Aug. 24, 2009
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 10, No. 60

Chancellor Provides Update
on Court-Appointed Counsel:
PNC to Offer Financial Assistance

Dear Colleagues:
As you may recall from our previous open letter to the membership regarding the crisis in funding for court appointed attorneys and arbitrators, the Bar Association is continuing to work toward creative solutions for lawyers who may be facing financial hardship due to the budget impasse. To that end, I want to update you on one of the specific solutions that was completed this week. Last week, I engaged in a meeting with PNC Bank, N.A. Wealth Management, in an effort to arrange financial assistance for those of us most directly impacted by the ongoing impasse. After briefing PNC Bank fully on the situation, our contacts have indicated that PNC Bank will immediately consider financing requests from our members who take court appointed cases and who sit as arbitrators in a straightforward and confidential fashion. While each lawyer's situation will be different, PNC will attempt to provide loans at very competitive rates. Following our discussions, PNC Bank has established a special contact who can expeditiously assist lawyers who are dealing with this financial hardship.

Certainly, PNC is just one of the many fine financial services organizations that our members may wish to contact. Based on our discussions with PNC, we are confident that the bank is very sensitive to the critical needs of the court appointed attorneys who are facing financial crises. Should you wish to avail yourself of PNC's services, please contact the following PNC Wealth Management professional:

Jackie Byrne Lessman, CFP®
Senior Vice President
(215) 585-5831
jacqueline.lessman@pnc.com

Your inquiries will not be shared with the Bar Association nor its staff.

In addition to this step the Bar Association will actively continue seeking out other sources of financial assistance. We will also continue our efforts in Harrisburg and with our local government administration to help resolve this budget crisis as quickly as possible. We will keep you informed of all developments. Should you wish to contact me directly, please do so at sladov@philabar.org.

Sincerely yours,
Sayde J. Ladov, Chancellor

 

Truancy System Discussion Aug. 26

Frank Pombar and Delia Reveron of the School District of Philadelphia will discuss Philadelphia's truancy system at the Wednesday, Aug. 26 meeting of the Legal Rights of Children Committee.

This session will provide insight into how the current system works while providing an opportunity to discuss this pervasive problem with the people charged with doing something about it. The meeting begins at 12:30 p.m. in 10th Floor Board Room, of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP.

Hot Issues in Phila. Business Taxes Aug. 28

The Tax Section and the Pennsylvania Bar Institute will present the CLE program "Hot Issues: Philadelphia Business Taxes" on Friday, Aug. 28.

In this program, the third course offering in the Tax Section's 2009 Spring/Summer CLE series, a panel comprised of City Law Department representatives and private practitioners will debate two of Philadelphia's hot tax issues affecting businesses today. Expert faculty will discuss how much nexus is enough to subject a business to the Philadelphia business privilege tax; and the application of business privilege tax to real estate activity.

Faculty includes Joseph C. Bright of Cozen O'Connor; Christopher A. Jones and Wendi L. Kotzen of Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll LLP; Marissa O'Connell and Dawn M. Schmidt, deputy city solicitors, City of Philadelphia Law Department; and Stewart M. Weintraub of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP.

Registration and lunch begin at 11:45 a.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, 13th and Market streets. Two substantive CLE credits, as well as 2 CPE credits are available. Click here to register.

Business Development Skills Series Starts Sept. 11

The Training Resource Group will present a series of programs to introduce business development skills to attorneys beginning Friday, Sept. 11.

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 Sept. 11 in the 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St., from 12 to 2 p.m. The Sept. 18, Oct. 2 and Oct. 9 programs will be held from 12 to 2 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters. The Sept. 11 session will cover building a network for business development and designing a business plan. The Sept. 18 session will discuss the basics of networking and building a memorable 30-second commerical. On Oct. 2, attendees will learn how to build a stronger network. The Oct. 9 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.

Bar Foundation Seeks Award Nominees

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation is seeking nominations for two awards to be presented at the Andrew Hamilton Benefit on Saturday, Nov. 21.

