Oct. 20, 2011
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 12, No. 75
 

Bar Announces Judicial Ratings, Releases Poll Results

Chancellor Rudolph Garcia has announced the results to date of the Association's investigation into the qualifications of candidates for the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and Municipal Court in the Nov. 8 general election. The investigation was conducted by the Association’s Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention.

In addition, the 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 existing judges seeking retention for additional terms. 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. Click here for the poll.

"We wanted to get the results of our evaluations out as soon as possible and invite people to consider the ratings before casting their votes. They can do this by visiting our website at philadelphiabar.org," Garcia said. The Chancellor pointed out that the Association's Campaign for Qualified Judges has launched a banner that appears on the homepage of the Association's website. The banner contains a link to print the candidates' ratings so voters can bring the list to the polls. Garcia said the Association wants voters to know "not just who are recommended but why the judicial elections are so important and why we invest so much time and energy into evaluating these candidates. This is the one place for voters to find thorough, non-partisan, objective ratings of the candidates."

"In all, we conducted hundreds of hours of interviews, many hours of hearings, involved a great cross section of the Bar and lay people, all to the benefit of the Philadelphia voters. The Commission collects, evaluates and summarizes all of the information a voter could need," said Commission Chair Richard S. Seidel.

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 community leaders, officials including the District Attorney, Chief Public Defender, City Solicitor, and the president judges of Common Pleas Court and Municipal Court, and representatives of minority legal groups and various sections of the Bar.

The ratings by the 30-member Judicial Commission follow extensive study and investigation by the Commission’s own 120-member investigative division, one-third of whom are non-lawyer members. Candidates found "Recommended" satisfied a cumulative review of criteria including qualifications such as legal ability, experience, integrity, temperament, community involvement and judgment. Complete details can be found at philadelphiabar.org.

The Commission expects to conclude its investigation process shortly, at which time a complete list of judicial ratings will appear at philadelphiabar.org.

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

Joan A. Brown - Recommended
Denis P. Cohen - Recommended
Rose Marie Defino-Nastasi - Recommended
Thomas Dempsey - Recommended
Kevin M. Dougherty - Recommended
Gary S. Glazer - Recommended
Elizabeth Jackson - Recommended
Margaret T. Murphy - Recommended
Arnold L. New - Recommended
George W. Overton - Recommended
Paul P. Panepinto - Recommended
Nitza I. Quinones Alejandro - Recommended
Lisa M. Rau - Recommended
Gregory E. Smith - Recommended
Albert John Snite, Jr. - Recommended
Earl W. Trent, Jr. - Recommended
Chris R. Wogan - Recommended

The following judges, listed alphabetically, were found "NOT RECOMMENDED" for retention to the Court of Common Pleas:

James Murray Lynn - Not Recommended
Robert J. Rebstock - Not Recommended

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

Thomas F. Gehret - Recommended
William A. Meehan, Jr. - Recommended
Bradley K. Moss - Recommended
Harvey W. Robbins - Recommended
David C. Shuter - Recommended
Karen Y. Simmons - Recommended

The following judge was found "NOT RECOMMENDED" for retention to Municipal Court:

James M. DeLeon - Not Recommended

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

Diana Anhalt - Recommended
Anne Marie B. Coyle - Recommended
Charles Ehrlich - Recommended
Angelo J. Foglietta - Recommended
Jonathan Q. Irvine - Recommended
Vincent L. Johnson - Recommended
Sean Kennedy - Recommended
Barbara A. McDermott - Recommended
Maria McLaughlin - Recommended
Carolyn H. Nichols - Recommended
Kenneth J. Powell, Jr. - Recommended
Edward C. Wright - Recommended

The Commission found the following candidates "NOT RECOMMENDED" for election to the Court of Common Pleas:

Jim Divergilis - Not Recommended
Ted J. Vigilante - Not Recommended

The Commission announced its ratings of the following candidates who have been found "RECOMMENDED" for election to Municipal Court:

Joyce Eubanks - Recommended
Marvin L. Williams - Recommended

To find your polling place, get answers to your questions about voting or to report problems at polling places, call the non-partisan Committee of Seventy's Election Protection Hotline - 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683).

