Nov. 21, 2005
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 6, No. 52
 

Feldman Testifies Against Business Privilege Tax

Chancellor-Elect Alan M. Feldman has testified before City Council in support of the eventual elimination of the Business Privilege Tax.

"Studies have time and again shown that the City's tax structure is one of the principal reasons why businesses leave Philadelphia, do not expand here, or never locate here. These studies are confirmed by our own experience as well as those of our clients. In dealings with business clients in the region lawyers have repeatedly heard businesses express their concerns with the city's tax structure. And we understand those concerns," Feldman told City Council on Nov. 17.

"Regrettably, the current tax structure actually encourages lawyers to follow their clients out of the city. And over the past 15 years our surveys show that Philadelphia law firms have been opening satellite offices in surrounding counties at an accelerating rate. Yet, incredibly the area's major law firms (including many national and regional powerhouses) have continued to maintain their headquarters offices in the city. Clearly, the firms would rather not leave," he said.

"But as the City's tax structure continues to drive businesses and workers out of the city, how much longer can this last? For too long city businesses have paid the nation's highest local business tax. We must reverse this trend," Feldman said. Click here to read Feldman's testimony.

Click here to e-mail members of City Council, telling them that Bill 050669 is important to you, and to please support the measure.

Feldman to Outline Agenda for 2006 at Dec. 6 Event

Bar members are encouraged to reserve their seats early for the Association's Annual Meeting and Luncheon set for Tuesday, Dec. 6 at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. During the event, Association Chancellor-Elect Alan M. Feldman (left), a partner with Feldman, Shepherd, Wohlgelernter, Tanner & Weinstock, will outline his agenda for next year when he will serve as the Bar's 79th Chancellor. Click here to purchase tickets online.

The luncheon will also feature the presentation of the Association's Wachovia Fidelity Award to Lawrence J. Beaser (left), a partner at Blank Rome LLP and former Chancellor of the Association. The Wachovia Fidelity Award is presented annually by the Association to an individual who has made significant accomplishments in improving the administration of justice.

Joey T. Shabot, a third-year student at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, will be recognized for receiving the Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg "Pursuit of Justice" Legal Writing Competition Award at the luncheon. Shabot's winning essay is titled "Transacting Terror: The Regulation of Terrorist Financing and Procedural Due Process."

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, A. Michael Pratt; Treasurer, Scott F. Cooper; Assistant Treasurer, Jeffrey M. Lindy; Secretary, John E. Savoth; Assistant Secretary, Kathleen D. Wilkinson; and Judy F. Berkman, Kim R. Jessum, Matthew Perks, Stephanie Resnick and Eric G. Zajac, Board of Governors.

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 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 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 Park Hyatt.

Tickets for the Bar's Annual Meeting and Luncheon are $50 for Association members and $55 for nonmembers. Click here to purchase tickets online.

Philadelphia 2020 Meeting Nov. 21

With the ethics reform referendum having been approved by a landslide on Nov. 8, find out what's next on the reform agenda from the person primarily responsible for this victory at a Monday, Nov. 21 program. The YLD Philadelphia 2020 Committee will host a luncheon featuring Brett Mandel (left), executive director of the grass-roots reform group Philadelphia Forward.

Mandel will discuss the need for a public voice to help make change in Philadelphia. Specifically, he will address the present and future of tax reform, the threatened property tax reassessments, ethics reform, and budget reform. The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center of Bar Association Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. A complementary lunch will be provided, but RSVP is required. Click here to RSVP.

L.L.M. Candidates to Discuss Human Rights Work

Lawyers from Peru, Germany and the People's Republic of China who are L.L.M. candidates at Temple Beasley School of Law will discuss their involvement in human rights work and their perspectives regarding current issues in their countries at the Tuesday, Nov. 22 program "Issues In International Human Rights."

The panel includes Raquel Cohen from Peru, Juliane Baxmann from Germany and Jiefeng (Jeff) Lu from China. Baxmann has extensive experience working with Amnesty International and Lu has done anti-employment discrimination advocacy in China on a grassroots level, and has represented Chinese workers who have been treated unfairly due to their health status (hepatitis or HIV).

