Nov. 28, 2011
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 12, No. 86
 

Savoth to Outline Plans at Dec. 6 Annual Meeting

The Philadelphia Bar Association's Annual Meeting Luncheon, featuring inaugural remarks from incoming Chancellor John E. Savoth, of counsel to Saltz Mongeluzzi Barrett & Bendesky PC, will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 12 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets.

The event will also feature the presentation of The Fidelity Award Presented By PNC Wealth Management to Daniel-Paul Alva. Click here to purchase tickets.

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, William P. Fedullo; Secretary, Sophia Lee; Assistant Secretary, Jacqueline G. Segal; Treasurer, Joseph A. Prim Jr.; and Assistant Treasurer, Wesley R. Payne IV. There being no opposition, a unanimous ballot will also be cast for the following candidates for Board of Governors: Jennifer Segal Coatsworth, Rainy Papademetriou, James A. Rocco III, Eric H. Weitz and Kay Kyungsun Yu.

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 Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. Note: Only members in good standing of the Association's Young Lawyers Division may cast votes in this election. Attorneys are members of the Division if (1) they have not yet reached or reached in 2011 the age of 37, or, (2) they have not yet reached or reached in 2011 the third anniversary of their first admission to the bar of any state. 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 Bellevue.

There are nine candidates running for seven seats on the Young Lawyers Division Executive Committee. Committee members serve three-year terms. The candidates are Courtenay R. Dunn, Daniel J. Gillin, Maria E. Harris, Todd B. Jacobs, Benjamin F. Johns, Andrew J. Kornblau, Erin Lamb, Kaitlin E. Picco and Jeffrey N. Rosenthal. Click here for more information.

Chancellor's Reception January 4

All members of the Philadelphia legal community are invited to a complimentary reception in honor of John E. Savoth, 85th Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association, on Wednesday, Jan. 4 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. No RSVP is necessary.

This is the event in which even the city's busiest legal luminaries patiently wait in line to wish the new Chancellor and each other good luck in the year ahead.

Sections, Committees Plan Annual Events

• The Workers' Compensation Section Annual Holiday Party will be held Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 6 p.m. at Tendenza (by Cescaphe), 969 N. 2nd St. Tickets are $45 for Association members and $65 for non-members. Click here to purchase tickets.

• The Public Interest Section 20th Anniversary Program, Awards Ceremony and Dinner is set for Thursday, Dec. 1 at 5:30 p.m. at Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market St. Tickets are $60 for members and $75 for non-members. Click here for tickets. Frank Cervone, executive director of the Support Center for Child Advocates, will be presented with the Andrew Hamilton Award.

• The Young Lawyers Division Holiday Party will be Monday, Dec. 5 at Smokin Bettys, 116 S. 11th St. beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets are $35 for YLD members and $25 for law students. Click here for tickets.

• The Probate and Trust Law Section Annual Meeting and Reception will be Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 5 p.m. at the Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel, 1701 Locust St. Click here to RSVP.

• The Tax Section Annual CLE Meeting and Dinner will be Wednesday, Dec. 7 beginning at 2:30 p.m., at The Union League of Philadelphia, 140 S. Broad St. Visit pbi.org to register.

• The Criminal Justice Section Annual Reception and Awards Ceremony will be Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. at Courtyard Philadelphia Downtown, 21 N. Juniper St. Tickets are $55 for members and $65 for non-members. Click here to register.

• The Family Law Section Annual Dinner, featuring the presentation of the Herbert R. Weiman Jr. Award, wil be Thursday, Dec. 8 at The Rittenhouse Hotel, 210 W. Rittenhouse Square at 6 p.m. Tickets are $65 for section members and $75 for non-members. Click here to register.

• The Senior Lawyers Committee Holiday Reception is Thursday, Dec. 8 at 5:30 p.m. at The Palm restaurant, 200 S. Broad St. Click here to RSVP.

• The State Civil Litigation Section Annual Meeting and Reception is Monday, Dec. 12 at 5:30 p.m. at Estia, 1405 Locust St. Click here for more information.

Rules of Evidence Refresher CLE Nov. 29

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 the Tuesday, Nov. 29 CLE program presented by the Criminal Justice Section.

