Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 10, No. 6

Candidates for Treasurer Sought

The Philadelphia Bar Association is seeking candidates to fill the position of Treasurer, following the resignation of Jeffrey M. Lindy.

Expression of interest for the position will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 27, in advance of the Thursday, Jan. 29 Board of Governors meeting. If there is a contest for any position, candidates will be given the opportunity to briefly address the full Board of Governors and a vote by secret ballot will follow. Mr. Lindy resigned to run for elective office in Montgomery County.

According to Section 215G of the Association's bylaws, any vacancy in the office of Secretary, Treasurer, Assistant Secretary or Assistant Treasurer, or of an elected member of the Board, shall be filled by appointment of the Board, to serve until the next Annual Meeting and until a successor is qualified. If the Assistant Treasurer is elected to the position, or a current Board member is elected to either the Treasurer's position or that of Assistant Treasurer, that vacated position will be filled.

Individuals can send a letter or e-mail with a brief resume to Ken Shear, executive director of the Association at For more information, contact Staff Counsel Brian K. Sims at (215) 238-6353 or via e-mail at

False Claims Act Roundup Today

David Laigaie will present a roundup on the False Claims Act at today's (Thursday, Jan. 22) meeting of the Health Care Law Committee.

Last year, the Department of Justice collected more than $1.35 billion in FCA cases, more than $1 billion of which came from health care providers and suppliers. In theory, health care lawyers should spend hours keeping abreast of the ever changing False Claims Act, its daily court interpretations, shifts in DoJ and HHS enforcement strategies and proposed Congressional amendments. In practice, who has the time? In this presentation, Laigaie will describe current trends in FCA enforcement, discuss recent notable FCA decisions and explain proposed legislative changes to the law. Thus, in the time it takes to eat lunch, attendees will come up to speed on this critical topic.

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.

OCIE's Gene Gohlke to Speak Jan. 23

Gene A. Gohlke, associate director of the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, will be the guest speaker at the Friday, Jan. 23 meeting of the Investment Companies 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 $8.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Securities Regulation Lunchtime CLE Jan. 27

The Securities Regulation Committee of the Business Law Section will host the lunchtime CLE "Securities Liability in Turbulent Times: Practical Responses to a Changing Landscape" on Tuesday, Jan. 27.

This program will address the following topics: New Liability Developments: Targets and Theories; Director and Officer Liability Coverage Issues; Best Practices for Corporate Governance and Disclosure; and The Future Face of Securities Regulation. Panelists include Jeffrey A. Dailey, Graham R. Laub, H. Marc Tepper and Andrew L. Zivitz. The program will be moderated by Richard A. Levan.

The program will be held at the CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, 13th and Market streets. Please use the Juniper Street entrance. Lunch and registration begin at 12 p.m.

The program has been approved for 1.5 substantive CLE credits. Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay a fee of $48.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years, and $43.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. Interested parties not seeking CLE credit may attend and purchase lunch for the fee of $8.50. If you wish to register in advance please visit or call PBI Customer Service at 1-800-932-4637.

Criminal Justice Section to Meet Jan. 27

The Criminal Justice Section will hold its monthly meeting prior to the New Pennsylvania Sentencing Laws CLE program on Tuesday, Jan. 27. The meeting will be held at PBI's CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, 13th and Juniper Streets. The meeting will begin at 11:45 a.m.

You may attend the Section meeting only and purchase lunch for a fee of $10.50. If registering for the CLE program, lunch is included in the tuition price. Course materials will only be provided to those who register for the CLE program. PBI registration staff will direct you to the course/meeting room upon arrival. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Building, Maintaining Relationships Jan. 27

The Women in the Profession Committee will discuss building, maintaining and managing corporate counsel relationships in the current economy at its Tuesday, Jan. 27 meeting.

The goal of this strategic planning session is to develop a corporate counsel panel in an upcoming meeting to discuss and respond to the issues, questions, and suggestions that flow from our strategic planning session.

Attendees will introduce themselves at the beginning of the meeting so members can become resources for one another. Committee meeting are an opportunity to meet other women attorneys, share ideas, problems and solutions and build your business contacts.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program. For information about the Committee, please contact Committee Co-Chairs Danielle Banks at or Kimberly Ruch-Alegant at

Business Law Section Annual Reception Jan. 27

Stephen M. Goodman, a partner with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, will receive the Business Law Section's Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award at the Section's Annual Reception on Tuesday, Jan. 27.

The Section established the award in recognition of Dennis 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 Comisky & McCauley when he died in March 1994. He was a former chair of the Business Law Section.

The Section will honor Marc J. Zucker of the Business Litigation Committee as Committee Chair of the Year at the event, while the Bankruptcy Committee will be recognized as the Section's Committee of the Year.

The Annual Reception will be held at the Pyramid Club, 1735 Market St., 52nd floor, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased online by clicking here.

