Sept. 27, 2010
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 11, No. 69
 

Register Online for Bench-Bar Until Oct. 13

Online registration for the 2010 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference is available until Wednesday, Oct. 13. This year's conference will be held Oct. 15 and 16 at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, N.J.

Fourteen CLE programs in a variety of practice areas are being planned for the Bench-Bar and Annual Conference. The CLE programs, in which attendees can earn up to eight hours of credit (including the opportunity to earn two ethics credits), will feature judges and some of the city's most well-known practitioners, who will use their expertise and experience to enlighten attendees.

A dramatic re-enactment commemorating the 275th anniversary of Andrew Hamilton's historic 1735 defense of printer John Peter Zenger will be offered for CLE credit as the opening program on Oct. 15. The case established the concept of freedom of the press and coined the term "Philadelphia lawyer." (The Trial of John Peter Zenger: A Play in Four Scenes, by Michael E. Tigar, Copyright © 1986, All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission of the Author.)

A State of the Court Presentation will also be offered for CLE credit as the closing program on Saturday, Oct. 16. Vice Chancellor John E. Savoth and Board of Governors Vice Chair Regina M. Foley are co-chairs of the 2010 conference.

Full-conference admission is $349 for members and $399 for non-members, if reserved by the early bird deadline of Friday, Sept. 17. For members of the Young Lawyers Division and government and public interest attorneys, admission is only $199. Visit philadelphiabar.org for a complete registration form and pricing guide. Hotel reservations must be made separately by calling the Borgata directly at 1-866-692-6742.

Sponsors for the Bench-Bar and Annual Conference include USI Affinity, JAMS, Iron Mountain, TD Bank, and Kaplan, Leaman and Wolfe Court Reporters. For more information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Michael Petitti at (215) 238-6342.


Bench-Bar Scholarship Donors Thanked

The Philadelphia Bar Association would like to thank the following for providing scholarships to public interest and government attorneys so they can attend the Bench-Bar & Annual Conference.

The scholarship donors include Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC; Business Law Section; Cozen O'Connor; Duffy + Partners; Feldman, Shepherd, Wohlgelernter, Tanner, Weinstock & Dodig LLP; Joseph A. Sullivan; Kovler & Rush, P.C.; Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin; Messa & Associates; Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP; Rosen, Schafer & DiMeo, P.C.; and Saltz Mongeluzzi Barrett and Bendesky. Feldman & Pinto, P.C. and Raynes McCarty each donated two scholarships.

Elections Committee Formed; Candidates Sought

The Philadelphia Bar Association has formed its Elections Committee, which is chaired by Immediate-Past Chancellor Sayde Joy Ladov and consists of Michael L. Viola, Scott W. Reid, Louis S. Rulli, Lawrence S. Felzer, Albertine Y. DuFrayne, Brandi Brice, Sean R. Sullivan, Jeffrey S. Gross and Jeffrey Campolongo. Chancellor Scott F. Cooper, Chancellor-Elect Rudolph Garcia, Vice Chancellor John E. Savoth and Board of Governors Chair Richard S. Seidel serve as ex-officio members.

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. 7, 2010 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 run for any of the above named offices should contact Staff Counsel Brian Sims at bsims@philabar.org for additional information. Signatures, along with a resume, and written authorization should be submitted to Association Secretary Kathleen Wilkinson, c/o Brian Sims, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107, no later than 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 7.

IBC to Introduce New Coverage in January 2011;
Grandfathered Indemnity Coverage Continuation Confirmed

Effective with renewals that take place on Jan. 1, 2011, Independence Blue Cross (IBC) will no longer offer the current HMO, POS and PPO products under which groups with 50 or fewer employees are now insured. This will impact most Association members who have their coverage through IBC. Existing customers will not be able to renew their current plans. All insureds will have to select a new plan from IBC's new product line (Blue Solutions), which will include new HMO, POS and PPO options. At renewal, recommended option(s) will be provided to customers that are most like their current option(s). If a customer does not make a benefit election, IBC will automatically default the existing coverage(s) to the recommended option(s).

There will be a total of 25 different new options available to groups from firms that have less than 51 employees. The number of plan options which may be offered will be determined by the total number of employees that a firm has. All the new plans include those benefits mandated by recent Health Care Reform legislation including coverage for dependent children up to the age of 26.

