Dec. 2, 2010
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 11, No. 88
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Mail Ballots for Bar Election Due
at Bar Offices at 10 a.m. Today

Bar Association members wishing to vote by mail in the Association's Annual Election must have their ballots received (not postmarked, but received) at Bar Association headquarters by 10 a.m. today (Thursday, Dec. 2). Ballots received after that time will not be counted. Anyone not returning a ballot in a timely fashion may still vote in person on Tuesday, Dec. 7. Ballots were mailed Nov. 18...READ MORE
 

Mail Ballots for Bar Election Due Today at 10 a.m.

Bar Association members wishing to vote by mail in the Association's Annual Election must have their ballots received (not postmarked, but received) at Bar Association headquarters by 10 a.m. today (Thursday, Dec. 2). Ballots received after that time will not be counted. Anyone not returning a ballot in a timely fashion may still vote in person on Tuesday, Dec. 7. Ballots were mailed Nov. 18.

Please be advised that Albert S. Dandridge III has withdrawn his candidacy for the office of Vice Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association in the Association's Annual Election to be held on Tuesday, Dec. 7. There being no opposition for the office of Vice Chancellor, a unanimous ballot will be cast for Kathleen D. Wilkinson.

Wilkinson will serve as Vice Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association in 2011, Chancellor-Elect in 2012, and Chancellor in 2013.

The Association's Annual Election of officers and members of the Board of Governors will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the Ballroom Level of the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. Officers to be elected are Vice Chancellor, Secretary, Treasurer, Assistant Secretary, Assistant Treasurer and five members of the Board of Governors for three-year terms.

Candidates for office are: Kathleen D. Wilkinson, Vice Chancellor; Sophia Lee, Secretary; Joseph A. Prim Jr., Treasurer; Kim R. Jessum and Jacqueline G. Segal, Assistant Secretary; Wesley R. Payne IV, Assistant Treasurer; Brian S. Chacker, Nikki Johnson-Huston, Angus Love, Scott W. Reid, Gina Furia Rubel and Marc J. Zucker, Board of Governors (elect five).

There being no opposition, a unanimous ballot will be cast for the following seven candidates for the Young Lawyers Division Executive Committee (three-year term): Jo Rosenberger Altman, Edward F. Beitz, Anthony H. Chwastyk, Joshu Harris, Brielle M. Rey, Christopher Sharp and Todd H. Zamostien.

The Association will welcome its 84th Chancellor, Rudolph Garcia of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC, at its Annual Meeting Luncheon on Dec. 7 at 12 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Hyatt at The Bellevue. Current Chancellor Scott F. Cooper will introduce Garcia, whose term officially begins on Jan. 1, 2011. Garcia will deliver his inaugural address at the event. To purchase tickets, click here.

Garcia to Outline 2011 Plans; 7 to Receive Bar Honors

The Philadelphia Bar Association's Annual Meeting Luncheon, featuring inaugural remarks by incoming Chancellor Rudolph Garcia of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC, will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 7 at 12 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets.

U.S. Magistrate Judges L. Felipe Restrepo and Timothy R. Rice will receive the Association's Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Distinguished Jurist Award at the event for their work presiding over the Supervision to Aid Re-entry Program.

Attorneys Mitchell L. Bach, Edward G. Biester III, Gregory H. Mathews, Darryl J. May and Marc J. Sonnenfeld, who worked to make Philadelphia's Commerce Court become a reality, have been named the recipients of the 2010 Wells Fargo Fidelity Award. They will also be honored at the Annual Meeting Luncheon. Click here to purchase tickets to the Annual Meeting Luncheon.

Sections, Committees Plan Annual Events

The Association's Sections and Committees have planned their annual receptions and events.

The Workers' Compensation Section Annual Holiday Party will be held Thursday, Dec. 2 at Cescaphe Ballroom, 923 N. 2nd St., from 6 to 9 p.m. Click here for tickets.

The State Civil Litigation Section Annual Reception will be Monday, Dec. 6 at Smith & Wollensky, 210 W. Rittenhouse Square from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Click here for tickets.

The Criminal Justice Section Annual Holiday Party will be Wednesday, Dec. 8 at Le Meridien, 1421 Arch St. from 6 to 8 p.m. Click here for tickets. The Criminal Justice Section Annual Holiday Party is sponsored by LexisNexis.