Coaches, Judges Needed for Mock Trial Competition

Volunteer coaches and judges are needed for the 2009 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. 26 through Feb. 28. 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 Networking Event Jan. 29

The Young Lawyers Division and the Workers' Compensation Section invite you to a networking event on Thursday, Jan. 29 at the Field House, 1150 Filbert St., beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Come meet new people and expand your contacts. The first 50 people to arrive will receive drink tickets. The event will also feature $3 draft beer, $4 house wine and $5 Absolut mixed drinks. Light appetizers also will be available. The event is sponsored by Delaware Valley Financial Group and Daniel P. Foley, Financial Advisor.

Emergency Preparedness Workshop Jan. 30

The Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management, the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Center City District will present the free workshop "Emergency Preparedness for Philadelphia Businesses" on Friday, Jan. 30.

The program will be held in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. A continental breakfast will be provided.

The Office of Emergency Management will present a program on business continuity planning. Registration is required. To RSVP, e-mail by Jan. 28.
For more information, visit or call 1-877-READY-11

Informal Admonition Re-enactment CLE Feb. 10

Barbara S. Rosenberg and Paul J. Kazaras will present the CLE program "A Re-enactment of an Informal Admonition" at the Tuesday, Feb. 10 meeting of the Professional Responsibility Committee.

Barbara S. Rosenberg, a former assistant disciplinary counsel for the Disciplinary Board of Pennsylvania and current Co-Chair of the Professional Responsibility Committee will lead both a discussion of the facts and circumstances that have resulted in an attorney receiving an informal admonition (facts and the rule violations involved) and will also participate with Kazaras and other Committee members in a re-enactment of the rendering of an informal admonition.

The program has been approved for 1 ethics 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 is available for an additional $8. Click here to purchase lunch for this program.

February is Lawyers Month at Morton's

Located at 1411 Walnut St. in Center City, Morton's hosts "Lawyers Month at Morton's" in February in partnership with the Philadelphia Bar Foundation.

Throughout the month of February, Morton's is donating to the Philadelphia Bar Foundation a portion of sales from diners who mention the Philadelphia Bar Foundation or the Philadelphia Bar Association. Do a good deed while you dine!

Get Admitted to U.S. Supreme Court May 4

The Philadelphia Bar Association will move up to 50 of our members for admission to the Bar of the United States Supreme Court on Monday, May 4. The admission ceremony will be made to the full court sitting in Washington, D.C.

The court's requirements for a group admission ceremony are very rigid. To review these requirements and to download the forms for admission please visit the Supreme Court's web site at Select the Bar Admissions tab on the left-hand side and this will bring you to the link for the Bar Admissions Form and Bar Admissions Instructions. Please read the instructions carefully. Once you have determined that you are eligible for admission, please print out and complete the Admission Form. The instructions and guidelines are very specific and must be followed scrupulously. Do not fold the application or use staples. Use paper clips only.

Once you have successfully completed the Admission Form, please mail it along with a check for $200 made payable to the Philadelphia Bar Association to: Dawn Petit, 1101 Market Street, 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107. Do not send the application directly to the Supreme Court.

The event will be on a first-come, first-served basis and all applications must be received by 5 p.m. on Monday, March 16, 2009.

If you have any questions regarding this event, please do not hesitate to contact Dawn Petit at 215-238-6367 or

Public Interest Training Sessions Set

Philadelphia VIP and the Pennsylvania Farmworker Project of Philadelphia Legal Assistance are seeking volunteers to assist low-income clients with preparing their annual tax returns at the Low Income Taxpayer Clinics, which will be held in February and April 2009. New volunteers may attend one of three free training seminars prior to working at the tax clinic, which will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 27 (6 - 9:30 p.m.), Thursday, Jan. 29 (6 - 9:30 p.m.), and Saturday, Jan. 31 (1 - 4:30 p.m.), at Philadelphia VIP, 42 S. 15th St., 4th Floor. The Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic is an initiative to educate local migrant workers on their rights as taxpayers and involve area law students and legal professionals with public interest legal work. The clinic sessions are held on Saturdays throughout the tax season, from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., in Kennett Square, Pa. (transportation to and from the clinics is available and free breakfast and lunch provided). Volunteers who have worked with the clinic in years past may attend a refresher training course on Wednesday, Jan. 21 from 5:30 to 7:45 p.m. at the offices of Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP, 1735 Market St., 51st floor. To RSVP for one of the training programs, please contact Andrew Keating at or call 215-523-9563.

The Education Law Center will present the CLE program "Education Law: School Discipline" on Friday, Feb. 6 from 12 to 2 p.m. at Dechert LLP, 2929 Arch St. Two free CLE credits are available in exchange for handling a pro bono case referred by ELC. To register, contact Carol O'Brien at 215-994-2181 or by e-mail at

The Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center will present the pro bono CLE training program, "Afraid to Return: Applying for Fear-Based Relief in Immigration Court," on Tuesday, Feb. 10, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Gibbel Kraybill & Hess LLP, 41 E. Orange St., Lancaster, Pa. This program is free in exchange for taking a pro bono case referred by PIRC in 2009, and anticipates providing 3 CLE credits (attorneys applying for CLE credit will have to pay $4.50 charge for CLE application). Space is limited and pre-registration is required. To register, please contact Maria McCollum at 717-600-8099, ext. 206, or

Philadelphia VIP and the SeniorLAW Center will present a pro bono CLE training program on custody, on Friday, Feb. 13, from 12 to 2:15 p.m., at Fox Rothschild LLP, 2000 Market St., 10th Floor. Two CLE credits will be provided in exchange for handling a pro bono case referred by VIP. To register, please call VIP at 215-523-9550.

