Monday, Aug. 13, 2007
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 8, No. 60
 

Register for Bench-Bar by Aug. 14 for Early Bird Discount

Association members and non-members have until Tuesday, Aug. 14 to take advantage of the early bird discount and save on registration for the 2007 Bench-Bar Conference at Bally's Atlantic City on Sept. 28 and 29.

This year's conference, "Saddle Up to a Bench-Bar Bonanza," has a Wild West theme and includes a black tie and blue jeans reception on Friday evening, Sept. 28. A total of 7 CLE credits and 14 different courses are available. Sponsors for the 2007 Bench-Bar Conference include USI Colburn Insurance Service, LexisNexis, PNC Wealth Management, JAMS, Veritext and Kroll.

Additionally, Bally's Atlantic City is now accepting reservations for attendees. Book early for the best rates: rooms Thursday night, Sept. 27 are just $99; rooms Friday night are $144, and Saturday night rooms are $189. Call 1-800-345-7253 for reservations and mention you are attending the Philadelphia Bar Association Bench-Bar Conference to get these special rates.

This year's conference is expected to bring together hundreds of lawyers and judges for two days of programming that lets practitioners and the judiciary share ideas and best practices. Click here to register online. Click here for more information on the 2007 Bench-Bar Conference.

2007 Bench-Bar Conference Scholarships Available

Again this year, full scholarships to the 2007 Bench-Bar Conference, to be held September 28-29 at Bally's in 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 Wednesday, September 5th during a reception beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market Street, 11th Floor Conference Center.

To enter the lottery, please submit your name and organization to Areetha Carter at acarter@philabar.org by Aug. 30, 2007.

Scholarships include one night hotel room at Bally's as well as all conference fees, CLE credits and meals.

Temple President Hart to Speak at Oct. 16 Quarterly

Ann Weaver Hart, the first woman president of Temple University, will offer keynote remarks at the Association's Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2007 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon.

The Women in the Profession Committee will present the Sandra Day O'Connor Award at the event. Tickets to the event, to be held at the Philadelphia Downtown Marriott, 1201 Market St., are $50 and can be ordered online by clicking here. The October Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon is sponsored by PNC Wealth Management.

Hart was elected the ninth president of Temple University on May 4, 2006. She previously served as president of the University of New Hampshire and provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Claremont Graduate University, in Claremont, Calif. Her prior appointments include professor of educational leadership, dean of the Graduate School and special assistant to the president at the University of Utah.

She received an M.A. in History and a Ph.D. in Educational Administration, both from the University of Utah. Her research interests include leadership succession and development, work redesign and organizational behavior in educational organizations, and academic freedom and freedom of speech in higher education. She has published more than 85 articles and book chapters and five books and edited volumes. Click here to purchase tickets for this event.

Committee to Screen "30 Days" on Aug. 15

The Legal Rights of Children Committee will present a screening of "30 Days" on Wednesday, Aug. 15 at 3:30 p.m.

"30 Days" was written, performed and filmed by delinquent teens at The Bridge and produced by Big Picture Alliance. The meeting will be held in the 10th Floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Cookies and beverages will be provided.

Discussion on Executive Contracts Aug. 21

Thomas D. Rees and a representative from Right Management will discuss executive contracts at the Tuesday, Aug. 21 meeting of the Labor and Employment Law Committee.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Committee Room South 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.

Traffic/Vehicular Law Meeting Aug. 23

A meeting of the Traffic/Vehicular Law Committee will be held on Thursday, August 23 at 2:30 p.m. in the 11th Floor Committee Room South of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Please contact Dawn Burger at 215-238-6367 or dburger@philabar.org if you would like to attend.

CLE Program on Redistricting Aug. 22

The Montgomery County Bar Association will present the CLE program "Redistricting: Limiting Your Right to Vote" on Wednesday, Aug. 22 at the Villanova Conference Center.

The speakers for the program include Prof. Bruce Cain of the University of California - Berkeley and Montgomery County Legislator Daylin Leach. Cain, the Heller Professor of Political Science, has a national reputation for teaching, writing and consulting to governmental bodies on elections and redistricting. Leach is the sponsor of legislation to reform Pennsylvania's winner-take-all partisan process.

Co-sponsors of the program are the Jewish Social Policy Action Network, the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania and the Committee of Seventy. Register for 2 CLE credits by calling the Montgomery Bar at 610-279-9660. Tuition for the program is $70, which includes credits and breakfast. Click here for additional information.

New Guidelines for Association List Serves

The Bar Association has amended the guidelines for its member list serves. Please take a moment to review the amended rules by clicking here.

Specifically, a new rule has been added regarding referrals. The Association requests that the listserves not be used as a means to obtain referrals to other attorneys in the five-county region. The Association maintains a Lawyer Referral and Information Service for this purpose, which is available to any attorney looking for a referral.

