Aug. 30, 2010
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 11, No. 62
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IBC to Introduce New Coverage;
Grandfathered Indemnity
Coverage Continuation Confirmed

Effective with renewals that take place on Jan. 1, 2011, Independence Blue Cross (IBC) will no longer offer the current HMO, POS, and PPO products under which groups with 100 or fewer employees are now insured. This will impact most Association members who have their coverage through IBC. Existing customers will not be able to renew their current plans. All insureds will have to select a new plan from IBC’s new product line (Blue Solutions), which will include new HMO, POS and PPO options. At renewal, a recommended option(s) will be provided to customers that are most like their current option(s). If a customer does not make a benefit election, IBC will automatically default the existing coverage(s) to the recommended option(s). ....READ MORE
 

IBC to Introduce New Coverage in January 2011;
Grandfathered Indemnity Coverage Continuation Confirmed

Effective with renewals that take place on Jan. 1, 2011, Independence Blue Cross (IBC) will no longer offer the current HMO, POS, and PPO products under which groups with 100 or fewer employees are now insured. This will impact most Association members who have their coverage through IBC. Existing customers will not be able to renew their current plans. All insureds will have to select a new plan from IBC’s new product line (Blue Solutions), which will include new HMO, POS and PPO options. At renewal, a recommended option(s) will be provided to customers that are most like their current option(s). If a customer does not make a benefit election, IBC will automatically default the existing coverage(s) to the recommended option(s).

There will be a total of 25 different new options available to groups comprised from firms that have less than 51 employees. The number of plan options which may be offered will be determined by the total number of employees that a firm has. All the new plans include those benefits mandated by recent Health Care Reform legislation including coverage for dependent children up to the age of 26.

In order to address your questions and concerns regarding these changes that have been mandated by IBC, the Association will be keeping you informed through various ways about the new products. You will receive ongoing additional information from USI Affinity, the Association’s broker. By now, you should have received your first e-mail communication from USI Affinity announcing the coverage changes. In addition, on or about Aug. 23, 2010, IBC sent a letter directly to each insured outlining the changes and elimination of the old plans.

Your health insurance choice for 2011 will take more time and consideration as you examine the available options. On Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2010 at 8:30 A.M. at the Association offices, 11th Floor Conference Center, 1101 Market Street, the Association will hold an open meeting with representatives of USI to explain in detail the information that they have received, how it will impact the insureds and what the open enrollment process will entail for 2011 (click here to register). This program will be repeated at 8:30 A.M. on Tuesday, Sept. 28 again at the Association’s 11th Floor conference center (Click here to register). A free continental breakfast will be provided at both sessions.

Solo practitioners, actively practicing law and currently insured, will not lose coverage. Unless covered under grandfathered traditional indemnity plans, they will however, have to choose from the new Blue Solutions offerings.

On Wednesday, Aug. 25, we were able to confirm that those members, including solo practitioners, covered under the grandfathered traditional indemnity plans will be able to continue that indemnity coverage for 2011. This will however, be subject to the underwriting guidelines that impact the number of plans that can be offered depending on group size.

For members with questions about these changes, a special number has been set up for you to communicate directly with USI Affinity. You may call 1-800-265-2876 and press prompt #4.

At this time we are taking steps to educate our members about this development. No decisions about which new coverage you will pick has to be made at this point. Those decisions will have to be made once actual rates for each plan are made available by IBC, sometime during the end of October. However, because both the Association and USI Affinity recognize how important health care coverage is to both you and your employees, the Association in a coordinated effort with USI Affinity will be keeping you apprised of all developments as we learn about them.

Register for Bench-Bar and Annual Conference at Borgata

You have just until Sept. 17 to register for the 2010 Bench-Bar and Annual Conference and receive the early bird discount. This year's conference will be held Oct. 15 and 16 at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, N.J.

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 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 on Oct. 15. The case established the concept of freedom of the press and coined the term "Philadelphia lawyer." (The Trial of John Peter Zenger: A Play in Four Scenes, by Michael E. Tigar, Copyright © 1986, All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission of the Author.)

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 JAMS, Iron Mountain and Kaplan, Leaman and Wolfe Court Reporters. For more information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Michael Petitti at (215) 238-6342.

Bench-Bar Conference Scholarships Available

Scholarships to the 2010 Bench-Bar and Annual Conference are available by lottery to Association members who are public interest or government service attorneys.

The lottery drawing will take place on Friday, Sept. 10 and the announcement of winners will be sent via e-mail on Monday, Sept. 13.

