Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2008
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 9, No. 62
 

Liebenberg to Receive O'Connor Award Oct. 20

Roberta D. Liebenberg, a member of Fine, Kaplan and Black, R.P.C., has been announced as the recipient of the 2008 Sandra Day O’Connor Award.

Liebenberg, former co-chair of the Women in the Profession Committee, will receive the award at the Association’s Oct. 20 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon.

The O'Connor Award is conferred annually on a woman attorney who has demonstrated superior legal talent, achieved significant legal accomplishments and has furthered the advancement of women in both the profession and the community.

The Women in the Profession Committee established the award in 1993 to recognize the important contributions that women attorneys in Philadelphia have made to the legal profession.

Report on First Month of E-Filing Sept. 3

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Esther R. Sylvester and two court officials will discuss developments in e-filing and a report on the first month of voluntary usage at the Wednesday, Sept. 3 meeting of the Rules and Procedure Committee.

Joining Judge Sylvester will be Joseph Evers, prothonotary, First Judicial District of Pennsylvania and Charles Mapp, deputy court administrator, First Judicial District of Pennsylvania.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room 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.

Fair Market Value Questions and Answers Sept. 4

Alan B. Simons will be the featured speaker at the Health Care Law Committee program "Fair Market Value Questions and Answers" on Thursday, Sept. 4.

Simons will take questions on current topics involving the fair market value of health care transactions. The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Reserve Hotel Room for Annual Conference By Sept. 4

The cutoff date to reserve your hotel room for the 2008 Bench-Bar and Annual Conference is Thursday, Sept. 4. Association members can register online for the Conference at Bally's Atlantic City on Sept. 19-21.

This year's conference is expected to bring together more than 500 lawyers and judges from the Philadelphia area for three days of CLE programming that lets practitioners and the judiciary share ideas and best practices. The theme of this year's conference is "The Sound of Philadelphia."

Registration for the full three days of the conference is $629 and includes all meals and CLE. For public interest attorneys, government attorneys and members of the Young Lawyers Division, the full conference registration fee is $479. Other one-day and two-day registration packages are available. For those prices, visit philadelphiabar.org.

Bally's is now accepting hotel reservations for attendees. Book early for the best rates: rooms on Thursday, Sept. 18 are $99; rooms Friday, Sept. 19 are $144, and Saturday, Sept. 20 are $209. A limited number of rooms are available for Saturday night. Call 1-800-345-7253 for reservations and mention you are attending the Philadelphia Bar Association Bench-Bar Conference to get these special room rates.

Understand the AMA Guides CLE Sept. 5

Dr. Scott Naftulin and Dr. Barry Schnall will present "Understanding the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment, 6th Edition" at the Workers' Compensation Section lunchtime CLE program on Friday, Sept. 5.

Attendees will learn the changes from the 5th Edition to the 6th Edition of the AMA Guides. The program begins at 12:30 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m.

The program has been approved for 1 substantive CLE credit. Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay a fee of $25 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years, and $20 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. To register in advance, visit pbi.org or call PBI Customer Service at 1-800-932-4637. Lunch is available for $7.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here to purchase lunch for this event.

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.

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 Rhonda Hill Wilson. Nominations for the Justice Brennan Distinguished Jurist Award should be forwarded to: Brennan Award, Attn: Tracey McCloskey, 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. 5, 2008.

Equitable Distribution Discussion Sept. 8

The Divorce and Equitable Distribution Committee will present "The Initial Client Interview: All the Questions You Should Be Asking and Answering, But Don't" at the Monday, Sept. 8 meeting of the Family Law Section.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center 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.

Associate Training Program on Ethics Sept. 9

Lee A. Rosengard will present "Ethics – Model Rules and Model Behavior" at the Tuesday, Sept. 9 Associate Training Program CLE seminar.

Rosengard, a partner with Stradley, Ronon, Stevens & Young, LLP, will present practical advice for junior attorneys practicing in accordance with Rules of Conduct. The presentation will also include tips on presenting oneself in an ethical and professional manner, and will include suggestions on dealing with difficult clients and opposing counsel, as well as the requirements for supervising non-lawyers.

The program begins at 8 a.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, 13th and Market streets. The program has been approved for 1.5 ethics CLE credits. Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay a fee of $40 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years, and $35 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. To register in advance please visit pbi.org or call PBI Customer Service at 1-800-932-4637. The program is presented by the Law Practice Management Division and the Association of Legal Administrators Philadelphia Chapter.