The Tax Section Annual CLE and Dinner will be Wednesday, Dec. 8 at the Westin Philadelphia, 99 S. 17th St. Click here for tickets.

The Probate and Trust Section Annual Reception is Thursday, Dec. 9 at the Radisson Warwick Hotel, 1701 Locust St. from 5 to 7 p.m. Click here for tickets.

The Public Interest Section Annual Reception will be Thursday, Dec. 9 at Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market St., from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Click here for tickets.

The Family Law Section Annual Reception will be Tuesday, Dec. 14 at Ruth's Chris Steak House, 260 S. Broad St., from 6 to 9 p.m. Click here for tickets.

The Senior Lawyers Committee Reception will be Wednesday, Dec. 15 at The Palm, Broad and Walnut streets, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Click here for tickets.

The LGBT Rights Committee and Civil Rights Committee will hold a joint Holiday Party on Wednesday, Dec. 15 in the 11th Floor Conference Center at Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St., from 5 to 7 p.m. Click here for tickets. The Cheryl Ingram Advocate for Justice Award will be presented to Amara S. Chaudhry and Nurit Shein.

The Young Lawyers Division Holiday Party will be Thursday, Dec. 16 at the Mutter Museum at The College of Physicians, 19 S. 22nd St., from 6 to 9 p.m. Click here for tickets.

Current Regulatory Initiatives at SEC Dec. 3

The Investment Companies Committee will discuss the SEC's Division of Risk, Strategy, and Financial Innovation and current regulatory initiatives at its Friday, Dec. 3 meeting.

Speakers for the program are Harvey Westbrook, assistant director/Office of the Buy Side, Securities and Exchange Commission Division of Risk, Strategy, and Financial Innovation, and Jennifer Marietta-Westberg, assistant director/Office of the Sell Side, Securities and Exchange Commission Division of Risk, Strategy, and Financial Innovation.

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. Click here to register.

Effective Use of Separation Agreements Dec. 3

Jonathan Landesman and Melissa C. Angeline will lead a discussion on the effective use of separation agreements for employee terminations and layoffs at the Friday, Dec. 3 meeting of the Human Resources & Employee Relations Committee.

The meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. at the offices of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC, Two Liberty Place, 50 S. 16th St., Suite 3200. A continental breakfast will be served at 8:15 a.m. Please RSVP to Sally Bolton at boltonsa@bipc.com. The Committee would like to thank Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC for hosting the meeting.

Insurance Law Committee CLE Dec. 8

Michael Conley and Ronald Schiller will present the Insurance Law Committee CLE program "Ethical Issues to Consider When an Insurance Company Issues a Reservation of Rights Letter" on Wednesday, Dec. 8.

An insurance company's determination to provide coverage subject to a reservation of rights has the potential to create a conflict of interest for the attorney retained by the insurance company. While paid by the insurance company, the defense attorney's client is the policyholder. This one-hour ethics program will address when a conflict exists, and what the policyholder, the insurance company, and defense counsel retained by the insurance company should do if a conflict or potential conflict exists. Conley, who regularly represents policyholders in coverage disputes, will address the issues from the policyholder's perspective and Schiller, who regularly represents insurance companies in coverage disputes, will present the issues from the insurance company's perspective, ensuring a lively exchange of views.

The program has been approved for 1 ethics hour of 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. Interested parties not seeking CLE credit may attend and purchase lunch for the fee of $8.50. Click here to register.

Public Interest Law Day Dec. 9

The Public Interest Section will present its annual Public Interest Law Day CLE Program and hold its annual Public Interest Section Awards Ceremony and Reception on Thursday, Dec. 9.

The Public Interest Law Day CLE program will take place from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the PBI CLE Conference Center, Wanamaker Building, 10th Floor, Suite 1010, Juniper Street entrance. The program "Good News: Despite the Recession, We Are Making Progress!" features a distinguished faculty of judges and public interest law experts and offers a total of six CLE credits, including one ethics credits. Click here for more information about the program. To register for Public Interest Law Day CLE program, contact PBI at 1-800-932-4637 or register online at www.pbi.org.