In order to address your questions and concerns regarding these changes that have been mandated by IBC, the Association will be keeping you informed through various ways about the new products. You will receive ongoing additional information from USI Affinity, the Association's broker. By now, you should have received your first e-mail communication from USI Affinity announcing the coverage changes. In addition, early next week, IBC well be sending a letter directly to each insured outlining the changes and elimination of the old plans.

Your health insurance choice for 2011 will take more time and consideration as you examine the available options. On Tuesday, Sept. 28 at 8:30 a.m. at the Association offices, 11th Floor, 1101 Market St., the Association will hold an open meeting with representatives of USI to explain in detail the information that they have received, how it will impact the insureds and what the open enrollment process will entail for 2011 (click here to register). A free continental breakfast will be provided. The meeting is open to both members and non-members. Walk-ins are welcome.

Solo practitioners, actively practicing law and currently insured, will not lose coverage. Unless covered under grandfathered traditional indemnity plans, they will however, have to choose from the new Blue Solutions offerings.

On Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010 we were able to confirm that those members, including solo practitioners, covered under the grandfathered traditional indemnity plans will be able to continue that indemnity coverage for 2011. This will, however, be subject to the underwriting guidelines that impact the number of plans that can be offered depending on group size.

For members with questions about these changes, a special number has been set up for you to communicate directly with USI Affinity. You may call 1-800-265-2876 and press prompt #4.

At this time we are taking steps to educate our members about this development. No decisions about which new coverage you will pick has to be made at this point. Those decisions will have to be made once actual rates for each plan are made available by IBC, sometime during the end of October. However, because both the Association and USI Affinity recognize how important health care coverage is to both you and your employees, the Association in a coordinated effort with USI Affinity will be keeping you apprised of all developments as we learn about them.

In addition, further information about the new plan offerings is available directly from Blue Cross' website (click here to download).

Women in Politics Sept. 28

Former Congresswoman Marjorie Margolies, Philadelphia City Counciwoman Marian B. Tasco, Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge Anne Lazarus and Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judges Sheila Woods-Skipper, Lillian Harris Ransom and Ida K. Chen will be panelists at the Tuesday, Sept. 28 meeting of the Women in the Profession Committee "Women in Politics."

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8. Click here to register.

Doing Business in China Sept. 28

Speakers from private industry who are doing business with China will discuss the tremendous opportunities in what the Chinese call The Middle Kingdom at the Tuesday, Sept. 28 meeting of the International Business Initiative Committee.

Jack Wen, president of Sino-Sun Biotechnology Ltd., Michael Kwong, president of An Xing Group USA, Inc., and Richard Li, of Liberty Real Estate Associates, LLC, will provide practical counsel from the perspective of a company in today's challenging business climate on how to be successful in the China market. We will have discussions about the steps the Initiative can take to make this region more of a site for international business, especially with China.

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. Click here to register.

Confidential Informants CLE Sept. 28

The Criminal Justice Section will present the CLE program "Confidential Informants: Problems, Issues and Strategies" on Tuesday, Sept. 28.

You will learn about the federal regulations, as well as the local Philadelphia Police Department directives related to confidential informants, giving you a background with which to challenge, impeach and weaken the impact of evidence obtained through informants. Receive sample motions to compel the identification of confidential informants, as well as learn how courts are responding to such motions in Philadelphia.

Check in and lunch begin at 11:15 a.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. This program has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 3 hours of CLE credit in substantive law and 1 hour in ethics. Click here to register.

Trends and Issues in Wage, Hour Litigation Sept. 29

The Labor and Employment Law Committee will present "Trends and Issues in Wage and Hour Litigation" at its Wednesday, Sept. 29 meeting.

Speakers for the program include Shanon J. Carson, Berger & Montague, P.C.; Gerald D. Wells III, Faruqi & Faruqi LLP; Tina Tellado, Greenberg Traurig LLP; and Michele Malloy, Littler Mendelson. The program will be moderated by Sidney L. Gold and Kelly Dobbs Bunting.

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. Click here to RSVP.

Goldner on Social Media for Lawyers Sept. 30

Shelley R. Goldner will discuss social media for lawyers at the Thursday, Sept. 30 meeting of the Federal Courts Committee.

The discussion will include social networking sites and the variety of interesting legal issues which arise out of the use of social media by lawyers. The meeting begins at 12:30 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8. Click here to register.

Bar Foundation Award Nominees Sought

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation is seeking nominations for Philadelphia Bar Foundation Award which is given to a public interest attorney for excellence of service to the community. A $2,500 award is 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 Thursday, Sept. 30. Nominations can be sent electronically to lbrown@philabar.org.

