Nov. 14, 2011
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 12, No. 82
 

Savoth to Outline Plans at Dec. 6 Annual Meeting

The Philadelphia Bar Association's Annual Meeting Luncheon, featuring inaugural remarks from incoming Chancellor John E. Savoth, of counsel to Saltz Mongeluzzi Barrett & Bendesky PC, will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 12 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets.

The event will also feature The Fidelity Award Presented By PNC Wealth Management. Click here to purchase tickets.

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, William P. Fedullo; Secretary, Sophia Lee; Assistant Secretary, Jacqueline G. Segal; Treasurer, Joseph A. Prim Jr.; and Assistant Treasurer, Wesley R. Payne IV. There being no opposition, a unanimous ballot will also be cast for the following candidates for Board of Governors: Jennifer Segal Coatsworth, Rainy Papademetriou, James A. Rocco III, Eric H. Weitz and Kay Kyungsun Yu.

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 Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. Note: Only members in good standing of the Association's Young Lawyers Division may cast votes in this election. Attorneys are members of the Division if (1) they have not yet reached or reached in 2011 the age of 37, or, (2) they have not yet reached or reached in 2011 the third anniversary of their first admission to the bar of any state. 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. 1. 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. 6 at the Bellevue.

There are nine candidates running for seven seats on the Young Lawyers Division Executive Committee. Committee members serve three-year terms. The candidates are Courtenay R. Dunn, Daniel J. Gillin, Maria E. Harris, Todd B. Jacobs, Benjamin F. Johns, Andrew J. Kornblau, Erin Lamb, Kaitlin E. Picco and Jeffrey N. Rosenthal. Click here for more information.

Section 363 Sales in Bankruptcy CLE Nov. 16

The Private Equity Committee and Mergers and Acquisitions Committee will present the CLE program "Section 363 Sales in Bankruptcy - Trends and Opportunities from a Practitioner's Perspective" on Wednesday, Nov. 16.

The featured speaker is William J. Burnett. The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Registration and lunch begins at 12 p.m. 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. Lunch is available for $8.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register for lunch.

Higginbotham Fellowship Deadline is Nov. 16

The Public Interest Section will award one Higginbotham Fellowship to subsidize the work of a summer law clerk at a public interest organization during the summer of 2012. The winner will be determined by a lottery drawing conducted at the Public Interest Section's 20th Anniversary Dinner, Reception and Awards Ceremony on Thursday, Dec. 1 at 5:30 p.m., at Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market St.

Any public interest organization interested in applying for this stipend should notify Merril Zebe via email at mzebe@philabar.org no later than Wednesday, Nov. 16. To be eligible, the organization must have received a grant from Philadelphia Bar Foundation in December 2010 ({link: http://www.philabarfoundation.org/page/Grantees|included in list of 2010 Bar Foundation grantees); at least one member of organization’s staff must be a paid member of the Philadelphia Bar Association and Public Interest Section; and the organization must not have received the stipend in the past four years.

Sections, Committees Plan Annual Events

Temple University economics Prof. Dr. William C. Dunkelberg will be the keynote speaker at the Real Property Section's Annual Meeting and Luncheon on Thursday, Nov. 17. Community Design Collarborative will be presented with the section's Harris Ominsky Good Deed Award at the event, which begins at 12 p.m. at the Crystal Tea Room on the 9th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Tickets are $45 for members and $50 for non-members. Please register by Monday, Nov. 14. Click here to register.

• The Workers' Compensation Section Annual Holiday Party will be held Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 6 p.m. at Tendenza (by Cescaphe), 969 N. 2nd St. Tickets are $45 for Association members and $65 for non-members. Click here to purchase tickets.

• The Public Interest Section 20th Anniversary Program, Awards Ceremony and Dinner is set for Thursday, Dec. 1 at 5:30 p.m. at Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market St. Tickets are $60 for members and $75 for non-members. Click here for tickets.

• The Young Lawyers Division Holiday Party will be Monday, Dec. 5 at Smokin Bettys, 116 S. 11th St. beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets are $35 for YLD members and $25 for law students. Click here for tickets.

• The Probate and Trust Law Section Annual Meeting and Reception will be Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 5 p.m. at the Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel, 1701 Locust St. Click here to RSVP.