The program beings at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $5. This event is co-sponsored by the Philadelphia Bar Association, the International Visitors Council and the Philadelphia Center as a "community partners" program, in cooperation with Temple University Beasley School of Law. Space is limited, so please RSVP as soon as possible to mkossakowski@philabar.org.

Women Lawyers to Discuss Flying Solo Nov. 22

Three women lawyers who have started their own law firms will discuss their experiences at the Tuesday, Nov. 22 meeting of the Women in the Profession Committee.

The panelists include Laura A. Feldman, Carol Nelson Shepherd and Deborah Weinstein. 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 register in advance. Click here to register for this program.

David L. Cohen to Discuss "A Career Unplanned"

David L. Cohen (left), executive vice president of Comcast who served as Chief of Staff to former Mayor Edward G. Rendell, will discuss "A Career Unplanned" at the Monday, Nov. 21 meeting of the Government and Public Service Lawyers Committee.

The meeting begins at 4 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. For more information about the Government and Public Services Lawyers Committee, contact Committee Chair Matthew Perks at Matthew.Perks@phila.gov.

Seminar to Examine Litigation with Canada

The International Law Committee and the Business Litigation Committee will present a one-hour CLE program "Cross-Border Litigation with Canada: What You Need To Know" on Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St.

The seminar will be presented by Jon-David Giacomelli, a partner in the Canadian law firm Ross & McBride LLP and frequent speaker in the United States. Giacomelli will explore key considerations in deciding where to litigate; examine the limited array of defenses available where enforcement of a U.S. judgment or arbitral award is sought in Canada; the statutory basis for obtaining evidence in Canada for use in US legal proceedings; letters rogatory; and obtaining evidence from both a non-party Canadian entity and a Canadian party litigant.

The program has been approved for 1 substantive CLE credit. Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay $33.50 for members of the Philadelphia and Montgomery Bar Associations admitted for more than five years, and $28.50 for members of the Philadelphia and Montgomery Bar Associations admitted for less than five years. Click here to register for this program. Please note that you may attend the meeting without making any payment, but you will not receive the CLE credit. If you wish to do so, please RSVP to Marisa Kossakowski at mkossakowski@philabar.org.

Download Podcasts of Bar Association Events

The Bar Association is now offering podcasts of selected Bar Association events that can be downloaded from the Internet and played on your computer or MP3 player.

Recordings of guest speakers from quarterly meetings are available and some additional special features will be announced soon.
Podcasts can be downloaded from www.philadelphiabar.org or www.podcastalley.com.

LRIS Offers Free Membership to Returning Vets

The Association's Lawyer Referral and Information Service is offering one free year of panel membership to lawyers who are returning from active military duty.

"In the last few years, many lawyers in the Philadelphia area have been called to active duty as a result of mobilizations in Iraq, Afghanistan and other global hot spots," explained Sayde J. Ladov, Chair of the LRIS Committee. "Particularly for solo and small firm practitioners, this can mean coming home to a diminished client base. It can take years of hard work to regain that business," Ladov added.

"As a legal community, we should be proud of our veteran lawyers and help them rebuild their practices," said Chancellor Andrew A. Chirls. "This is an opportunity to express our thanks and lend our support in a meaningful way."

This offer, a $300 value, is being extended to all lawyer veterans who have returned from active duty and who otherwise meet the requirements of LRIS panel membership.

LRIS refers over 14,000 people a year to lawyers in the Philadelphia area for legal representation.

For more information about the Lawyer Referral and Information Service and to obtain an application for membership, contact Director of Public and Legal Services Charles Klitsch at (215) 238-6326 or cklitsch@philabar.org.

SEC Official to Address Committee Dec. 8

Meyer Eisenberg, acting director of the Division of Investment Management of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, will discuss soft dollars issues and other distribution issues at the Thursday, Dec. 8 meeting of the Investment Companies 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 $8.50 for those members who register in advance. For more information contact, Marissa Kossakowski at mkossakowski@philabar.org.