Additionally, members are required to include their name and contact information in their postings, and to maintain a courteous and professional tone at all times.

Click here for a complete list of guidelines to the Association's listserves.

Shuster Fellowship Applications Being Accepted

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the Morris M. Shuster Public Interest Fellowship Program, established in 2003 as a result of a generous donation by Morris M. Shuster to the Bar Foundation. This program is intended to assist public interest lawyers who face large student loan obligations that threaten their ongoing service as public interest attorneys.

To be eligible for the Shuster Fellowships, an applicant must be a full-time lawyer employed at a qualifying organization, who is financially eligible and has completed the requisite number of years of work experience at one or more nonprofit organizations principally involved in the delivery of legal services to clients (regardless of geography).

Visit philadelphiabar.org for copies of the 2007 Shuster Fellowship application and guidelines. Please note that the deadline for submitting an application for a Shuster Fellowship to the Philadelphia Bar Foundation is Friday, Sept. 14. The winners will be announced at the Andrew Hamilton Gala on Saturday, Nov. 17. For more information, contact Maureen Mingey at the Philadelphia Bar Foundation at mmingey@philabar.org or call (215) 238-6334.

Bar Foundation Seeks Award Nominees

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation is requesting nominations for the Philadelphia Bar Foundation Award and the Citizens Bank Pro Bono Award. The Philadelphia Bar Foundation Award recognizes attorneys working in the non-profit legal services community.

The Citizens Bank Award recognizes achievement in pro bono legal service, whether by a law firm or by a corporate law department.

These awards will be presented at the Bar Foundation's Andrew Hamilton Gala on Saturday, Nov. 17. Please submit nominations in writing, either by e-mail to mmingey@philabar.org or by hard copy to Maureen Mingey, Philadelphia Bar Foundation, 1101 Market St., 11th floor, Philadelphia PA 19107. Nominations are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 14.

Program on Success for Women Sept. 18

The Women in the Profession Committee and Flex-Time Lawyers LLC will host "Successful Interviewing And Beyond: Learning to Effectively Navigate Your Way as a Woman Lawyer to Ensure Success" on Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 4 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building.

This program will offer in-depth discussions of how women law students and practitioners can develop the necessary skills to succeed and how employers can achieve more diversity in the legal profession. The first panel will discuss how women law students can select a woman-friendly employer and how practitioners and employers can create and ensure more gender diversity. The second panel will share interview tips and information about what employers want. It will also uncover how women practitioners successfully conduct themselves professionally and navigate their way in the profession. A cocktail reception will follow.

The first panel, "The Cheat Sheet: Strategies to Select, Create & Ensure a Woman-Friendly Employer," which is available for one ethics credit of CLE, includes panelists Deborah Epstein Henry (moderator), founder and president, of Flex-Time Lawyers LLC, and of counsel, Schnader, Harrison, Segal & Lewis; Heather Harrington, an associate with Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker, LLP; Linda Dale Hoffa, assistant U.S. attorney, assistant chief, Criminal Division, Eastern District of Pennsylvania; Roberta D. Liebenberg, co-chair of the Women in the Profession Committee and a partner with Fine, Kaplan and Black, R.P.C.; Elaine Petrossian, assistant dean for career strategy and advancement, Villanova University School of Law.

The second panel, "Interviewing Tips to Learn What Employers Want and Proven Methods on How to Conduct Yourself Professionally," includes Kathleen D. Wilkinson, a partner with Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker LLP; Sarah E. Davies, hiring partner with Cozen O'Connor; Katherine Hatton, vice president, general counsel and secretary, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; Sunah Park, a partner with Thorp Reed & Armstrong, LLP; Molly Peckman, special counsel and director of professional development at Pepper Hamilton LLP; and Peggy Simoncini Pasquay, manager of attorney recruitment and relations, Duane Morris LLP.

Sponsors include the Pennsylvania Bar Association, Abelson Legal Search, Coleman/Nourian, Oxford Legal Associates and Sacks Legal Search. Click here to register or contact the Pennsylvania Bar Institute at 800-247-4724 for additional information.

Immigration Court Training CLE Sept. 7

Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center will present the pro bono training program "Defending Your Client in Immigration Court: Practical Do's and Don'ts," on Friday, Sept. 7 at York Immigration Court, 3400 Concord Road, York, Pa.

This seminar will provide hands-on immigration court training to small groups of prospective pro bono representatives emphasizing practice, procedure and advocacy skills, in order to improve the level and quality of representation before the court. Speakers at the training will include an immigration judge as well as other members of the Executive Office for Immigration Review. Through a simulated merits (final) hearing, participants have an opportunity to serve in the role of respondent's counsel, ICE Trial Attorney and respondent witness. Sample case scenarios are prepared and distributed to all participants in advance of the training.

