Monday, Dec. 4, 2006
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 7, No. 88
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Dalton to Address Membership;
Bar Election to be Held at Bellevue

Chancellor-Elect Jane L. Dalton, a partner with Duane Morris LLP, will outline her agenda for next year when she will serve as the Bar's 80th Chancellor at the Annual Meeting Luncheon on Dec. 5 at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue. Tickets are $50 for Association members and $55 for nonmembers. Click here to purchase tickets online. Association members who have not voted by mail will be able to cast their ballots in the Annual Election, also set for Tuesday, Dec. 5. The polls are open from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the ballroom level of the Park Hyatt. Members will be voting for Vice Chancellor and five members of the Board of Governors. Members of the Young Lawyers Division also will be voting for seven members of the YLD Executive Committee. ..READ MORE

 

Dalton to Outline Plans for 2007 at Annual Meeting;
Bar Election to be Held at Bellevue from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Chancellor-Elect Jane L. Dalton, a partner with Duane Morris LLP, will outline her agenda for next year when she will serve as the Bar's 80th Chancellor at the Annual Meeting Luncheon on Dec. 5 at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue. Tickets are $50 for Association members and $55 for nonmembers. Click here to purchase tickets online.

Association members who have not voted by mail will be able to cast their ballots in the Annual Election, also set for Tuesday, Dec. 5. The polls are open from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the ballroom level of the Park Hyatt. Members will be voting for Vice Chancellor and five members of the Board of Governors. Members of the Young Lawyers Division also will be voting for seven members of the YLD Executive Committee.

The Association also will present its Wachovia Fidelity Award at the luncheon. This year, the honor goes to Stephen D. Brown, a partner at Dechert LLP, and Samuel W. Silver, a partner at Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP, for their work as co-coordinators of the Prisoner Civil Rights Panel for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The Wachovia Fidelity Award is presented annually by the Association to individuals who have helped improve the administration of justice and exhibited faithfulness to the profession. Click here for more information.

128 Firms Raise Nearly $1.5 Million for Legal Services

With the addition of the Law Office of Carol A. Fritz; Kittredge, Donley, Elson, Fullem & Embick, LLP; and Klevan & Abramowitz, P.C., 128 law firms have pledged nearly $1.5 million in support of Chancellor Alan M. Feldman's Raising the Bar Campaign to support legal services.

The 128 law firms, representing more than 4,600 attorneys, have pledged $1,473,770. The Raising the Bar Campaign is a joint effort by the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Philadelphia Bar Foundation to increase funding for Philadelphia public interest law centers.

Each firm made a pledge of at least $300 per attorney in its Philadelphia office, with a number of firms committing to as much as $500. To contribute, contact Maureen Mingey, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation.

Click here for a list of the participating law firms and for more information about the Raising the Bar campaign.

Practical Family Law Practice Pointers Dec. 4

The Family Law Section will present "Practical Practice Pointers - Tips from Fellow Family Law Practitioners to Increase Your Ease, Efficiency and Effectiveness" at its Monday, Dec. 4 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 $7.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Higginbotham Fellowship Applications Due Dec. 4

The Public Interest Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association will award a Higginbotham Fellowship, in the amount of $4,000, to subsidize the work of a summer law clerk at a public interest law center during the summer of 2007. The winner will be determined by a lottery drawing conducted at the Section's Annual Cocktail Party and Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, Dec. 6.

Any Delivery of Legal Services Committee public interest law center interested in applying for this stipend should notify Merril Zebe via e-mail at mzebe@philabar.org by no later than Monday, Dec. 4.

This stipend is intended to support the work of a summer law student involved in legal advocacy, either through direct legal services or impact litigation, on behalf of indigent and disadvantaged members of our community. This stipend is also intended to subsidize a DLSC law center that would not otherwise be in a position to support the costs of employing a summer law clerk. The Higginbotham Fellowship is not available to public interest law centers that have previously received the stipend.

