Thursday, Jan. 11, 2007
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 8, No. 4

St. Joe's Coach Phil Martelli to Address YLD Feb. 21

Phil Martelli, head coach of the St. Joseph's University men's basketball team, will be the keynote speaker at the Young Lawyers Division Annual Meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 21.

Alan Nochumson, chair of the YLD, will outline his plans for 2007 at the event, which will be held at the Doubletree Hotel, Broad and Locust streets. The YLD will also present the Craig M. Perry Service Award, the YLD Vision Award and the F. Sean Peretta Service Award at the event.

Martelli, in his 11th season as head coach for the Hawks, won numerous national coach of the year honors when his team went 30-2 and reached the NCAA tournament quarterfinals. He is also a leader in the Philadelphia Chapter of Coaches Vs. Cancer. He recently received the Citizen of the Year Award from the March of Dimes. The event begins at 12 p.m. For ticket information, visit

Experts to Discuss Pa. Pay Raise Decision Jan. 11

Chancellor Jane L. Dalton leads a panel of judges, scholars, court watchers and other experts in the Pennsylvania Bar Institute CLE program "A Closer Look at the Pay Raise Decision: Putting it All in Context" on Thursday, Jan. 11.

The panel will examine the 2005 pay raise legislation and repeal and will offer an in-depth look at the Supreme Court's decision in Stilp v. Commonwealth. Other panelists include Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Renee Cardwell Hughes (a member of the Pennsylvania Commission on Judicial Independence); former Chancellor Robert C, Heim; Prof. Robert Williams of the Rutgers Center for State Constitutional Studies; activist Gene Stilp (who filed suit challenging the constitutionality of the pay raise); Hank Grezlak (editor-in-chief of The Legal Intelligencer) and incoming Pennsylvania Bar Association president Andy Susko. Judge Phyllis W. Beck will moderate the panel.

The program, sponsored by Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts, begins at 12 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building. Click here for more information.

Mutual Fund Directors Forum to Speak Jan. 16

Susan Ferris Wyderko, executive director of the Mutual Fund Directors Forum, and David B. Smith Jr., executive vice president for policy and legal affairs for the Mutual Fund Directors Forum, will be the speakers at the Investment Companies Committee's 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

Mark K. Kessler will receive the Business Law Section's Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award at the Section's Annual Reception on Tuesday, Jan. 16 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

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.

Kessler is a partner in the Corporate/Securities Practice Group at WolfBlock. The Section also will present its Committee of the Year and Committee Chair of the Year Awards at the event.

Workers' Comp CLE on Act 147 Jan. 17

The Workers' Compensation Section will sponsor a lunchtime CLE seminar "Act 147 - What's In It for You?" on Wednesday, Jan. 17.

The speakers for the program include Workers' Compensation Judge Scott M. Olin, attorneys Timothy F. Coffey and Jerry M. Lehocky and Susan M. McDermott, chair of the Workers' Compensation Appeal Board.

The program begins at 12:30 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m. The program has been approved for 1 substantive CLE credit. 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 or call PBI Customer Service at 1-800-932-4637.

Lunch will be available for an additional fee of $7.50 per person. Click here to purchase lunch for this program.

Select Greater Phila. CEO to Speak Jan. 18

Thomas G. Morr, president and CEO of Select Greater Philadelphia, will be the guest speaker at the Thursday, Jan. 18 meeting of the International Law Committee.

Select Greater Philadelphia the regional economic development marketing organization created to promote the Greater Philadelphia region as a premier business location.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. at the offices of McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, One Penn Center at Suburban Station, 1617 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Suite 1500. Light lunch will be available courtesy of Committee Co-Chair Gene M. Burd. Please RSVP to Christina Powers at (215) 569-8901 or by e-mail at

Free Legal Clinic Jan. 15 at Martin Luther King High School

Public interest attorneys and law firm attorney volunteers will join forces on January 15th to provide a free legal clinic for low-income and homeless residents of Philadelphia as part of the annual Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service Program.

The clinic will be held in Room 200 at Martin Luther King High School, 6100 Stenton Ave., on Monday, Jan. 15, from 9 to 11:30 a.m.

Many public interest legal organizations that are members of the Delivery of Legal Services Committee will participate in this signature project, which will provide legal advice, referrals and representation for the following legal matters: public benefits, consumer law issues, elder law issues, identification, immigration law issues, homelessness, housing law and public utilities problems.

"This is the first time that our public interest legal agencies and pro bono partners will be working side by side, elbow to elbow, to help clients," said Marsha Cohen, executive director of the Homeless Advocacy Project, and co-chair of the DLSC Pro Bono Subcommittee. Attorneys from Community Legal Services, Homeless Advocacy Project, HIAS and Council Migration, Philadelphia Legal Assistance, Philadelphia VIP and SeniorLAW Center will conduct the clinic, along with volunteers from various Philadelphia law firms.

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; or Thomas Fitzpatrick at (267) 784-8655 or by e-mail at 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 for more information and to register. Space is limited.