Public Interest Law Day will be followed by the Public Interest Section's Annual Awards Ceremony and Reception at Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market St. The Awards Ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by the reception, featuring beer, wine and hors d'oeuvres, and the presentation of the 2010 Andrew Hamilton Award for distinguished public service advocacy. Len Rieser, executive director of the Education Law Center, is this year's Andrew Hamilton Award winner. Rieser has dedicated his professional career to expanding and enforcing the educational rights of Pennsylvania’s schoolchildren.

This year, the awards ceremony will also feature the selection winner of the Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Scholarship to subsidize the hiring of a law student for the following summer as well as the presentation of the Section's third annual Law Student Awards, which recognize a third-year law student from each of the six Philadelphia-area law schools who has demonstrated a strong commitment to public interest work. The Awards Ceremony will also feature the presentation of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation's Shuster Fellowships.

Tickets for the Public Interest Awards Ceremony and Reception are $40 for public interest and government attorneys; $55 for section members; and $65 for non-section members ($10 increase will be charged for walk-ins purchasing tickets at the event). Tickets may be purchased online at www.philabar.org. Proceeds from this event fund the Higginbotham Scholarship program.

Business Law Section Annual Meeting Dec. 13

The Business Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association will hold its Annual Meeting on Monday, Dec. 13 at 1 p.m., at The Philadelphia Bar Association Headquarters, 10th Floor Boardroom, 1101 Market St. The business to be conducted at the Annual Meeting is to elect Section officers and to amend its Bylaws.

The following nominations for Section officers for one-year terms beginning Jan. 1, 2011 will be considered: Barbara Sicalides, Vice Chair; Wanda Flowers, Treasurer; and Michael Ecker, Secretary. The 2010 Vice Chair of the Section, Sandra Jeskie, will automatically become the 2011 Chair of the Section, as provided in Article III, Section 3 of the Bylaws. Rachel Branson is a candidate for a three-year term commencing on Jan. 1, 2011. Section members may submit additional nominations for the above-stated positions no later than Wednesday, Dec. 8 by filing a petition, signed by at least 35 members in good standing with the Section. Additional nominations should be sent to Wanda Flowers, Secretary, Business Law Section, Philadelphia Bar Association, 11th Floor, 1101 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19107. Bradford Sandler will continue to serve the three-year term begun Jan. 1, 2009. Shelley Goldner and Curtis Golkow will continue to serve their three-year terms begun on Jan. 1, 2010.

The Annual Meeting shall also address amendments of the Section's Bylaws to provide that (a) notice of the Annual Meeting under Article V, Section 1, and (b) notice of special meetings under Article V, Section 2, shall be published in the online Philadelphia Bar Reporter and distributed by the Section's listserve at least fifteen (15) days before such meetings, replacing notice by publication in The Legal Intelligencer at least fifteen (15) days before such meetings.

Law Firm Workforce Issues for the 21st Century Dec. 14

Natalie Klyashtorny will discuss law firm workforce issues for the 21st century at the Tuesday, Dec. 14 meeting of the Law Practice Management Committee.

This program will give a primer on human resources issues and challenges confronted by small and medium sized law firms without formal human resources departments, including compliance with statutory requirements. The discussion will also place emphasis on the necessity of maintaining and encouraging a hostile and discrimination-free work environment.

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. Click here to register.

Maximizing Your Impact in Antitrust Cases Dec. 16

The Antitrust Committee will present the CLE program "Maximizing Your Impact in Antitrust Cases" on Thursday, Dec. 16.

Speakers for the program are Ann T. Greeley and Steven J. Son of DecisionQuest. In order to maximize your impact at trial, you need to increase your understanding of how jurors view your opening statement, your fact and expert witnesses and your demonstratives. We will discuss in what ways the story is more important than the evidence (and how to improve your story), how to improve witness behavior and how to create powerful demonstratives for a variety of antitrust matters. Specific learning from cases involving concepts of monopolization, price fixing, and conspiracy will be offered. Jurors' reactions to class actions, evidence regarding parallel conduct and joint defense agreements and position as plaintiff or defendant at trial will also be discussed. Clips from mock trial research will be offered in support of the concepts.

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 $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. Interested parties not seeking CLE credit may attend and purchase lunch for the fee of $8.50. Click here to register.

Chancellor's Reception Jan. 5 at Bellevue

All members of the Philadelphia legal community are invited to attend a complimentary reception on Wednesday, Jan. 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. in honor of Rudolph Garcia, 84th Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

The Chancellor's Reception will be held in the Grand Ballroom at the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. No reservations are necessary.

