Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 9, No. 94
Chancellor-Elect Sayde J. Ladov is joined by Vice Chancellor Scott F. Cooper (right) and Rudolph Garcia, who will serve as Vice Chancellor in 2009. Members can meet all three at the Jan. 6 Chancellor's Reception.

Meet Chancellor Sayde J. Ladov
at Jan. 6 Reception at Bellevue

All members of the legal community are invited to attend a complimentary reception on Tuesday, Jan. 6 from 5 to 7 p.m. in honor of Sayde J. Ladov, 82nd Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association...READ MORE
 

Chancellor's Reception Jan. 6

All members of the legal community are invited to attend a complimentary reception on Tuesday, Jan. 6 from 5 to 7 p.m. in honor of Sayde J. Ladov, 82nd Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

The Chancellor's Reception will be held in the Grand Ballroom at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia 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.

Association Launches Web Publication

The Philadelphia Bar Association has launched Upon Further Review, a new web publication that will link lawyers to local legal news and analysis.

Upon Further Review, written entirely by lawyers, for lawyers, provides members with an online package of information that addresses your most relevant needs.

Each month, Upon Further Review will showcase a major feature article on a relevant topic. A variety of news and analysis that covers all aspects of the law - from trends to trials, from case analysis to opinion pieces, will be published. There is also a package of RSS feeds that link legal news from a variety of key sources, from local sites like philly.com and the Philadelphia Business Journal to national sites like The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Click here to read Upon Further Review.

Arts and the Future of Philadelphia Discussion Today

The Young Lawyers Division will present a discussion on the importance of the arts to the future of Philadelphia today (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.

'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.

Speakers for the program include U.S. District Court Judges Mary A. McLaughlin and Berle M. Schiller as well as Manny D. Pokotilow, a partner with Caesar, Rivise, Bernstein, Cohen & Pokotilow, Ltd.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. A complimentary lunch will be provided, but you must RSVP in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program. The lunch is sponsored by Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC; Pepper Hamilton LLP; and Woodcock Washburn LLP.

Coaches, Judges Needed for Mock Trial Competition

Volunteer coaches and judges are needed for the 2009 John S. Bradway Philadelphia High School Mock Trial Competition, which is run by Temple University Beasley School of Law and the Young Lawyers Division.

The rounds of competition will take place Jan. 26 through Feb. 28. If you have volunteered in the past, we thank you and hope that you will do so this year. If you have not yet volunteered for the Mock Trial Competition, we encourage you to do so.

As a coach, you would meet and communicate with the students to prepare for the competition. As a judge, you can choose to fill as many time slots as your schedule will allow and you do not need trial experience to participate. Contact Roberta West at (215) 204-8948 if you have interest in coaching. Click here for more information.

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 either appointment or who are considering filing for the 2009 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 copy of a Judicial Evaluation Questionnaire and a copy of the Commission's guidelines and bylaws. In order to ensure that each candidate receives a full and fair evaluation, the completed questionnaire must be returned by Friday, Jan. 16, 2009 to "Judicial Commission" at 1101 Market St., 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.

Leigh M. Skipper, Esquire, 2008 Chair, Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention
William Fedullo, Esquire, 2009 Chair, Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention

Mayor Issues Executive Order on Gifts

Mayor Michael Nutter has written a letter to vendors and prospective vendors doing business with the city, reminding them that gifts to city officials and employees are prohibited. Click here to read the letter. Click here for a copy of the executive order issued by the mayor.

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 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 their annual networking event 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 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.

• The Minorities in the Profession Committee will hold its Holiday Reception on Thursday, Dec. 18 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Law students are welcome and encouraged to attend. There is no charge to attend, but registration is required. Click here to RSVP.

• The Business Law Section will hold its Annual Reception on Tuesday, Jan. 27 at the Pyramid Club, 1735 Market St., 52nd floor. Visit philadelphiabar.org for registration information when it becomes available.

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.

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.

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