Thursday, Jan. 25, 2007
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 8, No. 8

Chief Judge Bartle to Offer State of Court Jan. 31

U.S. District Court Chief Judge Harvey Bartle III (left) 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.

Program on Special Needs Trusts Jan. 25

The Elder Law Committee will hear a presentation on "Making Special Needs Trusts Work for your Clients" at its Thursday, Jan. 25 meeting.

The program will be presented by the McAndrews Law Group. The meeting begins at 1 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.

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 to Susan Freedman at (215) 985-0257 or via e-mail at

Update on Fair Labor Standards Act Jan. 26

Gina Ameci will provide an update on Fair Labor Standards Act issues at the Friday, Jan. 26 meeting of the Business Law Section's Human Resources Committee.

Participants will be eligible for 1 hour of substantive CLE credit for this program. The CLE portion of the meeting will run from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., and a light breakfast will be served beginning at 8:15 a.m. Please be sure to arrive on time if you will be seeking CLE credit. The meeting will be held at the offices of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, P.C., 1835 Market St., 14th Floor. Please RSVP to Sally Bolton at

Board Approves Two Resolutions, Makes Appointments

The Board of Governors has unanimously approved a resolution reaffirming the Association's commitment to the right of attorneys to represent unpopular clients. The action came at the Board's Jan. 23 meeting.

The resolution was written as a result of recent remarks by Charles D. Stimson, a U.S. deputy assistant secretary of Defense for Detainee Affairs. Stimson publicly named at least 12 law firms, including Philadelphia law firms, which are providing pro bono representation to detainees, questioned the motivation for such representation, and suggested that corporate clients reconsider continuing to retain such law firms for legal representation on their business matters.

The Board also unanimously approved a resolution from the Senior Lawyers Professional and Public Service Committee to adopt a program of assistance to lawyers.

The assistance program helps attorneys, their families, representatives and colleagues, who require assistance in the practice of the profession, due to a disability caused by medical emergency or death. The action came at the Board's Jan. 23 meeting.

The Board of Governors also approved the appointment of May Mon Post to the editorial board of the Philadelphia Lawyer magazine. The Board also approved the appointments of Michael B. Hayes, Sara Woods, Kimberly M. Dolan, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Idee C. Fox, Mark Levy, Gilbert J. Marquez, Stephen J. Kastenberg, Peter G. Rossi and Brennan J. Torregrossa to the board of directors of Philadelphia VIP.

Last Chance to Register for Trailblazers Panel Jan. 30

Seats are limited 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 (clockwise, from top left) 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, which is selling out quickly.

Dalton, Nix to Discuss Work of Police Advisory Commission

Chancellor Jane L. Dalton and Robert S. Nix will discuss the work of the Philadelphia Police Advisory Commission at the Thursday, Feb. 1 meeting of the Civil Rights Committee.

Dalton served as chair of the Police Advisory Commission from 1994-2001. Nix is the Commission's current chair. The Police Advisory Commission was established in 1993 by the executive order of Mayor Edward G. Rendell as the civilian oversight agency for the Philadelphia Police Department. The mission of the Commission is to help improve police-community relations. The Commission is authorized to conduct fact-finding investigations regarding the acts of individual police officers, general practices of the police department, as well as its customs and policies.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St.

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.

SEC Official to Discuss Regulatory Agenda Feb. 12

Andrew J. Donohue, director of the Division of Investment Management for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, will discuss current regulatory issues in the investment management industry and the current regulatory agenda of the Division of Investment Management at the Monday, Feb. 12 meeting of the Investment Companies Committee.

The program 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.

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, e-mail Carol Powers at

Public Interest Career Fair Reception Feb. 1

The Third Annual Public Interest/Public Service Career Fair Reception will be held on Thursday, Feb 1. This reception is an opportunity to meet colleagues, career planning professionals, and students from the six area law schools in an informal setting.

The reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at the offices of Duane Morris LLP, 30 S. 17th St. Complimentary beverages and heavy appetizers will be served. The event is free of charge, but RSVP information is requested. Please RSVP by Friday, Jan. 26 to Sara Woods at (610) 519-7228 or via e-mail at

CLE Seminars Available for Pro Bono Work

The SeniorLAW Center will present a CLE training program, "Representing Low-Income Tenants: Basic Training in Landlord-Tenant Practice," on Thursday, Jan. 25 from 12 to 2:30 p.m., at Blank Rome LLP, One Logan Square. This course is free in exchange for handling one SeniorLAW Center landlord tenant case on a pro bono basis and 2.5 CLE credits anticipated. Lunch will be provided. Please register by contacting Angel Recchia at 215-701-3209, or, or Jeni Wright at 215-701-3219, or

Jenkins Law Library, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, will provide a free hands-on workshop that will provide lawyers with an opportunity to explore the latest pro bono tools available through and The workshop will take place on Friday, Feb. 9 at Jenkins Law Library, 833 Chestnut St., Suite 1220, Philadelphia, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (9:45 a.m. registration), and will provide two hours of free CLE credits (1.0 hour of substantive CLE credit and 1.0 hour of ethics CLE credit). The program is limited to the first 23 registrants. Registrations must be submitted by Feb. 5. Click here to register for the program with David Trevaskis at the Pennsylvania Bar Association. For more information, please contact Trevaskis at (800) 932-0311 extension 2236.

The Education Law Center will present a CLE program on student discipline on Tuesday, Feb. 12, from 12 to 2 p.m., at the offices of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, 1701 Market St., Philadelphia. This program will cover relevant education law, as well as practical techniques in representing students in discipline hearings. Two CLE credits are anticipated. This event is free and open to all attorneys who agree to handle one pro bono case referred by the Education Law Center. To register, please contact Susannah Henderson at

The SeniorLAW Center will present the CLE program "Fighting for Senior Victims of Fraud and Exploitation" on Thursday, Feb. 15 from 12 to 3 p.m., at Blank Rome LLP, One Logan Square. This course is designed to train experienced litigators to represent elders who have been exploited or defrauded by home repair contractors, debt collectors, and other unscrupulous third parties who prey on vulnerable senior citizens. Presented by a panel of four experienced SeniorLAW Center attorneys, this course will cover a wide range of legal issues and causes of action in financial exploitation and consumer fraud, in addition to an overview of addressing the special challenges of working with older clients and those living in poverty, related ethical and capacity issues, and the work of SeniorLAW Center. This program is open to all interested attorneys and is free in exchange for handling one SeniorLAW Center case on a pro bono basis. Three (3) CLE credits are anticipated. Registration is required by no later than Feb. 12. To register, please contact Kathy Ochroch at

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.

St. Joe's Coach 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. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased online by clicking here.

Author to Address Brehon Society Jan. 29

The Brehon Law Society will hold a general meeting on Monday, Jan. 29 at 5:30 p.m. at The Plough & Stars on 2nd Street between Market and Chestnut. The featured speaker will be Prof. Allen Hornblum of Temple University who is the author of Confessions of a Second Story Man: Junior Kripplebauer and the K & A Gang.

Prof. Hornblum's book follows the gang as they move in and out of homes, courtrooms and prisons. Anyone with questions about the Brehon Law Society can contact John O'Malley at

"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.

Volunteers Sought to Compile Commerce Court Opinions

The Business Litigation Committee is looking for volunteers to work with business law students from Temple University's James E. Beasley School of Law to compile all Commerce Court opinions in an encyclopedia/treatise format. The goal of the project, now in its second year, is to create an online compilation and analysis of Commerce Court opinions by subject matter, for use by members of the bar and other interested parties.

Each pair of students, under the guidance of a lawyer-editor, collects, analyzes and summarizes the opinions relating to a given subject. The lawyer-editor then works with the students to finalize the product into a distinct "chapter." Most of the labor is performed by the students, but volunteer lawyers would have the opportunity to have impact on this work and to act as a mentor to the students. Each individual chapter involves some synthesizing and categorizing of ideas, so there will be editorial comment without the labor-intensive effort that accompanies the drafting of a scholarly treatise. Ultimately the project should be of mutual benefit to the volunteers, the students and the bar.

Two chapters already have been posted on the Bar Association Web site, addressing arbitration issues and restrictive covenants. Click here to find those chapters under the heading "Commerce Case Management Program Opinion Project."

If you are interested in being a part of this project, please contact Lee Applebaum at (215) 893-8702 or

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.

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