Health Care Law Committee Marketing Roundtable Dec. 7

The Health Care Law Committee will hold a roundtable discussion on marketing techniques at its Thursday, Dec. 7 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 $7.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Developments in Mutual Fund Industry Dec. 8

Matthew Fink, former president of the Investment Company Institute, will discuss key events in the development of the mutual fund industry at the Friday, 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 per person for those who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Negotiation Expert to Address Committee Dec. 11

Daniel L. Shapiro, Ph.D., associate director of the Harvard Negotiation Project, will be the featured speaker at the Monday, Dec. 11 meeting of the Mergers and Acquisitions Committee.

Shapiro teeaches negotiation at Harvard Law School and in the psychiatry department at Harvard Medical School/McLean Hospital and is the co-author of Beyond Reason: Using Emotions as You Negotiate. The meeting begins at 12:30 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St.

This exciting and informative session is open to all members of the Business Law Section and members of the legal community. It is free of charge to members of the Business Law Section and for non-members who were admitted to the bar on and after 2001. The cost for non-members who were admitted to the bar before 2001 is either $10 for lunch or $20 to join the section. Those attending will receive a copy of Dr. Shapiro's book, which he will gladly sign for you following the session.

Judge Scirica to Speak to Federal Courts Committee Dec. 13

Chief Judge Anthony J. Scirica of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals will discuss current developments in the Third Circuit at the Wednesday, Dec. 13 meeting of the Federal Courts Committee.

Judge Scirica will be joined by Marcia M. Waldron, Clerk of the Court. The meeting begins at 12:30 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference 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 Annual Events

The Association's Sections and Committees have announced plans for their annual year-end events. Visit philadelphiabar.org for registration information.

The Workers' Compensation Annual Reception will be held Tuesday, Dec. 5 at the Pyramid Club on the 51st floor of 1735 Market St. The Section will present its annual Martha Hampton Award at the event.

The Public Interest Section will hold a daylong CLE program on Wednesday, Dec. 6. The day's events will be capped with the Section's Annual Cocktail Reception and presentation of the Andrew Hamilton Award at 5 p.m. at Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market St.

The Family Law Section Annual Dinner takes place on Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 5:30 p.m. at Maggiano's Little Italy, 12th and Filbert streets.

The Tax Section annual meeting and reception will be held Thursday, Dec. 7 beginning at 3 p.m. at the Rittenhouse Hotel, 210 W. Rittenhouse Square.

The State Civil Litigation Section Annual Holiday Reception will be held Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 5:30 p.m. at the Westin Philadelphia, 99 S. 17th St.

The Committee on the Legal Rights of Lesbians and Gay Men's 11th Annual Holiday Party will be Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 5:30 p.m. at the offices of Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll LLP, 1735 Market St. The committee will present the Cheryl Ingram Advocate for Justice Award to Rita Addessa in honor of her advocacy on behalf of the community. Please RSVP by Monday, Dec. 11 to Lawrence Felzer at lfelzer@seniorlawcenter.org.

The Criminal Justice Section Annual Reception will be held Thursday, Dec. 14 at Loews Philadelphia Hotel.

Reception for Bankruptcy Court Judges Dec. 7

The Bankruptcy Committee of the Business Law Section will host a cocktail reception for the judges of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on Thursday, Dec. 7 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Union League, 140 S. Broad St.

Tickets are $50 in advance and include a two-hour premium open bar and heavy butlered hors d'oeuvres. Space is limited. Please RSVP by Dec. 1. Click here to purchase tickets online.

Business Law Section Seeks Replansky Nominees

The Business Law Section is seeking nominations from the Philadelphia legal community for the Section's 2006 Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award. The award will be presented at the Section's Annual Reception to be held on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2007 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 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 LLP when he died in March 1994. He was a former chair of the Business Law Section.

The deadline for award nominations is 12 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 15, 2006 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 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.

Brandeis Society Hanukkah Party Dec. 14

The Louis D. Brandeis Law Society will present its annual Benjamin F. Levy Community Service Award to Harris T. Bock at the Society's annual Hanukkah Party on Thursday, Dec. 14 from 5:30 to 7:30 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 event concludes the Society's yearlong observance of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Justice Louis D. Brandeis, the first Jewish justice of the United States Supreme Court.

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 (TER) 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.

