Oct. 14, 2010
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 11, No. 74
 

On-Site Registration Available for Bench-Bar Conference

The 2010 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference opens this weekend, Oct. 15 and 16, at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, N.J.

A dramatic re-enactment commemorating the 275th anniversary of Andrew Hamilton's historic 1735 defense of printer John Peter Zenger will be offered for CLE credit as the opening program of the Bench-Bar & Annual Conference. The case established the concept of freedom of the press and coined the term "Philadelphia lawyer."

Fourteen CLE programs in a variety of practice areas are being planned for the Bench-Bar & Annual Conference. The CLE programs, in which attendees can earn up to eight hours of credit (including the opportunity to earn two ethics credits), will feature judges and some of the city's most well-known practitioners, who will use their expertise and experience to enlighten attendees.

A State of the Court Presentation will also be offered for CLE credit as the closing program on Saturday, Oct. 16. Vice Chancellor John E. Savoth and Board of Governors Vice Chair Regina M. Foley are co-chairs of the 2010 conference.

Make sure to purchase your tickets in advance for the Grand Reception before the Friday, Oct. 15 event at MIXX at the Borgata. All tickets for the Grand Reception will be $150 at the door.

Sponsors for the Bench-Bar and Annual Conference include USI Affinity, JAMS, Iron Mountain, TD Bank, and Kaplan, Leaman and Wolfe Court Reporters. For more information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Michael Petitti at (215) 238-6342.

For more updates on the Bench-Bar & Annual Conference, visit twitter.com.


Bench-Bar Scholarship Donors Thanked

The Philadelphia Bar Association would like to thank the following for providing scholarships to public interest and government attorneys so they can attend the Bench-Bar & Annual Conference.

The scholarship donors include Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC; Business Law Section; Cozen O'Connor; Duffy + Partners; Feldman, Shepherd, Wohlgelernter, Tanner, Weinstock & Dodig LLP; Joseph A. Sullivan; Kovler & Rush, P.C.; Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin; Messa & Associates; Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP; Rosen, Schafer & DiMeo, P.C.; Saltz Mongeluzzi Barrett and Bendesky; Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP; and Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker LLP. Feldman & Pinto, P.C. and Raynes McCarty each donated two scholarships.

Dodd Frank Bill, Volker Ruler Oct. 14

Gregory J. Nowak will discuss the Dodd Frank Bill, the Volker Rule and other recent "fixes" at the Thursday, Oct. 14 meeting of the Private Equity and Venture Capital 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 $8.50. Click here to register.

Section 363 Sales Presentation Oct. 20

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Magdeline D. Coleman and and Joshua T. Klein will be the featured speakers at the Wednesday, Oct. 20 program "Section 363 Sales: Process, Risks and Benefits" presented by the Mergers & Acquisitions Committee and the Bankruptcy Committee.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. at the offices of Dilworth Paxson LLP, 1500 Market Street, Suite 3500E. Lunch will be provided for attendees. To register, RSVP to Donna Kearse at 215-575-7076 or dkearse@dilworthlaw.com.

Strategically Using Technology in Your Practice Oct. 21

Jack Schaller of Eastern Legal Systems, LLC will discuss strategically using technology in your law firm practice at the Thursday, Oct. 21 meeting of the Law Practice Management Committee.

This presentation will focus on the main 10 reasons why solos and small law firms are reluctant to automate their law practice management systems, offer some reasonable responses to each objection, and provide seven simple "Technology Do's and Don'ts" which are important for a law firm of any size to consider.

Also at this meeting, Committee Co-Chair James E. Elam will discuss using technology to benefit your practice, cut costs and better serve your clients. The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8. Click here to register.

Alternative Dispute Resolution Summit Oct. 21

The Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee and the Area Chapter of the Association for Conflict Resolution will present "2020: Our Vision of ADR in Philly" on Thursday, Oct. 21.

Speakers for the program include Cassandra Georges, principal, Above & Beyond Dispute Resolution; Cheryl Cutrona, executive director, Good Shepherd Mediation Program; and Michael Wolf, 2010 president Delaware Valley Chapter of the Association for Conflict Resolution. This interactive summit will explore the growth of mediation, arbitration, and other forms of ADR throughout the region.

The program begins at 4 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. There is no cost to attend this program, however, registration is required. Click here to RSVP.

