Nov. 23, 2009
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 10, No. 84

Cooper to Outline 2010 Agenda
as Bar Honors Judge Rizzo,
Sullivan, Dennis Dec. 8

Chancellor-Elect Scott F. Cooper (top left), a partner with Blank Rome LLP, will outline his plans for 2010 at the Association's Annual Meeting Luncheon on Tuesday, Dec. 8. The Association will present three of its most prestigious awards at the event, which begins at 12 p.m. at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia, Broad and Walnut streets. Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Annette M. Rizzo will receive the Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Distinguished Jurist Award. Joseph A. Sullivan (bottom left), co-chair of the Delivery of Legal Services Committee, will be presented with the Wachovia Fidelity Award and former Chancellor Andre L. Dennis will receive the Chancellor's Diversity Award. Click here to purchase tickets online....READ MORE
 

Cooper to Outline 2010 Agenda at Dec. 8 Annual Meeting

Chancellor-Elect Scott F. Cooper, a partner with Blank Rome LLP, will outline his plans for 2010 at the Association's Annual Meeting Luncheon on Tuesday, Dec. 8.

The Association will present three of its most prestigious awards at the event, which begins at 12 p.m. at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia, Broad and Walnut streets. Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Annette M. Rizzo will receive the Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Distinguished Jurist Award. Joseph A. Sullivan, co-chair of the Delivery of Legal Services Committee, will be presented with the Wachovia Fidelity Award and former Chancellor Andre L. Dennis will receive the Chancellor's Diversity Award.

Tickets are $55. Click here to purchase tickets online.

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, John Savoth; Secretary, Kathleen D. Wilkinson; Assistant Secretary, Sophia Lee; Treasurer, Joseph A. Prim Jr.; and Assistant Treasurer, Wesley R. Payne. There being no opposition, a unanimous ballot will also be cast for the following candidates for Board of Governors: Stacy A. Tees, Brandi Brice, Scott P. Sigman, H. Marc Tepper and Kimberly Ruch-Alegant.

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. 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.

There are 10 candidates running for seven seats on the Young Lawyers Division Executive Committee. The candidates are Alexandra Antoniou, Roxane Crowley, Justin J. Serianni, Ryan G. Gatto, Paul W. Kaufman, Joshua L. Gayl, Jeffery Wyble, Joseph P. Guzzardo, Rachel E. Branson and Matthew G. Laver.

Evidence Update, Refresher on Nov. 24

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 at a lunchtime CLE on Tuesday, Nov. 24 sponsored by the Criminal Justice Section.

The program begins at 12:15 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters. The program has been approved for 1.0 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 www.pbi.org or call PBI Customer Service at 1-800-932-4637. Lunch is available for $8 for those who register in advance. Click here to RSVP.

Networking in 2009 and Beyond Nov. 24

Ronalyn Sisson and Maureen M. Farrell will discuss "Networking in 2009 and Beyond" at the Tuesday, Nov. 24 meeting of the Women in the Profession 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 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP.

Bock, Torregrossa to Address ADR Committee Nov. 24

Harris T. Bock of the Dispute Resolution Institute will discuss private arbitration and mediation and Joseph A. Torregrossa of the United States Court of Appeals will discuss appellate mediation in Pennsylvania at the Tuesday, Nov. 24 meeting of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee.

The meeting begins at 12:15 p.m. in the 11th floor Committee Room South of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP.

Dec. 1 Chancellor's Forum Looks Back at 2009

Emmy-winning journalist Lynn Doyle will host the Dec. 1 Chancellor's Forum "A Year in Review: Big Cases - What Was Hot, What Was Not - It's Your Call with Lynn Doyle."

Panelists scheduled for the program include Chancellor Sayde Ladov, A. Charles Peruto Jr., Tariq El-Shabazz and Rhonda Hill Wilson. Doyle is the host of "It's Your Call with Lynn Doyle" on the Comcast Network. The program is sponsored by the Bar-News Media Committee.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $6 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP.

Public Interest Law Day CLE Dec. 2

Register now for the 2009 Public Interest Law Day CLE Program, Lawyering for Social Change in An Era of Challenge, on Wednesday, Dec. 2, at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets.

