Thursday, Nov. 1, 2007
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 8, No. 80
 

Chancellor Issues Statement on Judge Deni's Recent Ruling

It is not often that the Philadelphia Bar Association comments publicly on a judge's ruling in a legal proceeding. Indeed, the Association has, as part of its mission, the preservation of a free and independent judiciary. This issue goes to the marrow of our existence as a free and independent people.

However, an October 4 ruling by Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge Teresa Carr Deni - issued on the heels of ratings released by our nonpartisan Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention of Judge Deni and other judicial candidates in next week's election - represents a confluence of events that compels us to speak out.

Judge Deni's retention of an armed robbery charge for "theft of services" in the case of a defendant accused of forcing a prostitute at gunpoint to have sex with him and three other men—and the related dismissal of all sex and assault charges—belies a basic understanding of what constitutes rape in Pennsylvania.

I have personally reviewed the transcript from the defendant's preliminary hearing in this case. Based on my reading, the transcript clearly reflects that the victim decided she was not going to engage in sex with any of the men present, and that she was forced to do so at gunpoint. No one has denied or contradicted this.

Judge Deni's belief that because the victim had originally intended to have sex for money and decided not to because she didn't get paid posits that a woman cannot change her mind about having sex, or withdraw her consent to do so, regardless of the circumstances. We cannot imagine any circumstances more violent or coercive than being forced to have sex with four men at gunpoint.

Judge Deni's subsequent remarks, as reported, unfortunately point out that her decision in this case was based on a pre-existing bias as to when sex can be consented to, and as to when that consent can be withdrawn, and reflects, in my opinion, a clear disregard of the legal definition of rape and the rule of law in this case.

This matter occurred after the deliberations of the Philadelphia Bar Association's Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention closed. Our Commission made its finding regarding Judge Deni based on its review of her body of work over the past 6 years. Judge Deni's recent decision, however, was rendered after the Commission issued its recommendation.

As Chancellor, a lawyer, and a human being, I am personally offended by this unforgivable miscarriage of justice. The victim has been brutalized twice in this case: first by the assailants, and now by the court.

While this is an egregious case, in the final analysis, it is up to each individual voter, in the privacy of the voting booth, to make his or her own decision as to whether Judge Deni should continue in her present position.

Chancellor Jane Leslie Dalton

Chief Justice Cappy to Receive Bar Medal Dec. 4

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Ralph J. Cappy has been selected as the recipient of the Bar Medal. The presentation will be made at the Association's Annual Meeting Luncheon on Tuesday, Dec. 4.

The Bar Medal is presented at the discretion of the Chancellor in recognition of extraordinary service. It is reserved only for the highest accomplishments and most impressive achievements. Previous Bar Medal winners have included U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, former Homeland Security Secretary and former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge, Gov. Edward G. Rendell, the late Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Jr., U.S. District Court Judge Charles Weiner, J. Clayton Undercofler, former Chancellor Joseph H. Foster, the late Judge William J. Marutani and former Chancellor Harold Cramer.

The Annual Meeting Luncheon will be held at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia, Broad and Walnut streets, beginning at 12 p.m. Tickets are $50. Click here to purchase tickets online.

Business Opportunities in Ukraine Today

Richard Steffens, a senior commercial officer at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine and a representative of the Ukrainian Embassy in Washington, will discuss recent political and business developments in Ukraine as well as potential business opportunities and challenges at today's (Thursday, Nov. 1) meeting of the International Law Committee.

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

Death Penalty Reform Discussion Today

Robert Dunham, director of training for the Capital Habeas Unit of the Pennsylvania Capital Representation Project, will discuss reforms proposed by the American Bar Association’s Pennsylvania Death Penalty Assessment Team at today's (Thursday, Nov. 1) meeting of the Civil Rights Committee.

Dunham has represented death row inmates in all of Pennsylvania's state and federal appeal and post-conviction courts, and has helped to obtain more than 225 stays of execution and to reverse more than 60 unconstitutional capital convictions or death sentences. He helped to develop the legal challenge to Philadelphia’s racially discriminatory application of the death penalty and was on the legal teams that won the first reversals ever by Pennsylvania’s state and federal courts of capital convictions that were the product of racial discrimination in jury selection.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th Floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $7.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

When Limited Liability Fails CLE Today

The Business Litigation and Business Organization Committees will present the CLE program "When Limited Liability Fails: Piercing the Corporate Veil" today (Thursday, Nov. 1). Registration and lunch begin at 11:45 a.m., and the seminar begins at 12:15 p.m.

The panelists for the program are Michele D. Hangley and Geoffrey P. Huling. The program is planned by Matthew A. Cole and Marc J. Zucker.

