Monday, Sept. 4, 2006
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 7, No. 63
 

Bench-Bar Hotel Reservation Deadline is Sept. 15

The deadline to receive a guaranteed hotel room rate of $185 on Friday night and $225 on Saturday night for the 2006 Bench-Bar Conference at the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City is Friday, Sept. 15.

The 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. 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 have 19 different programs to choose from. 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.

Brennan Award Nomination Deadline is Sept. 8

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.

Procedural Rules Committee Member to Speak Sept. 6

Andrew J. Stern, a member of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Procedural Rules Committee, will discuss process and administration at the Wednesday, Sept. 6 meeting of the Rules and Procedure Committee.

The meeting beging 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.

Discussion on Business of ADR Sept. 7

Mark Welge will speak on "The Business of ADR" at the Thursday, Sept. 7 meeting of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee.

Welge will review the new mediator compensation rules instituted by the New Jersey Superior Court, effective Sept. 1. The meeting begins at 12:15 p.m. in the 11th Floor Committee Room South of Bar Association Headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $7.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this event.

Young Candidates to Reflect on Campaigns Sept. 22

Young political candidates will share specifics about their decisions to run for office and the obstacles they have faced during their campaigns at the Young Lawyers Division's next 2020 Lunchtime Series event on Friday, Sept. 22.

Anne Dicker, A. Lindsay Doering IV, Matthew McClure and Tony Payton Jr. are scheduled to serve on the panel, with more speakers expected to be announced prior to the event. The panelists will not discuss their individual platforms or races.

The program, to be held in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St., is open to all Association members. The program begins at 12 p.m. with lunch, followed by the panel discussion at 12:30 p.m. Lunch is available for $7.50 for all members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this event.

107 Firms Raise $1.4 Million for Legal Services

With the addition of Howard, Brenner & Nass, P.C., 107 law 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 107 law firms, representing more than 4,400 attorneys, have pledged $1,421,270. 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.

Universal Life Insurance Now Available to Members

Philadelphia Bar Association members who are actively employed can now take advantage of a new universal life insurance program offered on a Guaranteed Issue basis with benefits of $150,000 Cash Value Life insurance which can supplement existing Term Life Flexible Premium Adjustable Life Insurance with Living Benefits. The program has been endorsed by the Philadelphia Bar Association and is available exclusively to Association members. It is underwritten by Transamerica Occidental Life Insurance Company of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and is made available through USI Colburn.

The policy offers $150,000 to attorney members and $100,000 to law firm employees on a guaranteed issue basis, with absolutely no medical exams required; face amounts up to $300,000 are available on a simplified issue basis. Coverage in lower amounts is also available for spouses and children on a Guaranteed Issue basis.

The product allows both the face amount and the premium to be adjusted over time to meet the needs of the individual and their family. Benefit amounts can be adjusted when risk is higher, for instance, when there are young children in the home; and again when risk is lower, for example, when retirement is approaching. Premium payments can be increased in order to build more cash value, or decreased in times of financial difficulty. The cash value itself can be used as an investment vehicle, to pay for the policy's premium, or to secure a personal loan.

In addition to the face amount and cash value, the policy provides a set of Living Benefits including a Critical Care Rider and a Long Term Care Rider that can assist the member and their family in crisis situations. These riders are also available on a Guaranteed Issue basis as part of the program.

For more information and to apply for coverage, call (732) 335-3353. Limitations and exclusions apply. Refer to your contract for complete details.

Barristers to Install Officers Sept. 13

The Barristers' Association of Philadelphia will hold a ceremony to swear in and install members of its executive board for 2006 at a Sept. 13 program at City Hall.

The installation ceremony will be held in Room 202 of City Hall at 6 p.m. and will be presided over by Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas President Judge C. Darnell Jones II. Light hors d'ouvres and refreshments will be served.

Contact Kia Floyd at (215) 686-3987 or by e-mail at kia.floyd@phila.gov by Sept. 11 to RSVP and for additional information.

Catherine Carr to Receive Philbrook Award

Catherine C. Carr, executive director of Community Legal Services, will receive the Mary Philbrook Public Interest Award at Rutgers School of Law, Camden, N.J., on Thursday, Sept. 21.