Registration and lunch begin at 12 p.m. in the in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. 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. Click here to register for CLE credit.

Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register for lunch.

Find Your Inner Financial Diva Nov. 29

Pari Hashemi, partner of The McFadden Group at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, will present "Five Critical Success Factors for Financially Savvy Women: Find Your Inner Financial Diva" at the Tuesday, Nov. 29 meeting of the Women in the Profession Committee.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register.

Marketing Your Elder Law/Guardianship Practice Dec. 1

Caren Schiffman, owner and president of VOS Strategies LLC, will present "Marketing Your Elder Law and Guardianship Practice" at the Thursday, Dec. 1 meeting of the Elder Law & Guardianship Committee Meeting.

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 members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register.

So You Think You Need a Guardian Dec. 1

Suzanne N. Pritchard will address guardianship in the context of litigation, the types of guardianships that are useful and sometimes necessary in the context of civil litigation at the Thursday, Dec. 1 meeting of the Medical Legal 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 $8.00 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register.

Judge Bernstein on ADR in Courts Dec. 2

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Mark I. Bernstein will discuss alternative dispute resolution in the courts at the Friday, Dec. 2 meeting of the ADR Committee.

Retired Judge Abraham J. Gafni will discuss teaching ADR at the meeting, which begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Committee Room South of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register.

Business Law Section Seeks Replansky Nominees

The Business Law Section is seeking nominations from the Philadelphia legal community for the Section's 2010 Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award. The award will be presented at the Section's Annual Reception to be held Wednesday, Jan. 25 at the Westin Philadelphia Hotel. The award recipient will receive the privilege of designating the recipient of the Section's annual charitable contribution to a public interest organization. Nominations are due by Friday, Dec. 2.

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 Dennis 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 Blank Rome Comisky & McCauley LLP when he died in March 1994. He was a former chair of the Business Law Section.

The deadline for award nominations and letters of support is Friday, Dec. 2 at 12 p.m.
Written nominations detailing the nominee's qualifications for the award should be sent to: Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award, c/o Graham R. Laub, Esquire, Dilworth Paxson LLP, 1500 Market St., Suite 3500E, Philadelphia, PA 19102-2102; or emailed to glaub@dilworthlaw.com.

More information about the Dennis H. Replansky Award or the nomination process for the award may be obtained by calling Graham R. Laub at (215) 575-7277.

City Policy Committee on Tax Reform Dec. 5

The City Policy Committee will host a panel discussion on tax reform on Monday, Dec. 5 with Sophie Bryan, chief of staff to Councilman William Green; City Finance Director Rob Dubow and Uri Monson, executive director of the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Committee Room South of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register.

Reconsidering Medicare ACOs Under Final Rule

John M. Harris and John Washlick will discuss "Reconsidering Medicare ACOs Under the Final Rule" at the Wednesday, Dec. 7 meeting of the Health Care Law 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 $8.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register.

Recent Developments in Delaware M&A Law Dec. 12

William J. Haubert and Richard P. Rollo will discuss recent Delaware developments in M&A law at a Monday, Dec. 12 CLE program presented by the Mergers and Acquisitions Committee.

Registration and lunch begin at 12 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. The program has been approved for one substantive CLE credit. Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay a fee of $33.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years and $28.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. Click here to register online. Interested parties not seeking CLE credit may attend and purchase lunch for the fee of $8.50.

Top 5 HR/Employment Issues for Small Businesses CLE

Stephanie J. Mensing will present the CLE program "Top 5 HR/Employment Issues for Small Businesses" at the Monday, Dec. 12 meeting of the Small Business Committee.

This CLE will address the top five human resources and employment issues that small businesses face, including FLSA/Wage and Hour issues and addressing and preventing exposure to workplace litigation. 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.

Registration and breakfast begin at 8:30 a.m., CLE begins at 9 a.m. The program will be held in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Click here to register for CLE credit.

Age Appropriate Custody Schedules Dec. 12

The Custody Committee of the Family Law Section will discuss "Age Appropriate Custody Schedules" at its Monday, Dec 12 meeting.

Speakers for the program are Robert Tanenbaum, Ph.D. and Michelle Southworth, J.D., LMFT. The program begins at 2 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Click here to register.

