Thursday, Sept. 28, 2006
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 7, No. 70
 

Last Chance to Register Online for Bench-Bar Conference

Today is the last day to register online for the 2006 Bench-Bar Conference at the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City on Sept. 29 and 30. On-site registration will be available.

The 2006 Bench-Bar Conference offers a weekend of top-quality programs and camaraderie, with as many as 7.5 CLE credits available to attendees at the event. Click here to register online.

The theme of the 2006 Bench-Bar Conference is a salute to the movies. "The Greatest Show on Earth" will have 19 different programs from which to choose. The Bench-Bar Conference brings together the Philadelphia legal community for continuing legal education seminars and provides an opportunity to foster the working environment between local judges and attorneys. The 2006 Bench-Bar Conference is chaired by Ronald A. Kovler and Laura A. Feldman. More information on the conference is available at philadelphiabar.org.

The 2006 Bench-Bar Conference is sponsored by LexisNexis, Thomson West, USI Colburn Insurance Service, Veritext, JAMS and Law Journal Television.

Panel to Discuss Racial Diversity in the Law Sept. 28

Panelists Carlton L. Johnson, Karen Jackson Vaughn and Linda Wong will discuss the importance of racial diversity within the law at the Thursday, Sept. 28 meeting of the Minorities in the Profession Committee.

The panel will also address issues concerning minorities in the profession, such as recruiting, retaining and engaging minority members; and encouraging the hiring of minority lawyers and placing them in top-level positions.

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.

Elder Law Committee to Discuss Upcoming Programs

The Elder Law Committee will discuss plans for its 2006-2007 program at its Thursday, Sept. 28 meeting.

The committee's objective include providing informational programs for attorneys and development of a Philadelphia senior law Handbook. The meeting begins at 1 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 register for this program. For more information about the Elder Law Committee, contact committee Chair Keelin Barry at KeelinSBarryEsquire@hotmail.com or call (215) 680-5150.

Judge to Provide Family Court Tips Oct. 3

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Family Court Judge Margaret T. Murphy will offer tips directly from the court on filing and procedure at the Tuesday, Oct. 3 meeting of the Family Law Section.

Judge Murphy will be joined by Master Michael Horan, Master Marvin Williams, and Manager, Clerk of Family Court, Mark Alleva.

An informal reception will follow the meeting to recognize the dedicated service of Andrea Hoffman Jelin, longstanding co-chair of the Section's Adoption Committee and director, Children and Youth Services and Chief, Adoption Branch for Philadelphia Family Court, and to congratulate her on her new position as Administrator of the Center for Children and Families in the Courts with the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts.

The meeting begins at 4 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. There is a $7.50 fee for the reception. Click here to RSVP for this event.

Justice Newman to Address State Civil Litigation Section

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Sandra Schultz Newman will discuss the work of the state Supreme Court and how affects the First Judicial District at the Wednesday, Oct. 4 Quarterly Meeting of the State Civil Litigation 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 register for this program.

117 Firms Raise $1.45 Million for Legal Services

With the addition of Kelley Jasons McGowan Spinelli & Hanna, LLP and Chimicles & Tikellis, 117 law firms have pledged more than $1.45 million in support of Chancellor Alan M. Feldman's Raising the Bar Campaign to support legal services.

The 117 law firms, representing more than 4,500 attorneys, have pledged $1,451,470. The Raising the Bar Campaign is a joint effort by the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Philadelphia Bar Foundation to increase funding for Philadelphia public interest law centers.

Each firm made a pledge of at least $300 per attorney in its Philadelphia office, with a number of firms committing to as much as $500. Nineteen of the firms are among the 20 largest as listed in the Philadelphia Business Journal. To contribute, contact Maureen Mingey, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation.

Click here for a list of the participating law firms and for more information about the Raising the Bar campaign.

Two Events for Women Against Abuse in October

Women Against Abuse will hold its 30-Year Anniversary Event on Tuesday, Oct. 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market St.

WAA will honor Mellon Financial Corp., Pennsylvania state Rep. Kathy M. Manderino and Dayle Steinberg of Planned Parenthood Southeastern Pennsylvania at the event. Click here for ticket information.

The Women's Rights Committee will hold a fashion show fund-raiser for Women Against Abuse on Oct. 20 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m at the Nicole Miller store at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets.

This event is the perfect opportunity to shop for the Andrew Hamilton Gala. The event is sponsored by Finlandia and The Palm, which will provide food and drinks.

Ten percent of the sales from the event will go to Women Against Abuse. The event is open to the first 50 people who register. To register, contact Dawn Burger at (215) 238-6367.

Presenza to Receive Brennan Distinguished Jurist Award

President Judge Louis J. Presenza of Philadelphia Municipal Court has been selected as the recipient of the 2006 Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Distinguished Jurist Award. The award will be presented at the Association's October Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon on Oct. 30 at 12 p.m. at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue

The award recognizes a jurist who adheres to the highest ideals of judicial service. Any member of the state or federal bench, whether active or retired, who has made a significant, positive impact on the quality or administration of justice in Philadelphia is eligible for consideration. Examples of accomplishments worthy of nomination include innovations in court administration, implementation of pioneering case management techniques, assumption of a leadership role in areas affecting the administration of justice, publication of a significant opinion, article, or other scholarly work, or the like.

