Thursday, Sept. 27, 2007
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 8, No. 70
 

Register In Person at Bally's for Bench-Bar Conference

Attorneys wanting to register for the 2007 Bench-Bar Conference can sign up in person this Friday and Saturday at Bally's Atlantic City for the Sept. 28 and 29 program.

The Bench-Bar Conference offers 14 different seminars and and the opportunity to receive up to 7 CLE credits.

This year's conference, "Saddle Up to a Bench-Bar Bonanza," has a Wild West theme and includes a black tie and blue jeans reception on Friday evening, Sept. 28. Sponsors for the 2007 Bench-Bar Conference include USI Colburn Insurance Service, LexisNexis, PNC Wealth Management, Trial Technologies, JAMS, Veritext and Kroll. Rooms at Bally's are $99 for Thursday night and $144 on Friday night, based on availability. Click here to register for the Bench-Bar Conference. Bally's Atlantic City is located on The Boardwalk at Park Place.

Plaintiffs' Firms to Speak on Hiring Today

Representatives from plaintiffs' firms will discuss hiring practices and the promotion of diversity at today's (Thursday, Sept. 27) meeting of the Minorities of the Profession Committee.

Speakers for the program include Mark W. Tanner, president of Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association; Ruben Honik, immediate-past president of Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association; Laura Feldman, co-chair of Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association's Diversity Committee; Bernard W. Smalley, co-chair of Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association's Diversity Committee; Shanin Specter, co-chair of Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association's Diversity Committee; and Nadeem A. Bezar, member of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association.

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.

Panel Discussion on Elder Law Today

Panelists Sandy Pfeffer, chief counsel of the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging; Jerry Rothkoff, principal of Rothkoff Law; Gordon Wase, a partner with Wase & Wase; and Sue Wasserkrug, director of SeniorLAW Helpline, Senior Law Center will discuss the different facets of elder law at today's (Thursday, Sept. 27) meeting of the Elder Law Committee.

The meeting begins at 1 p.m. in the 11th floor Committee 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.

Nutter to Address Family Law Section Oct. 1

Democratic mayoral candidate Michael Nutter will discuss Family Court issues at the Monday, Oct. 1 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.

Professor to Discuss Roberts Court Oct. 1

Rutgers University Camden Law School Prof. Rand E. Rosenblatt (left) will discuss John Roberts' first year as chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court at an Oct. 1 program sponsored by the Civil Rights Committee and the Women's Rights Committee.

Rosenblatt has frequently spoken on and taught about health law, including to federal judges through the Federal Judicial Center and at the Health Law Teachers Conferences sponsored by the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics. He received a B.A. summa cum laude from Harvard; an M.S. with distinction from the London School of Economics; and a J.D. from the Yale Law School, where he was article and book review editor of the Yale Law Journal. After law school, he clerked for Judge Jack B. Weinstein of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, and served as a staff attorney for the Health Law Project of the University of Pennsylvania. He served as associate dean for academic affairs at Rutgers-Camden Law School from 1997-2000.

The program begins at 4 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. A reception will follow. There is no charge to attend this event, but members are asked to RSVP by clicking here.

Probate and Trust Law Quarterly Meeting Oct. 2

The Philadelphia Bar Association Probate and Trust Law Section and the Pennsylvania Bar Institute will present the October 2007 Probate and Trust Law Section Quarterly Meeting "The Estate Planner as Jack of All Trades" on Tuesday, Oct. 2.

The program, which will discuss multi-disciplinary issues for the trusts and estates lawyer, will be held from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building. Speakers will discuss intellectual property, family law, real estate and bankruptcy.

Click here for more information or to register for this program.

CLE Program on Freedom of Press Oct. 3

A panel of media experts will discuss "Is Freedom of the Press in Jeopardy?" at a Wednesday, Oct. 3 CLE program sponsored by the Bar-News Media Committee and the Philadelphia Public Relations Association.

Panelists include Anne Gordon (moderator), former managing editor, The Philadelphia Inquirer ; Michael Berry, Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz LLP; Adam Bonin, Cozen O'Connor; David Brown, BrownPartners; Dan Pohlig, content producer, WHYY/The Next Mayor project; and Jan Ting, professor, Temple University Beasley School of Law.

The discussion will range from anonymous sources, the ever-changing blogosphere, media takeovers and the proposed Shield Law legislation. One hour of substantive CLE credit is available for attorneys who register in advance with the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. Visit pbi.org for details.

