Nov. 5, 2009
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 10, No. 79

Cooper to Outline 2010 Agenda,
Sullivan to Receive Award
at Dec. 8 Annual Meeting

Chancellor-Elect Scott F. Cooper (left), a partner with Blank Rome LLP, will outline his plans for 2010 at the Association's Annual Meeting Luncheon on Tuesday, Dec. 8. Joseph A. Sullivan, co-chair of the Delivery of Legal Services Committee, will be presented with the Wachovia Fidelity Award at the Annual Meeting Luncheon, which begins at 12 p.m. at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia, Broad and Walnut streets. Tickets are $55. Click here to purchase tickets online. The meeting will also include the presentation of the Chancellor's Diversity Award...READ MORE
 

Cooper to Outline 2010 Agenda at Dec. 8 Annual Meeting

Chancellor-Elect Scott F. Cooper, a partner with Blank Rome LLP, will outline his plans for 2010 at the Association's Annual Meeting Luncheon on Tuesday, Dec. 8.

Joseph A. Sullivan, co-chair of the Delivery of Legal Services Committee, will be presented with the Wachovia Fidelity Award at the Annual Meeting Luncheon, which begins at 12 p.m. at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia, Broad and Walnut streets. Tickets are $55. Click here to purchase tickets online. The meeting will also include the presentation of the Chancellor's Diversity Award.

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, John Savoth; Secretary, Kathleen D. Wilkinson; Assistant Secretary, Sophia Lee; Treasurer, Joseph A. Prim Jr.; and Assistant Treasurer, Wesley R. Payne. There being no opposition, a unanimous ballot will also be cast for the following candidates for Board of Governors: Stacy A. Tees, Brandi Brice, Scott P. Sigman, H. Marc Tepper and Kimberly Ruch-Alegant.

Balloting will be held for candidates seeking seats on the Young Lawyers Division Executive Committee. Balloting will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the ballroom level of the Park Hyatt Philadelphia, Broad and Walnut streets. Those members who wish to vote by mail must have their ballots received (not postmarked, but received) at Bar Association headquarters by 10 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 3. Ballots received after that time will not be counted. Anyone not returning their ballot in a timely fashion may still vote in person on Dec. 8 at the Park Hyatt. Ballots will be mailed to regular, voting members on or before Nov. 20.

There are 10 candidates running for seven seats on the Young Lawyers Division Executive Committee. The candidates are Alexandra Antoniou, Roxane Crowley, Justin J. Serianni, Ryan G. Gatto, Paul W. Kaufman, Joshua L. Gayl, Jeffery Wyble, Joseph P. Guzzardo, Rachel E. Branson and Matthew G. Laver.

Money Management Series Continues Nov. 5

The Women in the Profession Public Service Task Force will present the second part of its Money Management 101 progam "How to be Ahead of the Game for the Rest of Your Financial Future" on Thursday, Nov. 5.

Daniel P. Foley, a financial advisor with Delaware Valley Financial Group Companies, will lecture on building wealth, investing and planning for retirement. The meeting begins at 12:15 p.m. in the 11th floor Committee Room South of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. The Women in the Profession Committee Public Interest Task Force would like to thank its lunch sponsor, DVFG Advisors, LLC, for its generosity. Click here to RSVP for this program.

CLE Examines Vincent Chin Murder Nov. 6

The Philadelphia Bar Association Office of Diversity and Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania will present the CLE program "The Pursuit of Justice: The Murder of Vincent Chin and the Origins of a Civil Rights Movement" on Friday, Nov. 6.

The 1982 murder of Vincent Chin and its legal aftermath marked a watershed in the civil rights movement in America and is considered the genesis of the Asian Pacific American civil rights movement. Chin, a Chinese American, was beaten to death in Detroit with a baseball bat by a Chrysler plant superintendent and his stepson. The lenient sentencing of the two men generated public outrage, as the attack possessed many attributes consistent with hate crimes.

