Monday, Oct. 15, 2007
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 8, No. 75
 

Tickets Available at the Door for Oct. 16 Quarterly

Tickets will be available at the door for the Tuesday, Oct. 16 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon at the Philadelphia Downtown Marriott. Lynn A. Marks (right), executive director of Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts, will receive the Association's Sandra Day O'Connor Award at the event. Ann Weaver Hart, the first woman president of Temple University, will be the keynote speaker.

The O'Connor Award 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.

The October Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon is sponsored by PNC Wealth Management. Tickets are $50.

Nominating Committee Selects 8

The Philadelphia Bar Association's Nominating Committee nominated the following candidates for Bar Association offices on Oct. 11: Vice-Chancellor, Scott F. Cooper; Secretary, Kathleen D. Wilkinson; Assistant Secretary, Sophia Lee; Treasurer, Jeffrey M. Lindy; Assistant Treasurer, Joseph A. Prim Jr. The Committee also made the following nominations for three-year terms (three of five positions) on the Board of Governors: Michael J. Berkowitz, Karen Detamore and Maria A. Feeley.

Notice is hereby given that the Philadelphia Bar Association is accepting additional nominations for candidates for Bar offices to be elected by the membership at the Associations Annual Meeting and Election on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2007.

The deadline for filing these additional nominations is Friday, Nov. 2, 2007, at 5 p.m.

Nominations must be in writing and may take the form of a letter to the Secretary, c/o Susan Knight, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19107-2911. Letters must state the office the individual is seeking and must include the names and signatures of at least twenty-five (25) members of the Association who are entitled to vote, except for the nomination of Vice Chancellor, which shall be signed by a least one hundred (100) members who are entitled to vote.Offices to be filled are Vice Chancellor, Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Treasurer and Assistant Treasurer, as well as five (5) positions on the Board of Governors for a term of three years.

Candidates are also asked to provide a photograph and statement of no more than 150 words, demonstrating their qualifications to serve as a member of the Board of Governors. Photos and statements will be published in the Philadelphia Bar Reporter and must be received no later than Friday, Nov. 2, 2007, at 5 p.m.

Electronic Discovery Disputes Oct. 17

U.S. District Court Judges Cynthia M. Rufe and David R. Strawbridge, along with Beatrice O'Donnell, will present "Electronic Discovery Disputes: The Next Step" at the Wednesday, Oct. 17 meeting of the Federal Courts Committee.

The meeting begins at 12:30 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.

Forum on Proposed Workers' Comp Rules Changes Oct. 17

The Workers' Compensation Section will hold a discussion on proposed revisions of the WCAB/WCJ procedural rules at its Wednesday, Oct. 17 meeting.

Panelists for the program include Marc Jacobs and Peter Weber. The program will be moderated by Stanley H. Siegel. This seminar is an open forum. Learn about proposed changes to current bureau rules. Any new rules or changes to existing rules will go into effect in January.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $7.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Roundtable Discussion on Technology Issues Oct. 18

The Law Practice Management Division Technology Committee will present a roundtable discussion on how law firms of all sizes handle common technology issues and problems on Thursday, Oct. 18.

Panelists will include Harper Dimmerman, a sole practitioner; George Martin, a partner with Martin, Banks, Pond, Lehocky & Wilson; Colleen Bannon of Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin; and an information technology manager from Cozen O'Connor.

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

Bar Announces Judicial Ratings, Releases Poll Results

Chancellor Jane Dalton and Shelley R. Smith, Chair of the Association's Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention, have announced the results of the Commission's investigation into the qualifications of candidates for Philadelphia's Court of Common Pleas and Municipal Court in the Nov. 6 general election.

In addition, the Judicial Commission also released the results of a poll of all Philadelphia lawyers conducted for the Bar Association earlier this year by Votenet. The poll invited respondents to rate specific aspects of the judicial performance of each of the retention judges. Under the bylaws of the Association, the poll is not binding upon the Commission's deliberations, although it must be published with the Commission's findings. The complete poll results are available from the Bar Association.