Shuster Fellowship Applications Due Sept. 30

The Bar Foundation is soliciting applicants for The Morris M. Shuster Public Interest Fellowship Program.

This program provides educational loan repayment assistance in the form of forgivable loans to selected qualifying attorneys employed full-time by Philadelphia Bar Foundation grantee organizations.

Please e-mail Gene Sirni at gsirni@philabar.org or call 215-238-6334 for applications or information.

Applications must be received by 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 30 to be considered.

Occupational Fraud Discussion Oct. 1

Andrea J. Finamore will be the guest speaker for the Friday, Oct. 1 Human Resources & Employee Relations Committee meeting "Occupational Fraud: Prevention and Detection."

The program will address common types of fraud in the workplace and how to detect and prevent them. There is measurable value in counseling clients - be they financial institutions, non-profit organizations or small business owners - on ways to deter and cut losses from fraud: According to a 2010 study published by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the typical organization loses 5 percent of its annual revenue to fraud, which translates to a global loss of $2.9 trillion.

The meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. at the offices of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC, Two Liberty Place, 50 S. 16th St., Suite 3200. Please RSVP to Sally Bolton at boltonsa@bipc.com.

Family Law Section on Civil Gideon Oct. 4

The Family Law Section will present "Civil Gideon: What You Need to Know and How You Can Help" at its Monday, Oct. 4 meeting.

The speakers for the program will be Michael L. Viola and Molly Callahan. 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. Click here to register.

The National Economic Outlook: A YLD 20/20 Program Oct. 5

Dr. Jason Faberman, a senior economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, will present a national economic outlook with a review of the region at a Young Lawyers Division 20/20 program on Tuesday, Oct. 5.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. The program is free to attend. Lunch can purchased for $8. Click here to register.

Dr. Faberman joined the Regional and Microeconomics Section of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia's Research Department in 2007. Prior to that, he spent four years as a Research Economist with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in Washington, DC. His research interests focus on the labor market, with an emphasis on the employment behavior of individual businesses and workers and its implications at the macro level, micro level, and across different geographic areas. He received his Ph.D. and M.S. from the University of Maryland, College Park and his B.A. and B.S. from Lehigh University.

Probate and Trust Law Quarterly Meeting Oct. 5

The Probate and Trust Law Section will present "Avoiding Surprises - Grantor Trusts and Other Tough Fiduciary Income Tax Topics" at its Tuesday, Oct. 5 Quarterly Meeting.

Featured speakers for the program are Daniel R. Ross and Lisa M. Whitcomb. The program begins at 12:30 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Registration and lunch begin at 11:45 a.m. For more information or to register, click here.

"Opera 101" Organizers Thanked

The Philadelphia Bar Association Academy would like to thank the Center City Opera Theater and DiBruno Brothers for their participation in the Oct. 23 Bar Academy event "Opera 101."

Nearly 40 people attended the event at the Ethical Society of Philadelphia, where Opera Theater representatives discussed the history and workings of opera. For more information about the Center City Opera Theater and their upcoming productions, visit centercityoperatheater.org.

The Philadelphia Bar Association Academy is seeking your suggestions for future programs. The Academy is a civic and cultural education series for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association launched earlier this year by Chancellor Scott F. Cooper and chaired by Hon. A. Michael Snyder.

The Philadelphia Bar Association Academy provides civic and cultural educational experiences that allow for enhanced business development opportunities to members of the Philadelphia Bar Association. Academy programs provide a unique entry to the city's most vibrant institutions and leaders, offering Bar members behind-the-scenes access to these institutions in a manner designed to benefit all participants. Programs so far have included a lunch with executives of the Philadelphia Union, the region's newest professional sports franchise; an inside look at Philadelphia's top-rated all-news station, KYW Newsradio 1060; and a taste and pastry kitchen tour of the city's premier fine-dining restaurant, Le Bec-Fin.

All programs are presented at a nominal cost to cover some portion of food, beverage, etc. To send program suggestions, please e-mail Tracey McCloskey at tmccloskey@philabar.org.

Truancy, Dropout Task Force Report on Oct. 12 Agenda

The Legal Rights of Children Committee will discuss truancy and the African American and Latino Male Dropout Task Force Report at its Tuesday, Oct. 12 meeting.

