Monday, Jan. 21, 2008
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 9, No. 6

Chief Judge Scirica to Address Committee Jan. 23

Judge Anthony J. Scirica, chief judge of the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals, will present a report from the court at the Wednesday, Jan. 23 meeting of the Federal Courts Committee.

Judge Scirica will be joined by Marcia M. Waldron, clerk of the court. 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.

Business Law Section Annual Reception Jan. 22

The Business Law Section will present its Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award to Justin P. Klein at the Section's Annual Reception on Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 5:30 p.m. at the Pyramid Club, 1735 Market St., 53rd floor. Tickets are $35 and include light dinner, cocktails and live music. Click here to purchase tickets online.

The Section will present its Committee of the Year Award to the Bankruptcy Committee. Nancy Weinman and Shelley Goldner will receive the Committee Chair of the Year Award.

Panel on Nursing Home Litigation Jan. 23

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Sandra Mazer Moss, along with Larry Silverman and Rhonda Hill Wilson, will be the panelists for a program on nursing home litigation at the Wednesday, Jan. 23 meeting of the Medical Legal Committee.

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

Panel on Career and Family Jan. 29

The Women in the Profession Committee will present the panel discussion "How To Have It All - The Career and the Family" at its Tuesday, Jan. 29 meeting.

Panelists include Jenimae Almquist of Raynes McCarty; Sharon L. Caffrey, a partner with Duane Morris LLP; Karen Detamore, executive director, Friends of Farmworkers, Inc.; and Deborah Epstein Henry, founder and president, Flex-Time Lawyers LLC. The moderators will be committee co-chairs Maria Feeley and Danielle Banks.

The meeting begins 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.

Tangled Title CLE Jan. 25

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Anne Lazarus and attorneys from Philadelphia VIP and SeniorLAW Center will present the CLE program "Probating Estates and Alternatives to Probate in Philadelphia - Homeownership Issues Training Session" on Friday, Jan. 25.

Low-income families and seniors are facing the loss of their home due to unprobated estates and tangled titles. The session will concentrate on the unique issues that low-income clients frequently encounter in obtaining title to a property. This discussion will also address how volunteer attorneys can utilize the financial assistance of the Tangled Title Fund in representing these low-income clients. It covers the legal grounds, procedures, and forms for probating an estate and, alternatively, for filing a petition in Orphans' Court for determination of title.

The program begins at 12 p.m. at the offices of Blank Rome LLP, One Logan Square. A free lunch is available and the CLE is free if you volunteer to take on a pro bono case. Contact Philadelphia VIP at (215) 523-9550, to reserve your space.

Bar Association Launches Video Podcasts

Up-close video interviews with the city's leading newsmakers are now available on the Bar Association's Web site.

The Association has crafted a new series of quick, sharp video podcasts, which complement an already extensive audio podcast lineup. The Leadership Video Podcast Series features prominent Philadelphians discussing their roles as leaders, revealing who inspired them as leaders, and outlining what kind of leadership the city needs right now.

The series kicks off with an interview with A. Michael Pratt, the Association's new Chancellor, and also features interviews with Mural Arts Program Director Jane Golden, Wireless Philadelphia CEO Greg Goldman and School Reform Commission Chairwoman Sandra Dungee Glenn.

Accessing these videos is as easy as accessing the audio podcasts: Current subscribers to the Bar Association's "Hot Interviews with Very Cool People" audio podcasts, will automatically receive these video podcasts. If you are not yet a subscriber, go the Association's Podcast homepage — and sign up.

The videos can be downloaded and viewed on a video iPod, or similar handheld device. Of course, with a simple click, Web site visitors can watch the videos directly on their computer.

Coaches, Judges Needed for Mock Trial Competition

Volunteer coaches and judges are needed for the 2008 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. 28 through March 1. 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.

YLD Seeks Nominations for Craig M. Perry Service Award

The Young Lawyers Division is accepting nominations for the Craig M. Perry Service Award. This 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.

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. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Jan. 25. All nominations should be submitted to Tracey McCloskey at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market Street, 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107 or

Justinians to Honor Pratt at Feb. 13 Luncheon

The Justinian Society will honor Chancellor A. Michael Pratt at a luncheon on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 11:30 a.m. at The Union League of Philadelphia, 140 S. Broad St.

A reception begins at 11:30 a.m. with the luncheon following at 12 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person for members of The Justinian Society and $450 for a table of 10 and $60 per person for non-members, $550 for a table of 10.

