Monday, Nov. 12, 2007
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 8, No. 82
 

Pratt to Outline 2008 Agenda at Annual Meeting Dec. 4

Chancellor-Elect A. Michael Pratt (left) will outline his plans for 2008 at the Association's Annual Meeting Luncheon on Tuesday, Dec. 4.

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Ralph J. Cappy will receive the Association's Bar Medal at the event, and former Chancellor Abraham C. Reich will be presented with the Wachovia Fidelity Award. The program will also feature the presentation of the Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg "Pursuit of Justice" Legal Writing Competition Award. It begins at 12 p.m. at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia, Broad and Walnut streets. Tickets are $50. Click here to purchase tickets online.

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, Scot F. Cooper; Treasurer, Jeffrey M. Lindy; Assistant Treasurer, Joseph A. Prim Jr.; Secretary, Kathleen D. Wilkinson; Assistant Secretary, Sophia Lee; and Michael J. Berkowitz, Karen L. Detamore, Maria A. Feely, Jeffrey S. Gross and Richard S. Seidel, Board of Governors.

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, Nov. 29. 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. 4 at the Park Hyatt.

Attracting Business to Philadelphia Nov. 26

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

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

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

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

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

Registration in advance is requested.

Job Announcement: Director of the Office for Diversity

The Philadelphia Bar Association is seeking a Director of the Office for Diversity. The Office for Diversity is created to work with legal employers to foster more diverse work environments. The Office also serves as a resource for individuals seeking to advance and develop their careers. The Office for Diversity provides infrastructure, strategic leadership, coordination, and continuity to the diversity efforts of the various association committees, departments, and external efforts. The Director of the Office for Diversity will provide the vision, leadership and support for developing and implementing programs and practices to encourage diversity in the Philadelphia legal community.

Responsibilities:

Disseminate information about the Statement of Diversity Principles and obtain additional corporate and law firm signatories of the Statement;

Collect data, analyze, ensure data accuracy, and report on the progress of the Philadelphia community in achieving diversity goals through studies and other means;

Collect and disseminate information about evolving best practices aimed at recruitment, retention and promotion of a diverse and inclusive legal environment across demographic groups;

Provide signatories with concrete support to build and maintain successful diversity efforts delivered in hands-on regular working sessions, targeted roundtables with diversity professionals, diversity chairs, managing partners, etc.;

Communicate and publicize the activities of the Office for Diversity through the Association website, media outreach, articles in the Association’s monthly newsletter, and other sources;

Foster community networking opportunities for people working on diversity issues across sectors in the legal profession;

Provide over-the-shoulder guidance to legal employers across sectors;

Support and coordinate Association committee activities and programs in the area of diversity;

Plan and organize an annual diversity event; and

Assist in developing financial support for the Office for Diversity.

Reporting Relationship

The Director of Diversity will report to the Association’s Executive Director and work closely with the Association’s Chancellor and other Association committees involved in the diversity initiatives.

Qualifications

Five-plus years experience developing and/or managing diversity programs, preferably in a professional services environment.

Strong public speaking and written communication skills.

Law, public policy, or other relevant graduate degree desirable.

Strong commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Salary is negotiable. Excellent benefits. To apply, please email or mail a resume and cover letter to:

Kenneth Shear Executive Director
Philadelphia Bar Association
1101 Market St.
11th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107
kshear@philabar.org

The Philadelphia Bar Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities are encouraged to apply. Application deadline: December 15, 2007.

Beccaria Award Presentation to Judge Temin Nov. 13

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Senior Judge Carolyn Engel Temin will receive the 14th Annual Beccaria Award in a ceremony presented by the Criminal Justice Section and The Justinian Society of Philadelphia on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at City Hall.

The Beccaria Award is presented annually to a judge, scholar or practitioner for outstanding contributions to the cause of justice and the advancement of legal education. Cesare Beccaria was an 18th century Italian scholar whose writings presaged the dawn of the modern penal system. This year's award recognizes Judge Temin's distinguished achievements in the field of criminal justice.

The ceremony begins at 5 p.m. in Room 202 of City Hall with a reception afterward. The program is open to all members of the bench and bar and to area university law students.

Workers Comp CLE on Appellate Practice Nov. 14

Daniel Schuckers, prothonotary of Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, will present the CLE program "Recent Developments in Appellate Practice and in Workers’ Compensation Law” at the Wednesday, Nov. 14 meeting of the Workers' Compensation Section.

