Monday, Oct. 13, 2008
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 9, No. 74
 

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.

Get Tickets for Oct. 20 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon

Tickets are available online for the Association's Oct. 20 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon. Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Albert W. Sheppard will receive the Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Distinguished Jurist Award and Roberta D. Liebenberg will be presented with the Sandra Day O'Connor Award.

A panel of women executives from across Philadelphia will discuss the role and future of female leaders at the 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.

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.

Federal Court Technology Update Oct. 14

The Federal Court Committee will receive an update on the court's technology courtrooms and how they are being used at a special meeting in the Green Federal Building on Tuesday, Oct. 14 at 12 p.m.

The program will feature remarks by Chief Judge Harvey Bartle III and Clerk Michael Kunz. The panel discussion on courtroom technology will be led by Judge Lawrence F. Stengel, Magistrate Judge Elizabeth T. Hey and Michael Hearn, courtroom technology coordinator in the clerk's office. Judge Mary McLaughlin will present a report on the court's pro bono panels.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the Green Federal Building (attached to the Federal Courthouse), 2nd Floor, Conference Rooms A and B. Lunch will be provided courtesy of the court, but registration is required. Please plan to arrive promptly at 11:45 a.m. with photo identification. Click here to register for this program.

Technology - Skills for Success Oct. 14

Daniel J. Siegel will present "Technology - Skills for Success" on Tuesday, Oct. 14 as part of the Associate Training Program Business Skills Series.

From e-filing to metadata to case management to e-discovery, technology encompasses every aspect of the practice of law. In this course, attorney and legal technology expert Dan Siegel will provide an overview of the technology available to attorneys and their staffs, and how they can use technology to provide better client services.

The program is sponsored by the Law Practice Management Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association along with the Association of Legal Administrators Philadelphia Chapter, which begins at 12 p.m. at the The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building. The program has been approved for 1.5 substantive CLE credits. Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay a fee of $47.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years, and $42.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. Lunch is included in the tuition price. If you wish to register in advance, visit {link:pbi.org or call PBI Customer Service at 1-800-932-4637.

Supreme Court Preview CLE Oct. 15

The Appellate Courts Committee will present the lunchtime CLE seminar "U.S. Supreme Court Preview" on Wednesday, Oct. 15.

Featured speakers include Jane L. Istvan, City of Philadelphia Law Department, and Thomas W. Dolgenos, Philadelphia District Attorney's Office.

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. If you wish to register in advance please visit www.pbi.org or call PBI Customer Service at 1-800-932-4637. The program will be held at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building. Registration, lunch and committee meeting begin at 11:30 a.m.

Ethical Issues in M&A Transactions Oct. 15

Jeffrey B. McCarron will discuss ethical issues in M&A transactions at the Oct. 15 meeting of the Mergers & Acquisitions Committee.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. at the offices of Fox Rothschild LLP, 2000 Market St., 10th Floor. Lunch will be included at the meeting, courtesy of the Business Law Section. Please RSVP to Curtis L. Golkow at cgolkow@foxrothschild.com or 215-299-2747.

Securing Your Data Oct. 16

Laurie J. Odgers of O2 Consulting Group, LLC will discuss "Securing Your Data - How to Keep Information Confidential" at the Thursday, Oct. 16 meeting of the Law Practice Management Division's Technology 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 $7.50 those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Federal Courts Committee Reception Oct. 16

The Diversity Subcommittee of the Federal Courts Committee will hold a cocktail reception on Thursday, Oct. 16 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Downtown Club, 6th and Chestnut streets.

This event will provide attendees an opportunity to meet the judges of the U.S Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania as well as the opportunity to learn more about the Federal Courts Committee and its Diversity Subcommittee.

There is no charge for the reception but registration is required as space is limited. Click here to RSVP.

YLD Panel on Casinos Oct. 17

The Young Lawyers Division will present a panel discussion on casino zoning law issues, the Louis DeNaples situation and licenses being issued by the gaming board at a Friday, Oct. 17 program.

Panelists include Adrian R. King Jr. of Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP; Matt Ruben of Northern Liberties Neighborhood Association; City Solicitor Shelley R. Smith; Stephen Schrier of Blank Rome, LLP; and Mark Stewart of WolfBlock. The program will be moderated by James Eisenhower.

The program 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 who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Chancellor's Diversity Training Series Oct. 23

The Chancellor's Diversity Training Series continues on Thursday, Oct. 23 with a session on networking. This workshop is intended to help attendees learn about the importance of networking and attending networking events, and how to become an effective networker.