Sections Schedule Annual Parties, Receptions

The Family Law Section will hold its annual dinner and award presentation on Wednesday, Nov. 30 at Maggiano's Little Italy, 1201 Filbert St., beginning at 5:30 p.m.

The section will present the Herbert R. Weiman Jr. Award to Divorce Masters Dennis L. O'Connell and Anthony T. Vanore. Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Administrative Judge Myrna P. Field will also be honored for her dedication and service to the Family Law Bench. Tickets are $60 for employees of the First Judicial District; $65 for members of the Family Law Section; and $70 for non-section members. The ticket price includes one drink ticket, hors d'oeuvres and a three-course dinner. Visit www.philadelphiabar.org to order tickets online.

The Workers' Compensation Section will hold its Annual Holiday Party on Wednesday, Nov. 30 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at The Pyramid Club, 1735 Market St., 52nd Floor. Click here to purchase tickets online.

The Public Interest Section will hold its Annual Cocktail Reception and Awards Ceremony on Thursday, Dec. 1 beginning at 5 p.m. at Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market St. Tickets to the event are $35 for public interest and government attorneys; $50 for section and non-section members. A $100 Higginbotham Scholarship contribution includes a ticket to the event. Ticket prices include open bar and heavy hors d'oeuvres. Tickets are available online by clicking here.

The Tax Section will hold its annual meeting and dinner on Thursday, Dec. 8 beginning with a CLE program at 3 p.m. at the Rittenhouse Hotel, 210 W. Rittenhouse Square.

The Young Lawyers Division will hold its annual Holiday Party on Thursday, Dec. 8 at the Boathouse Row Bar at the Rittenhouse Hotel, 210 W. Rittenhouse Square. Tickets are $25 and include an open bar and heavy hors d'oeuvres. Visit philadelphiabar.org to order tickets.

The State Civil Litigation Section's annual meeting and reception will be held Monday, Dec. 12 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Westin Philadelphia, 99 S. 17th St. Tickets are $45 per person and include an open bar and light dinner.

The Probate and Trust Section will hold a CLE program and its annual reception on Tuesday, Dec. 13 at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building beginning at 2 p.m. Click here for more information about the 2-credit CLE program "What is Family? New Issues Confronting the Estate Planner in the 21st Century." The reception, supported by The Bryn Mawr Trust Company, Friends Life Care at Home and Sotheby's', will follow in the 9th floor atrium of the Crystal Tea Room.

The Committee on the Legal Rights of Persons with Disabilities will host a winter reception on Wednesday, Dec. 14 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. The reception is free and will be an excellent opportunity to find out more about the committee and its plans for 2006. Click here to RSVP.

The Criminal Justice Section Annual Reception will be held Dec. Thursday, Dec. 15 on the 33rd floor of Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market St., from 5 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $35 and are available online at philadelphiabar.org.

Business Law Section Annual Meeting Dec. 12

The Business Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association will hold its Annual Meeting, and an Executive Committee meeting thereafter, on Monday, Dec. 12, 2005 at 12 p.m. at The Philadelphia Bar Association Headquarters, 1101 Market St., Philadelphia, Pa. The business to be conducted at the Annual Meeting is to elect section officers.

Notice is hereby given to all members of the Business Law Section that the following nominations for Section officers for one-year terms beginning Jan. 1, 2006 will be considered: Albert S. Dandridge, III, Chair; William H. Clark, Jr., Vice Chair; Stephen M. Foxman, Treasurer; and Eric C. Milby, Secretary. The 2006 Vice Chair of the Section, William H. Clark, Jr., will automatically become the 2007 Chair of the Section as provided in Article III, Section 3 of the Bylaws.

In addition, the nomination of Kim R. Jessum and Barbara T. Sicalides as elected members of the Section's Executive Committee for a term beginning Jan. 1, 2006 will be considered. Kim Jessum and Barbara Sicaledes will replace Eric Milby (who will become an officer) and Brian Vargo (whose three-year term expires at the end of the year).