Also at the meeting, former Women in the Profession Chair Roberta D. Pichini will receive the Association's Sandra Day O'Connor Award. Pichini is a partner with Feldman, Shepherd, Wohlgelernter, Tanner and Weinstock. Mary Robinson, the first woman to serve as president of Ireland and the former United Nations high commissioner for human rights, will deliver the keynote address. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased online at philadelphiabar.org.

NBA Women Lawyers Division Symposium Oct. 25

The Philadelphia Chapter of the National Bar Association Women Lawyers Division will offer an afternoon symposium on Wednesday, Oct. 25 in honor of its 25th anniversary.

The symposium committee, co-chaired by Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Jacqueline F. Allen and Adiah Ferron of Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP, has planned an informative program designed to appeal to both lawyers and non-lawyers alike. In addition, continuing legal education credits will be offered to all attorneys attending. The program will be held at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building.

The Philadelphia Chapter of the Women Lawyers Division of the National Bar Association encompasses an extensive network of lawyers, jurists, scholars and law students of color living and working in the greater Delaware Valley area. The NBA is itself the oldest and largest association of African-American attorneys in the country.

The symposium will feature plenary session speaker Michele Coleman Mayes, senior vice president and general counsel of Pitney Bowes, followed by concurrent sessions that will address two cutting-edge issues facing women in the 21st century. To register for this program, e-mail Joyce Eubanks at MJRCA94@aol.com or call (215) 549-9783.

Volunteers Sought for Penn Mock Trial Event

The University of Pennsylvania Mock Trial Team is looking for judges, attorneys or law students to volunteer to serve as presiding judges or scoring judges for the 2006 Quaker Classic Invitational on Nov. 10 and 11, at which some of the best college mock trial teams from across the country will be competing.

All trials will be held in Jon M. Huntsman Hall, 3730 Walnut St. Food will be provided to judges on both Friday, Nov. 10 and Saturday, Nov. 11. The rules that govern tournaments require one presiding judge for each trial and one or two scoring judges. Since there will be around 15 trials going on simultaneously each round, 30 to 45 judges will be needed per round.

If you are interested in helping for any or all of the rounds or have any further questions, contact QuakerClassicJudges@gmail.com.

Shuster Fellowship Applications Being Accepted

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the Morris M. Shuster Public Interest Fellowship Program, established in 2003 as a result of a generous donation by Morris M. Shuster to the Bar Foundation. This program is intended to assist public interest lawyers who face large student loan obligations that threaten their ongoing service as public interest attorneys.

At least two Shuster Fellowships will be awarded in 2006 to qualified applicants. One fellowship will be awarded to an eligible public interest attorney who has completed five or more years of work experience and an additional Shuster Fellowship will be awarded to an eligible public interest attorney who has completed three or more years of work experience.

Click here for copies of the 2006 Shuster Fellowship application and guidelines. Please note that the deadline for submitting an application for a Shuster Fellowship to the Philadelphia Bar Foundation is Friday, Sept. 29. The winners will be announced at the Andrew Hamilton Gala on Saturday, Nov. 4.

For more information, contact Maureen Mingey at the Philadelphia Bar Foundation at mmingey@philabar.org or call (215) 238-6334.

Notice to Potential Judicial Candidates

The Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention of the Philadelphia Bar Association evaluates the qualifications of persons wishing to join the judiciary.

Individuals who are filing for the 2007 primary election as judicial candidates for the Philadelphia Common Pleas or Municipal Courts should contact the Commission on Judicial Selection & Retention c/o Areetha M. Carter, Esq., the Bar Association's Staff Counsel, to obtain a copy of a Judicial Evaluation Questionnaire and a copy of the Commission's guidelines and bylaws. Please return the completed questionnaire to "Judicial Commission" at 1101 Market Street, 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2911.

Candidates who have previously been evaluated by the Commission are invited to contact the Association to determine whether their ratings are current by contacting Ms. Carter at acarter@philabar.org or (215) 238-6351.

The Commission will complete all ratings for candidates running in the 2007 primary by Jan. 31, 2007; therefore, in order to ensure that each candidate receives a full and fair evaluation, no questionnaires will be accepted for evaluation after Dec. 15, 2006. 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.

A. Harold Datz, Esquire
2006 Chair, Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention

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 in December.

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. Click here to learn more about Levy.

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 Monday, Oct. 30, 2006 to Michael J. Berkowitz, Chancellor, Louis D. Brandeis Law Society at mjberkowitz@crbcp.com.

Child Advocates Golf Classic Oct. 16

The Support Center for Child Advocates will host the 2006 Inaugural Child Advocates Golf Classic on Monday, Oct. 16, 2006 at the Huntingdon Valley Country Club.