Public Interest Section Seeks Award Nominees

The Public Interest Section is now accepting nominations for the annual Andrew Hamilton Award. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Oct. 22.

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. All nominations should be mailed to Tracey McCloskey c/o Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

YLD Spotlight on Pro Bono Oct. 22

The Young Lawyers Division will kick off National Pro Bono Week in Philadelphia on Friday, Oct. 22 with "YLD Spotlight on Pro Bono," a free program co-hosted by the Delivery of Legal Services Committee and open to all attorneys interested in learning more about how to get involved in pro bono work and ways to balance these efforts with their professional careers.

The full schedule of events for the week can be found here.

The program will feature a panel of young lawyers sharing their experiences and lessons learned as pro bono volunteers. Presenters currently include Aisha Barbour of Ballard Spahr; Andy Boczkowski of GlaxoSmithKline; Michele L. Purdue-Dean, a solo practitioner; Rebecca Santoro of Hangley Aronchick Segal and Pudlin; and Matt Olesh of Fox Rothschild LLP. Bar Association Vice Chancellor John Savoth will give opening remarks and a question-and-answer session with the audience will follow the presentation.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center at Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Attendance is free but pre-registration is requested. Lunch is also available for $8. Click here to register.

SEC's Expanded Enforcement Capability Oct. 26

The Securities Regulation Committee will present the CLE "The SEC's New Expanded Enforcement Capability: What You Need to Know Now" on Tuesday, Oct. 26.

The passage of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act marked the beginning of an overhaul of the rules and regulations governing the financial services industry, including a number of provisions that expand the SEC's enforcement capabilities. This session will explore the impact of the SEC's expanded enforcement authority and explain what practitioners need to know when dealing with the Commission. The featured speaker is Richard A. Levan.

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.

The program begins at 12:30 p.m. at the offices of Dilworth Paxson, LLP, 1500 Market St., Suite 3500 E. Lunch is included for all compliments of Dilworth Paxson LLP and the Philadelphia Bar Association's Business Law Section. Click here to register.

Meet Five O'Connor Award Recipients Oct. 26

The Women in the Profession Committee will welcome the last five recipients of the Sandra Day O'Connor Award as they share the secrets of their success at the Tuesday, Oct. 26 meeting.

Panelists will include Stephanie Resnick, JoAnne A. Epps, Roberta D. Liebenberg, Lynn A. Marks and Roberta D. Pichini. They will will discuss business development, achieving partnership, following a career path, being proactive in your career, making a difference, and mentoring.

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. Click here to RSVP.

Duffy, Sherry on Legal Malpractice Oct. 27

Thomas J. Duffy and Daniel J. Sherry will present "Cox v. Barry: How Not to Commit Legal Malpractice in a Medical Malpractice Case" at the Wednesday, Oct. 27 meeting of the Medical Legal Committee.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8. Click here to RSVP.

Brennan Award Nominations Being Accepted

Nominations are being accepted for the Philadelphia Bar Association's prestigious Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Distinguished Jurist Award. The award will be presented at the Association's Annual Meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 7 at the Hyatt 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.

This year's Brennan Award Committee is chaired by Michael F. Barrett. Nominations for the Justice Brennan Distinguished Jurist Award should be forwarded to: Brennan Award, Attn: Dawn Petit, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107. All nominations should include the full name, address and telephone number of both the nominee and the person submitting the nomination, a summary of the nominee's accomplishments, and any pertinent supporting material the committee should consider. All nominations must be received no later than Friday, Oct. 29.

Nominations Sought for 2010 Wells Fargo Fidelity Award

Nominations are now being accepted for the Philadelphia Bar Association's 2010 Wells Fargo 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 Friday, Oct. 29.

Nominations should be sent to Dawn Petit via e-mail at dpetit@philabar.org or by mailing to: 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 is 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; and

5. It is preferred that the recipient be a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association not now in public office or directly involved with court operations or any other public service activity.

Hampton Award Nominations Due by Nov. 5

Nominations are now being sought for the Workers' Compensation Section Martha J. Hampton Memorial Award. The Award will be presented at the Section's Annual Holiday Party on Thursday, Dec. 2 at Cescaphe Ballroom.

Nominations should be forwarded to Marc Jacobs, Esq., at mjacobs@galfandberger.com or by mail to Marc Jacobs, Esq., at Galfand Berger, LLP, 1818 Market St., 23rd Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19103. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Nov. 5, 2010.