The Chancellor pointed out that the Association's Campaign for Qualified Judges has launched a pop-up window that appears whenever anyone visits the Association's Web site. The window lists ratings that can be printed out and taken to the polls on Nov. 6. The Web site also features a complete "Voters Guide to the Judicial Elections." Dalton said the Association wants voters to know "not just who to vote for but why the judicial elections are so important and why we invest so much time and energy in reviewing and rating these candidates. This is the one place for voters to find thorough, non-partisan, objective ratings of the candidates."

The Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention is independent and non-partisan. It includes lawyers and non-lawyers. Among the members of the Commission are the Chief Public Defender, the President Judges of the Common Pleas and Municipal Courts, and representatives from the Asian, Hispanic and African American legal groups.

The ratings by the 30-member Judicial Commission follow extensive study and investigation by five-member panels of the Commission’s own 120-member investigative division, which includes 40 non-lawyer members. Those found Recommended satisfied a cumulative review of criteria including legal ability and training, trial experience, character and integrity, judicial temperament, mental and physical capacity and community involvement. The complete criteria are available from the Bar Association.

The following judges, listed alphabetically, were found RECOMMENDED for retention to the Court of Common Pleas:

Mark I. Bernstein
Gary DiVito
John W. Herron
C. Darnell Jones II
Barbara A. Joseph
Shelley Robins New
Rosalyn K. Robinson
Peter F. Rogers
M. Teresa Sarmina
Edward R. Summers

The following judges, listed alphabetically, were found RECOMMENDED for retention to Municipal Court:

Teresa Carr Deni
Ronald B. Merriweather
Wendy L. Pew
Louis J. Presenza

The following judges, listed alphabetically, were found NOT RECOMMENDED for retention to the Municipal Court:

Georganne V. Daher
Deborah S. Griffin

The Commission reiterated its ratings of the following candidates who have been found RECOMMENDED for election to the Court of Common Pleas:

Linda Carpenter
Alice Beck Dubow
Michael Erdos
Joyce Eubanks
Ellen Green-Ceisler

The Commission reiterated its rating of the following candidate who has been found RECOMMENDED for election to the Municipal Court:

Joseph J. O'Neill

The Commission reiterated its rating of the following candidate who has been found NOT RECOMMENDED for election to the Municipal Court:

Jacquelyn Frazier-Lyde

For a complete guide to the Judicial Elections visit the Philadelphia Bar Association Web site at philadelphiabar.org.

Supreme Court Candidates Forum Oct. 24

Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts and the Philadelphia Bar Association will present Decision 2007, an interactive forum with the candidates running for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 1 p.m.

Candidates including Judges Michael Krancer, Maureen Lally-Green and Debra Todd will be on the panel, which will be held in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch will be available for a discounted rate of $5. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Judicial elections are Tuesday, Nov. 6. For more information about this program, visit pmconline.org.

YLD A-Scare-Ium at the Aquarium Oct. 20

The Young Lawyers Division will host its family-friendly "A-Scare-Ium at the Aquarium" on Saturday, Oct. 20 at the Adventure Aquarium in Camden, N.J. from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Children are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes to the event. Admission is $25 for adults and $15 for children and includes lunch, an animal encounter, a pick-your-own pumpkin and painting activity and a special showing of SpongeBob SquarePants 4D ride. Click here to purchase tickets.

Traffic/Vehicular Law Committee Meeting Oct. 24

The Traffic/Vehicular Law Committee will meet on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 12 p.m. in the 11th Floor Committee Room South of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St.

For more information about the committee, contact Dawn Burger at (215) 238-6367.

Women in the Profession Girls Night Oct. 24

The Women in the Profession Committee will present a Fall Fashion Girls Night with Milla by Mail on Wednesday, Oct. 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Jason Matthew Salon, 1426 Walnut St.

Enjoy a night of fashion and beauty indulgence while shopping well-known brands and up-and-coming apparel and accessories designers. The evening will include hair styling, makeovers and cocktails. Space is limited. To RSVP, e-mail contactus@millabymail.com. The event is sponsored by Abelson Legal Search and Summit Court Reporting.