An exciting day of golf, fellowship and fine dining planned for sponsors and their guests. The Huntingdon Valley Country Club is ranked among the top 100 traditional golf courses in America and will offer an exquisite autumnal setting on a challenging course. In this first year of the Child Advocates Golf Classic, the Center hopes to raise more than $100,000 for the agency's Campaign for Medically Needy Children, which serves children in the child welfare system who have serious medical needs and face significant risks to their health and safety.

Please contact Development Coordinator Louise Pangborn at (215) 925-1913, extension 125, or by e-mail at LouiseP@advokid.org, for sponsorship or golf information.

Judge Kremer Portrait to Be Unveiled Oct. 17

A portrait of the late Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge I. Raymond Kremer will be unveiled on Tuesday, Oct. 17 at 4 p. m. in Courtroom 653 City Hall during ceremonies that will remember Judge Kremer and endow a scholarship in his memory at Temple University's Beasley School of Law.

The event is sponsored by the Louis D. Brandeis Law Society and the Friends and Family of Judge Kremer. The portrait which will hang in City Hall is the work of noted local portrait artist Joseph Routon. All members of the Philadelphia legal community are invited to attend the event which will be followed by a brief reception in the City Hall Law Library, Room 600.

Fattah, Vallas at Chancellor's Forum on School Funding

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

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

The lunchtime meeting, hosted by Chancellor Alan M. Feldman in the 11th floor Conference Center at Bar Association headquarters, is open to the public and begins at 12 p.m. with a free lunch, followed by presentations from Fattah and Vallas at 12:15 p.m. and then a question-and-answer period.

Click here to RSVP for the Chancellor's Forum or contact Dawn Burger at 215-238-6367 or by e-mail at dburger@philadelphiabar.org.

Examination of Medicaid Report Oct. 17

Joseph W. "Chip" Marshall III, a member of the Medicaid Commission selected by Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt, will discuss the commission's two-year project and upcoming report in a lunchtime meeting on Tuesday, Oct.17.

The meeting is co-sponsored by the Public Interest Section, the Business Law Section's Health Care Law Committee and the State Civil Litigation Section's Medical-Legal Committee.

The meeting will be held in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. The event, open to all Association members, begins at 12 p.m. with lunch, followed by Marshall's presentation at 12:30 p.m. Lunch is $7.50 and registration is available at philadelphabar.org or by contacting Dawn Burger at 215-238-6367 or by e-mail at dburger@philadelphiabar.org.

YLD Fall Family Spooktacular at Sesame Place Oct. 22

The Young Lawyers Division will hold its Family Fall Spooktacular on Sunday, Oct. 22 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Sesame Place in Langhorne, Pa. Click here to purchase tickets for this event.

Admission is $30 for adults and $20 for children and includes food and beverages, a sing-along and meet and greet with five Sesame Place characters, VIP seating at the live stage show "Countdown to Halloween" and participation in the Sesame Place Rock Around the Block parade.

Children are invited to dress in costume and trick or treat throughout the park, tour The Count's Castle and take a hayride. Click here for directions to Sesame Place.

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

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

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

Discover Discussion Forums at philadelphiabar.org

Discussion Forums are a new member benefit at philadelphiabar.org available free to Section members and members of the Young Lawyers Division. Post a question, get an answer - it's that easy! You can also post replies to questions from other members. Best of all, you're already pre-registered for your Section's Discussion Forum! To get started, just log in to the Association's Web site at philadelphiabar.org. Once you log in, you never have to log in again!

Just follow these simple steps:
1) Click "Member Log-in" (upper right corner).
2) Enter your User Name and Password (click "Need Help?" to have them e-mailed to you).
3) Click "Remember Me" to bypass future log ins.
4) On your personalized homepage, click "My Discussion Forums" at the bottom of the page and you're in!

To start taking advantage of the Discussion Forums:
1) Click on the "New Topic" button.
2) Enter a subject in the Subject field.
3) Type your message in the Message body field and hit Submit to post.
4) Your message is viewable only by other members of your Section. To reply to a message, click "Post Reply."

Discussion forums are a quick and easy way to get answers from colleagues on important practice questions. What's more, by personalizing your Profile, you'll receive an e-mail when someone has replied to your posting! And with the "Private Message" button, you can send a personal message to a Forum member at any time!

We invite you to take advantage of this valuable new service today, available exclusively on the Philadelphia Bar Association's Web site. If you have any questions, we're happy to help. Just e-mail Mark Tarasiewicz at mtarasiewicz@philabar.org, or Brett Schaeffer at webmaster@philabar.org. Go ahead, post a question today!

Legal Directory 2006 Now Available for Purchase

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This year's edition includes listings for more than 1,500 law firms and 17,000 attorneys in Philadelphia and the surrounding Pennsylvania counties, Delaware and New Jersey, in addition to Bar Association contacts and committees; information on federal, state and county courts and government agencies; a judges index; alternative dispute resolution resources; and a special business-to-business section tailored to the legal community.

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