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.

YLD Happy Hour Oct. 3 at Tavern 17

The Young Lawyers Division October Happy Hour will be held Wednesday, Oct. 3 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Tavern 17, 1701 Locust St.

Drink specials include $3 Victory and Mojo draft beer and $4 red and white wine. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres will be served. No RSVP is required.

Privacy and Mental Health Issues Oct. 4

Joseph T. Kelley III will provide an overview of the Pennsylvania statutes and regulations that protect the confidentiality of information regarding treatment for mental health and drug and alcohol dependency, and how they relate to federal law at the Thursday, Oct. 4 meeting of the Health Care Law Committee.

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.

Marks to Receive O'Connor Award at Oct. Quarterly

Lynn A. Marks (right), a champion for court reform in Pennsylvania, has been named recipient of the Philadelphia Bar Association's 2007 Sandra Day O'Connor Award.

Marks is the executive director of Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts. The award presentation will be made during the Association's Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. Ann Weaver Hart, the first woman president of Temple University, will be the keynote speaker at the event.

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.

Tickets for the October Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon are $50 and can be purchased online by clicking here.

YLD A-Scare-Ium at the Aquarium Oct. 20

The Young Lawyers Division will host its family friendly "A-Scare-Ium at the Aquarium" on Saturday, Oct. 20 at the Adventure Aquarium in Camden, N.J. from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Children are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes to the event. Admission is $25 for adults and $15 for children and includes lunch, an animal encounter, a pick-your-own pumpkin and painting activity and a special showing of SpongeBob SquarePants 4D ride. Click here to purchase tickets.

Tickets Available for Lawyerpalooza October 25

The Young Lawyers Division will host Lawyerpalooza at Kildare's Headhouse Square (2nd & South streets) on Thursday, Oct. 25.

Beginning at 6:30 p.m., lawyers who moonlight in bands, such as A Band Called M, Class Action, Brand New Gods and Pray for Mojo, will be featured. There will also be other performances by Brad Shuttleworth and Jim Wells. You've seen them in court, now see them on stage! The cost of $10 includes drink tickets, heavy hors d'oeuvres and drink specials.

Lawyerpalooza is sponsored by Esquire Deposition Services, LLC and Summit Court Reporting, Inc. Click here to purchase tickets.

PLAN Diversity Summit Oct. 23

Dear Colleague:

This year marks 15 years that the PA Legal Aid Network has been placing first- and second-year minority law students in summer internships in legal aid offices around the state. PLAN's Martin Luther King Fellowship Program provides funding to minority attorneys who agree to spend two years as legal aid lawyers in underserved areas of the state.

The anniversary will be marked in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Bar Association Minority Bar Committee's second annual Diversity Summit on Tuesday, Oct. 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute's CLE Conference Center in the Wanamaker Building, 10th Floor. The theme for the summit is, "Pathways to Legal Careers: Best Practices for Hiring and Retaining a Diverse Legal Workforce."

Please consider attending this important event, which will feature luncheon keynote speaker Juan Williams, senior reporter for NPR and author of the acclaimed Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965.

In addition, we ask that you and your firm or company consider pledging your support for the Martin Luther King Fellowship. PLAN has set a goal of raising $100,000 for the Fellowship Program for each of the next two years to guarantee that fellowships can be offered in each of those years.

Law firms and other supporters from around the state are showing their support for the fellowship program by pledging $5,000 toward the program this year and an additional $5,000 toward the program next year. Alternatively, you can support the program by sponsoring the anniversary celebration event. Click here for details.

Sincerely,

Jane Leslie Dalton
Chancellor

Save $100 on Client Development Workshop

Philadelphia Bar Association members can receive $100 off the registration fee when signing up for The Training Resource Group's training program for associates of professional services firms.

The workshop, for attorneys looking to improve their client development skills, will be held Oct. 10, Oct. 24 and Nov. 7 from 8 to 10 a.m. at the offices of The Training Resource Group, 100 N. 20th St., 4th floor.

The cost of the program is $895 per participant and includes evaluation, training, coaching session and materials. To RSVP for this program, call The Training Resource Group at (215) 320-4652 or e-mail helene@trainingresourcegroup.com.

