Nov. 15, 2010
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 11, No. 83
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Garcia to Outline 2011 Plans
as Bar Honors Wells Fargo
Fidelity, Brennan Recipients

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 Wells Fargo Fidelity Award and the Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Distinguished Jurist Award...READ MORE
 

Garcia to Outline 2011 Plans; 7 to Receive Bar Honors

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.

U.S. Magistrate Judges L. Felipe Restrepo and Timothy R. Rice will receive the Association's Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Distinguished Jurist Award at the event for their work presiding over the Supervision to Aid Re-entry Program.

Attorneys Mitchell L. Bach, Edward G. Biester III, Gregory H. Mathews, Darryl J. May and Marc J. Sonnenfeld, who worked to make Philadelphia's Commerce Court become a reality, have been named the recipients of the 2010 Wells Fargo Fidelity Award. They will also be honored at the Annual Meeting Luncheon. Click here to purchase tickets to the Annual Meeting Luncheon.

Notice to Bar Association Members

Please be advised that Albert S. Dandridge III has withdrawn his candidacy for the office of Vice Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association in the Association’s Annual Election to be held on Tuesday, Dec. 7. There being no opposition for the office of Vice Chancellor, a unanimous ballot will be cast for Kathleen D. Wilkinson.

Wilkinson will serve as Vice Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association in 2011, Chancellor-Elect in 2012, and Chancellor in 2013.

The 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.

Candidates for office are: 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).

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.

There being no opposition, a unanimous ballot will be cast for the following seven candidates for the Young Lawyers Division Executive Committee (three-year term): Jo Rosenberger Altman, Edward F. Beitz, Anthony H. Chwastyk, Joshu Harris, Brielle M. Rey, Christopher Sharp and Todd H. Zamostien.

The Association will welcome its 84th Chancellor, Rudolph Garcia of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC, at its Annual Meeting Luncheon on Dec. 7 at 12 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Hyatt at The Bellevue. Current Chancellor Scott F. Cooper will introduce Garcia, whose term officially begins on Jan. 1, 2011. Garcia will deliver his inaugural address at the event. To purchase tickets, click here.

Chancellor's Forum Today with Managing Director Negrin

The Philadelphia Bar Association will present the Chancellor's Forum, "A Conversation with Richard Negrin," today (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.

Bar Association Candidates Forum Nov. 18

All members of the Philadelphia Bar Association are invited to attend a Candidates Forum 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 forum, sponsored by the Association's Elections Committee, will be held on Thursday, Nov. 18 at 12 p.m. featuring officer candidates and Board of Governors candidates.

The forum 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. 18 forum.

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

Candidates for office are: 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 forum.

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. Click here to purchase tickets.

Chancellor Issues Statement on Passing of Comisky

Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor Scott F. Cooper issued the following statement Friday on the passing of former Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor Marvin Comisky, Chairman Emeritus at Blank Rome LLP:

"Marvin Comisky was a pioneer in the legal profession and a natural-born leader who exemplified the ideals of personal character, keen intellect, and professional commitment. A consummate lawyer, he managed a full-time practice while serving as Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association in 1965 and was integral in leading the commitment to diversity among law firms at a time when such efforts did not exist.

As Chancellor in 1965, Comisky focused on the problems of the courts, fostering a new level of cooperation between bench and bar. He advocated for the creation of additional judicial seats to address the high volume of cases in the Philadelphia court system, resulting in the addition of 10 judges that year. He was instrumental in persuading the court to establish for the first time a formal ceremony for the induction of lawyers.

Under Comisky’s leadership, the Association addressed itself to the national call for a “war on poverty” by creating a plan in which Philadelphia lawyers would assure the availability of legal services to the poor throughout the city.

He also established a fund for underemployed lawyers “so that our less fortunate brothers at the bar may have a friendly, helping hand in times of stress.”

Comisky also created the Philadelphia Bar Association’s first published Annual Report.

Marvin Comisky was a personal mentor to me in my professional career. As a partner in the law firm that he helped to create, I am honored to have followed in his footsteps to serve as Chancellor of America’s oldest metropolitan bar association.

On behalf of the entire legal community, we extend our condolences to Marvin Comisky’s family at this difficult time. We do this gratefully with the knowledge that they and we are sustained by the warm and shining memory of this great man."

Contributions in Marvin's name can be made to: Beth Shalom Congregation, 8231 Old York Road, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania 19027, or Abramson Center for Jewish Life, 1425 Horsham Road, North Wales, PA 19454-1320.

