Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2007
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 8, No. 1

Meet New Chancellor at Jan. 9 Reception at Bellevue

All members of the legal community are invited to attend a reception on Tuesday, Jan. 9 from 5 to 7 p.m. in honor of Jane L. Dalton, 80th 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.

Rules Committee Counsel to Discuss Process Jan. 3

Harold K. Don Jr., counsel to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Civil Procedural Rules Committee, will discuss recent rule changes and answer questions about the process for implementing new rules at the Wednesday, Jan. 3 meeting of the Rules and Procedure Committee.

The meeting begins at 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.

Meet SEC Administrator Dan Hawke Jan. 10

Dan Hawke, district administrator of the Securities and Exchange Commission's Philadelphia District Office, will be the guest speaker at the Wednesday, Jan. 10 lunchtime CLE seminar sponsored by the Securities Regulation Committee of the Business Law Section.

Panelists Richard A. Levan and Gregory D. DiMeglio will join Hawke at the program and will provide an overview of SEC enforcement and examination programs. The program begins at 12:30 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center at Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St.

The program has been approved for 1 substantive CLE credits. Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay a fee of $25 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years, and $20 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. If you wish to register in advance please visit pbi.org or call PBI Customer Service at 1-800-932-4637.

Lunch will be available for an additional fee of $8.50 per person. Click here to register for lunch.

Investment Companies Committee Plans Two Programs

The Investment Companies Committee of the Business Law Section has scheduled two programs for January.

Elizabeth R. Krentzman, general counsel of the Investment Company Institute, and Amy B.R. Lancellotta, managing director of the Independent Directors Council, will be the guest speakers at the Tuesday, Jan. 9 meeting. 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.

Susan Ferris Wyderko, executive director of the Mutual Fund Directors Forum, will be the speaker at the Tuesday, Jan. 16 meeting. 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.

Business Law Section Annual Reception Jan. 16

The Business Law Section will present its Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award at the Section's Annual Reception on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2007 at the Pyramid Club, 1735 Market St., 53rd floor. Tickets are $35 and include light dinner, cocktails and live music and can be purchased online at philadelphiabar.org

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.

Mock Trial Competition Seeking Volunteers

The John S. Bradway Philadelphia High School Mock Trial Competition, which is run by Temple University Beasley School of Law and the Young Lawyers Division, is seeking volunteers for this year's competition beginning Monday, Jan. 29.

Each spring students from 50 public, private, and parochial schools compete in a simplified mock trial for the City Mock Trial Championship. The students are given the opportunity play the roles of attorneys and witnesses in a fictitious criminal or civil case, focusing on real legal issues. Previous trials have involved the suppression of evidence, hate crimes, constitutional issues, simple negligence matters, civil forfeitures in a criminal context, and first-degree murder.

Go to the Young Lawyers Division page on the Bar Association's web site to fill out the volunteer form. If you have any questions or concerns, contact Eleanore.Jones@Temple.edu or Roberta.West@Temple.edu or call 215-204-1887.

City Hall Security ID Card Applications Available

Attorneys who do business at Philadelphia City Hall are urged to apply for their new security cards. A new security system is being implemented for City Hall within the next several months.

Attorneys can go to Room 112 near the northeast corner of City Hall on Tuesdays between 9 and 11:30 a.m. for the next six to eight weeks and fill out an application and have a photo taken for the new badge. The photo and application process takes just 10 minutes. Click here to download the application form.

MLK Breakfast, Day of Service Jan. 15

The Barristers' Association of Philadelphia will hold its Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast on Monday, Jan. 15 from 7:30 to 10 a.m. at The View, 800 N. Broad St., 8th floor.

At this event, the Barristers' Association presents awards to various attorneys in the Philadelphia area who have used the profession of law to make significant contributions towards the advancement of justice, the development of legal academia, or in community service. The event is attended by attorneys from all ethnic backgrounds and practice areas.

Contact either of the two event chairs for more information regarding advance RSVP or table reservations: DaQuana Carter at (215) 981-4582 or by e-mail at carterd@pepperlaw.com; or Thomas Fitzpatrick at (267) 784-8655 or by e-mail at tfitzlaw@gmail.com. Please be advised that seating will be limited, therefore, earlier RSVP and table reservations are strongly encouraged.

The Barristers' Association will participate in a Day of Service volunteer project benefiting the Nicetown Boys and Girls Club in North Philadelphia on Monday, Jan. 15. The group will work to brighten this safe haven for children and work to stem the rising tide of violence in the city. There will also be a violence prevention workshop, "Get Real About Violence," for children ages 6-12 years old. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Nicetown Boys and Girls Club, 400 Clarissa St.

Contact Joel C. Trotter at (610) 407-3115 or jtrotter@ikon.com for more information and to register. Space is limited.

Reception for International LLM Candidates Feb. 13

The International Law Committee will hold a reception for international LLM candidates in the area at the offices of DLA Piper on Tuesday, Feb. 13.

The reception will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at One Liberty Place, 1650 Market St., Suite 4900. In addition to local lawyers and other leaders, more than 75 distinguished lawyers, judges, political leaders and professors from around the world are expected to attend.

First Judicial District "Roll of Honor" Deadline Jan. 12

The First Judicial District's 2006 "Roll of Honor" for Pro Bono Service will recognize all attorneys who have provided pro bono services to litigants in the First Judicial District in 2006. It will be published in various media outlets and will appear on the First Judicial District and the Bar Association’s Web site beginning in February.