Careful businesses do their best to clearly separate their financial and other affairs from those of their owners. Failing to do so can result in a court's permitting the piercing of the limited liability shield of a corporation or limited liability company, causing personal liability for the owners of the entity. Two experienced commercial litigators will focus on the current state of the case law in this area, particularly in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

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. Interested parties not seeking CLE credit may attend and purchase lunch for the fee of $8.50.

If you wish to register in advance please visit pbi.org, or call PBI Customer Service at 1-800-932-4637. The program will be held at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, 13th and Market streets, Juniper Street entrance.

Additional Nominations for Bar Offices Due Nov. 2

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 Association's 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.

Family Law Section Program on Tax Dilemmas Nov. 5

The Family Law Section will sponsor the lunchtime CLE seminar "Tax Dilemmas in Divorce and Domestic Discord - Unscrambling the Marital Egg" on Monday, Nov. 5, 2007 at 12 p.m.

This program will provide an overview of critical tax issues involved in domestic relations matters including divorce, separation agreements, child support, custody, alimony and counsel fees. The featured speaker is Elliott K. Braverman.

Registration and lunch 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 substantive CLE credit. Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay a fee of $25 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years, and $20 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. If you wish to register in advance please visit pbi.org or call PBI Customer Service at (800) 932-4637. Lunch is available for $7.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here to purchase lunch 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.

Justice Fitzgerald on Supreme Court Impact Nov. 7

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice James J. Fitzgerald III will discuss the work of the Supreme Court and how it impacts the First Judicial District at the Wednesday, Nov. 7 quarterly meeting of the State Civil Litigation Section.

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.

Funeral Services Friday, Nov. 2 for Judge Richette

A Funeral Mass will be said at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 2 at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter & Paul, 18th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, for Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Lisa Richette. She was 79.

Friends may visit at 6 p.m. tonight (Thursday) at the chapel at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter & Paul. Burial will be at SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Sproul and Crum Creek Roads, Marple Township.

Choosing Right Entity for Your Practice Nov. 8

Matthew A. Cole, co-chair of the Business Law Section's Business Organizations Committee, will discuss choosing the right entity for your practice at the Thursday, Nov. 8 meeting of the Solo and Small Firm Committee.

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

YLD Bar Fair at Loews Nov. 8

The Young Lawyers Division will host its YLD Bar Fair on Thursday, Nov. 8 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the 33rd floor of Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market St.

Meet and mingle with fellow young lawyers and section chairs from the Bar Association while enjoying complimentary hors d'oeuvres and an open bar. To register, contact Tracey McCloskey at tmcloskey@philabar.org or visit philadelphiabar.org.

Attracting Business to Philadelphia Nov. 26

Thomas G. Morr, president and CEO of Select Greater Philadelphia, will discuss the organization's efforts and successes in attracting companies nationally and internationally to this region and how the bar association can assist with those efforts on Monday, Nov. 26.

Select Greater Philadelphia is a regional economic development marketing organization created to promote the Greater Philadelphia region as a premier business location. The program is sponsored by the Real Property Section, Business Law Section and International Law Committee.

Prior to joining Select Greater Philadelphia in June 2005, Morr served as the managing partner of the Greater Washington Initiative, an organization that markets the National Capital area. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from American University in Washington, D.C. and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ohio University. He practiced law with the firm of Michael F. Colley and Associates of Columbus, Ohio.

Morr serves as a member of the National Air and Space Museum Board at the Smithsonian Institution, and is a member emeritus of the Board and Executive Committee of the Washington Airports Task Force and of the Washington Dulles Foreign Trade Zone. He is a past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Virginia Tourism Corporation, an affiliate of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership. He has also co-chaired the Governor's Commission on Development of the Virginia Travel and Tourism Industry. He is the former Chairman of the World Cities Alliance.

The program begins at 12 p.m. and will be held in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is being sponsored by the Real Property Section, Business Law Section and International Law Committee.

Registration in advance is requested.

Forum for Minority Small Business Owners Nov. 29

The Association will host a forum "The Legal Edge: What You Need to Know About the Law to Ensure the Success of Your Small Business" for Philadelphia minority business owners on Thursday, Nov. 29.

Volunteer attorneys will be on hand to provide practical legal tips and answers to tough legal questions about employment, contracts, workers' compensation, taxes, zoning and maintaining compliance with city regulations.

Sponsors of the program to date include the African American Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia, the Global Indian Chamber of Commerce and the Minority Business Enterprise Council as well as several local minority bar associations.

The program begins at 8 a.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Former Chancellor Reich to Receive Wachovia Fidelity Award

Abraham C. Reich, former Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association and a partner with Fox Rothschild LLP, has been selected as the recipient of the Wachovia Fidelity Award. The presentation will be made at the Association's Annual Meeting Luncheon on Tuesday, Dec. 4.

The Wachovia Fidelity Award is presented annually by the Association to individuals who have helped improve the administration of justice and exhibited faithfulness to the profession.