Program on E-Discovery and New Federal Rules Jan. 18

Carl Roberts will present a program on E-Discovery and the new federal rules of civil procedure at the Jan. 18 meeting of the Law Practice Management Division's Technology Committee.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center 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.

YLD Committee Volunteer Sign-Up Night and Happy Hour

The Young Lawyers Division will hold a Happy Hour and Committee Volunteer Sign-Up Night on Thursday, Jan. 25 at the Blue Martini, 24 S. 2nd St., from 5 to 7 p.m.

The first 100 people will receive a coupon for one drink. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and drink specials will also be available. YLD leaders will be in attendance with information about volunteer opportunities on YLD committees.

Responding to Computer Network Attacks Jan. 26

The Cyberspace Committee will hear the presentation "How to Respond to Computer Network Attacks: A Legal and Practical Perspective" at its Friday, Jan. 26 meeting.

Tim Rosenberg, attorney and principal of White Wolf Security, will present an overview of the rise of distributed and "below threshold" attacks on computer networks. The meeting will be held at the new offices of Eckert, Seamans, Cherin and Mellott, LLC, Two Liberty Place, 50 S. 16th St., 22nd Floor. The entrance to the building is on the west side of 16th Street between Market and Chestnut Streets. Registration begins at 12 p.m. Please bring your lunch. Beverages will be provided.

Please RSVP by Jan. 20, 2007 to Susan Freedman at (215) 985-0257 or via e-mail at

Panelists to Offer Tips to Young Lawyers Jan. 30

A U.S. District Court judge and three top women attorneys will be panelists for the Women in the Profession Committee/Young Lawyers Division program "Things I Wish I Had Known When I Was a Young Lawyer" on Tuesday, Jan. 30.

The panelists for the program are U.S. District Court Judge Gene E.K. Pratter; Leslie Anne Miller, first woman president of the Pennsylvania Bar Association; Sunah Park, a partner at Thorp Reed & Armstrong, LLP; and Deborah Weinstein, chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association's Board of Governors.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. A complimentary lunch will be provided by the Young Lawyers Division. Attendees will also be able to meet with the panelists following the program. Click here to RSVP for the program.

Chief Judge Bartle to Offer State of Court Jan. 31

U.S. District Court Chief Judge Harvey Bartle and Clerk of Court Michael E. Kunz will present a "state of the court" program at the Wednesday, Jan. 31 meeting of the Federal Courts Committee.

The program 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.

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.

There is no charge to attend this reception, but reservations are required. To RSVP, call (215) 569-8901.

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 or or call 215-204-1887.

Temple Mock Trial Team in Search of Coach

Temple University's undergraduate Phi Alpha Delta mock trial team is looking for a coach.

Temple has been assigned to the regional competition in Easton, PA on the weekend of Feb. 16-18. The team needs a coach up until that date for this mock trial season. The team would prefer someone who is familiar with AMTA competitions, but at this point the team welcomes anyone who can help. The team currently meets at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays on Temple's campus, but this time can be adjusted if necessary. The team's greatest need is for a person who would familiarize themselves with the case so that they could be consulted on questions we have about law, strategy, courtroom procedure, etc. It would be very beneficial if that person who becomes the team coach could attend the regional competition with the team, not only to coach the team during the tournament, but to gain further experience for coming years.

Right now the position would not be a paid one, but in the very near future the team hopes to increase its funding to include a stipend for coaching. Anyone who believes they could help the team in any capacity, should contact Emily Tatro at or call her at (724) 858-7070 or contact Stephen Hyslop at or (215) 908-3913.

City Hall Security ID Application Program Expanded

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 Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. for the next several 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.

"Soul of Justice" Screening Jan. 29

The Philadelphia Chapter of the American Constitution Society, The Barristers' Association of Philadelphia and the National Lawyers Guild will host a screening of "Soul of Justice: Thelton Henderson's American Journey" on Monday, Jan. 29 at the Down Town Club, 150 S. Independence Mall West, Suite 1040, beginning at 4 p.m.

The event will also feature remarks by U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Theodore A. McKee, U.S. District Court Senior Judge Louis Pollak and "Soul of Justice" director Abby Ginzberg. A reception will follow the program. To RSVP, please call (202) 393-6181.

Job Fair for High School Students Jan. 26

Camelot Excel Academy will hold a job fair on Friday, Jan. 26 for students at the school. Many of the students are interested in careers in criminal justice, and law firms are encouraged to participate.

Camelot works with alternative students who are often very talented but who have struggled in traditional school settings. The job fair will be broken into five 30 -minute segments. Two classes, 50 students total, will be coming to the fair in each segment. Each employer will have their own table with few chairs to conduct interviews including having the student fill out a job application. The entire student body of 275 will be participating in the job fair, including the 100 seniors who will be interested in hearing about internships and ultimately full-time jobs.

The job fair will be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at Camelot, 6600 Bustleton Ave. For more information about the job fair, contact Eric Solomon at (215) 332-3101 ext 114.

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 and forward it by Jan. 12 to:
P. Karen Blackburn
516 City Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Fax: 215-686-7049

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.

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 is nearly complete.

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

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