Public Interest Events, Trainings Scheduled

• A Pro Bono Open House Fair will be held Thursday, Oct. 4 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the offices of Wolf, Block, Schorr & Solis-Cohen, LLP, 1650 Arch St., 22nd floor. Representatives from Philadelphia public interest law centers, legal services programs and pro bono referral programs will be available to speak informally about volunteer opportunities at their organizations. This event is free and open to all members of the Philadelphia Bar. Light refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP by Sept. 27 to Colleen Coonelly at ccoonelly@wolfblock.com or call (215) 977-2377. This event is sponsored by the Law Firm Pro Bono Committee of the Public Interest Section.

The Support Center for Child Advocates will host the 2007 Child Advocates Golf Classic on Monday, Oct. 8 at Huntingdon Valley Country Club. For more information, contact Louise Pangborn at 215-925-1913, extension 125 or e-mail Lpangborn@advokid.org.

Philadelphia VIP will hold an open house for all members of the legal community on Thursday, Oct. 11 at VIP's offices at 42 S. 15th St., 4th floor, from 5 to 7 p.m. Meet the staff and board of directors of VIP, enjoy refreshments and hear about all the exciting things happening at VIP.

The Homeless Advocacy Project will conduct two lunchtime trainings on Thursday, Oct. 11 from 12 to 2 p.m., each providing two substantive hours of CLE credits. The first session, "How to Prepare for an SSI Hearing," is free for HAP volunteers. The training will be conducted by HAP senior staff attorney Pat Malley at the offices White & Williams, LLP, One Liberty Place, 18th Floor. Lunch will be provided. To register, contact Marsha Cohen at 215-523-9595 or marsha@philalegal.org. The second two-hour substantive CLE training on veterans disability claims and will be conducted by HAP's veterans attorney Michael Taub at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building. To register, contact the PBI at 1-800-932-4637.

• Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania Legal Education Fund will hold its 19th Annual Scholarship Reception on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 5:30 p.m., at the University of the Arts, Broad and Pine Streets, Philadelphia. Tickets are $75 per person. The keynote speaker will be Charisse R. Lillie, senior vice president of human resources for Comcast Cable and vice president of human resources for Comcast Corporation. RSVP by Oct. 8 to Carolina Spaventa at 215-564-8184 or cspaventa@stradley.com.

Philadelphia VIP will present its annual training event "Pro Bono Opportunities Day," on Thursday, Oct. 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Montgomery, Walker & Rhoads, LLP, 123 S. Broad St., 28th Floor, Philadelphia. All attorneys are invited to learn how to help Philadelphia's low-income population with their legal needs. Participants may attend one of the following substantive training sessions: Public Housing; Child Custody; Nonprofit Issues: From Incorporation to Operation; or Quiet Title/Fraudulent Conveyances. Following the training, VIP will offer each participant a pro bono case. Attorneys who attend a seminar and accept a case will earn two (2) substantive CLE credits. The cost of the program is $45 per attorney. Breakfast and training materials are included. The registration deadline is Monday, Oct. 15. To register, please contact Tanya Rambert at 215-523-9550, or trambert@phillyvip.org.

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 Annual Meeting and Luncheon on Dec. 4, 2007 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 John Soroko. 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, Oct. 19, 2007.

Nominations Sought for 2007 Wachovia Fidelity Award

Nominations are now being accepted for the Philadelphia Bar Association's 2007 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. 12.

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:

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 the court operations or any other public service activity.

Workers' Comp Section Seeks Award Nominees

The Association's Workers' Compensation Section will present its 7th annual Martha Hampton Award later this year. This award was named in honor of an attorney who was committed to the practice of workers compensation law. Each year a committee reviews nominations as to the attorney or judge who best exemplifies Martha's unique compassion and dedication to her clients, her professionalism, scholarship and good will with her peers.

It should be noted all members of the bar and bench who practice workers' compensation law are eligible. This is not an award restricted to claimants' attorneys. Past winners have included counsel from both sides of the aisle as well as from the bench.

This year's Award Committee will be chaired by Marc S. Jacobs (a partner with Hampton at Galfand Berger) and the co-chairs of the section from last year, Judge Patricia M. Bachman, Valerie H. Lieberman and Eric L. Segal. In addition to the award, a charitable contribution is made each year to Kids Chance by Galfand Berger, on behalf of the Section. Kids Chance offers scholarships to children who have lost a parent due to a work-related injury.