The Citizens Bank Pro Bono Award is presented by Citizens Bank, the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Philadelphia Bar Foundation, and is given annually to a Philadelphia law firm or corporate legal department demonstrating outstanding volunteer efforts to help provide legal services to those in need. The recipient of the Citizens Bank Award designates the $10,000 monetary award to one or more Philadelphia Bar Foundation grantees

Philadelphia Bar Foundation Award is given to an attorney who is working in the nonprofit legal services community. A $2,500 award will be presented each year to an attorney who is providing direct legal services to the poor and the underprivileged in Philadelphia.

Please visit PhilaBarFoundation.org for more information. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Sept. 11.

ABCs of Zoning Practice in Philadelphia Sept. 11

The Real Property Section and Philadelphia VIP will present a CLE training on zoning practice in Philadelphia on Friday, Sept. 11. This training is geared towards attorneys newer to a zoning practice in Philadelphia. We will cover the nuts and bolts of presenting cases before the Philadelphia Zoning Board of Adjustment and will touch briefly on what you need to know about the next level of appeal, particularly before you appear at the ZBA-level hearing.

Speakers for the program include Cheryl Gaston of the City of Philadelphia Law Department and Al Fuscaldo of Gibbons P.C. Attorneys will receive 2 free CLE credits if they accept a VIP zoning case within 6 months of the training.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Associastion headquarters, 1101 Market St. To reserve your space at the program, contact Philadelphia VIP at 215-523-9550 or e-mail phillyvip@phillyvip.org. Lunch is available for $8 for those who register in advance. Click here to purchase lunch for this event.

Exceptional Client Service Program Sept. 15

The Attorney Career Development Committee will present "Exceptional Client Service: What Your Clients Want You to Know" on Tuesday, Sept 15.

Whether you are a law firm managing partner, a solo practitioner, or between opportunities, the key to success is learning the six key principles of exceptional client service directly from the source – your clients. A distinguished panel includes general counsel, business owners and the founder of the Attorney Client Service Institute.

The program begins at 12:15 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP.

Loan Repayment Assistance Presentation Sept. 16

The Public Interest Section's Delivery of Legal Services Committee and the Young Lawyers Division will co-sponsor a panel presentation on loan repayment assistance programs on Wednesday, Sept. 16 from 3 to 5 p.m., followed by a wine and cheese reception from 5 to 6 p.m.

The panel discussion will feature Heather Jarvis, senior program manager for Law School Advocacy and Outreach Resources at Equal Justice Works. Jarvis is a national expert on educational debt and the financial barriers facing law graduates and has been a leading player nationally in advocating for and now interpreting the new federal student loan forgiveness law, the College Cost Reduction and Access Act.

Both the program and reception will take place at Bar Association's 11th Floor Conference Center, 1101 Market St., and are free. Click here to register.

Nominations Sought for Thurgood Marshall Award

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. Click here for additional information.

This year's Thurgood Marshall Award Committee is chaired by Joe Mitchell. Nominations should be sent to: joemitchellattorney@gmail.com. If you have any questions, please contact Mitchell at 215-557-7111.

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 Monday, Sept. 21.

Dialogue on Diversity Sept. 22

The Philadelphia Bar Association will host the summit "Our Dialogue on Diversity" which will review the real-life struggles and successes of diverse Philadelphia lawyers from the past and present, with a major focus on the future.

This two-hour summit, designed as a luncheon program, will be held Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 12 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center at the Wanamaker Building.

Topics will include recruiting and retaining diverse individuals, building diverse leadership at the Bar Association and law firm management, the impact of the economy on diversity, and implementing the Statement of Diversity Principles resolution.

Panelists will include U.S. District Court Senior Judge Norma Shapiro; Butler Buchanan, shareholder, Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin; former Chancellor Andrew A. Chirls; Roberta Liebenberg, member, Fine, Kaplan & Black, R.P.C.; Nadeem Bezar, partner, Kolsby, Gordon, Robin, Shore & Bezar; Brandi Brice, assistant city solicitor; John Encarnacion, associate, White and Williams LLP; Thomas Fitzpatrick, partner, Fitzpatrick & Long, LLC; Heather J. Holloway, associate, Thorp Reed & Armstrong LLP; Richard Negrin, vice president and associate general counsel, ARAMARK; Jamie Ray, Center for Disability Law Policy; and Lynn Zeitlin, executive director, Equality Advocates.

There is no charge to attend this event, but registration is required. Lunch is available for $12. Click here to register.