Crime and Punishment Chancellor's Forum Sept. 10

District Attorney Lynne M. Abraham and Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey will be among the panelists for the Wednesday, Sept. 10 Chancellor's Forum "Crime and Punishment – The Philadelphia Story."

Abraham and Ramsey will be joined by Everett Gillison, deputy mayor for public safety; Mark Harrell of Men United for a Better Philadelphia; Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey P. Minehart and David Rudovsky, senior fellow at University of Pennsylvania Law School. The panel will be moderated by Chris Satullo of The Philadelphia Inquirer.

The panel will discuss the problems and challenges surrounding the issue of crime and punishment in Philadelphia and the ways in which community and civil rights groups can work with law enforcement to reduce crime in the city.

The program begins at 12:15 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Registration begins at 11:45 a.m. There is no charge for lunch, but registration is required. Click here to RSVP for this program.

YLD Happy Hour Sept. 10 at Field House

The Young Lawyers Division will hold a happy hour on Wednesday, Sept. 10 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at The Field House, 1150 Filbert St.

The first 60 people will receive a drink ticket. The September happy hour is sponsored by KPMG Forensic.

Bar Foundation Seeks Award Nominees

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation is seeking nominations for two awards to be presented at the Andrew Hamilton Gala on Saturday, Nov. 1 at the First City Troop Armory, 22 S. 23rd St.

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 that the award will be given to a qualifying law-related public service agency.

The 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.

Click here for more information. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Sept. 12.

Securing the Freedom to Marry Discussion Sept. 15

Evan Wolfson, founder and executive director of Freedom to Marry, will discuss "Securing the Freedom to Marry: What Next?" at a Monday, Sept. 15 program presented by the Family Law Section, Legal Rights of Unmarried Cohabitants, Civil Rights and LGBT Rights Committees.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center 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.

Tax Section CLE Sept. 16

Aydin Hayri, principal transfer pricing economist, Deloitte Tax LLP, will present the CLE program "A Transfer Pricing Primer: The Tax Treatment of Transactions Between Related Persons - A Survey of Section 482 for the Non-482 Specialist and its Application to Common Transactions Between Related Parties" on Tuesday, Sept. 16.

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 are available for this program. Click here for more information.

Federal Judges on Effective Brief Writing Sept. 17

U.S. District Court Judges Legrome D. Davis, Eduardo C. Robreno and Lawrence F. Stengel will present thoughts on effective brief writing at the Wednesday, Sept. 17 meeting of the Federal Courts Committee.

The meeting begins at 12:30 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room 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.

Jayne Navarre on Social Media Sept. 22

Jayne Navarre, managing director of LawGravity LLC, will present "Community and Social Media – Use It or Lose" at the Tuesday, Sept. 22 meeting of the Bar-News Media Committee.

For those new to community and social media and its powerful potential in building relationships, this presentation will give you basic background. For those who've already tested or plunged into the social computing waters, you may find Navarre's prospective as a veteran in-house legal marketer and Web strategist helpful in adding new ideas to your social-networking tool kit.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center 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.

Shuster Fellowship Applications Being Accepted

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation is now accepting applications for the Morris M. Shuster Public Interest Fellowship Program. Click here for copies of the 2008 application and guidelines for the Shuster Public Interest Fellowship Program.

Please note that there are several changes in the 2008 Shuster Fellowship guidelines, including the requirement that an applicant must demonstrate that he or she has an annual student loan repayment obligation that equals or exceeds $2,500.

The deadline for submitting a completed application, signed copy of the guidelines and supporting documentation for the Shuster Fellowship program is Friday, Sept. 26, 2008. The Fellowships will be awarded at the Philadelphia Bar Foundation's Andrew Hamilton Gala scheduled on Nov. 1, 2008.

If you have any questions about the Morris Shuster Public Interest Fellowship Program, please contact Gene Sirni, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation, at 215-238-6334 or via e-mail at gsirni@philabar.org.

Lawyers Sought for Commerce Court Opinion Project

Two spots have opened up for lawyers to participate in an ongoing project of the Business Litigation Committee, working with law students from Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law, the Rutgers-Camden School of Law, the University of Pennsylvania School of Law and Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law to compile all Commerce Court opinions in an encyclopedia/treatise format.