This award, established in 2000, was created by the Section to honor the memory of an attorney who was an advocate, educator, and friend to all. The Award is presented annually to the member of the bar or bench who best exemplifies the qualities of compassion, dedication, commitment, and professionalism, to our Section, to the public, and to the practice of workers' compensation law, qualities which were so important to Hampton.

The award is accompanied by a donation, made on the honoree's behalf, by the firm of Galfand Berger, to Kids Chance. Kids Chance provides college scholarships to the children of injured or deceased workers.

Past recipients of the award include Judge Scott Olin, Judge Christina J. Barbieri, Judge Jerold G. Klevit, Stephen T. Potako, 
Jeffrey S. Gross,
 Lenard A. Cohen, 
Maria Terpolilli, 
Peter J. Weber, Judge Pamela Santoro 
and Halmon L. Banks III.

Business Law Section Seeks Replansky Awards

The Business Law Section is seeking nominations from the Philadelphia legal community for the Section's 2010 Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award. The award will be presented at the Section's Annual Reception to be held on Tuesday, Jan. 25. The award recipient will receive the privilege of designating the recipient of the Section's annual charitable contribution to a public interest organization.

Award criteria are superior legal talent in the area of business law; unique contributions to and significant achievements within the business law community in the Philadelphia area; a reputation for mentoring young attorneys; significant participation in and contributions to civic and charitable causes in the community; and uniform recognition in the legal community of the candidate's honesty, integrity and professionalism.

Each candidate must be a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association's Business Law Section.

The Section established the award in recognition of Dennis Replansky's career as a lawyer and his contributions to legal, civic, religious and other charitable causes. Replansky was a 51-year-old senior partner at Blank Rome Comisky & McCauley LLP when he died in March 1994. He was a former chair of the Business Law Section.

The deadline for award nominations and letters of support is noon on Friday, Nov. 5.

Written nominations detailing the nominee's qualifications for the award should be sent to: Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award, c/o Lee Applebaum, Esquire, Fineman Krekstein & Harris, P.C., Mellon Bank Center, Suite 600, 1735 Market St., Philadelphia PA 19103; or e-mailed to LApplebaum@finemanlawfirm.com.

More information about the Dennis H. Replansky Award or the nomination process for the award may be obtained by calling Lee Applebaum at (215) 893-8702. You can also find out more information on the Replansky Award on the Business Law Section's website by clicking here.

Hamilton Benefit Nov. 6 at Lincoln Financial Field

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation's Andrew Hamilton Benefit will be held Saturday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. at Lincoln Financial Field.

This year's theme is "Team Up for Justice." The event will include a buffet dinner and dancing as well as a live and silent auction. The Citizens Bank Pro Bono Award and the Philadelphia Foundation Award will be presented. Proceeds benefit the Philadelphia Bar Foundation's grantmaking which funds more than 30 public interest legal organizations that provide vital legal services to many thousands of the most vulnerable residents in our community.

To purchase tickets, visit philabarfoundation.org. For more information, contact Lynne Brown at the Philadelphia Bar Foundation at lbrown@philabar.org or call 215-238-6347.

Notice to Potential Judicial Candidates

The Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention of the Philadelphia Bar Association evaluates the qualifications of persons seeking appointment or election to the Philadelphia Common Pleas and Municipal Courts. Individuals who wish to be considered for appointment or who are considering filing for the 2011 primary election as judicial candidates should contact the Commission on Judicial Selection & Retention c/o Charles J. Klitsch, Esq., the Bar Association's Director of Public and Legal Services, to obtain a Judicial Evaluation Questionnaire, the Commission's Guidelines for Evaluation of Attorney and Judge Candidates and Bylaws of the Philadelphia Bar Association. In order to ensure that each candidate receives a full and fair evaluation, the completed questionnaire must be returned by Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010 to "Judicial Commission" Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market Street, 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2911. Also, candidates who have previously been evaluated by the Commission are invited to contact the Association to determine whether their ratings are current by calling Mr. Klitsch at (215) 238-6326.

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 if they continue to pursue either appointment or election.