This exciting CLE program features a distinguished faculty of judges and public interest law experts, and offers six hours of CLE credits, including one ethics credit. For more information about this program, click here.

The program offers the following sessions: Advocating for Vulnerable Groups in the Obama Era; Lawyering for Social Change; Counseling Clients on Financial Strategies as They Face Unemployment; Update and Outlook for Civil Rights under the Obama Administration; Hot Ethics Topics for Public Interest Lawyers; Hot Topics in Housing Law, Health Law and Public Benefits; Negotiating Skills; Collaborating with the Judiciary in Promoting Access to Justice
Click here to register.

International Judgments, Arbitration Awards Dec. 3

Matthew H. Adler, chairman of the International Litigation and Arbitration Practice Group at Pepper Hamilton LLP, will present "Differences in Enforcement Between International Judgments and International Arbitration Awards" at the Thursday, Dec. 3 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. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP promptly to Nancy Mazer at mazern@pepperlaw.com or call 215-981-4616.

Sustainability for Lawyers Dec. 9

What is sustainability and why should lawyers care about it? On Wednesday, Dec. 9, the Women in Intellectual Property Committee will be joined by panelist who will discuss where sustainability fits in the realm of corporate social responsibility and what it means to lawyers, clients, potential clients and the community. Today, there is a great deal of talk about being "green," carbon footprints and renewable resources. Many lawyers are helping clients "go green" and some clients are insisting their lawyers also be green. At this program you will learn the fundamentals of this issue and how to navigate effectively in this area.

Speakers include Nancy Cleveland, JD LEED AP, a former real estate attorney and consultant in sustainability with Rubicon Crossings LLC; Beulah Trey, Ph.D., an organizational psychologist and co-founder of Vector Group Consulting; Cynthia Wollman, Vice President of New Business Development with CRW Graphics and a professor of sustainability at Philadelphia University; and Miki Young, President of Market Shift, who, among other things, advises marketing leaders on communication plans that incorporate corporate social responsibility and sustainability strategies.

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 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP.

Current Trends in Private Equity Marketplace Dec. 7

The Private Equity and Venture Capital Committee will present the CLE seminar "Current Trends in the Private Equity Marketplace" on Monday, Dec. 7.

The featured speakers are Barry O'Brien, vice president, Investment Banking Division, Goldman, Sachs & Company, New York and Joseph Stern, general counsel, Merger Leadership Group, Goldman, Sachs & Company, New York. The course planners are Thomas A. Kennedy and Vincent S. Capone.

The program begins at 12:30 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m. For more information or to register, click here.

Sections, YLD Plan Annual Events

The Workers' Compensation Section will hold its Annual Holiday Party on Tuesday, Dec. 1 at Cescaphe Ballroom, 923 N. 2nd St. The event will include a silent auction to benefit Kids Chance and Philadelphia VIP. Tickets are $45 per person and include open bar, hors d'oeuvres, pasta and seafood bar, sushi station and valet parking. Click here to register for this event.

• The Public Interest Section Annual Reception will be held Wednesday, Dec. 2., at Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market St., from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $40 for public interest and government attorneys and $55 all other members. Admission includes beer, wine and hors d'oeuvres. Click here for tickets. Marsha Levick, legal director of the Juvenile Law Center, will receive the 2009 Andrew Hamilton Award at the event.

• The Probate and Trust Section Annual Reception will be held Wednesday, Dec. 2 at the Radisson Warwick Hotel, 1701 Locust St., from 5 to 7 p.m. Admission is complimentary for all Bar members includes open bar and heavy hors d'oeuvres. Click here to RSVP.

• The YLD Annual Holiday Party and Gift Drive is set for Thursday, Dec. 3 at Tavern On Broad, 200 S. Broad St., from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $25 for law studenus, $30 for members and $35 for non-members and includes open bar, heavy hors d'oeuvres and DJ. Click here for tickets.

• The State Civil Litigation Section Annual Reception will be held Monday, Dec. 7 at Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse, 111 S. 17th St., from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 for members and $45 for non-members and includes open bar and hors d'oeuvres. Click here for tickets.