The goal of the project, which is in its third year, is to create an online compilation and analysis of Commerce Court opinions by subject matter, for use by members of the bar and other interested parties. The current subject openings are in fraud and jurisdiction. If you are interested in being a part of this project, please contact Lee Applebaum at (215) 893-8702 or lapplebaum@finemanlawfirm.com.

A pair of students, under the guidance of a lawyer-editor, collects, analyzes and summarizes the opinions relating to a given subject. The lawyer-editor then works with the students to finalize the product into a distinct "chapter." Most of the labor is performed by the students, but you have the opportunity to have your own impact on this work and to act as a mentor to the students. Each individual chapter involves some synthesizing and categorizing of ideas, so there will be editorial comment without the labor-intensive effort that accompanies the drafting of a scholarly treatise. Ultimately the project should be of mutual benefit to you, the students and the bar.

Seven chapters already have been posted on the committee's Web site, and there has been wonderful feedback on this project. Those posted chapters can be found under the heading "Commerce Case Management Program Opinion Project." They are also on the Commerce Court's Web page. There are currently more than 20 lawyers working with more than 40 students on the project.

NBA Women Lawyers Division Leadership Event Sept. 10

The Philadelphia Chapter of the National Bar Association Women Lawyers Division will introduce its new leadership to the Philadelphia legal community on Wednesday, Sept. 10 at the Racquet Club of Philadelphia, 215 S. 16th St. from 6 to 8 p.m.

Meet area judges, colleagues, community leaders and law students for an evening of networking, complimentary hors d'oeuvres, an open bar and a prize drawing. The event is presented by Kline & Specter, P.C. For more information, call (267) 441-1243 or e-mail pr@nbawldphila.org.

Design Home Volunteers Needed for Sept. 28 Event

The Young Lawyers Division will host Philadelphia magazine's Design Home 2008® in Lower Gwynedd, Pa., to benefit the Ronald McDonald House on Sunday, Sept. 28 from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A limited number of volunteers are needed to welcome guests, collect tickets and provide information on the organization. The Ronald McDonald house was founded in 1974 as a home-away-from-home for families of seriously ill children who are receiving care at local hospitals.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Kristin McKenna at KMcKenna@stradley.com.

Public Interest Events, Trainings Scheduled

The Education Law Center will present the pro bono training program, "Education Law: Student Discipline," on Tuesday, Sept. 9 from 1 to 3 p.m., at DLA Piper, One Liberty Place, 1650 Market St. This training is open to all attorneys and will cover relevant education law as well as helpful practical techniques in representing students in discipline hearings. Two substantive CLE credits will be provided for free in exchange for handling a pro bono case referred by the Education Law Center. Please RSVP to Deborah Gordon Klehr, at (215) 238-6970, extension 313, or at dklehr@elc-pa.org.

Villanova School of Law will host the Lawyering Together orientation dinner at on Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 5:30 p.m., at Villanova School of Law, 229 N. Spring Mill Road, Villanova. Lawyering Together matches law students with volunteer attorneys to work on pro bono cases referred by one of the local public interest legal organizations. For more information about becoming a Lawyering Together volunteer, or to RSVP to attend the orientation dinner, please contact Liz Dunn at (610) 519-7228 or via e-mail at dunn@law.villanova.edu.

Philadelphia VIP's LawWorks Project will hold Corporate Pro Bono Day on Tuesday, Sept. 23 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (registration/snacks provided from 10:30 to 11 a.m.), at the Enterprise Center, 4548 Market St. This program will provide free legal advice by pro bono attorneys for new and established small businesses. Pre-registration is required by Sept. 19 (no walk-ins will be accepted). For registration or questions, contact Martin Costello at (215) 523-9562 or e-mail lawworks@phillyvip.org.

HIAS and Council Migration Service of Philadelphia will hold its Annual Luncheon on Wednesday, Sept. 24 from 12 to 1:30 p.m., at 2100 Arch St. HIAS will welcome Burmese/Myanmar refugees at the luncheon, and will honor Shmul Kaplan with a special citizenship award. RSVP to Sarah Peterson at speterson@hiaspa.org or by phone to (215) 832-0920. Tickets are $40 ($15 for public interest attorneys).

Rutgers School of Law will hold the Mary Philbrook Public Interest Award ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 25 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Rutgers University School of Law-Camden, 217 N. 5th St., 2nd Floor Bridge, Camden. This year's Mary Philbrook Public Interest Award will be presented to Carol E. Tracy, executive director of the Women's Law Project. Tickets cost $50. To purchase tickets, contact Eve Biskind Klothen at (856) 225-6608 by Sept. 18.