Through the re-enactment of specific portions of the actual transcripts of the state and federal criminal trials, attorneys will observe and discuss the actual criminal trial, including direct and cross-examination of witnesses, witness preparation, and the interactions between lawyers, judges, parties and non-party witnesses. In addition, the reenactment will reveal how the lack of resources and possible prejudices might have led to lenient sentences for this brutal homicide. Also addressed will be the practical challenges and limitations faced by attorneys in developing a case and substantiating legal theories. Furthermore, the re-enactment and subsequent dialogue will address the perceived limitations of criminal justice system and the civil rights laws, how this miscarriage of justice galvanized the Asian-American community, the numerous attempts to enact hate crimes legislation, and the unfinished business of this civil rights movement.

he 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 $48.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years, and $43.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. Tuition fees include lunch. 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 course planners include John D. Huh, Y. Jae Kim, May Mon Post and Stella M. Tsai. Speakers and cast members include Nadeem Bezar, DaLesia Boyd, Melanie Bunker, Wendella P. Fox, Carol A. Fritz, Yanni Guo, Joyce K. Hackenbrach, Nilmini Klur, Marisa H. Lattimore, Chancellor Sayde J. Ladov, Sarah R. Lavelle, Tsiwen Law, Sophia Lee, Maureen Rowley, John Savoth, Brian Sims, Divya Wallace and Su Ming Yeh.

Brennan Award Nominations Being Accepted

Nominations are being accepted for the Philadelphia Bar Association's prestigious Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Distinguished Jurist Award. The award will be presented at the Association's Annual Meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2009 at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets.

The award recognizes a jurist who adheres to the highest ideals of judicial service. Any member of the state or federal bench, whether active or retired, who has made a significant, positive impact on the quality or administration of justice in Philadelphia is eligible for consideration. Examples of accomplishments worthy of nomination include innovations in court administration, implementation of pioneering case management techniques, assumption of a leadership role in areas affecting the administration of justice, publication of a significant opinion, article, or other scholarly work, or the like.

This year's Brennan Award Committee is chaired by John E. Savoth. Nominations for the Justice Brennan Distinguished Jurist Award should be forwarded to: Brennan Award, Attn: Tracey McCloskey, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107. All nominations should include the full name, address and telephone number of both the nominee and the person submitting the nomination, a summary of the nominee's accomplishments, and any pertinent supporting material the committee should consider. All nominations must be received no later than Friday, Nov. 6, 2009.

Discovery Rules and Tools CLE Nov. 6

The Pennsylvania Bar Institute will present the CLE program "Discovery: Where Most Cases are Won or Lost – The Rules, Tools and Practical Information You Need to Know" on Friday, Nov. 6.

This is an intermediate-level program that will address discovery in general civil litigation using personal injury and class action cases as examples contrasting and comparing strategy from both the plaintiff and defense perspective. The panel of plaintiff and defense counsel and a judge will address federal, state and local rules and customs as well as point out special issues that arise in different types of cases.

Faculty members include Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Jacqueline F. Allen, judicial team leader of the 2009 Day Forward Major Jury Program; Peter J. Divon, manager, Discovery Court, Court of Common Pleas along with attorneys Paul D. Brandes, Kelly D. Eckel, Jennifer Diesing Falcey, Jason A. Leckerman, Ira Neil Richards, Maureen Rowan and Burt M. Rublin.

To register for this course, please visit the PBI web page at pbi.org, or contact the Pennsylvania Bar Institute at 1-800-932-4637

Volunteers Sought for Mock Trial Camp Nov. 7

The Young Lawyers Division and Temple University Beasley School of Law's LEAP Institute are busy matching lawyer coaches with new teams and preparing the annual daylong mock trial camp on Saturday, Nov. 7.

More than 100 students and dozens of lawyers will come together to officially kick off the mock trial season with a full day of lectures and small-group sessions in trial advocacy. And in January and February, the citywide John S. Bradway High School Mock Trial Competition will take place at Temple and the Criminal Justice Center. This year is expected to feature the largest field of competitors in Philadelphia history.

Given the unprecedented scope of this mock trial season, the YLD and Temple Law's LEAP Institute welcome volunteer participation by all members of the bar. Volunteers may commit as little as a few hours at a time and will leave impressed by the students and rewarded by the volunteering experience.

