Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 9, No. 88
 

Atkinson, Law to Be Honored at Dec. 8 Annual Meeting

Nolan N. Atkinson Jr. and Tsiwen M. Law will be honored by the Association at the Dec. 8 Annual Meeting when they are respectively presented with the inaugural Chancellor's Diversity Award and the Wachovia Fidelity Award.

The Chancellor's Diversity Award recognizes a law firm, legal organization or individual who has made a substantial contribution to diversity and inclusion in the legal field. Atkinson is a partner and chief diversity officer with Duane Morris LLP. The Wachovia Fidelity Award is presented annually to individuals who have helped improve the administration of justice and exhibited faithfulness to the profession. Law is a partner with Law and Zaslow LLC.

Atkinson was first chair and co-founder of the Philadelphia Diversity Law Group, a consortium of law firms and corporations committed to increasing racial and ethnic diversity in the city's larger law firms. He is a frequent lecturer on the topic of increasing diversity in the legal profession. Atkinson is a 1969 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Law is a graduate of the University of California Berkeley, the University of Michigan School of Public Health, and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He was an adjunct instructor of Asian American Studies at Penn and American Studies at Temple University for a combined 13 years.

Law has a history of involvement with the Philadelphia Bar Association and served as chair of the Public Interest Section and the Civil Rights Committee. He has served on the boards of the Philadelphia Legal Assistance Corporation, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Organization of Chinese Americans, Greater Philadelphia, the Greater Philadelphia Cantonese Academy, the U.S. Kuoshu Federation, and the Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board.

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Chancellor-Elect Sayde Ladov to Address Bar Dec. 8

Service is nothing new to Sayde J. Ladov. It's practically in her DNA. In her inaugural address as the new Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association at its Dec. 8 Annual Meeting, Ladov hopes to infuse this spirit across the membership. The meeting begins at 12 p.m. at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia, Broad and Walnut streets. Tickets are $55. Click here to purchase tickets online.

"For me, leadership is defined by service," she says. Her resume attests to her own career as a dedicated leader. As a shareholder of Abrahams, Lowenstein & Bushman, she served on the management committee that helped facilitate a merger with Offit Kurman, a Baltimore-based law firm where she currently serves as a principal.

Ladov will touch on other topics in her address, including her commitment to the construction of the family court building. She is also committed to increasing the accessibility of the Bar Association through improved information technology.

Ladov also wants to create, staff and implement help desks at Philadelphia Municipal Court and the Court of Common Pleas Family Division to increase access to justice for pro se litigants. She is also looking to broaden the concept of diversity within the Association.

In addition to serving as Chancellor Elect this past year, she has been elected to numerous positions at the Philadelphia Bar Association, including Secretary (2002-2004) and Assistant Secretary (1999-2001). She also served on the Board of Governors from 1996-1998. In 2004, she served as chair of the Women in the Profession Committee and as chair of the Lawyer Referral and Information Service from 1996 to 1999 and 2005 to 2006 and 1996-99. She was also appointed to co-chair the Bar Association's 2005 Bench-Bar Conference. She has held similar leadership positions with the Philadelphia Bar Foundation, including co-chairing the 2008 Hamilton Gala, serving as a trustee (1999-2003, 2007-2008) and chairing one of the most successful galas in 1999. She also served several years on the Board of Directors for Philadelphia V.I.P.

A former assistant district attorney from the Bronx, New York, Ladov's professional associations include both the Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Associations. She also has served as chancellor of the Tau Epsilon Rho Law Society, which was later renamed the Louis Brandeis Law Society, and currently serves on its executive committee. She received her undergraduate and law degrees from Fordham University.

In addition to several court appointments, Ladov is a well-known media commentator and has written and presented at numerous courses and lectures. She and her husband, David L. Ladov, a senior partner at CozenO'Connor, have two daughters, Hillary and Lauren. Click here to purchase tickets online.

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.

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.

Contempt of PFA Orders Program Dec. 1

The Domestic Violence Committee will present "Contempt of PFA Orders: Criminal Contempt and Enforcement Issues" at the Monday, Dec. 1 meeting of the Family Law Section.

