Thursday, Oct. 5, 2006
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 7, No. 72
 

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.

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.

Solo and Small Firm Committee to Learn About Getting Paid

Ellen Freedman, law practice management coordinator for the Pennsylvania Bar Association, will discuss ways to ensure that attorneys get paid for the work they do at the Thursday, Oct. 12 meeting of the Solo and Small Firm Committee.

This one-credit lunchtime CLE course will take you through the series of essential steps that are guaranteed to reduce your receivables and improve your cash flow. Covered topics include the emotional issues connected to managing receivables for both attorneys and clients; performing credit checks; engagement agreements; timing issues billing and follow-up; communications; and when to put the pen down.

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 $25 for members of the Association admitted for more than five years, and $20 for members admitted for less than five years. To register in advance, visit pbi.org, or call PBI Customer Service at 1-800-932-4637. Lunch is available for $7.50 per person. Click here to purchase lunch for this event.

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.

Two Events for Women Against Abuse in October

Women Against Abuse will hold its 30-Year Anniversary Event on Thursday, 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.

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.

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 that 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.

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.

Committee of Seventy's Stalberg to Speak Oct. 5

Committee of Seventy President and CEO Zack Stalberg will talk about the upcoming election and the Committee's work to improve government in Philadelphia at a reception on Thursday, Oct. 5 at the offices of Volpe and Koenig, P.C., United Plaza, Suite 1600, 30 S. 17th St.

For more information or to RSVP for the event, contact Andrea Cichetti at (215) 568-6400.

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.

SeniorLAW Center Wine-Tasting Party Oct. 25

The SeniorLAW Center will hold a two-hour tasting party of premium Italian wines with Wine School president Keith Wallace on Wednesday, Oct. 25 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Marvin Comisky Conference Center at the offices of Blank Rome LLP, One Logan Square, 18th and Cherry Streets.

Tickets are $50 each or two for $95. Proceeds from the event will benefit the SeniorLAW Center. To order tickets, contact Larry Felzer at (215) 701-3203 or e-mail lfelzer@seniorlawcenter.org.

Dessert and Wine Reception Oct. 21

The Center for Lesbian and Gay Civil Rights will hold a dessert and wine reception on Saturday, Oct. 21 from 8 to 10 p.m. at the National Liberty Museum, 321 Chestnut St.

The reception will feature sweets donated by some of Philadelphia's best-known restaurants and patisseries. A number of supporters are hosting Night For Rights house parties. Starting at 8 p.m., community members, allies, and house party participants will gather at the National Liberty Museum to satisfy their sweet tooths and demonstrate their support for lgbt equality. More than 150 people will partake in the evening's festivities and local businesses are donating goods.

To purchase tickets, participate as an event sponsor or host a Night for Rights Party, visit center4civilrights.org or call (215) 731-1447, extension 13.

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.

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