulcast - PLI - The Pocket MBA for Lawyers 2008: Everything You Need to Know About Finance (First of two days)
12 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 1
Simulcast - PLI - The Pocket MBA for Lawyers 2008: Everything You Need to Know About Finance (2nd day of 2 days)
12 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 4
Literature and the Law
4 substantive CLE credits
12:30 to 4:45 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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