To enter the lottery, please submit your name and organization to Dawn Petit at dpetit@philabar.org by 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 10. Each scholarship will include hotel accommodations for the night of Friday, Oct. 15 at the Borgata as well as all conference fees, which include CLE programming and all sponsored meals and events.

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

Elections Committee Formed; Candidates Sought

The Philadelphia Bar Association has formed its Elections Committee, which is chaired by Immediate-Past Chancellor Sayde Joy Ladov and consists of Michael L. Viola, Scott W. Reid, Louis S. Rulli, Lawrence S. Felzer, Albertine Y. DuFrayne, Brandi Brice, Sean R. Sullivan, Jeffrey S. Gross and Jeffrey Campolongo. Chancellor Scott F. Cooper, Chancellor-Elect Rudolph Garcia, Vice Chancellor John E. Savoth and Board of Governors Chair Richard S. Seidel serve as ex-officio members.

Offices for which candidates are being solicited are Vice Chancellor, Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer, and five seats on the Board of Governors. Each Board seat carries a three-year term.

Association members may become candidates for any of these offices by filing with the Secretary, at least 60 days prior to the Dec. 7, 2010 Annual Meeting, nominations in writing which, for candidates of the Board, must be signed by at least 25 members who are entitled to vote; for candidates for Secretary, Treasurer, Assistant Secretary and Assistant Treasurer, shall be signed by at least 35 members who are entitled to vote; and for candidates for Vice Chancellor, shall be signed by at least 100 members who are entitled to vote.

Individuals who wish to run for any of the above named offices should contact Staff Counsel Brian Sims at bsims@philabar.org for additional information. Signatures, along with a resume, and written authorization should be submitted to Association Secretary Kathleen Wilkinson, c/o Brian Sims, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107, no later than 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 7.

Cooper Elected to NCBP Executive Council

Chancellor Scott F. Cooper has been elected to the National Conference of Bar Presidents Executive Council. The election was held during the 2010 ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco in August.

The NCBP provides information and training to state and local bar association leaders. The Executive Council is open only to current and former state and local bar presidents. Each year, only five new members are elected to the Executive Council. Cooper was interviewed for and nominated to the position during the NCBP’s most recent meeting.

The current members of NCBP include state, local and special-focus bars from more than 50 states and territories. The executive council includes past bar presidents who want to continue serving the legal community.

The primary purpose of NCBP is to provide high-quality programming to current bar leaders at two meetings held each year contemporaneously with the annual and midyear meetings of the ABA. The NCBP presents workshops focused on bar association programming, membership, continuing education, access to justice, community outreach, education, diversity, finance and other issues of current interest to the profession. the NCBP also provides a forum at which current bar leaders can share ideas on solving common challenges.

By holding its meetings jointly with the National Association of Bar Executives and the National Conference of Bar Foundations, NCBP participants can additionally share experiences with professional bar staff and bar foundation leaders from all over the country.

"The Philadelphia Bar Association is an active participant in the NCBP. To be able to continue with this group in a leadership role, after I complete my term as Chancellor, is a tremendous honor for me personally and our Association," said Cooper.

Cooper’s election provides the Philadelphia Bar Association with representation in both policy and programming matters on the executive council. The interview process focused largely on the innovative programs the Philadelphia Bar Association has done and is doing this year.

Cooper was particularly appreciative of past Chancellor Robert C. Heim, former Pennsylvania Bar Association President Andrew F. Susko and Roberta D. Liebenberg for their supporting nominating letters.

Tell Us About Your Healthy Lifestyle

Everyone knows the pressure of working as an attorney. And that can take a toll on a lawyer's health and well-being. Have you or one of your colleagues overcome a health issue? Or do you know someone who has re-dedicated him or herself to living a healthy, well-balanced life?

We're looking for lawyers who have turned their lives around for a feature for The Philadelphia Lawyer magazine. We want to hear your success stories and how you did it. Tell your tale and inspire someone to get healthy. Contact us at tplmag@philabar.org.

TV's Judge Jeanine Pirro to Speak Sept. 8

Judge Jeanine Pirro, host of the popular television program "Judge Pirro" on The CW Philly and a respected legal analyst who has appeared on "Larry King Live," "Good Morning America" and "60 Minutes," will discuss issues confronting women in the legal field and weigh in on today's legal headlines at the Wednesday, Sept. 8 meeting of the Women in the Profession Committee.

