Thursday, Nov. 29, 2007
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 8, No. 88

Mail Ballots for YLD Election
Must Be Received by Today;
Pratt to Outline Plans Dec. 4

Members of the Young Lawyers Division wishing to cast their ballots by mail for the 2007 YLD Executive Committee election must return their ballots to the Association's headquarters by 10 a.m. today (Thursday, Nov. 29). The election coincides with the Association's Annual Meeting Luncheon, where Chancellor-Elect A. Michael Pratt will outline his plans for 2008. The Annual Meeting Luncheon will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue beginning at 12 p.m...READ MORE
 

Pratt to Outline 2008 Agenda at Annual Meeting Dec. 4

Chancellor-Elect A. Michael Pratt will outline his plans for 2008 at the Association's Annual Meeting Luncheon on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue. The Association will present four of its most prestigious honors at the program.

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Ralph J. Cappy will receive the Association's Bar Medal, presented at the discretion of the Chancellor in recognition of extraordinary service. It is reserved only for the highest accomplishments and most impressive achievements. Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Sandra Mazer Moss will be presented with the Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Distinguished Jurist Award and former Chancellor Abraham C. Reich will receive the Wachovia Fidelity Award. The program will also feature the presentation of the Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg "Pursuit of Justice" Legal Writing Competition Award. It begins at 12 p.m. at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia, Broad and Walnut streets. Tickets are $50. 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, Scott F. Cooper; Treasurer, Jeffrey M. Lindy; Assistant Treasurer, Joseph A. Prim Jr.; Secretary, Kathleen D. Wilkinson; Assistant Secretary, Sophia Lee; and Michael J. Berkowitz, Karen L. Detamore, Maria A. Feeley, Jeffrey S. Gross and Richard S. Seidel, 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. today (Thursday, Nov. 29). 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. 4 at the Park Hyatt. Click here to read the Philadelphia Bar Reporter 2007 Election Guide.

Job Announcement: Director of the Office for Diversity

The Philadelphia Bar Association is seeking a Director of the Office for Diversity. The Office for Diversity is created to work with legal employers to foster more diverse work environments. The Office also serves as a resource for individuals seeking to advance and develop their careers. The Office for Diversity provides infrastructure, strategic leadership, coordination, and continuity to the diversity efforts of the various association committees, departments, and external efforts. The Director of the Office for Diversity will provide the vision, leadership and support for developing and implementing programs and practices to encourage diversity in the Philadelphia legal community.

Responsibilities:

Disseminate information about the Statement of Diversity Principles and obtain additional corporate and law firm signatories of the Statement;

Collect data, analyze, ensure data accuracy, and report on the progress of the Philadelphia community in achieving diversity goals through studies and other means;

Collect and disseminate information about evolving best practices aimed at recruitment, retention and promotion of a diverse and inclusive legal environment across demographic groups;

Provide signatories with concrete support to build and maintain successful diversity efforts delivered in hands-on regular working sessions, targeted roundtables with diversity professionals, diversity chairs, managing partners, etc.;

Communicate and publicize the activities of the Office for Diversity through the Association website, media outreach, articles in the Association’s monthly newsletter, and other sources;

Foster community networking opportunities for people working on diversity issues across sectors in the legal profession;

Provide over-the-shoulder guidance to legal employers across sectors;

Support and coordinate Association committee activities and programs in the area of diversity;

Plan and organize an annual diversity event; and

Assist in developing financial support for the Office for Diversity.

Reporting Relationship

The Director of Diversity will report to the Association’s Executive Director and work closely with the Association’s Chancellor and other Association committees involved in the diversity initiatives.

Qualifications

Five-plus years experience developing and/or managing diversity programs, preferably in a professional services environment.

Strong public speaking and written communication skills.

Law, public policy, or other relevant graduate degree desirable.

Strong commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Salary is negotiable. Excellent benefits. To apply, please email or mail a resume and cover letter to:

Kenneth Shear
Executive Director
Philadelphia Bar Association
1101 Market St.
11th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107
kshear@philabar.org

The Philadelphia Bar Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities are encouraged to apply. Application deadline: Dec. 15, 2007.

