Monday, Sept. 29, 2008
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 9, No. 70
 

Women Leaders on the Future at Oct. 20 Quarterly

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.

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.

Learn Inexpensive, Effective Internet Research Oct. 2

Dan Giancaterino, Internet librarian at Jenkins Law Library, will discuss inexpensive and effective research on the Internet at the Thursday, Oct. 2 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.

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.

Justice McCaffery at Workers' Comp CLE Oct. 3

The Honorable Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus P. McCaffery will present a CLE program on practice and procedure before the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania at the Workers' Compensation Section meeting on Friday, Oct. 3.

Justice McCaffery will discuss petitioning for allocauter; writing a persuasive brief; and effective oral argument. 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 $32.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years, and $27.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. Lunch s included in the tuition price. If you wish to register in advance, visit www.pbi.org or call PBI Customer Service at 1-800-932-4637.

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.

Chancellor's Diversity Training Series Oct. 7

Learn about creating, developing and growing your legal practices at the first session of the Chancellor Diversity Training Series on Tuesday, Oct. 7. Come and learn about these practices from those who have "been there" and understand the process.

Panelists for the program, to be held from 4 to 6 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St., include Christopher A. Lewis, Blank Rome LLP; Charisse R. Lillie, Comcast Corporation; Chuck Polin, The Training Resource Group; Bernard W. Smalley of Anapol, Schwartz, Weiss, Cohan, Feldman & Smalley, P.C.; and Joan Stern of Blank Rome LLP. The program will be moderated by Chancellor A. Michael Pratt.

A light snack and beverages will be provided to all attendees. There is no fee to attend this program but you must RSVP. 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 at 5 p.m. 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.

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.

Candidates Sought for YLD Executive Committee

Pursuant to the YLD Bylaws, every year seven new members are elected to serve three-year terms on the Executive Committee. This year's Election will take place on Dec. 8, 2008, in conjunction with the Association's Annual Meeting.

Any Voting Member of the Division shall be eligible for election to the Executive Committee provided, however, that the term of office for which the individual runs shall not extend beyond his or her membership in the Division. You are eligible if you are 37 years of age or less in the year 2011, or if you are older than 37, you will not be celebrating more than your third year of practice in 2011. The Nominating Petition and Personal Statement must be returned to the offices of the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, no later than 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008. At 5 p.m. that same day, we will have an information meeting in the 10th Floor Board Room at the Bar Association where ballot positions will be drawn.

If you have any questions regarding the Executive Committee, or the election process, please feel free to contact Tracey McCloskey, Director of Meetings and Special Events, at 215-238-6360.

APABAPA Annual Banquet Oct. 17 at Joy Tsin Lau

The Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania will hold its Annual Banquet on Friday, Oct. 17 at 6 p.m. at Joy Tsin Lau, 1026 Race St.

The keynote speaker is Andrew Patel, a criminal defense attorney who recently represented Jose Padilla, the first American citizen in the war against terrorism to be held as an enemy combatant. Nydia Han, an investigative reporter for WPVI-TV/6ABC Action News, will be the mistress of ceremonies.

Individual tickets for the 10-course Chinese banquet are $95. Tables of 10 can be purchased for $900. Forty dollars of each ticket ($400 of each table) will be donated directly to the Philadelphia Bar Foundation (a 501(c)(3) organization) to benefit the Judge William Marutani Fellowship. Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

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.

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Piercing the Corporate Veil Oct. 10

PBI's Piercing the Corporate Veil examines the corporate formation and policies/procedures that should be followed by small businesses to take advantage of and maximize liability protection of corporate status and the approaches to bringing and defending lawsuits that attempt to "pierce the corporate veil." This 3 substantive CLE credit hour program will be held Friday, Oct. 10 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 3:15 p.m. Check-in and lunch begin at 11:15 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, Oct. 7
Philadelphia Bar Association Probate & Trust Law Section Oct. 2008 Quarterly Meeting – Special Needs Trust: Does Your Client Need One?
2 substantive CLE credits
12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 10
Piercing the Corporate Veil
3 substantive CLE credits
12 to 3:15 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 15
12th Annual Family Law Update
4 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 16
Thirteenth Annual Bankruptcy Institute
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 17
Video – Reel Justice! Power, Passion & Persuasion in the Modern Courtroom
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Law of Guns After Heller
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits (Must attend entire program to receive ethics credit)
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 20
Simulcast – PLI – ABCs of SWAPs and Other Derivatives 2008
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 21
Civil Rights: To Preserve and Protect
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits (Must attend entire program to receive ethics credit)
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Simulcast – PLI – Advanced SWAPs & Other Derivatives 2008
12 substantive, 1 ethics, CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 22
Simulcast – E-mail & Blogs: Employer Liability, Policies and Prevention
3 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Jurors By The Generations
3 substantive CLE credits
12 to 3:15 p.m.

Simulcast – PLI – Advanced SWAPs & Other Derivatives 2008
12 substantive, 1 ethics, CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 23
Family Law in Bucks, Chester, Delaware & Montgomery Counties – 2008
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits (Must attend entire program to receive ethics credit)
8:30 a.m to 3:30 p.m.

Practical Pretrial Practice
3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits (Must attend entire program to receive ethics credit)
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 24
15th Annual Auto Law Update
3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

How to Prepare the Fiduciary Income and Decedent’s Final Lifetime Income Tax Returns
4 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 28
Simulcast – A Day on Health Law
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 3:40 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 29
Compulsory Arbitration Seminar
2 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 30
Great! Adverse Depositions: Principles and Principal Techniques
6.5 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 31
Powerful Witness Preparation
3 substantive CLE credits
8:30 to 11:45 a.m.

Superior Legal Writing and Editing
3 substantive CLE credits
12:15 to 3:30 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 3
Municipal Liability
4 substantive CLE credits
9 to 1:15 p.m.

Obtaining (or Avoiding) Enhanced Damages and Fees in Copyright, Trademark, Trade Secret and Patent Actions
3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits (Must attend entire program to receive ethics credit)
12 to 4:15 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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