Nov. 8, 2010
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 11, No. 81
 

Garcia to Outline 2011 Plans at Dec. 7 Annual Meeting

The Philadelphia Bar Association's Annual Meeting Luncheon, featuring inaugural remarks by incoming Chancellor Rudolph Garcia of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC, will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 7 at 12 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets.

The event will also feature the presentation of the Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Distinguished Jurist Award and the Wells Fargo Fidelity Award. Click here to purchase tickets.

Election of officers and members of the Board of Governors will also be held on Tuesday, Dec. 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the Ballroom Level of the Hyatt at The Bellevue. Officers to be elected are Vice Chancellor, Secretary, Treasurer, Assistant Secretary, Assistant Treasurer and five members of the Board of Governors for three-year terms.

Ballots will be mailed on Thursday, Nov. 18, and must be received at the offices of the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, by 10 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 2.

Candidates for office are: Albert S. Dandridge III and Kathleen D. Wilkinson, Vice Chancellor; Sophia Lee, Secretary; Joseph A. Prim Jr., Treasurer; Kim R. Jessum and Jacqueline G. Segal, Assistant Secretary; Wesley R. Payne IV, Assistant Treasurer; Brian S. Chacker, Nikki Johnson-Huston, Angus Love, Scott W. Reid, Gina Furia Rubel and Marc J. Zucker, Board of Governors (elect five).

Bar Association Candidates Forums Nov. 16, Nov. 18

All members of the Philadelphia Bar Association are invited to attend two Candidates Forums to hear from candidates seeking offices in the Association's 2010 Annual Election.

Click here to download the guide to the 2010 Annual Election.

The forums, sponsored by the Association's Elections Committee, will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 16 at 12 p.m. (featuring Vice Chancellor and officer candidates) and Thursday, Nov. 18 at 12 p.m. (featuring Board of Governors candidates).

The forums will be held in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $4 for those members who register in advance; or, bring a brown-bag lunch. RSVP is required. Click here to register for the Nov. 16 forum, and click here to register for the Nov. 18 forum.

The forums will be moderated by Elections Committee Chair and Immediate-Past Chancellor Sayde J. Ladov.

Candidates for office are: Albert S. Dandridge III and Kathleen D. Wilkinson, Vice Chancellor; Sophia Lee, Secretary; Joseph A. Prim Jr., Treasurer; Kim R. Jessum and Jacqueline G. Segal, Assistant Secretary; Wesley R. Payne IV, Assistant Treasurer; Brian S. Chacker, Nikki Johnson-Huston, Angus Love, Scott W. Reid, Gina Furia Rubel and Marc J. Zucker, Board of Governors (elect five).

All candidates for contested offices have been invited to speak at the forums.

The Philadelphia Bar Association's Annual Election of officers and members of the Board of Governors will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the Ballroom Level of the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. Officers to be elected are Vice Chancellor, Secretary, Treasurer, Assistant Secretary, Assistant Treasurer and five members of the Board of Governors for three-year terms.

Ballots will be mailed on Thursday, Nov. 18. 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. 2. Ballots received after that time will not be counted. Anyone not returning a ballot in a timely fashion may still vote in person on Tuesday, Dec. 7.

The Association's Annual Meeting Luncheon, featuring inaugural remarks by incoming Chancellor Rudolph Garcia of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC, will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 7 at noon in the Grand Ballroom of the Hyatt at The Bellevue. The event will also feature the presentation of the Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Distinguished Jurist Award, and the Wells Fargo Fidelity Award. Click here to purchase tickets.

Real Property Section Annual Meeting Nov. 11

Yael Lehmann, executive director of The Food Trust, will be presented with the Real Property Section's Good Deed Award at the Section's Annual Meeting and Luncheon on Thursday, Nov. 11.

Natalie Kostelni, real estate writer for the Philadelphia Business Journal, will be the keynote speaker at the program, beginning at 12 p.m. at Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market St. Tickets are $45 for members and $50 for non-members for those who register at philadelphiabar.org by Nov. 8.