For more information or to register contact The Justinian Society at 215-545-0706 or e-mail or visit to place your reservation.

Learn Presentation Strategies at Feb. 12 CLE Program

Learn what general counsels want from law firms and how firms should approach general counsels at the 3 credit CLE seminar "How Attorneys Can Make the Perfect Presentation - From a General Counsel's Perspective" on Tuesday, Feb. 12.

Panelists for the program include Chancellor A. Michael Pratt, Kim R. Jessum, B. Christopher Lee, David Smith, Gary Deutsch, Walker Allen and Al Parker. The program will be moderated by Chuck Polin of the Training Resource Group.

The program begins at 8:30 a.m. at The Hub at The Cira Centre, 2929 Arch St., Suite 200. Registration is $219 per attendee and includes a continental breakfast. Call 215-557-2335 to register. The program is presented by The Legal Intelligencer and The Training Resource Group.

Guardianship CLE Training Feb. 8

Philadelphia VIP and the Legal Clinic for the Disabled will sponsor a guardianship training program on Friday, Feb. 8 at the offices of Ballard Spahr Andrews and Ingersoll, LLP, 1735 Market St., from 12 to 2:15 p.m.

Paul Feldman of the Law Offices of Feldman and Feldman will be the presenter. Two CLE credits in exchange for accepting a pro bono referral will be provided to each participant. This training is open to all attorneys interested in pro bono representation. For more information please contact Philadelphia VIP at 215-523-9550.

Comments Sought on Magistrate's Reappointment

The current term of the office of U.S. Magistrate Judge Linda K. Caracappa at Philadelphia, Pa., is due to expire Nov. 16. 2008. The U.S. District Court is required by law to establish a panel of citizens to consider the reappointment of the magistrate judge to a new eight-year term.

The duties of the magistrate judge position include the following: 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.

Comments from members of the bar and the public are invited as to whether the incumbent magistrate judge should be recommended by the panel for reappointment by the court and should be directed to:

Michael E. Kunz
Clerk of Court
2609 U.S. Courthouse
601 Market St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
ATTN: Human Resources Department, Magistrate Judge Reappointment
Comments must be received by March 5, 2008.

Participants Sought for Israel Exchange Program

The Philadelphia Bar Association is in the process of planning an exciting international exchange program in cooperation with the Israel Bar Association, in which local Philadelphia firms will host Israeli attorneys for a short internship (one to six months) and Philadelphia attorneys will travel to Israel for a comparable internship at an Israeli law firm. The target date for implementing the program is June 2008.

If you are interested in participating in such an internship, or in hosting one or more visiting Israeli lawyers, please send an e-mail to Bar Association Executive Director Ken Shear at, and you will be contacted by one of the members of the planning committee.

Your input will be invaluable in helping us shape the parameters of the program in a manner best calculated to meet your professional needs or those of your firm.

Don't Delay, Order The Legal Directory 2008 Today!

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Each copy of The Legal Directory 2008 comes with a free subscription to The Legal Directory Online! Online listings for both attorneys and law firms are updated year-round, making this resource an essential complement to your printed Directory. The Legal Directory Online features links to court rules, area bar associations and more! All are only a mouse-click away.

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U.S. Code Annotated, Purdons PA Statutes Available

A Philadelphia legal entity has decided to discontinue its subscriptions to United States Code Annotated and Purdons PA Statutes and is looking for someone who would be interested in taking the books at no charge and continuing the subscription in 2008 to keep the publications current.

The donor would pay for shipping of the volumes (approximately 450 books). The yearly subscription for Purdons PA Statutes is $2,000 and United States Code Annotated is $4,000. For more information, call (215) 751-5055.

How to Win Your First (or Next) Jury Trial

David Gross will remind you of the details that go into successful preparation and presentation at PBI's How to Win Your First (or next) Jury Trial. Gross brings the fun back into the trial by helping you avoid making embarrassing mistakes and helping you handle serious challenges. This 6 (substantive) CLE credit hour program will be held in Philadelphia on Friday, Jan. 25 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 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Check-in begins at 8 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. 24
Juvenile Court Practice & Procedure
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Realty Transfer Tax Update: A Philadelphia Focus
3 substantive CLE credits
12 to 3:15 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 25
How to Win Your First (or Next) Jury Trial
6 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 28
PLI - Cable TV Law
8.5 substantive, .5 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.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 as many as 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.

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