Chancellor-Elect A. Michael Pratt will outline his plans for 2008 at the Annual Meeting Luncheon, which will also feature the presentation of the Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg "Pursuit of Justice" Legal Writing Competition Award. It begins at 12 p.m. at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia, Broad and Walnut streets. Tickets are $50. Click here to purchase tickets online.

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. Click here for ticket information.

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.

The following is a list of sponsors of the 29th Annual Andrew Hamilton Gala. The sponsor list is current as of Oct. 25.

Super Premium
USI Colburn
UPS

Platinum
Blank Rome LLP
Cozen O'Connor
Duane Morris LLP
McHugh, Gerald and Maureen Tate
Pepper Hamilton LLP
Wolf Block Schorr & Solis-Cohen LLP

Gold
Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC
Fox Rothschild LLP
Hangley Aronchick Segal & Pudlin
Marshall Dennehey
Montgomery McCracken
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Navigant Consulting
White and Williams LLP

Silver
Anapol Schwartz
Chimicles and Tikellis
Citizens Bank
Eisenberg, Rothweiler
Howard Brenner & Nass
Kleinbard Bell
McCann & Geschke, P.C.
Oppenheimer
Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis
Tactix Real Estate Advisors

Bronze
Abelson
Abrahams, Loewenstein & Bushman, P.C.
Bernard Gross, Law Offices of
Chartwell Consulting
Duffy & Keenan
Feldman & Pinto, P.C.
Feldman Shepherd
Frank Financial - Wachovia
Gibbons
Hoyle, Fickler Herschel & Mathes
IKON Document Services
Juristaff
Klehr Harrison
Kline & Specter, P.C.
M. Burr Keim
Martin Banks
Philadelphia Association of Trial Lawyers
Phila. Association of Legal Administrators
Philadelphia Investment Banking Company
Saltz Mongeluzzi
Superlawyers
Veritext
Wapner, Newman, Wigrizer & Brecher
Weinstein, Schleifer & Kupersmith

Contributors
Adelman Lavine Gold & Levin
Assigned Counsel Incorporated
TASA

Sections, YLD, Committees Plan Annual Events

The Probate and Trust Law Section kicks off the holiday season with its Annual Reception on Tuesday, Nov. 27 at the Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel beginning at 5 p.m. Click here to RSVP.

• The State Civil Litigation Section will hold its Annual Meeting and Reception on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at the National Liberty Museum, 321 Chestnut St., beginning at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $45. Click here to RSVP.

• The Family Law Section will hold its Annual Dinner on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 5:30 p.m. at Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse, 111 S. 17th St. Tickets are $60 for employees of the First Judicial District; $65 for members of the Family Law Section and $70 for non-members. There is no charge for Family Court judges to attend. Click here to RSVP.

• The Real Property Section Annual Meeting will be held at Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market St., on Thursday, Nov. 29 at 12 p.m. Karen Black of BIA will receive the Section’s Good Deed Award and Harris Steinberg of Penn Praxis will present the keynote remarks. Tickets are $40. Click here to purchase tickets online.

• The Young Lawyers Division will hold its Annual Holiday Party on Thursday, Nov. 29 at Triumph Brewing Company, 117 Chestnut St., from 6 to 9 p.m. Click here to purchase tickets.

• The Workers' Compensation Section Holiday Party will be Tuesday, Dec. 4 at the Pyramid Club, 1735 Market St., where the Martha Hampton Award will be presented. Tickets are $40. Click here to buy tickets online.

• The Public Interest Section Annual Reception and Awards Ceremony will be Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 5 p.m. at Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market St. Tickets are $50 for members of the Public Interest Section and $35 for government and public interest attorneys. A special package including a ticket to the event and a contribution to the Higginbotham Scholarship is also available for $100. The Section will present its annual Andrew Hamilton Award at the program. Click here for ticket information.

• The Criminal Justice Section Annual Reception and Awards event will be held Dec. 6 at 5:30 p.m. at Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market St. Court of Common Pleas President Judge C. Darnell Jones II will receive the Section’s Thurgood Marshall Award. Tickets are $45. Click here for tickets.

• The Bankruptcy Committee will hold its annual reception for the judges of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on Thursday, Dec. 5 at 5:30 p.m. at the Union League of Philadelphia, 140 S. Broad St. Click here for tickets.

• The Tax Section will hold its Annual Meeting and CLE on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at the Rittenhouse Hotel, 210 W. Rittenhouse Square. For more information about the CLE, please visit pbi.org.

Brandeis Society Hanukkah Party Nov. 29

The Louis D. Brandeis Law Society will present its Benjamin F. Levy Community Service Award to Louis W. Fryman at its annual Hanukkah party on Thursday, Nov. 29 at the Top of the Tower, 1717 Arch St., beginning at 5:30 p.m.