• The Tax Section Annual CLE Meeting and Dinner will be Wednesday, Dec. 7 beginning at 2:30 p.m., at The Union League of Philadelphia, 140 S. Broad St. Visit pbi.org to register.

• The Criminal Justice Section Annual Reception and Awards Ceremony will be Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. at Courtyard Philadelphia Downtown, 21 N. Juniper St. Tickets are $55 for members and $65 for non-members. Click here to register.

• The Family Law Section Annual Dinner, featuring the presentation of the Herbert R. Weiman Jr. Award, wil be Thursday, Dec. 8 at The Rittenhouse Hotel, 210 W. Rittenhouse Square at 6 p.m. Tickets are $65 for section members and $75 for non-members. Click here to register.

• The Senior Lawyers Committee Holiday Reception is Thursday, Dec. 8 at 5:30 p.m. at The Palm restaurant, 200 S. Broad St. Click here to RSVP.

• The State Civil Litigation Section Annual Meeting and Reception is Monday, Dec. 12 at 5:30 p.m. at Estia, 1405 Locust St. Click here for more information.

Meet New Administrative Law Judges Nov. 18

Meet the new administrative law judges at the Friday, Nov. 18 meeting of the Social Security Disability Benefits Committee.

The speakers will be Judges John Lyons, Nancy Lisewski and Nicolas Cerulli with guests Judge Linda M. Bernstein and Judge Susan A. Flynn.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register.

Bar Foundation Hamilton Benefit Nov. 19

More than 400 lawyers, judges and business leaders will gather at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts on Saturday, Nov. 19 for the Philadelphia Bar Foundations 33rd Annual Andrew Hamilton Benefit. This event, the year's leading social and charitable event for Philadelphia's legal community, supports the Bar Foundation's mission of promoting equal access to justice for the less fortunate. Click here to purchase tickets to the event.

Wendy Beetlestone, president of the Bar Foundation and partner at Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller, said of the event, "This is the Bar Foundation's most important fundraiser in support of the grants we make to the legal services organizations that serve the most vulnerable members of our community. Those who attend are showing their passion for justice and for the law. The theme this year is 'The Art of Giving,' but at this amazing event we will be performing the arts of eating, dancing and celebrating our legal community as well."

By virtue of being held at Americas oldest art school and museum, art is playing a role in many aspects of the event. A competition held to provide artwork that would illustrate the theme of the event was won by local artist Jenny Lynn with her elegant black-and-white photograph. There will be a live and silent auction as part of the festivities to which acclaimed muralist Meg Saligman will be donating a piece and which will feature prizes including getaways to a Spanish villa and a condominium in Mexico and club box seats for the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation is the charitable arm of Philadelphia's legal community. Every year, the funds raised through the Andrew Hamilton Benefit are used to support more than 30 nonprofit legal services organizations in Philadelphia. Click here to purchase tickets to the event.

Issues Intersecting State, Federal Multi-Filed Cases Nov. 21

U.S. District Court Judge Eduardo C. Robreno and Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Sandra Mazer Moss will discuss issues intersecting federal and state court practice in multi-filed cases at a Monday, Nov. 21 joint meeting of the Federal Courts Committee and Rules and Procedure Committee.

Our presenters will discuss both the practical and substantive issues which arise in cases pending simultaneously in both state and federal venues. They bring a great deal of experience and insight on this topic.

The program begins at 12:30 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Registration and lunch begins at 12 p.m. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register.

Rules of Evidence Refresher CLE Nov. 29

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 at the Tuesday, Nov. 29 CLE program presented by the Criminal Justice Section.

Registration and lunch begin at 12 p.m. in the in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. 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.

Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register for lunch.

Find Your Inner Financial Diva Nov. 29

Pari Hashemi, partner of The McFadden Group at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, will present "Five Critical Success Factors for Financially Savvy Women: Find Your Inner Financial Diva" at the Tuesday, Nov. 29 meeting of the Women in the Profession Committee.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register.

Comcast's David Cohen to be Honored Nov. 17

The Philadelphia Public Relations Association will present its 2011 Gold Medal Award to David L. Cohen, executive vice president, Comcast. on Thursday, Nov. 17.