The meeting begins at 12:30 p.m. in the 11th floor Committee Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8. Click here to register.

Negotiating With Confidence CLE Oct. 13

The Women in Intellectual Property Committee will present the CLE program "Negotiating With Confidence" on Wednesday, Oct. 13.

In our practices, and our personal lives, we are repeatedly faced with situations that require us to negotiate. Whether it is representing clients in business transactions and settlements, or handling employment-related or personal issues, it is important to have strong negotiating skills to achieve your goals. While many attorneys have the skills to be effective negotiators, they tend to shy away from negotiations or are weak negotiators. Speakers for the program are Harrie Samaras and Judy W. Weintraub. Course planners are Christina Frangiosa and Nancy Frandsen.

The program begins at 12:30 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Click here to register for CLE credit. Lunch is available for $8. Click here to purchase lunch.

Dodd Frank Bill, Volker Ruler Oct. 14

Gregory J. Nowak will discuss the Dodd Frank Bill, the Volker Rule and other recent "fixes" at the Thursday, Oct. 14 meeting of the Private Equity and Venture Capital Committee.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8.50. Click here to register.

Public Interest Section Seeks Award Nominees

The Public Interest Section is now accepting nominations for the annual Andrew Hamilton Award. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Oct. 22.

Nominees must be a legal services advocate or public defender employed by, or associated with, an organization whose purpose is to serve persons who cannot afford to pay for legal representation, or be a public-interest lawyer working with a nonprofit organization serving a charitable or public interest purpose.

In addition, nominees must have substantial experience in legal services, indigent defense or public interest law and must currently be employed in one of these capacities. Members of the selection committee will consider such factors as personal vision and commitment; critical nature of the problems addressed by the nominee’s advocacy; innovative nature of the nominee’s work; outcomes and results achieved through effective advocacy; the difficulty of achievement; and community commitment.

Nominations are encouraged and should include the individual's name, address and a brief statement describing his or her qualifications. All nominations should be mailed to Tracey McCloskey c/o Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

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 on Tuesday, Dec. 7 at the Hyatt 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 Michael F. Barrett. Nominations for the Justice Brennan Distinguished Jurist Award should be forwarded to: Brennan Award, Attn: Dawn Petit, 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 Friday, Oct. 29.

Hampton Award Nominations Due by Nov. 5

Nominations are now being sought for the Workers' Compensation Section Martha J. Hampton Memorial Award. The Award will be presented at the Section's Annual Holiday Party on Thursday, Dec. 2 at Cescaphe Ballroom.

Nominations should be forwarded to Marc Jacobs, Esq., at mjacobs@galfandberger.com or by mail to Marc Jacobs, Esq., at Galfand Berger, LLP, 1818 Market St., 23rd Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19103. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Nov. 5, 2010.

This award, established in 2000, was created by the Section to honor the memory of an attorney who was an advocate, educator, and friend to all. The Award is presented annually to the member of the bar or bench who best exemplifies the qualities of compassion, dedication, commitment, and professionalism, to our Section, to the public, and to the practice of workers' compensation law, qualities which were so important to Hampton.

The award is accompanied by a donation, made on the honoree’s behalf, by the firm of Galfand Berger, to Kids Chance. Kids Chance provides college scholarships to the children of injured or deceased workers.

Past recipients of the award include Judge Scott Olin, Judge Christina J. Barbieri, Judge Jerold G. Klevit, Stephen T. Potako, 
Jeffrey S. Gross,
 Lenard A. Cohen,
Maria Terpolilli, 
Peter J. Weber, Judge Pamela Santoro 
and Halmon L. Banks III.

Notice to Potential Judicial Candidates

The Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention of the Philadelphia Bar Association evaluates the qualifications of persons seeking appointment or election to the Philadelphia Common Pleas and Municipal Courts. Individuals who wish to be considered for appointment or who are considering filing for the 2011 primary election as judicial candidates should contact the Commission on Judicial Selection & Retention c/o Charles J. Klitsch, Esq., the Bar Association's Director of Public and Legal Services, to obtain a Judicial Evaluation Questionnaire, the Commission's Guidelines for Evaluation of Attorney and Judge Candidates and Bylaws of the Philadelphia Bar Association. In order to ensure that each candidate receives a full and fair evaluation, the completed questionnaire must be returned by Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010 to "Judicial Commission" Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market Street, 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2911. Also, candidates who have previously been evaluated by the Commission are invited to contact the Association to determine whether their ratings are current by calling Mr. Klitsch at (215) 238-6326.