The speakers for the program will be Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Bretschneider and retired police Det. Michael Gallagher. 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 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.

Meeting on Proposed Rules Changes Dec. 2

The Professional Responsibility Committee will examine proposed changes by the Pennsylvania Disciplinary Board Rules Committee to those Rules of Disciplinary Enforcement, "Relating to Administrative Suspension, Attorneys Convicted of Crimes, Reinstatement and Reciprocal Discipline" at its Tuesday, Dec. 2 meeting.

The proposed changes can be found by clicking here. The committee will decide if it wishes to prepare a comment for the Rules 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 register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Judge Fox to Speak at Dec. 2 Program

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Idee C. Fox will be the featured speaker at the Compulsory Arbitration Committee's "meet the judges" program on Tuesday, Dec. 2.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th Floor Committee Room South of the 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.

Hear Human Relations Commission's Landau Dec. 4

Rue Landau, executive director of the Philadelphia Human Relations Commission, will be the guest speaker at the Thursday, Dec. 4 meeting of the Civil Rights 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 register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Workers' Comp Lunchtime CLE Dec. 5

The Workers' Compensation Section will present the lunchtime CLE "A Three Sided View: the Ethics of Workers' Compensation Mediations" on Friday, Dec. 5.

In this CLE program, attendees will benefit from the points of view from a judge, claimant's counsel and employer's counsel on how to best represent the interests of your client without stepping outside the bounds of professional ethics. Panelists include Judge Martin Burman, Workers' Compensation Office of Adjudication; Christy Adams, Adams Renzi Law; and Michael D. Schaff, Schaff & Young.

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 www.pbi.org or call PBI Customer Service at 1-800-932-4637. Lunch is available for an additional $7.50. Click here to purchase lunch for this program, which begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St.

Women's Speed Networking Event Dec. 12

The Women in the Profession Committee, the Women of The Asian Pacific American Bar Association, The Barristers' Association of Philadelphia and The South Asian Bar Association of Philadelphia will meet for a Speed Networking Event hosted by Anapol, Schwartz, Weiss, Cohan, Feldman & Smalley, P.C, 1710 Spruce St., on Friday, Dec. 12 at 12 p.m.

Join us for a complimentary lunch and, more importantly, the opportunity to network with our members and members of APABA, Barristers, and SABA. The luncheon will include a "speed-networking" segment in which attendees will spend five-minute intervals which each other in which they will describe their practice areas before moving on to the next attendee.

The program will be moderated by Miriam Benton Barish, partner, Anapol, Schwartz, Weiss, Cohan, Feldman & Smalley, P.C.; Maureen M. Farrell of the Law Offices of Maureen M. Farrell, Esquire and Maria Feeley, partner, Pepper Hamilton LLP. Admission is free, but space is limited, so please register in advance. Click here to register.

'Rise of Mutual Funds' Author to Speak Dec. 15

Matthew P. Fink, former president of the Investment Company Institute and author of The Rise of Mutual Funds: An Insider's View will be the guest speaker at the Monday, Dec. 15 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. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Patent Rules Discussion Dec. 17

The Federal Courts and Intellectual Property Committees will co-host the program "Adopting Local Patent Rules in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania: Advantages and Disadvantages" on Wednesday, Dec. 17.

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.

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 hold 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.

• The LGBT Rights Committee will hold its Annual Holiday Party on Wednesday, Dec. 17, where the Cheryl Ingram Advocate for Justice Award will be presented to Stephen A. Glassman. The event will be held in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. at 5:30 p.m. There is no charge to attend, but you must RSVP by clicking here.

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.

Justinian Christmas Party Dec. 16

The Justinian Society of Philadelphia will hold its annual Christmas party on Tuesday, Dec. 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Ben Franklin House at 9th and Chestnut Streets in Philadelphia.

The event is open to everyone. For more information or to RSVP, visit justinian.org or call (215) 545-0706. Tickets are $65 for members in good standing and $75 for non-members and guests.

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 Calendar, Training Events

• 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.

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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