Monday, Dec. 8, 2008
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 9, No. 92
 

Chancellor-Elect Sayde Ladov to Address Bar Dec. 8

Chancellor-Elect Sayde J. Ladov will outline her plans for 2009 at the Association's Annual Meeting today (Monday, Dec. 8), where Nolan N. Atkinson Jr. will be presented with the inaugural Chancellor's Diversity Award and Tsiwen Law will receive the Wachovia Fidelity Award.

Ladov, a principal with Offit Kurman, will talk about leadership and service and will touch on other topics for her year in office, including her commitment to the construction of the family court building. She is also committed to increasing the accessibility of the Bar Association through improved information technology.

Ladov also wants to create, staff and implement help desks at Philadelphia Municipal Court and the Court of Common Pleas Family Division to increase access to justice for pro se litigants. She is also looking to broaden the concept of diversity within the Association.

In addition to serving as Chancellor Elect this past year, she has been elected to numerous positions at the Philadelphia Bar Association, including Secretary (2002-2004) and Assistant Secretary (1999-2001). She also served on the Board of Governors from 1996-1998. In 2004, she served as chair of the Women in the Profession Committee and as chair of the Lawyer Referral and Information Service from 1996 to 1999 and 2005 to 2006 and 1996-99. She was also appointed to co-chair the Bar Association's 2005 Bench-Bar Conference. She has held similar leadership positions with the Philadelphia Bar Foundation, including co-chairing the 2008 Hamilton Gala, serving as a trustee (1999-2003, 2007-2008) and chairing one of the most successful galas in 1999. She also served several years on the Board of Directors for Philadelphia V.I.P.

The Chancellor's Diversity Award recognizes a law firm, legal organization or individual who has made a substantial contribution to diversity and inclusion in the legal field. Atkinson is a partner and chief diversity officer with Duane Morris LLP. Atkinson was first chair and co-founder of the Philadelphia Diversity Law Group, a consortium of law firms and corporations committed to increasing racial and ethnic diversity in the city's larger law firms. He is a frequent lecturer on the topic of increasing diversity in the legal profession. Atkinson is a 1969 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

The Wachovia Fidelity Award is presented annually to individuals who have helped improve the administration of justice and exhibited faithfulness to the profession. Law is a partner with Law and Zaslow LLC. Law has a history of involvement with the Philadelphia Bar Association and served as chair of the Public Interest Section and the Civil Rights Committee. He has served on the boards of the Philadelphia Legal Assistance Corporation, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Organization of Chinese Americans, Greater Philadelphia, the Greater Philadelphia Cantonese Academy, the U.S. Kuoshu Federation, and the Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board.

The Annual Meeting begins at 12 p.m. at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets.

Bar Election Today; Vote at Bellevue

Bar Association members wishing to vote in the annual election can vote in person today (Monday, Dec. 8) at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia, Broad and Walnut streets.

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, Rudolph Garcia; Secretary, Kathleen D. Wilkinson; Assistant Secretary, Sophia Lee; Treasurer, Jeffrey M. Lindy; and Assistant Treasurer, Joseph A. Prim Jr.

Balloting will be held for candidates seeking seats on the Board of Governors and 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.

The seven candidates seeking five seats on the Board of Governors are Danielle Banks, Jeffrey Campolongo, Phyllis Horn Epstein, Regina Foley, Michael Shaffer, Sean Sullivan and Stacey Tees.

There are nine candidates running for seven seats on the Young Lawyers Division Executive Committee. The candidates are Brandon S. Bruce, Alicia A. Garcia, Alexis Arena, Richard Vanderslice, Rachel Kopp, Christopher M. Guth, Justin S. Moriconi, Edward Scott Goldis and Alyson Oswald.

Sections, Committees Plan Year-End Events

The Association's Sections and Committees have scheduled their annual holiday events. The following is a partial list of events.

• The State Civil Litigation Section Annual Reception is Monday, Dec. 8 at 5:30 p.m. at Upstairs at Varalli, 231 S. Broad St. Tickets are $40.

• The Public Interest Section Annual Reception and Awards Ceremony is Tuesday, Dec. 9 at 5 p.m. at Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market St. Tickets are $55. The Section's Andrew Hamilton Award will be presented to Judy Berkman, managing attorney, Regional Housing Legal Services, and Linda Ware Johnson, senior attorney, Community Legal Services, Inc. A Lifetime Achievement Andrew Hamilton Award will be presented to Michael Churchill, of counsel, Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia.

• The Criminal Justice Section Annual Reception is Wednesday, Dec. 10 at 5:30 p.m. at Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market St. Tickets are $45 for Section members. The Thurgood Marshall Award will be presented to Michael Coard and Maureen Rowley and the Henry Czajkowski Award will be given to retired Detective Bill Wynn.

• The Tax Section Annual Meeting and CLE program is Thursday, Dec. 11 at 3 p.m. at The Rittenhouse Hotel, 210 W. Rittenhouse Square. Click here for more information.