Sandra A. Jeskie and Raymond K. Walheim will continue to serve the three-year terms as Executive Committee members, which terms began Jan. 1, 2005. Kevin Buraks and Wanda Flowers will be considered for appointment as members of the Executive Committee, in accordance with the Bylaws of the Section, and Frederic Wilf will be considered for reappointment as a member of the Executive Committee.

Section members may submit additional nominations for the above-stated positions no later than Dec. 7, 2005 by filing a petition, signed by at least 35 members in good standing with the Section. Additional nominations should be sent to Stephen M. Foxman, Secretary, Business Law Section, c/o Stephen M. Foxman, Eckert Seamans, 1515 Market St. - 9th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19102.

Business Section Seeks Replansky Award Nominees

The Business Law Section is seeking nominations from the Philadelphia legal community for the Section's 2005 Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award. The award will be presented at the Section's Annual Reception to be held on Thursday, Jan. 18 at the Pyramid Club. The award recipient will receive the privilege of designating the recipient of the Section's annual charitable contribution to a public interest organization.

The deadline for award nominations is noon on Friday, Dec. 16. Written nominations detailing the nominee's qualifications for the award should be sent to: Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award, c/o Sandra A. Jeskie, Esquire, Duane Morris LLP, 30 S. 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103-7396; or e-mailed to jeskie@duanemorris.com. Click here for the award criteria.

More information about the Dennis H. Replansky Award or the nomination process for the award may be obtained by calling Sandra Jeskie at (215) 979-1395.

Group Forming to Support Juvenile Diabetes Research

The Philadelphia Bar Association is supporting the efforts of attorneys with a connection to juvenile diabetes to network and develop a program for supporting the important research efforts currently being undertaken by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

The JDRF is the world's largest private funder of research to find a cure for diabetes and its complications. The complications of diabetes (whether juvenile or adult onset, also know as type 1 and type 2) - are the same - heart disease, stroke, amputation, kidney failure and blindness. Most of us know someone suffering from one of the forms of diabetes, the economic costs of which are staggering, estimated to be $120 billion in the U.S. alone.

If you are interested in participating in this effort, please e-mail Elliott R. Feldman at efeldman@cozen.com. A meeting then will be scheduled to discuss and develop appropriate activities under the auspices of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

Learn About Taking and Using Polygraphs

The controversy surrounding polygraphs frequently overshadows the usefulness of these valuable machines. Join William B. Anderson, one of Pennsylvania's foremost polygraph experts, as he explains polygraphs, how they work, their limitations and their uses at PBI's Dec. 1 program "Taking and Using Polygraphs." Anderson will be joined by Dennis J. Cogan, a top Philadelphia litigator with Cogan, Petrone & Associates, to discuss the variety of legal issues associated with the use of polygraphs. This program qualifies for a total of 4 substantive CLE credits and will begin at 8:30 a.m. and run until 1 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building. Registration begins at 8 a.m. For more 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.

Tuesday, Nov. 29
Criminal Justice Section - Annual Rules of Evidence Refresher - Michael Jackson Case
1 substantive CLE credits
12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Time Mastery for Lawyers
3 substantive, 2 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 30
Understanding Pennsylvania's Right to Know Law
3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Collecting & Enforcing Judgments in Pa.
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 1
4th Annual Law of Historic Preservation
6 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Taking and Using Polygraphs
4 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Managing Your Law Practice: Version 2.0
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 2
Developing and Presenting Your Case: A Case Study of A Few Good Men
3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

E-Commerce: Legal and Practical Issues
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Litigating Employment Discrimination Cases
Federal Courthouse Ceremonial Courtroom
4 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 5
Understanding the New Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit
3 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

More information is available on the PBI Web site at www.pbi.org, on the page devoted to Philadelphia programs, by calling 1-800-247-4724, or by e-mailing info@pbi.org. Note: some events sell out; before walking in, call PBI to confirm that space is still available for the program that interests you.

Earn up to 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.