This is the event at which even the city's busiest and most successful legal luminaries patiently wait in line to wish their leader and each other good luck in the year ahead.

Business Law Section to Present Awards Jan. 25

The Business Law Section is pleased to announce the following 2010 annual award recipients. These awards will be presented at the Section's Annual Reception on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011 at the Westin Hotel, 99 S. 17th St.

Past Bar Chancellor and 2001 Business Law Section Committee Chair of the Year, Jane Leslie Dalton, will receive the Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award. Replansky, a former Business Law Section Chair, passed away in 1994 at the age of 51 and was among the Bar's most esteemed and beloved members. In 1997, the Section established the Award in recognition of his career as a lawyer and his contributions to legal, civic, religious and other charitable causes. Dalton, through her years of accomplishments and service, continues the line of award recipients who exemplify the abilities and qualities that honor Dennis Replansky's memory, and whose lives are exemplars to other lawyers.

The 2010 Chair of the Year is Graham R. Laub, chair of both the Mergers & Acquisitions Committee and the Securities Regulation Committee. His commitment, leadership and industry are deeply appreciated by the Section and by those who have directly benefited from the many programs offered by those committees.

The 2010 Committee of the Year is the Antitrust Committee, chaired by Gerard A. Dever. The Committee has put on a series of fascinating and well-attended seminars that are a genuine boon to the antitrust bar. The Section is enriched by such an active and productive committee.

The reception begins at 5:30 p.m. Visit philadelphiabar.org for ticket information once it becomes available.

EEOC to Mark 45th Year at Dec. 8 Program

The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Philadelphia Federal Executive Board and the Philadelphia Bar Association will celebrate EEOC's 45 years of service on Wednesday, Dec. 8 at the National Constitution Center.

EEOC Chair Jacqueline A. Berrien and Commissioner Victoria A. Lipnic and a panel of distinguished experts will discuss "The EEOC at 45: Charting a Path Toward Equal Employment" from 1 to 4 p.m. at the NCC's Kirby Auditorium, 525 Arch St. The panel will be moderated by Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor Scott F. Cooper.

The Champions of Equal Employment Opportunity Awards Ceremony, where community partners will be honored for their role in the fight for equal employment opportunity, will be held immediately following the program.

Please RSVP by e-mailing mary.tiernan@eeoc.gov or by calling Mary Tiernan at (215) 440-2671 or TTY (215) 440-2610. The event is free, but does not include admission to National Constitution Center exhibits.

Public Interest Training Programs, Events Set

Philadelphia VIP will host a CLE training program on ethics the ethics of pro bono on Friday, Dec. 3 from 12 to 2:15 p.m. This training includes a discussion of Rule 6.1: Pro Bono Publico Service, the role of training in ethical representation, malpractice insurance, models for pro bono participation, and ethical considerations for volunteer attorneys. Special considerations in the representation of low-income clients will also be explored. Each attorney who attends and accepts a VIP pro bono case within six months of the training will earn two (2) ethics CLE credits. The event will be held at Ballard Spahr LLP, 1735 Market St., 51st Floor. Register at phillyvip@phillyvip.org or by calling 215-523-9550.

The Women's Law Project will hold its Annual Philadelphia Party on Friday, Dec. 3 from 5:45 to 8 p.m. at Marketplace Design Center, 2400 Market St., 4th Floor. This event will honor Carol Tracy's 20th year as visionary leader of WLP and will feature music by the String Quartet of the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts. At the event, there will be a wine and beer open bar as well as a silent auction and drawing. Children are welcome and will be entertained by balloon magic and face painting. Tickets are $85 (children are free). Purchase tickets online at womenslawproject.org.

HIAS and Council and Philadelphia VIP will present "Immigration Court Mock Trial Hearing," on Friday, Dec. 10 from 12:30 to 4 p.m., at the Immigration Court, Robert Nix Federal Building, 900 Market St. This event is free and open to volunteers who have attended a prior substantive immigration training course held by HIAS/VIP. Participants are expected to accept a pro bono case within six months of the training in return for one free CLE credit. To register, contact VIP at 215-523-9550 or at phillyvip@phillyvip.org.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania will hold its 2010 Bill of Rights Dinner on Wednesday, Dec. 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the American Philosophical Society's Benjamin Franklin Hall, 427 Chestnut St. The guest of honor at this event will be Edward M. Posner, a partner at Drinker Biddle and Reath LLP. Individual tickets are $85. Register by Tuesday, Dec. 7 online at aclupa.org.

