Monday, Nov. 13, 2006
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 7, No. 82
 

Vice Chancellor, Board 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.

Members will select among the following candidates: Vice Chancellor, Alexander Kerr and Sayde J. Ladov; Secretary, John E. Savoth; Treasurer, Scott F. Cooper; Assistant Secretary, Kathleen D. Wilkinson; Assistant Treasurer, Jeffrey M. Lindy; Board of Governors (elect five), Gaetan J. Alfano, Karen L. Detamore, Natalie Klyashtorny, Michael B. Hayes, Wesley R. Payne, Rosemary Pinto, Jacqueline G. Segal and Shelley R. Smith.

The program begins at 12 p.m. A complimentary lunch will be provided. If you would like to attend, please register with Dawn Burger at (215) 238-6367 or e-mail her at dburger@philabar.org.

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 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.

Brown, Silver to Receive Wachovia Fidelity Award

Stephen D. Brown, a partner at Dechert LLP, and Samuel W. Silver, a partner at Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP, will be honored with the Association's Wachovia Fidelity Award at the Dec. 5 Annual Meeting Luncheon at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia.

The Wachovia Fidelity Award is presented annually by the Association to individuals who have helped improve the administration of justice and exhibited faithfulness to the profession.

Brown and Silver have been co-coordinators of the Prisoner Civil Rights Panel for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania since 1993. Brown is currently the chair of Dechert's Prisoner Civil Rights Pro Bono Practice Group, which he created more than a decade ago. Brown was presented in 2003 with Dechert's Samuel E. Klein Pro Bono Award, which is awarded annually to the firm's lawyers who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to pro bono legal services. Silver, chair of Schnader's Litigation Department, received the firm's Earl G. Harrison Award in 2000 for his distinguished record of public service.

The criteria for the Wachovia Fidelity Award includes: significant accomplishments in improving the administration of justice (preferably in Philadelphia); the absence of prior recognition for this work by the Philadelphia Bar Association; distinguished service consistently rendered over a considerable period of time or a single outstanding achievement in a particular year; the accomplishment must arise from voluntary activities rather than for services rendered as a paid professional; and it is preferred that the recipient be a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association not now in public office or directly involved with the court operations or any other public service activity.

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

125 Firms Raise $1.47 Million for Legal Services

With the addition of the Law Offices of Christy Adams; Badey, Sloan and DiGenova; Law Offices of Lenard A. Cohen, P.C.; German, Gallagher and Murtagh, P.C.; Peter Hearn, P.C.; and Larry Pitt and Associates, 125 firms have pledged more than $1.47 million in support of Chancellor Alan M. Feldman's Raising the Bar Campaign to support legal services.

The 125 law firms, representing more than 4,600 attorneys, have pledged $1,470,170. The Raising the Bar Campaign is a joint effort by the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Philadelphia Bar Foundation to increase funding for Philadelphia public interest law centers.

Each firm made a pledge of at least $300 per attorney in its Philadelphia office, with a number of firms committing to as much as $500. Seventeen of the firms are among the 20 largest as listed in PaLAW 2005. To contribute, contact Maureen Mingey, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation.

Click here for a list of the participating law firms and for more information about the Raising the Bar campaign.

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.

Workers Comp Appeal Board Members to Speak

Three commissioners from the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Appeal Board will discuss best practices at the Wednesday, Nov. 15 meeting of the Workers' Compensation Section.

The speakers for this lunchtime CLE program are Susan M. McDermott, Harold V. Fergus Jr. and Daniel R. Fleck. The program begins at 12:30 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St.

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 pbi.org, call PBI Customer Service at (800) 932-4637. Lunch is available for $7.50 per person for those who register in advance. Click here to purchase lunch for this program.

Meet YLD Candidates at Nov. 16 Happy Hour

The Young Lawyers Division will hold a Happy Hour on Thursday, Nov. 16 at Devil's Alley Bar and Grill, 1907 Chestnut St., where members can meet candidates for the YLD Executive Committee.

The Happy Hour runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and features complimentary drinks and finger food.

2006 Law Student Award Nominations Due by Nov. 15

The Public Interest Section is proud to announce the 2006 Law Student Award. The Law Student Award recognizes one third year student with a demonstrated commitment to public service from each of the five Philadelphia area law schools: Penn, Rutgers, Temple, Villanova and Widener (Delaware).

To nominate a student for this award, please complete the Nomination Form, available at philadelphiabar.org. The nominations deadline is Nov. 15.

For questions, contact Sara Woods, chair of the Law School Outreach Committee at woods@law.villanova.edu or 610-519-7228.

FJD to Present Pro Bono Honors Nov. 15

The First Judicial District will present its inaugural Pro Bono Publico Awards on Wednesday, Nov. 15 in the Bonavitacola Law Library in City Hall at 4 p.m.

The awards are being presented to attorneys from each division of the district whose pro bono work has been recognized by the judiciary as exemplary. The recipients are being recognized for their work on a single case, the length and depth of service, or for his or her willingness to take the hardest cases upon the least notice. Recipients of this year's award include: Daniel T. McWilliams, Court of Common Pleas, Civil Trial Division; Berto M. Elmore, Court of Common Pleas Criminal Trial Division; Arthur B. Jarrett, Court of Common Pleas - Family Court and Anne Maxwell, Orphans Court.

YLD Seeks Harvest for the Homeless Volunteers

The Young Lawyers Division is seeking volunteers for its annual Harvest for the Homeless program. Volunteers are needed to assist with sorting and distributing donated items on Saturday, Nov. 18. If you are interested in volunteering or would like more information about the program, please contact YLD Chair Michael Hayes at mhayes@mmwr.com or call (215) 772-7211.

Collections for the Harvest for the Homeless program have been set up at the following firms: Fox Rothschild LLP, 2000 Market St.; Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP, 123 S. Broad St.; Pepper Hamilton LLP, 2 Logan Square, Suite 3000; and Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP, 2600 One Commerce Square

Donations of men's, women's and children's clothing as well as non-perishable items are being collected to be distributed at homeless shelters throughout Philadelphia.

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. 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.

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.

Pennsylvania State and Local Tax Law Update Nov. 17

PBI's Pennsylvania State and Local Tax Law Update focuses on the most up-to-date issues and changes in tax law for a through review of the latest trends in tax law and the opportunity to ask the faculty your questions. This 4-substantive-credit hour program will be held in Philadelphia on Friday, Nov. 17, 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 12:45 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. 14
Understanding the Basics of Fraud and Abuse in the Health Care Industry
3 substantive CLE credits
12:30 to 3:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 15
13th Annual Estate Law Institute
Pennsylvania Convention Center
12th & Arch Streets
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4:35 p.m.

Criminal Law Update
4 substantive CLE credits
12 to 4:15 p.m.

Antitrust - An Important Year in Review
3 substantive CLE credits
1 to 4:15 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 16
13th Annual Estate Law Institute
Pennsylvania Convention Center
12th & Arch Streets
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4:35 p.m.

Finding Hidden Assets
4 substantive CLE credits
12 to 4:15 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 17
Pennsylvania State and Local Tax Update
4 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Effective Advocacy in the Federal Appellate Courts
3 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 20
Using Outlook in the Law Office
3 substantive CLE credits
1 to 4:45 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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