YLD Volunteer Day Nov. 13

Two worthwhile YLD public service initiatives - Mock Trial Camp and Harvest for the Homeless - take center stage on YLD Volunteer Day, next Saturday, Nov. 13, and the Division needs your help to make both a success.

Harvest for the Homeless: Donations of men's, women's and children's clothing, towels and non-perishable items (soap, toothpaste, shampoo, lotion, etc.) and food items are collected at local law firms. Volunteers are needed to coordinate the collection of these items at their firms and, on Nov. 13 at 8:30 a.m. at Ballard Spahr LLP, help sort the donations and deliver them to local homeless shelters. Those interested in assisting in this effort, please contact Melanie Taylor, Roxane Crowley and Matt Laver.

Mock Trial Camp: This intensive, all-day camp on Nov. 13 at Temple University's Beasley School of Law prepares students for the annual John S. Bradway Philadelphia High School Mock Trial Competition. The YLD and Temple University's Legal Education and Participation Program (LEAP) seek attorney volunteers to lead small-group sessions on various aspects of trial advocacy throughout the day. Volunteers can choose from two sessions, 7:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., or commit to the entire day. More than 100 students are expected at this year's camp, so many volunteers are needed. To sign up or for more details, contact Joshu Harris, Paul Kaufman or Joe Guzzardo.

Chancellor's Forum Nov. 15 with Managing Director Negrin

The Philadelphia Bar Association will present the Chancellor's Forum, "A Conversation with Richard Negrin," on Monday, Nov. 15 at 12 p.m. at the Association's headquarters, 1101 Market St., in the 11th floor Conference Center. The event is co-sponsored by the Civil Rights Committee.

Negrin, who serves as managing director and deputy mayor for administration and coordination for the City of Philadelphia, was appointed to this post in June 2010 by Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter. Negrin will share his vision, strategy and plans for this pivotal role within the Philadelphia city government, and take questions from attendees. The event is hosted by Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor Scott F. Cooper.

Chancellor's Forums bring expertise, in-depth analysis and attention to critical topics affecting the citizens of Philadelphia.

The event is free, but advance registration is required. Lunch is available for purchase for $4. To register, click here.

Opening a Dialogue to Advance Gender Equality Nov. 17

The Women's Rights Committee will present "Vision 2020 - Opening a Dialogue to Advance Gender Equality" on Wednesday, Nov. 17 featuring Catherine Omerod, project director of Vision 2020.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th Floor Committee Room South of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8. Click here to RSVP.

Bar Academy Presents: A Taste of Tastykake Nov. 17

The Philadelphia Bar Association Academy presents an exclusive VIP tour and tasting on Wednesday, Nov. 17, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the new home of Tastykake: the Tasty Baking Company's state-of-the-art bakery at The Philadelphia Navy Yard.

Attendees can sample a selection of legendary Tastykake products, and enjoy specialty beers courtesy of Origlio Beverage, in the world's largest "green" bakery - a 345,000 square-foot, LEED-registered facility. The new bakery features highly automated baking equipment for Tastykake's famed product lines - including KrimpetsĀ®, Kandy KakesĀ®, pies, cookie bars and cupcakes. Attendees will hear from top Tastykake executives about the decision to transition away from the company's 88-year-old Hunting Park baking facility, and experience all components of the baking process during a guided tour not available to the public.

The program begins at 5:30 p.m. at The Tastykake Bakery at The Philadelphia Navy Yard, 4300 S. 26th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19112. The cost for this event is $15 per person. The event is open to members of the Philadelphia Bar Association only. To register, click here or visit baracademy.philadelphiabar.org. Registration is limited and required in advance.

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

Workers' Compensation Section CLE Nov. 17

The Workers' Compensation Section will present the CLE program "The Role of the Uninsured Employer Guaranty Fund in Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation" on Wednesday, Nov. 17.

Panelists include Workers' Compensation Judges Nancy Goodwin and Joseph E. Hagan, Thomas J. Kuzma and Janet L. Palese of the Department of Labor and Industry and practitioners Wendy Smith and Matthew L. Wilson.

