Nov. 28, 2005
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 6, No. 53
 

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.

Councilman Nutter to Address City Policy Committee Nov. 30

Philadelphia City Councilman Michael Nutter will share his views on new ethics initiatives and tax reform at the Wednesday, Nov. 30 meeting of the City Policy 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 register for this meeting.

Board of Governors OKs Three Resolutions

The Board of Governors approved three resolutions at its Tuesday, Nov. 22 meeting.

Two of the resolutions were sponsored by the Real Property Section and were passed unanimously. One resolution supports the streamling and modernizing of Philadelphia's zoning code and zoning review process. The other resolution supports the proposed Philadelphia County Local Rule 3129.2(b)(1). The resolution regards the contents necessary in the property descriptions for handbills posted by the sheriff and also in the required newspaper publication of the handbill.

The third resolution, from the Civil Rights Committee, opposes Section 1035 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2006. The act would expand the role of the armed forces in border control and antiterrorism functions.

Tax Section Offers 2 CLEs at Dec. 8 Annual Meeting

The Tax Section is sponsoring two CLE seminars at its Annual Meeting and Dinner on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2005 at the Rittenhouse Hotel, 210 W. Rittenhouse Square.

Registration begins at 2:30 p.m. The afternoon CLE, "New Federal and State Rules on Taxation of Deferred Compensation," begins at 3 p.m. Dinner and the evening CLE, "Recently Released Federal Tax Reform Proposals," begins at 6:30 p.m.

For attorneys admitted more than five years, fees for the CLE without dinner are as follows: both CLE sessions (3.5 hours), $159; afternoon CLE only, (2.5 hours) $106; evening CLE only, (1 hour) $53. For attorneys admitted less than five years, fees for the CLE without dinner are: both CLE sessions (3.5 hours), $129; afternoon CLE only (2.5 hours), $86; evening CLE only (1 hour), $43. Fees for dinner only, without CLE credit are as follows: $45 for members of the Tax Section admitted for more than 5 years; $35 for members of the Tax Section admitted for 5 years or less; $90 for non-Tax Section member admitted for more than 5 years; and $65 for non-Tax Section members admitted for 5 years or less.

Attorneys interested in attending the program must register in advance to attend. For more information, visit www.pbi.org.

Sections Schedule Annual Parties, Receptions

The Association's sections and committees are holding their annual holiday receptions and award presentations.

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 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.

Sharon Dietrich of Community Legal Services will be presented with the section's annual Andrew Hamilton Award at the event. Dietrich, a labor lawyer, has been with Community Legal Services since 1987. The award acknowledges a legal services advocate or public defender employed by or associated with an organization whose purpose is to serve persons who cannot afford to pay for legal representation, or, a public interest lawyer working with a nonprofit organization that services a charitable or pubic interest purpose.

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 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 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.

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.

Dec. 13 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.

Brandeis Law Society to Honor Judge Field Dec. 7

The Brandeis Law Society will hold its annual Hanukkah Party and induction of new members on Wednesday, Dec. 7 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Top of the Tower, 1717 Arch St.

At the event, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Family Court Administrative Judge Myrna P. Field will be presented with the Benjamin F. Levy Community Service Award. The award will be presented by Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Sandra Schultz Newman. Click here to print a ticket order form for the event.

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.

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 more than 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.

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.

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.

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.

Family Law: A View from the Bench on Dec. 6

Learn about family law, local practice and procedure and how best to present an effective case from the view of the bench at the Tuesday, Dec. 6 CLE program "Family Law: A View from the Bench." Our panelists will provide a judicial perspective for each of their geographic areas, and give you procedural and practical tips that could be make the difference with you case. This program will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building and offers 3 substantive and ethics CLE credits.
Click here for more information.

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.