The luncheon and program begins at 12 p.m. at The Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia, Ten Avenue of the Arts. Tickets are $65 for PPRA members and $75 for non-members. Click here to purchase tickets to this event.

Chester County Seeks Input on E-Filing

The Chester County Court of Common Pleas is contemplating instituting e-Filing for all documents, other than Family Court documents, filed with the prothonotary.

We would like to hear from lawyers, including family law practitioners, and members of their staffs about their experiences with e-Filing in other jurisdictions. We want to hear about problems which have been encountered as well as features of other eFiling systems that have proved to be particularly helpful.

A meeting will be held on Thursday, Nov. 17, at 4 p.m. in Courtroom #2 of the Chester County Justice Center. All members of the bar and support staff are welcome to attend.

Please note, there will not be any discussion of any proposed e-Filing system for the Chester County Court system. This meeting is our opportunity to hear from you before we complete development of an e-Filing system for Chester County.

If you cannot attend the meeting but would like to submit comments, written comments should be sent to DCIS/GIS Department, C/O Glenn Angstadt, 313 W. Market St., Suite 5302, P.O. Box 2748, West Chester, PA 19380-0991.

Access The Legal Directory 2011 on Your Handheld Device

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The newly released, expanded and updated Legal Directory has more than 700 pages of firm and attorney entries, information for more than 350 local judges, government contacts, law organization profiles, ADR resources, Bar Association bylaws, contacts and committees, and more. It's a wealth of vital information legal professionals in the region trust and rely on - all in one resource.

For $79.95, you get the incredible convenience of print, online and mobile access to The Legal Directory. To order, visit thelegaldirectory.org.

Free Fastcase Training Webinars Scheduled

A series of free webinars have been scheduled for Philadelphia Bar Association members to help them familiarize themselves with Fastcase®, the new member benefit legal research tool.

Fastcase® puts a comprehensive law library of Pennsylvania state and federal cases, statutes and rules at your fingertips. If your firm's Philadelphia office has 100 percent attorney membership in the Philadelphia Bar Association, you'll receive Fastcase® free!

Webinars for Fastcase Research Tips (in depth) will be held:
Wednesday, Dec. 14, 3 to 4 p.m.

Webinars for Searching for Statutes (Overview)
Thursday, Dec. 6, 3 to 4 p.m.

Fully-Paid Bar Membership for Villanova Law Students

Through an agreement negotiated by Dean John Y. Gotanda, the Philadelphia Bar Association is pleased to offer all current students of Villanova University School of Law the opportunity to register for fully-paid membership in the Philadelphia Bar Association. This is an annual membership that can be renewed each year and will be paid for by the law school while you are a student. (Note to 3L students: If you registered before graduation, your membership will be paid by the law school and will continue through December 2011.)

Membership in the Bar Association provides you with opportunities to professionally connect with practicing lawyers and judges in a cooperative and learning environment, allowing for one-on-one interactions that are invaluable in building your career and obtaining contacts for potential job opportunities.

A similar agreement exists for students at Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University.

Registration is required to receive your law school-sponsored fully-paid membership in the Philadelphia Bar Association. To register, click here and complete the form.

As a member of the Philadelphia Association, you'll receive:

• Access to the "Members Only" portion of our interactive website, philadelphiabar.org, that lets you view "Bar Classifieds" employment opportunities and place Classified ads at a fraction of the cost of other online services

• Fastcase®, the next-generation legal research provider, available free of charge

• Invaluable networking opportunities with local attorneys and judges at hundreds of events each year, including Chancellor's Forums, substantive panel programs and practice group receptions

• The opportunity to join more than 50 Committees and nine Sections in specific areas of legal practice (such as intellectual property, business litigation, international law, workers compensation, criminal, etc.) as well as targeted interest groups (diversity in the profession, women in the profession, solo practitioners, etc.)

• Automatic membership in the Young Lawyers Division (YLD)

• A subscription to The Philadelphia Lawyer quarterly magazine; the Philadelphia Bar Reporter monthly newspaper; Bar Reporter Online twice-weekly e-newsletter; YLD weekly E-Zine; and Upon Further Review monthly caselaw e-publication

• A vibrant social media network including Facebook sites for the Bar Association and the YLD, Twitter, podcasts and blogs including "PhiLAWdelphia" - the blog of the YLD

• Insurance brokerage services provided through USI Affinity

• Discounts on CLE programs offered through the Pennsylvania Bar Institute

• A legislative program to champion your interests to lawmakers at City Hall, in Harrisburg and in Washington

• Much, much more!