Volunteer coaches and instructors are needed for the Nov. 7 camp, as well as volunteer judges. Camp instructors will set aside the full day of Nov. 7 to lead small group sessions that will apply trial advocacy concepts introduced in brief lectures. Coaches will typically meet about once a week with their teams, either on a weekday afternoon or weekend day.

Volunteer judges will commit to judge a three-hour round of competition during a weekday, weeknight or weekend between Jan. 25, 2010 and Feb. 27, 2010. Judges can choose to judge as many rounds as schedules permit and judges do not need trial experience to participate. All volunteers need is a willingness to give some time and be wowed by the high school students.

Those interested in volunteering can contact Joshu Harris, Paul Kaufman or Kristina Littman.

Nov. 9 LPM Health Insurance Program Canceled

The Law Practice Management Division program "Selecting and Reducing the Cost of Health Insurance" on Monday, Nov. 9 has been canceled. It will be rescheduled at a later date.

Landlord-Tenant Appellate Mediation Training Nov. 10

The Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and Philadelphia Bar Association will present an encore video replay of the CLE training program "Landlord–Tenant Appellate Mediation Program: A Training Program for Mediators" on Tuesday, Nov. 10. Click here to register.

Course planners include Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judges Sandra Mazer Moss and Peter F. Rogers, along with Ryan P. Chase, Ethan D. Fogel, Alyson M. Oswald and Joseph A. Sullivan. The faculty includes Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Lisa M. Rau, Kenneth L. Baritz, Rachel Garland, Douglas Sisk, Joseph A. Torregrossa and Linda Ware Johnson.

Registration begins at 11:30 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building. The program begins at 12 p.m. A total of 2.5 substantive and 1 ethics CLE credits are available.

This fall, the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, in cooperation with the Philadelphia Bar Association and volunteer lawyers, will launch an initiative aimed at mediating and resolving legal disputes between landlords and tenants. The mediation, to be provided by trained pro bono settlement masters under the Court's supervision, will take place in the time between the filing of a statutory appeal from judgment entered in Municipal Court and the trial date in the Court of Common Pleas. Both parties, with counsel if represented, will be mandated by the Court to meet with a settlement master in an effort to reach a mutually beneficial agreement prior to the trial. This CLE program, presented by judges, mediation experts and members of the landlord-tenant bar, will provide training for pro bono settlement masters in mediation techniques and substantive landlord-tenant law, as well as outline the program's logistics. Click here to register.

Women in IP CLE Nov. 11 Canceled

The Women in IP Subcommittee of the Intellectual Property Committee lunchtime CLE program set for Wednesday, Nov. 11 has been canceled.

YLD Networking Happy Hour Nov. 11 at Devil's Alley

The Young Lawyers Division will host its next Networking Happy Hour at Devil's Alley, 1907 Chestnut St. on Wednesday, Nov. 11 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

No RSVP is required but the first 50 to arrive will receive a free drink ticket. Appetizers will be served and Esquire is sponsoring the event. This event is also a great opportunity to meet the candidates running for the YLD Executive Committee.

Justice Newman on Arbitration Nov. 11

Former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Sandra Schultz Newman will discuss arbitration and mediation of appellate cases at the Wednesday, Nov. 11 meeting of the Appellate Courts Committee.

The meeting beings at 12 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP.

Issues in Labor and Employment in Obama's First Year

The Pennsylvania Bar Institute and the Labor and Employment Law Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association will present the CLE program "Issues in Labor and Employment in Obama's First Year" on Thursday, Nov. 12.

Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Three substantive credits are available.

Course planners are Kelly Dobbs Bunting and Sidney L. Gold. Faculty members included Robert Davitch, Robert M. Goldich, Linda B. Hollinshead, Stephen J. Holroyd, James A. Matthews III, Steven R. Paisner, John E. Quinn and Mark C. Stephenson. Click here to register.

Role of Audit Committee CLE Nov. 12

The Securities Regulation Committee will present the lunchtime CLE "The Role of the Audit Committee in Managing Risk in Turbulent Times" on Thursday, Nov. 12.