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 Scott Sigman, Bochetto & Lentz, 1524 Locust St., Philadelphia, PA 19102. A ticket order form can also be found at brandeislawsociety.org.

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.

Notice to Potential Judicial Candidates

The Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention of the Philadelphia Bar Association evaluates the qualifications of persons wishing to join the judiciary.

Individuals who are filing for the 2007 primary election as judicial candidates for the Philadelphia Common Pleas or Municipal Courts should contact the Commission on Judicial Selection & Retention c/o Areetha M. Carter, Esq., the Bar Association's Staff Counsel, to obtain a copy of a Judicial Evaluation Questionnaire and a copy of the Commission's guidelines and bylaws. Please return the completed questionnaire to Judicial Commission at 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2911.

Candidates who have previously been evaluated by the Commission are invited to contact the Association to determine whether their ratings are current by contacting Ms. Carter at acarter@philabar.org or (215) 238-6351.

The Commission will complete all ratings for candidates running in the 2007 primary by Jan. 31, 2007; therefore, in order to ensure that each candidate receives a full and fair evaluation, no questionnaires will be accepted for evaluation after Dec. 15, 2006. 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.

A. Harold Datz, Esq.
2006 Chair, Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention

Information Updates Under Way for Legal Directory

The annual process of updating the more than 18,000 attorney and law firm listings in The Legal Directory 2007 has begun!

Firm updates, the initial phase, should be completed by Monday, Nov. 27. If you are responsible for reviewing information on your firm and its attorneys, and have not received your update packet, call 410-828-0120, extension 503.

After firm updates, solo practitioners and non-responding firm-based attorneys will be contacted; the deadline for their updates is Jan. 12.

In addition to the most comprehensive firm/attorney listings available, The Legal Directory 2007 will include indispensable information you rely upon - Bar Association bylaws, contacts and committees; information on federal, state and county courts and government agencies; judges' index; and a special business-to-business section tailored to the legal community.

Once again, each Legal Directory 2007 comes with a free subscription to The Legal Directory Online! The online listings are updated all year, making this resource an essential complement to your printed Directory.

The Legal Directory 2007 will be available in April, but you can order now for the discounted pre-publication price of $57.95 (plus shipping and tax). Don't be confused by imitators - this is the only official publication of the Philadelphia Bar Association. Order today at thelegaldirectory.org.

Family Court Workings in Other Counties Dec. 8

PBI's "Bucks, Chester, Delaware & Montgomery Counties Family Law Practice" will show you how the family court system functions, how to work with key personnel, and how to get answers to all of your pressing questions. You will receive a general overview of practice within each county and pick up valuable tips and hints from experienced practitioners who have played this strategic game - and won. You will take home a valuable book - complete with relevant contacts and phone numbers, a guide to local rules, and a wealth of sample forms - that will undoubtedly be one of your most frequently referenced manuals in your office. This 5 substantive/1 ethics credit hour program will be held in Philadelphia on Friday, Dec. 8, 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 3:30 p.m. Registration begins at 8 a.m. 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.

Tuesday, Dec. 5
Labor Law Symposium
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4:05 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 6
Killer Cross Examination
6 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Public Interest Law Day
4 substantive, 2 credits CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 7
Communicating Across the Gender Gap: What Lawyers Need to Know
4 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Arbitration Practice in Philadelphia County: A Survivors Guide
2.5 substantive, .5 ethics CLE credits (Must attend entire program to receive the ethics credit.)
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 7 and Friday, Dec. 8
10th Annual Real Estate Institute
Pennsylvania Convention Center
12th and Arch Streets
6 CLE credits each day. Each day of this Institute has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 6 hours of CLE credit. Workshop choices will determine whether credits are in substantive law, practice and procedure or ethics, professionalism or substance abuse.
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 8
Family Law Practice in Bucks, Chester, Delaware & Montgomery Counties
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits (Must attend entire program to receive the ethics credit)
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Anatomy for Lawyers: Mastering Medical Records
3 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 11
Professor Ohlbaum on Making Evidence Your Ally in the Courtroom
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Litigating Wage and Hour Cases
3 substantive CLE credits
12:30 to 3:45 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 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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