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. Click here to register for CLE credit. Interested parties not seeking CLE credit may attend and purchase lunch for the fee of $8. Click here to register for lunch.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St.

Combating Obstructionism at Deposition Nov. 19

Robert Musante will present the CLE seminar "Combating Obstructionism at Deposition" on Friday, Nov. 19.

Musante is one of the country's foremost teachers of deposition skills. He has taught more than 27,000 lawyers in 37 states and 11 offices of state attorneys general. He has taught and been a featured speaker in advocacy skills at Hastings College of Trial Advocacy and at the National Institute of Trial Advocacy. He has made numerous appearances on national TV and local radio as a trial commentator.

This seminar will be held from 12 to 4:15 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, 100 Penn Square East (Juniper Street entrance), Suite 1010. The program has been approved for 4.0 Substantive credits. For more information on standard tuition fees and registration, please call 1.800.932.4637 or visit PBI's website at pbi.org.

Green Ribbon Tree Planting Nov. 20

The Philadelphia Bar Association will celebrate its Green Ribbon Sustainability Initiative by planting trees on the morning of Saturday, November 20. Please join the Green Ribbon Task Force in helping make Philadelphia greener.

We'll be meeting at 22nd and Bainbridge streets at 10 a.m. to plant bare root trees with the Graduate Hospital West Tree Tenders. This will be their fifth neighborhood tree planting in which they will add to the over 120 trees they have already planted in the Graduate Hospital neighborhood of Philadelphia. No experience or heavy lifting is necessary to help. You and your family and friends are all welcome and encouraged to participate. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Kim Jessum at kjessum@stradley.com or call 215-564-8165.

Donations are welcome to help us purchase food and beverages for all volunteers, as well as mulch for the tree pits. Donations of cookies, muffins, other treats or cases of water for volunteers are welcome as well.

Consider lending any tools you may have. We need round-head shovels and square-head shovels (very important); picks; sledgehammers; work gloves; a wheelbarrow; brooms; and hoses and connection to a water supply or water buckets to water trees.

For more information about the Philadelphia Bar Association's Green Ribbon Task Force, click here.

Pathways to Leadership With Women Chancellors Nov. 30

The Women in the Profession Committee will host the five women Chancellors of the Bar Association who will discuss effective leadership skills on Tuesday, Nov. 30.

The speakers include Deborah R. Willig, Doreen S. Davis, Audrey C. Talley, Jane Leslie Dalton and Sayde J. Ladov. The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8. Click here to RSVP.

Rules of Evidence Refresher CLE Nov. 30

Professor Jules Epstein of Widener University School of Law will present the annual rules of evidence refresher CLE program at the Tuesday, Nov. 30 meeting of the Criminal Justice Section.

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. Click here to register for CLE credit.

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. Click here to purchase lunch.

Notice to Potential Judicial Candidates

The Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention of the Philadelphia Bar Association evaluates the qualifications of persons seeking appointment or election to the Philadelphia Common Pleas and Municipal Courts. Individuals who wish to be considered for appointment or who are considering filing for the 2011 primary election as judicial candidates should contact the Commission on Judicial Selection & Retention c/o Charles J. Klitsch, Esq., the Bar Association's Director of Public and Legal Services, to obtain a Judicial Evaluation Questionnaire, the Commission's Guidelines for Evaluation of Attorney and Judge Candidates and Bylaws of the Philadelphia Bar Association. In order to ensure that each candidate receives a full and fair evaluation, the completed questionnaire must be returned by Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010 to "Judicial Commission" Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market Street, 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2911. Also, candidates who have previously been evaluated by the Commission are invited to contact the Association to determine whether their ratings are current by calling Mr. Klitsch at (215) 238-6326.

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 if they continue to pursue either appointment or election.

A. Harold Datz, Esquire
2010 Chair, Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention

Sections, Committees Plan Annual Events

The Association's Sections and Committees have planned their annual receptions and events.