This course will address issues that Audit Committee members face in economically uncertain times. Featured panelists are Frederick D. Lipman and Anthony B. Creamer III. The course planners are Graham R. Laub and Jeffrey M. Taylor.

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. Lunch and registration begin at 11:45 a.m.

The program has been approved for 1.0 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 www.pbi.org or call PBI Customer Service at 1-800-932-4637.

Business Development Skills Series Starts Nov. 13

The Training Resource Group will present a series of programs to introduce business development skills to attorneys beginning Friday, Nov. 13.

The program is designed for attorneys who are now expected to develop business for themselves or their firms. Learn these essential skill sets that were never taught in law school.

The sessions will be held in the 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St., from 12 to 2 p.m. The Nov. 13 session will cover building a network for business development and designing a business plan. The Nov. 20 session will discuss the basics of networking and building a memorable 30-second commercial. On Dec. 4, attendees will learn how to build a stronger network. The Dec. 11 session will provide an introduction to a systematic approach to client development.

The cost is $795 per participant which includes four training sessions, one individual coaching session and materials. For more information call (215) 320-4650 or visit trainingresourcegroup.com.

Volunteers Sought for Harvest for Homeless Nov. 14

The Young Lawyers Division is seeking volunteers for the annual "Harvest for the Homeless" program on Saturday, Nov. 14 at Ballard Spahr LLP, 1735 Market St., 51st Floor.

The YLD will be collecting and sorting donations of mens', womens' and childrens' clothing, as well as non-perishable food items. Once the items are sorted, we'll deliver them to local homeless shelters.

To date, the following firms have agreed to participate: Feldman, Shepherd, Wohlgelernter, Tanner, Weinstock & Dodig; Post & Schell, P.C.; SeniorLAW Center; Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP; Ciardi Ciardi & Astin, P.C.; Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP; Ballard Spahr LLP; Rawle & Henderson, LLP; Petrelli Law, P.C.; Reger Rizzo & Darnall LLP; The Law Offices of Thomas J. Wagner, LLC; Spector Roseman Kodroff & Willis, P.C.; Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP; Kolsby, Gordon, Robin, Shore & Bezar, P.C.; and Margolis Edelstein.

The YLD is looking for volunteers to assist with managing and collecting donations at their firms. Volunteers are also needed on the day of the event to help with sorting and distributing the donated items. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Carey Chopko at cchopko@feldmanshepherd.com or Joe Guzzardo at jguzzardo@regerlaw.com.

Litigating More Effectively with Technology Nov. 16

The Young Lawyers Division, in co-sponsorship with the Technology Committee of the Law Practice Management Division, will present the lunchtime CLE "Litigating More Effectively Using Technology" on Monday, Nov. 16.

Featured panelists include Debra Aisenstein, vice president of client development, James DeCrescenzo Reporting, LLC and Trial Technologies, Inc. and James DeCrescenzo, foun-der and president, James DeCrescenzo Reporting, LLC, Trial Technologies, Inc., and Digital Reporting Service.

The program will be held at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m. The program begins at 12:30 p.m. The pro-gram has been approved for 1.0 substantive CLE credit. Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay a fee of $38.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years, and $33.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. Tuition price includes lunch. You may also attend without receiving CLE credit, but you will be required to pay a fee of $8.50 for lunch. If you wish to register in advance please visit pbi.org or call PBI Customer Service at 1-800-932-4637.

Alfano to Receive Beccaria Award Nov. 16

Gaetan J. Alfano, a partner with Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP and Chair of the Board of Governors of the Philadelphia Bar Association, will receive the 16th Annual Cesare Beccaria Award on Monday, Nov. 16 in an event sponsored by The Justinian Society and the Criminal Justice Section.

The presentation begins at 5 p.m. in the Mayor's Reception Room (Room 202) of Philadelphia City Hall. Admission is free for all members of the bench, Bar Association and members of The Justinian Society. RSVP by Nov. 6, by calling 215-545-0706 or via e-mail at Justinian-uta@att.net.