DHS Chief Ambrose to Speak Dec. 13

Philadelphia VIP's final 30th Anniversary Speaker Series will feature Anne Marie Ambrose, commissioner of the Philadelphia Department of Human Services on Tuesday, Dec. 13.

Commissioner Ambrose will be speaking about "The Importance of Family Stability in Improving Outcomes for Children in Philadelphia" from 12 to 1:15 p.m. at Fox Rothschild LLP, 2000 Market St., 20th Floor. The event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided.

To register, please contact Phillyvip@phillyvip.org or call 215-523-9568.

SeniorLAW Center Seeks Award Nominees

SeniorLAW Center, who has been protecting the rights of Pennsylvania's seniors for more than 30 years, is now accepting nominations for three awards to be presented at its annual fundraiser: SeniorPROM (a prom for all ages) to be held on May 4, 2012.

The awards are for Volunteer of the Year, Senior Advocate/Champion of the Year and Partner of the Year. Deadline for nominations is Thursday, Dec. 15. For further details and the nomination form, visit seniorlawcenter.org/events.

Brandeis Society to Honor Chacker at Dec. 15 Hanukkah Party

The Louis D. Brandeis Society will hold its annual Hanukkah party "Latkes & Vodkas" on Thursday, Dec. 15 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at The National Society of Colonial Dames of America, 1630 Latimer St.
Philadelphia

The 2011 Benjamin F. Levy Community Service Award will be presented to past Chancellor Edward F. Chacker. A buffet supper will be served with all dietary laws observed. Donations of gift cards will be accepted for delivery to Jewish Family & Children's Service of Greater Philadelphia to allow those in need to purchase holiday gifts for their children.

Please RSVP by Dec. 5 at brandeislawsociety.org and purchase tickets online using Pay Pal by choosing the ticket level that best applies. If you are purchasing tickets for multiple attendees, please use the virtual cart and include the names of each attendee on the Pay Pal form.

If you would prefer to purchase your tickets via check, please mail payment to "Louis D. Brandeis Law Society" to Louis D. Brandeis Law Society, c/o Tina Velez, Blank Rome LLP, 1 Logan Square, Philadelphia, PA 19103. Please note the names of attendees on your check.

Access The Legal Directory 2011 on Your Handheld Device

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The newly released, expanded and updated Legal Directory has more than 700 pages of firm and attorney entries, information for more than 350 local judges, government contacts, law organization profiles, ADR resources, Bar Association bylaws, contacts and committees, and more. It's a wealth of vital information legal professionals in the region trust and rely on - all in one resource.

For $79.95, you get the incredible convenience of print, online and mobile access to The Legal Directory. To order, visit thelegaldirectory.org.

Free Fastcase Training Webinars Scheduled

A series of free webinars have been scheduled for Philadelphia Bar Association members to help them familiarize themselves with Fastcase®, the new member benefit legal research tool.

Fastcase® puts a comprehensive law library of Pennsylvania state and federal cases, statutes and rules at your fingertips. If your firm's Philadelphia office has 100 percent attorney membership in the Philadelphia Bar Association, you'll receive Fastcase® free!

Webinars for Fastcase Research Tips (in depth) will be held:
Wednesday, Dec. 14, 3 to 4 p.m.

Webinars for Searching for Statutes (Overview)
Thursday, Dec. 6, 3 to 4 p.m.

Fully-Paid Bar Membership for Villanova Law Students

Through an agreement negotiated by Dean John Y. Gotanda, the Philadelphia Bar Association is pleased to offer all current students of Villanova University School of Law the opportunity to register for fully-paid membership in the Philadelphia Bar Association. This is an annual membership that can be renewed each year and will be paid for by the law school while you are a student. (Note to 3L students: If you registered before graduation, your membership will be paid by the law school and will continue through December 2011.)

Membership in the Bar Association provides you with opportunities to professionally connect with practicing lawyers and judges in a cooperative and learning environment, allowing for one-on-one interactions that are invaluable in building your career and obtaining contacts for potential job opportunities.

A similar agreement exists for students at Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University.

Registration is required to receive your law school-sponsored fully-paid membership in the Philadelphia Bar Association. To register, click here and complete the form.