Judge Pirro was the first woman district attorney in Westchester County, N.Y., elected in 1993. She also became the first woman to sit on the Westchester County bench in 1989. Prosecuting murder, rape, domestic violence and other serious cases, Judge Pirro received considerable recognition for her work as a leading advocate for victims of domestic abuse and hate crimes. She has authored several articles for The New York Law Journal and The New York Post and also wrote the acclaimed book To Punish and Protect: Against a System That Coddles Criminals. Judge Pirro was chosen as the Republican Party's candidate for New York state attorney general in 2006.

The program begins at 12:45 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8. This event is open to all members of the Bar. Click here to register.

Tote Bag, Book Collection for Incarcerated Women

The Women in the Profession Public Service Task Force is organizing a collection of books and tote bags in conjunction with the Philadelphia section of the National Association of Women Judges through Aug. 30. The books and tote bags will be donated to prisons for incarcerated women. The donations can be gently used. Please limit book donations to those that you think someone else would enjoy reading (this would probably exclude old law school books).

If you are interested in collecting on behalf of your firm, please contact Emily Marks. Individual donations can be dropped off at the offices of Kolsby Gordon Robin Shore & Bezar or arrangements can be made for donations to be picked up if they are within a short distance of the office.

All questions can be directed to Emily B. Marks, at Kolsby Gordon Robin Shore & Bezar, 2000 Market St., 28th Floor, Philadelphia, Pa. 19103. She can also be contacted at (215) 851-9700 or via e-mail at emarks@kolsbygordon.com.

Bring School Supplies to Back to School Happy Hour Aug. 31

The Women in the Profession Public Service Task Force is hosting a Back to School Happy Hour to collect school supplies which will be donated to a local elementary school. The Happy Hour is set for Tuesday, Aug. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Public House, 2 Logan Square (18th Street between Arch and Cherry streets). Drink specials include $3 Coors Light and Yuengling Drafts, $4 selected wines and $5 well drinks.

The schools supplies needed are markers, crayons, pencils, erasers, rulers, etc. Last year's Happy Hour was a lot of fun, so mark your calendars and spread the word. You don’t have to be a Task Force member to attend!

Secrets of Mass Tort Programs Success Sept. 1

The State Civil Litigation Section will present "A National Success Story: Mass Tort Programs in Philadelphia Common Pleas Courts" on Wednesday, Sept. 1.

For more than 30 years, Philadelphia Mass Tort Programs have served as a model of efficiency and fairness for litigants in pharmaceutical, medical device, product and other mass tort litigations. One of the architects of the program and current Coordinating Judge of the Complex Litigation Center, Mass Tort Division, Judge Sandra Mazer Moss, will offer insight to the secrets of the programs' success and provide a current update on the inventory of the program. Two of the leaders of the program from the respective plaintiffs' and defense Bar, Tobias L. Millrood and past Chancellor Robert C. Heim, will give an insider's perspective and discuss the Mass Tort Division's largest program, the Hormone Therapy Litigation, as an example of the successes and challenges within a mass tort litigation.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. 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, 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 will be presented by the Professional Responsibility Committee and co-sponsored by the Young Lawyers Division and Law Practice Management Committee.

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.

Real Property Section CLE on Stormwater Fees Sept. 15

The Real Property Section will present the CLE program "Philadelphia's New Stormwater Fees: How Diversionary Tactics Can Pay Off" on Wednesday, Sept. 15.

This program will advise attendees on how to respond to new stormwater program fees the City of Philadelphia is imposing, which result in fee increases of up to an order of magnitude for some property owners. The program will include a brief introduction to the elements of the stormwater program, followed by several case studies which illustrate potential actions property owners can take to significantly reduce their fees. Panelists include Christopher D. Burkett, Paul M. Schmidt and Jason R. Sieminski.

The program begins at 12:30 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Registration and lunch begin at 12 p.m. Click here to RSVP.

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.

Cost Effectively Conducting Legal Research Sept. 16

The Law Practice Management Committee will present "Cost Effectively Conducting Legal Research," a program reviewing the best ways to retrieve the information you need from Internet search engines and featuring Jenkins Law Library education services manager Dan Giancaterino on Thursday, Sept. 16 at 12 p.m.

Even though social networking sites such as Facebook are all the rage, search is still the Internet's killer app. Google, Microsoft's Bing, and others offer useful but poorly advertised features that let you organize your results, filter them by time and location, and get the correct answer instead of a list of 10 blue links. We'll also cover additional sources for desired content such as cases, law review articles, books, articles, images and more.

The program will be held in the 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Click here to register. The event is free; lunch is available for $8.