Post-Election Analysis Nov. 17

State Rep. John Taylor and Anthony Crisci will present a post-election analysis and what it means for Philadelphia at the Wednesday, Nov. 17 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 $8. Click here to register.

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.

Speakers include Catherine Omerod, project director of Vision 2020; Fran Fattah and Janet Kroll, Vision 2020 PA delegates; and Lynn Marks, Vision 2020 regional advisor.

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.

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.

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 Krimpets®, Kandy Kakes®, 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.

Leverage Online Technology in Marketing Nov. 18

Kimberly Alford Rice and Manny Trujillo will present tips to leverage online technology in your marketing toolkit at the Thursday, Nov. 18 meeting of the Law Practice Management 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 $8. Click here to register.

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.

Judge Woods-Skipper on Zone Courts Nov. 22

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Sheila Woods-Skipper will present an update on Zone Court at the Monday, Nov. 22 meeting of the Criminal Justice Section.

The meeting will also include presentations from candidates for Bar Association office. The Section will also elect its officers and executive committee members.

The meeting begins at 3:30 p.m. in Courtroom 304 of the Criminal Justice Center, 1301 Filbert St. There is no cost to attend this meeting. Click here to register.

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.

International LL.M. Reception Nov. 30

The International Law Committee will host a reception for international LL.M. students in Philadelphia and present the International Law Committee awards on Tuesday, Nov. 30.

The event, co-sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the Temple University Beasley School of Law, will be held at the offices of Pepper Hamilton LLP, 3000 Two Logan Square, 18th and Arch streets.

There is no charge to attend this event but reservations are required. RSVP to Dawn Petit at 215-238-6367 or dpetit@philabar.org by Tuesday, Nov. 23.

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

Public Interest Law Day Dec. 9

The Public Interest Section will present its annual Public Interest Law Day CLE Program and hold its annual Public Interest Section Awards Ceremony and Reception on Thursday, Dec. 9.

The Public Interest Law Day CLE program will take place from 9 a.m. to 4:30 a.m., at the PBI CLE Conference Center, Wanamaker Building, 10th Floor, Suite 1010, Juniper Street entrance. The program "Good News: Despite the Recession, We Are Making Progress!" features a distinguished faculty of judges and public interest law experts and offers a total of six CLE credits, including one ethics credits. Click here for more information about the program. To register for Public Interest Law Day CLE program, contact PBI at 1-800-932-4637 or register online at www.pbi.org.

Public Interest Law Day will be followed by the Public Interest Section's Annual Awards Ceremony and Reception at Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market St. The Awards Ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by the reception, featuring beer, wine and hors d'oeuvres, and the presentation of the 2010 Andrew Hamilton Award for distinguished public service advocacy. This year, the awards ceremony will also feature the selection winner of the Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Scholarship to subsidize the hiring of a law student for the following summer as well as the presentation of the Section’s third annual Law Student Awards, which recognize a third-year law student from each of the six Philadelphia-area law schools who has demonstrated a strong commitment to public interest work. The Awards Ceremony will also feature the presentation of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation's Shuster Fellowships.

Tickets for the Public Interest Awards Ceremony and Reception are $40 for public interest and government attorneys; $55 for section members; and $65 for non-section members ($10 increase will be charged for walk-ins purchasing tickets at the event). Tickets may be purchased online at www.philabar.org. Proceeds from this event fund the Higginbotham Scholarship program.

Business Law Section Annual Meeting Dec. 13

The Business Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association will hold its Annual Meeting on Monday, Dec. 13 at 1 p.m., at The Philadelphia Bar Association Headquarters, 10th Floor Boardroom, 1101 Market St.. The business to be conducted at the Annual Meeting is to elect Section officers and to amend its Bylaws.

The following nominations for Section officers for one-year terms beginning Jan. 1, 2011 will be considered: Barbara Sicalides, Vice Chair; Wanda Flowers, Treasurer; and Michael Ecker, Secretary. The 2010 Vice Chair of the Section, Sandra Jeskie, will automatically become the 2011 Chair of the Section, as provided in Article III, Section 3 of the Bylaws. Rachel Branson is a candidate for a three-year term commencing on Jan. 1, 2011. Section members may submit additional nominations for the above-stated positions no later than Wednesday, Dec. 8 by filing a petition, signed by at least 35 members in good standing with the Section. Additional nominations should be sent to Wanda Flowers, Secretary, Business Law Section, Philadelphia Bar Association, 11th Floor, 1101 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19107. Bradford Sandler will continue to serve the three-year term begun Jan. 1, 2009. Shelley Goldner and Curtis Golkow will continue to serve their three-year terms begun on Jan. 1, 2010.