Fidelity Award Nomination Deadline is Oct. 28

Nominations are now being accepted for the Philadelphia Bar Association's 2011 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. 28.

Nominations should be sent to Dawn Petit via email 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:

• Significant accomplishments in improving the administration of justice (preferably in Philadelphia);

• The absence of prior recognition for this work by the Philadelphia Bar Association;

• 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.);

• The accomplishment must arise from voluntary activities rather than for service rendered as a paid professional; and

• 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.

Bar to Elect Officers, Board Members Dec. 6

The Philadelphia Bar Association's Annual Election of officers and members of the Board of Governors will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the Ballroom Level of The Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. Officers to be elected are vice chancellor, secretary, assistant secretary, treasurer, assistant treasurer and five members of the Board of Governors for three-year terms.

According to Article IV, Section 406, Paragraph B, "The election shall be by (1) secret mailed ballot and (2) paper ballot or voting machine. In addition, Members may vote electronically over the Internet to the extent permitted by law pursuant to procedures established by the Board to preserve the confidentiality of the Member's vote and the integrity of the voting process. Voting machines, if available, shall be preferred for in-person voting, unless there is an election at which there is no contest. The position of the nominee on the ballot shall be determined by lot. The drawing of lots shall be conducted by the Judge of Elections not less than 25 days before the Annual Meeting in the presence of the nominees and/or their representatives. The form of the ballot shall be prescribed by the Board. A ballot shall be sent by the Association by mail to every Association member eligible to vote at least two weeks prior to the date set for the Annual Meeting. A mailed ballot shall not be counted unless it has been received at the office of the Association no later than 10 a.m. three business days prior to the date set for the Annual Meeting and in such manner as to preserve the confidentiality of the Member's vote. The Judge of Elections shall count the mailed ballots after the polls have been closed."

Ballots will be mailed on Friday, Nov. 18, 2011, and must be returned to the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2955 by Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011, at 10 a.m.

Candidates for Bar office include William P. Fedullo, Vice Chancellor; Sophia Lee, Secretary; Joseph A. Prim Jr., Treasurer; Jacqueline G. Segal, Assistant Secretary; Wesley R. Payne IV, Assistant Treasurer; Jennifer Segal Coatsworth, John J. O'Malley, Ourania Papademetriou, James A. Rocco III, Eric H. Weitz and Kay Kyungsun Yu, Board of Governors (elect five).

Avoiding Mistakes in Opening a Practice Oct. 20

Opening a law office requires not only legal skills but also a wealth of others including financial, business and people management. In addition, lawyers going out on their own must evaluate numerous vendors, including insurance brokers, computer/IT vendors, accountants, banks and many more.

No matter how much you prepare, inevitably there will be unforeseen problems and mistakes. In this Thursday, Oct. 20 program presented by the Law Practice Management Committee, a group of attorneys will share some of the mistakes they have made and offer insight so that others can avoid making the same mistakes.

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 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register.

Bundled Payments Discussion Oct. 20

John Harris and John Washlick will discuss bundled payments at the Thursday, Oct. 20 meeting of the Health Care Law 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 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register.

Getting the Most Out of Mediation Oct. 21

David B. Harwi will discuss getting the most out of mediation at the Friday, Oct. 21 meeting of the Human Resources Committee.

The meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. at the offices of Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman, P.C., United Plaza, 19th Floor, 30 S. 17th St. Please join us at 8:15 a.m. for continental breakfast; our one-hour presentation and discussion will begin at 8:30 a.m. The Committee thanks Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman, P.C. for hosting this meeting at their offices.

