Thursday, Sept. 25, 2008
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 9, No. 69
 

Women Executives on Role of Female Leaders Oct. 20

A panel of women executives from across Philadelphia will discuss the role and future of female leaders at the Association's Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon on Monday, Oct. 20.

Moderated by CBS 3 Eyewitness News evening weekend anchor, Mary Stoker Smith, panelists include Dr. Arlene Ackerman, CEO/superintendent, School District of Philadelphia; Nina M. Gussack, chair, executive committee, Pepper Hamilton LLP; Tara Weiner, managing partner of the Philadelphia office of Deloitte & Touche USA LLP; and Ahmeenah Young, president and CEO, Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority.

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Senior Judge Albert W. Sheppard Jr. and former Women in the Profession Committee Co-Chair Roberta D. Liebenberg will be presented with two of the Association's most prestigious awards at the meeting. Judge Sheppard is the recipient of the 2008 Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Distinguished Jurist Award. Liebenberg will receive the 2008 Sandra Day O'Connor Award. Members will also vote on amendments to the Association's bylaws.

The October Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon will be held at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets, beginning at 12 p.m. Tickets are $55 for members and $60 for non-members. Click here to purchase tickets online.

CLE Program on Personality Tests Sept. 25

A panel of experts will discuss the Rorschach Test, the Bricklin Test, and the MMPI at a CLE program sponsored by the Custody Committee of the Family Law Section on Thursday, Sept. 25.

Panelists include Marla B. Isaacs, Ph.D.; Anthony M. Pisa, Ph.D. and Robert L. Tanenbaum, Ph.D. Dr. Isaacs will discuss the Rorschach Test, Dr. Tanenbaum will discuss The Bricklin Test, and Dr. Pisa will discuss the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI). They will discuss the details of the testing, computer scoring, the weight given to the test results, common mistakes, and tips for direct and cross examination.

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. If you wish to register in advance, please visit pbi.org or call PBI Customer Service at (800) 932-4637. The program begins at 3 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St.

A reception, sponsored by the Custody Committee, will follow the program for an additional fee of $10. Click here to RSVP for the reception.

Past and Present Election Issues Sept. 26

The Civil Rights Committee will host a panel discussion on past and present election issues critical to a democracy at its Friday, Sept. 26 meeting.

Panelists include Nelson A. Diaz, Cozen O’Connor; Jennine Miller, Project H.O.M.E.; Zack Stalberg, president and chief executive officer, Committee of Seventy; and M. Aurora Vásquez, senior attorney, Advancement Project.

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.

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.

Meet Women of City Law Department Sept. 30

City Solicitor Shelley R. Smith will be among the panelists at the Women in the Profession Committee's "Women of the City of Philadelphia Law Department" program on Tuesday, Sept. 30.

Additional speakers include Donna J. Mouzayck, first deputy city solicitor; Christine Bak, senior attorney- Real Estate Tax Unit; Vernette Dow, divisional deputy city solicitor - Health and Adult Services; Suzanne Reilly, senior attorney, Civil Rights; and Valerie Robinson, senior attorney - Commercial Law. The program will be moderated by Nikki Johnson-Huston, assistant city solicitor – Major Tax Unit.

The program 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.

Judge Dougherty to Address Section Sept. 30

Judge Kevin M. Dougherty, administrative judge of the Family Court Division, Court of Common Pleas, will be the guest speaker at the Tuesday, Sept. 30 meeting of the Criminal Justice 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.

Justice Greenspan to Address Section Oct. 1

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Jane Cutler Greenspan will be the guest speaker at the State Civil Litigation Section Quarterly Meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 1.

Chancellor A. Michael Pratt will also offer remarks at the meeting, which 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.

PhiLAWpalooza Oct. 2 at J.C. Dobbs

The Young Lawyers Division will host its second annual PhiLAWpalooza on Oct. 2 at the legendary J. C. Dobbs on South Street, with an exciting line-up of bands comprised of Philadelphia lawyers of all ages and practice areas.

This year's line-up includes fan favorites A Band Called M (Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP) and Class Action (Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin) playing rock-n-roll hits. Newcomers include Mommy's Little Monsters (Caesar, Rivise, Bernstein, Cohen & Pokotilow, Ltd.), Roger Delco (Law Offices of David W. Wolf) and special guest Paula Boggs, general counsel for Starbucks.

