Sept. 10, 2009
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 10, No. 63

State's Top Judges to Report
on State of Courts at Bench-Bar

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille (from left), Superior Court President Judge Kate Ford Elliott, Commonwealth Court Judge Judge Robert (Robin) Simpson, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas President Judge Pamela P. Dembe and Philadelphia Municipal Court President Judge Marsha Neifield (not pictured) will all report on the state of their courts at the closing program of the 2009 Bench-Bar and Annual Conference on Saturday, Oct. 24 at Harrah's Atlantic City...READ MORE
 

Top Judges to Report on State of Courts at Bench-Bar

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille, Superior Court President Judge Kate Ford Elliott, Commonwealth Court Judge Judge Robert (Robin) Simpson, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas President Judge Pamela P. Dembe and Philadelphia Municipal Court President Judge Marsha Neifield will all report on the state of their courts at the closing program of the 2009 Bench-Bar and Annual Conference on Saturday, Oct. 24 at Harrah's Atlantic City.

The Conference opens with the October Quarterly Meeting on Friday, Oct. 23. Philadelphia City Council members Bill Green, Brian J. O'Neill, Blondell Reynolds Brown and Marian B. Tasco will discuss what it will take to make Philadelphia the next great city in the current economic climate. KYW Newsradio's Wally Kennedy will moderate the program.

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.

Association members have until Friday, Sept. 25 to take advantage of the early bird discount for the event. Conference prices are $50 less than 2007. 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. Click here to register online.

Click here to download a registration form that can be mailed in to Bar Association offices.

Sponsors for the 2009 Bench-Bar and Annual Conference include USI Affinity, PNC Wealth Management, JuriStaff, Summit Pharmacy, American Lawsuit Funding, JAMS, Iron Mountain, LexisNexis, Alliance Medical Legal Consulting and CourtCall. USI Affinity is the sponsor of Friday night's Grand Reception at The Pool After Dark.

Bench-Bar Scholarships Available to Public Interest, Government Attorneys

Scholarships to the 2009 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 Thursday, Sept. 24 and the announcement of winners will be sent via e-mail on Friday, Sept. 25.

To enter the lottery, please submit your name and organization to Tracey McCloskey at tmccloskey@philabar.org by 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 17. Each scholarship will include hotel accommodations for Friday, Oct. 23 at Harrah's 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.

Health Care Law Committee on Security Breach Notification

Beth L. Rubin and Brad M. Rostolsky will discuss security breach notification requirements under new HHS and FTC regulations at the Thursday, Sept. 10 meeting of the Health Care Law Committee.

Panelists will discuss the technical requirements of each of these new regulations, the manner in which the regulations interact, and the extent to which the harm caused to an individual as a result of a breach should be considered in issuing breach notifications.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Committee Room South of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8.50 for those who register in advance. Click here to RSVP.

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.

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.

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.

Divorce and the Financial Crisis Sept. 14

The Family Law Section will discuss what you need to know about a divorce in the current financial crisis including credit card debt, mortgage default and bankruptcy at its Monday, Sept. 14 meeting.

David I. Grunfeld and Jennifer Schultz are the speakers for the program, beginning at 12 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.

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.

Workers' Comp CLE on Ethics Sept. 16

Paul J. Kazaras, assistant executive director of the Philadelphia Bar Association, will discuss how to avoid the potential minefield of legal ethical issues at the Workers' Compensation Section lunchtime CLE on Wednesday, Sept. 16.

Kazaras will discuss client communications, candor to the court, financial, personal and corporate conflicts and the avoidance of the appearance of impropriety.

The program has been approved for 1 ethics 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. If you wish to register in advance please visit pbi.org or call PBI Customer Service at 1-800-932-4637. Lunch is available for an additional $8. Click here to purchase lunch for this event.

M&A Indemnification CLE Sept. 16

The Mergers and Acquisitions Committee will present the lunchtime CLE "Indemnification in M&A Deals — Is the Game Worth the Gamble? on Wednesday, Sept. 16.

Graham R. Laub is the featured speaker for the program and the course planner is Ralph J. Mauro. This program will cover a discussion of the reasons for indemnification, the significance of consequential damage waivers and Pennsylvania cases on damages. The presentation will conclude with a question-and-answer segment.