A. Harold Datz, Esquire
2010 Chair, Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention

"Opera 101" Organizers Thanked

The Philadelphia Bar Association Academy would like to thank the Center City Opera Theater and DiBruno Brothers for their participation in the Oct. 23 Bar Academy event "Opera 101."

Nearly 40 people attended the event at the Ethical Society of Philadelphia, where Opera Theater representatives discussed the history and workings of opera. For more information about the Center City Opera Theater and their upcoming productions, visit centercityoperatheater.org.

The Center City Opera Theater is offering a 10 percent ticket discount for all performances to Bar Association members, who only need to either show their Bar Membership card or indicate that they are a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association in order to receive the discount.

The Philadelphia Bar Association Academy is seeking your suggestions for future programs. The Academy is a civic and cultural education series for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association launched earlier this year by Chancellor Scott F. Cooper and chaired by Hon. A. Michael Snyder.

The Philadelphia Bar Association Academy provides civic and cultural educational experiences that allow for enhanced business development opportunities to members of the Philadelphia Bar Association. Academy programs provide a unique entry to the city's most vibrant institutions and leaders, offering Bar members behind-the-scenes access to these institutions in a manner designed to benefit all participants. Programs so far have included a lunch with executives of the Philadelphia Union, the region's newest professional sports franchise; an inside look at Philadelphia's top-rated all-news station, KYW Newsradio 1060; and a taste and pastry kitchen tour of the city's premier fine-dining restaurant, Le Bec-Fin.

All programs are presented at a nominal cost to cover some portion of food, beverage, etc. To send program suggestions, please e-mail Tracey McCloskey at tmccloskey@philabar.org.

Tell Us About Your Healthy Lifestyle

Everyone knows the pressure of working as an attorney. And that can take a toll on a lawyer's health and well-being. Have you or one of your colleagues overcome a health issue? Or do you know someone who has re-dedicated him or herself to living a healthy, well-balanced life?

We're looking for lawyers who have turned their lives around for a feature for The Philadelphia Lawyer magazine. We want to hear your success stories and how you did it. Tell your tale and inspire someone to get healthy. Contact us at tplmag@philabar.org.

New Mobile Application Drives Legal Directory Sales

Legal Directory buyers are finding that a new-for-2010 mobile application, tailored for your BlackBerry, is making information easier and faster to find.

The quick-search for lawyers and law firms and the click-and-call or click-and-e-mail features are terrifically useful. This is a great tool
to make attorneys and support staff more productive.

The Directory database includes the most up-to-date listings of 19,000+ Philadelphia-area lawyers and law firms. Every purchase comes with three components: the online Directory, mobile access and the print directory, which is jammed with useful information like court rules, lists of government agency lawyers, judges' phone numbers and more.

Copies are going fast and will soon be sold out. The next edition will not be published until Spring 2011. You can buy The Legal Directory three ways: click here to visit thelegaldirectory.org to place your order online; e-mail legaldirectory@mediatwo.com to request an order form; or call 443-909-7843 to request an order form.

Pro Bono Road Shows Available Oct. 18-22

To celebrate National Pro Bono Week in Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Bar Association's Delivery of Legal Services Committee is pleased to offer interactive "Road Shows" about the pro bono opportunities available in Philadelphia.

All law firms and corporations are invited to participate. Selected public interest legal services agencies will present a 30-minute workshop about how to get involved in pro bono activities that can help our community and help your career.

Road Shows are available at 8:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. Monday through Friday, Oct. 18 through Oct. 22 at your law offices. Participating agencies include the Homeless Advocacy Project, Legal Clinic for the Disabled, Philadelphia VIP, SeniorLAW Center and Support Center for Child Advocates.

To host a Road Show, contact Jodi Schatz, Co-Chair, Philadelphia National Pro Bono Week Celebration at jschatz@advokid.org or call 267-546-9228. Please include your preferred Road Show date and time when registering.

National Pro Bono Week Events Scheduled

Friday, Oct. 22, 12 p.m.
Young Lawyers Division Spotlight on Pro Bono: The Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association will ceremoniously kick off the National Pro Bono Week celebration with a panel of pro bono volunteers discussing how to get involved in pro bono work and balancing this work with professional careers. Bar Association Vice-Chancellor John Savoth will give opening remarks and presenters include Aisha Barbour of Ballard Spahr, Andy Boczkowski of GlaxoSmithKline, Michele L. Purdue-Dean, a solo practitioner, Rebecca Santoro of Hangley Aronchick Segal and Pudlin, and Matt Olesh of Fox Rothschild LLP. A question-and-answer session with the audience will follow the presentation. The event will take place at Bar Association's headquarters, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor Conference Center. Register here.