Meet the Legal Blawgers Sept. 16

The Bar-News Media Committee will present "Meet the Legal Blawgers: An Insiders' Perspective on Connecting with the Legal Blogosphere" on Thursday, Sept. 16.

Panelists include Jeff Blumenthal, staff writer, Philadelphia Business Journal; Hugh E. Dillon, editor, PhillyChitChat.com; Hank Grezlak, associate publisher and editor-in-chief, The Legal Intelligencer; Catherine Lucey, staff reporter, Philadelphia Daily News, co-writer, PhillyClout; Chris Brennan, political writer, Philadelphia Daily News, co-writer, PhillyClout; and Saul Segan, contributor, The Huffington Post.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8. Click here to register.

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 winner and runner-up will receive $200 and $100 gift certificates, respectively, to Ruth's Chris Steak House as well as have their images featured in The Philadelphia Lawyer, the Association's quarterly magazine.

Entrants are asked to consider the following: "As you embark on late 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?"

The winner will receive a $200 gift certificate and the runner-up a $100 gift certificate courtesy of Ruth's Chris Steak House.

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.

YLD Election Information Session Sept. 20

The Young Lawyers Division is holding an information session for anyone interested in learning more about the YLD or running in the YLD election on Monday, Sept. 20 at 12 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St.

There is no cost to attend. but registration is required, click here to register. Lunch will be provided. For more information, contact Albertine DuFrayne at 215-523-6900 or adufrayne@petrellilaw.com.

Bar Foundation Award Nominees Sought

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation is seeking nominations for Philadelphia Bar Foundation Award which is given to a public interest attorney for excellence of service to the community. A $2,500 award is 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 Thursday, Sept. 30. Nominations can be sent electronically to lbrown@philabar.org.

Antitrust Committee CLE on Patent Hold Ups Sept. 21

The Antitrust Committee will present the CLE program "Patent Hold Up: When Does the Abuse of a Private Standard Setting Process Amount to Actionable Conduct Under Section 2 of the Sherman Act or Deception Under Section 5 of the FTC Act?" on Tuesday, Sept. 21.

Panelists are Thomas J. Lang and Dr. Lauren Stiroh. The moderator is Steven E. Bizar. The program begins at 12:30 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Registration and lunch begin at 12 p.m. Click here to register.

Inside the Apple Store with Bar Academy Sept. 29

Join the Philadelphia Bar Association Academy in the exclusive "Briefing Room" at the Apple Store, Walnut Street - Center City's hottest new retail venue on Wednesday, Sept. 29. In this high-tech business training room on the second floor - only the second of its kind in the country - you'll learn about the newest legal apps for Mac, iPhone and iPad from Apple representatives, try out the latest Apple products first-hand, and enjoy apple-inspired refreshments. Attendees of this special event will receive a 5 percent discount on any Apple Store, Walnut Street purchase on the evening of the event (excluding iPhone and iPad).

Please note that space is limited for this Philadelphia Bar Association members-only event. Register early to avoid disappointment! The program begins at 5 p.m. at the Apple Store, 1607 Walnut St. The cost is $15 per person. To register for this program, visit baracademy.philadelphiabar.org.

The Philadelphia Bar Association Academy is a new civic and cultural education series for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association. 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.

The National Economic Outlook: A YLD 20/20 Program Oct. 5

Jason Faberman, an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, will present a national economic outlook with a review of the region at a Young Lawyers Division 20/20 program on Tuesday, Oct. 5.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. The program is free to attend. Lunch can purchased for $8. Click here to register.

Notice to Potential Judicial Candidates

The Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention of the Philadelphia Bar Association evaluates the qualifications of persons seeking appointment or election to the Philadelphia Common Pleas and Municipal Courts. Individuals who wish to be considered for appointment or who are considering filing for the 2011 primary election as judicial candidates should contact the Commission on Judicial Selection & Retention c/o Charles J. Klitsch, Esq., the Bar Association's Director of Public and Legal Services, to obtain a Judicial Evaluation Questionnaire, the Commission's Guidelines for Evaluation of Attorney and Judge Candidates and Bylaws of the Philadelphia Bar Association. In order to ensure that each candidate receives a full and fair evaluation, the completed questionnaire must be returned by Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010 to "Judicial Commission" at 1101 Market Street, 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2911. Also, candidates who have previously been evaluated by the Commission are invited to contact the Association to determine whether their ratings are current by calling Mr. Klitsch at (215) 238-6326.
 
