Monday, Nov. 6, 2006
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 7, No. 80
 

Dalton to Outline 2007 Agenda at Dec. 5 Annual Meeting

Bar members are encouraged to reserve their seats early for the Association's Annual Meeting Luncheon set for Tuesday, Dec. 5 at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. During the event, Association Chancellor-Elect Jane L. Dalton, a partner with Duane Morris LLP, will outline her agenda for next year when she will serve as the Bar's 80th Chancellor. Click here to purchase tickets online.

The luncheon will also feature the presentation of the Association's Wachovia Fidelity Award. The Wachovia Fidelity Award is presented annually by the Association to an individual who has made significant accomplishments in improving the administration of justice.

The luncheon will be held in conjunction with the Association's Annual Election of Vice Chancellor, Bar officers, members of the Board of Governors and the Young Lawyers Division Executive Committee. The election 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, Nov. 30. 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. 5 at the Park Hyatt. Ballots will be mailed to members on Nov. 17.

Tickets for the Bar's Annual Meeting and Luncheon are $50 for Association members and $55 for nonmembers. Click here to purchase tickets online.

Forensic Accountant to Address Family Law Section Nov. 6

Forensic accountant Dan Jones and attorney Michael Fingerman will discuss "Maximizing Add Backs - Finding and Proving Additional Income in Divorce and Support Cases" at the Monday, Nov. 6 meeting of the Family Law Section.

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 those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

E-Filing and Emergency Appeals in the Third Circuit

Representatives from the Clerk's Office of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals will discuss prospects for electronic filing in the Third Circuit and emergency motion practice at the Wednesday, Nov. 8 meeting of the Appellate Courts Committee.

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 registering in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Using Technology to Work More Efficiently

Attorney Daniel J. Siegel (left) will present "How to Do 90 Minutes of Work in 60 Minutes" at the Thursday, Nov. 9 meeting of the Solo and Small Firm Committee.

Siegel will offer practical, easy-to-use suggestions how attorneys and their staffs can use technology to represent clients more efficiently (regardless of their type of practice), while doing so in less time and with less paper than in traditional methods. The presentation will include hands-on demonstrations of software, as well as offer tips on how lawyers can take better advantage of the technology already in use in their offices. Siegel has also recorded podcasts on law practice management issues that are available online at philadelphiabar.org.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Real Property Section Annual Meeting Nov. 9

Brian Hudson, executive director of the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, will receive the Real Property Section's Good Deed Award at the Section's Annual Meeting on Thursday, Nov. 9.

Tad Decker, chair of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, will be the keynote speaker at the event, which begins at 12 p.m. at Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market St. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased online by clicking here.

The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency was created by the General Assembly in 1972 to provide affordable housing for older adults, families of modest means, and persons with disabilities. To date, the agency has financed more than 110,000 houses and 65,000 apartment units while saving 36,000 homes from foreclosure.

Maximizing Wealth When Selling Business Nov. 9

Len Hersh of Bernstein Wealth Management will present "The Art of the Deal: Maximizing Personal Wealth When Selling a Business" at the Thursday, Nov. 9 meeting of the Closely Held Business Committee.

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 per person. Click here to RSVP for this program.

The Closely Held Business Committee of the Probate Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association explores planning issues unique to the closely held or family business, and advocates the use of a long range, proactive and multidisciplinary approach to the small business. Some of the topics addressed by the Committee are buy-sell arrangements, life and death transfers, income and estate tax issues, valuations, and management succession issues.

Beccaria Award Ceremony Nov. 9 at City Hall

The Criminal Justice Section and The Justinian Society of Philadelphia will present the 13th Annual Cesare Beccaria Award to Michael C. Rainone on Thursday, Nov. 9.

The ceremony will be held at 5 p.m. in the Mayor's Reception Room (Room 202) of Philadelphia City Hall. A reception will follow in Room 201. A bust of Beccaria will also be unveiled at the ceremony.

Cesare Beccaria, an 18th century Italian scholar, was an early proponent of many of the tenets of modern criminal law. His visionary work is credited with aiding the subsequent European penal code reform and the eventual development of the American criminal justice system.

Workers' Comp Section Seeks Hampton Award Nominees

The Workers' Compensation Section is seeking nominees for its Seventh Annual 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 Hampton's unique compassion and dedication to her clients, her professionalism, scholarship and good will with her peers.

All members of the bar and bench, who practice workers compensation, are eligible. This is not an award restricted to clients' attorneys. Past winners have included counsel from both sides of the aisle as well as the bench.

