Monday, Dec. 15, 2008
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 9, No. 96

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.

'Rise of Mutual Funds' Author to Speak Today

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 today's (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.

Life at a Mid-Size Firm Dec. 16

The Chancellor's Diversity Training Series continues on Tuesday, Dec. 16 with "Life at a Mid-Size Firm."

Panelists include Roxanne E. Covington, Zarwin Baum DeVito Kaplan
Schaer & Toddy, P.C.; David B. Pudlin, Hangley Aronchick Segal & Pudlin; and Stella M. Tsai, Archer & Greiner, P.C. The panel will be moderated by Chancellor A. Michael Pratt.

This workshop is intended to help you learn about working at a mid-size firm. Of particular interest are the benefits of mid-size firms, as well as how mid-size firms contribute to an attorney’s growth and development in the legal profession.

The program begins at 4 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. A light snack and beverages will be provided. 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.

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

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.

Business Law Section Annual Reception Jan. 27

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.

Young Lawyers Division Seeks Award Nominees

The Young Lawyers Division is seeking nominations for its annual Craig M. Perry Award and Sean Peretta Service Award.

The Sean Peretta Service Award is given annually to a member of the legal community who exhibits exceptional community service. Legal and non-legal community service activities will be considered by the selection committee. There is no age limit on the Peretta Service Award. Current members of the YLD Executive Committee are not eligible to receive the award.

The Craig M. Perry Award is presented annually to a young lawyer, 37 years old or younger or within the first three years of practice, who has devoted substantial time and energy to community-oriented activities, including, but not limited to, pro bono and charity work. Leadership, initiative and commitment to the community are factors that will be considered by the selection committee. Current members of the YLD Executive Committee are not eligible to receive the award.

Craig M. Perry was a member of the YLD Executive Committee who suffered an untimely death. He was very involved in community service and active in student-related and other YLD programs.

Nominations are encouraged and should include the individual's name, address and a brief statement describing his or her qualifications and reason why they should receive the award. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Jan. 16. All nominations should be submitted to Dawn Petit at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107 or via email at dpetit@philabar.org.

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.

Time Mastery for Lawyers Dec. 19

At PBI's Time Mastery for Lawyers, learn more than 100 ways to maximize your productivity and satisfaction, taught by nationally known and respected instructor Frank Sanitate. This program gives you practical, useable tips for organizing and managing your time; eliminate time stress and create a balance between work and personal life. This 3 substantive/2 ethics CLE credit hour program will be held Friday, Dec. 19 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 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Check-in begins at 8:30 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.

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.

Tuesday, Dec. 16
Condominium and Homeowner Associations: A New Look at Developing Issues
4 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Gain the Edge! Negotiation Strategies for Lawyers and Business Professionals
4.5 substantive/1.5 ethics CLE credits (Must attend the entire program to receive the ethics credit)
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Video Replay - Ethics Potpourri: "A Man for All Seasons" and a Lawyer's Search for Integrity
1 ethics CLE credit
10 to 11 a.m.

Video Replay - Update on the Taxation of Settlements and Judgments
2 substantive CLE credits
1 to 3 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 17
Annual Disclosure Documents
4 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Video Replay - Making Sense of the Subprime Mortgage Mess
3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
12 to 4:15 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 18
Finance & Accounting for Lawyers
6 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

"A Man for All Seasons" and a Lawyer's Search for Integrity
1 ethics CLE credit
8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

PBA Professionalism Update
1 ethics CLE credit
10 to 11 a.m.

Lawyer Advertising Ethics Issues in a Web 2.0 World
1 ethics CLE credit
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Does ABA Model Rule 6.1 (Voluntary Pro Bono Publico Service) Let Attorneys Off the Hook in Their Duty to the Poor?
1 ethics CLE credit
1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Ethics Issues for Non-Lawyers in the Law Office
1 ethics CLE credit
3 to 4 p.m.

Motivational Interventions - "When to Assist and When to Hold Accountable"
1 ethics CLE credit
4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 19
Mastering Medical Records
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Time Mastery for Lawyers
3 substantive, 2 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 23
Video Replay - Electronic Discovery: Technical Realities of Legal Issues
3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 29
Video Replay - Solving Drivers Licensing Issues
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Video Replay - Ethics Potpourri: Ethics Issues for Non-Lawyers in the Law Office
1 ethics CLE credits
12 to 1 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 30
Video Replay - Business Insurance
4 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

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