Monday, Jan. 9, 2006
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 7, No. 2

Meet, Greet New Chancellor
at Jan. 10 Reception at Bellevue

All members of the legal community are invited to attend a free reception on Tuesday, Jan. 10 from 5 to 7 p.m. in honor of Alan M. Feldman, 79th Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association... READ MORE

Legal Community Invited to Chancellor's Reception Jan. 10

All members of the legal community are invited to attend a free reception on Tuesday, Jan. 10 from 5 to 7 p.m. in honor of Alan M. Feldman (left), 79th 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.

Lack of Liability Insurance Requires Disclosure

The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania adopted a new Rule 1.4 (c) of the Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct on Dec. 25. The new rule requires a lawyer who does not have professional liability insurance coverage to disclose this fact to clients in writing.

Click here for the full text of the rule.

The decision to carry or not carry such insurance still resides with the individual lawyer or firm. If you would like to explore your insurance options, the Philadelphia Bar Association Bar has endorsed the program administered by USI Colburn and GE Insurance Solutions (Westport). As the largest provider of lawyers professional liability brokerage in Pennsylvania, USI Colburn can help you with products designed to meet the unique needs of your law firm.

Program highlights include:
- Flexible claim limits which allow you to purchase coverage from $100,000 to $5 million, including a choice of defense options (Choice of defense cost inside or outside the limit of liability available for qualified firms; No reduction in coverage for refusal to settle (Hammer Clause); Provisions for reporting of incidents to any subsequent policy period as the result of continuous and uninterrupted coverage with Westport).
- No cost, risk management information and an anonymous claims prevention hotline
- Reimbursement for court attendance, disciplinary defense and discounts for seminar attendance
- Options to extend reporting periods, prior acts and coverage for retired attorneys.

It is also important to note that GE Insurance Solutions uses Pennsylvania law firms to defend Pennsylvania lawyers. If you would like to learn more, please contact USI Colburn Insurance Service at 610-833-1800 and ask to speak with a professional liability representation, or visit to request more information.

Chief Judge Bartle to Address Committee Jan. 18

U.S. District Court Chief Judge Harvey Bartle III will discuss the start of his tenure as chief judge at the Wednesday, Jan. 18 meeting of the Federal Courts Committee.

Clerk of Court Michael E. Kunz will also speak at the meeting, offering observations about the chief judges he has known.

The meeting 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 register for this event.

Commonwealth Court Judges to Speak Jan. 11

Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Judges Bonnie Brigance Leadbetter and Robert Simpson will discuss "Thoughts on Appellate Practice Before the Commonwealth Court" at the Wednesday, Jan. 11 meeting of the Appellate Courts Committee.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters. Lunch is available for $7.50. Click here to register for this event.

'Intelligent Design' Attorneys to Discuss Case Jan. 24

Attorneys who represented families looking to overturn the Dover School District's "intelligent design" curriculum will discuss the case at a Jan. 24 Chancellor's Forum.

Hear from Eric Rothschild and Stephen G. Harvey of Pepper Hamilton LLP, who along with lawyers from the ACLU and Americans United for Separation of Church and State, represented eight families who challenged the Dover School District's policy that included "intelligent design" in the curriculum, and get a first-hand perspective on the local trial that has placed our region at the forefront of this controversial issue. The policy was overturned by a federal judge on Dec. 20.

In October 2004, the Dover School District was thrust into the national and international spotlight when it became the first district in the country to include in its biology curriculum the concept of "intelligent design" - the idea that life had to have been created by an intelligent, supernatural actor because it is too complex to have developed through natural processes. In a six-week trial this fall in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, plaintiffs argued that intelligent design is an attempt to bring creationism and religion into the classroom, and contested the school district's argument that intelligent design is a valid scientific alternative to the theory of evolution. The federal trial is being touted as the first legal test of the constitutionality of teaching intelligent design as science, and the most significant case on religious issues in public school science classes since 1987, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against the teaching of creation science.

The Chancellor's Forum begins at 12 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building. PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE OF LOCATION. A complimentary lunch will be served, but RSVP is required. Click here to RSVP for this event.

Business Law Section Annual Reception Jan. 18

The Business Law Section will hold its annual reception on Wednesday, Jan. 18 at the Pyramid Club, 1735 Market St., on the 51st floor from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

At the event, the section will present its annual Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award, as well as honors for the committee of the year and committee chair of the year. Tickets are $35. For more information, visit

Rudovsky to Receive Beccaria Award Jan. 18

University of Pennsylvania Law Professor David Rudovsky (left) will receive the 12th annual Cesare Beccaria Award on Wednesday, Jan. 18. The award, recognizing Rudovsky's contribution to the cause of justice and the advancement of legal education, is presented by the Criminal Justice Section and The Justinian Society.

The event begins at 5 p.m. in the Mayor's Reception Room (Room 202) of City Hall. A light fare will follow this free program. Please RSVP by Jan. 11 to Marisa Kossakowski at (215) 238-6367 or by e-mail at

Cesare Beccaria, an 18th century Italian scholar, was an early proponent of many of the tenets of modern criminal law. His visionary work is credited with aiding the subsequent European penal code reform and the eventual development of the American criminal justice system. This year marks the 212th anniversary of his death.

Legal Directory Comes With A Free Online Subscription

The Legal Directory 2006 plus The Legal Directory Online are now together at one low price. For the first time, every hard-copy edition comes with a complimentary online subscription. As always, both printed and online editions of The Legal Directory will contain comprehensive, up-to-date listings of area law firms and attorneys.

New for 2006, the online version also will include all the indispensable resources found in the printed directory - information about the Philadelphia Bar Association, its officers and committees; contacts for state, federal and local government agencies; listings of law-related associations, organizations and law schools; and an index of area judges.

Plus, The Legal Directory Online will include valuable new features - local court rules, links to area bar associations and other content of interest to the legal community.

It's all available, both the printed book and expanded online resource, for one price - $57.95, plus shipping and tax, if ordered before Jan. 19.

If you haven't updated your firm or attorney listings, make sure to do so now. Check with the person at your firm who is responsible for listing updates, or email for instructions.

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.

Wednesday, Jan. 18
The Real Estate Development Transaction: Undeveloped Property
4 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 24
Custody Law Update
2 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 25
Anatomy for Lawyers: A Primer
6 substantive CLE credits
8:25 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Humanitarian Law
2 substantive CLE credits
12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 26
12th Annual Estate Law Institute
Pennsylvania Convention Center
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 27
12th Annual Estate Law Institute
Pennsylvania Convention Center
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Legal Ease: Mastering the Art of Effective Legal Writing
6 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 31
Annual Disclosure Documents
4 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 1
Fundamentals of Elder Law
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 3
Private Placement: Legal and Practical Considerations
3 substantive CLE credits
8:30 to 11:45 a.m.

More information is available on the PBI Web site at, on the page devoted to Philadelphia programs, by calling 1-800-247-4724, or by e-mailing Note: some events sell out; before walking in, call PBI to confirm that space is still available for the program that interests you.

Earn up to 4 credits on your computer, at your convenience, at PBI's Online Campus, at More than 300 classes are available, including nearly 50 one-hour ethics programs. 24/7 CLE.