Monday, Nov. 17, 2008
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 9, No. 84
 

Ladov to Outline Agenda at Dec. 8 Annual Meeting

Chancellor-Elect Sayde J. Ladov, a principal with Offit Kurman, will outline her plans for 2009 at the Association's Annual Meeting Luncheon on Monday, Dec. 8.

Former Public Interest Section Chair Tsiwen Law will be presented with the Wachovia Fidelity Award at the Annual Meeting Luncheon, which begins at 12 p.m. at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia, Broad and Walnut streets. Tickets are $55. Click here to purchase tickets online. The meeting will also include the presentation of the inaugural Chancellor's Diversity Award.

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, Rudolph Garcia; Secretary, Kathleen D. Wilkinson; Assistant Secretary, Sophia Lee; Treasurer, Jeffrey M. Lindy; and Assistant Treasurer, Joseph A. Prim Jr.

Balloting will be held for candidates seeking seats on the Board of Governors and Young Lawyers Division Executive Committee. Balloting will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the ballroom level of the Park Hyatt Philadelphia, Broad and Walnut streets. Those members who wish to vote by mail must have their ballots received (not postmarked, but received) at Bar Association headquarters by 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 3. 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. 8 at the Park Hyatt. Ballots will be mailed to regular, voting members on or before Nov. 24.

The seven candidates seeking five seats on the Board of Governors are Danielle Banks, Jeffrey Campolongo, Phyllis Horn Epstein, Regina Foley, Michael Shaffer, Sean Sullivan and Stacey Tees.

There are nine candidates running for seven seats on the Young Lawyers Division Executive Committee. The candidates are Brandon S. Bruce, Alicia A. Garcia, Alexis Arena, Richard Vanderslice, Rachel Kopp, Christopher M. Guth, Justin S. Moriconi, Edward Scott Goldis and Alyson Oswald.

Issues Facing LGTBQ Youth Today

The Legal Rights of Children and the LGBT Rights Committees will host a joint meeting on issues facing LGBTQ youth today (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.

YLD Estate Planning Seminar Today

The Young Lawyers Division will present a program on estate planning today (Monday, Nov. 17).

A diverse panel from the Association's Probate and Trust Law Section will conduct an interactive session on the basics of estate and probate law for young attorneys. Among the topics to be discussed are basic estate planning, life insurance, and college savings plans. Panelists for the program include Buck Holmes, Estate Strategies, Inc.; Laura E. Stegossi, Duane Morris LLP; and Karen M. Stockmal, Law Office of Karen Stockmal.

The program 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.

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.

Helping Women Globally, Locally Nov. 21

The Women's Rights Committee will present "Getting Inspired and Getting Involved: Helping Women Locally and Globally" on Friday, Nov. 21.

Panelists for the program include Holly Adams, Universal Hope Initiative; Roberta Hacker, executive director, Women in Transition and president, Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence; Fatima Haroun, vice president, Darfur Alert Coalition; Carol Johnson, executive director, Women Organized Against Rape; and Tamela Luce, director of Community Women's Fund and Agency Relations, WOMEN'S WAY.

The program begins at 12:30 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room of Bar Associatiton headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $7.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

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 calling 215-751-2237 or e-mailing sbender@schnader.com.

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

• 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.

Current Issues in Medical Malpractice Nov. 19

PBI's Current Issues in Medical Malpractice is comprised of some of the state's most noted litigators in the field of medical malpractice. Gain insight and practical advice that helps answer important questions that develop during the life of a medical malpractice case. This 6 substantive CLE credit hour program will be held Wednesday, Nov. 19 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 p.m. Check-in 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.

Monday, Nov. 17
Electronic Filing in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Civil Trial Division
3 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 18
Preparing the Real Estate Valuation Case
4 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Foreign Direct Investments: Opportunities and Challenges
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits (Must attend the entire program to receive the ethics credit)
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 19
Current Issues in Medical Malpractice - 2008
6 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

How to Handle a Child Abuse Case
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits (Must attend the entire program to receive the ethics credit)
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 20
A Day of LAWghter: A Look at the Humorous Side of Law and Ethics
4 substantive, 2 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Thursday Nov. 20 and Friday, Nov. 21
PLI - Negotiating Commercial Leases: How Owners & Corporate Occupants Can Avoid Costly Errors - Fall 2008
9.5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 21
Elder Law Update
3 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

The Intersection of Law, Religion and Family, Part of PBI's Public Policy Series
2 substantive CLE credits
12 to 2 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 24
Simulcast – Parenting Coordinators in PA
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Simulcast – PLI – Hedge Fund Enforcement & Regulatory Developments 2008
6 substantive CLE credits
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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