Individuals are reminded that under the Commission's Guidelines, any candidates who do not participate in the Commission's evaluation process will receive "Not Recommended" ratings if they continue to pursue either appointment or election.

A. Harold Datz, Esquire
2010 Chair, Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention

Tell Us About Your Healthy Lifestyle

Everyone knows the pressure of working as an attorney. And that can take a toll on a lawyer's health and well-being. Have you or one of your colleagues overcome a health issue? Or do you know someone who has re-dedicated him or herself to living a healthy, well-balanced life?

We're looking for lawyers who have turned their lives around for a feature for The Philadelphia Lawyer magazine. We want to hear your success stories and how you did it. Tell your tale and inspire someone to get healthy. Contact us at tplmag@philabar.org.

Get Discounted Tickets to "Denial"

Bar Association members can purchase discounted tickets for the play "Denial," being performed at the Second Stage at the Adrienne, 2030 Sansom St. To receive the discount, Bar Association members should mention the Philadelphia Bar Association Academy.

In his 1995 play "Denial," Peter Sagal presents the story of a Jewish civil rights attorney who is asked by the ACLU to defend the rights of a Holocaust denier whose papers have been seized by the federal government for promoting violence. Abby Gersten's "religion" is the law, but her client tests her faith as she learns that justice has its own price. "Denial" explores the dilemma faced by Holocaust survivors and others who seek to make sure the world never for gets when confronted with those who would prove that what they experienced never occurred, and is also an engrossing legal drama that examines the moral and ethical dilemmas inherent in the First Amendment.

"Denial" will be presented by Fever Dream Repertory at the Second Stage at the Adrienne, 2030 Sansom St. and features Bar Association member Nancy Abrams (Segal), Kelly Reeves, Benjamin Kendall, Arnold Kendall, Michael Brinckman and Lawrence Geller. Show times are Friday, Oct. 1 - 8 p.m. (opening reception after the show); Saturday, Oct. 2, 8 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 3, 2 p.m. (talkback after the show); Wednesday, Oct. 6, 8 p.m.; Thursday, Oct. 7, 8 p.m.; Friday, Oct. 8, 8 p.m.; Saturday, Oct 9, 8 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 10, 2 p.m. (talkback after the show); Wednesday, Oct. 13, 8 p.m.; Thursday, Oct. 14, 8 p.m.; Friday, Oct. 15, 8 p.m.; and Saturday, Oct. 16, 8 p.m. To make reservations or for more information call (267) 997-3799 or e-mail gary@mcramer.com. Just mention you are a member of the Bar Association to claim your discount. Information is also available at phillyfunguide.com.

Pro Bono Road Shows Available Oct. 18-22

To celebrate National Pro Bono Week in Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Bar Association's Delivery of Legal Services Committee is pleased to offer interactive "Road Shows" about the pro bono opportunities available in Philadelphia.

All law firms and corporations are invited to participate. Selected public interest legal services agencies will present a 30-minute workshop about how to get involved in pro bono activities that can help our community and help your career.

Road Shows are available at 8:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. Monday through Friday, Oct. 18 through Oct. 22 at your law offices. Participating agencies include the Homeless Advocacy Project, Legal Clinic for the Disabled, Philadelphia VIP, SeniorLAW Center and Support Center for Child Advocates.

To host a Road Show, contact Jodi Schatz, Co-Chair, Philadelphia National Pro Bono Week Celebration at jschatz@advokid.org or call 267-546-9228. Please include your preferred Road Show date and time when registering.

Public Interest Training Programs, Events Set

Philadelphia VIP will host Corporate Pro Bono Day on Tuesday, Oct. 5, an event that will provide microentrepreneurs the opportunity to discuss immediate and ongoing legal matters with corporate counsel from various Philadelphia-area businesses at no cost. Prior to the counseling sessions, experienced trainers will provide a Continuing Legal Education seminar for the corporate counsel on the essential legal needs of small businesses. The event location and exact time are TBD. A light dinner will be provided. This event is limited to corporate counsel. Register at jvolunteer@phillyvip.org or by calling 215-523-9567.

The Juvenile Law Center will hold its 35th Anniversary Celebration on Wednesday, Oct. 13, featuring Mara Liasson, national political correspondent, National Public Radio, and recognizing Hangley Aronchick Segal & Pudlin, Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the families of Luzerne County, PA. A cocktail reception will begin at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. The event will be held at the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Grand Ballroom, 200 S. Broad St. Ticket information and registration is available at jlc.org.