The program begins at 12:30 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building. 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 $33.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years, and $28.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. Interested parties not seeking CLE credit may attend and purchase lunch for the fee of $8.50. If you wish to register in advance please visit pbi.org or call PBI Customer Service at 1-800-932-4637.

Ethical Issues and Fee Agreements Sept. 17

The Professional Responsibility and Fee Disputes Committees will be sponsor the lunchtime CLE seminar "Ethical Issues and Your Fee Agreement" on Thursday, Sept. 17.

This one hour CLE will address the following questions: Is a written fee agreement required? May an attorney charge a nonrefundable retainer? Can an attorney hold a file for nonpayment of a fee when the client obtains new counsel? Through a reenactment of a fee dispute mediation, attendees will learn how to avoid the common mistakes attorneys make when entering into fee agreements with clients and how to address those issues which often arise when a representation ends or the client hires a new attorney. Please join us for what will be a most informative program.

Panelists include Arthur Brandolph, Charles F. Forer, Shanese I. Johnson, Linda F. Rosen and Barbara S. Rosenberg. Course planners include Rosenberg,
Charles J. Klitsch and Amy J. Seefeld.

The program has been approved for 1 ethics CLE credit. Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay a fee of $33.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years, and $28.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. Lunch fee is included in the tuition price. If you wish to register in advance please visit pbi.org or call PBI Customer Service at 1-800-932-4637. The program begins at 12:15 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building.

CLE Explores Future of S-Corp Sept. 17

The Business Organizations Committee will present the CLE "Is the S-Corp Dead:
A Review of the Current Usefulness of S-Corporation Status" on Thursday, Sept. 17 beginning at 11:45 a.m. at The Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building.

The "S" Corporation was for many years the typical choice of entity for small businesses. In the past decade, its use has become more and more limited with the wide-spread popularity of the limited liability company. This seminar will address whether the "S" Corporation continues to be a viable choice of entity for businesses.

The program has been approved for 1.0 substantive CLE credit. Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay a fee of $33.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years, and $28.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. Interested parties not seeking CLE credit may attend and purchase lunch for the fee of $8.50. If you wish to register in advance please visit pbi.org or call PBI Customer Service at 1-800-932-4637.

Proposed Supreme Court Rules Changes Sept. 18

The Rules and Procedure Committee will discuss three important proposed rule changes from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court at its Friday, Sept. 18 meeting.

The proposed rule changes regard request for admissions, settlement conferences and pleading multiple causes of action. 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 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP.

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.

Private Equity 101 CLE Sept. 23

The Private Equity and Venture Capital Committee will present the CLE program "Fundamentals of Fund Formation I" on Wednesday, Sept. 23.

This first session in our "Private Equity 101" series will be a general discussion introducing junior lawyers to the private capital industry, as well as engaging experienced counselors by answering the following questions: what is private equity and how does the industry operate? Our featured speaker, Julia Corelli, will review common structures used, typical governance and economics, as well as provide an overview of the process for forming an investment fund, partnership law and other legal underpinnings.

The program begins at 12 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building. The program has been approved for 1.0 substantive CLE credit. Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay a fee of $33.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years, and $28.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. Interested parties not seeking CLE credit may attend and purchase lunch for the fee of $8.50. If you wish to register in advance please visit pbi.org or call PBI Customer Service at 1-800-932-4637.

Women in the Profession Summit Sept. 24

The Second Annual Women in the Profession Summit "Then, Now and Where Do We Go from Here?" will be held Thursday, Sept. 24 from 12 to 5 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building.

The summit will feature keynote remarks by JoAnne Epps, dean of Temple University Beasley School of Law. Discussions will include "Removing Gender Bias from Attorney Evaluations," "Hot Topics for Women" and "A Woman's Voice on the Bench." The event will conclude with a cocktail reception.

