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Vol. 14, No. 84
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Bar Announces Judicial Ratings,
Releases Results of Judicial Poll

Chancellor Kathleen D. Wilkinson has announced the results of the Association's investigation into the qualifications of candidates for the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and Municipal Court in the Nov. 5 general election. The investigation was conducted by the Association's Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention...READ MORE
 

Judicial Ratings Announced, Poll Results Released

Chancellor Kathleen D. Wilkinson has announced the results of the Association's investigation into the qualifications of candidates for the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and Municipal Court in the Nov. 5 general election. The investigation was conducted by the Association's Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention.

In addition, the Commission 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.

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

Jacqueline F. Allen - Recommended
Genece E. Brinkley - Recommended
Ramy I. Djerassi - Recommended
Lori A. Dumas - Recommended
Holly J. Ford - Recommended
Joel Steven Johnson - Recommended
Frederica A. Massiah-Jackson - Recommended
Rayford A. Means - Recommended
Jeffrey P. Minehart - Recommended
Joseph D. O'Keefe - Recommended
Paula A. Patrick - Recommended
Doris A. Pechkurow - Recommended
Allan L. Tereshko - Recommended
Nina Wright-Padilla - Recommended

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

Teresa Carr Deni - Recommended
Wendy L. Pew - Recommended

The following judges were found "NOT RECOMMENDED" for retention to Municipal Court:

Jacquelyn M. Frazier-Lyde - Not Recommended
Joseph J. O'Neill - 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:

Giovanni Campbell - Recommended
Anne Marie B. Coyle - Recommended
Joe Fernandes - Recommended
Timika Lane - Recommended
Daniel McCaffery - Recommended
J. Scott O'Keefe - Recommended
Kenneth J. Powell Jr. - Recommended

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

Stephen Miller-Miller - Not Recommended
Sierra Thomas Street - Not Recommended

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

Martin Coleman - Recommended
Fran Shields - Recommended

The Commission found the following candidate "NOT RECOMMENDED" for election to Municipal Court:

Henry Lewandowski - Not Recommended

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder CLE Nov. 4

The Family Law Section will present the CLE program "Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: How to Recognize and Understand PTSD and Best Practices for Litigation when your Client/Witness Suffers from PTSD" on Monday, Nov. 4.

This CLE will provide attendees with an in introduction to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, including who it affects, what are the symptoms, how is it diagnosed and treated. We will discuss the medical and psychological causes and effects of PTSD, how trauma may cause PTSD, and the symptoms we most often see. We will explore how PTSD may impair a person's ability to recollect events, put events in a chronological timeline, and testify in a court proceeding. We will address techniques and best practices for presenting a client/witness with PTSD. Attendees will be asked to participate in a discussion of how a client or witness with PTSD should be handled and how this may impact litigation strategy.

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.

Lunch and registration begin at 11:30 a.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hour notice. Click here to register for lunch.

Tort Talk's Cummins to Speak Nov. 6

Daniel E. Cummins, creator and writer of "Tort Talk" will be the guest speaker at the Wednesday, Nov. 6 meeting of the Rules and Procedure Committee.

"Tort Talk" is a legal blog designed to provide updates on important cases and trends in Pennsylvania civil litigation law. "Tort Talk" has been selected and honored by both the ABA Law Journal and LexisNexis as one of the Top Insurance Law Blogs, as well as, one of the Top Tort Law Blogs in the entire United States. Cummins also serves as a contributing columnist with the Pennsylvania Law Weekly and other publications, in addition to practicing as an insurance defense litigator.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hours notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

Tax Section, PICPA Networking Event Nov. 6

Please join the Tax Section and the PICPA for a networking event on Wednesday, Nov. 6 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the PICPA Education Center located at 1801 Market St., 24th Floor. Tom Weisler of Weisler Imports, LLC will be doing a New World/Old World wine tasting while we mix and mingle. Please RSVP to Kristin McKenna at kmckenna@stradley.com.

Fulfilling Gideon's Promise CLE Nov. 7

The Public Interest Section will present the CLE program "Fulfilling Gideon's Promise: Strategies from Chief Public Defenders" on Thursday, Nov. 7.

Our speakers draw from their own experiences as assistant public defenders, chief public defenders, and civil rights attorneys focusing on indigent criminal defense to provide the audience with concrete strategies to fulfill Gideon's promise of a "right to [competent] counsel" for all criminal accused and satisfy their professional responsibility to provide "zealous representation" to their clients while working within the indigent defense system.

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. Registration begins at 3:30 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Click here to register for CLE credit.

Real Property Section Annual Meeting Nov. 7 at Estia

Philadelphia City Councilwoman Maria D. Quiñones-Sánchez and Philly Land Bank Alliance will receive the Harris Ominsky Good Deed Award at the Real Property Section Annual Meeting & Reception on Thursday, Nov. 7.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. at Estia, 1405 Locust St. Tickets are $45 for section members and $60 for non-members. Click here to register by Nov. 4. The Real Property Section Annual Meeting & Reception is sponsored by Surety Title Company, LLC.