Tickets Available for Lawyerpalooza Oct. 25

The Young Lawyers Division will host Lawyerpalooza at Kildare's Headhouse Square (2nd & South streets) on Thursday, Oct. 25.

Beginning at 6:30 p.m., lawyers who moonlight in bands, such as A Band Called M, Class Action, Brand New Gods and Pray for Mojo, will be featured. There will also be other performances by Brad Shuttleworth and Jim Wells. You've seen them in court, now see them on stage! The cost of $10 includes drink tickets, heavy hors d'oeuvres and drink specials.

Lawyerpalooza is sponsored by Esquire Deposition Services, LLC and Summit Court Reporting, Inc. Click here to purchase tickets.

Bar Foundation's Andrew Hamilton Gala Nov. 17

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation will present the 29th Annual Andrew Hamilton Gala "Philadelphia Justice in Films" on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. at Sherman Mills.

The Bar Foundation will present its annual Morris Shuster Fellowships at the event, along with the presentation of the Citizens Bank Pro Bono Award and the Philadelphia Bar Foundation Award.

The Andrew Hamilton Gala, the social event of the season in the legal community, raises money for grants to law-related programs in the Philadelphia area that assist the indigent, elderly and disabled, as well as abused women and children. Click here for ticket information.

Volunteers Needed for Mock Trial Competition Oct. 27

Members of the Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association will once again serve as mentors and coaches for the High School Mock Trail Competition. This year's competition begins with the Mock Trial Law Camp, set for Saturday, Oct. 27 from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Temple University's Beasley School of Law, located at 1719 N. Broad St.

The camp is an intensive all-day training session that couples an instructive component with hands-on training in direct and cross-examination of parties and witnesses. Students get an introduction to the key components of the trial, including the rules of evidence and opening and closing statements.

Attorney volunteers are essential to the success of this program. As group leaders, they guide small teams of students through the entire day's program. More than assisting students with preparation and presentation for their trials, attorney volunteers serve as mentors and a resource to high school students, who one day wish to follow in their footsteps to a career in the legal field. Lawyers will be provided with instructions and guidelines to assist in their participation.

After Mock Trial Camp, students from 50 public, private, and parochial schools will compete in a simplified mock trial for the City Mock Trial Championship in the spring. The students are given the opportunity to play the roles of attorneys and witnesses in a fictitious criminal or civil case, focusing on real legal issues. Previous trials have involved the suppression of evidence, hate crimes, constitutional issues, simple negligence matters, civil forfeitures in a criminal context, and 1st degree murder.

YLD volunteer coaches are integral in guiding students in understanding the way a trial works, helping to develop trial strategies, and promoting an understanding of trial fundamentals. The teams compete in a round-robin tournament, with the best teams ultimately advancing to the state championship in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to represent the Philadelphia region. The state champions go on to represent Pennsylvania in the National Finals.

Volunteers are needed to serve as team coaches and judges for the preliminary rounds of the competition. Attorneys interested in volunteering should contact Roberta West or Eleanora Jones at (215) 204-1887. If you have any questions, you may also contact Heather Herrington.

Brehon Law Society to Honor Justice Fitzgerald Oct. 16

The Brehon Law Society will hold a reception in honor of Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice James J. Fitzgerald III on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at the Union League of Philadelphia, 140 S. Broad St., beginning at 5 p.m.

Tickets to the event, which features a cash bar and hors d'oeuvres, are $25. To RSVP, contact John O'Malley at (215) 568-6400 or via e-mail at jomalley@volpe-koenig.com.

Phila. Diversity Law Group Retention Seminar Oct. 16

The Philadelphia Diversity Law Group will hold its 2007 retention seminar "Get on the Good Foot: Career Ownership Strategies for Diverse Associates" on Tuesday, Oct. 16 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Top of the Tower, 1717 Arch St., 51st Floor.

Doug Gaston, senior vice president and general counsel of Comcast Cable, will be the keynote speaker at the event. Click here for registration information.

Stanford Shmukler Memorial Service Oct. 17

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 4 p.m. for Stanford Shmukler, a "colorful Center City criminal defense lawyer," former chair of the Criminal Justice Section and past recipient of the Section's Thurgood Marshall Award. Remarks on behalf of the Philadelphia Bar Association will be offered by Association Chancellor Jane Leslie Dalton at the service, in the Ceremonial Courtroom in City Hall.