Please RSVP to Nicole Gasiorowski at ngasiorowski@cohenseglias.com.

SSA Policies on New Applications Oct. 21

Regional representatives from the Social Security Administration will discuss the administration's policies on new applications and representative' using electronic processes on Friday, Oct. 21.

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 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register.

How to Negotiate For Greater Success CLE Oct. 24

The Business Law Section, in conjunction with the State Civil Litigation Section and the Federal Courts Committee will present the CLE program "Getting More: How to Negotiate For Greater Success in Work & Life" on Monday, Oct. 24.

This course teaches new, innovative and immediately useful competitive negotiation strategies, replacing conventional wisdom. Since negotiations is the basic process of business and legal practice, affecting every interaction, better methods are central to increasing competitiveness. The speaker is Stuart Diamond, author of "Getting More: How To Negotiate To Achieve Your Goals In The Real World."

The program begins at 12:30 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. 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 $33.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years and $28.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. CLE tuition prices include lunch. Click here to register.

Public Interest Section Seeks Hamilton Award Nominees

The Public Interest Section is now accepting nominations for the annual Andrew Hamilton Award. The deadline for nominations is Monday, Oct. 24.

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 or emailed to tmccloskey@philabar.org.

Nuts and Bolts of Board Service CLE Oct. 24

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation, Young Lawyers Division and Public Interest Section will present the CLE program "The Nuts and Bolts of Board Service: An Introduction to Legal Issues for Nonprofits and Their Directors" on Monday, Oct. 24.

This CLE program will provide attorneys interested in serving on a nonprofit board an introduction to the role of the board of directors and the laws governing nonprofits, as well as offer overviews of nonprofit law and organization, related tax law, and fundraising. After the substantive CLE, participants are encouraged to remain for discussion with a panel comprised of board directors and executive directors who will share their experiences and give guidance to those who want to join a nonprofit board. The featured speaker is Marla Conley of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP.

Lunch and registration begin at 11:30 a.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. The program has been approved for 1.5 substantive CLE credit. Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay a fee of $40 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years and $35 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. Click here to register for CLE credit.

Interested parties not seeking CLE credit may attend and purchase lunch through the Bar Association. If you do not want CLE credit or lunch there is no charge to attend. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to purchase lunch.

Garcia, Reid to Appear on 6ABC on Oct. 23

Chancellor Rudolph Garcia and Diversity Chair Scott W. Reid will appear on 6ABC's "Puerto Rican Panaorama" on Sunday, Oct. 23 at 5 a.m.

Garcia and Reid will discuss the Alabama immigration policy, the Bar Association's diversity initiative and judicial elections. The entire episode of "Puerto Rican Panorama" will be dedicated to the Philadelphia Bar Association.

Workers' Comp Section Seeks Hampton Award Nominees

Later this year the Workers' Compensation Section will be selecting the 12th annual recipient of the Martha Hampton Award. This award was named in honor of an attorney who was committed to the practice of workers compensation law.

Each year a committee reviews nominations as to the attorney or judge who best exemplifies Martha's unique compassion and dedication to her clients, her professionalism, scholarship and good will with her peers. Martha's interests went beyond the individual case being litigated. She believed in the viability of a Workers' Compensation Section; made it a point to be active in activities which ranged from informative articles in the Intelligencer to testifying before subcommittees in Harrisburg on proposed legislation. Martha seemed to naturally act as a mentor or educator to many an us. Martha also maintained close friendships. She had the ability to be a strong advocate in the courtroom and the next moment have coffee with opposing counsel discussing only personal matters not legal ones. It is this respect for the person/attorney which led to the creation of this award that continues to grow in its important role of bringing the members of the section together.

It should be noted all members of the bar and bench who practice workers compensation are eligible. This is not an award restricted to claimants attorneys. Past winners have included counsel from both sides of the aisle as well as the bench.