Negrin, Diaz at Nov. 8 Leadership Institute

Richard Negrin, deputy mayor and city managing director and Romulo L. Diaz Jr., vice president and general counsel of PECO, will be the featured speakers at the Friday, Nov. 8 Chancellor's Leadership Institute program.

The program, co-Sponsored by the Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania, begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. There is no cost to attend this program. Lunch is available for purchase to those who register in advance. The cost of lunch is $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $12 for non-members. Click here to register.

Created by Chancellor Kathleen D. Wilkinson, the Chancellor's Leadership Institute provides ongoing substantive programming aimed at assisting and developing leadership skills and tools for women attorneys, attorneys of diverse backgrounds and young lawyers so they can succeed in their careers. The Institute harnesses the wisdom and experience of some of our region's top legal minds and business leaders.

Judges Needed for Quaker Classic Mock Trial Event

Judges are needed for the 11th annual Quaker Classic Tournament on Nov. 9-10, sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania's Mock Trial organization.

The tournament is one of the nation's most widely recognized mock trial competitions and will be held on Penn's campus. Elite college teams from across the country will compete in this tournament, and Penn Mock Trial is searching for attorneys and law students to volunteer as either Presiding Judges (those who rule on the law objectively) and Scoring Judges (those who assign points based on competitors' performances) for one or more rounds during the tournament.

Each round will proceed like a real trial; two teams, one prosecution and one defense, will each present an opening statement, direct and cross examinations, and a closing argument. Trials are limited to three hours. Both individual and team awards are given based on performance during the tournament.
Please note that breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided on both days, courtesy of Penn Mock Trial.

No previous Mock Trial experience is necessary. During each Judges' Meeting, there will be a short orientation to review the rules for the tournament. There is no limit to how many rounds you may judge, nor is there any specific order to the rounds in which you may participate. Receiving feedback and commentary from experienced law professionals as yourself allows Mock Trial competitors an invaluable opportunity to learn from your knowledge of the law, the Rules of Evidence, and courtroom demeanor. The reviews you provide will prove both formative and invaluable in each competitor's future in Mock Trial, and we hope it will prove rewarding for you as well.

Each member of Penn Mock Trial hopes that you may find time in your schedule to lend us your experience in the legal field throughout this weekend in November. Please contact either Drisana Hughes, the Tournament Director of this year's Quaker Classic, at quakerclassic@pennmocktrial.com if you would like to participate. Please specify which rounds you will be able to attend, and which type of judge (either Presiding or Scoring) you prefer to be.

SeniorLAW Center Wine Tasting Nov. 13

The SeniorLAW Center will hold "Wines of the Mediterranean Wine Tasting Party" on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at Blank Rome LLP, Marvin Comisky Conference Center, One Logan Square (18th and Cherry Streets) from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

The Wine School of Philadelphia will lead us in a tasting of fine premium Mediterranean wines. Tickets are $55 each or two for $99. The event benefits SeniorLAW Center and the thousands of elders assisted each year! For tickets visit SeniorLAWcenter.org or call 215-701-3203.

Celebrate PMC's 25th Anniversary Nov. 18

Come join Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts as it celebrates its 25th anniversary on Monday, Nov. 18 with keynote speaker Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and honoring Judge Arlin M. Adams.

Justice O'Connor will speak about judicial independence and help honor the extraordinary accomplishments of Judge Adams by presenting him with the Judicial Independence Lifetime Achievement Award. In addition to a distinguished legal and judicial career, Judge Adams is a powerful spokesman for the need for judicial independence.

PMC will also recognize the invaluable contributions of former Superior Court Judges Phyllis W. Beck and Edmund B. Spaeth Jr. to the fair courts movement. They are respected jurists and well-known champions of efforts to promote fair and impartial courts in Pennsylvania.

Event Chairs are Robert C. Heim of Dechert, LLP, Dean JoAnne A. Epps of Temple University Beasley School of Law and David L. Cohen from Comcast. With a host committee including more than 130 members of the Pennsylvania legal and civic communities, this promises to be an exciting event.

Honorary Chairs are Gov. Tom Corbett, former Govs. Ed Rendell, Tom Ridge, Dick Thornburgh and Mark Schweiker, and Mayor Michael Nutter.

The event will be held from 6 to 8 P p.m. at the Crystal Tea Room in the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. There will be a cocktail and heavy hors d'oeuvres reception followed by a program. For more information about the event, please contact PMC's Lynn Marks or Suzanne Almeida at 215/569-1150 or info@pmconline.org. For information about PMC, please visit pmconline.org.

To register online, please visit pmconline.givezooks.com.

Fedullo to Outline Agenda at Dec. 10 Annual Meeting

Chancellor-Elect William P. Fedullo, of counsel to Rosen, Schafer & DiMeo LLP, will outline his plans for 2014 at the Association's Annual Meeting Luncheon on Tuesday, Dec. 10.

Sayde J. Ladov, a partner at Dolchin, Slotkin & Todd, P.C. and former Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association, will be presented with the PNC Achievement Award at the Annual Meeting Luncheon, which begins at 12 p.m. at the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. Also at the event, the Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Distinguished Jurist Award will be presented to U.S. District Court Senior Judge Norma L. Shapiro.

