Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008
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Vol. 9, No. 97

Ethics, Campaign Reform
Public Hearing Jan. 10

The Task Force on Ethics and Campaign Finance Reform will hold a public hearing on Saturday, Jan 10 beginning at 10 a.m. at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St...READ MORE
 

Ethics, Campaign Reform Public Hearing Jan. 10

The Task Force on Ethics and Campaign Finance Reform will hold a public hearing on Saturday, Jan 10 beginning at 10 a.m. at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St.

The Task Force anticipates that each witness will have up to five minutes to testify about campaign finance reform, political activity restrictions, ethics/conflict of interest rules, outside employment of city employees and lobbying.

The Task Force encourages anyone wanting to testify to preregister by sending an e-mail to Task Force Chair Michael Schwartz at schwartzma@pepperlaw.com. Please include, if possible, the topics about which you would like to testify.

The Task Force also encourages the submission of written testimony by witnesses who are appearing to testify and by those unable to appear. Please submit all written testimony to Task Force Chair Michael Schwartz by email at schwartzma@pepperlaw.com, by fax at (800) 615-2315, or by mail to 3000 Two Logan Square, 18th and Arch Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19103.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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