Monday, Jan. 23, 2006
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 7, No. 4

'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.

Torsella to Discuss Philadelphia Olympic Bid Jan. 25

Joseph Torsella (left), founding CEO of the National Constitution Center, will discuss his efforts to bring the 2016 Olympics to Philadelphia at the Wednesday, Jan. 25 meeting of the Young Lawyers Division's 2020 Committee.

Torsella is a former Rhodes Scholar, founding CEO of the National Constitution Center, and former deputy mayor for policy and planning of the City of Philadelphia. He was named "Entrepreneur of the Year" for 1993 by The Philadelphia Inquirer, one of 100 "People to Watch" by Business Philadelphia, and profiled in The New York Times Business section in 1995.

The meeting begins at 12:30 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. A complimentary lunch will be served. The luncheon is free of charge. If you would like to attend this event, please RSVP to Stephanie Krzywanski at

Former Secret Service Agent to Discuss Safety, Security

Joseph J. Funk, a former U.S. Secret Service agent and senior vice president of Global Security Services, will discuss what employers can do to improve the safety and security of their employees at the Friday, Jan. 27 meeting of the Human Resources Committee.

Funk's career with the U.S. Secret Service was equally divided between criminal investigations and executive protection. Funk spent more than eight years assigned to the protection details of former Presidents Bush and Clinton. He was also assigned to the protection of numerous foreign Heads of State.

The meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. at the offices of Buchanan Ingersoll PC, 1835 Market St., 14th Floor. A continental breakfast will be served at 8:15 a.m. To RSVP or for information about the committee, contact Gina Ameci at (215) 665-3804 or e-mail

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. 30. 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.

Magistrate Judge to Discuss Role in Labor Cases

U.S. Magistrate Judge David R. Strawbridge will discuss the magistrate's role in resolving employments cases at the Tuesday, Jan. 24 meeting of the Labor and Employment Law Committee.

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. Contact Marisa Kossakowski at to RSVP for this event.

Chancellor to Address Women in Profession Jan. 31

Chancellor Alan M. Feldman will share his agenda for 2006 at the Tuesday, Jan. 31 meeting of the Women in the Profession Committee.

Amy Boss, a professor at Temple University Beasley School of Law, will also be at the meeting and will discuss the current American Bar Association project designed to try to place more women lawyers on for-profit board of directors.

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 meeting.

YLD Seeking Volunteers for Mock Trial Competition

The Young Lawyers Division is seeking volunteers to serve as scoring judges and presiding judges for the John S. Bradway Philadelphia High School Mock Trial Competition. Click here to sign up as a volunteer.

Round One of the 2006 Philadelphia Mock Trial Competition is being held at the Temple University Beasley School of Law from Jan. 30 through Feb. 4. Volunteers are needed to serve as scoring judges and presiding judges at upcoming mock trials at the Criminal Justice Center on Thursday, Feb. 16 (with trials from 4:30 - 7 p.m.), and Saturday, Feb. 18 and Feb. 25 (with trials from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and additional trials from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Click here to sign up as a volunteer.

VIP to Offer Driver's License Program Jan. 24

Philadelphia VIP will present the CLE program "Driver's License Training" on Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 12 p.m. at VIP offices, 42 S. 15th St., 4th floor.

The program, designed by Richard W. Hoy & Associates PC, trains attorneys to assist individuals attempting to regain their suspended license. This training is worth 3 substantive CLE credits in exchange for volunteering to take a case with Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program. To register, please contact Philadelphia VIP at (215) 523-9550 or email

HAP Training Program for New Volunteers Jan. 26

The Homeless Advocacy Project will present a training program for new HAP volunteers at the offices of Klehr, Harrison, Harvey, Branzburg & Ellers, LLP, 260 S. Broad St. on Thursday, Jan. 26 from 12 to 2 p.m.

This training will provide an overview of what to expect when you participate at a HAP legal clinic held at area shelters. It will also provide guidance on common areas of law for which HAP clients seek assistance, including birth certificate requests, credit cases, public benefit programs and family law cases.