As a member of the Philadelphia Association, you'll receive:

• Access to the "Members Only" portion of our interactive website, philadelphiabar.org, that lets you view "Bar Classifieds" employment opportunities and place Classified ads at a fraction of the cost of other online services

• Fastcase®, the next-generation legal research provider, available free of charge

• Invaluable networking opportunities with local attorneys and judges at hundreds of events each year, including Chancellor's Forums, substantive panel programs and practice group receptions

• The opportunity to join more than 50 Committees and nine Sections in specific areas of legal practice (such as intellectual property, business litigation, international law, workers compensation, criminal, etc.) as well as targeted interest groups (diversity in the profession, women in the profession, solo practitioners, etc.)

• Automatic membership in the Young Lawyers Division (YLD)

• A subscription to The Philadelphia Lawyer quarterly magazine; the Philadelphia Bar Reporter monthly newspaper; Bar Reporter Online twice-weekly e-newsletter; YLD weekly E-Zine; and Upon Further Review monthly caselaw e-publication

• A vibrant social media network including Facebook sites for the Bar Association and the YLD, Twitter, podcasts and blogs including "PhiLAWdelphia" - the blog of the YLD

• Insurance brokerage services provided through USI Affinity

• Discounts on CLE programs offered through the Pennsylvania Bar Institute

• A legislative program to champion your interests to lawmakers at City Hall, in Harrisburg and in Washington

• Much, much more!

For questions, or to learn more about the advantages of Philadelphia Bar Association membership, call our Membership Department at 215-238-6313.

Public Interest Trainings, Events Planned

• Philadelphia VIP will present a CLE program outlining the basic procedures to obtain a divorce in Philadelphia County on Friday, Dec. 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., at Cozen O'Connor, 1900 Market St. Opening remarks will be provided by Judge Margaret Murphy, Supervising Judge of the Domestic Relations Branch of Philadelphia Family Court, and David Ladov, The trainers for this program are James A. Rocco III, principal at Rocco Law Offices, LLC and former chair of the Family Law Section; Megan E. Watson, a partner with Berner, Klaw & Watson LLP and chair elect of the Family Law Section; and Michael L. Viola, Family Law staff attorney at Philadelphia VIP. In addition to the CLE, all attendees will receive comprehensive divorce training materials at no cost. In order to receive the free two CLE credits, attorneys must agree to undertake representation of a Philadelphia VIP client within six months of the training. Register by sending an email to phillyvip@phillyvip.org or by calling 215-523-9550.

• The Women's Law Project will hold its Annual Party on Friday, Dec. 2 from 5:45 to 8 p.m., at Marketplace Design Center, 2400 Market St. This event will offer a silent auction, open wine and beer bar, food and entertainment. All ages are welcome. Tickets are $85. For more information, visit www.womenslawproject.org.

• The ACLU of Pennsylvania will present the annual "Bill of Rights Dinner" on Thursday, Dec. 15 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Historical Society, 1300 Locust St. At this event, Professor Seth Kreimer will be presented with the Spencer L. Coxe Civil Libertarian Award, and Sharon Dietrich, Managing Attorney for Employment and Public Benefits at Community Legal Services, Inc. will be honored with the new ACLU Pioneer Award. This event is open to everyone - you do not need to be a current ACLU member! A VIP reception will be held at 6 p.m., followed by dinner from 6:45 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $95 each. For ticket and sponsorship information, contact Chris Keelty, 215-592-1513x124 or ckeelty@aclupa.org or visit aclupa.org.

Current Issues in Nursing Home Litigation Dec. 2

Nursing home litigation is widely recognized as one of the fastest-growing areas of health care litigation. A forum for group discussion and analysis, this seminar will summarize recent case law – the decisions, their impact on the practice, and how you, as counsel, can prepare to utilize the changing landscape to benefit your clients. This 5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credit program will be held Friday, Dec. 2, 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 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.; Check-in begins at 8 a.m. and lunch is included. 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.

Monday, Nov. 28
Pennsylvania Election Law
3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

From File to Trial: 8 Keys to Success in Court and Beyond (video)
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 30
Ethically Creating an Innovative Legal Practice in the Digital Marketplace
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:30 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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