Shmukler (1930-2006) was a highly successful criminal defense lawyer who did not hesitate to represent unpopular defendants. In 1975, he represented an avowed Nazi, the leader of the KKK in Pennsylvania, who was accused of plotting to blow up a synagogue. He was not deterred, even in the face of death threats and the firebombing of his home. He donated half his fees from the case to his synagogue and the other half to Israel. He argued two cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, one of them a part of the landmark decision Miranda v. Arizona. He was a member of the Association's Board of Governors, and served as executive director of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's Criminal Procedural Rules Committee. He will be posthumously inducted into the Association's Legends of the Bar on Oct. 23.

Save $100 on Client Development Workshop

Philadelphia Bar Association members can receive $100 off the registration fee when signing up for The Training Resource Group's training program for associates of professional services firms.

The workshop, for attorneys looking to improve their client development skills, will be held Oct. 24 and Nov. 7 from 8 to 10 a.m. at the offices of The Training Resource Group, 100 N. 20th St., 4th floor.

The pre-discount cost of the program is $895 per participant and includes evaluation, training, coaching session and materials. To RSVP for this program, call The Training Resource Group at (215) 320-4652 or e-mail helene@trainingresourcegroup.com.

PLAN Diversity Summit Oct. 23

Dear Colleague:

This year marks 15 years that the PA Legal Aid Network has been placing first- and second-year minority law students in summer internships in legal aid offices around the state. PLAN's Martin Luther King Fellowship Program provides funding to minority attorneys who agree to spend two years as legal aid lawyers in underserved areas of the state.

The anniversary will be marked in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Bar Association Minority Bar Committee's second annual Diversity Summit on Tuesday, Oct. 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s CLE Conference Center in the Wanamaker Building, 10th Floor. The theme for the Summit is, "Pathways to Legal Careers: Best Practices for Hiring and Retaining a Diverse Legal Workforce."

Please consider attending this important event, which will feature luncheon keynote speaker Juan Williams, senior reporter for NPR and author of the acclaimed Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965.

In addition, we ask that you and your firm or company consider pledging your support for the Martin Luther King Fellowship. PLAN has set a goal of raising $100,000 for the Fellowship Program for each of the next two years to guarantee that fellowships can be offered in each of those years.

Law firms and other supporters from around the state are showing their support for the fellowship program by pledging $5,000 toward the program this year and an additional $5,000 toward the program next year. Alternatively, you can support the program by sponsoring the anniversary celebration event. Click here for details.

Sincerely,

Jane Leslie Dalton
Chancellor

Public Interest Events, Trainings Scheduled

Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania Legal Education Fund will hold its 19th Annual Scholarship Reception on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 5:30 p.m., at the University of the Arts, Broad and Pine Streets, Philadelphia. Tickets are $75 per person. The keynote speaker will be Charisse R. Lillie, senior vice president of Human Resources for Comcast Cable and Vice President of Human Resources for Comcast Corporation. RSVP by Oct. 8 to Carolina Spaventa at 215-564-8184 or cspaventa@stradley.com.

Philadelphia VIP will present its annual training event "Pro Bono Opportunities Day," on Thursday, Oct. 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Montgomery, Walker & Rhoads, LLP, 123 S. Broad St., 28th Floor, Philadelphia. All attorneys are invited to learn how to help Philadelphia's low-income population with their legal needs. Participants may attend one of the following substantive training sessions: Public Housing; Child Custody; Nonprofit Issues: From Incorporation to Operation; or Quiet Title/Fraudulent Conveyances. Following the training, VIP will offer each participant a pro bono case. Attorneys who attend a seminar and accept a case will earn two (2) substantive CLE credits. The cost of the program is $45 per attorney. Breakfast and training materials are included. The registration deadline is Monday, Oct. 15. To register, please contact Tanya Rambert at 215-523-9550, or trambert@phillyvip.org.