The program will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Click here to register. There is no charge to attend this program.

Upcoming seminars in the Chancellor's Diversity Training Series include:

• Navigating the Partnership Track - Thursday, Nov. 6 from 4 to 6 p.m. This workshop is intended to help attendees learn about the legal and other professional skills and abilities needed, as well as the practical steps that can be taken to advance to the partnership level.

• Transitioning from Government to Private Practice - Thursday, Nov. 20 from 5 to 7 p.m. This workshop is intended to help attendees learn about legal and other professional skills and abilities needed, as well as the practical steps that can be taken to move from practicing law in the public sphere to a private firm.

• Life at a Mid-Size Firm - Dec. 16 from 4 to 6 p.m. This workshop is intended to help attendees learn about working at mid-size firms. Of particular interest are the benefits of mid-size firms, as well as how mid-size firms contribute to an attorney's growth and development in the legal profession.

Antitrust Law Committee CLE Oct. 22

The Business Law Section's Antitrust Law Committee will present the CLE program "Antitrust Division Criminal Enforcement Update and Organizational Cooperation in Criminal Antitrust Investigations" on Wednesday, Oct. 22.

Lucy P. McClain and Robert E. Connolly of the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division will be panelists for the program, which will be moderated by Judith F. Olson.

During this lunchtime CLE, this distinguished panel will discuss current trends in criminal antitrust enforcement, including criminal statistics, novel plea agreements such as those from the Division’s marine hose investigation, charging criminal antitrust offenses and obstruction of justice prosecutions. The panelists will also describe the application in criminal antitrust investigations of the August 2008 revisions to “Department of Justice’s Principles of Federal Prosecution of Business Prosecution,” including the impact on the attorney-client privilege and work product doctrine and the corporate advancement of attorneys’ fees to employees.

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 12 p.m. 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 Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years, and $20 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. Lunch is included for all compliments of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Business Law Section. If you wish to register in advance please visit pbi.org or call PBI Customer Service at 1-800-932-4637.

Women in IP to Hold First Meeting Oct. 22

The Intellectual Property Committee's Women in IP Subcommittee will hold its inaugural meeting Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 12 p.m. at the offices of Stradley Ronon, 2005 Market Street, 26th Floor.

The mission of the committee is to provide networking and programmatic opportunities for Philadelphia area women IP lawyers, particularly those in private practice and in-house. Co-Chairs are Tifani Cottingham, Intellectual Property Counsel at Rohm and Haas Company, and Nicole Galli, partner in the Intellectual Property Group at Pepper Hamilton LLP. This will be a brown-bag lunch program; we hope that you will be able to join us at our first meeting.

The meeting will include a discussion on ideas for programs and potential partner organizations. Please bring your own lunch. RSVP to Denise Cameron at dcameron@stradley.com.

Securities Regulation Kickoff Event Oct. 22

The Securities Regulation Committee will hold its fall kickoff event at The Union League on Wednesday, Oct. 22.

The featured speakers are Daniel Hawke, regional administrator of the SEC's Philadelphia office, and Claudius Modesti, director of enforcement and investigations at the PCAOB. Both will speak on recent enforcement developments. An hors d'oeuvre reception with a cash bar begins at 5:30 p.m., with the speakers' presentations following at 6:30 p.m. Please RSVP by Oct. 20 to Meredith Brusca at Meredith.Brusca@dbr.com or (215) 988-3344.

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.

Meet Commerce Program's Judge New Oct. 24

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Arnold L. New, who joined the Commerce Program last month, will be the guest at the Friday, Oct. 24 meeting of the Business Litigation Committee.

Come to an informal lunch meeting to get to know Judge New, his background, particular procedures and his thoughts as he begins his tenure in Philadelphia's renowned program. 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.

Get to Know Latino Media Oct. 27

The Bar-News Media will present the program "Getting to Know Philadelphia's Latino Media" on Monday, Oct. 27.

Panelists include Napoleon Garcia, publisher Impacto Latino; Ricardo Hurtado, publisher, El Sol Latino; Jose Irizarry, news director, Univision 65; Cesar Lopez, Philadelphia-based journalist and photographer; Milca Madera, program coordinator, WUBA Rumba; Gustavo Martinez, journalist, Al Día; and Dwayne Parker, news anchor, WFMZ Noticias en Español. The moderator is Yvette Nunez, president, Philadelphia Public Relations Association.