Three CLE credits have been applied for. The training will be provided free of charge in exchange for attorneys agreeing to take a pro bono case referred by PIRC. Cost of the attendance fee for the Pennsylvania CLE Board is not included ($1.50 per CLE credit hour). To register, or for more information, please contact Maria McCollum at mmccollum@pirclaw.org, or calll (717) 600-8099, extension 206.

Nominations Sought for 2007 Wachovia Fidelity Award

Nominations are now being accepted for the Philadelphia Bar Association's 2007 Wachovia Fidelity Award. Nominations should be made in writing. Please include a detailed statement setting forth information and reasons why you are recommending the nominee for this award. The deadline for receipt of nominations is 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12.

Nominations should be sent to Tracey McCloskey, Philadelphia Bar Association, c/o Fidelity Award Committee, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

The criteria for the award are:

Significant accomplishments in improving the administration of justice (preferably in Philadelphia);

The absence of prior recognition for this work by the Philadelphia Bar Association;

Distinguished service consistently rendered over a considerable period of time or a single outstanding achievement in a particular year. (The fact that this single achievement may have occurred some years ago is not material so long as it has not been recognized.);

The accomplishment must arise from voluntary activities rather than for service rendered as a paid professional; and

It is preferred that the recipient be a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association not now in public office or directly involved with the court operations or any other public service activity.

Workers' Comp Section Seeks Award Nominees

The Association's Workers' Compensation Section will present its 7th annual Martha Hampton Award later this year. This award was named in honor of an attorney who was committed to the practice of workers compensation law. Each year a committee reviews nominations as to the attorney or judge who best exemplifies Martha's unique compassion and dedication to her clients, her professionalism, scholarship and good will with her peers.

It should be noted all members of the bar and bench who practice workers' compensation law are eligible. This is not an award restricted to claimants' attorneys. Past winners have included counsel from both sides of the aisle as well as from the bench.

This year's Award Committee will be chaired by Marc S. Jacobs (a partner with Hampton at Galfand Berger) and the co-chairs of the section from last year, Judge Patricia M. Bachman, Valerie H. Lieberman and Eric L. Segal. In addition to the award, a charitable contribution is made each year to Kids Chance by Galfand Berger, on behalf of the Section. Kids Chance offers scholarships to children who have lost a parent due to a work-related injury.

Your nominations are important. We encourage your participation. Please include your thoughts for making any nomination. All nominations can be e-mailed to Marc S. Jacobs at mjacobs@galfandberger.com or mailed to Jacobs at 1818 Market St., 23rd Floor, Philadelphia, Pa. 19103.

New City Hall Security Plan Under Way

Security identification cards are now required to access Philadelphia City Hall. Security identification application forms are available at philadelphiabar.org.

Attorneys can go to Room 112 near the northeast corner of City Hall Monday through Thursday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and fill out an application and have a photo taken for the new badge. The photo and application process takes just 10 minutes. Attorneys must have their Supreme Court lawyer identification card to apply for the security card. Click here to download the application form.

For more information, call (215) 686-4580.

Philadelphia Lawyer Magazine Seeks Photo Contest Entries

As our city and our Association continue to reach out to the international community, what strikes you about society's increasingly global worldview? What image captures its influence on Philadelphia and the rest of the world?

The Philadelphia Lawyer 2007 Photo Contest will award a Grand Prize in the form of a $500 Capital Grille gift certificate to the member-submitted photograph that best captures the theme of "Eyes on the World." Honorable mention winners may also be selected at the judges' discretion. The contest is sponsored by The Capital Grille.

Deadline for entries is Friday, Oct. 12, 2007. Photos can be either color or black and white. All submissions will be judged by a panel of professional photographers and all winning photographs will be published in the Winter issue of The Philadelphia Lawyer.

Summer is the perfect time to begin compiling your entries, so remember to take your camera with you on your travels — whether they take you around the world or just around the corner.

Submit entries to The Philadelphia Lawyer 2007 Photo Contest by Friday, October 12, 2007. The title of the photograph and the name, address and phone number of the photographer must accompany each entry.

Digital photographs must be submitted at a resolution of 300 dpi or greater in jpeg format. E-mail digital entries to tplmag@philabar.org with "TPL Photo Contest Entry" in the subject line or mail a CD of the entries to the address below. You may also submit hard-copy entries to TPL Photo Contest, c/o Adrienne Cornwall, 1101 Market Street, 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107. Hard-copy entries must be no smaller than five by seven inches and mounted on white poster board with a two-inch border all around.

Contact Adrienne Cornwall, managing editor of The Philadelphia Lawyer, at 215-238-6339 or acornwall@philabar.org with contest questions.

Contribute to Access to Justice Campaign

What do an elderly woman, a young child and a pro bono attorney have in common?

