Liacouras Committee to Receive
Bar's Diversity Award March 28;
Barnicle, Rendell to Speak

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Members of the Liacouras Committee, appointed in 1970 to investigate allegations of racial discrimination with the Pennsylvania Bar admission process, have been announced as the recipients of the 2012 Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award. The Award will be presented at the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Wednesday, March 28 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon. Award-winning print and broadcast journalist Mike Barnicle, a frequent contributor and occasional guest host on MSNBC's popular "Morning Joe" and "Hardball with Chris Matthews" will be the keynote speaker at the event, with special guest Edward G. Rendell, 45th governor of Pennsylvania...READ MORE

YLD Happy Hour with the Camden County Bar Association April 19

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The Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Young Lawyers Division of the Camden County Bar Association invite you to join us at Yakitori Boy on Thursday April 19, from 6-8 pm......READ MORE

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Bar's 33rd Annual 5K May 20;
Benefits Child Advocates

The annual Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Run/Walk, now in its 33rd year, is just around the corner. And whether you plan on beating 13-time defending legal division race champion Neill Clark or attaining your personal best, now is the time to start preparing for the Sunday, May 20 race. Click here to register as an individual, law/corporate team and/or sponsor...READ MORE

New Revel Resort to Host Bench-Bar in October

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Revel, Atlantic City's newest beachfront resort, will host the Bar Association’s 2012 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference on Oct. 5-6. The Bench-Bar & Annual Conference provides attendees with the opportunity to earn CLE credit while networking with colleagues and members of the bench. Hundreds of attorneys and judges are expected to attend... READ MORE

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Liacouras Committee to Be Honored at March 28 Quarterly

Members of the Liacouras Committee, appointed in 1970 to investigate allegations of racial discrimination with the Pennsylvania Bar admission process, have been announced as the recipients of the 2012 Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award. The Award will be presented at the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Wednesday, March 28 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon.

Members of the Liacouras Committee, appointed by then-Chancellor Robert M. Landis, included Judge Paul A. Dandridge, Judge Clifford Scott Green, Judge Ricardo C. Jackson, Peter J. Liacouras, Robert J. Reinstein and W. Bourne Ruthrauff.

The Sotomayor Diversity Award publicly acknowledges, recognizes and honors an individual or entity that has demonstrated a strong commitment, and has made a substantial contribution, to diversity and promoting full and equal participation and inclusion in the legal profession.

Award-winning print and broadcast journalist Mike Barnicle, a frequent contributor and occasional guest host on MSNBC's popular "Morning Joe" and "Hardball with Chris Matthews" will be the keynote speaker at the Quarterly Meeting, with special guest Edward G. Rendell, 45th governor of Pennsylvania.

Also at the event, Immediate-Past Chancellor Rudolph Garcia will be presented with a gold box, an exact replica of the one presented to Andrew Hamilton for his defense of John Peter Zenger in 1735. The gold box is presented annually to the immediate-past Chancellor and is inscribed with the message "acquired not by money, but by character."

The inaugural Justinian Society Comisky-DiBona Award will be presented to retired Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Edward J. Bradley at the event.

The Quarterly Meeting, set for 12 p.m. at the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets, is sponsored by Love Court Reporting. Click here to purchase tickets for this event.

Meet the Diverse Media April 11

The Bar-News Media Committee and the Diversity in the Profession Committee will present "Meet the Diverse Media" on Wednesday, April 11.

Panelists include Diego Castellanos of 6ABC; Hank Grezlak of The Legal Intelligencer; Lily Sun, Epoch Times Philadelphia; Arturo Varela of Al Dia; and Irv Randolph, managing editor, Philadelphia Tribune. The moderator is Gina Furia Rubel. The panelists will share their experiences and challenges reporting on law-related issues while providing attendees with insights on how to become a better resource to the news media. The event will also include a discussion of local news coverage of diversity issues and the intersection of the practice of law.

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 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register.

NASBA Convention June 28 - 30, 2012

NASABA's Annual Convention is the place for attorneys of South Asian descent and attorneys interested in issues facing South Asian-Americans and South Asia to meet, learn and network. At last year's convention in Los Angeles, attendees were treated to a line-up of stars, including the former Assistant Secretary of State, appellate litigators with more than 30 Supreme Court cases under their belts, two South Asian federal judges sharing their insight on the bench.

The 2012 Convention promises to deliver even more. Established leaders on the legal scene will highlight panel sessions and deliver keynote addresses. Attendees will find the networking and educational opportunities second to none.

This year's convention will be held June 28-30, 2012 at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. Click here for more information and to register.