The award is presented by The Women's Law Caucus, The Association for Public Interest Law, The Alumni Association of Rutgers University School of Law - Camden and The Camden County Bar Association. Proceeds of the Mary Philbrook Awards Celebration support public interest lawyering at Rutgers School of Law-Camden, including The Association for Public Interest Law Student Summer Grants, the Domestic Violence Program and the Rutgers Legal Clinics.

The event begins at 6 p.m. at the Rutgers Camden Campus Center in the Main Lounge. Click here for a ticket order form.

Legal Clinic for Disabled Stroll & Roll Sept. 24

The Legal Clinic for the Disabled will hold its 15th Annual Stroll & Roll on Sunday, Sept. 24 beginning at Lloyd Hall, the first boathouse along Kelly Drive. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the event starts at 10 a.m.

There is a $20 entry fee for this event, payable to the Legal Clinic for the Disabled. Specials guests will include the Phillie Phanatic with music from Mummers bands. For more information, visit legalclinicforthedisabled.org, call (215) 587-3350 or e-mail Tom Prettyman at tprettyman@mageerehab.org.

Fattah, Vallas at Chancellor's Forum on School Funding

Congressman Chaka Fattah and Philadelphia School District CEO Paul Vallas will be the keynote speakers at an Oct. 16 Chancellor's Forum "How Pennsylvania School Funding Jeopardizes Philadelphia's Future (And What You Can Do About It)."

Vallas and Fattah will be joined on the panel by Helen Gym, a former teacher and consultant with the district and a parent activist. Gym is also the former editor of Public School Notebook, an independent quarterly education newspaper for public school parents and teachers.

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 presentations from Fattah and Vallas at 12:30 p.m. and then a question-and-answer period.

Click here to RSVP for the Chancellor's Forum 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.

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.

Bar Foundation's Hamilton Ball Nov. 4 at 30th St. Station

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation will hold its annual Andrew Hamilton Ball on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 30th Street Station. The theme of this year's gala is "Neighborhoods of Philadelphia." Visit philadelphiabar.org for additional information in the coming weeks.

This black-tie-optional event is chaired by Amy Ginensky and Deborah Gross.

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.

Spotlight: The Society Created to Reduce Urban Blight

The Society Created to Reduce Urban Blight helps citizens and community groups who would not otherwise have access to the courts leverage laws passed by elected leaders to protect the quality of life in Philadelphia. SCRUBÂ’s mission is to ensure that all Philadelphia residents, regardless of income, education, or neighborhood, benefit from laws protecting the visual environment and quality of life.

In neighborhoods across the city, community groups have turned to SCRUB for assistance in securing equal treatment and protection under Philadelphia's quality of life laws. Through the generous support of funding partners like the Philadelphia Bar Foundation and the volunteer services of dedicated attorneys, SCRUB has been able to respond to this unmet legal need by providing technical and legal services to citizens and community groups with scarce resources.

SCRUB was founded in 1990 as a grassroots coalition to stop the proliferation of billboards in Philadelphia and became a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization in 2000. When billboard companies seek variances to place billboards in protected areas, SCRUB recruits volunteer attorneys to represent local community groups who do not want outdoor advertising blighting their neighborhoods.

Many of these cases have set legal precedents in land use law on issues involving standing, hardship, dimensional and use variances. In a recent case, attorney Michael Adler represented Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation, SCRUB and Callowhill Neighbors against a real estate developer seeking to erect five signs totaling 11,000 square feet of advertising structures on the exterior of a building located in a protected area in Chinatown. The outcome helps pave the way for development that will have a more positive impact on economic growth and quality of life in Chinatown. For court decisions and other information, visit urbanblight.org.

Bad Faith Cases After Koken

What is the impact of the Supreme Court's decision in Insurance Federation of Pennsylvania v. Koken? Join our expert faculty, while they present plaintiff and defense perspectives on the practical implications at Bad Faith Cases After Koken. This 4 substantive credit hour program will be held in Philadelphia on Wednesday, Sept. 13 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 12:45 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.

Thursday, Sept. 7
Operation Safe Surf: Child Predator Prevention Training
1 ethics CLE credit
1 to 2 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 12
Pennsylvania Uniform Trust Act
4 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Don't Steal My House! - Preventing Fraudulent Conveyances of Property
4 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 13
Bad Faith Cases After Koken
4 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Fiduciary Accountings
4 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 15
Immigration Law Seminar
9 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 16
Immigration Law Seminar
9 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 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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