• The Criminal Justice Section Annual Reception is Wednesday, Dec. 9 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Westin Philadelphia, 99 S. 17th St. Tickets are $40 for court personnel, $45 for members and $50 for nonmembers and includes open bar and heavy hors d'oeuvres. Click here for tickets.

• The Annual Meeting of the Tax Section will be held Thursday, Dec. 10 at the Rittenhouse Hotel, 210 West Rittenhouse Square. A workshop will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. and cocktails and dinner follow at 5 p.m. The dinner speaker is Josh Odintz, Treasury Tax Legislative Counsel, who will provide a legislative update.

• The Bankruptcy Committee will hold a joint reception with Turnaround Management Association and Commercial Finance Association on Thursday, Dec. 10 at Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market St., from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. To register, contact Andrea Pauson at 215-657-5551 or palady0606@aol.com.

• The LGBT Rights Committee will hold its annual holiday party on Thursday, Dec. 17 at 5:15 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. The Cheryl Ingram Advocate for Justice Award will be presented to Immediate-Past Chancellor A. Michael Pratt. Click here to RSVP.

Update Your Listing for The Legal Directory 2010

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Business Law Section Seeks Replansky Nominees

The Business Law Section is seeking nominations from the Philadelphia legal community for the Section's 2009 Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award. The award will be presented at the Section's Annual Reception to be held in January. The award recipient will receive the privilege of designating the recipient of the Section's annual charitable contribution to a public interest organization.

Award criteria are superior legal talent in the area of business law; unique contributions to and significant achievements within the business law community in the Philadelphia area; a reputation for mentoring young attorneys; significant participation in and contributions to civic and charitable causes in the community; and uniform recognition in the legal community of the candidate’s honesty, integrity and professionalism

Each candidate must be a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association's Business Law Section.

The Section established the award in recognition of Replansky's career as a lawyer and his contributions to legal, civic, religious and other charitable causes. Replansky was a 51-year-old senior partner at the law firm of Blank Rome Comisky & McCauley when he died in March 1994. He was a former chair of the Business Law Section.

The deadline for award nominations is 12 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009. 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 St., Philadelphia, PA 19103-7396; or e-mailed to jeskie@duanemorris.com.

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.

FJD Seeks Roll of Honor Nominees

The judges of the First Judicial District recognize that pro bono service is an important and meaningful way of ensuring justice for the citizens of Philadelphia. The First Judicial District's Pro Bono Committee acknowledge attorneys who provide pro bono services to litigants in Philadelphia
courts by publishing an annual Pro Bono Roll of Honor. All qualifying attorneys will be recognized at the Fourth Annual Pro Bono Award Reception in January 2010.

Attorneys may become members of the Roll of Honor through a self-nominating process whereby they 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 First Judicial District during the 2009 calendar year.

• 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 on the FJD web site under "News and Announcements" at courts.phila.gov. The deadline for submitting nomination forms for the 2009 Pro Bono Roll of Honor is Wednesday, Nov. 25.

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, facsimile at 215-567-7380, or mail addressed to Room 284 City Hall, Philadelphia, Pa., 19107.

Brandeis Society Hanukkah Party Nov. 30

The Louis D. Brandeis Law Society will present its annual Benjamin F. Levy Community Service Award to Mayer Horwitz at the Society's annual Hanukkah Party on Monday, Nov. 30 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Conversation Hall in City Hall.

The party, which celebrates the Jewish Festival of Lights, will include a ceremonial menorah lighting and food and drink. The event also includes the Society's installation of incoming Chancellor Adam E. Laver, incoming Vice Chancellor Hon. Sandra Mazer Moss, other officers and new members for 2010.

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 past Chancellor and 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. The event includes a buffet supper and open bar.

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 Tina Velez, Blank Rome, LLP, One Logan Square, Philadelphia, PA 19103. A ticket order form can also be found at the Society's web site brandeislawsociety.org.

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.