This year also features an upstairs stage for open mic-style performances or jam sessions. Lawyers are encouraged to bring along an acoustic guitar or other unplugged instrument for a little more chilled out experience.

The bands are very excited about performing at J. C. Dobbs, where they will rock the same stage where Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Pearl Jam, and Green Day made their Philadelphia debuts. PhiLAWpalooza will be held on Thursday, Oct. 2, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 for Association members ($15 at the door) and $15 for non-members ($18 at the door). Admission includes rock-n-roll, drink tickets, heavy hors d'oeuvres, and exciting drink specials! J. C. Dobbs is located at 304 South St. Click here to purchase tickets.

Techniques to Market Yourself Oct. 3

Megan Kristel, president of Kristel Closets, Inc. will present "Build your Brand and your Business through the Power of your Personal Image: Techniques and Strategies to Market Yourself in a Competitive Industry" on Friday, Oct. 3.

This joint meeting of the Solo and Small Firm Management Committee and the Marketing Committee of the Law Practice Management Division will be held on Friday, Oct. 3 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 who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

E-mail, the Internet and Family Law Oct. 6

Joel Bernbaum will present "E-mail, the Internet and Family Law: Everything You Wanted to Know but Were Afraid to Ask" at the Monday, Oct. 6 meeting of the Family Law Section.

Bernbaum will discuss the Wiretap Act and Stored Communications Act; spyware and keylogger technology; attorney-client communications; and ethical considerations. 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.

Improving Your Bottom Line Oct. 6

Alan Badey and Kevin Ryan will discuss maximizing economic performance and tactics to improve your bottom like at the Monday, Oct. 6 meeting of the Financial Management Committee of the Law Practice Management Division.

Badey and Ryan will discuss facets of your business that drive profitability; how to manage your partners' profitability; how to increase your bottom line in other ways; and wow to turn the ship around.

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.

Probate and Trust Section Quarterly Meeting Oct. 7

The Probate and Trust Law Section will present "Special Needs Trusts: Does Your Client Need One?" at its Oct.7 Quarterly Meeting.

Panelists include Heather M. Hulse, JD, MA, MS, McAndrews Law Offices; James N. Sicks, executive director, The ARC Community Trust of Pennsylvania; and Ellen R. Wase of Wase & Wase.

A special needs trust can be an invaluable planning and protection tool for the disabled and the elderly. Find out what you need to know about special needs trusts for your disabled clients and your clients with disabled children. The program begins at 12:30 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building. Registration and lunch begin at 11:45 a.m. Click here to register.

Nomination Deadline for Bar Election is Oct. 9

The deadline for individuals wishing to be nominated for Bar Association offices is Thursday, Oct. 9. 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. 8, 2008 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 be nominated for any of the above-named offices should contact Staff Counsel Brian Sims, Esq. at bsims@philabar.org for additional information.

Signatures, along with a resume, and written authorization should be submitted to Association Secretary Kathleen D. Wilkinson, c/o Brian Sims, Esq., Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107, no later than 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 9.

YLD Family Fall Festival Oct. 19 at Zoo

The Young Lawyers Division will hold its 2008 Family Fall Festival on Sunday, Oct. 19 at the Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 Girard Ave.

Admission includes all-day access to the zoo between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. The YLD Family Fall Festival event will be held from 12 to 2 p.m. at the Peacock Pavilion and includes a picnic BBQ with dessert. Access to Pavilion is available between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Admission is $20 for adults and $12 for children ages 2 to 12. Children under 2 are admitted for free. Activities include the Zoo on Wheels from 12 to 2 p.m. and face painting from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Children are encouraged to dress in costume. Click here to purchase tickets for this event.

Nominations Sought for 2008 Wachovia Fidelity Award

Nominations are now being accepted for the Philadelphia Bar Association's 2008 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 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 24, 2008

Nominations should be sent to Tracey McCloskey, Philadelphia Bar Association, c/o Fidelity Award Committee, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

The criteria for the award are:

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

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

3. 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 in not material so long as it has not been recognized.);

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

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

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.

Governor's Conference for Women Oct. 2

Gov. Edward G. Rendell and the Pennsylvania Commission for Women will present the Pennsylvania Governor's Conference for Women on Thursday, Oct. 2 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh.

Click here for more information or to register for the conference.

Public Interest Events, Trainings Scheduled

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.

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