Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 9, No. 83

Board of Governors candidates (seated, from left) Danielle Banks, Jeffrey Campolongo, Phyllis Horn Epstein and (standing, from left) Michael Shaffer, Sean Sullivan, Stacy Tees and Regina Foley. The candidates participated in a forum sponsored by the Election Committee on Nov. 12.

Bar Candidates Election Forum
Podcast, Voters Guide Now Online

Click here to listen to the Candidates Forum featuring the seven people seeking five seats on the Association's Board of Governors...READ MORE
 

Bar Candidates Election Forum Podcast, Voters Guide Online

Click here to listen to the Candidates Forum featuring the seven people seeking five seats on the Association's Board of Governors.

The Philadelphia Bar Reporter Voters Guide for Bar Association Election is also available online and can be downloaded by clicking here.

An Evening of Private Shopping at Tiffany's Tonight

The Young Lawyers Division will present an evening of private shopping for holiday gifts at Tiffany & Co., tonight (Thursday, Nov. 13).

The event, which will include cocktails, begins at 5:30 p.m. at Tiffany & Co., 1414 Walnut St.

Financial Due Diligence for Lawyers Today

James J. Caruso will present a program on financial due diligence for lawyers at today's (Thursday, Nov. 13) meeting of the Bankruptcy Committee.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. at the offices of Pepper Hamilton LLP, 3000 Two Logan Square, 18th and Arch streets. Click here to RSVP.

Nominees Sought for Chancellor's Diversity Award

Nominees are being sought for the inaugural Chancellor's Diversity Award. The award will recognize a law firm, legal organization or individual who has made a substantial contribution to diversity and inclusion in the legal field. Nominations for the award will be accepted from any member of the Philadelphia Bar Association and must be submitted by Friday, Nov. 14. The Chancellor's Diversity Award will be presented at the Annual Meeting Luncheon on Monday, Dec. 8.

Potential awardees may be an individual attorney, law firm of any size, legal services organization or law school. Note of correction: The nominee's place of business (not residence) must be in Philadelphia County. Nominees should demonstrate a sustained and continuous appreciation of and contribution to diversity and inclusion in the field. However, nominations will be accepted for a single outstanding contribution.

If the nomination is for a law firm, law school or organization, it may include an outstanding or innovative programmatic activity that has highlighted diversity, increased diverse representation or supported inclusion efforts in the legal field. These activities should support the areas of commitment to diversity mentioned in the Philadelphia Bar Association's Statement of Diversity Principles.

If the nomination is for an individual, that person must demonstrate a sustained commitment to the tenets of diversity through activities that should support the areas of commitment to diversity mentioned in the Philadelphia Bar Association's Statement of Diversity Principles. For more information about the Chancellor's Diversity Award, contact Dr. Sean Kathleen Lincoln at (215) 238-6340. Click here to download nomination forms.

Symposium on Norris Law Firm Nov. 19

The Philadelphia Diversity Law Group, in association with Temple University and the Philadelphia Bar Association, will host the symposium "Creating Access – The Norris Law Firm and the Liacouras Committee" on Wednesday, Nov. 19.

More than 50 years ago, a time when African-Americans had few, if any, options to practice in majority law firms, a courageous and talented group of African-American lawyers formed what is considered by many to be Philadelphia's first African-American law firm – Norris Schmidt Green Harris Higginbotham & Brown. The firm's in-court victories, as well as its out of court influence, created access for countless persons across the region and nation. The firm never numbered more than a dozen lawyers at a given time, and still produced many of the superstars of the profession. A number of the firm's lawyers partnered with others in the Philadelphia legal community in an effort to increase the number of African-American lawyers in the Commonwealth by reforming Pennsylvania's bar examination procedures.

Responding to their efforts, the Philadelphia Bar Association appointed a special committee chaired by Peter Liacouras to determine whether Pennsylvania's bar examination procedures were in fact biased against African-American candidates. The committee published its findings in December of 1970, and changes were made in the Commonwealth’s examination procedures that substantially increased the number of African-American lawyers practicing in Philadelphia and statewide. Lawyers from a cross section of the Philadelphia bar, including fabled African-American lawyer and civil rights activist Austin Norris, worked together to bring about the report and these changes, which have forever altered the face of Philadelphia's legal community.

"Creating Access" will tell the story of how these Philadelphia lawyers came together to change our profession, primarily through the recollections of a panel of witnesses to and participants in these events. By retelling their story, we celebrate the achievements of the Norris Law Firm, the Liacouras Committee, and the other diversity pioneers who contributed to making a legal career accessible to a more diverse group of lawyers, providing an example of professional courage and commitment to principle that continues to inspire today.