• The Bankruptcy Committee and the Philadelphia chapters of TMA and CFA will hold a joint holiday party honoring the bankruptcy judges of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the District of Delaware on Thursday, Dec. 11 at 5:30 p.m. at Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market St. Tickets are $120 and can be purchased online by clicking here.

• The Government and Public Service Lawyers Committee will hold an evening of lively discussion and holiday cheer with Judge Benjamin Lerner on Thursday, Dec. 11 at 5:30 p.m. at the 10 Arts restaurant at The Ritz Carlton Hotel, 10 Avenue of the Arts (South Broad Street). Judge Lerner will moderate a discussion on building bridges between the public and private sectors. The event features complimentary cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. Click here to RSVP.

• The LGBT Rights Committee will hold its Annual Holiday Party on Wednesday, Dec. 17, where the Cheryl Ingram Advocate for Justice Award will be presented to Stephen A. Glassman. The event will be held in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. at 5:30 p.m. There is no charge to attend, but you must RSVP by clicking here.

Ward on Earn-Outs Dec. 10

Rebecca D. Ward will discuss "Earn-Outs: A Litigator's Hindsight Is Always 20/20" at the Wednesday, Dec. 10 meeting of the Mergers and Acquisitions Committee.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. at the offices of Fox Rothschild LLP, 2000 Market St., 10th Floor. Lunch will be included at the meeting, courtesy of the Business Law Section. Please RSVP to Curtis L. Golkow, Esq., at cgolkow@foxrothschild.com or 215-299-2747.

Judge Pollak on Practice Outside Third Circuit Dec. 10

U.S. District Court Judge Louis H. Pollak, along with Charles L. Becker and James C. Martin, will discuss appellate practice outside of the Third Circuit at the Wednesday, Dec. 10 meeting of the Appellate Courts 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 RSVP for this program.

Arts and the Future of Philadelphia Dec. 11

The Young Lawyers Division will present a discussion on the importance of the arts to the future of Philadelphia on Thursday, Dec. 11.

Panelists include Karen B. Davis, president and chief executive officer, Arts and Business Counsel; Derek A. Gillman, executive director and president of the Barnes Foundation; Julie Hawkins, vice president of public policy for the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance; and Rachel Zimmerman, artist and founder, InLiquid.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center 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.

Mediation Advice at Dec. 11 Program

Vanessa Bullock, Daniel Ryan III and Shanin Specter will offer mediation advice at the Thursday, Dec. 11 meeting of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee.

Cassandra Georges will serve as moderator for the program, which is being co-sponsored by the National Bar Association Women’s Lawyers Division, Philadelphia Chapter. The program 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.

Sales and Marketing in a New World Dec. 12

Learning and development professional Shawn Doyle will discuss sales and marketing in a new world at a Friday, Dec. 12 program sponsored by the Solo and Small Firm Management Committee and the Marketing Committee of the Law Practice Management Division.

For the last 20 years, Doyle has spent his time developing and implementing training programs on sales, communication, creativity and leadership. This has been in order to help people become more effective in the workplace and in their lives. Some clients include Pfizer, Comcast, Charter Media, IBM, Kraft, Microsoft, and Los Alamos National Defense Laboratory. He is certified by DDI, The Winninger Institute, Miller – Hieman, and is a Registered Corporate Coach. He has also earned the distinction of Advanced Toastmaster - Bronze from Toastmasters.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $7.50 for those people who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

'Rise of Mutual Funds' Author to Speak Dec. 15

Matthew P. Fink, former president of the Investment Company Institute and author of The Rise of Mutual Funds: An Insider's View will be the guest speaker at the Monday, Dec. 15 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. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Patent Rules Discussion Dec. 17

The Federal Courts and Intellectual Property Committees will co-host the program "Adopting Local Patent Rules in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania: Advantages and Disadvantages" on Wednesday, Dec. 17.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center 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.

Joint Holiday Party Dec. 11 at Mission Grill

Join the members of the Barristers' Association, APABA-PA, Hispanic Bar Association and South Asian Bar Association 
for the annual joint holiday party on Thursday, Dec. 11 at 
Mission Grill, 1835 Arch St. beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The evening will include drink specials and plenty of food. The first 100 members of 
the participating organizations will also receive free open bar. 

The event is hosted by the minority bar associations, along with kind sponsorship
 from Hudson Legal; Raynes McCarty; Volpe and Koenig; and Kolsby 
Gordon Robin Shore & Bezar.

Justinian Christmas Party Dec. 16

The Justinian Society of Philadelphia will hold its annual Christmas party on Tuesday, Dec. 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Ben Franklin House at 9th and Chestnut Streets in Philadelphia.

The event is open to everyone. For more information or to RSVP, visit justinian.org or call (215) 545-0706. Tickets are $65 for members in good standing and $75 for non-members and guests.