Faculty for the program includes Judge Susan Peikes Gantman, Superior Court of Pennsylvania; Judge Lillian H. Ransom, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas; Judge Dolores K. Sloviter, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; Justice Debra Todd, Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Judge Petrese B. Tucker, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania; Danielle Banks, Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP; Kelly Dobbs Bunting, Greenberg Traurig, LLP; Linda Bray Chanow, assistant director, Project for Attorney Retention, Vienna, Va.; Shira J. Goodman, Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts; Barbara K. Gotthelf, McCarter & English, LLP; Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor Sayde J. Ladov, Offit Kurman; Roberta Liebenberg, Fine, Kaplan & Black; Lynn A. Marks, Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts; and Joanne M. Murray, Antheil Maslow & MacMinn, LLP. The summit planner is Kimberly Ruch-Alegant, Alegant Law, P.C.

Click here to register online.

My First Federal Trial CLE Sept. 24

Your first federal jury trial can be (and often is) a harrowing experience. You are a lawyer after all – and you're supposed to know how to do this stuff! The Federal Courts Committee and the Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association offer "My First Federal Trial" for the young (and the not so young) lawyer who is facing this momentous occasion. While there are plenty of trial practice courses available to teach trial skills, this program is designed to fill the gaps and to learn right from the judges everything you really want to know, but are afraid to ask.

Faculty for the program includes U.S. District Court Judges C. Darnell Jones II; Gene E. K. Pratter; Juan R. Sanchez; Timothy J. Savage and Lawrence F. Stengel; along with Stephanie J. Mensing and Barbara T. Sicalides. The course planner is Ellen Meriwether.

The program will be held in the ceremonial courtroom at the U.S. Courthouse, 601 Market St. beginning at 4 p.m. A reception follows. Click here to register.

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.

Confirmed vendors include Astor & Black, which will be raffling off a shirt and tie, as well as Distante and Doncaster. Other possible vendors include 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. Dress to Impress is sponsored by Ace Reporters, Inc.

Landlord-Tenant Mediation Training Sept. 21

The Philadelphia Bar Association, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and the Pennsylvania Bar Institute will present a landlord-tenant mediation training program on Monday, Sept. 21.

All interested attorneys with a minimum of four years experience are invited to take this CLE program and sign up as pro bono settlement masters. The program provides an opportunity to provide professional legal mediation for disputes in which many landlords and tenants are self-represented and may be unaware of relevant legal provisions applicable to their disputes. While all lawyers with four or more years experience are encouraged to participate, this program may be particularly attractive to transactional lawyers, whose negotiating skills will be well utilized.

This fall, the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, in cooperation with the Philadelphia Bar Association and volunteer lawyers, will launch an initiative aimed at mediating and resolving legal disputes between landlords and tenants. The mediation, to be provided by trained pro bono settlement masters under the Court's supervision, will take place in the time between the filing of a statutory appeal from judgment entered in Municipal Court and the trial date in the Court of Common Pleas. Both parties, with counsel if represented, will be mandated by the Court to meet with a settlement master in an effort to reach a mutually beneficial agreement prior to the trial. This CLE program, presented by judges, mediation experts and members of the landlord-tenant bar, will provide training for pro bono settlement masters in mediation techniques and substantive landlord-tenant law, as well as outline the program's logistics.

Faculty members include Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Lisa M. Rau, Kenneth L. Baritz, Roger K. Ciafre, Rachel Garland, Douglas Sisk, Joseph A. Torregrossa and Linda Ware Johnson. Course planners are Court of Common Pleas Judges Sandra Mazer Moss and Peter F. Rogers along with Ryan P. Chase, Ethan D. Fogel, Alyson M. Oswald and Joseph A. Sullivan.

Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Juniper Street entrance. A total of 3.5 CLE credits are available. Click here to register.

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.

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.

Nominations Sought for 2009 Wachovia Fidelity Award

Nominations are now being accepted for the Philadelphia Bar Association's 2009 Wachovia Fidelity Award. Nominations should be made in writing. Please include a detailed statement setting forth information and reasons why you are recommending the nominee for this award. The deadline for receipt of nominations is Friday, Oct. 16.

Nominations should be sent to Tracey McCloskey via e-mail at tmccloskey@philabar.org or by mailing to Philadelphia Bar Association, c/o Fidelity Award Committee, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

The criteria for the award are:

• Significant accomplishments in improving the administration of justice (preferably in Philadelphia);

• The absence of prior recognition for this work by the Philadelphia Bar Association;

• Distinguished service consistently rendered over a considerable period of time or a single outstanding achievement in a particular year. (The fact that this single achievement may have occurred some years ago is not material so long as it has not been recognized.);

• The accomplishment must arise from voluntary activities rather than for service rendered as a paid professional; and

• It is preferred that the recipient be a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association not now in public office or directly involved with court operations or any other public service activity.