The luncheon will be held in conjunction with the Association's Annual Election of Bar officers and members of the Board of Governors. There being no opposition for the following offices, a unanimous ballot will be cast for these individuals who will be elected to the offices as noted: Vice Chancellor, Gaetan J. Alfano; Secretary, Jacqueline G. Segal; Assistant Secretary, Judge A. Michael Snyder (ret.); Treasurer, Wesley R. Payne IV; and Assistant Treasurer, Mary F. Platt. There being no opposition, a unanimous ballot will also be cast for the following candidates for Board of Governors: Lawrence Felzer, Lauren McKenna, Jeremy A. Menkowitz, Peter Newman and Erin Siciliano.

In addition, seven seats are available on the Young Lawyers Division Executive Committee. Committee members serve three-year terms.

There being no opposition for the YLD Executive Committee, a unanimous ballot will be cast for these individuals who will be elected to the Executive Committee as noted: Katie L. Bailey, Vincent N. Barbera, Grant Berger, Melanie S. Carter, Leo M. Mulvihill Jr., Brandon R. Sher and Keely James Stewart.

Public Interest Events, Trainings Scheduled

The AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania will hold "The Silver Ball - 25 Years of Justice" on Thursday, Nov. 7 at Power Plant Productions, 230 N. 2nd St., from 6 to 9 p.m. Expect an evening of camaraderie, entertainment, great food and drinks. Tickets are $100 per person. For ticket info call 215.587.9377 or visit aidslawpa.org.

The 21st annual Face to Face Turkey Trot will be held Thanksgiving morning (Nov. 28) in Fairmont Park in Chestnut Hill. Registration for the 5-mile run and 1-mile fun run/walk begins at 7a.m. The run features a 5-mile USATF Certified course, chip timing and Dri Fit shirt for all registrants. All proceeds benefit Face to Face, a human services organization that provides free meals, nurse-managed healthcare, legal and social services, computer training and children’s after school and summer programming to the impoverished Germantown community. Visit www.facetofacegermantown.org for more information or register online at www.lin-mark.com; use our JOIN ME feature to maximize the impact of your run.

The Women's Law Project will hold its 40th Anniversary Party on Friday, Dec. 6 from 5:45 to 8 p.m., at Marketplace Design Center, 2400 Market St. This event will feature a silent auction, wine and beer open bar, food and entertainment. For sponsorship opportunities or to purchase tickets online, please visit www.womenslawproject.org.

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Get One Month Free with Philadelphia Bar Lawyer Profiles

Association members can now showcase their professional profile on the website of the oldest association of lawyers in the United States and receive one month free.

With Philadelphia Bar Lawyer Profiles, members can enhance their business development efforts by having their full professional profile displayed on the Philadelphia Bar Association's website at philadelphiabar.org.

Additionally, "snapshots" of each profile with attorney photo, firm name and practice synopsis rotate directly on the homepage of the Association's website, linking to the attorney's full profile. All profiles are searchable by attorney name or firm name.

As a bonus, participants also receive a customized link to their Philadelphia Bar Lawyer Profiles full-profile page, which they can use for promotional purposes on their website, blog, social media and other marketing vehicles.

To maintain exclusivity, only 300 profiles are available as part of this unique service. The service adds instant value to Association membership.

Association members can join Philadelphia Bar Lawyer Profiles for only $975 a year. With the first month free, that's 13 months of Lawyer Profiles for the price of 12. Members can visit philadelphiabarlawyerprofiles.com to take a tour of the service. Profiles can be created in just a few easy steps, and are instantly posted to the Association's website for immediate viewing by colleagues, friends, family and potential clients everywhere.

Biographical profile fields that are displayed include photo, firm/practice name, position held, firm size, social media links, years in practice, degrees, accomplishments, bar memberships, publications, court admissions and CLE. Up to three areas of practice can be displayed.

For questions about Philadelphia Bar Lawyer Profiles, contact Lana Ehrlich at American Lawyer Media, at 215-557-2392, or lehrlich@alm.com. For technical questions, contact Barry Greenspan, chief technology officer, at 215-238-6327, or bgreenspan@philabar.org.

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.

Monday, Nov. 4
Maximum Impact: Expanding Your Practice Across Cultural Divides
3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

The Seven Deadly Sins of Modern Contract Law
3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Violence in the Workplace - What Employers Need to Know & Do About It
3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
12 to 4:15 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 5
Pretrial Practice Series: Session 3 - Preparing for Trial
3 substantive CLE credits
12:30 to 3:45 p.m.

Current Trends in Stormwater Management
4 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Navigating the Rising Tide of Retaliation Claims
3 substantive CLE credits
12:30 to 3:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 6
Traumatic Brain Injury
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credit
8:25 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Dram Shop Liability
3 substantive CLE credits
1 to 4:15 p.m.

Over the Top Settlements: How to Develop, Present and Settle for Maximum Value
3 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 7
Philadelphia County Domestic Relations Practice
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 7 – Friday, Nov. 8
PLI - Negotiating Commercial Leases 2013
11.5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days

Friday, Nov. 8
Selecting & Influencing Your Jury
6 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

*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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