Notice to Potential Judicial Candidates

The Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention of the Philadelphia Bar Association evaluates the qualifications of persons seeking appointment or election to the Philadelphia Common Pleas and Municipal Courts. Individuals who wish to be considered for appointment or who are considering filing for the 2011 primary election as judicial candidates should contact the Commission on Judicial Selection & Retention c/o Charles J. Klitsch, Esq., the Bar Association's Director of Public and Legal Services, to obtain a Judicial Evaluation Questionnaire, the Commission's Guidelines for Evaluation of Attorney and Judge Candidates and Bylaws of the Philadelphia Bar Association. In order to ensure that each candidate receives a full and fair evaluation, the completed questionnaire must be returned by Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010 to "Judicial Commission," Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market Street, 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2911. Also, candidates who have previously been evaluated by the Commission are invited to contact the Association to determine whether their ratings are current by calling Mr. Klitsch at (215) 238-6326.

Individuals are reminded that under the Commission's Guidelines, any candidates who do not participate in the Commission's evaluation process will receive "Not Recommended" ratings if they continue to pursue either appointment or election.

A. Harold Datz, Esquire
2010 Chair, Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention

Tell Us About Your Healthy Lifestyle

Everyone knows the pressure of working as an attorney. And that can take a toll on a lawyer's health and well-being. Have you or one of your colleagues overcome a health issue? Or do you know someone who has re-dedicated him or herself to living a healthy, well-balanced life?

We're looking for lawyers who have turned their lives around for a feature for The Philadelphia Lawyer magazine. We want to hear your success stories and how you did it. Tell your tale and inspire someone to get healthy. Contact us at tplmag@philabar.org.

Justinian Society Christmas Party Dec. 14

The Justinian Society will hold its Annual Christmas Party on Tuesday, Dec. 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the The Grand Ballroom at The Ben Franklin, 9th and Chestnut streets.

Tickets are $65 for members and $75 for nonmembers. Visit justinian.org for more information.

FJD Roll of Honor Deadline is Dec. 15

The First Judicial District's 2010 "Roll of Honor" for Pro Bono Service will recognize all attorneys who have provided pro bono services to litigants in the First Judicial District in 2010. The Roll of Honor members, and individual attorneys selected by the judges of each division for "exemplary" pro bono services, will be applauded at a special Pro Bono Publico awards ceremony in City Hall on Monday, Jan. 24. The names of the award winners in each division and Roll of Honor members will also appear on the First Judicial District and Philadelphia Bar Association websites early next year.

Attorneys are encouraged to nominate themselves for the Roll of Honor. To be included on the First Judicial District 2010 Roll of Honor, the attorney:

• Must practice in Philadelphia County and must have provided these services to a client or client group for a case before the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania during the 2010 calendar year;

• Must not be employed by an organization that has, as its primary purpose, the provision of free legal services to the poor;

• Must have (i) provided services to a client or client group that does not have the resources to compensate another attorney for the services, or (ii) organized, implemented or managed an initiative to expand pro bono legal services in the courts.

• The attorney does not receive a fee or have any expectation of receiving a fee for the services.

If you meet the above criteria, please complete the form available on the FJD website under "News and Announcements" at courts.phila.gov. The deadline for submitting forms for the 2010 Roll of Honor is Wednesday, Dec. 15. The form should be sent to the attention of Victoria H. Johnson, Administrative Assistant to Charles A. Mapp Sr., Deputy Court Administrator, First Judicial District of Pennsylvania, 297 City Hall Philadelphia, PA 19107 by regular mail, e-mail at Victoria.Johnson@courts.phila.gov or by facsimile to 215.686.7941.

The Pro Bono Roll of Honor, and the awards for exemplary service in each division of the court, were inaugurated five years ago by the First Judicial District to applaud local attorneys for their outstanding pro bono legal services, and represent the culmination of the Judicial Pro Bono Committee's work throughout the year.

Deadline for Legal Directory Updates is Jan. 10

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