This year's committee will be Marc S. Jacobs (partner with Martha at Galfand Berger) and last year's section co-chairs Judge Joseph Hagan, Robin Romano and Robert Huber. Also, a charitable contribution is made each year by Galfand Berger, on behalf of the Section, to Kids Chance, an organization helping youngster's 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 your thoughts for making a nomination.

All nominations can be e-mailed to Marc S. Jacobs at mjacobs@galfandberger.com or mailed to Marc at 1835 Market St 27th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19103. The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, Nov. 2.

Tax Section CLE Oct. 25

The Tax Section will present the CLE program "Revenue Ruling 99-6: Planning Opportunities and Its Future" on Tuesday, Oct. 25.

In Revenue Ruling 99-6, the Internal Revenue Service deals with instances when a multi-owner LLC is converted to a single-owner entity. The ruling covers the transaction from two approaches: one LLC member sells his or her full interest to another member or all LLC members sell their full interests to a nonmember. In addition, in Notice 99-6 the IRS provides two temporary safe harbors regarding employment tax reporting and payment compliance by certain disregarded entities, including single-member LLCs, and invites comment on various aspects of application of the federal employment tax regime to these entities. The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) Tax Section recently issued a report asking the Service to re-evaluate certain aspects of Rev. Rul. 99-6, a report that deeply divided the Executive Committee on certain aspects of these recommendations.

Panelists for the program include Lawrence J. Arem, James B. Sowell and Wendi L. Kotzen. The program begins at 12:30 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

Commonwealth Court Candidates Debate Oct. 25

The Zoning, Land Use and Code Enforcement Committee of the Real Property Section will host a debate between Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court candidates Kathryn Boockvar and Anne Covey on Tuesday, Oct. 25.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register.

Bar Academy Oktoberfest Event at Yards Brewing Co. Oct. 26

Join the Bar Academy for a special Oktoberfest event at Philadelphia's own Yards Brewing Company on Wednesday, Oct. 26.

Learn about the beer-making process from brewing through packaging and distribution on a behind-the-scenes facility tour and taste a variety of Yards beers at an exclusive sampling. Beers will be available as pints or flights for tasting accompanied by a salad, tomato pie and Yards special locally raised bison chili.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. at Yards Brewery, 901 N. Delaware Ave. Tickets are $30 per person and $60 with guest. There is a limit of one guest per customer. To register for this program, click here or visit baracademy.philadelphiabar.org.

The Philadelphia Bar Association Academy provides Bar members with civic and cultural educational experiences that allow for enhanced business development opportunities. Academy programs provide a unique entry to the city's most vibrant institutions and leaders, offering behind-the-scenes access to these institutions in a manner designed to benefit all participants.

Women in the Profession Summit on Negotiation Oct. 27

The Women in the Profession Committee will present its 4th Annual Summit on Thursday, Oct. 27 with a panel discussion on the art of negotiation. Click here to register.

This summit will address effective negotiation styles, practical tips and best practices for effective negotiations, as well as, how personality and gender affect negotiation behavior. Panelists will introduce techniques to better evaluate your negotiation style and performance. Panelists include Catherine C. Carr, executive director, Community Legal Services; Jamie Sheller of Sheller, P.C. and Stephanie Resnick of Fox Rothschild LLP. The program is moderated by Judge Diane M. Welsh of JAMS.

At the conclusion of the CLE, there will be a cocktail reception sponsored by the Temple Law Alumni Association and optional "speed networking event" in which attendees will spend five-minute intervals describing their practice areas before moving on to the next attendee.

The program begins at 3 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. 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 $40 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years and $35 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. Click here to register for CLE credit.

Interested parties not seeking CLE credit may attend and register at no cost. Click here to register for the program without CLE credit.

Tools, Strategies in Medicaid Planning Oct. 27

Ellen R. Wase will highlight some of the basic tools and strategies that can be implemented as part of Medicaid planning at the Thursday, Oct. 27 meeting of the Elder Law and Guardianship Committee.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Committee Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register.