SeniorLAW Center will provide a training course on providing pro bono personal planning counseling through the Pennsylvania SeniorLAW Helpline on Tuesday, Oct. 14 from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. (breakfast and registration begin at 8:30 a.m.), at Duane Morris, 30 S. 17th St. This two-part course will provide attorneys with the option of attending one or both parts. The first hour will train attorneys to provide legal counseling through the Pennsylvania SeniorLAW Helpline and will include an overview on traditional poverty law issues. The second part of the course will train attorneys on how to answer questions about personal planning matters, including wills, living wills and financial and health care powers. Attorneys who attend both parts of the course and agree to handle at least six Helpline calls will be eligible to receive 3 substantive CLE credits (1 CLE credit will be provided to attorneys who attend the first part; 2 CLE credits available for the second part of the course). To register or for more information, please contact Sue Wasserkrug at 215-701-3216 or swasserkrug@seniorlawcenter.org.

Good Shepherd Mediation Program will hold its 4th Annual Shepherds of Peace Banquet and Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, Oct. 20, honoring Marsha Levick, Esq., Juvenile Law Center, Paul Jay Fink, M.D., Temple School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, and Vai Sikahema, NBC sportscaster. The event will be held at 6 p.m., at the Union League, 140 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. Registration information is available at phillymediators.org.

Face to Face Germantown will host an Open House spotlighting the organization's Legal Center on Saturday, Oct. 23, from 5 to 7 p.m., at 109 E. Price St., Philadelphia. Refreshments will be provided. For more information call 215-849-0179 or visit facetofacegermantown.org.

The Support Center for Child Advocates invites you to participate in the training "How to Handle a Child Abuse Case" on Tuesday, Oct. 26 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building. Earn 6 CLE credits while gaining a robust understanding of the Juvenile Act, the Child Protective Service Law, and the dynamics of child abuse, among other topics. Become a volunteer attorney for Philadelphia's abused and neglected kids. Make a difference in the life of a child victim. For more information, contact Jodi Schatz, pro bono coordinator and intake attorney, at jschatz@advokid.org. To register, visit pbi.org.

Philadelphia VIP will sponsor its annual Pro Bono Opportunities Day on Wednesday, Oct. 27. This year's event spotlights VIP's work with families and children. Training sessions will focus on areas of law critical to Philadelphia families: guardianship, custody, and protection from abuse. From first-year associates new to the practice of law, to experienced practitioners new to pro bono, all attorneys to are invited to learn how to use their legal experience to support Philadelphia's low-income families. The event will be held at Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP, 123 S. Broad St., 28th Floor, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Each attorney who attends and accepts a VIP pro bono case within six months of the training will earn two substantive CLE credits. Register at phillyvip@phillyvip.org or by calling 215- 523-9550.

Philadelphia VIP will host a CLE training program on how to handle a case in the Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Project, the mandatory negotiation program operated by the First Judicial District. The event will be held Tuesday, Nov. 9 at Comcast, One Comcast Center, 45th floor, Room J/K/L. The CLE training program will be held from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Volunteers will receive one free CLE credit for each hour of course work attended (a total of 3.5 free CLE credits are available) in exchange for representing two different clients at one or more mortgage foreclosure conciliation conferences on a continuing basis until the attempted negotiation is resolved, or in exchange for volunteering as an on-call attorney at three different conciliation conference half-day sessions. Volunteer work must be completed within six months of the training program. Register at phillyvip@phillyvip.org or by calling 215- 523-9550.

Philadelphia VIP will host a CLE training program on ethics on Friday, Dec. 3 from 12 to 2:15 p.m. Presented in a lively and interactive format, this training includes a discussion of Rule 6.1: Pro Bono Publico Service, the role of training in ethical representation, malpractice insurance, models for pro bono participation, and ethical considerations for volunteer attorneys. Special considerations in the representation of low-income clients will also be explored. The event will be held at Ballard Spahr LLP, 1735 Market St., 51st Floor. Each attorney who attends and accepts a VIP pro bono case within six months of the training will earn two substantive CLE credits. Register at phillyvip@phillyvip.org or by calling 215-523-9550.

HIAS and Council Annual Luncheon Sept. 28

HIAS and Council hosts Annual Luncheon Meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 28 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. at 2100 Arch St. The luncheon will feature a panel discussion of immigrant youth on the challenges they face and the successes they hope to enjoy in America.