The Workers' Compensation Section Annual Holiday Party will be held Thursday, Dec. 2 at Cescaphe Ballroom, 923 N. 2nd St., from 6 to 9 p.m. Click here for tickets.

The State Civil Litigation Section Annual Reception will be Monday, Dec. 6 at Smith & Wollensky, 210 W. Rittenhouse Square from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Click here for tickets.

The Criminal Justice Section Annual Holiday Party will be Wednesday, Dec. 8 at Le Meridien, 1421 Arch St. from 6 to 8 p.m. Click here for tickets.

The Tax Section Annual CLE and Dinner will be Wednesday, Dec. 8 at the Westin Philadelphia, 99 S. 17th St. Click here for tickets.

The Probate and Trust Section Annual Reception is Thursday, Dec. 9 at the Radisson Warwick Hotel, 1701 Locust St. from 5 to 7 p.m. Click here for tickets.

The Public Interest Section Annual Reception will be Thursday, Dec. 9 at Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market St., from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Click here for tickets.

The Family Law Section Annual Reception will be Tuesday, Dec. 14 at Ruth's Chris Steak House, 260 S. Broad St., from 6 to 9 p.m. Click here for tickets.

The Senior Lawyers Committee Reception at will be Wednesday, Dec. 15 at The Palm, Broad and Walnut streets, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Click here for tickets.

The LGBT Rights Committee and Civil Rights Committee will hold a joint Holiday Party on Wednesday, Dec. 15 in the 11th Floor Conference Center at Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St., from 5 to 7 p.m. Click here for tickets.

The Young Lawyers Division Holiday Party will be Thursday, Dec. 16 at the Mutter Museum at The College of Physicians, 19 S. 22nd St., from 6 to 9 p.m. Click here for tickets.

Chancellor's Reception Jan. 5 at Bellevue

All members of the Philadelphia legal community are invited to attend a complimentary reception on Wednesday, Jan. 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. in honor of Rudolph Garcia, 84th Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

The Chancellor's Reception will be held in the Grand Ballroom at the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. No reservations are necessary.

This is the event at which even the city's busiest and most successful legal luminaries patiently wait in line to wish their leader and each other good luck in the year ahead.

Public Interest Training Programs, Events Set

Philadelphia VIP will host a CLE training program on how to handle a case in the Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Project, the mandatory negotiation program operated by the First Judicial District. The event will be held Tuesday, Nov. 9 at Comcast, One Comcast Center, 45th floor, Room J/K/L. The CLE training program will be held from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Volunteers will receive one free CLE credit for each hour of course work attended (a total of 3.5 free CLE credits are available) in exchange for representing two different clients at one or more mortgage foreclosure conciliation conferences on a continuing basis until the attempted negotiation is resolved, or in exchange for volunteering as an on-call attorney at three different conciliation conference half-day sessions. Volunteer work must be completed within six months of the training program. Register at phillyvip@phillyvip.org or by calling 215- 523-9550.

HIAS and Council and Philadelphia VIP will present "Asylum Training" on Wednesday, Nov. 10 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, 1701 Market St. Three free CLE credits provided in exchange for taking a case. Register by calling VIP at 215-523-9550.

The Rutgers School of Law-Camden Alumni Association will hold its inaugural Distinguished Alumni Awards Celebration on Thursday, Nov. 11 at the Westin Hotel, Route 73, in Mt. Laurel, N.J. The event will feature a cocktail hour from 6 to 7 p.m., followed by dinner and the awards ceremony from 7 to 9 p.m., which will honor Louis S. Rulli and Daniel J. Phelan. For more information, contact Terry McCuen at mccuen@camden.rutgers.edu.

Face to Face Germantown will hold its 18th Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Trot, featuring a 5-mile run or 1-mile run/walk on Thursday, Nov. 25 at the Northwestern Avenue entrance of Forbidden Drive. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. The 5-mile run begins at 9 a.m.; the 1-mile run/walk begins at 9:05 a.m. Cost is $30 if registered by Nov. 18 and $35 after Nov. 18. Register online at turkeytrotphilly.org or on the day of the event.