Domestic Relations Practice CLE Nov. 17

The Pennsylvania Bar Institute will present the CLE "Philadelphia County Domestic Relations Practice" on Tuesday, Nov. 17 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The outcome of any case is directly related to the lawyer’s knowledge of the local procedures. Since its inaugural presentation in 1983, this course has had one primary objective: to teach practitioners how to move a case correctly and effectively through the Philadelphia County Family Court system. In a comprehensive, six-hour program, a stellar faculty will cover the most current local rules and regulations in various core areas. Even if you attended the program before, or purchased an earlier edition of the manual, you will not want to miss this important update.

Registration begins at 8:15 a.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

Clients - Simple Truths Lawyers Need to Know Nov. 17

The Attorney Career Development Committee will present "Clients - Simple Truths Every Lawyer Needs to Know" on Tuesday, Nov. 17.

Learn six concrete action items to build your practice and meet firm marketing expectations. Walk away with knowledge and ideas to contribute greater value to clients and employers. Speakers for the program include Arthur Bousel, founder, Lawyer 2 Lawyer Career Management and Kimberly Rice, principal, KLA Marketing Associates, business development coach to lawyers.

The program begins at 12:15 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for those who register in advance. Click here to RSVP.


Hot Topics in Workers' Comp Legislation Nov. 18

Anthony L. Crisci will present "Hot Topics in Legislation: What's Important for the Workers' Compensation Practitioner" at a Wednesday, Nov. 18 lunchtime CLE sponsored by the Workers' Compensation Section.

Crisci, of Crisci Associates in Harrisburg, is the Philadelphia Bar Association lobbyist. His practice is completely devoted to government relations representing Fortune 500 companies, other businesses and trade associations.

The program has been approved for 1.0 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 admit-ted for less than five years. If you wish to register in advance please visit pbi.org or call PBI Customer Service at 1-800-932-4637.

Using Video Communications Nov. 19

The Technology Committee of the Law Practice Management Division will present "Video Communications in the Legal Profession" on Thursday, Nov. 19.

Walter Sebastian of LPS Associates, LLC will discuss a short history of videoconferencing and the importance of video as a communications medium, along with key legal applications and benefits.

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

Public Company Acquisitions Nov. 18

The Mergers & Acquisitions Committee of the Business Law Section will sponsor the lunchtime CLE "Public Company Acquisitions: Special Considerations" on Wednesday, Nov. 18.

Speakers for the program are Anna McDonough and Michael Sherman and course planners are Ralph J. Mauro and Graham R. Laub.

Lunch and Registration begin at 12 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wa-namaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. The program has been approved for 1.0 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 mem-bers 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 www.pbi.org or call PBI Customer Service at 1-800-932-4637.

Evidence Update, Refresher on Nov. 24

Professor Jules Epstein will present his acclaimed annual update and refresher course on the complex and ever-evolving rules of evidence that all trial and appellate lawyers need to know at a lunchtime CLE on Tuesday, Nov. 24 sponsored by the Criminal Justice Section.

The program begins at 12:15 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters. The program has been approved for 1.0 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 www.pbi.org or call PBI Customer Service at 1-800-932-4637. Lunch is available for $8 for those who register in advance. Click here to RSVP.

Sections, YLD Plan Annual Events

Kevin C. Gillen, Ph.D., vice president with Philadelphia-based Econsult Corporation, will be the keynote speaker at the Thursday, Nov. 19 Annual Meeting of the Real Property Section. The meeting begins at 12 p.m. at Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1201 Market St. The Section will also honor Joe Syrnick of Schuylkill River Development Corporation with its annual Good Deed Award. Tickets to the Real Property Section Annual Meeting are $45 for Section members and $50 for nonmembers. Click here to purchase tickets.

• The Workers' Compensation will hold its Annual Holiday Party on Tuesday, Dec. 1 at Cescaphe Ballroom, 923 N. 2nd St. The event will include a silent auction to benefit Kids Chance and Philadelphia VIP. Tickets are $45 per person and include open bar, hors d'oeuvres, pasta and seafood bar, sushi station and valet parking. Click here to register for this event.