Symposium participants include William H. Brown III, Robert L. Archie Jr., Peter J. Liacouras, Hon. Paul A. Dandridge, Hon. Ricardo C. Jackson, W. Bourne Ruthrauff, Professor Robert Reinstein and moderator JoAnne A. Epps, dean of Temple University Beasley School of Law.

The program will be held at the African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch St., beginning at 6 p.m. RSVP by Nov. 14 by calling 215-751-2237 or e-mailing sbender@schnader.com.

Issues Facing LGTBQ Youth Nov. 17

The Legal Rights of Children and the LGBT Rights Committees will host a joint meeting on issues facing LGBTQ youth on Monday, Nov. 17.

Panelists include Rebecca Mainor, Support Center for Child Advocates; J. Mason, Bryson Institute of the Attic Youth Center; and Kathryn L. Stewart, Equality Advocates of Pennsylvania. The program begins at 3:30 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Cookies and beverages will be provided. Click here to RSVP.

D.A. on Efforts to Enhance Delivery of Justice Nov. 18

District Attorney Lynne M. Abraham will discuss recent efforts to enhance the delivery of justice at the Tuesday, Nov. 18 meeting of the City Policy 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 who have registered in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Meet Newest Members of Federal Bench Nov. 19

The Women in the Profession Committee and Federal Courts Committee will host the program "Meet the Newest Members of Our Federal Bench" on Wednesday, Nov. 19.

Guests include Judges Mitchell S. Goldberg, C. Darnell Jones II, Joel H. Slomsky and Lynne A. Sitarski with special guest and moderator, Judge Anita B. Brody.

The program 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.

Chancellor's Diversity Training Series Nov. 20

The Chancellor's Diversity Training Series continues on Thursday, Nov. 20 with a session on transitioning from government to private practice.

This workshop is intended to help attendees learn about legal and other professional skills and abilities needed, as well as the practical steps that can be taken to move from practicing law in the public sphere to a private firm.

Panelists include Nelson A. Diaz of Cozen O'Connor; Carlton L. Johnson of Archer & Greiner P.C.; Barbara A. Potts of Blank Rome LLP; and Carolyn P. Short of Reed Smith LLP. The program will be moderated by Chancellor A. Michael Pratt.

The program will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Click here to register. There is no charge to attend this program.

The Chancellor's Diversity Training Series wraps up on Dec. 16 with a program on life at a mid-size firm. This workshop is intended to help attendees learn about working at mid-size firms. Of particular interest are the benefits of mid-size firms, as well as how mid-size firms contribute to an attorney's growth and development in the legal profession.

Social Security Practice Update Nov. 21

Nancy Shor, executive director of NOSSCR, will provide an update on issues affecting Social Security practice at the Friday, Nov. 21 meeting of the Social Security Disability Benefits Committee.

The meeting begins at 12 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.

Prof. Epstein's Evidence Refresher CLE Nov. 25

Professor Jules Epstein will present his annual Pennsylvania rules of evidence refresher at the Criminal Justice Section's lunchtime CLE program on Tuesday, Nov. 25.

Back by popular demand, 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.

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. If you wish to register in advance please visit pbi.org or call PBI Customer Service at 1-800-932-4637. Lunch is available for an additional $7.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Improving Your Bottom Line Dec. 2

The Financial Management Committee of the Law Practice Management Division will present "Maximizing Economic Performance: Tactics to Improve Your Bottom Line" on Tuesday, Dec. 2.

Speakers for the program will be Alan Badey, CPA, and Kevin Ryan, CPA, partners, Citrin Cooperman & Company, LLP. They will discuss facets of your business that drive profitability; how to manage your partners' profitability; how to increase your bottom line in other ways; and how to turn the ship around.

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

Public Interest Section Law Student Nominees Sought

The Public Interest Section is seeking nominees for its 2008 Law Student Award. Click here to download a nomination form.

The 2008 Public Interest Section Law Student Award recognizes one third-year student from each of the six Philadelphia area schools with a demonstrated commitment to public service. This commitment can be shown in various ways, including but not limited to:

Involvement in school pro bono programs

Membership in school public interest groups, including leadership roles

Public interest summer employment

Participation in academic clinics or externships One student from each school will be selected for the Award by their school representative. Students will be honored at the 2008 Public Interest Section Reception on Tuesday, Dec. 9. Click here to download a nomination form.

