Mail Balloting Under Way for Bar Elections
Mail ballots have been sent to all Bar Association members for the 2006 Bar Association election. Members wishing to cast their ballots by mail for the 2006 Bar Association election must return their ballots to the Association's headquarters by 10 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 30. 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. 5 at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue.
To complete the mail ballot, fill in the bubble to the left of each candidate's name. Use blue or black ink only. Be careful to note how many candidates may be voted for as indicated under the title of the office. If you vote for more than the maximum number of candidates indicated, your vote will not be counted.
Enclose the ballot in the envelope labeled "ballot." Do not include anything else in the envelope. Do not sign it or place any identifying information on it.
Return the ballot envelope in the return envelope which has been provided. You must return the ballot envelope only in the return envelope. The pre-printed return address on that envelope is the Association's verification that you are eligible to vote. Ballots returned in any other envelope will not be counted. Using the envelope provided preserves the secrecy of your ballot.
Once received by the Bar Association, the return envelope will be separated from the ballot envelope. The ballots will be opened and secretly tallied on the day of the election, Tuesday, Dec. 5 at the election site. Results will not be released until the polls have closed.
Ballots must be received (not postmarked, but received) at Bar Association headquarters no later than 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, 2006. 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. 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue, ballroom level, Broad and Walnut streets.
Bar members are voting for Vice Chancellor, secretary, assistant secretary, treasurer, assistant treasurer and five members of the Board of Governors for three-year terms. Members of the Young Lawyers Division will also elect seven members to the YLD Executive Committee.
Dalton to Outline Agenda for 2007
Association Chancellor-Elect Jane L. Dalton, a partner with Duane Morris LLP, will outline her agenda for next year when she will serve as the Bar's 80th Chancellor at the Annual Meeting Luncheon on Dec. 5 at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue. Tickets are $50 for Association members and $55 for nonmembers. Click here
to purchase tickets online.
The Association will also present its Wachovia Fidelity Award at the luncheon. This year, the honor goes to Stephen D. Brown, a partner at Dechert LLP, and Samuel W. Silver, a partner at Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP, for their work as co-coordinators of the Prisoner Civil Rights Panel for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The Wachovia Fidelity Award is presented annually by the Association to individuals who have helped improve the administration of justice and exhibited faithfulness to the profession. Click here for more information.
Judge Shapiro, Shestack to be Honored Nov. 30
A reception for U.S. District Court Senior Judge Norma L. Shapiro and former ABA President Jerome J. Shestack will highlight the Pennsylvania Bar Association's "Tour de Pennsylvania" stop at the Philadelphia Marriott, 1201 Market St., beginning at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 30.
Shapiro recently received the ABA's 2006 John Marshall Award in recognition of her exemplarily lifelong commitment to the improvement of the administration of justice in the categories of judicial independence, justice system reform and public awareness regarding the justice system.
Shestack recently received a 2006 ABA Medal, the association's highest recognition to honor individuals rendering exceptionally distinguished service to the cause of American jurisprudence.
During the evening, PBA President Ken Horoho Jr. also will lead a presentation about top issues facing lawyers today.
Initiated by Horoho, "Tour de Pennsylvania" is a series of outreach programs being held across the state to honor select members of the bench and the bar and to update lawyers about PBA initiatives. To register, contact the PBA Meetings Department at 800-932-0311, Ext. 2245.