In order to be included on the First Judicial District's 2006 Roll of Honor, the attorney:

(1) Must practice in Philadelphia County and must have provided these services to a client or client group for a case before the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania during the 2006 calendar year;

(2) Must not be employed by an organization that has, as its primary purpose, the provision of free legal services to the poor;

(3) Must have provided direct delivery of legal services with no expectation of receiving a fee, to a client or client group that does not have the resources to employ compensated counsel or has worked to facilitate such effort by other attorneys.

If you meet the above criteria, please complete the form available at philadelphiabar.org and forward it by Jan. 12 to:
P. Karen Blackburn
516 City Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Fax: 215-686-7049
E-Mail: karen.blackburn@courts.phila.gov

The Roll of Honor was announced on Nov. 15 at the First Judicial District's inaugural "Pro Bono Publico Award" ceremony to applaud local attorneys for their work in providing outstanding pro bono legal services. The award ceremony, which was attended by more than 150 attorneys and judges, represented the culmination of the Judicial Pro Bono Committee's work throughout the year.

Judges from every division within the First Judicial District nominated attorneys they felt had provided "exemplary" pro bono services. Nominees were recognized for work on a single case, the length and depth of service, or for willingness to take on the most difficult cases given the least advance notice. A subcommittee, which consisted of judges and a member of the Bar nominated by the Chancellor, made the final selection of award recipients.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Position Available

The Judicial Conference of the United States has authorized the replacement of one full-time United States Magistrate Judge position for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia. The appointee may also be required to preside at court sessions to be held at Reading and Lancaster.

The duties of the position are demanding and wide-ranging, and will include: (1) conduct of most preliminary proceedings in criminal cases; (2) trial and disposition of misdemeanor cases; (3) conduct of various pretrial matters and evidentiary proceedings on delegation from the judges of the District Court; and (4) trial and disposition of civil cases upon consent of the litigants. The basic authority of the United States Magistrate Judge is specified in 28 U.S.C. Sec. 636.

To be qualified for appointment an applicant must:

1) Be, and have been for at least five years, a member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of a state, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Territory of Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, or the Virgin Islands of the United States, and have been engaged in the active practice of law for a period of at least five years;
2) Be competent to perform all the duties of the office; be of good moral character; be emotionally stable and mature; be committed to equal justice under the law; be in good health; be patient and courteous; and be capable of deliberation and decisiveness;
3) Be less than 70 years old; and
4) Not be related to a judge of the district court.

A merit selection panel composed of attorneys and other members of the community will review all applicants and recommend to the judges of the district court in confidence, at least five, but not more than 15 persons whom it considers best qualified. The court will make the appointment, following an FBI full-field investigation and IRS tax check of the applicant selected by the court for appointment. An affirmative effort will be made to give due consideration to all qualified applicants, including women and members of minority groups. The current annual salary of the position is $151,984. The term of office is eight years.

Application forms and more information on the magistrate judge position in this court may be obtained from the District Court Web site at www.paed.uscourts.gov or by contacting the Clerk of the District Court at (267) 299-7089. Applications must be submitted only by potential nominees personally and must be received no later than close of business on Jan. 31, 2007.

Submit completed applications to:

Michael E. Kunz, Clerk of Court
2609 U.S. Courthouse
601 Market St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
ATTN: Human Resources Department
Magistrate Judge Application

All applications will be kept confidential, unless the applicant consents to disclosure, and all applications will be examined only by members of the Merit Selection Panel and the judges of the district court. The panel's deliberations will remain confidential.

Harvey Bartle III, Chief Judge

Updates Nearing Completion for Legal Directory

The annual process of updating the more than 18,000 attorney and law firm listings in The Legal Directory 2007 has begun!

If you are responsible for reviewing information on your firm and its attorneys, and have not received your update packet, call 410-828-0120, extension 503. Solo practitioners and non-responding firm-based attorneys will be contacted; the deadline for their updates is Jan. 12.

In addition to the most comprehensive firm/attorney listings available, The Legal Directory 2007 will include indispensable information you rely upon - Bar Association bylaws, contacts and committees; information on federal, state and county courts and government agencies; judges' index; and a special business-to-business section tailored to the legal community.

Once again, each Legal Directory 2007 comes with a free subscription to The Legal Directory Online! The online listings are updated all year, making this resource an essential complement to your printed Directory.

The Legal Directory 2007 will be available in April, but you can order now for the discounted pre-publication price of $57.95 (plus shipping and tax). Don't be confused by imitators - this is the only official publication of the Philadelphia Bar Association. Order today at thelegaldirectory.org.

Practical Problems in Appellate Process Jan. 19

PBI's Appellate Wheel of (Mis)Fortune: Strategic Opportunities, Common Mistakes, Procedural Pitfalls and Waiver Traps addresses practical problems encountered in preserving issues for appeal and complying with technical requirements of the Rules of Appellate Procedure and decisional law that can result in the loss of appellate rights or make it more difficult for you to prevail on appeal. This 4 substantive credit hour program will be held in Philadelphia on Friday, Jan. 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 1:15 p.m. Registration 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.

Thursday, Jan. 11
A Closer Look at the Pay Raise Decision: Putting it All in Context
2 substantive CLE credits
12 to 2 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 17
Open Source Software Licensing
4 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 18
Drafting Document Creation Retention and Destruction Policies
3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 19
Appellate Wheel of (Mis)Fortune
3 substantive CLE credits
8:45 a.m. to 12 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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