Philadelphia VIP will present a pro bono CLE training program on quiet title on Friday, March 6, from 12 to 2:15 p.m., at Reed Smith, 2500 One Liberty Place, 1650 Market St. Two CLE credits will be provided in exchange for handling a pro bono case referred by VIP. To register, please call VIP at 215-523-9550.

Philadelphia VIP will present a pro bono CLE training program on divorce on Friday, April 3, from 12 to 2:15 p.m., at Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel, One Penn Center, 19th Floor, 1617 JFK Blvd.. Two CLE credits will be provided in exchange for handling a pro bono case referred by VIP. To register, please call VIP at 215-523-9550.

LMA Business Development Seminar Jan. 22

The Legal Marketing Association – Metropolitan Philadelphia Chapter is ready to ring in the New Year by offering opportunities for law firms to strengthen their business development efforts and to attend a professional networking event that's sure to "bowl" them over.

As economic conditions change, lawyers need to re-evaluate their business plans. The best business plans not only target a promising niche, but also identify efficient tactics to make the best use of lawyers' limited marketing time, to build relationships, and to improve follow-up.

On Thursday, Jan. 22, the LMA will host "Eight Steps to a Better Business Plan," a one-hour workshop that will provide practical tips and tools to help lawyers develop and implement better business plans by focusing on eight steps. Each participant will also receive "The LegalBizDev Guide to Business Plans," a .pdf file including sample formats for typical plans and detailed advice to maximize results.

The program speaker will be Jim Hassett, founder of LegalBizDev, a company that helps lawyers to develop new business more quickly by applying best practices from other law firms and from other professions. With 20 years of experience as a sales trainer and consultant to companies from American Express to Zurich Financial Services, Jim has published seven books (including Legal Business Development: A Step-by-Step Guide and The LegalBizDev Desk Reference™) and more than 70 articles in publications ranging from The New York Times Magazine to Law Firm Inc. and Strategies: The Journal of Legal Marketing. He speaks frequently at law firms, and at professional meetings, including the Massachusetts Bar, and the New York, New England, Southeastern and Vancouver chapters of the Legal Marketing Association. He has a Ph.D. from Harvard University and is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychology at Boston University. His blog Legal Business Development was selected by TechnoLawyer as one of "the most influential legal blogs."

The event, sponsored by Bresner Studios, will be held from 12 to 1:30 p.m. at Table 31 at Comcast Center, 1701 JFK Blvd. The cost is $10 for full members of the LMA and $25 for non-members. If you are interested in attending, please contact Shellee E. Buchanan, Esq. at (215) 864-8755, or, or register online at

Can you spare some time on Thursday, Jan. 29? If so, come mix and mingle with your LMA-MPC colleagues at the 2nd Annual "Let the Good Times Bowl!" Winter Social. Enjoy delicious food and an open wine and beer bar and compete in team bowling, where trophies will be awarded in three fun categories – Highest Overall Score, Most Strikes and Most Gutter Balls. Billiards will also be available for those choosing not to participate in bowling. A raffle will be held where two lucky winners will each walk away with a prize generously donated by NextLevel Promotions. Winners must be present to win.

The event will be held at Lucky Strikes Lanes & Lounge, 1336 Chestnut St., from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 for full members of the LMA and $50 for non-members. If you are interested in attending, please contact Crystal Garcia at (215) 910-0679 or register online at Please be advised that bowling is limited to 30 people and teams will be organized prior to the event.

APABA-PA Lunar Banquet Jan. 23

The Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania will celebrate the Year of the Ox at its 2009 Lunar New Year Banquet on Friday, Jan. 23 at Ocean Harbor Restaurant, 1023 Race St., beginning at 6 p.m.

In addition to a dinner including several courses of meat, seafood and vegetarian dishes, the banquet will also feature a traditional Lion Dance performance by the Philadelphia Suns and a live band.

Tickets are $30 for government/public interest 2009 paid members; $40 for all other 2009 paid members; $50 for non-members; $15 for children; $30 for law student members of an APALSA; and $400 per table. For questions, contact To purchase tickets in advance online (for a nominal surcharge) visit

Judges Needed for High School Moot Court Competition

Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law and University of Pennsylvania Law School are sponsoring the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project's High School Moot Court competition.

Through this project, Drexel and Penn Law students go out to Philadelphia public high schools and teach the high school students about their rights and responsibilities under the Constitution. One of the highlights of the project is a constitutional law moot court competition for the high school students. This year, the problem revolves around a First Amendment issue regarding students' free speech rights in schools.

The Philadelphia competition will be held Jan. 30 at Penn Law School. The eight winners of that competition will compete in a national competition which will be held at Drexel and Penn Law during the weekend of March 21.

Judges are needed for the preliminary rounds on Jan. 30 from 8:30 to 11:15 a.m. If you are available to judge during that session, please contact Gwen Roseman Stern at

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