Monday, Oct. 25, 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Life Planning Clinic: Senior LAW Center and Blank Rome LLP will present a life planning clinic at Center in the Park, 5818 Germantown Ave. The clinic will serve low-income seniors 60 years old and up with free advance planning counseling and documents. Client pre-registration is required with Karen Buck, kbuck@seniorlawcenter.org.

Tuesday, Oct. 26, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
How to Handle a Child Abuse Case CLE Program: The Support Center for Child Advocates will present a training program on handling child abuses cases at the PBI Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, Suite 1010. The program is worth 5 substantive and 1 ethics CLE credits. Register with PBI at 1-800-274-4724 or online here.

Tuesday, Oct. 26, 10 to 11 a.m.
Homeless Advocacy Project Legal Clinic at Kirkbride/Traveler's Aid, 111 N. 49th St. Pre-registration is required with Cary Moritz, 215-523-9587 or cmoritz@philalegal.org.

Wednesday, Oct. 27, 8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m
VIP Pro Bono Opportunities Day: Spotlight on Stabilizing Families: Philadelphia VIP will present a pro bono training program focusing on custody, protection from abuse, and guardianship at the law firm of Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP, 123 S. Broad St., 28th Floor. The program is worth 2 substantive CLE credits in exchange for handling a VIP case within 6 months of training. Register with Bailey Anderson at 215-523-9567 or jvolunteer@phillyvip.org.

Thursday, Oct. 28, 9:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Immigration Relief: How to Handle a Cancellation of Removal Case CLE Program: HIAS and Council and Philadelphia VIP will present a pro bono training program on handling Cancellation of Removal cases at the law firm of Cozen O'Connor, 1900 Market St. The program is worth 2 substantive CLE credits in exchange for handling a removal case within 6 months of training. To register, contact VIP at 215-523-9550.

Friday, Oct. 29, 1:45 to 3 p.m.
Homeless Advocacy Project Legal Clinic at St. John's Hospice, 1221 Race St. Pre-registration is required with Cary Moritz, 215-523-9587 or cmoritz@philalegal.org.

For a printable listing of the above events, click here. For more details about the American Bar Association's 2010 National Pro Bono Celebration, visit www.celebrateprobono.org.

Public Interest Training Programs, Events Set

Good Shepherd Mediation Program will hold its 4th Annual Shepherds of Peace Banquet and Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, Oct. 20, honoring Marsha Levick, Esq., Juvenile Law Center, Paul Jay Fink, M.D., Temple School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, and Vai Sikahema, NBC sportscaster. The event will be held at 6 p.m., at the Union League, 140 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. Registration information is available at phillymediators.org.

Face to Face Germantown will host an Open House spotlighting the organization's Legal Center on Saturday, Oct. 23, from 5 to 7 p.m., at 109 E. Price St., Philadelphia. Refreshments will be provided. For more information call 215-849-0179 or visit facetofacegermantown.org.

The Support Center for Child Advocates invites you to participate in the training "How to Handle a Child Abuse Case" on Tuesday, Oct. 26 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building. Earn 6 CLE credits while gaining a robust understanding of the Juvenile Act, the Child Protective Service Law, and the dynamics of child abuse, among other topics. Become a volunteer attorney for Philadelphia's abused and neglected kids. Make a difference in the life of a child victim. For more information, contact Jodi Schatz, pro bono coordinator and intake attorney, at jschatz@advokid.org. To register, visit pbi.org.

Philadelphia VIP will sponsor its annual Pro Bono Opportunities Day on Wednesday, Oct. 27. This year's event spotlights VIP's work with families and children. Training sessions will focus on areas of law critical to Philadelphia families: guardianship, custody, and protection from abuse. From first-year associates new to the practice of law, to experienced practitioners new to pro bono, all attorneys to are invited to learn how to use their legal experience to support Philadelphia's low-income families. The event will be held at Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP, 123 S. Broad St., 28th Floor, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Each attorney who attends and accepts a VIP pro bono case within six months of the training will earn two substantive CLE credits. Register at phillyvip@phillyvip.org or by calling 215- 523-9550.