This year's committee will include Marc S. Jacobs (partner with Hampton at Galfand Berger) and last year's section co-chairs, Judge Mark Harrison, Michael Mulvey and Matthew Wynn. Also, a charitable contribution is made each year by Galfand Berger, on behalf of the Section, to Kids Chance; an organization helping youngsters who have lost a parent due to a work-elated injury to gain a higher level of education.

The deadline for nominations is Thursday, Nov. 9. All nominations can be e-mailed to Jacobs at mjacobs@galfandberger.com or mailed to Jacobs at 1818 Market St., 23rd Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19103.

Antitrust Year in Review CLE Nov. 15

The Business Law Section's Antitrust Law Committee will cosponsor the CLE program "Antitrust-An Important Year in Review" on Wednesday, Nov. 15 at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building.

The program will examine the U.S. Supreme Court's decisions in Reeder-Simco, Independent Inc. v. Illinois Tool Works and Texaco v. Dagher. Course planners for the program include Robert E. Connolly, Roberta D. Liebenberg and Barbara Sicalides. Additional faculty will be announced. Click here for additional information or to register.

Federal E-Discovery Rules to be Discussed Nov. 15

U.S. District Court Judge Timothy J. Savage and attorneys Mary K. Brown and Paul D. Weiner will present "The New E-Discovery Rules and Judicial Approaches to E-Discovery" at the Wednesday, Nov. 15 meeting of the Federal Courts Committee.

The meeting begins at 12:30 p.m. in the 10th Floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $7.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Bar Association Candidates Forum Nov. 16

Candidates for Bar Association offices will be appearing at a Candidate's Forum on Thursday, Nov. 16 in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St.

The program begins at 12 p.m. A complimentary lunch will be provided. Details about the program will be available soon at philadelphiabar.org.

Sections, YLD Plan Annual Events

The Association's Sections and Young Lawyers Division have announced plans for their annual year-end events. Visit philadelphiabar.org for registration information as it becomes available.

The Probate and Trust Section will hold its annual meeting and CLE program at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building on Tuesday, Nov. 28.

The Young Lawyers Division Annual Holiday Party will be held Thursday, Nov. 30 at Cuba Libre, 10 S. 2nd St. The event is sponsored by Dechert.

The Workers' Compensation Annual Reception will be held Tuesday, Dec. 5 at the Pyramid Club on the 51st floor of 1735 Market St. The Section will present its annual Martha Hampton Award at the event.

The Public Interest Section will hold a daylong CLE program on Wednesday, Dec. 6. The day's events will be capped with the Section's Annual Cocktail Reception and presentation of the Andrew Hamilton Award at 5 p.m. at Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market St.

The Family Law Section Annual Dinner takes place on Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 5:30 p.m. at Maggiano's Little Italy, 12th and Filbert streets.

The Tax Section annual meeting and reception will be held Thursday, Dec. 7 beginning at 3 p.m. at the Rittenhouse Hotel, 210 W. Rittenhouse Square.

The State Civil Litigation Section Annual Holiday Reception will be held Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 5:30 p.m. at the Westin Philadelphia, 99 S. 17th St.

The Criminal Justice Section Annual Reception will be held Thursday, Dec. 14 at Loews Philadelphia Hotel.

Desperately Seeking Talent!

The Bar Association's Not Ready for Podcast Players are looking for writers, producers and performers for live and web-based entertainment for the legal community. Tell us about your talent by contacting A. Taylor Williams at theatrewing@philabar.org

Barristers' Thanksgiving Drive Nov. 18

The Barristers' Association will hold its 22nd annual Thanksgiving Drive on Saturday, Nov. 18 at the Cozen PAL Center at the corner of North 17th and Brown streets

The Barristers contact area churches for the names of African-American families that need support during Thanksgiving. During last year's Thanksgiving Drive residents of the community as well as churches were able to pick-up Thanksgiving baskets from a centralized location. The Thanksgiving "baskets" contain turkeys, stuffing, vegetables, cranberry sauce, rolls, dessert, and more.

Last year, the Barristers provided "baskets" to more than 400 African-American families in the Philadelphia area. In hopes of meeting the needs of more families within the community, the Barristers would greatly appreciate a donation of $30 payable to the "Barristers' Association" by Nov. 10 to help cover the cost of the drive. Donations may be sent to:

Barristers' Thanksgiving Drive
c/o Daquana Carter, Esq.
Pepper Hamilton LLP
3000 Two Logan Square
18th and Arch Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2799)

The Barristers' Association is also looking for volunteers to help deliver the baskets to the selected families on the day of the Thanksgiving Drive. If you would like to help deliver the baskets or help in any other way, please contact Alicia Forte at (215) 981-4427) or via e-mail at fortea@pepperlaw.com.

