Monday, Oct. 2, 2006
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 7, No. 71
 

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.

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.

Civil Rights Committee Meeting on Terror Programs Oct. 5

Larry Frankel, legislative director of the ACLU of Pennsylvania, will address the recent flurry of legislation in Congress regarding trials of terrorism detainees, warrantless electronic eavesdropping and voter identification at the Thursday, Oct. 5 meeting of the Civil Rights Committee.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Probate Section Quarterly Meeting Oct. 3

The Probate and Trust Law Section will hold its Quarterly Meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 3 with the CLE program "Hedging Your Bet - What a Practitioner Needs to Know about Advising Fiduciaries on Alternative Investments!"

In addition to providing a primer on what alternative investments are and how they work, this two-hour program will explore some of the following fiduciary items: UBTI issues in domestic hedge funds, phantom income, use of collective investments, and expenses. The speakers include Robert M. Balentine of Wilmington Trust Company and Robert L. Freedman of Dechert, LLP.

The program begins at 12 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building. Click here for more information.

Presenza, Pichini to be Honored at Oct. 30 Quarterly

President Judge Louis J. Presenza of Philadelphia Municipal Court and former Women in the Profession Committee Chair Roberta D. Pichini will be honored at the Association's Oct. 30 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue.

Presenza has been selected as the recipient of the 2006 Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Distinguished Jurist Award. The award recognizes a jurist who adheres to the highest ideals of judicial service. Pichini will receive the Sandra Day O'Connor Award, which 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. 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.

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."

Tickets are $500 per person for patrons, $325 for subscribers and $225 for members of the Young Lawyers Division and members of the judiciary. Click here to purchase tickets online. This black-tie-optional event is chaired by Amy Ginensky and Deborah Gross.

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.

118 Firms Raise $1.45 Million for Legal Services

With the addition of Flaster/Greenberg P.C., 118 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 118 law firms, representing nearly 4,600 attorneys, have pledged $1,453,870. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Dash for Democracy Nov. 4 at Independence Mall

Join the hundreds that have already registered for the Committee of Seventy's inaugural Dash for Democracy 5K Run/Walk on Independence Mall on Saturday, Nov. 4 - just three days before an election that includes the hottest race in the nation.

The Dash, organized by Boston Marathon Race Director Dave McGillivray, is not your ordinary 5K, but rather a platform for you to "run" or walk for issues that are important to you. To have as much fun as possible, The Committee of Seventy is holding a "Creative Expressions Contest" with prizes to reward the most innovative and entertaining ways of expressing your issues, passions or beliefs.

The Dash, which is a USATF-certified course, is a completely unique concept as this is the first time a run/walk is being used as a vehicle to promote democracy. The race route is worth highlighting as it also is a first - the Dash starts in front of the National Constitution Center, takes you up Market Street around City Hall, out to Logan Circle and back. Imagine - thousands of people running and walking through the heart of the city dressed in ways to draw attention to their issue.

Online registration and complete information are available at dashfordemocracy.org. Other activities happening at the Dash include a "Democracy Your Way" Expo inside the National Constitution Center from 7 a.m. until noon that will showcase more than 30 area nonprofits with information on how to get involved in your community. There will also be a Mini-Dash for the kids, music, raffle tickets, speakers and much more.

All the revenue generated from the Dash will help support the Committee of Seventy's non-partisan civic education and empowerment programs. For more information about the Dash, including sponsorship opportunities, please contact Anne Mahlum at 215-557-3600, ext. 203 or at info@dashfordemocracy.org.

10th Annual Family Law Update Oct. 4

Join judges and experienced practitioners in a timely discussion of the emerging issues and challenges facing family lawyers in Pennsylvania at PBI's 10th Annual Family Law Update. Faculty will discuss the practical implications of this year's major developments in family law, including decisions, rules and statutory changes. This 4 substantive credit hour program will be held in Philadelphia on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 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 8:30 a.m to 1 p.m. Registration begins at 8 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. 3
Hedging Your Bet: What a Practitioner Needs to Know about Advising Fiduciaries on Alternative Investments!
2 substantive CLE credits
12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 4
10th Annual Family Law Update
4 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Due Diligence in Real Estate Transaction
4 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 6
Retaliation in the Workplace: The Hottest Issue in Employment Discrimination Law
3 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

More information is available on the PBI Web site at www.pbi.org, on the page devoted to Philadelphia programs, by calling 1-800-247-4724, or by e-mailing info@pbi.org. Note: some events sell out; before walking in, call PBI to confirm that space is still available for the program that interests you.

Earn up to 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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