Securities Regulation CLE Dec. 5

The Securities Regulation Committee will present the lunchtime CLE program {link:http://www.legalspan.com/pbi/calendar.asp?UGUID=&ItemID=20071120-150226-81932|Public Company Compensation Disclosure Update: An Update on the SEC's Guidance and Issuers' Responses" on Wednesday, Dec. 5.

Panelists for the program include David Lynn, editor of TheCorporateCounsel.net;
Paula Todd, managing principal, Towers Perrin; Stephen C. Costalas, executive vice president, general counsel and secretary, Pharmacopeia, Inc.; and Graham R. Laub, chair, securities group, Dilworth Paxson LLP.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. The program has been approved for 1.0 Substantive CLE credits. 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 pbi.org, or call PBI Customer Service at 1-800-932-4637. Lunch will be available an additional fee of $8.50 per person. Click here to purchase lunch for this event.

Sections, YLD, Committees Plan Annual Events

• The Real Property Section Annual Meeting will be held at Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market St., today (Thursday, Nov. 29) at 12 p.m. Karen Black of BIA will receive the Section’s Good Deed Award and Harris Steinberg of Penn Praxis will present the keynote remarks. Tickets are $40. Click here to purchase tickets online.

• The Young Lawyers Division will hold its Annual Holiday Party tonight (Thursday, Nov. 29) at Triumph Brewing Company, 117 Chestnut St., from 6 to 9 p.m. Click here to purchase tickets. The event is sponsored by Dechert LLP.

• The Workers' Compensation Section Holiday Party will be Tuesday, Dec. 4 at the Pyramid Club, 1735 Market St., where the Martha Hampton Award will be presented. Tickets are $40. Click here to buy tickets online.

• The Criminal Justice Section Annual Reception and Awards event will be held Thursday, Dec. 6 at 5:30 p.m. at Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market St. Court of Common Pleas President Judge C. Darnell Jones II will receive the Section’s Thurgood Marshall Award. Tickets are $45. Click here for tickets.

• The Bankruptcy Committee will hold its annual reception for the judges of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on Thursday, Dec. 6 at 5:30 p.m. at the Union League of Philadelphia, 140 S. Broad St. Click here for tickets.

• The LGBT Rights Committee's 12th Annual Holiday Reception will be held Thursday, Dec. 6 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP, 1600 Market St., Suite 3600. The committee will present the Cheryl Ingram Advocate for Justice Award to State Rep. Babette Josephs in honor of her advocacy on behalf of the community in Harrisburg. Please RSVP by Monday, Dec. 3 to Lawrence Felzer at lfelzer@seniorlawcenter.org.

• The Tax Section will hold its Annual Meeting and CLE on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at the Rittenhouse Hotel, 210 W. Rittenhouse Square. For more information about the CLE, please visit pbi.org.

• The Women in the Profession Committee Holiday Party, hosted by Thoroughbuilt LLP and Independent Custom Realty, will be held Tuesday, Dec. 18 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 429 S. 16th St. The event will feature complimentary cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, and, more importantly, the opportunity to network with our members and members of Professional Women's Roundtable. Admission is free, but please bring a new and unwrapped toy that will be distributed to local charities. To RSVP, visit philadelphiabar.org.

Public Interest Law Day Dec. 5

The Association’s Public Interest Section will host its most ambitious Public Interest Law Day yet on Wednesday, Dec. 5 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center.

Public Interest Law Day features a distinguished faculty of judges and public interest law experts and offers participants the choice of attending 11 different CLE sessions, for a total of 6 CLE credits. In all, seven substantive sessions and four ethics sessions will be offered.

The program opens with the panel discussion "Tips from the Bench for the Public Interest Practitioner," featuring Judge Stephen Bosch, administrative law judge for the Social Security Administration; Judge M. Faith Angell, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania; and Judge Flora Wolf of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Family Division.

Public Interest Law Day also will offer a workshop on recent Supreme Court decisions and a panel discussion that explores the changing nature of public interest law practice. Several nuts-and-bolts sessions will be offered that provide an overview of specific substantive areas of the law, including municipal court practice; consumer law for the non-practitioners (including predatory lending; identity theft; mortgage foreclosures; and fair debt collection practices); veterans benefits; and health law. The program will conclude with an ethics session, "Ethical Obligations of Working with Interpreters: Implementation of the New Pennsylvania Interpreters Act." To register for this program, contact the Pennsylvania Bar Institute at (800) 932-4637 or register online at pbi.org.