Philadelphia VIP will host a CLE training program on how to handle a case in the Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Project, the mandatory negotiation program operated by the First Judicial District. The event will be held Tuesday, Nov. 9 at Comcast, One Comcast Center, 45th floor, Room J/K/L. The CLE training program will be held from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Volunteers will receive one free CLE credit for each hour of course work attended (a total of 3.5 free CLE credits are available) in exchange for representing two different clients at one or more mortgage foreclosure conciliation conferences on a continuing basis until the attempted negotiation is resolved, or in exchange for volunteering as an on-call attorney at three different conciliation conference half-day sessions. Volunteer work must be completed within six months of the training program. Register at phillyvip@phillyvip.org or by calling 215- 523-9550.

Philadelphia VIP will host a CLE training program on ethics on Friday, Dec. 3 from 12 to 2:15 p.m. Presented in a lively and interactive format, this training includes a discussion of Rule 6.1: Pro Bono Publico Service, the role of training in ethical representation, malpractice insurance, models for pro bono participation, and ethical considerations for volunteer attorneys. Special considerations in the representation of low-income clients will also be explored. The event will be held at Ballard Spahr LLP, 1735 Market St., 51st Floor. Each attorney who attends and accepts a VIP pro bono case within six months of the training will earn two substantive CLE credits. Register at phillyvip@phillyvip.org or by calling 215-523-9550.

Get Discounted Tickets to "Denial"

Bar Association members can receive a $5 discount on tickets for the play "Denial," being performed at the Second Stage at the Adrienne, 2030 Sansom St. To receive the discount, Bar Association members should mention the Philadelphia Bar Association Academy.

In his 1995 play "Denial," Peter Sagal presents the story of a Jewish civil rights attorney who is asked by the ACLU to defend the rights of a Holocaust denier whose papers have been seized by the federal government for promoting violence. Abby Gersten's "religion" is the law, but her client tests her faith as she learns that justice has its own price. "Denial" explores the dilemma faced by Holocaust survivors and others who seek to make sure the world never for gets when confronted with those who would prove that what they experienced never occurred, and is also an engrossing legal drama that examines the moral and ethical dilemmas inherent in the First Amendment.

"Denial" will be presented by Fever Dream Repertory at the Second Stage at the Adrienne, 2030 Sansom St. and features Bar Association member Nancy Abrams (Segal), Kelly Reeves, Benjamin Kendall, Arnold Kendall, Michael Brinckman and Lawrence Geller. Showtimes are Friday, Oct. 15, 8 p.m.; and Saturday, Oct. 16, 8 p.m. To make reservations or for more information call (267) 997-3799 or e-mail gary@mcramer.com. Just mention you are a member of the Bar Association to claim your discount. Information is also available at phillyfunguide.com.


Barry Biographer to Address Brehons Oct. 20

Tim McGrath, author of the bestseller John Barry: An American Hero in the Age of Sail, will be the guest speaker at the Wednesday, Oct. 20 meeting of the Brehon Law Society.

McGrath's book is the first new biography in more than 60 years of this often overlooked hero of the American Revolution. The program will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Vesper Club, 223 S. Sydenham St.

The meeting will begin with a networking happy hour at 5:30, followed by McGrath's discussion and a Q&A session. Any questions about this event, or the Brehon Law Society, can be directed to Joseph Kelley at jkelleyjr@kmlaw.org or Sean Sullivan at srs@curtinheefner.com.

New Mobile Application Drives Legal Directory Sales

Legal Directory buyers are finding that a new-for-2010 mobile application, tailored for your BlackBerry, is making information easier and faster to find.

The quick-search for lawyers and law firms and the click-and-call or click-and-e-mail features are terrifically useful. This is a great tool
to make attorneys and support staff more productive.

The Directory database includes the most up-to-date listings of 19,000+ Philadelphia-area lawyers and law firms. Every purchase comes with three components: the online Directory, mobile access and the print directory, which is jammed with useful information like court rules, lists of government agency lawyers, judges' phone numbers and more.

Copies are going fast and will soon be sold out. The next edition will not be published until Spring 2011. You can buy The Legal Directory three ways: click here to visit thelegaldirectory.org to place your order online; e-mail legaldirectory@mediatwo.com to request an order form; or call 443-909-7843 to request an order form.


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