Public Interest Events Scheduled

The Women's Law Project will hold its Annual Party on Friday, Dec. 4, from 5:45 to 8 p.m., at the Marketplace Design Center, 2400 Market St. This event will feature a silent auction, raffle prizes, open bar and food, live music and special entertainment for children. Tickets are $75 per person. For ticket information or to register online visit womenslawproject.org.

• Philadelphia VIP will present a CLE training program on the ethics of pro bono on Friday, Dec. 11 from 12 to 2:15 p.m., at DLA Piper, One Liberty Place, 1650 Market St., Suite 4900. This program will include a discussion of Rule 6.1: Pro Bono Publico Service, models for pro bono participation, ethical considerations for volunteer attorneys and special considerations in the representation of low-income clients. Presenters include Sara Woods, Philadelphia VIP; Michelle Levy, Homeless Advocacy Project; and John McKeever, DLA Piper. Two free Ethics CLE credits will be provided to attendees who handle a VIP case. To register, call 215-523-9550 or e-mail phillyvip@phillyvip.org.

• The ACLU will host the Bill of Rights Reception and Dinner on Tuesday, Dec. 15 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the American Philosophical Society, Benjamin Franklin Hall, 427 Chestnut St. At this event, the inaugural Keystone of Civil Liberties Award will be presented to David Rudovsky. Tickets are $85 per person. For ticket information, please call 215-592-1513 x 118, or visit aclupa.org.

Reward Offered for Information in Paralegal's Death

The Citizens Crime Commission is administering a $10,000 reward posted by the law firm of Caesar, Rivise, Bernstein, Cohen & Pokotilow, Ltd., for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a bicyclist who struck and fatally injured Andre Steed, a Caesar Rivise paralegal.

Steed was struck at about 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 15 at the corner of 16th and Locust streets. Steed suffered massive head injuries and died on Oct. 24.

Witnesses at the scene describe the bicyclist as a white male in his early 20s, 140 pounds, wearing a white hooded sweatshirt with red spots in the background and riding a white mountain bike.

To be eligible for the reward, information must be called in to the Crime Commission Tipline at 215-546-TIPS, and the caller must receive a code number from the operator. The anonymity of all callers will be protected.

Hedge Fund Developments Nov. 23

PLI's Hedge Fund Enforcement and Regulatory Developments 2009 includes discussions on current hedge fund enforcement issues; SEC inspections and examinations in the post-Madoff era; current regulatory issues; financial regulatory reform; and "non-traditional" hedge fund enforcement in the new regulatory environment. This 5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credit hour program will be simulcast on Monday, Nov. 23 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 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Check-in begins at 8:30 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.

Tuesday, Dec. 1
Simulcast - E-Commerce: Legal and Practical Issues
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Video - Ethics Potpourri – Harry Potter and the Lawyer's Curse
1 ethics CLE credit
10 to 11 a.m.

The Family and Medical Leave Act: One Year After the Department of Labor Regulations
4 substantive CLE credits
12:30 to 4:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 2
Simulcast - Practice Before the Department of Veterans Affairs
3 substantive CLE credits
8:30 to 11:45 a.m.

2009 Public Interest Law Day
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Simulcast - Legal Issues Affecting Military Personnel
4 substantive CLE credits
12:30 to 4:45 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 3
Litigating Automobile Accidents Involving Roadway Defects
4 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

To Save and Keep Harmless: The Role of Indemnity and Insurance in Business Transactions
3 substantive CLE credits
12:30 to 3:45 p.m.

Thursday and Friday, Dec. 3-4
13th Annual Real Estate Institute
Pennsylvania Convention Center, 12th and Arch streets
12 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Simulcast – PLI – New Developments in Securitization 2009
12 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 4
Tax Law for the Family Law Practitioner
4 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

TRIALS! Tips, Tactics & Tales
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 am to 3:30 pm; check-in at 8:00 am

Monday, Dec. 7
Appellate Mediation in PA
3.5 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

The Law and Literature – Why Thinking Like a Storyteller, and NOT Like a Lawyer, Will Help You Win Jury Trials
4 substantive CLE credits
12:30 to 4:45 p.m.

Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 7-8
Simulcast – PLI – Understanding the Securities Laws 2009
12 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
Monday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 5:15 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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