Holiday Toy Drive for Child Advocates' Children

The Support Center for Child Advocates is hosting a Toy Drive for its children and needs volunteers to help sort and bag toys in preparation for delivery. Volunteers are also needed to deliver the toys on Dec. 20.

The Support Center for Child Advocates provides legal and social service advocacy to abused and neglected children in Philadelphia. For more information about the Toy Drive, contact Sandra Lavini at (267) 940-1603 or e-mail ToyDrive@advokid.org.

Public Interest Calendar, Training Events

• The Annual Public Interest Law Day CLE Program will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 9, from 8:30 a.m. (registration/breakfast) to 4:30 p.m. (lunch included), at the PBI CLE Conference Center, Wanamaker Building, 100 Penn Square East, Suite 1010. Six CLE credits are available. This program is sponsored by the Delivery of Legal Services Committee, Public Interest Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association. To register, contact PBI at pbi.org or call 1-800-932-4637.

• Homeless Advocacy Project will present a Veterans Law Pro Bono CLE Training on Wednesday, Dec. 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., at Dechert LLP, Cira Center, 2929 Arch St., 21st Floor. Michael Taub, Esq., will present this training. This training is open to current and prospective HAP volunteers Three free CLE credits will be provided in exchange for taking a pro bono case referred by HAP. To register, contact Marsha Cohen at marsha@philalegal.org.

Update Listing for The Legal Directory 2009

Listings updates for The Legal Directory 2009 are now under way! Act now to make sure your information is 100 percent correct in the Philadelphia area's most comprehensive legal resource.

Every fall, thousands of attorneys and firms in the city and surrounding Pennsylvania counties are contacted by e-mail and mail to update their entries. If you have not heard from The Legal Directory, please call 443-909-7843. Update information will be sent to your attention. The response deadline is Monday, Jan. 12.

The Legal Directory 2009 will feature hundreds of new listings, part of the most complete database of metro area firms and attorneys available. It also includes pages of indispensable information you've come to rely on:

Bar Association bylaws, contacts and committees;
Facts on federal, state and county courts and government agencies;
Index of judges with phone numbers and addresses;
Special section devoted to corporate counsel;
Alternative dispute resolution resources;
A business-to-business supplier section tailored to the legal community.

Each copy of The Legal Directory 2009 will include free access to The Legal Directory Online (good through March 31, 2010.)

The Legal Directory 2009 will be available in early April, but you can order now to take advantage of the discounted pre-publication price of $59.95 (plus shipping and tax).

Don't be confused by imitators - this is the only official publication of the Philadelphia Bar Association. Visit thelegaldirectory.org for more information.

Criminal Law Update Dec. 11

PBI's Criminal Law Update addresses the emerging issues facing criminal practitioners and discusses the latest developments from the courts and the legislature. The faculty will bring you updates on recent legislation, new cases and recent rule changes and how they can impact your criminal practice. This 4 substantive CLE credit hour program will be held Thursday, Dec. 11 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 12 to 4:15 p.m. Check-in and lunch begin at 11:15 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. 9
Contempt of Court
2 substantive, 2 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Public Interest Law Day for Public Interest, Pro Bono and Private Practitioners
6 CLE credits (Workshop choices will determine whether credits are in substantive law, practice and procedure or ethics, professionalism or substance abuse)
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 9-10
15th Annual Estate Law Institute
Pennsylvania Convention Center, 12th and Arch Streets
5 substantive, 1 ethics credits each day
8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. both days

Wednesday, Dec. 10
Labor Law Symposium
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:05 p.m.

Simulcast - PLI - A Guide to Banking and Financial Services Law and Regulation 2008
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 11
Video Replay - Medicare Secondary Payer Statute Program
2 substantive CLE credits
9 to 11 a.m.

Trial of a Low-Impact Auto Case
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Video Replay - Ethics Potpourri: Motivational Interventions - "When to Assist and When to Hold Accountable"
1 ethics CLE credits
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Criminal Law Update
4 substantive CLE credits
12 to 4:15 p.m.

Tax Section Annual Meeting w/CLE - Protecting Your Client, Protecting Yourself - Operating a Tax Practice Under Pennsylvania and Federal Rules
Rittenhouse Hotel, 210 W. Rittenhouse Square
2 ethics CLE credits
3 to 5 p.m.

Tax Section Annual Meeting w/CLE - The Outlook for Tax Legislation in the New Administration
Rittenhouse Hotel, 210 W. Rittenhouse Square
1 substantive CLE credit
6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 12
Ohlbaum on Evidence Advocacy: Using the Rules of Evidence to Persuade
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits (Must attend entire program to receive ethics credit)
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Video Replay - Claims Made and Professional Liability Coverage
3 substantive CLE credits
12 to 3:15 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 15
Simulcast - E-Commerce
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Video Replay - Defamation, Libel and Slander
3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
12 to 4:15 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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