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.

Associate Dissatisfaction - Myth or Reality Oct. 27

The Law Practice Management Division will present "Associate Dissatisfaction: Myth or Reality" on Monday, Oct. 27.

After first examining just how prevalent - or not - the problem is inside of law firms, we will take a look at recently conducted surveys and studies to gain a grasp of the issues raised by associates. Then, we will analyze how much "fault" or blame lies with the firms and how much might lie with the associates, themselves. Finally, we will work together to identify practical responses to the challenges of associate dissatisfaction. There will be ample time for questions and answers, along with input from all in attendance. The presenters for the program are Bradford W. Hildebrandt, a consultant to law firms, and Joseph A. Gerber, a partner at Cozen O'Connor.

The program begins at 4 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. A reception will follow. There is no charge to attend, but space is limited and registration is required. Click here to RSVP.

Women of Distinction Program Oct. 28

Four past recipients of the Sandra Day O'Connor Award will be the guest speakers at the Women In the Profession Committee’s "Women of Distinction" program on Tuesday, Oct. 28.

Panelists include U.S. District Court Senior Judge Norma L. Shapiro, Ellen T. Greenlee of the Defender Association of Philadelphia, Lynn A. Marks and Roberta D. Liebenberg.

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.

Search and Seizure CLE Oct. 28

The Criminal Justice Section will present the lunchtime CLE seminar "Search and Seizure Update with Professor Rudovsky" on Tuesday, Oct. 28.

Professor David Rudovsky of Kairys, Rudovsky, Messing & Feinberg LLP will bring you up-to-date on the latest developments surrounding search and seizure. 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 Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years, and $20 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. If you wish to register in advance please visit www.pbi.org, call PBI Customer Service at 1-800-932-4637.

The program will be held at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $7.50 for thos members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this prorgram.

Chancellor's Forum on Comparative Judicial Selection Oct. 29

The International Law Committee and the British American Business Council will co-host the Chancellor's Forum "Comparative Judicial Selection: Learning from the British and American Systems" on Wednesday, Oct. 29.

The guest speaker will be Sir Robin Ernest Auld, a former judge on the English Court of Appeals who also served as vice chair of the Judicial Appointments Commission during its efforts to increase responsiveness and diversity of the British Courts. He will be joined by the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Alice Beck Dubow. The discussion will be moderated by the Court of Common Pleas Judge Gary Glazer.

The program begins at 4:30 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, 13th and Market Streets, Juniper Street entrance. A cocktail reception will follow. Click here to RSVP.

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. The deadline for submitting your material is 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008.

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. Click here for a copy of a nominating petition. For a copy of the personal statement form, click here.

Corporate In-House Counsel Reception Oct. 30

Stefanie F. Seldin of Philadelphia VIP discuss ways in which corporate counsel can become involved with VIP's LawWorks program at a cocktail reception hosted by the Corporate In-House Counsel Committee.

The reception will be held Thursday, Oct. 30 at 5:30 p.m. at Reed Smith LLP, 1650 Market St., 24th Floor. Appetizers will be served. Click here to RSVP.

Nomination Deadline for Hampton Award is Oct. 31

The Workers' Compensation Section is now accepting nominations for the 2008 Martha Hampton Award. This is the 9th year that the award is being presented. The award is given to an attorney or judge who best exemplifies Martha's unique compassion and dedication to her clients, her professionalism, scholarship and good will with her peers. Past winners have included counsel from both sides of the aisle as well as members of the bench.

This year's committee includes Marc S. Jacobs, Judge Aida Louise Harris, Kenneth M. Kapner and Paul A. Pauciulo. Also, a charitable contribution is made each year by Galfand Berger, on behalf of the Section, to Kids Chance, an organization helping youngsters who have lost a parent due to a work related injury to gain a higher level of education. Your nominations are important. We encourage your participation. Please include a summary of why you feel the candidate you are nominating should be considered. The award will be presented at the Workers' Compensation Section Holiday Party.

All nominations can be e-mailed to Marc S. Jacobs at mjacobs@galfandberger.com or mailed to Jacobs at 1818 Market St., 23rd Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19103. All nominations must be received by Friday, Oct. 31.