• The Juvenile Law Center, the National Juvenile Defender Center, the Mural Arts Program and Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Family Court Division Administrative Judge Kevin M. Dougherty will unveil a new mural installation “The Gault Project: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities” on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 3:30 p.m. Philadelphia Family Court is hosting this event under the leadership of Judge Dougherty, who offered a prominent, permanent place for the mural in Philadelphia’s Family Court. In conjunction with the mural dedication, the Defender Association of Philadelphia will present its first Gault Award to the association’s Bill Bachman, honoring him for his dedication and commitment to excellence in his representation of juveniles. Gerald Gault is also scheduled to appear. The event is free and will take place at Philadelphia Family Court, 1801 Vine St.

• The National Constitution Center and Juvenile Law Center will present a forum on the rights and status of children under the Constitution on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 6:30 p.m. The forum is part of a nationwide, year-long celebration of the 40th anniversary of In re Gault, the 1967 landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision establishing a constitutional right to counsel for youth subject to delinquency proceedings. Gerald Gault will appear as a guest speaker, along with Elizabeth Scott, the Harold R. Medina Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, as well as others. Joanne Epps, professor of Law and Associate Dean for Academic affairs at Temple University Beasley School of Law will moderate the event. The event will be held at the National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St. This event is free, but reservations are required and can be made by calling (215) 409-6700.

• The SeniorLAW Center and the Wine School of Philadelphia will host a “South American” Wine Tasting Party, on Thursday, Nov. 8 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. (tasting begins at 6 p.m.) at Blank Rome LLP, Marvin Comisky Conference Center, One Logan Square (18th and Cherry streets). Tickets are $55 and two for $99. To order tickets, call 215-701-3203, or e-mail lfelzer@seniorlawcenter.org.

Brennan Award Nominations Deadline Oct. 19

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 and Luncheon on Dec. 4, 2007 at 12 p.m. at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia 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 John Soroko. Nominations for the Justice Brennan Distinguished Jurist Award should be forwarded to: Brennan Award, Attn: Areetha Carter, Esq., Staff Counsel, 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 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 19, 2007.

Brandeis Society Levy Nominations Due Oct. 18

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 on Thursday, Nov. 29.

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. 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 Thursday, Oct. 18, 2007 to Michael J. Berkowitz, Chancellor, Louis D. Brandeis Law Society at mjberkowitz@crbcp.com or via fax at (215) 751-1142.

Business Journal to Spotlight Bar Dec. 28

The Philadelphia Business Journal is producing a special Philadelphia Bar Association supplement in its Dec. 28 edition.

The objective is to market, to the Business Journal reader, the positive impact the legal community, the Bar Association and individual member law firms have on local commerce and businesses in the Philadelphia region.

The deadline for reserving advertising space is Nov. 30. For more information, contact Michelle Stuhl at (215) 238-5114 or e-mail her at mstuhl@bizjournals.com.

13th Annual Business Lawyers' Institute Oct. 17-18

PBI's 13th Annual Business Lawyers' Institute offers a choice of 44 workshops and exposure to scores of the state's top business law professionals. This program is exactly what you need today to advise your business clients tomorrow. This 12 CLE credit hour program will be held in Philadelphia on Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 17 and 18 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 4:15 p.m. each day. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Workshop choices will determine whether credits are in substantive law, practice and procedure or ethics, professionalism or substance abuse. For additional information, or to register, 13th Annual Business Lawyers’ Institute.

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. 16
A Day on Health Law
5 substantive, 1ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 3:40 p.m.

Fraud Prevention
1 ethics CLE credit
12:30 to 1:30 p.m

Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 17-18
13th Annual Business Lawyers' Institute
12 CLE credits (Seminar choices will determine whether credits are substantive or ethics)
8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 19
Update on The Lobbying Disclosure Act
4 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 22
Capital Cases: Tough Witnesses, Cooperating Witnesses ("Snitches") and Reluctant Witnesses
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:30 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 as many as 4 credits on your computer, at your convenience at PBI's Online Campus, at www.onlinecle.pbi.org. More than 300 classes are available, including nearly 50 one-hour ethics programs. 24/7 CLE.

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