The Annual Meeting shall also address amendments of the Section's Bylaws to provide that (a) notice of the Annual Meeting under Article V, Section 1, and (b) notice of special meetings under Article V, Section 2, shall be published in the online Philadelphia Bar Reporter and distributed by the Section's listserve at least fifteen (15) days before such meetings, replacing notice by publication in The Legal Intelligencer at least fifteen (15) days before such meetings.

Business Law Section to Present Awards Jan. 25

The Business Law Section is pleased to announce the following 2010 annual award recipients. These awards will be presented at the Section's Annual Reception on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011 at the Westin Hotel, 99 S. 17th St.

Past Bar Chancellor and 2001 Business Law Section Committee Chair of the Year, Jane Leslie Dalton, will receive the Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award. Replansky, a former Business Law Section Chair, passed away in 1994 at the age of 51 and was among the Bar’s most esteemed and beloved members. In 1997, the Section established the Award in recognition of his career as a lawyer and his contributions to legal, civic, religious and other charitable causes. Dalton, through her years of accomplishments and service, continues the line of award recipients who exemplify the abilities and qualities that honor Dennis Replansky's memory, and whose lives are exemplars to other lawyers.

The 2010 Chair of the Year is Graham R. Laub, chair of both the Mergers & Acquisitions Committee and the Securities Regulation Committee. His commitment, leadership and industry are deeply appreciated by the Section and by those who have directly benefited from the many programs offered by those committees.

The 2010 Committee of the Year is the Antitrust Committee, chaired by Gerard A. Dever. The Committee has put on a series of fascinating and well-attended seminars that are a genuine boon to the antitrust bar. The Section is enriched by such an active and productive committee.

The reception begins at 5:30 p.m. Visit philadelphiabar.org for ticket information once it becomes available.

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.

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 Criminal Justice Section Annual Holiday Party is sponsored by LexisNexis.

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.

Public Interest Training Programs, Events Set

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.

The Women's Law Project will hold its Annual Philadelphia Party on Friday, Dec. 3 from 5:45 to 8 p.m. at Marketplace Design Center, 2400 Market St., 4th Floor. This event will honor Carol Tracy's 20th year as visionary leader of WLP and will feature music by the String Quartet of the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts. At the event, there will be a wine and beer open bar as well as a silent auction and drawing. Children are welcome and will be entertained by balloon magic and face painting. Tickets are $85 (children are free). Purchase tickets online at womenslawproject.org.

HIAS and Council and Philadelphia VIP will present "Immigration Court Mock Trial Hearing," on Friday, Dec. 10 from 12:30 to 4 p.m., at the Immigration Court, Robert Nix Federal Building, 900 Market St. This event is free and open to volunteers who have attended a prior substantive immigration training course held by HIAS/VIP. Participants are expected to accept a pro bono case within six months of the training in return for one free CLE credit. To register, contact VIP at 215-523-9550 or at phillyvip@phillyvip.org.

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.

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

Philadelphia's top legal resource is your No. 1 advertising choice! The only official directory of the Philadelphia Bar Association is now being planned for 2011.

Be sure that your company's advertising message reaches the most influential decision makers in the Philadelphia-area legal community.

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

16th Annual Business Lawyers' Institute Nov. 18

Choose exactly the workshops you need to meet your unique needs and keep your practice competitive at the 16th Annual Business Lawyers' Institute. You will receive the course materials on convenient CD-ROM instead of in hard copy, unless you choose otherwise. This 6 CLE substantive/ethics credit hour program will be held Thursday, Nov. 18, 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 4:15 p.m. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. For additional information, or to register, click here Workshop choices will determine whether credits are in substantive law, practice and procedure or ethics, professionalism or substance abuse.

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. 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.

Tuesday, Nov. 16
Simulcast - Advising Troubled Companies
2 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
12 to 3:15 p.m.

Police Misconduct and the Defense of Criminal Cases
4 substantive CLE credits
12 to 4:15 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 17
The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act: Game Changer?
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 18
16th Annual Business Lawyer’s Institute
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 19
Elder Law Update
3 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Combating Obstructionism at Deposition and Defending Against the Killer Deposition
4 substantive CLE credits
12 to 4:15 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 22
Simulcast - PLI - Hedge Fund Enforcement & Regulatory Developments 2010
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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