Monday, Dec. 17, 2007
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 8, No. 94
 

Chancellor's Reception Jan. 9 at Bellevue

All members of the legal community are invited to attend a complimentary reception on Wednesday, Jan. 9 from 5 to 7 p.m. in honor of A. Michael Pratt, 81st 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 wish their leader and each other good luck in the year ahead.

Labor Issues in Small Business Today

Farrah Gold of Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP will discuss labor issues relevant to small businesses at today's (Monday, Dec. 17) meeting of the Small Business Committee.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th Floor Committee Room 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.

For more information about the committee, please contact Robert M. Bovarnick at RBovarnick@RBovarnick.com or Scott P. Towers at Towerss@ballardspahr.com.

Women in the Profession Holiday Party Dec. 18

The Women in the Profession Committee Holiday Party, hosted by Thoroughbuilt LLP and Independent Custom Realty, will be held Tuesday, Dec. 18 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 429 S. 16th St.

The event will feature complimentary cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, and, more importantly, the opportunity to network with our members and members of Professional Women's Roundtable. Admission is free, but please bring a new and unwrapped toy that will be distributed to local charities. To RSVP, visit philadelphiabar.org.

Federal Courts Committee Holiday Lunch Dec. 19

The Federal Courts Committee will host a holiday lunch with remarks in in memory of Judges Becker, Green, Hannum and Hutton, featuring U.S. District Court Chief Judge Harvey Bartle III on Wednesday, Dec. 19.

Chief Judge Bartle will share his remarks of the judges at the luncheon, which begins at 12:30 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.

Justinian Society Christmas Party Dec. 18

The Justinian Society will hold its Annual Christmas Party on Tuesday, Dec. 18, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Grand Ballroom at the Ben Franklin, 9th and Chestnut streets.

Guests will enjoy celebrating the holiday season with a European ambiance combined with turn-of-the century elegance in the Grand Ballroom at the Ben Franklin. Assorted hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served for all to enjoy. Cost to attend the event is $65 per person for members and $75 per person non-members. The event is open to the public. To learn more about the event or to register, call 215-545-0706 or visit justinian.org.

Changes in Stark III Regulations Dec. 20

Karl A. Thallner and David S. Sokolow will discuss the ecent changes set forth in the Stark III regulations at the Thursday, Dec. 20 meeting of the Health Care Law 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 $8.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Jagiellonian Christmas Party Dec. 20

The Jagiellonian Law Society, a professional association of Polish-American lawyers, will host its Christmas party on Thursday, Dec. 20, at 7 p.m. at Bistro St. Tropez, 2400 Market St.

Tickets are $50 a person. For information, call Marian Kornilowicz at 215-564-1700, or visit jagiellonianlawsociety.org.

LPM Technology Committee Meeting, Thursday, Dec. 20

The next meeting of the Technology Committee of the Law Practice Management Division will be held on Thursday, Dec. 20 at 12:00 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

This will be a planning meeting to discuss the Committee's leadership for 2008, and to create a committee that will plan our 2008 meetings.

Register online now!

Business Development, Networking Seminar Jan. 8

The Philadelphia Bar Association and the Philadelphia Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators will present "Business Development: Effective Networking Strategies," the first in a series of associate training programs on Tuesday, Jan. 8.

Stacy West Clark, founder of the Delaware Valley Law Firm Marketing Group, will discuss the importance of learning your firm's business and marketing strategies; using your personal skills to fit into the firm's plan; the value of a business network; identifying and developing relationships that have business development potential; and identifying referral sources.

The program begins at 8 a.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Breakfast will be provided. The cost of the program is $25. Click here for more information.

How to Build Your Law Firm From Scratch Jan. 15

The Young Lawyers Division and PNC Wealth Management will present the program "How to Build Your Law Firm from Scratch" on Tuesday, Jan. 15 beginning at 5 p.m. at PNC Bank, 1600 Market St., 3rd floor.

Speakers for the program include Alan Nochumson, Joseph A. Prim, Richard K. Washington Jr. and Adrian Harris. The program will be moderated by May Mon Post. A cocktail reception will follow the program. Click here to RSVP for this free program.

Business Law Section Annual Reception Jan. 22

The Business Law Section will present its Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award at the Section's Annual Reception on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2008 at the Pyramid Club, 1735 Market St., 53rd floor. Tickets are $35 and include light dinner, cocktails and live music. Click here to purchase tickets online.

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.

YLD Seeks Nominations for Craig M. Perry Service Award

The Young Lawyers Division is accepting nominations for the Craig M. Perry Service Award. This 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.

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. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Jan. 25, 2008. All nominations should be submitted to Tracey McCloskey at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market Street, 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107 or tmccloskey@philabar.org.

Student Loan Forgiveness for Public Service Work

In late September, the College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007 was passed by Congress and signed into law. Among its provisions is loan forgiveness for persons who work in public service for 10 years and an Income Based Repayment (IBR) option for anyone with significant federally guaranteed debt and relative low income.

The IBR option, which will become available on July 1, 2009, is available to certain borrowers who can demonstrate a "partial financial hardship." This hardship is established when your annual student loan payments under a standard 10-year repayment plan exceed 15 percent of the difference between your adjusted gross income and 150 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. For example, a single borrower who owes $100,000 in qualifying debt at 6.8 percent interest takes a job with a salary of $40,000. Under standard repayment, this borrower would pay $1,151 a month. Under IBR, this same borrower would pay $309 a month.