The program will be held in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. The program has been approved for 1 substantive CLE credit. Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay a fee of $25 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years, and $20 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. To register in advance visit pbi.org or call PBI Customer Service at 1-800-932-4637.

Lunch is available for an additional fee of $7.50. Click here to purchase lunch for this program.

Justice Nigro on Supreme Court Election Nov. 14

Former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Russell M. Nigro will discuss the effects of the recent election on the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania at a Nov. 14 program.

The presentation, which begins at 4 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St., will be followed by a wine and cheese reception. There is no charge to attend this program, however, space is limited. Pre-registration is required and available online at by clicking here. The program is sponsored by the Public Interest Section and the Appellate Courts Committee.

Judge Baylson on Federal Rule 56 Nov. 20

U.S. District Court Judge Michael M. Baylson will discuss "Potential Amendments to Rule 56: Summary Judgment Practice and Procedure" at the Tuesday, Nov. 20 meeting of the Federal Courts Committee.

The meeting begins at 12:30 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $7.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Bar Foundation's Andrew Hamilton Gala Nov. 17

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation will present the 29th Annual Andrew Hamilton Gala "Philadelphia Justice in Films" on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. at Sherman Mills. Click here for ticket information.

The Bar Foundation will present its annual Morris Shuster Fellowships at the event, along with the presentation of the Citizens Bank Pro Bono Award and the Philadelphia Bar Foundation Award.

The Andrew Hamilton Gala, the social event of the season in the legal community, raises money for grants to law-related programs in the Philadelphia area that assist the indigent, elderly and disabled, as well as abused women and children. Click here for ticket information.

Bar Foundation Private Jet Raffle; Tickets $100

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation will raffle off a private jet for a round-trip for seven people, plus $1,000 in spending money. We will only sell 1,000 chances for this raffle. Tickets are $100 apiece.

You can use the jet within a year's time. Your trip can be to the destination of your choice, as long as it is within one hour's flight time from your departure point. From Philadelphia, that distance reaches from Maine to North Carolina.

Imagine an easy Martha's Vineyard or Nantucket getaway - no ferries needed! A golf outing with your buddies in Virginia or North Carolina? Skiing in Vermont? A Penn State football weekend? Jetting to the Hamptons and avoiding New York traffic altogether?

All this, while skipping the long lines and hassles of commercial air travel. Contact Lynne Browne to buy a ticket NOW at 215-238-6347 or lbrown@philabar.org.

We anticipate this adventure will sell out quickly, and tickets are strictly on a first-come, first served basis. The winning ticket will be selected at the Andrew Hamilton Gala on Nov 17 - we hope you will join us then, but the winner does not need to be present to win.

The 29th Annual Andrew Hamilton Gala, "Philadelphia Justice in Films," will include the presentation of the Morris Shuster Fellowships, along with the presentation of the Citizens Bank Pro Bono Award and the Philadelphia Bar Foundation Award. Click here for ticket information for the Hamilton Gala.

State Civil CLE Potpourri, Reception Nov. 28

The State Civil Litigation Section is sponsoring a CLE potpourri at its Wednesday, Nov. 28 Annual Meeting at the National Liberty Museum, 321 Chestnut St.

Registration begins at 3:45 p.m. at the CLE sessions run from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. The election of the Section's 2008 Executive Committee and a reception follow. The reception is co-sponsored by the Young Lawyers Division.

Substantive and ethics credits are determined by the session attended. Attendees can choose from one of the following sessions:

Civility in the Courtroom and Beyond (1 ethics credit) featuring Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Lisa M. Rau and Mark N. Cohen. Jonathan Scott Goldman is the course planner and Kathleen D. Wilkinson is the moderator.

From POs to Motion Practice and Discovery, How Has Practice Been Impacted Today? (1 substantive credit) with Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judges Jacqueline F. Allen and Sandra Mazer Moss. The course planner is Justin S. Moriconi and the moderator is David E. Prewitt.

Arbitrations: Appeals from Arbitration - Rule 1311.1 Trials (1 substantive credit) with Joshua D. Baer, course planner Heather Herrington and moderator Alan Schnoll.

Does the Judge Pro Temp Program Need to be Improved? What Issues Face Lawyers Today? (1 substantive credit) with Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Esther R. Sylvester, Wesley R. Payne IV, course planner Steve Berk and moderator Sayde J. Ladov.

Medical Malpractice: Latest Issues Concerning Certificates of Merit? (1 substantive credit) with Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge Richard Klein, John Mirabella and course planner Ilana Lam.