Your nominations are important. We encourage your participation. Please include your thoughts for making any nomination. All nominations can be e-mailed to Marc S. Jacobs at mjacobs@galfandberger.com or mailed to Jacobs at 1818 Market St., 23rd Floor, Philadelphia, Pa. 19103.

Volunteers Sought for Commerce Court Opinion Program

The Business Litigation Committee is looking for volunteers to work with business law students from Temple University's James E. Beasley School of Law and Rutgers University-Camden School of Law to compile all Commerce Court opinions in an encyclopedia/treatise format. The goal of the project 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.

Each 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 volunteer lawyers would have the opportunity to have 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 the volunteers, the students and the bar.

Three chapters already have been posted on the Bar Association Web site, addressing arbitration issues and restrictive covenants. Click here to find those chapters under the heading "Commerce Case Management Program Opinion Project." There are currently more than 10 lawyers working with more than 20 students on the project.

If you are interested in being a part of this project, please contact Lee Applebaum at (215) 893-8702 or lapplebaum@finemanlawfirm.com.

Ethnic, Race, Religious Sensitivities CLE Oct. 16

The Louis D. Brandeis Law Society and the Jagiellonian Law Society will present the three-credit CLE workshop "Ethnic, Race and Religious Sensitivities in the Courtroom" on Tuesday, Oct. 16 from 2 to 5 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St.

The program will be moderated by Judges Marlene Lachman and Sandra Mazer Moss of the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia. Judges Moss and Lachman are also the panel program planners along with Peter H. Demkovitz of the Jagiellonian Law Society and Michael J. Berkowitz of the Louis D. Brandeis Law Society.

Panelists include Imam Muhammad Abdur-Razzaq Miller, Mosque of So. Bawa Muhayadeen Philadelphia; Rabbi Lance J. Sussman, Ph.D., Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, Elkins Park, Pa.; Yan Q. Huo, board certified art psychotherapist and licensed professional counselor; Alonzo Webster, chairman of the Hospital Liaison Committee Jehovah’s Witnesses; Fr. Mark Horak, pastor of Old Saint Josephs Church, Philadelphia; and the Rev. Charles W. Quann, pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Penllyn and Spring House, Pa.

The program is approved by the Pennsylvania CLE Board with two substantive and one ethics credit. Enrollment is $85 per person ($70 for members of the sponsoring organizations) and early registration is strongly suggested since seating is limited.

To register send your name, address, phone number, e-mail address, attorney ID number and society affiliation along with a check to "Brandeis Law Society" in the appropriate amount to Michael J. Berkowitz, Esq., 11th Floor, Seven Penn Center, 1635 Market St., Philadelphia, Pa., 19103-2212.

Brandeis Society Accepting Levy Award Nominations

Nominations are now being accepted for the Benjamin F. Levy Community Service Award, an award presented by the Louis D. Brandeis Law Society at its annual Hanukkah Party on Thursday, Nov. 29.

The award provides recognition to an individual who is a member of the bench or bar and has demonstrated a sustained commitment to serving the legal and broader community. The award is named to honor the life of Benjamin F. Levy, whose efforts contributed to the creation of the Louis D. Brandeis Law Society. Past recipients have included prominent members of the bench and bar.

Nominations, including a brief statement as to why the particular nominee should be considered for the Award, must be submitted by no later than Friday, Oct. 26, 2007 to Michael J. Berkowitz, Chancellor, Louis D. Brandeis Law Society at mjberkowitz@crbcp.com or via fax at (215) 751-1142.

Business Journal to Spotlight Bar Dec. 28

The Philadelphia Business Journal is producing a special Philadelphia Bar Association supplement in its Dec. 28 edition.

The objective is to market, to the Business Journal reader, the positive impact the legal community, the Bar Association and individual member law firms have on local commerce and businesses in the Philadelphia region.

The deadline for reserving advertising space is Nov. 30. For more information, contact Michelle Stuhl at (215) 238-5114 or e-mail her at mstuhl@bizjournals.com.

Prime Rib 6th Annual Golf Outing Oct. 1

The Prime Rib will hold its Sixth Annual Golf Outing to benefit the John Mannino Scholarship Fund at the Temple University School of Tourism and Hospitality Management on Monday, Oct. 1 at Pine Hill Golf Club in Pine Hill, N.J.

For more information, call The Prime Rib at 215-772-1701, e-mail Patti Klein at plkstar@comcast.net or visit therestaurantcollection.com.
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