National Pro Bono Week Through Oct. 28

The Delivery of Legal Services Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association's Public Interest Section invites members of the Philadelphia legal community to participate in a range of pro bono recruitment events, legal clinics for low-income clients and continuing legal education programs through Oct. 28 in honor of National Pro Bono Week. The celebration is part of the American Bar Association's coordinated national effort to encourage and support local efforts to expand the delivery of pro bono legal services.

Click here for a calendar of events in Philadelphia. The celebration recognizes the pro bono contributions of the city's attorneys and provides an opportunity for the recruitment and training of new volunteers to meet the increased demand for pro bono legal services. For more information, contact Sara Woods, executive director of Philadelphia VIP, at swoods@phillyvip.org.

National Symposium on Diversity in Legal Profession Nov. 8

Chief legal officers, law firm managing partners, and diversity thought-leaders from across the nation will assemble for the Philadelphia Bar Association's National Symposium on Diversity in the Legal Profession on Tuesday, Nov. 8 at The Union League of Philadelphia.

The half-day symposium will begin with a luncheon featuring keynote speaker Robert J. Grey Jr., (left) executive director of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. Grey is a past president of the American Bar Association.

During the opening plenary, a panel of local and non-local chief legal officers and law firm managing partners will discuss the importance of collaboration to advance diversity and inclusion in the legal profession; benchmarks to measure success; and best practices for the recruitment, retention and advancement of women and diverse attorneys.

Four concurrent breakout sessions will focus on the following topics: the roles white men can play to advance diversity and inclusion in corporate legal departments and law firms; generational diversity and its impact in the workplace; successful pipeline initiatives and mentoring programs; and an employment law update. The symposium runs from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. and a VIP networking reception begins at 5:30 p.m. The VIP networking reception will provide a forum for discussion with remarks from a prominent speaker.

Speakers for the National Symposium on Diversity in the Legal Profession include Thomas E. Cabaniss, managing partner, McGuireWoods LLP; Mark A. Hershey, senior vice president, general counsel and secretary, Armstrong World Industries, Inc.; H. Eric Hilton, senior vice president, secretary and general counsel, H.J. Russell & Company and Concessions International, LLC; Alan J. Hoffman, co-chair and managing partner, Blank Rome LLP; John L. Latham, partner, Alston & Bird LLP; James G. Leipold, executive director, NALP: The Association for Legal Career Professionals; Robert A. Nicholas, partner and global director of legal personnel, Reed Smith LLP; Karl A. Racine, managing partner, Venable LLP; Robin Sangston, vice president, legal affairs, Cox Communications, Inc.; Joel C. Trotter, senior counsel, GlaxoSmithKline; Michael K. Tucker, executive vice president and general counsel, Avis Budget Group, Inc.; LeRoy Watkins, partner, Jackson Lewis LLP; Sherry D. Williams, senior vice president, chief ethics and compliance officer, Halliburton; Sandra S. Yamate, chief executive officer, Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession.

For additional information on the National Symposium on Diversity in the Legal Profession, contact Naomi K. McLaurin at 215-238-6340 or nmclaurin@philabar.org.

Moving Between Private Practice and Public Service

The Public Interest Section is presenting this career panel discussion with attorneys that have moved from government and legal services to private practice and vice versa on Wednesday, Nov. 9.

Confirmed panelists include Philadelphia City Solicitor Shelley R. Smith; Geoffrey Bruen of Ballard Spahr LLP; Mary Catherine Roper, ACLU of Pennsylvania; and Amara Chaudhry, Council on American-Islamic Relation.

The program will be moderated by Rashida West of Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law. If you are considering making a career change within the legal profession, this discussion should be very helpful. The program begins at 4 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1011 Market St. Visit philadelphiabar.org to register.