The Legal Clinic for the Disabled, Inc., will hold its 17th Annual Stroll & Roll on Sunday, Sept. 28 at Lloyd Hall, Boathouse Row. Registration begins at 9 a.m.; 5K walk, run or stroll begins at 10 a.m. The cost is $30. For more information, contact Linda Peyton at 215-587-3357 or lpeyton@mageerehab.org.

Komen P.I.N. Stripes Program Sept. 10

The Philadelphia Affiliate of Susan G. Komen For the Cure's first-ever P.I.N. Stripes event was so well received by the young professional community, a second event in the series will be held Sept. 10 at 6 p.m. at the Pyramid Club, 1735 Market St., 52nd floor. From the absolute newest on the "green" scene to one of our nation's most time-honored professions, we've put together a panel of local career celebrities to empower the thinking of everyone in attendance.

Graciously hosted by the Pyramid Club of Philadelphia, the evening begins with cocktails and hors d'ouevres overlooking the breathtaking view of the skyline afforded by this distinctive club. After networking and relaxing, guests will be given a one-of-a-kind look into the ingenuity, drive and ideas that propelled six of the Delaware Valley's most respected career individuals to greatness.

The September P.I.N. Stripe panel will include Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne Abraham; Joanne Calabria, vice president, public affairs, CBS Television Stations; Barbara Orr, executive vice president and co-owner, Poretta & Orr, Inc., Strategic Marketing, Events & Exhibits; Steven N. Haas, Cozen O'Connor; Craig Rankin, owner, C.P. Rankin, Inc., Roof Management & Contracting; and Sandy Wiggins, chairman, e3 Bank, the region's first green bank (in organization) and immediate past chair, U.S. Green Building Council. The panel will be moderated by Bob Kelly of CBS 3 Eyewitness News. Click here for additional information or to register for this event.

Senior Lawyers, YLD Team Up for Mentoring

Young attorneys will once again have the opportunity to gain valuable insights from senior practitioners under the Young Lawyers Division's Attorney Mentoring Program.

More than 20 senior lawyers have agreed to serve as mentors to members of the Young Lawyers Division. These distinguished lawyers come from diverse backgrounds and include solo practitioners, attorneys from large firms and attorneys who have been in government service.

If you are interested in being matched with a mentor through this program, please contact Michael B. Hayes at mhayes@mmwr.com.

Save the Date for YLD Concert on Oct. 2

Join the YLD on Thursday, Oct. 2 as attorney musicians play at the legendary JC Dobbs on South Street.

If you are an attorney musician and are interested in performing or if you are interested in connecting with other attorney musicians to play, please contact Stephanie Mensing. Registration information will be coming shortly.

Order The Legal Directory 2008 Now

The Legal Directory 2008 and The Legal Directory Online are now available. We've added hundreds of new attorneys, making this edition the most comprehensive ever produced.

As in past years, each copy of The Legal Directory 2008 comes with a free subscription to The Legal Directory Online. Online listings for both attorneys and law firms are updated year-round, making this an ever-changing, useful resource. The Legal Directory Online also features links to court rules, area bar associations and more. All are only a mouse-click away.

The printed edition of The Legal Directory 2008 includes 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 section devoted to law-related organizations, organizations and nonprofits serving Greater Philadelphia; the judges' index; corporate counsel listings; and a special business-to-business section tailored to the legal community. You'll have at your fingertips more than 18,000 attorney listings and nearly 1,700 law firm listings.

If you've ordered your copy, it will soon arrive; if not, place your order now for this essential resource - and receive free access to The Legal Directory Online. Order today at www.thelegaldirectory.org.

Understanding the Securities Laws 2008

Understanding the Securities Laws 2008 will provide you with an up-to-the-minute understanding of the interplay of the basic underpinnings of the Securities Act of 1933, the Exchange Act of 1934, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and related SEC regulations. This 13 (12 substantive/1 ethics) CLE credit hour program will be held Thursday, Sept. 4 and Friday, Sept. 5, 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 5 p.m. Check-in begins at 8:30 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.

Thursday and Friday, Sept. 4-5
Simulcast - PLI - Understanding the Securities Laws 2008
12 substantive,1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 11
Forensics in Capital Cases
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 15
Case Management Techniques for Mass Tort Cases: Judicial, Defense and Plaintiff’s Perspectives
2 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

More information is available at 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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