Information Updates Under Way for Legal Directory

The annual process of updating the more than 18,000 attorney and law firm listings in The Legal Directory 2007 has begun!

Firm updates, the initial phase, should be completed by Monday, Nov. 27. If you are responsible for reviewing information on your firm and its attorneys, and have not received your update packet, call 410-828-0120, extension 503.

After firm updates, solo practitioners and non-responding firm-based attorneys will be contacted; the deadline for their updates is Jan. 12.

In addition to the most comprehensive firm/attorney listings available, The Legal Directory 2007 will include indispensable information you rely upon - Bar Association bylaws, contacts and committees; information on federal, state and county courts and government agencies; judges' index; and a special business-to-business section tailored to the legal community.

Once again, each Legal Directory 2007 comes with a free subscription to The Legal Directory Online! The online listings are updated all year, making this resource an essential complement to your printed Directory.

The Legal Directory 2007 will be available in April, but you can order now for the discounted pre-publication price of $57.95 (plus shipping and tax). Don't be confused by imitators - this is the only official publication of the Philadelphia Bar Association. Order today at thelegaldirectory.org.

Notice to Potential Judicial Candidates

The Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention of the Philadelphia Bar Association evaluates the qualifications of persons wishing to join the judiciary.

Individuals who are filing for the 2007 primary election as judicial candidates for the Philadelphia Common Pleas or Municipal Courts should contact the Commission on Judicial Selection & Retention c/o Areetha M. Carter, Esq., the Bar Association's Staff Counsel, to obtain a copy of a Judicial Evaluation Questionnaire and a copy of the Commission's guidelines and bylaws. Please return the completed questionnaire to Judicial Commission at 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2911.

Candidates who have previously been evaluated by the Commission are invited to contact the Association to determine whether their ratings are current by contacting Ms. Carter at acarter@philabar.org or (215) 238-6351.

The Commission will complete all ratings for candidates running in the 2007 primary by Jan. 31, 2007; therefore, in order to ensure that each candidate receives a full and fair evaluation, no questionnaires will be accepted for evaluation after Dec. 15, 2006. Individuals are reminded that under the Commission's Guidelines, any candidates who do not participate in the Commission's evaluation process will receive "Not Recommended" ratings.

A. Harold Datz, Esq.
2006 Chair, Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention

Business Journal to Spotlight Bar Dec. 29

The Philadelphia Business Journal is producing a special Philadelphia Bar Association supplement in its Dec. 29 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 Dec. 1. For more information, contact Michelle Stuhl at (215) 238-5114 or e-mail her at mstuhl@bizjournals.com.

Negotiation and Conflict Resolution for Lawyers

Refine your skills and improve your odds of success as a seasoned legal negotiator at PBI's Negotiation and Conflict Resolution for Lawyers on Nov. 10. This practical, entertaining seminar using powerful video examples of actual negotiations to help you recognize, develop and exploit your talents as a lawyer and a negotiator to fulfill clients expectations. This 5 substantive/1 ethics credit hour program will be held in Philadelphia on Friday, Nov. 10, at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Juniper Street entrance (between 13th and Broad streets, opposite City Hall), from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration begins at 8 a.m. For additional information, or to register, click here.

Upcoming CLE

The following courses are cosponsored by the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. All courses are at The CLE Conference Center in the Wanamaker Building, except as otherwise noted. Registration begins 30 minutes before course start time.

Tuesday, Nov. 7
Employment Law Update
4 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Hot Topics in Section 1031 Exchanges
2 substantive CLE credits
12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 8
Mechanic's Liens in Pennsylvania - An Update
3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Theater Skills in the Courtroom
8 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 9
Dealing with Firearms in Estates and Business Transactions
2 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits (Must attend entire program to receive the ethics credit)
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Medicare Part D
3 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 10
Negotiation & Conflict Resolution for Lawyers
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits (Must attend entire program to receive the ethics credit)
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Troubled Company Asset Acquisitions
2 substantive CLE credits
12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

More information is available on the PBI Web site at www.pbi.org, on the page devoted to Philadelphia programs, by calling 1-800-247-4724, or by e-mailing info@pbi.org. Note: some events sell out; before walking in, call PBI to confirm that space is still available for the program that interests you.

Earn as many as 4 credits on your computer, at your convenience at PBI's Online Campus, at www.onlinecle.pbi.org. More than 300 classes are available, including nearly 50 one-hour ethics programs. 24/7 CLE.

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