The event will include a menorah lighting, a buffet supper, open bar and networking. Tickets are $50 for members and $60 for non-members. Please RSVP by Nov. 21 to Mitchell Klevan, 1515 Market St., Suite 1410, Philadelphia, 19102. Click here for more information.

FJD Accepting Nominations for Pro Bono Award

The First Judicial District of Pennsylvania will present the FJD Pro Bono Publico Award to members of the bar who have provided exceptional pro bono service to the underprivileged in Philadelphia in cases before the FJD.

The judges of the FJD nominate candidates and a committee of judges selects the recipients of the Pro Bono Publico Award. The awards ceremony to honor these recipients will be held on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2008.

At the ceremony, the First Judicial District will also recognize all attorneys on the Pro Bono Roll of Honor who have provided pro bono services to litigants in the Philadelphia Courts in 2007.

Attorneys may become members of the Roll of Honor through a self-nominating process whereby attorneys submit their names along with a log of their pro bono services. The criteria for eligibility are as follows:

The attorney must practice in Philadelphia County and must have provided services to a client or client group for a case before the First Judicial District during the 2007 calendar year.

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

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

The self-nominating form is available by clicking here. The deadline for submitting nomination forms for the 2007 Pro Bono Roll of Honor is Friday, Nov. 16, 2007. The form should be sent to the attention of Deborah Dailey, Office of the Court Administrator, First Judicial District of Pennsylvania, by e-mail at debbie.dailey@courts.phila.gov, by fax 215-686-7485, or by mail addressed to Room 336 City Hall, Philadelphia, Pa., 19107.

Andrew Hamilton Award Nominees Sought by Nov. 2

The Public Interest Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association is accepting nominations for the annual Andrew Hamilton Award. Nominees must be a legal services advocate or public defender employed by, or associated with, an organization whose purpose is to serve persons who cannot afford to pay for legal representation, or be a public-interest lawyer working with a nonprofit organization serving a charitable or public interest purpose.

In addition, nominees must have substantial experience in legal services, indigent defense or public interest law and must currently be employed in one of these capacities. Members of the selection committee will consider such factors as personal vision and commitment; critical nature of the problems addressed by the nominee's advocacy; innovative nature of the nominee's work; outcomes and results achieved through effective advocacy; the difficulty of achievement; and community commitment.

Nominations are encouraged and should include the individual's name, address and a brief statement describing his or her qualifications. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Nov. 2. All nominations should be mailed to Robert C. Heim, Esq., at Dechert LLP, Cira Centre, 2929 Arch St., Philadelphia, PA 19104.

Higginbotham Fellowship Available; Apply by Nov. 26

The Public Interest Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association is pleased to announce that it will be awarding a Higginbotham Fellowship, in the amount of $4,000, to subsidize the work of a summer law clerk at a DLSC public interest law center during the summer of 2008. The winner will be determined by a lottery drawing conducted at the Section's Annual Reception and Awards Ceremony on Dec. 5 between at 5 p.m. at Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market St.

Any Delivery of Legal Services Committee public interest law center interested in applying for this stipend should notify Merril Zebe via e-mail at mzebe@philabar.org by no later than Monday, Nov. 26.

This stipend is intended to support the work of a summer law student involved in legal advocacy, either through direct legal services or impact litigation, on behalf of indigent and disadvantaged members of our community. This stipend is also intended to subsidize a DLSC law center that would not otherwise be in a position to support the costs of employing a summer law clerk. The Higginbotham Fellowship is not available to public interest law centers that have previously received the stipend.

Public Interest Events, Trainings Scheduled

• Equality Advocates Pennsylvania will host "Just Desserts," a wine and dessert reception, on Saturday, Nov. 3 from 8 to 10 p.m., at the Atwater Kent Museum, 15 S. 17th St. $50 admission fee. To RSVP or for more information, contact Shannon Cross at 215-731-1447, extension 10, or via e-mail at info@equalitypa.org.

• The Support Center for Child Advocates will present its Volunteers Training Workshop on Wednesday, Nov. 7 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at The CLE Conference Center, Wanamaker Building, 100 Penn Square East, Suite 1010. Six CLE credits available. For more information, or to register, call PBI at 1-800-932-4637 or visit pbi.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.

• Nationalities Services Center will host a fund-raiser, "Global Tastes," on Tuesday, Nov. 13 from 6 to 8 p.m., at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology and Anthropology, 3260 South Street. Individual tickets are $75. For more information, contact 215-893-8400 or purchase tickets online at nscevent.org.

• The Women's Law Project Annual Party will be held Friday, Nov. 30 from 5:45 to 8 p.m., at the Design Center, 2400 Market St. For more information, contact Debi Morrison at 215-928-9801 or Carol Tracy at ctracy@womenslawproject.org.

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 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.

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.

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