Monday, Aug. 21, 2006
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 7, No. 59

Pichini Named O'Connor Awardee;
Robinson to Address Bar Oct. 30

Roberta D. Pichini (left), a former chair of the Women in the Profession Committee, has been selected as the recipient of the Association's 2006 Sandra Day O'Connor Award. The award presentation will be made during the Association's Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon on Oct. 30, where Mary Robinson (right), the first woman to serve as president of Ireland and the former United Nations high commissioner for human rights, will deliver the keynote address...READ MORE
 

Pichini Named O'Connor Awardee; Robinson to Address Bar

Roberta D. Pichini, a former chair of the Women in the Profession Committee, has been selected as the recipient of the Association's 2006 Sandra Day O'Connor Award.

The award presentation will be made during the Association's Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon on Oct. 30, where Mary Robinson, the first woman to serve as president of Ireland and the former United Nations high commissioner for human rights, will deliver the keynote address.

Pichini is a partner with Feldman, Shepherd, Wohlgelernter, Tanner and Weinstock. The Association also will present its Justice William J. Brennan Distinguished Jurist Award at the event. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased online at philadelphiabar.org.

Register Online for 2006 Bench-Bar Conference

The Association's 2006 Bench-Bar Conference offers a weekend of top-quality programs and camaraderie, with as many as 7.5 CLE credits available to attendees at the Sept. 29-30 event in Atlantic City. Click here to register online.

The theme of the 2006 Bench-Bar Conference is a salute to the movies. "The Greatest Show on Earth" will be held at The Tropicana Resort and Casino, the site of the successful 2005 event.

Attendees have 19 different programs to choose from, offering up to 7.5 CLE credits.

The Bench-Bar Conference brings together the Philadelphia legal community for continuing legal education seminars and provides an opportunity to foster the working environment between local judges and attorneys. The 2006 Bench-Bar Conference is chaired by Ronald A. Kovler and Laura A. Feldman. More information on the conference is available at philadelphiabar.org.

The 2006 Bench-Bar Conference is sponsored by LexisNexis, Thomson West, USI Colburn Insurance Service, Veritext and JAMS.

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 addressing 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.

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.

104 Firms Raise $1.4 Million for Legal Services

One-hundred four 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 104 law firms, representing more than 4,400 attorneys, have pledged $1,413,470. 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.

Fattah to Discuss Education Funding at Oct. 16 Forum

Congressman Chaka Fattah, a longtime advocate for public education, will be the keynote speaker at an Oct. 16 ChancellorÂ’s Forum "How Pennsylvania School Funding Jeopardizes PhiladelphiaÂ’s Future (And What You Can Do About It)."

The lunchtime meeting, hosted by Chancellor Alan M. Feldman in the 11th floor Conference Center at Bar Association headquarters, is open to the public and begins at 12 p.m. with a free lunch, followed by Fattah's presentation at 12:30 p.m. and then a question-and-answer period.

To register, visit philadelphiabar.org or contact Dawn Burger at 215-238-6367 or by e-mail at dburger@philadelphiabar.org.

Examination of Medicaid Report Oct. 17

Joseph W. "Chip" Marshall III, a member of the Medicaid Commission selected by Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt, will discuss the commission's two-year project and upcoming report in a lunchtime meeting on Tuesday, Oct.17.

The meeting is co-sponsored by the Public Interest Section, the Business Law Section's Health Care Law Committee and the State Civil Litigation Section's Medical-Legal Committee.

The meeting will be held in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. The event, open to all Association members, begins at 12 p.m. with lunch, followed by Marshall's presentation at 12:30 p.m. Lunch is $7.50 and registration is available at philadelphabar.org or by contacting Dawn Burger at 215-238-6367 or by e-mail at dburger@philadelphiabar.org.

YLD Fall Family Spooktacular at Sesame Place Oct. 22

The Young Lawyers Division will hold its Family Fall Spooktacular on Sunday, Oct. 22 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Sesame Place in Langhorne, Pa.

Admission is $30 for adults and $20 for children and includes food and beverages, a sing-along and meet and greet with five Sesame Place characters, VIP seating at the live stage show "Countdown to Halloween" and participation in the Sesame Place Rock Around the Block parade.

Children are invited to dress in costume and trick or treat throughout the park, tour The Count's Castle and take a hayride. Click here for directions to Sesame Place.

Legal Directory 2006 Now Available for Purchase

The Legal Directory 2006 is now available. 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. Click here to order The Legal Directory 2006 today!

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.

Prime Rib Golf Outing Sept. 25

The Prime Rib will hold its fifth annual golf outing on Monday, Sept. 25 at Whitemarsh Valley Country Club in Lafayette Hill. Proceeds from the event will benefit the John Mannino Scholarship Fund at the Temple University School of Tourism and Hospitality Management.

The event is sponsored by the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau. For more information, call The Prime Rib at 215-772-1701 or visit therestaurantcollection.com.

Weekly Spotlight: Public Interest Law Center of Phila.

The Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia originated in the 1960s as one of the original Committees for Civil Rights Under Law, founded in response to President Kennedy's call for lawyers to involve themselves in the great civil rights movements of the day. Leaders of the Philadelphia Bar incorporated the Center in 1974.

PILCOP's mission is to advance the constitutional promise of equal citizenship to all persons irrespective of race, ethnicity, national origin, disability, gender or poverty. PILCOP uses public education, continuing education of our clients and client organizations, research, negotiation and, when necessary, the courts to achieve systemic reforms that advance the central goals of self-advocacy, social justice and equal protection of the law for all members of society.

PILCOP does its work through a staff of six attorneys, a non-lawyer staff of five, interns from universities, and partnerships with law firms and individual lawyers around the country. Among other work, the Center represents clients in three states to secure the children's healthcare required under federal law; PILCOP represents children with disabilities in cases to obtain a free and appropriate education; PILCOP is prosecuting a suit challenging discriminatory zoning in the City of Reading; and PILCOP is counsel in six cases around the country to secure community residences for mentally retarded persons confined to institutions.

Many of the Law Center's clients are community and advocacy groups that provide direct services to individuals. PILCOP provides legal and strategic advice to such organizations so that they can better fight for their own rights. The Center has been instrumental in organizing the disabled communities across the country, and has helped its clients in their efforts to close the huge gaps in funding between Pennsylvania's richest and poorest school districts.

Contact the Law Center at 215-627-7100, or online at www.pilcop.org.

Selecting and Influencing Your Jury

Practical pretrial and trial strategies that win cases, offered by Dr. Susan E. Jones of Jury Research Institute, and applied by some of this country's most successful trial lawyers, can transform your cases and your practice. Learn more at PBI's Selecting and Influencing Your Jury on Aug. 24. This 6 substantive credit hour program will be held in Philadelphia 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 4 p.m. Registration 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. 22
Handling the Sexual Harassment Case
4 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Fundamentals of Real Estate
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits (must attend the full program to receive ethics credit)
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 23
Animal Law Seminar
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 24
Ethics for Family Lawyers
4 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Selecting and Influencing Your Jury
6 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 25
Murray on Contracts
3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits (must attend the full program to receive ethics credit)
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 28
Intellectual Property Law Primer
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4:15 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 up to 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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