At the luncheon, HIAS and Council will also honor legal advocates, including: Frank Cervone, Regan Cooper, Gilda Jean Louis, Valentine Brown, Jessica Choi, Mary Clark, Cherylle Corpuz, and others. For more information or to register, please contact Loy Omphommasack at 215-832-0905 or via e-mail at loy@hiaspa.org.

Philbrook Awards Reception Sept. 28 at Rutgers Camden

The 25th Annual Mary Philbrook Awards Reception will be held Tuesday, Sept. 28 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 Drewry Nash Fennell, executive director of the Delaware Criminal Justice Council, and formerly executive director of the Delaware ACLU. Individual tickets are $50. For more information contact Terry McCuen at mccuen@camden.rutgers.edu.

PILCOP Stevens Award Event Sept. 30

The Public Interest Law Center's Thaddeus Stevens Award Cocktail and Dinner Reception will be held Thursday, Sept. 30 at the Downtown Club, 6th and Chestnut streets.

Gov. Edward G. Rendell (pending schedule), Secretary of Policy & Planning Donna Cooper, and Judge Doris A. Smith-Ribner will be honored with The Thaddeus Stevens Award in recognition of their extraordinary work to advance the quality of public education in our region.

Cocktails begin at 5 p.m. with dinner and the award presentation at 6:30 p.m. Online registration and more details are available by clicking here or calling 267-546-1303.

Child Advocates Golf Classic Oct. 4

Reserve your foursome now for the Support Center for Child Advocates 5th Annual Golf Classic at Huntingdon Valley Country Club on Monday, Oct. 4 in association with Cleantech Alliance Mid-Atlantic. Enjoy an outstanding day of golf at one of the top 100 courses in the nation.

The Support Center for Child Advocates provides free legal and social service advocacy for abused and neglected children in Philadelphia. All Golf Classic proceeds benefit its Project for Medically Needy Children. Contact Kristyn DiDominick at kdidominick@advokid.org for more information.

CLS Justice For All 5K Oct. 10

Community Legal Services will hold its inaugural 5K run/walk fundraiser, the Justice For All 5K, on Sunday, Oct. 10 at Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park at 8:30 a.m.

Registration is now open. Visit clsphila.org for more information.

New Mobile Application Drives Legal Directory Sales

Legal Directory buyers are finding that a new-for-2010 mobile application, tailored for your BlackBerry, is making information easier and faster to find.

The quick-search for lawyers and law firms and the click-and-call or click-and-e-mail features are terrifically useful. This is a great tool
to make attorneys and support staff more productive.

The Directory database includes the most up-to-date listings of 19,000+ Philadelphia-area lawyers and law firms. Every purchase comes with three components: the online Directory, mobile access and the print directory, which is jammed with useful information like court rules, lists of government agency lawyers, judges' phone numbers and more.

Copies are going fast and will soon be sold out. The next edition will not be published until Spring 2011. You can buy The Legal Directory three ways: click here to visit thelegaldirectory.org to place your order online; e-mail legaldirectory@mediatwo.com to request an order form; or call 443-909-7843 to request an order form.

Sept. 30 CLE on Organ Donation

A panel of experts respond to many questions you or a loved one may have about organ donation and will discuss the legal and policy implications, as well as your rights as a donor and the rights of the recipient at this program, part of PBI's public policy series. This 2 CLE substantive credit hour program will be held Thursday, Sept. 30 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 12 to 2 p.m. Check-in and lunch begin at 11:30 a.m. For additional information, or to register, click here.

Upcoming CLE

The following courses are cosponsored by the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. All courses are at The CLE Conference Center in the Wanamaker Building, except as otherwise noted. Registration begins 30 minutes before course start time.

Tuesday, Sept. 28
Starting Up a Foreign Business
4 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Confidential Informants - Problems, Issues and Strategies
3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
12 to 4:15 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 29
How Your Computer Can Get You in Trouble
3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 30
Simulcast - Organ Donation - Part of PBI's Public Policy Series
2 substantive CLE credits
12 to 2 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 4
Law Policy Forum: Laws on the Frontiers of Technology
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

*Earn as many as 4 credits on your computer, at your convenience at PBI's Online Campus, at www.onlinecle.pbi.org. More than 300 classes are available, including nearly 50 one-hour ethics programs. 24/7 CLE.

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