Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 9, No. 85
Chancellor-Elect Sayde J. Ladov will discuss her plans for 2009 at the Dec. 8 Annual Meeting. Tsiwen Law (center) will be presented with the Wachovia Fidelity Award and Nolan N. Atkinson Jr. (right) will receive the Chancellor's Diversity Award.

Deadline to Return Mail Ballots
is Dec. 3; Hear Ladov's Plans,
Honorees at Annual Meeting

Bar Association members wishing to vote by mail have until Wednesday, Dec. 3 at 10 a.m. to return their ballots to Bar Association headquarters. Ballots received after that time will not be counted. Anyone not returning their ballot in a timely fashion may still vote in person on Monday, Dec. 8 at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia, Broad and Walnut streets. The election will be held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting Luncheon on Monday, Dec. 8 at the Park Hyatt. Chancellor-Elect Sayde J. Ladov, a principal with Offit Kurman, will outline her plans for 2009 at the event. Former Public Interest Section Chair Tsiwen Law will be presented with the Wachovia Fidelity Award at the Annual Meeting Luncheon. The meeting will also include the presentation of the inaugural Chancellor's Diversity Award to Nolan N. Atkinson Jr...READ MORE
 

Deadline for Return of Mail Ballots is Dec. 3

Bar Association members wishing to vote by mail have until Wednesday, Dec. 3 at 10 a.m. to return their ballots to Bar Association headquarters. Ballots received after that time will not be counted. Anyone not returning their ballot in a timely fashion may still vote in person on Monday, Dec. 8 at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia, Broad and Walnut streets.

The election will be held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting Luncheon on Monday, Dec. 8 at the Park Hyatt. Chancellor-Elect Sayde J. Ladov, a principal with Offit Kurman, will outline her plans for 2009 at the event. Former Public Interest Section Chair Tsiwen Law will be presented with the Wachovia Fidelity Award at the Annual Meeting Luncheon. The meeting will also include the presentation of the inaugural Chancellor's Diversity Award to Nolan N. Atkinson Jr. Tickets are $55. Click here to purchase tickets online.

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.

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.

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.

Medicaid Application Presentation Today

Jerold E. Rothkoff will present "The Medicaid Application: Timeline and Spend Down" at today's (Thursday, Nov. 20) meeting of the Elder Law Committee.

The meeting begins at 1 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.

Cross Border Transactions Today

John R. Mesher, senior vice president and feneral counsel, Saint-Gobain Corporation, will present "Riding the Internal Waves of a Cross Border Transaction" at today's meeting of the International Law Committee.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. at the offices of Pepper Hamilton LLP, 3000 Two Logan Square, 18th and Arch Streets, in the 34 East Conference Room. RSVP to Nancy Mazer at mazern@pepperlaw.com or call. 215-981-4616. Lunch will be provided.

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; 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 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.

Advice on Balancing Work, Life Dec. 2

The Law Practice Management Division and the Philadelphia Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators will present "So Why Don't They Call it Life-Work Balance?" on Tuesday, Dec. 2.

Our panel will share their tips on how to prioritize what is important in order to obtain harmony between the demands of work and the rest of life. Panelists include Jennings Durand, associate, Dechert LLP; Michael B. Hayes, associate, Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads LLP; Regina M. Foley of Raynes McCarty; and Kathleen D. Wilkinson, partner, Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker LLP. The program will be moderated by Molly Peckman, director of associate development, Dechert LLP.

The program begins at 8 a.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. There is no charge to attend, but registration is required. Click here to register online.

Sections, Committees Plan Year-End Events

The Association's Sections and Committees have scheduled their annual holiday events. The following is a partial list of events.

• The Probate and Trust Section Annual Meeting and Reception will be held Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 5 p.m. at the Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel, 1701 Locust St. Click here to RSVP.

• The Workers' Compensation Section Annual Holiday Party will be Tuesday, Dec. 2 at Table 31, 1701 JFK Boulevard, beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets are $45. Click here to purchase tickets.

Join members of the Family Law Section for the Section's Annual Dinner on Wednesday Dec. 3 at 5:30 p.m., RAE, 2929 Arch St. in the Cira Center. Tickets are $65. Click here to purchase tickets.

• The Young Lawyers Division Holiday Party will be Thursday, Dec. 4 at 6 p.m at Finn McCool's and Prime Lounge, 118 S. 12th St. Click here to order tickets, which are are $30. The YLD Holiday Party is sponsored by Dechert LLP. The YLD is collecting toys and gifts for Rubye's Kids and the People's Emergency Center in conjunction with the Holiday Party. Please bring new unwrapped basketballs, footballs, soccer balls, stuffed animals, games, arts and crafts kits, umbrellas, hats, gloves, scarves, books, Bath & Body Works products, etc. Contact Kelly Gastley at kgastley@phillyvip.org or Carey Chopko at cchopko@feldmanshepherd.com for more information.

• The State Civil Litigation Section Annual Reception is Monday, Dec. 8 at 5:30 p.m. at Upstairs at Varalli, 231 S. Broad St. Tickets are $40.

• The Public Interest Section Annual Reception and Awards Ceremony is Tuesday, Dec. 9 at 5 p.m. at Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market St. Tickets are $55.

• The Criminal Justice Section Annual Reception is Wednesday, Dec. 10 at 5:30 p.m. at Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market St. Tickets are $45 for Section members.

• The Tax Section Annual Meeting and CLE program is Thursday, Dec. 11 at 3 p.m. at The Rittenhouse Hotel, 210 W. Rittenhouse Square. Click here for more information.

• The Bankruptcy Committee and the Philadelphia chapters of TMA and CFA will their annual networking event on Thursday, Dec. 11 at 5:30 p.m. at Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market St. Tickets are $120 and can be purchased online by clicking here.