To register, please contact Miranda Murray, HAP Development Director at (215) 523-9595, extension 588, or via e-mail at

AABADV Lunar New Year Banquet Feb. 10

The Asian American Bar Association of the Delaware Valley will celebrate the Year of the Dog at its Annual Lunar New Year Banquet on Friday, Feb. 10, at H.K. Golden Phoenix Restaurant, 911 Race St. in Chinatown.

Tickets are $25 for members current with their 2006 dues and their guests; $35 for non-members; $25 for students (which includes a 2006 membership); and $10 for children. The Philadelphia Suns will be on hand to perform the Lion Dance to ring in the new year. Social hour will begin at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m.

To RSVP, please make checks payable to AABADV and send no later than Feb. 3 to Catherine Siu, Esq., The Benjamin Franklin, 834 Chestnut St., Suite 206, Philadelphia, Pa. 19107.

Judge Abramson to Discuss Commerce Court ADR

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Howland W. Abramson will describe new alternative dispute resolution procedures in Commerce Court at the Monday, Feb. 13 meeting of the Business Litigation Committee.

The meeting begins at 1 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.

Women's Education, Networking Program Feb. 13

Continuing the theme of leadership development for women in the legal profession, the Pennsylvania Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession is hosting an afternoon of learning and networking for women attorneys on Monday, Feb. 13.

Join Ellen Freedman, law practice management coordinator for the Pennsylvania Bar Association, and Dr. Larry Richard, head of the leadership and organization development practice group at Hildebrandt International, for an insightful discussion of issues confronting women in the legal profession.

The first session, which runs from 2 to 3 p.m., will feature a discussion on the coping and management strategies that can make the difference between experiencing a meltdown, or achieving the superwoman status of one who manages the conflicts and demands of home and office and "has it all." The strategic use of networking opportunities will be emphasized. Get a head start by attending this unique networking opportunity.

In the second session, Dr. Richard, who practiced law for 10 years, will use the results of a personality profile test administered to female attorneys at two ends of the law firm size spectrum to illustrate issues facing women attorneys. He will be using results of personality profile testing completed on thousands of attorneys and the public over the past 15 years. Dr. Richard is recognized as the leading authority on leadership effectiveness and organizational behavior in law firms.

The program concludes with a reception where attendees can join the speakers and other women leaders from the federal and state judiciary, government, private practice, corporate legal departments, nonprofits and academia and network with women attorneys at all stages of their careers, in an informal, intimate environment where attendees can talk with leaders of the profession "up close and personal."

The program will be held at the U.S. Courthouse at Sixth and Market Streets beginning at 2 p.m. Registration begins at 1:30 p.m. The conference and reception are being sponsored by the Pennsylvania Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession and is at no cost to attendees. The reception is being co-sponsored by the Philadelphia Bar Association Women in the Profession Committee at no charge to members. Course planners are Shelley R. Goldner and Kathleen D. Wilkinson.

Please RSVP by phone or e-mail to Diann Stinney at (800) 932-0311, ext. 2280 or The deadline for registration is Jan. 31. Please provide your name, address, phone, fax and e-mail address in your RSVP.

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. Beginning April 1, the price becomes $77.95, plus tax, shipping and handling.

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.

Funding Regulations for Nonprofits Feb. 10

The Delivery of Legal Services Committee will co-sponsor the CLE program, “Overview of Fundraising Regulations and Other Hot Topics for Nonprofits” on Fridfay, Feb. 10 at PBI's CLE Conference Center, Wanamaker Building, 10th Floor, Suite 1010, from 12:30 p.m. to 3:45 p. m.

Faculty include Professors Louis J. Rulli and Dina Schlossberg, University of Pennsylvania Law School; Karl Emerson, director, Bureau of Charitable Organizations, Harrisburg; and Donald Kramer, Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP. Registration and lunch begin at 11:45 a.m. Three Substantive CLE credits are available. To register, call (800) 247-4724 or click here to register online.

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.

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.