CCRA also provides for loan forgiveness after 10 years of full-time public service. The legislation defines public service very broadly, although regulations will clarify exactly what type of work qualifies in the coming months.

Borrowers must have federal direct loans or consolidate their loans using the Federal Direct program. Commercial loans are not covered under the Act. For a fuller discussion of this important legislation, click here.

If you have questions about your eligibility under this legislation, please contact the public interest adviser at your law school. Regardless of your alma mater, you can also contact Maureen Olives, Director of Public Interest Programs, Temple University Beasley School of Law at 215-204-3705, or by e-mail at molives@temple.edu, or Eve Biskind Klothen, Assistant Dean for Pro Bono and Public Interest Programs, Rutgers School of Law-Camden at 856-225-6608, or by e-mail at eklothen@camden.rutgers.edu.

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Salute to Lawyers in Business Journal Jan. 11

Attention law firms: Don't miss the opportunity to be included in The Philadelphia Business Journal's special Philadelphia Bar Association supplement in its Jan. 11 edition.

The objective is to market, to the Business Journal reader, the positive impact the legal community, the Bar Association and individual member law firms have on local commerce and businesses in the Philadelphia region.

For more information on reserving advertising space, contact Michelle Stuhl at (215) 238-5114 or e-mail her at mstuhl@bizjournals.com. The deadline for reserving advertising space is Wednesday, Dec. 19.

Participants Sought for Israel Exchange Program

The Philadelphia Bar Association is in the process of planning an exciting international exchange program in cooperation with the Israel Bar Association, in which local Philadelphia firms will host Israeli attorneys for a short internship (one to six months) and Philadelphia attorneys will travel to Israel for a comparable internship at an Israeli law firm. The target date for implementing the program is June 2008.

If you are interested in participating in such an internship, or in hosting one or more visiting Israeli lawyers, please send an e-mail to Bar Association Executive Director Ken Shear at kshear@philabar.org, and you will be contacted by one of the members of the planning committee.

Your input will be invaluable in helping us shape the parameters of the program in a manner best calculated to meet your professional needs or those of your firm.

WorkReady Philadelphia Matches Interns, Law Firms

Who gave you your first break?

Through WorkReady Philadelphia, you can offer a young person interested in a law career his or her essential first work experience and help to cultivate the region's next generation of home-grown legal professionals. By participating, you and your firm will positively impact the Philadelphia community by working with young people who, without WorkReady, would have few opportunities to explore the legal field, gain work skills, or develop relationships with professionals who could help them later in life.

Lauren Trifiletti, human resources manager at Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, reflected on the firm's positive experience with a WorkReady intern last year and its decision to hire year-round interns, "Our intern, Candace, did a fantastic job. We actually had another part-time internship open in the fall and our first call was to Candace. She is currently back with us working in another department while attending school. We plan on participating in the program next summer as well."

Among the opportunities available to you and your firm through WorkReady are: hosting ninth-grade students for a one-day visit on Jan. 25, 2008 through Shadowing Day; providing 10th-grade students with unpaid internships, two to four hours per week during the school year, from January to June 2008 through Business Mentoring Youth; and hiring or sponsoring youth for six-week WorkReady Summer Internships enhanced with training and portfolio development, among other options. Throughout the process, Business Partnership Specialists are there to support you by recruiting, screening, and training youth; matching youth with employers; training you and your colleagues on how to work with and mentor youth; and providing ongoing support for you and the interns.

Several local firms are already on board. Last year, Blank Rome LLP; Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP; Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP; Saul Ewing LLP; and Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP offered summer internships to Philadelphia youth. First-time participants Blank Rome and Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young were so pleased with their experiences mentoring and working with youth that they have decided to take on even more interns this summer.

More information on how to get involved in WorkReady Philadelphia is available at workreadyphila.com. If you or your firm is interested in participating, please contact Susan Hight, business partnership specialist, at (267) 502-3729 or by e-mail at shight@pyninc.org.

Collecting and Enforcing Judgments in Pennsylvania

Experienced faculty will examine state, federal and ethical restrictions of collection practices, and practice under the Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act on Thursday, Dec. 20. Learn the rules and pitfalls in communicating with consumer debtors that all collections practitioners need to know. This 6 CLE credit hour program (5 substantive/1 ethics) will be held in Philadelphia on Thursday, Dec. 20, 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 4:45 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.

Tuesday, Dec. 18
Navigating Through the Maze: Helping Real Estate Clients Steer Through the City of Philadelphias Approval Process
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 19
Linking Technology to Victory: The Art of Preparing, Settling and Trying Cases in the Digital Age
4 substantive CLE credits
12 to 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 20
Ethics Potpourri - Full Day
6 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Ethics Potpourri - Robert Coles and a Lawyer’s Pursuit of Professionalism
1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Ethics Potpourri - PBA Professionalism Committee Update
1 ethics CLE credits
10 to 11 a.m.

Ethics Potpourri - Bates at 30: Three Decades of Lawyer Advertising Ethics
1 ethics CLE credits
11:30 to 12:30 p.m.

Ethics Potpourri - Civil Gideon: Developing a Right to Counsel in Civil Matters
1 ethics CLE credits
1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Ethics Potpourri - Ethics Jeopardy
1 ethics CLE credits
3 to 4 p.m.

Ethics Potpourri - Successful Lawyer, Bar President and Bipolar
1 ethics CLE credits
4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Collecting & Enforcing Judgments in Pennsylvania
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:45 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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