Hamilton Benefit Nov. 21 at Please Touch Museum

Philadelphia lawyers, judges and business leaders will gather as they have since 1978 at the Please Touch Museum in Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park on Saturday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. for the Andrew Hamilton Benefit to support the Philadelphia Bar Foundation and the network of legal services organizations it funds.

This will be a wonderful evening of food, drink and dancing. There will be a "Dancing with the Stars of Philadelphia" with surprise guests in a featured dance sequence. The contributions to those in need will be recognized through the presentation of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation Award and the Citizens Bank Pro Bono Award. But most of all it will be gathering of people who share a common purpose - to promote equal access to justice for all.

Lawyers have a special responsibility to help the poor, children, the disabled and those who are especially vulnerable in times of crisis have access to legal representation. The Andrew Hamilton Benefit is the public symbol of the Philadelphia legal profession’s commitment to this notion and helps not only the public interest legal organizations and the clients they serve, but the legal profession itself. By showing that it cares about our justice system, the profession grows in stature.

Many law firms and businesses are supporting the Hamilton Benefit through sponsorships including Pepper Hamilton LLP; UPS; Hangley Aronchick Segal & Pudlin; and Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney to name a just a few early sponsors. For more information, call Liz Pannulla at 215-238-6337 or click here and visit the Bar Foundation web site.

We ask you to continue to be there for Philadelphia's public interest legal services and join us on Nov. 21 as we celebrate the strength of our legal community and reaffirm together that Philadelphia lawyers care.

Public Interest Events Scheduled

The Legal Clinic for the Disabled will hold its 18th Annual Stroll & Roll, at Lloyd Hall, Boathouse Row on Sunday, Sept. 27. Registration begins at 9 a.m. The event is a 5k walk, run or roll and begins at 10 a.m. The cost is $40. For more information, please contact Linda Peyton at (215) 587-3214.

Nationalities Service Center will host 2009 Global Tastes, a fundraising event at the Penn Museum, 3260 South St. on Wednesday, Sept. 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. The event will celebrate Philadelphia's diverse communities through food and explore the rich diversity of ethnic cuisines that are changing Philadelphia’s global palate. Individual tickets are $75 and nonprofit employee tickets are $50. NSC's inaugural Beacon of Justice Award will be presented to Mayor Michael A. Nutter. Entertainment will be provided by Peter Tang's Chinese Ensemble. For more information, call the Nationalities Service Center at (215) 893-8400 or visit nscphila.org.

The Public Interest Law Center will celebrate its 40th Anniversary on Thursday, Oct. 1 with a cocktail reception and dinner from 5 to 9 p.m., at The Downtown Club, 6th and Chestnut streets. At the event, the family of Edwin D. Wolf, the Law Center's founder and first executive director, will be honored. For more information, contact Lauren Mirowitz at (215) 627-7100, extension 223 or visit pilcop.org.

The 24th Mary Philbrook Awards Reception will be held Thursday, Oct. 1 from 6 to 9 p.m., at Rutgers University School of Law, Camden Campus Center, 326 Penn St., Camden. This year, the Mary Philbrook Public Interest Award will be presented to Yvonne Smith Segars, New Jersey Public Defender. Individual tickets cost $50. For more information, contact Terry McCuen at mccuen@camden.rutgers.edu.

The Support Center for Child Advocates will host its 4th Annual Child Advocates Golf Classic on Monday, Oct. 5 at Huntingdon Valley Golf Club, Huntingdon Valley, PA. Proceeds from this event benefit SCCA’s Project for Medically Needy Children. To register or for more information, visit www.advokid.org.

The Public Interest Section's Delivery of Legal Services Committee will holding a diversity discussion for DLSC staff and directors on Tuesday, Oct. 13 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center, at Philadelphia Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. This program will be facilitated by Dr. Sean Kathleen Lincoln, Director of Diversity, and will feature a discussion about practical solutions and ideas to resolve everyday diversity challenges. Click here to register online.

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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