Participants must pay to attend the reception in order to receive CLE credit. For members admitted to the bar for more than five years, the cost is $65. For members admitted for less than five years, the cost is $60. The cost for attending the reception only without CLE credit is $50. CLE faculty can attend the reception for $30. Judges are admitted without charge. Interested parties must register in advance at pbi.org or by calling 800-932-4637.

Forum for Minority Small Business Owners Nov. 29

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

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

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

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

Copyright & Art Program at Woodcock Washburn Nov. 29

The Copyright Society is having a "Copyright & Art" program, hosted at Woodcock Washburn LLP, on Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. Presenter Ray Dowd of Dunnington, Bartholow & Miller LLP in New York will discuss "When Art Meets Commerce, What Happens?" and will explore the boundaries between the First Amendment and intellectual property rights.

For more information or to RSVP: Diane Ketler, Woodcock Washburn, at 215-564-5127 or dketler@woodcock.com.

YLD Harvest for the Homeless Nov. 17

The YLD is seeking volunteers for the annual Harvest for the Homeless. Through the "Harvest" the YLD collects clothing, blankets and dry non-perishable goods from local law firms and donates the items to Philadelphia homeless shelters.

Volunteers are needed to sort and distribute donated items on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 8:30 a.m. at Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP, 1735 Market St., 51st floor. Volunteers of all ages are welcome.

Firms participating in the collection of items: Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP; Fox Rothschild, LLP; Miller Alfano & Raspanti, PC; Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads, LLP; Pepper Hamilton, LLP; Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP; and Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC.

If you are interested in volunteering or would like more information, please contact Abbie DuFrayne at albertine.dufrayne@courts.phila.gov.

Barristers' Thanksgiving Drive Nov. 17

The Barristers' Association of Philadelphia will hold its 23rd Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Drive on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 10 a.m. Each year, the organization works along with area churches and community leaders to distribute Thanksgiving turkey baskets to needy families in the Philadelphia area. This year, the organization plans to donate more than 600 turkey baskets to families.

The co-chairs for the Thanksgiving Turkey Drive are Scott Reid and Layli Alexander. The drive will be held at the Cozen Police Athletic League, 732 N. 17th St. (17th and Brown). For more information, please contact Scott Reid at 215-665-2152 or Layli Alexander at 215-683-5180.

Sections, YLD, Committees Plan Annual Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Brandeis Society Hanukkah Party Nov. 29

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

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

FJD Accepting Nominations for Pro Bono Award

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Higginbotham Fellowship Available; Apply by Nov. 26

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

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

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

Public Interest Events, Trainings Scheduled

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

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

Business Journal to Spotlight Bar Dec. 28

The Philadelphia Business Journal is producing a special Philadelphia Bar Association supplement in its Dec. 28 edition.

The objective is to market, to the Business Journal reader, the positive impact the legal community, the Bar Association and individual member law firms have on local commerce and businesses in the Philadelphia region.

The deadline for reserving advertising space is Nov. 30. For more information, contact Michelle Stuhl at (215) 238-5114 or e-mail her at mstuhl@bizjournals.com.

Issues in Condo and Homeowner Associations Nov. 15

New Issues in Condominium and Homeowner Associations: Conflicts and the Courts is a “must” course for attorneys working with developers, associations, unit owners or municipalities. Update on decisions that courts have been handing down. Learn how board should conduct itself and explore constitutional rights homeowners have. This 4 (substantive) CLE credit hour program will be held in Philadelphia on Thursday, Nov. 15, 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 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Check-in begins at 8:30 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.

Monday, Nov. 12
Outsourcing
4 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 13
Elder Law Update
3 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Media Madness: What to Do When Your Client IS the News
2 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
12 to 3:15 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 14
E-Discovery - Live via Videoconference
4 substantive,1 ethics CLE credits (Must attend entire program to receive ethics credit)
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

SEC Investigations and Enforcement: A Practitioners Guide
2 substantive,1 ethics CLE credits (Must attend entire program to receive ethics credit)
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 15
New Issues in Condominiums and Homeowners Associations: Conflicts and the Courts
4 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Intersection of Divorce and Bankruptcy
2 substantive/1 ethics CLE credits (Must attend entire program to receive ethics credit)
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Negotiating Commercial Leases – Live via Videoconference
8.5 substantive,1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 16
Bridge the Gap
4 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Negotiating Commercial Leases – Live via Videoconference
8.5 substantive,1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:45 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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