Persuasion and Influence in Conflict Resolution Nov. 10

David M. Frees III will present "Applied Neuroscience - Becoming More Persuasive and Influential in Conflict Resolution" at the Thursday, Nov. 10 meeting of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee.

Frees will discuss seven negotiation skills and secrets no mediator, judge or lawyer can ignore; three language patterns you must avoid at all costs for a successful mediation; how to keep relationships intact; the neuroscience of ADR; and Unlocking the hidden profits of your mediation practice.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Committee Room South of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register.

Judges Needed For Thomas Tang International Moot Court

This year, Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law and the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania will host the Northeast Regional rounds of the Thomas Tang International Moot Court Competition. Attorneys are needed to volunteer to judge the preliminary rounds the afternoon of Friday, Oct. 21. Teams of two or three attorneys will judge each round. The first set of preliminary rounds will take place from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. and the second set will take place from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Please contact Kay Kyungsun Yu at kay.kyungsun.yu@gmail.com if you are available like to judge the first set of rounds, the second set, or both.

The Thomas Tang National Moot Court Competition was founded in 1993 honors the late Judge Thomas Tang, a champion of individual rights, an advocate for the advancement of minority attorneys, an ardent supporter of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) and the moot court competition. Judge Tang served on the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals from 1977 until his passing in 1995. The competition is open to all students but is especially designed to reach out to Asian Pacific American law students and provide them with an opportunity to showcase their writing and oral advocacy skills and compete for scholarships totaling $10,000.

Ugandan Jewish Leader to Speak Nov. 8

Aaron Kintu Moses, of the inspiring Jewish community leaders of Uganda, will discuss the legal hurdles that he has had to overcome in championing joint Abayudaya-Kulanu education and sustainable development projects at an event co-sponsored by the Barristers Association of Philadelphia and the Brandeis Law Society (and hosted by Marathon Grill) from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 8 at 1818 Market St., 7th floor.

Kintu Moses is an outstanding leader of the Abayudaya Jewish community of Uganda. He has been director of education since 2003, and has also served as the community's acting spiritual leader. Kulanu ("All of Us" in Hebrew), founded in 1994, is a nonprofit organization which supports isolated and emerging Jewish communities around the world, many of which have been disconnected from the worldwide Jewish community.

Kintu Moses will present a dynamic multi-media program updating audiences on the Kulanu-supported Abayudaya primary and high schools, which educate and feed 700 Jewish, Muslim and Christian children studying together in peace. He will also report on the child nutrition project; public health education and women's empowerment programs; on-going classroom, library, dorm and other school construction; as well as the village micro-finance, crafts, music CD, coffee, and eco-tourism self-help projects.

Kintu Moses will discuss how the Abayudaya and Kulanu are taking a leadership role in increasing literacy and nutrition, and in bringing diverse religious communities together.

Register by Tuesday, Nov. 1 for the discounted rate of $36 per person. After Nov. 1, admission is $40 per person. A cash bar will be available.

For further information, or to RSVP, please contact Tina Velez at velez@blankrome.com or 215-569-5500 ext. 4032.

Notice to the Bar Regarding Magistrate Judge Appointment

The current term of the office of United States Magistrate Judge Carol Sandra Moore wells at Philadelphia, Pa., is due to expire June 2, 2012. The United States District Court is required by law to establish a panel of citizens to consider reappointment of the magistrate judge to a new eight-year term.

The duties of a magistrate judge include the following: conduct of most preliminary proceedings in criminal cases; trial and disposition of misdemeanor cases; conduct of various pretrial matters and evidentiary proceedings on delegation from the judges of the District Court; and trial and disposition of civil cases upon consent of the litigants.

Comments from members of the bar and the public are invited as to whether the incumbent magistrate judge should be recommended by the panel for reappointment by the court and should be directed to:
Michael E. Kunz
Clerk of Court
2609 U.S. Courthouse
601 Market St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
ATTN: Human Resources Department, Magistrate Judge Reappointment

Comments must be received by Oct. 31.