For questions, or to learn more about the advantages of Philadelphia Bar Association membership, call our Membership Department at 215-238-6313.

Public Interest Trainings, Events Planned

• Philadelphia VIP and HIAS Pennsylvania will present a free CLE training on Asylum on Wednesday, Nov. 16 from 12:15 to 3:30 p.m. (lunch provided), at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, 1701 Market St., Philadelphia. This program will provide training on basic asylum law as applied in the U.S. Each attendee who participates and accepts a VIP/HIAS pro bono case within 6 months of the training will earn three substantive CLE credits. Register online at phillyvip@phillyvip.org or by calling 215-523-9550.

• Philadelphia VIP will present a free CLE training on mortgage foreclosure on Friday, Nov. 18 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Comcast Cable, One Comcast Center, 45th Floor, Rooms J/K/L. Volunteers will receive a total of 3 free substantive CLE credits in exchange for either: representing two different clients at one or more mortgage foreclosure conciliation conferences on a continuing basis until the attempted negotiation is resolved, or volunteering as an on-call attorney at three different conciliation conference half-day sessions without a continuing client. Volunteer work must be completed within six months of the training. Register at phillyvip@phillyvip.org or at 215-523-9550.

• The Legal Clinic for the Disabled's 1st Annual Casino Night Fundraiser will be held Friday, Nov. 18 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Center for Architecture, 1218 Arch St. Play authentic casino games (poker, blackjack, roulette, craps) staffed by professional dealers. Tickets are $40 or $75 for two, or $20 with student ID. Tickets are $10 more at the door. Ticket includes playing chips, raffle, music, drinks, and food from some of Philly's best restaurants. Each ticket holder receives $200 in chips. More chips available for purchase at the event. Chips can be exchanged for raffle tickets for a chance to win prizes such as: dinner and an overnight stay for two at Harrah's Resort Atlantic City, a Burberry watch, Philadelphia Opera tickets, restaurant packages, and more. For tickets, contact Ben at 215-587-3439 or bbeckcoon@lcdphila.org.

• The 19th Annual Face to Face Turkey Trot will be held on Forbidden Drive in Fairmount Park on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 24), at 9 a.m. The event is a sanctioned 5-mile run, 1-mile walk to benefit Face to Face, a soup kitchen and human services organization serving people in need since 1980. CBS Radio's Glen Macnow (from WIP Sports Radio) will join the event. Register online at turkeytrotphilly.org.

Navigating the Rising Tide of Retaliation Claims

Retaliation charges filed with the EEOC currently outnumber all other types of discrimination claims filed. With a newly invigorated EEOC and court decisions that continue to expand protections against retaliation in the workplace, employment law practitioners must hone their litigation skills and identify effective strategies in order to successfully win or defend retaliation claims. In this new course, you will hear from a diverse faculty of attorneys on both sides of retaliation cases, along with agency professionals. This 3 CLE credit program will be held Wednesday, Nov. 16 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 12:15 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. 14
Guns and Lawyers for You and Your Client
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 15
Get Organized and Get Things Done
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Fundamentals of Health Law
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 16
Medical School for Lawyers: Into the Anatomy Lab
6 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Navigating the Rising Tide of Retaliation Claims
3 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Tales from the Crypt
3 substantive CLE credits
1 to 4:15 p.m.

Thursday-Friday, Nov. 17-18
18th Annual Estate Law Institute
Pennsylvania Convention Center
6 CLE credits each day
8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. both days

PLI - Negotiating Commercial Leases: How Owners & Corporate Occupants Can Avoid Costly Errors 2011
11.5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 17
Travel Law
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 18
Litigating the Science Case
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 21
PLI - Hedge Fund Enforcement & Regulatory Developments 2011
4.5 substantive, 1.5 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 28
Pennsylvania Election Law
3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

From File to Trial: 8 Keys to Success in Court and Beyond (video)
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 30
Ethically Creating an Innovative Legal Practice in the Digital Marketplace
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:30 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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