• The Public Interest Section Annual Reception will be held Wednesday, Dec. 2., at Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market St., from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $40 for public interest and government attorneys and $55 all other members. Admission includes beer, wine and hors d'oeuvres. Click here for tickets.

• The Probate and Trust Section Annual Reception will be held Wednesday, Dec. 2 at the Radisson Warwick Hotel, 1701 Locust St., from 5 to 7 p.m. Admission is complimentary for all Bar members includes open bar and heavy hors d'oeuvres. Click here to RSVP.

• The YLD Annual Holiday Party and Gift Drive is set for Thursday, Dec. 3 at Tavern On Broad, 200 S. Broad St., from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $25 for law studenus, $30 for members and $35 for non-members and includes open bar, heavy hors d'oeuvres and DJ. Click here for tickets.

• The State Civil Litigation Annual Reception will be held Monday, Dec. 7 at Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse, 111 S. 17th St., from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 for members and $45 for non-members and includes open bar and hors d'oeuvres. Click here for tickets.

• The Criminal Justice Section Annual Reception is Wednesday, Dec. 9 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Westin Philadelphia, 99 S. 17th St. Tickets are $40 for court personnel, $45 for members and $50 for non members and includes open bar and heavy hors d'oeuvres. Click here for tickets.

• The Annual Meeting of the Tax Section will be held Thursday, Dec. 10 at the Rittenhouse Hotel, 210 West Rittenhouse Square. A workshop will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. and cocktails and dinner follow at 5 p.m. The dinner speaker is Josh Odintz, Treasury Tax Legislative Counsel, who will provide a legislative update.

• The Bankruptcy Committee will hold a joint reception with Turnaround Management Association and Commercial Finance Association on Thursday, Dec. 10 at Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market St., from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. To register, contact Andrea Pauson at 215-657-5551 or palady0606@aol.com.

Hamilton Benefit Nov. 21 at Please Touch Museum

Philadelphia lawyers, judges and business leaders will gather as they have since 1978 at the Please Touch Museum in Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park on Saturday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. for the Andrew Hamilton Benefit to support the Philadelphia Bar Foundation and the network of legal services organizations it funds.

This will be a wonderful evening of food, drink and dancing. There will be a "Dancing for Justice" with surprise guests in a featured dance sequence. The contributions to those in need will be recognized through the presentation of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation Award to Catherine C. Carr, executive director of Community Legal Services, and the Citizens Bank Pro Bono Award to Dechert LLP and Berner Klaw & Watson LLP. But most of all it will be gathering of people who share a common purpose - to promote equal access to justice for all.

Lawyers have a special responsibility to help the poor, children, the disabled and those who are especially vulnerable in times of crisis have access to legal representation. The Andrew Hamilton Benefit is the public symbol of the Philadelphia legal profession's commitment to this notion and helps not only the public interest legal organizations and the clients they serve, but the legal profession itself. By showing that it cares about our justice system, the profession grows in stature.

Many law firms and businesses are supporting the Hamilton Benefit through sponsorships including Pepper Hamilton LLP; UPS; Hangley Aronchick Segal & Pudlin; and Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney to name a just a few early sponsors. For more information, call Liz Pannulla at 215-238-6337 or click here and visit the Bar Foundation web site.

We ask you to continue to be there for Philadelphia's public interest legal services and join us on Nov. 21 as we celebrate the strength of our legal community and reaffirm together that Philadelphia lawyers care.

Tour Family Court with Family Law Advisory Council

The Philadelphia VIP Family Law Advisory Council will host a tour of the Domestic Relations Branch of Family Court on Wednesday, Nov. 18 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. and provide an opportunity to meet members of the Family Law Advisory Council over breakfast.

First-year associates new to practice and experienced practitioners are invited to meets judges and masters of the Domestic Relations Branch of Family Court as well as meet lawyers dedicated to mentoring and supporting volunteer attorneys in accepting a pro bono family law case with Philadelphia VIP.

The event is free but space is limited. To register, call 215-523-9550 or e-mail phillyvip@phillyvip.org.