Public Interest Section Seeks Hamilton Nominees

The Public Interest Section is accepting nominations for the annual Andrew Hamilton Award. 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. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Oct. 31. All nominations should be mailed to Robert C. Heim, at Dechert LLP, Cira Centre, 2929 Arch St., Philadelphia, PA 19104.

Emergency Preparedness Workshop Oct. 30

The Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management, the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Center City District will present a free workshop on emergency preparedness for Philadelphia businesses on Thursday, Oct. 30.

The program includes presentations from the Office of Emergency Management on business continuity planning, the corporate emergency access system and evacuation plans. The workshop will be held in the 11th floor Conference Cente4r of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

Registration is required. To register, e-mail Edward.Vassallo@phila.gov by Oct. 27.
For more information, visit www.phila.gov/ready or call 1-877-READY-11.

Public Interest Calendar, Training Events

The Homeless Advocacy Project will present a pro bono CLE training program on Veterans Law, on Friday, Oct. 17 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Dechert LLP, Circa Center, 2929 Arch St., 21st Floor. The training will be conducted by Michael Taub, Esq., and will provide three free substantive CLE credits in exchange for handling a pro bono case referred by HAP. To register, contact Marsha Cohen at marsha@philalegal.org.

• Philadelphia VIP will present Pro Bono Opportunities Day on Wednesday, Oct. 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., at Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP, 123 S. Broad St. This program will offer attendees the choice attending one of the following four training programs: probate, name change, wills, and consumer law. VIP will provide two free substantive CLE credits in exchange for handling a pro bono case referred by VIP. Registration fee of $45 includes breakfast and training materials. To register, contact Tanya Rambert at trambert@phillyvip.org or 215-523-9550 by Oct. 9.

• The Philadelphia Bar Association's Law Firm Pro Bono Committee will sponsor a Pro Bono Open House Fair on Tuesday, Oct. 28, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., at Blank Rome LLP, Comisky Conference Center, One Logan Square, 130 N. 18th St. This pro bono recruitment event is open to all members of the Philadelphia bar who are interested in learning more about pro bono opportunities from representatives of public interest legal organizations. Light refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP by Friday, Oct. 24 to Annette Romano at 215-231-3442 or romano@blankrome.com.

• HIAS and Council Migration Service will present a Domestic Violence and Immigration Training Program for pro bono attorneys, on Friday, Oct. 31, from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., at Dechert, LLP, Cira Centre, 2929 Arch St. This training program is free and open to all attorneys. The program is designed to prepare participants to provide pro bono representation to survivors of domestic violence in their applications for immigration benefits under the Violence Against Women Act. Please RSVP to Vilma Rivera at 215-832-0900 or vrivera@hiaspa.org by no later than Oct. 20.

• Homeless Advocacy Project will present a pro bono CLE training program, "How to Prepare for an SSI Hearing," on Monday, Nov. 17, from 12 to 1:30 p.m., at DLA Piper, One Liberty Place, 1650 Market St., Suite 4900. This course is open to current and prospective HAP volunteers and will provide 1.5 CLE credits. To register, contact Michele Levy at 215-523-9585 or mlevy@philalegal.org. Deadline for registration is Wednesday, Nov. 12.

• Support Center for Child Advocates will present "How to Handle a Child Abuse Case," a Volunteers Training CLE Program, on Wednesday, Nov. 19, from 8:30 a.m. (registration/breakfast) to 4:30 p.m., at the CLE Conference Center, Wanamaker Building, 100 Penn Square East, Suite 1010. Six CLE credits are available. To register, contact PBI at www.pbi.org or 1-800-932-4637.

• Homeless Advocacy Project will present a Veterans Law Pro Bono CLE Training on Wednesday, November 19, from 9:00 a.m. to 12 p.m., at Dechert LLP, Cira Center, 2929 Arch St., 21st Floor. Michael Taub, Esq., will present this training. This training is open to current and prospective HAP volunteers Three free CLE credits will be provided in exchange for taking a pro bono case referred by HAP. To register, contact Marsha Cohen at marsha@philalegal.org.

• Philadelphia VIP will present a CLE program on Ethics of Pro Bono Program, on Friday, Dec. 5, from 12 to 2:15 p.m., at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 10th Floor Board Room. For more information about this program, contact VIP at 215-523-9550.

• The Annual Public Interest Law Day CLE Program will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 9, from 8:30 a.m. (registration/breakfast) to 4:30 p.m. (lunch included), at the PBI CLE Conference Center, Wanamaker Building, 100 Penn Square East, Suite 1010. Six CLE credits are available. This program is sponsored by the Delivery of Legal Services Committee, Public Interest Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association. To register, contact PBI at www.pbi.org or 1-800-932-4637.