Individuals are reminded that under the Commission's Guidelines, any candidates who do not participate in the Commission's evaluation process will receive "Not Recommended" ratings if they continue to pursue either appointment or election.
 
A. Harold Datz, Esquire
2010 Chair, Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention

Get Discount to See Temple Vs. Villanova Sept. 3

The Temple Owls invite you to the 2nd Annual Mayor's Cup on Friday, Sept. 3 at 5 p.m. when the Owls host Villanova at Lincoln Financial Field. As a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association we encourage you and your family to take advantage of a special Bar Association discount on the best seats to see these cross-city rivals clash.

Visit owlsports.com/barassociation and enter the Password "Lawyer" to take advantage of the savings. Coach Al Golden and the Owls are this year's favorite to win the Mid-American Conference this season and a second consecutive trip to a post-season bowl game.

Also, save the date of Monday, Nov. 8 as the Philadelphia Bar Association's Bar Academy welcomes Temple men's basketball Coach Fran Dunphy for an inside look at college basketball. Dunphy, recently named the 2009-10 Philadelphia Big Five Coach of the Year, has led the Owls to three straight Atlantic 10 Conference championships and NCAA Tournament appearances in his first four years at Temple. Stay tuned for registration details.

Legal Clinic for Disabled Stroll & Roll Sept. 26

The Legal Clinic for the Disabled will hold its 19th Annual Stroll & Roll on Sunday, Sept. 26, beginning at Lloyd Hall, 1 Boathouse Row, Kelly Drive.

Registration and sign-in begins at 9 a.m. The 5K event begins at 10 a.m. Visit legalclinicforthedisabled.org for more information.

HIAS and Council Annual Luncheon Sept. 28

HIAS and Council hosts Annual Luncheon Meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 28 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. at 2100 Arch St. The luncheon will feature a panel discussion of immigrant youth on the challenges they face and the successes they hope to enjoy in America.

At the luncheon, HIAS and Council will also honor legal advocates, including: Frank Cervone, Regan Cooper, Gilda Jean Louis, Valentine Brown, Jessica Choi, Mary Clark, Cherylle Corpuz, and others. For more information or to register, please contact Loy Omphommasack at 215-832-0905 or via e-mail at loy@hiaspa.org.

CLS Justice For All 5K Oct. 10

Community Legal Services will hold its inaugural 5K run/walk fundraiser, the Justice For All 5K, on Sunday, Oct. 10 at Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park at 8:30 a.m.

Registration is now open. Visit clsphila.org for more information.

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.

The Support Center for Child Advocates invites you to participate in the training "How to Handle a Child Abuse Case" on Tuesday, Oct. 26 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building. Earn 6 CLE credits while gaining a robust understanding of the Juvenile Act, the Child Protective Service Law, and the dynamics of child abuse, among other topics. Become a volunteer attorney for Philadelphia's abused and neglected kids. Make a difference in the life of a child victim. For more information, contact Jodi Schatz, pro bono coordinator and intake attorney, at jschatz@advokid.org. To register, visit pbi.org.

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.

PBI on Internet Defamation Aug. 31

PBI's Internet Defamation explains how the use of the Internet changes the common law attributes of defamation and presents special problems when examining the traditional case of defamation. Presenters will provide answers to the most pressing issues this raises. This 3 (2 substantive/1 ethics) CLE credit hour program will be a held Tuesday, Aug. 31, 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 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. For additional information, or to register, click here. You must attend entire program to receive ethics credit.

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.

Monday, Aug. 30
Video – Business Insurance
4 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Video – Layoff Litigation
3 substantive CLE credits
12 to 3:15 p.m.

Video - Ethics Potpourri: An Attorney's Work and Taran's Wanderings
1 ethics CLE credits
1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 31
How to Prepare the Fiduciary Income and Decedent’s Final Lifetime Income Tax Returns
4 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Internet Defamation
2 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Video – Ethics Potpourri: Ethical Considerations for Marketing Your Law Practice with Social Networking Sites
1 ethics CLE credit
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 10
Simulcast - PLI – Technology and Entertainment Convergence 2010: Hot Business and Legal Issues in "Technotainment"
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 14
Simulcast - Habeas Corpus
3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Attorney Internet Use: Ethics, Social Media and Web-Based Research
1 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
1 to 3:15 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 15
Simulcast - PLI - ERISA Litigation 2010
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 16
Simulcast - PLI - Developments in Pharmaceutical and Biotech Patent Law 2010
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 20
Income Tax Planning for Closely Held Businesses
7 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 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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