Public Interest Calendar, Training Events

• Homeless Advocacy Project will present a pro bono CLE training program, "How to Prepare for an SSI Hearing," on Monday, Nov. 17, from 12 to 1:30 p.m., at DLA Piper, One Liberty Place, 1650 Market St., Suite 4900. This course is open to current and prospective HAP volunteers and will provide 1.5 CLE credits. To register, contact Michele Levy at 215-523-9585 or mlevy@philalegal.org. Deadline for registration is Wednesday, Nov. 12.

• Support Center for Child Advocates will present "How to Handle a Child Abuse Case," a Volunteers Training CLE Program, on Wednesday, Nov. 19, from 8:30 a.m. (registration/breakfast) to 4:30 p.m., at the CLE Conference Center, Wanamaker Building, 100 Penn Square East, Suite 1010. Six CLE credits are available. To register, contact PBI at www.pbi.org or 1-800-932-4637.

• The SeniorLAW Center will host a Pacific Northwest Wine Tasting Party on Wednesday, Nov. 19 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Marvin Comisky Conference Center at the offices of Blank Rome LLP, One Logan Square, 18th and Cherry streets. Tickets are $55 and two for $99. The event benefits the SeniorLAW Center. To order tickets, call (215) 701-3203 or e-mail lfelzer@seniorlawcenter.org.

• AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a cocktail reception and program featuring Jonathan Demme, director of the film "Philadelphia," on Thursday, Nov. 20, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., at City Hall. For ticket and sponsorship information, please visit aidslawpa.org or contact Ronda Goldfein at Goldfein@aidslawpa.org or 215-587-9377.

• Philadelphia VIP will present a CLE program on Ethics of Pro Bono Program, on Friday, Dec. 5, from 12 to 2:15 p.m., at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 10th Floor Board Room. For more information about this program, contact VIP at 215-523-9550.

• The Annual Public Interest Law Day CLE Program will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 9, from 8:30 a.m. (registration/breakfast) to 4:30 p.m. (lunch included), at the PBI CLE Conference Center, Wanamaker Building, 100 Penn Square East, Suite 1010. Six CLE credits are available. This program is sponsored by the Delivery of Legal Services Committee, Public Interest Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association. To register, contact PBI at pbi.org or call 1-800-932-4637.

• Homeless Advocacy Project will present a Veterans Law Pro Bono CLE Training on Wednesday, Dec. 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., at Dechert LLP, Cira Center, 2929 Arch St., 21st Floor. Michael Taub, Esq., will present this training. This training is open to current and prospective HAP volunteers Three free CLE credits will be provided in exchange for taking a pro bono case referred by HAP. To register, contact Marsha Cohen at marsha@philalegal.org.

FJD Seeks Pro Bono Roll of Honor Nominees

The First Judicial District of Pennsylvania will present the Third Annual 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. 22.

At the ceremony, the FJD 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 2008. 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 FJD during 2008.

• 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 at courts.phila.gov under "News and Announcements." The deadline for nominations for the 2008 Pro Bono Roll of Honor is Nov. 24.

The form should be sent to the attention of Deborah Dailey, Deputy Prothonotary, First Judicial District of Pennsylvania, by e-mail at debbie.dailey@courts.phila.gov, by facsimile at 215-567-7380, or by mail addressed to Room 284 City Hall, Philadelphia, Pa., 19107.

Update Listing for The Legal Directory 2009

Listings updates for The Legal Directory 2009 are now under way! Act now to make sure your information is 100 percent correct in the Philadelphia area's most comprehensive legal resource.

Every fall, thousands of attorneys and firms in the city and surrounding Pennsylvania counties are contacted by e-mail and mail to update their entries. If you have not heard from The Legal Directory, please call 443-909-7843. Update information will be sent to your attention. The response deadline is Monday, Jan. 12.

The Legal Directory 2009 will feature hundreds of new listings, part of the most complete database of metro area firms and attorneys available. It also includes pages of indispensable information you've come to rely on:

Bar Association bylaws, contacts and committees;
Facts on federal, state and county courts and government agencies;
Index of judges with phone numbers and addresses;
Special section devoted to corporate counsel;
Alternative dispute resolution resources;
A business-to-business supplier section tailored to the legal community.

Each copy of The Legal Directory 2009 will include free access to The Legal Directory Online (good through March 31, 2010.)

The Legal Directory 2009 will be available in early April, but you can order now to take advantage of the discounted pre-publication price of $59.95 (plus shipping and tax).

Don't be confused by imitators – this is the only official publication of the Philadelphia Bar Association. Visit {thelegaldirectory.org for more information.

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