Attorneys Needed to Help Homeowners Facing Foreclosure

Pro bono attorneys are needed to help low-income homeowners facing foreclosure in a new pilot program requiring conciliation conferences.

Through the Residential Mortgage Foreclosures Diversion Pilot Program, instituted in April by Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas President Judge C. Darnell Jones II and Judge Annette M. Rizzo, hundreds of homeowners will be offered free housing counseling in advance of this conciliation conference and an opportunity to negotiate to save their homes.

This diversion program has garnered national attention but will need the involvement of pro bono attorneys to help clients work out an affordable loan modification or payment arrangement.

There are two ways to get involved. Volunteer attorneys who want to participate in the limited representation of borrowers (These volunteers should expect to spend one morning or afternoon per month at a conciliation conference session at court assisting walk-in clients. Volunteers may choose to continue to assist the client they have met that day);and volunteer attorneys who want to assist clients in mortgage foreclosure litigation cases from start to finish.

A training session will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 5 at Blank Rome LLP, 130 N. 18th St., in the Comisky Conference Center, and will include Judge Rizzo as well as borrowers' and lenders' attorneys. The training for limited representation runs from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Full representation training runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Attorneys will receive two or five hours of free substantive CLE credit if they participate in the conferences or take a case. Breakfast will be provided through the support of the Blank Rome LLP. Lunch is on your own.

Please RSVP your attendance at the training, including your contact information, to Philadelphia VIP at phillyvip@phillyvip.org or call 215-523-9550. For more information, contact Stefanie F. Seldin at 215-523-9564 or sfseldin@phillyvip.org.

FJD Seeks Pro Bono Roll of Honor Nominees

The First Judicial District of Pennsylvania will present the Third Annual FJD Pro Bono Publico Award to members of the bar who have provided exceptional pro bono service to the underprivileged in Philadelphia in cases before the FJD. The judges of the FJD nominate candidates and a committee of judges selects the recipients of the Pro Bono Publico Award. The awards ceremony to honor these recipients will be held on Thursday, Jan. 22.

At the ceremony, the FJD will also recognize all attorneys on the Pro Bono Roll of Honor who have provided pro bono services to litigants in the Philadelphia courts in 2008. Attorneys may become members of the Roll of Honor through a self-nominating process whereby attorneys submit their names along with a log of their pro bono services. The criteria for eligibility are as follows:

• The attorney must practice in Philadelphia County and must have provided services to a client or client group for a case before the FJD during 2008.

• The attorney must not be employed by an organization that has, as its primary purpose, the provision of free legal services to the underprivileged.

• The attorney must have provided direct delivery of legal services with no expectation of receiving a fee, to a client or client group that does not have the resources to employ compensated counsel, or the attorney must have worked to facilitate such effort by other attorneys.

The self-nominating form is available at courts.phila.gov under "News and Announcements." The deadline for nominations for the 2008 Pro Bono Roll of Honor is Nov. 24.

The form should be sent to the attention of Deborah Dailey, Deputy Prothonotary, First Judicial District of Pennsylvania, by e-mail at debbie.dailey@courts.phila.gov, by facsimile at 215-567-7380, or by mail addressed to Room 284 City Hall, Philadelphia, Pa., 19107.

Brandeis CLE on Guantanamo Juveniles Oct. 15

The Louis D. Brandeis Law Society of Philadelphia will host a free CLE program on the representation of juvenile detainees at Guantanamo on Wednesday, Oct. 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the U.S. Courthouse at 6th and Market streets.

The program will feature Maj. David Frakt, USAFR. The lecture will be preceded by a dinner at 5:30 p.m. Reservations may be made at brandeislawsociety.org or by e-mailing mhk813@aol.com.

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.

Persuasion in the Modern Courtroom Oct. 17

Go inside the jury room to inspect methods jurors use to make decisions at PBI's "Reel Justice! Power, Passion & Persuasion in the Modern Courtroom" on Oct. 17. See how they construct stories; how they regard evidence; what they like and what they ignore. You will leave with an invigorated view of the process of a jury trial and with tools to improve your practice immediately. This 5 substantive/1 ethics CLE credit hour program will be simulcast on Friday, Oct. 17, 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 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Check-in begins at 9 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.

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.

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