SeniorLAW Center Wine Tasting Nov. 17

The SeniorLAW Center will hold a Taste of Spain Wine Tasting party on Tuesday, Nov. 17 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Marvin Cominsky Conference Center at the offices of Blank Rome LLP, One Logan Square, 18th and Cherry streets.

Tickets are $55 each and two for $99. The Wine School of Philadelphia will lead a two-hour tasting of premium wines from Spain. Proceeds from the wine tasting will support SeniorLAW Center's work protecting the legal rights of senior citizens in need, including grandparents raising grandchildren, victims of elder abuse and exploitation, and elders facing eviction and homelessness.

To order tickets, call (215) 701-3203 or e-mail lfelzer@seniorlawcenter.org.

Reward Offered for Information in Paralegal's Death

The Citizens Crime Commission is administering a $10,000 reward posted by the law firm of Caesar, Rivise, Bernstein, Cohen & Pokotilow, Ltd., for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a bicyclist who struck and fatally injured Andre Steed, a Caesar Rivise paralegal.

Steed was struck at about 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 15 at the corner of 16th and Locust streets. Steed suffered massive head injuries and died on Oct. 24.

Witnesses at the scene describe the bicyclist as a white male in his early 20s, 140 pounds, wearing a white hooded sweatshirt with red spots in the background and riding a white mountain bike.

To be eligible for the reward, information must be called in to the Crime Commission Tipline at 215-546-TIPS, and the caller must receive a code number from the operator. The anonymity of all callers will be protected.

AIDS Law Project Anniversary Event Nov. 5

The AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania will mark its 21st anniversary with Decades 2009 on Thursday, Nov. 5, at Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets.

The evening begins with a cocktail reception from 6 to 7 p.m. (with open bar, extensive hors d'oeuvres, a silent auction and music by the Young Jazz Lions), followed by the presentation of a mock trial from 7 to 8:30 p.m. CLE credits (.5 substantive, 1.0 ethics) are available.

Former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Sandra Schultz Newman will be presiding. The mock trial "actors" include well-known Philadelphia lawyers Tom Kline of Kline and Specter, P.C., and William L. Banton of Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin, as well as infectious disease specialist, Dr. Robert M. Swenson. The mock trial will re-enact an employment-discrimination case of an HIV-positive food handler.

VIP tickets are $250 (given preferred seating); regular subscription is $125. Sponsorship and advertising opportunities are also available. Tickets can be purchased by calling 215-587-9377 or on the AIDS Law Project's web site at aidslawpa.org.

APABA-PA Annual Banquet Nov. 6 at Ocean Harbor

The Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania will hold its Annual Banquet in support of the Judge Marutani Fellowship on Friday, Nov. 6 at 6 p.m. at the Ocean Harbor Restaurant, 1023 Race St.

Tickets are $95 per person and $900 for a table of 10. The keynote speaker is Joseph J. Centeno, partner at Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP and incoming president of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.

Visit apaba-pa.org for more information and to purchase tickets.

Volunteers Sought for Penn Mock Trial Event

The University of Pennsylvania Mock Trial Team is looking for judges, attorneys or law students to volunteer to serve as presiding judges or scoring judges for the 2009 Quaker Classic Invitational on Nov. 13-14, where some of the best college mock trial teams from across the country will compete.

All trials will be held on the University of Pennsylvania campus. Food will be provided to judges between Rounds 1 and 2, before Round 3, and between Rounds 3 and 4. The rules that govern tournaments require having one presiding judge and one or two scoring judges for each trial. A total of 40 volunteers per round are needed, to judge 20 simultaneous trials. Having actual attorneys and judges present in rounds shows students how professionals speak and comport themselves and also gives students better feedback for their roles. Real-life experience cannot be replaced.

On Nov. 13, judges will meet at 2:15 p.m. Round 1 runs from 3 to 6 p.m. and Round 2 is from 7 to 10 p.m. On Nov. 14, the judges meet at 8:15 a.m. Round 3 is from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Round 4 is from 1 to 4 p.m.

College mock trial is a unique opportunity for students interested in the legal process. If you have any questions or know a colleague who would be interested in participating, contact judging coordinator Doug Haefele at judges@pennmocktrial.com.

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