Access The Legal Directory 2011 on Your Handheld Device

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For $79.95, you get the incredible convenience of print, online and mobile access to The Legal Directory. To order, visit thelegaldirectory.org.

Free Fastcase Training Webinars Scheduled

A series of free webinars have been scheduled for Philadelphia Bar Association members to help them familiarize themselves with Fastcase®, the new member benefit legal research tool.

Fastcase® puts a comprehensive law library of Pennsylvania state and federal cases, statutes and rules at your fingertips. If your firm's Philadelphia office has 100 percent attorney membership in the Philadelphia Bar Association, you'll receive Fastcase® free!

Webinars for Fastcase Research Tips (in depth) will be held:
Wednesday, Nov. 9, 1 to 2 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 14, 3 to 4 p.m.

Webinars for Case Law Nuts & Bolts (Overview) will be held:
Tuesday, Nov. 1, 12 to 1 p.m.

Webinars for Searching for Statutes (Overview)
Thursday, Dec. 6, 3 to 4 p.m.

Fully-Paid Bar Membership for Villanova Law Students

Through an agreement negotiated by Dean John Y. Gotanda, the Philadelphia Bar Association is pleased to offer all current students of Villanova University School of Law the opportunity to register for fully-paid membership in the Philadelphia Bar Association. This is an annual membership that can be renewed each year and will be paid for by the law school while you are a student. (Note to 3L students: If you registered before graduation, your membership will be paid by the law school and will continue through December 2011.)

Membership in the Bar Association provides you with opportunities to professionally connect with practicing lawyers and judges in a cooperative and learning environment, allowing for one-on-one interactions that are invaluable in building your career and obtaining contacts for potential job opportunities.

A similar agreement exists for students at Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University.

Registration is required to receive your law school-sponsored fully-paid membership in the Philadelphia Bar Association. To register, click here and complete the form.

As a member of the Philadelphia Association, you'll receive:

• Access to the "Members Only" portion of our interactive website, philadelphiabar.org, that lets you view "Bar Classifieds" employment opportunities and place Classified ads at a fraction of the cost of other online services

• Fastcase®, the next-generation legal research provider, available free of charge

• Invaluable networking opportunities with local attorneys and judges at hundreds of events each year, including Chancellor's Forums, substantive panel programs and practice group receptions

• The opportunity to join more than 50 Committees and nine Sections in specific areas of legal practice (such as intellectual property, business litigation, international law, workers compensation, criminal, etc.) as well as targeted interest groups (diversity in the profession, women in the profession, solo practitioners, etc.)

• Automatic membership in the Young Lawyers Division (YLD)

• A subscription to The Philadelphia Lawyer quarterly magazine; the Philadelphia Bar Reporter monthly newspaper; Bar Reporter Online twice-weekly e-newsletter; YLD weekly E-Zine; and Upon Further Review monthly caselaw e-publication

• A vibrant social media network including Facebook sites for the Bar Association and the YLD, Twitter, podcasts and blogs including "PhiLAWdelphia" - the blog of the YLD

• Insurance brokerage services provided through USI Affinity

• Discounts on CLE programs offered through the Pennsylvania Bar Institute

• A legislative program to champion your interests to lawmakers at City Hall, in Harrisburg and in Washington

• Much, much more!

For questions, or to learn more about the advantages of Philadelphia Bar Association membership, call our Membership Department at 215-238-6313.

Take Part in VIP's 30 for 30 Challenge

Matthew S. Olesh and Martha F. Reilly of Fox Rothschild LLP, co-chairs of Philadelphia VIP's 30th Anniversary Engagement Committee, are calling upon the generous members of Philadelphia's legal community to participate in the "30 for 30 Challenge."

They are asking all Philadelphia-area attorneys to commit to 30 hours of pro bono service this year with an organization of their choosing in honor of Philadelphia VIP's 30th anniversary.