Philadelphia Bar Members Get 10% Off Shen Yun May 8 and 9

After performing to sold-out audiences this season, including at New York City's Lincoln Center, Shen Yun Performing Arts will be returning to the Merriam Theater in Philadelphia on May 8 and 9, 2012, just in time for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

Shen Yun brings to life 5,000 years of Chinese civilization, through magnificent classical Chinese dance and orchestral scores. Ancient legends and modern tales of courage and honor speak to the timeless values and themes among all cultural groups throughout the world. Don’t miss out on this golden opportunity for a breathtaking experience! Click here for more information and to purchase tickets. Use the coupon code "PhilaBar" for 10% off at checkout.

PA Bar Commission on Women in the Profession Philadelphia Midyear Meeting

The Midyear Meeting will build upon the theme from the Retreat, "Optimizing Verbal Communications," and focus on "Optimizing First Impressions." The program will help you set yourself apart from the crowd and transform everyday introductions into meaningful messages that highlight your area of practice, project your presence and personality with professionalism, and comply with ethical standards. Take advantage of the opportunity to earn 1 hour of CLE credit at a reasonable cost.

Registration for this program will begin at 2:30 p.m. at the CLE Conference Center, The Wanamaker Building, 100 Penn Square East. Marcia Wharton, a national consultant and professional speaker will moderate the panel discussion which will include Lynne M. Abraham, Esq., Partner, Archer & Greiner, P.C., Sabrina Sacks Mann, Esq., Sacks Legal Search and Rhonda K. Ulrich, Marketing & Business Development Manager, Duane Morris LLP.

To register for this event, please click here and complete the registration form.

YLD Happy Hour with the Camden County Bar Association April 19

The Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Young Lawyers Division of the Camden County Bar Association invite you to join us at Yakitori Boy on Thursday April 19, from 6-8 pm for a networking happy hour sponsored by AGENT06, LLC, a real estate marketing company, and Woodard Curran. RSVP is not required. Enjoy appetizers, drink specials and Karaoke! The first 60 people will receive a drink ticket good towards beer, house wine and well brand cocktails.

Register for Bar's 33rd Annual 5K May 20

The annual Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Run/Walk, now in its 33rd year, is just around the corner. And whether you plan on beating 13-time defending legal division race champion Neill Clark or attaining your personal best, now is the time to start preparing for the Sunday, May 20 race. Click here to register as an individual, law/corporate team and/or sponsor.

The 33rd Philadelphia Bar 5K Run/ Walk will be held on Sunday, May 20 at 8:30 a.m. on Martin Luther King Drive. It is open to runners, walkers, students, and children who participate in the Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC Kids Dash. All proceeds from the event benefit Support Center for Child Advocates, the nation's oldest and largest pro bono program providing free legal and social services for abused and neglected children.

Group runs, increased runs, diversified training, and proper stretching techniques can all prove beneficial in improving your race. One of the best ways to improve your speed is by running about three times a week. Your body takes approximately 48 hours to repair damaged muscle tissue, so running every other day can be effective. Running with friends or colleagues can serve as motivation as well as help you push past your individual limits while training for a big race. Click here to register.

New Revel Resort to Host Bench-Bar in October

Revel, Atlantic City's newest beachfront resort, will host the Bar Association’s 2012 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference on Oct. 5-6. The Bench-Bar & Annual Conference provides attendees with the opportunity to earn CLE credit while networking with colleagues and members of the bench. Hundreds of attorneys and judges are expected to attend.

The website for the conference, benchbar.philadelphiabar.org, is now up and registration is open.

Maria A. Feeley, a partner at Pepper Hamilton LLP, is chair of the Bench-Bar & Annual Conference. Molly Peckman, director of professional development at Dechert LLP, is programming chair of the Bench-Bar & Annual Conference. Jeffrey S. Gross, a principal with Batt & Gross, is serving as sponsorship chair and Jennifer Segal Coatsworth, an associate with Margolis Edelstein, is sponsorship vice chair. Regina Foley of Raynes McCarty is chair of the scholarship subcommittee.

Revel, with more than 1,800 guest rooms and suites filling 47 floors and more than 6 million square feet of space, officially opens on Memorial Day Weekend.

Among Revel's features is Revelry, located 61 feet above sea level and named for its energetic and vibrant atmosphere, which showcases 12 restaurants, 46 retail shops, nightclubs, dayclubs, an intimate performance space for 700 and 150,000-square-foot casino. The $2.4 billion glass Revel is located on 20 beachfront acres on the Boardwalk between South New Jersey and South Connecticut Avenues.

For sponsorship information, please contact Aimee Cirucci at 215-238-6342 or via email at acirucci@philabar.org. Learn more at benchbar.philadelphiabar.org.

Google and the End of Privacy April 11

Has Google destroyed your Internet privacy? How do companies follow you across the Web with targeted advertisements? Can you do anything to regain some of your online privacy? These questions will be addressed in this Wednesday, April 11 presentation by Dan Giancaterino, Education Services Manager at Jenkins Law Library.

The meeting of the Law Practice Management Committee begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Cancellations require 24 hours notice to receive a refund. Click here to register.