Philadelphia VIP will host a CLE training program on ethics on Friday, Dec. 3 from 12 to 2:15 p.m. Presented in a lively and interactive format, this training includes a discussion of Rule 6.1: Pro Bono Publico Service, the role of training in ethical representation, malpractice insurance, models for pro bono participation, and ethical considerations for volunteer attorneys. Special considerations in the representation of low-income clients will also be explored. The event will be held at Ballard Spahr LLP, 1735 Market St., 51st Floor. Each attorney who attends and accepts a VIP pro bono case within six months of the training will earn two substantive CLE credits. Register at phillyvip@phillyvip.org or by calling 215-523-9550.

Tell Us About Your Healthy Lifestyle

Everyone knows the pressure of working as an attorney. And that can take a toll on a lawyer's health and well-being. Have you or one of your colleagues overcome a health issue? Or do you know someone who has re-dedicated him or herself to living a healthy, well-balanced life?

We're looking for lawyers who have turned their lives around for a feature for The Philadelphia Lawyer magazine. We want to hear your success stories and how you did it. Tell your tale and inspire someone to get healthy. Contact us at tplmag@philabar.org.

Business Person's Special Networking Event Nov. 10

The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia's Business and Professional Services Group and The Louis D. Brandeis Law Society will present an evening of networking featuring guest speaker Mark Aronchick on Wednesday, Nov. 10.

Aronchick is a past Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association and a former city solicitor. The event begins at 6 p.m. at g, 111 S. 17th St. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar will be available. Click here to purchase tickets. For more information, contact Sarah Bernstein at 215-832-0894 or e-mail sbernstein@jfgp.org.

SeniorLAW Center Wine Tasting Event Nov. 16

SeniorLAW Center is hosting a Wines from the Other Side (Australia, New Zealand, South Africa) Wine Tasting Party conducted by the Wine School of Philadelphia on Tuesday, Nov. 16 at 5:30 p.m.

This wine tasting will feature premium wines and is being held at Blank Rome LLP, One Logan Square (18th and Cherry streets). Tickets are $55 each or two tickets for $99 and proceeds will support SeniorLAW Center's work protecting the legal rights of senior citizens in need.

For tickets or more information, visit seniorlawcenter.org, call Larry Felzer at (215) 701-3203 or e-mail lfelzer@seniorlawcenter.org.

The Legal Directory Planning for 2011

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For details and rate packages, contact David Hoeckel at 443-909-7824 or david.hoeckel@mediatwo.com.

Mitigation in Capital Cases Nov. 11

Our faculty will explain how mitigation works in capital cases and show you how to handle information you obtain; explore issues involving attorney/client disagreement with mitigation information; examine victim impact statements; and discuss how to properly handle a penalty closing argument. This 4 CLE substantive credit hour program will be held Thursday, Nov. 11, 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 12:30 to 4:45 p.m. Check-in and lunch begin at 12 p.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.

Monday, Nov. 8
Simulcast - PLI - Advanced Patent Licensing 2010
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

What NASCAR, Jay-Z & The Jersey Shore Teach About Attorney Ethics
3 ethics CLE credits
1 to 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 9
Fundamentals of Products Liability Law
3 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Simulcast - PLI - "Bet the Company" Litigation 2010: Best Practices for Complex Cases
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 11
Mitigation in Capital Cases
4 substantive CLE credits
12:30 to 4:45 p.m.

Thursday-Friday, Nov. 11-12
17th Annual Estate Law Institute
Pennsylvania Convention Center, 12th & Arch streets
10 substantive, 2 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 12
Selecting and Influencing Your Jury (PEG)
6 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Simulcast - UM/UIM Encore
3 substantive CLE credits
12 to 3:15 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 15
Simulcast - The Right to Know Law Two Years After
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Monday-Tuesday, Nov. 15-16
Simulcast - PLI - Patent Litigation 2010
11 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 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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