They need your help.

And to give it — you don't have to dig too deep.

Your donation of just $100 can help save a home, support a child who needs legal help, and ensure that the pro bono attorney who spends his or her every waking moment ensuring that they get that help can continue to make a difference.

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation's Access for Justice campaign is an easy way for attorneys and paralegals to make a real difference. Last year, the campaign helped fund 28 different organizations — including Community Legal Services, Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program and the Support Center for Child Advocates — just to name a few. Each organization's application for funding is carefully reviewed, ensuring that the funds go to worthy organizations that are making a positive, lasting impact in the Philadelphia community.

Click here to make a donation.

Visit Bar's Legislative Action Center

The Philadelphia Bar Association is unique among metropolitan bar associations in its commitment to a comprehensive legislative action program.

Association members have opportunities to affect governmental decision-making at the federal, state and local levels. Association sections and committees have the opportunity to review city, state and federal legislation and to make suggestions regarding legislation of interest. Sections and committees are often called upon to take a proactive stance by assisting in the drafting of legislation, and are sometimes the impetus for initiating legislation.

Visit the Legislative Action Center for the latest news from Harrisburg.

LPM Hotline Can Help Improve Your Practice

The Association's Law Practice Management Division offers committees with programs to help you manage your law office as well as a hotline to help you with staffing, bookkeeping and other issues. Contact the Law Practice Management Hotline at (215) 238-6314.

Whether you are just starting your own firm or trying to grow your established practice, the LPM Division is available to help. The program features a bank of consultants available to counsel Bar Association members with both innovative and practical information on topics including marketing, management, technology and finances.

The Association's Law Practice Management Division is offering programs designed to help members in many different areas. For more information on any of these subcommittees, contact the committee chairs listed below:

Vendor and Consultant Referral Program Committee - Mary Platt at mplatt@mmwr.com and Marla A. Joseph at mjoseph@workcomppa.com.

Financial Management Committee - Joel D. Feldman at jfeldman@anapolschwartz.com and Thomas A. Brophy at tbrophy@mdwcg.com.

Technology Committee - Carl G. Roberts at cgroberts@ballardspahr.com and Daniel J. Siegel at dan@danieljsiegel.com.

Business Management Committee - Margaret Klaw at mklaw@bernerklaw.com and Jeffrey A. Lutsky at jlutsky@stradley.com.

Marketing Committee - Merritt A. Cole at colem@whiteandwilliams.com and Harper J. Dimmerman at harper@harperlawgroup.com.

The Law Practice Management Division is chaired by Joseph A. Prim Jr. and Carl G. Roberts.

If you need help with staffing, bookkeeping or developing your Web site, we have the consultants to assist you! Contact the Law Practice Management Hotline at (215) 238-6314.

Order Your Copy of The Legal Directory 2007

The Legal Directory 2007 is now available, and you won't want to miss the newest, most comprehensive resource for the Philadelphia-area legal community.

This year's edition includes listings for more than 1,600 law firms and nearly 18,000 attorneys in Philadelphia and the surrounding Pennsylvania counties, Delaware and New Jersey.

But The Legal Directory 2007 also in cludes all 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 judges index; corporate counsel listings; alternative dispute resolution resources; and a special business-to-business section tailored to the legal community.

Once again this year, each copy of The Legal Directory will include complimentary access to The Legal Directory Online. So the information you need will be only a few mouse clicks away. Online firm and attorney listings are updated throughout the year, so you'll always have access to the most up-to-date addresses and phone numbers.

Order today at thelegaldirectory.org.

Understanding the Stock Options Backdating Controversy

PBI's "Understanding the Stock Options Backdating Controversy: New Developments" will provide a basic overview of what the controversy is all about. Learn "best practices" from the corporate and accounting perspectives; hear about lessons learned; find out how to apply the new rules and how to remain in compliance and more. This 3 CLE credit (substantive) hour program will be held in Philadelphia on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 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 12 to 3:15 p.m. Registration and lunch begin at 11:30 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. 14
Juvenile Procedural Rules, Ethics and Post Dispositional Practices in Juvenile Court
2 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits (Must attend entire program to receive ethics credit)
8:30 to 11:45 a.m.

Defending the Back Injury Claim
4 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 15
Essential Accounting & Finance for Lawyers
6 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Federal Local Eastern District Rules of Civil Procedure: A Practical Review
2 substantive CLE credits
12 to 2 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 16
Discovery: Where Most Cases are Won or Lost
3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits (Must attend entire program to receive ethics credit)
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Retirement Planning for Lawyers
2 substantive,1 ethics CLE credits
12 to 3:15 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 17
Understanding the Stock Options Backdating Controversy: New Developments
3 substantive CLE credits
12 to 3:15 p.m.

More information is available on the PBI Web site at www.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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