Pakistan's Chief Justice to Visit Drexel Law Today

Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, The 20th Chief Justice of Pakistan will attend a reception at Drexel University’s Earle Mack School of Law today (Thursday, Nov. 20) at 4 p.m.

Chief Justice Chaudhry, a central player in the constitutional crisis that erupted last year in Pakistan, will speak with faculty and students at the reception before appearing at a public forum co-sponsored by Drexel Law, the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Penn Law National Lawyers Guild, Penn Law Dean's Speakers Fund the Pakistan Justice Coalition and the South Asian Center of the University of Pennsylvania.

The chief justice will talk about the rule of law in Pakistan, which was rocked by legal turmoil after former President Pervez Musharraf suspended his country’s constitution in 2007.

Drexel Law Associate Professor Anil Kalhan will introduce Justice Chaudhry at the forum, which will be held at 6 p.m. at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Presentation on Al-Dura Affair Nov. 21

Philippe Karsenty, who was recently found not responsible for libel by a French court when he exposed the Al-Dura Affair as a sham and a hoax, will discuss his case on Friday, Nov. 21 at 12 p.m. at the Office of the Consulate General Of Israel, 1880 JFK Blvd., 7th floor meeting room.

The Al-Dura Affair involves the case of a French journalist who had falsely reported that a young Palestinian child was killed by the Israeli military. This created a firestorm of negative publicity for Israel.

A kosher-style lunch will be served. Cost for the event, including lunch, is $10. 

RSVP to Lou Balcher, 
Director of Academic Affairs and Speakers Bureau
, Consulate General of Israel in Philadelphia, at 215-977-7600, extension 512.

Portrait Unveiling for Judge Moss Nov. 25

The Louis D. Brandeis Law Society and the Brandeis Law Society Foundation invite all members of the Philadelphia legal community to the presentation of a portrait and dedication of a scholarship in honor of Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Sandra Mazer Moss on Tuesday, Nov. 25 at 4 p.m. in Courtroom 653 of Philadelphia City Hall.

The event recognizes Judge Moss on her lifelong service to the Bench and the Bar.
Welcoming remarks will be offered by Harris T. Bock, co-chair of the Portrait Presentation Committee. Remarks from the judiciary will be offered by Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Jane Cutler Greenspan; Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge Richard B. Klein; and Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judges Anne E. Lazarus and Eugene Edward Maier.

Dean JoAnne A. Epps of Temple University's Beasley School of Law and Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor-Elect Sayde J. Ladov will offer remarks on behalf of the legal community.

Mayer Horwitz, president of the Louis D. Brandeis Law Society Foundation, and Louis Podel, chancellor of the Brandeis Law Society, will present the perpetual scholarship honoring Judge Moss.

Closing remarks will be offered by Brandeis Law Society Bursar Mitchell H. Klevan. A reception in the Alex Bonavitacola Law Library, 600 City Hall, will be held immediately following the program. The event is co-sponsored by the family and friends of Judge Moss.

Brandeis Hanukkah Party Dec. 4

The Louis D. Brandeis Law Society will present its annual Benjamin F. Levy 
Community Service Award jointly to Philadelphia Common Please Court Judge Anne E. Lazarus and Philadelphia lawyer Mitchell H. Klevan at the Society's annual Hanukkah 
Party on Thursday, Dec. 4 at 5:30 p.m. at the Top of 
the Tower, 1717 Arch St., 51st Floor.

The party, which celebrates the 
Jewish Festival of Lights, will include a menorah lighting and food and 
drink. The Benjamin F. Levy Community Service Award perpetuates the memory and 
legacy of the late Ben Levy who practiced law in Philadelphia for 35 years, 
winning the respect and affection of many friends, clients and colleagues. 
He was a member of the executive committee of Tau Epsilon Rho which 
later became the Brandeis Law Society. He was also a member of the Board of 
Governors of the Philadelphia Bar Association and was very active in the 
community.

Tickets for the Hanukkah Party are $50 for Brandeis Society members and 
$60 for non-members. Special ticket prices are $15 for member law 
students and member young lawyers (less than two years in practice) and 
$25 for public service members. A $25 voluntary contribution is requested from members of the judiciary.

For tickets, indicate the number of attendees and price category and send it 
along with a check made payable to the "Brandeis Law Society" to E. Carolyn Hochstadter Dicker, Esq. 418 Silver Hill Road, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002. A ticket order form can also be found at the Society's Web site.

The Louis D. Brandeis Law Society is a Jewish law society, dedicated to advancing and enriching the personal and professional interests of members of the Bench and Bar. It promotes opportunities for leadership development, social interaction, education and community service.

Joint Holiday Party Dec. 11 at Mission Grill

Join the members of the Barristers' Association, APABA-PA, Hispanic Bar Association and South Asian Bar Association 
for the annual joint holiday party on Thursday, Dec. 11 at 
Mission Grill, 1835 Arch St. beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The evening will include drink specials and plenty of food. The first 100 members of 
the participating organizations will also receive free open bar. 

The event is hosted by the minority bar associations, along with kind sponsorship
 from Hudson Legal; Raynes McCarty; Volpe and Koenig; and Kolsby 
Gordon Robin Shore & Bezar.

Holiday Toy Drive for Child Advocates' Children

The Support Center for Child Advocates is hosting a Toy Drive for its children and needs volunteers to help sort and bag toys in preparation for delivery. Volunteers are also needed to deliver the toys on Dec. 20.

The Support Center for Child Advocates provides legal and social service advocacy to abused and neglected children in Philadelphia. For more information about the Toy Drive, contact Sandra Lavini at (267) 940-1603 or e-mail ToyDrive@advokid.org.

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

• 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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