Public Finance Aspect of Stimulus Bill Sept. 23

Tax Exempt Finance Committee will discuss the public finance aspects of the stimulus bill at its Wednesday, Sept. 23 meeting.

Other topics will include Buy America Bonds, the proposed changes to 15c2-12 and any other topics of interest to the public finance community.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. at the offices of Fox Rothschild LLP, 2000 Market St., 10th Floor. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to Joann Dawkins at 215-299-2071 or by e-mail at jdawkins@foxrothschild.com.

YLD Dress to Impress Sept. 24 at Ladder 15

Join the Young Lawyers Division and some of the area's best clothing vendors at "Dress to Impress," a special networking event being held Thursday, Sept. 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Ladder 15, 1528 Samson St.

From interviewing for a job or law school to talking with a client to making your case to a judge, there are countless reasons to look your best. "Dress to Impress" will feature various clothiers, each displaying their items throughout the night at discounted prices. Custom-tailored suits and shirts for both men and women will be available, as will a variety of accessories. Drink and food specials will also be offered during the event.

One confirmed vendor is Astor & Black, which will be raffling off a shirt and tie. Other possible vendors include: Distante, Doncaster, Senor Custom Clothing, and Kimberly Boutique.

Registration is not required for "Dress to Impress," however the first 80 to arrive will receive a free drink ticket. Stay tuned for more details as they become available.

The Art of Active Listening Sept. 30

The Lawyers in Transition initiative will present "Learning the Art of Active Listening" on Wednesday, Sept. 30 with Kimberly Alford Rice, principal, KLA Marketing Associates.

She will discuss five impediments to effective listening and why active listening is essential to your success. The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th Floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for those who register in advance. Click here to register.

Register Now for Bench-Bar, Save with 2007 Prices

Association members have until Friday, Sept. 25 to take advantage of the early bird discount for the Bench-Bar and Annual Conference Oct. 23-24 at Harrah's Atlantic City.

Conference prices have been rolled back to 2007 levels. Full-conference admission is $349 for members and $399 for non-members. For members of the Young Lawyers Division and government and public interest attorneys, admission is only $199. Visit PhilaBenchBar.org for a complete registration form and pricing guide.

The 2009 Bench-Bar and Annual Conference will open with the October Quarterly Meeting. A total of 13 CLE seminars and 5 CLE credits are available at the conference. Seminars are being presented by the Family Law Section, Young Lawyers Division, Business Litigation Committee, Workers' Compensation Section, Criminal Justice Section, State Civil Litigation Section, Law Practice Management Division, Professional Responsibility Committee, Bar-News Media Committee, Business Law Section, Public Interest Section and Probate and Trust Section.

The conference also includes a state of the court address with the president judges of Pennsylvania and Philadelphia courts.

One of the highlights of any Bench-Bar Conference is the Grand Reception, and this year is no exception. This year, the Grand Reception will be held at The Pool at Harrah's, one of the hottest nightspots in Atlantic City.

Saturday morning's programming gets off to a talkative start with a sports-talk program with Sports Radio 610-WIP's Anthony Gargano. Gargano has hosted 610's highly rated midday show (10 a.m. – 3 p.m.) for the past seven years. A former sportswriter for the New York Post and The Philadelphia Inquirer specializing in national in-depth features and profiles, Gargano has also written two books, The Great Philadelphia Fan Book and A Sunday Pilgrimage. He contributes to several magazines, was named in the 2000 Great Sportwriters Book, and can be seen mornings on Fox 29's "Good Day Philadelphia."

Discounted hotel room rates are also available for conference attendees. To receive the special room rate, hotel reservations must be made no later than Thursday, Oct. 1 by calling Harrah's directly at 609-441-5776.

Be sure to mention "Philadelphia Bar Association/2009 Bench Bar Conference" group code GHPBA9 to take advantage of the special rates of $209 in the new Waterfront Tower or $144 in the Harbor Tower on Friday, Oct. 23. Special rates are also available for Thursday and Saturday nights. Rates do not include taxes. Sponsors for the 2009 Bench-Bar and Annual Conference include USI Affinity, Juristaff, Summit Pharmacy, American Lawsuit Funding, Iron Mountain, JAMS, Alliance Medical Legal Consulting and CourtCall.

