Aug. 9, 2010
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 11, No. 59
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Andrew Hamilton delivers his summation in the trial of John Peter Zenger in this painting by David C. Lithgow.*

Zenger Trial Reenactment
Kicks Off Bench-Bar Conference

A dramatic reenactment 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 of the Bar Association's 2010 Bench-Bar and Annual Conference beginning on Oct. 15. The case established the concept of freedom of the press and coined the term "Philadelphia lawyer."...READ MORE
 

Register for Bench-Bar and Annual Conference at Borgata

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 of the Bar Association's 2010 Bench-Bar and Annual Conference beginning on Oct. 15. The case established the concept of freedom of the press and coined the term "Philadelphia lawyer."

Registration is now open for the 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 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.

*(Reproduced with the permission of The Historical Society of the Courts of the State of New York and its website, www.nycourts.gov/history. Any other use of this material is strictly prohibited.)

Non-Lawyer Pro Bono Partnership Gets $1,000 Gift

One of this year's most ambitious projects to help the indigent has received a major financial boost. Professor Louis S. Rulli of the University of Pennsylvania Law School donated a $1,000 stipend to help build the fledgling Non-Lawyer Pro Bono Network.

Chancellor Scott F. Cooper proposed the project earlier this year to match non-lawyer professionals with cases that need experts. The stipend will go directly to Philadelphia VIP, which is maintaining the database.

"The network will provide in-kind services provided by non-lawyers – accountants, process servers, court reporters, etc. – to attorneys working on pro bono cases for low-income Philadelphians," said VIP Executive Director Sara Woods.

"I was asked to consult on a law professors panel for the California Foundation," said Rulli, Practice Professor of Law and Clinical Director at Penn. "They're developing a social justice curriculum for law schools. They gave participants a $1,000 honorarium and I gave it to VIP for this project."

The idea for the network came out of discussions Cooper had with forensic accountants James Stavros and Howard Silverstone of Forensic Resolutions, Inc. "They were looking for ways to provide pro bono service," said Cooper. "They had a supply of talent, and I knew we had access to unmet demand. Bringing the two together seemed a natural role for our Association." Those initial discussions then became more sustained as Rulli guided them through the Association's Delivery of Legal Services Committee.

"We now have a group of about 15 people who have been mapping out the project," said Rulli. "We all agreed VIP would be the perfect place to house this pilot project. It made sense for the honorarium to go to that purpose. I wish it were more, but every little bit helps. I'm delighted to be able to do it. I believe strongly this will benefit the entire public interest community. This project will cultivate and nourish pro bono law services."

Rulli was appointed by Cooper to serve as the first Pro Bono and Delivery of Legal Services Advisor to the Cabinet of the Association. In this capacity, he serves as a key policy advisor. He is also a former executive director of Community Legal Services and has been a member of Penn Law's faculty since 1995.

"What Lou has done is simply phenomenal," said Cooper. "He personifies the public interest attorney. We're lucky to have him working with us and we thank him for his selfless actions," he said.

Woods said there are nearly 100 non-lawyer service providers already in the database. "There are thousands of low-income people in Philadelphia that need help and they need help from more than just lawyers," she said.

Individuals wishing to offer services or donations should contact VIP at (215) 523-9550 or visit phillyvip.org.

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.

Ethical Guidance for Changing Firms Aug. 11

The Pennsylvania Bar Institute will present the CLE webinar "Changing Firms: Ethical Guidance for Law Firms and Attorneys" on Wednesday, Aug. 11.

In recent years, lawyers have become far more mobile. What was once an occasional occurrence, a lawyers departure from one firm to join another, has become an everyday event. The increased mobility has generated numerous legal and ethical issues and disputes. Compounding the situation, no neat framework exists to address the interests of the departing lawyer, the old firm, new firm, and most importantly, the client.

This program, taught by the popular Ellen Freedman, will outline the ethical, legal and practical issues these situations raise, and provide advice on how attorneys can address such matters while fully complying with their ethical obligations to the firms and their clients.

This web-only program is worth two ethics CLE credits. Click here to register or learn more.

10 Commandments of Avoiding Ethical Problems Aug. 18

Sean Carter, legal humorist and founder of Lawpsided Seminars, will present his "Ten Commandments of Avoiding Ethical Problems as a Lawyer" at a Wednesday, Aug. 18 CLE program.

The program will be held at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Four total CLE credits are available, two of which may be applied toward ethics. Lunch and registration begin at 11:15 a.m. The seminar runs from 12 to 4:15 p.m. Click here to register online.

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 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8. Click here to register.

Tax Section CLE Aug. 23

The Tax Section will present the CLE program "Reporting Uncertain Tax Positions" on Monday, Aug. 23.

This seminar will explore the IRS proposal to require reporting of uncertain tax positions. Panelists include Michael J. McGoldrick and Diane L. Wollman. The course planner is Wendi L. Kotzen.

Registration and lunch begin at 12 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Two substantive and one ethics CLE credits are available. Click here to register.

Regional Port Authority Officials Aug. 26

Dominic V. O'Brien and Gregory Iannarelli of the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority will discuss their real life experience in global trade and interaction with shippers and companies at the Thursday, Aug. 26 meeting of the International Business Initiative Committee.