Public Interest Law Day will be followed by the Section's Annual Reception and Awards Ceremony at Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market St. The awards ceremony, which starts at 5 p.m., celebrates the activities of public interest attorneys and features the presentation of the 2007 Andrew Hamilton Award for distinguished public service advocacy. Click here to purchase tickets to the reception.

The Section also will continue its tradition of selecting the agency that will receive its Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Scholarship during the awards ceremony. This $4,000 scholarship is awarded to a public interest organization to enable it to hire a law student for the following summer.

The Section also will present its second annual Law Student Awards. These awards recognize a third-year law student from each of the five Philadelphia area law schools who has demonstrated a strong commitment to public interest work. The award was established by the Section’s Law School Outreach Committee, which provides educational programs, pro bono opportunities and networking events for law students to encourage them to consider public service as a career choice.

The Section is now seeking sponsors for the Public Interest Section Annual Reception and Awards Ceremony. Proceeds from this event fund the Higginbotham Scholarship program. For more information about becoming a sponsor, please contact Abbie DuFrayne at (215) 686-4057 or at Albertine.DuFrayne@courts.phila.gov.

Business Journal to Spotlight Bar Dec. 28

The Philadelphia Business Journal is producing a special Philadelphia Bar Association supplement in its Dec. 28 edition.

The objective is to market, to the Business Journal reader, the positive impact the legal community, the Bar Association and individual member law firms have on local commerce and businesses in the Philadelphia region.

The deadline for reserving advertising space is Nov. 30. For more information, contact Michelle Stuhl at (215) 238-5114 or e-mail her at mstuhl@bizjournals.com.

Business Law Section Seeks Replansky Nominees

The Business Law Section is seeking nominations for the Section's 2007 Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award. The award will be presented at the Section's Annual Reception to be held on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2008 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.

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.

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 when he died in March 1994. He was a former chair of the Business Law Section.

The deadline for award nominations is noon on Monday, Dec. 10, 2007 Written nominations detailing the nominee’s qualifications for the award should be sent to: Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award, c/o Sandra A. Jeskie, Esq., 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.

Business Development, Networking Seminar Jan. 8

The Philadelphia Bar Association and the Philadelphia Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators will present "Business Development: Effective Networking Strategies," the first in a series of associate training programs on Tuesday, Jan. 8.

Stacy West Clark, founder of the Delaware Valley Law Firm Marketing Group, will discuss the importance of learning your firm's business and marketing strategies; using your personal skills to fit into the firm's plan; the value of a business network; identifying and developing relationships that have business development potential; and identifying referral sources.

The program begins at 8 a.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Breakfast will be provided. The cost of the program is $25. Click here for more information.

Women's Law Project Annual Party Nov. 30

The Women's Law Project Annual Party will be held Friday, Nov. 30 from 5:45 to 8 p.m., at the Design Center, 2400 Market St. For more information, contact Debi Morrison at 215-928-9801 or Carol Tracy at ctracy@womenslawproject.org.

Justinian Society Christmas Party Dec. 18

The Justinian Society will hold its Annual Christmas Party on Tuesday, Dec. 18, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Grand Ballroom at the Ben Franklin, 9th and Chestnut streets.

Guests will enjoy celebrating the holiday season with a European ambience combined with turn-of-the century elegance in the Grand Ballroom at the Ben Franklin. Assorted hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served for all to enjoy. Cost to attend the event is $65 per person for members and $75 per person non-members. The event is open to the public. To learn more about the event or to register, call 215-545-0706 or visit justinian.org.

Lawyer Appreciation Night at Flyers Dec. 13

Come mingle with fellow lawyers as the Philadelphia Flyers take on the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Wachovia Center.

Between now and Dec. 12, selected seats in the mezzanine level of the Wachovia Center are available to lawyers, friends and family members for a discount of $10 ($47.50 seats for $37.50 and $42 seats for $32). To take advantage of these discounts, please click here and enter the promo code LAWNIGHT. If you have any questions, please contact Steve Remillard at 215-952-5727.

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