The "30 for 30" pledge form is available on Philadelphia VIP's website at phillyvip.org. All pledge signers will be recognized at a special 30th Anniversary ceremony during National Pro Bono Week this October. Philadelphia VIP will also track all participation and provide special recognition to practices of varying sizes with the highest rates of participation.

Public Interest Trainings, Events Planned

• The Education Law Center will celebrate its 35th Anniversary at a Cocktail Reception and Dinner on Wednesday, Oct. 25, beginning at 5:30 p.m., at the Crystal Tea Room, The Wanamaker Building, 100 Penn Square East. At this event, the Education Law Center Award will be presented to David Richman and Janet Stotland and Liz Healey will be honored. For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.elc-pa.org/celebration.html.

• The Public Interest Section’s Women’s Rights Committee will present, "Vision 2020: Campaign for Equality," on Tuesday, Nov. 1. The program will feature a discussion with members of Vision 2020, a national initiative developed by the Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership at Drexel University College of Medicine to make equality a national priority, from 12 to 1:30 p.m., in the 11th Floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association. Register online at philadelphiabar.org.

• Philadelphia VIP and HIAS Pennsylvania will present the free CLE training "Cancellation of Removal: Exploring Exceptional & Extremely Unusual Hardship," on Wednesday, Nov. 2 from 12:15 to 3:30 p.m. (lunch provided), at Cozen O'Connor, 1900 Market St. This program will discuss the United States immigration law, which permits a person who has resided in the U.S. for 10 years or more, and who has a qualifying relative, to apply for immigration relief in the form of “cancellation of removal.” Each attendee who participates and accepts a VIP/HIAS pro bono case within six months of the training will earn 3 substantive CLE credits. Register online at phillyvip@phillyvip.org or by calling 215-523-9550.

• SeniorLAW Center is hosting an Old and New World Grapes Wine Tasting Party conducted by Phil Hinerman, Esq. on Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 5:30 p.m. This two-hour wine tasting will feature a comparative wine tasting of new and old world grapes and is being held at Blank Rome LLP, One Logan Square, 18th and Cherry streets. Tickets are $55 each or two tickets for $99. Proceeds will support SeniorLAW Center's work protecting the legal rights of senior citizens in need. For tickets or more information, call Larry Felzer at (215) 701-3203 or email lfelzer@seniorlawcenter.org.

• Nationalities Services Center will hold Global Tastes, a fundraiser celebrating Philadelphia’s diverse communities through food and NSC’s 90-year history of providing services to immigrants and refugees, on Thursday, Nov. 10 from 6 to 9 p.m., at WHYY, Independence Mall West, 150 N. Sixth Street, Philadelphia. This fundraising event will feature food samplings from an array of local international restaurants. For ticket information, visit nscphila.org.

• Philadelphia VIP and HIAS Pennsylvania will present a free CLE training on Asylum on Wednesday, Nov. 16 from 12:15 to 3:30 p.m. (lunch provided), at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, 1701 Market St., Philadelphia. This program will provide training on basic asylum law as applied in the U.S. Each attendee who participates and accepts a VIP/HIAS pro bono case within 6 months of the training will earn three substantive CLE credits. Register online at phillyvip@phillyvip.org or by calling 215-523-9550.

• Philadelphia VIP will present a free CLE training on mortgage foreclosure on Friday, Nov. 18 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Comcast Cable, One Comcast Center, 45th Floor, Rooms J/K/L. Volunteers will receive a total of 3 free substantive CLE credits in exchange for either: representing two different clients at one or more mortgage foreclosure conciliation conferences on a continuing basis until the attempted negotiation is resolved, or volunteering as an on-call attorney at three different conciliation conference half-day sessions without a continuing client. Volunteer work must be completed within six months of the training. Register at phillyvip@phillyvip.org or at 215-523-9550.

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