O'Brien is senior marketing representative and Iannarelli is chief counsel. They will lead a discussion on specific steps the Initiative can take to make this region more of a site for international business and help shippers and companies importing or exporting through the port of Philadelphia and regional ports or considering export or import and how our association can work to increase international business through regional ports.

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.

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.

Business Development Skills Series Starts Sept. 10

The Training Resource Group will present a series of programs to introduce business development skills to attorneys beginning on Friday, Sept. 10.

The program is designed for attorneys who are now expected to develop business for themselves or their firms. Learn these essential skill sets that were never taught in law school.

The sessions will be held at Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St., from 12 to 2 p.m. The Sept. 10 session will cover building a network for business development and designing a business plan. The Sept. 17 session will discuss the basics of networking and building a memorable 30-second commercial. On Sept. 24, attendees will learn how to build a stronger network. The Oct. 1 session will provide an introduction to a systematic approach to client development.

The cost is $795 per participant which includes four training sessions, one individual coaching session and materials. For more information call (215) 320-4650 or visit trainingresourcegroup.com.

Managing Risks, Benefits of Technology Sept. 14

BlackBerrys, netbooks, laptops, USB drives, iPhones, cloud computing and virtual law offices all can provide great benefits for attorneys, including dramatic improvement in efficiency and virtually unlimited access to information.

This intersection of technology and law also raises ethical concerns. On Tuesday, Sept. 14, the Young Lawyers Division, Professional Responsibility Committee and Law Practice Management Committee will sponsor a program to discuss the issues raised by these new high-tech tools, as well as potential solutions that allow lawyers to identify risks before using the latest and greatest technology.

Daniel J. Siegel, a local attorney who operates the Law Offices of Daniel J. Siegel, LLC and president of Integrated Technology Services, LLC, will be the featured speaker for this program, "Managing the Risk and Benefits of Technology in your law Practice." Siegel is former co-chair of the Law Practice Management Division's Technology Committee.

Registration and lunch begin at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Click here to purchase lunch. The program begins at 12:30 p.m. One ethics CLE credit is available. Visit pbi.org for registration information.

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 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 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 e-mailed 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.

Public Interest Training Programs Set

The Homeless Advocacy Project will present "How to Handle Veterans Benefits Cases" on Wednesday, Sept. 15. The training, presented by HAP staff attorney and veterans law expert Michael Taub, will be held at the offices of Dechert, LLP, 2929 Arch St., Cira Centre from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. This course is open to current and prospective volunteers. For attorneys already accredited by the VA, this training meets the 3 substantive hour CLE requirement to maintain certification with the Department of Veterans Affairs, Following the training, attendees will be expected to represent a homeless veteran through HAP's pro bono initiative. For more information or to RSVP (by Monday, Sept. 13), please contact Cary E. Moritz at cmoritz@philalegal.org or call 215-523-9587.

The Homeless Advocacy Project will be present "Ethical Considerations in Representing Homeless Clients" on Tuesday, Sept. 21. The program, presented by HAP Managing Attorney Michele Levy and HAP staff attorney Margaret Retz will be held at the offices of Dilworth Paxson LLP, 1500 Market St. from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Doors open at 8 a.m. The course is open to current and prospective volunteers and attendees are eligible to receive 1 ethics CLE credit. There is no charge for attending though attendees are expected to volunteer with HAP. For more information or to RSVP by Thursday, Sept. 16, please contact Cary E. Moritz at cmoritz@philalegal.org or call 215-523-9587.

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.

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.

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.

Practice Before the VA Aug. 12

The Pennsylvania Bar Institute will present "Practice before the Department of Veterans Affairs," an initial training requirement. Join our expert faculty as they present a program that will meet and surpass the requirements set down by DVA. This 4 substantive CLE credit hour program will be a held in Philadelphia (simulcast) on Friday, Aug. 12 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.

Tuesday, Aug. 10
Simulcast - Due Diligence in Business Transactions
3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
12:30 to 4:45 p.m.

Video - Ethics Potpourri: An Attorney's Work and Taran's Wanderings
1 ethics CLE credits
1 to 2 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 11
Common Estate Planning Blunders and How to Correct and Avoid Them
3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Simulcast - Breaking Down the Basics Series - How to Conduct Effective and Efficient Discovery in the Personal Injury Case
2 substantive CLE credits
12 to 2 p.m.

Video - Ethics Potpourri: Ethical Considerations for Marketing Your Law Practice with Social Networking Sites
1 ethics CLE credits
2 to 3 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 12
Powerful Witness Preparation
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Simulcast - Practice Before the Department of Veteran's Affairs
4 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Video - The New Wave of Title Problems and How to Solve Them
2 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
1 to 4:15 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 13
Video - Distressed Commercial Mortgage Loan Workouts
4 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Video - Ethics Potpourri: Strategic Approaches for Stress, Substance Abuse and Depression
1 ethics CLE credits
12 to 1 p.m.

Video - Medicare Secondary Payer Statute Program
2 substantive CLE credits
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 16
Video - Autism: Fitting the Pieces Together
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Video - Ethics Potpourri: An Attorney's Work and Taran's Wanderings
1 ethics CLE credits
11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Simulcast - Open Source Software Licensing
4 substantive CLE credits
12 to 4:15 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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