Bar Accepting Ginsburg Writing Competition Entries

Entries are now being accepted for the Philadelphia Bar Association's 2012 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Pursuit of Justice Legal Writing Competition.

The co-chairs of the competition are Bar Association Chancellor-Elect Kathleen D. Wilkinson, partner at Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman and Dicker LLP, and Diane Penneys Edelman, Assistant Dean for International Programs, Associate Professor of Legal Writing, Villanova University School of Law.

The Bar Association recognizes the importance of excellence in legal analysis and writing skills, and seeks to award a student enrolled in an American Bar Association-approved or provisionally approved Philadelphia-area law school for authoring a top-quality competition submission. Entries must be received by Wednesday, May 9 at 4 p.m.

This competition is open to full- and part-time law students who are in their second or third year of study during the 2011-12 academic year at one of the following six institutions: Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Rutgers  University School of Law – Camden, Temple University Beasley School of Law, Villanova University School of Law and Widener University School of Law (Delaware Campus). Part-time law students in their third or later year of study are also eligible. Students must be in good standing at their institutions. The submission may not have been published previously, although it may have been prepared in connection with a law school course or for a law journal. The submission also may not have been submitted for any other competition during the time when it is under consideration for this competition, until after the time when awards are announced. The submission must be the work of one author alone (joint submissions will not be considered), and the author must certify that the submission has been prepared without substantial editing from others.

Candidates may submit a law review quality submission on any topic relating to rights, privileges and responsibilities under federal law. Entries must be received by Wednesday, May 9 at 4 p.m.
The author of the winning submission will receive a cash award of $2,500, the publication of the winning submission in The Philadelphia Lawyer, on the Bar Association's website and/or in an appropriate Bar Association publication. The winner will be invited to a Quarterly Meeting of the Bar Association, at which time the award will be presented.

All entries should be sent to Dawn Petit, c/o Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107. For more information, contact Petit at 215-238-6367 or email dpetit@philabar.org.

Federal Court Rule 16 Conferences: A View from the Bench, March 21

CLE Program Sponsored by the Federal Courts Committee & YLD

Course Planners:

Ellen Meriwether, Esq.
Cafferty Faucher LLP

Stephanie J. Mensing, Esq.
Mensing Law LLC

Featured Panelists:

Honorable Legrome D. Davis
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of PA

Honorable Mitchell S. Goldberg
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of PA

Honorable Timothy J. Savage
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of PA

Moderator:

Stephanie J. Mensing, Esq.
Mensing Law LLC

Judges Davis, Goldberg and Savage will offer their views on Rule 16 conferences in federal court highlighting their procedures and preferences; what is expected of counsel in preparing for and handling Rule 16 conferences; as well as, advice for practitioners, including tips for young lawyers.

The judges will also address e-discovery cost shifting, including the recent decision in Aspartame Antitrust Litigation, and cost-shifting issues attorneys should be prepared to discuss at the Rule 16 conference.

The program has been approved for 1.0 Substantive CLE credit. Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay a fee of $25.00 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years and $20.00 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years.

This program will take place on Wednesday, March 21 in the Philadelphia Bar Associaiton 11th Floor Conference Center. Click here for more information and to register.

Sandra Day O'Connor Award Nominees Sought

Click here to download a nomination form.

The Women in the Profession Committee is seeking nominations for the 2012 Sandra Day O'Connor Award.

Deadline for nominations is Monday, April 2, 2012.

The award is conferred annually on a woman attorney who has demonstrated superior legal talent, achieved significant legal accomplishments and has furthered the advancement of women in both the profession and the community.

The committee established the award in 1993 to recognize the important contributions that women attorneys in Philadelphia have made to the legal profession.

That year, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor presented the first award to U.S. District Court Senior Judge Norma L. Shapiro. The award has since been presented to the late Juanita Kidd Stout, former justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court; Deborah R. Willig, first woman Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association; Professor Marina Angel, of the Temple University Beasley School of Law faculty; Third Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Dolores K. Sloviter (former Chief Judge); U.S. District Court Judge Anita B. Brody; Leslie Anne Miller, first woman president of the Pennsylvania Bar Association; Lila G. Roomberg of Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP; the late Judge Judith J. Jamison; Ellen T. Greenlee, chief defender of the Defender Association of Philadelphia; former Chancellor Audrey C. Talley; U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Marjorie O. Rendell; former Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge Phyllis W. Beck; Roberta D. Pichini of Feldman, Shepherd, Wohlgelernter, Tanner, Weinstock & Dodig; Lynn A. Marks, executive director of Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts; Roberta D. Liebenberg of Fine, Kaplan and Black, R.P.C.; JoAnne Epps, dean of Temple University Beasley School of Law; Stephanie Resnick of Fox Rothschild LLP and Judge for the United States District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Cynthia M. Rufe.

Please send nominations to the attention of: Dawn Petit, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market Street, 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107 by email to dpetit@philabar.org.

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