Volunteers Needed for Get Help Now PA!

At the direction of Gov. Edward G. Rendell and first lady Judge Marjorie O. Rendell, the Philadelphia Bar Association has agreed to help launch "Get Help Now Pennsylvania!" part of President and Michelle Obama's "United We Serve" national service initiative.

The initiative encourages Americans to create meaningful change in their communities by engaging in service. The Philadelphia Bar Association is working in conjunction with its Young Lawyers Division, Lawyers in Transition initiative, the Philadelphia Legal Secretaries Association and Philadelphia Association of Paralegals to bring Get Help Now Pennsylvania! to Philadelphia.

Through Friday, Sept. 11 (from 1 to 6 p.m.), President and Mrs. Obama are asking legal professionals and bankers to staff offices around the state to help direct individuals with legal or financial issues to agencies that can provide help. Here in Philadelphia, the office will be located at the Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law. As Philadelphia is the state's largest city, volunteers are greatly needed. The session are held twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Get Help Now Pennsylvania is a collaborative effort of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Bankers Association, the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association, the Pennsylvania Association of Community Bankers, the Mortgage Bankers Association of Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania Association of Mortgage Brokers, the Pennsylvania Financial Services Association, the Office of the First Lady and Pennsylvania Department of Banking.

For questions or to volunteer, please contact Brian Sims, staff counsel for policy and planning at the Philadelphia Bar Association at bsims@philabar.org or call (215) 238-6353.

YLD Family Fall Festival at Philadelphia Zoo Oct. 3

Have fun and meet the families of your fellow young lawyers at the YLD Family Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 3 at the Philadelphia Zoo.

Admission is $20 for adults and $12 for children ages 2-12. Admission includes all day access to the Zoo, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The YLD Fall Festival runs from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Peacock Pavilion and includes a picnic BBQ, decorate your own cupcake and a DJ. Access to the Peacock Pavilion begins at 12 p.m. Face painting and the Zoo on Wheels will be available from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Children are encouraged to wear costumes. Young lawyers can dress up, too. Click here to purchase tickets. Registration must be made in advance by Friday, Sept. 25. Tickets will not be available the day of the event.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judgeship Vacancy

Chief Judge Anthony J. Scirica announces the application process for a bankruptcy judgeship in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, seated in Philadelphia. Bankruptcy judges are appointed to 14-year terms pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §152. Current annual salary is $160,080.

Applicants must be members in good standing of the highest court of at least one state, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and in every other bar of which they are members. Applicants should have engaged in the active practice of law for at least five years; demonstrate outstanding legal ability and competence and a commitment to equal justice under the law; and indicate by their demeanor, character and personality that they would exhibit judicial temperament if appointed.

Qualified candidates will be considered equally and without regard to race, sex, age, disability, religious affiliation or national origin. An extensive background in bankruptcy practice is not required. The name of the candidate selected for the position will be published for public comment prior to appointment.

The application process is entirely automated. No paper applications or attachments will be accepted. Applications and attachments must be submitted electronically by 12 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009. To apply, please e-mail your request for an application to PAED_bankruptcy_application@ca3.uscourts.gov.

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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. 25
Handling the Sex Offense Case
4 substantive CLE credits
12 to 4:15 p.m.

Integritiy: Good People, Bad Choices and Life Lessons from the White House
2 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
12:30 to 3:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 26
Sixth Annual Animal Law Conference
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 27
Simulcast – The Complete Legal Negotiator
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Ethics Potpourri
1 ethics CLE credit for each program
Harry Potter and the Lawyer's Curse
8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

PBA Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee Update
10 to 11 a.m.

Ethics of Law Marketing in a Multijurisdictional Practice
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

How to Be a Lawyer 101
1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Attorney Discipline in PA
3 to 4 p.m.

Overcoming Depression
4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Video – Advising Troubled Companies
2 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Clarence Darrow's Search for Justice
2 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
1 to 4:15 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 28
Anatomy for Lawyers: A Primer
6 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Video – Ethics Potpourri – Overcoming Depression
1 ethics CLE credit
10 to 11 a.m.

Monday, Aug. 31
Video – Advanced Issues of Realty Transfer Tax
3 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Video – A Primer on Collecting & Enforcing Judgments
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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