Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 10, No. 8

Court of Common Pleas E-Filing Update Feb. 4

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Esther R. Sylvester and deputy court administrator Charles Mapp will provide an update on e-filing in the Court of Common Pleas at the Wednesday, Feb. 4 meeting of the Rules and Procedure 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 $8 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

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 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, Workers' Comp Networking Event Tonight

The Young Lawyers Division and the Workers' Compensation Section invite you to a networking event tonight (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 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.

Divorce Issues for Over 50 Feb. 2

The Family Law Section will present "The Second Season: Divorce Issues for Over 50" at its Monday, Feb. 2 meeting.

Kate Vetrano will highlight issues on alimony, retirement, social security and Medicare to consider when representing clients divorcing in their 50s or older.

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.

Public Interest Career Fair Reception Feb. 5

The Greater Philadelphia Area Law School Consortium will hold a public interest/public service career fair reception on Thursday, Feb. 5, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the offices of Fox Rothschild, LLP, 2000 Market St.

Meet employers, public interest attorneys and other law students in an informal setting. Complimentary beverages and appetizers will be served. Please RSVP to by Friday, Jan. 30. For security reasons the law firm must have the names of all the attendees.

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.

Sandra Day O'Connor Award Nominees Sought

The Women in the Profession Committee is seeking nominations for the 2009 Sandra Day O'Connor Award. Deadline for nominations is Tuesday, March 17.

The award is conferred annually on a woman attorney who has demonstrated superior legal talent, achieved significant legal accomplishments and has furthered the advancement of women in both the profession and the community. The award presentation will be made during the October Quarterly Meeting.

The committee established the award in 1993 to recognize the important contributions that women attorneys in Philadelphia have made to the legal profession. That year, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor presented the first award to U.S. District Court Senior Judge Norma L. Shapiro. The award has since been presented to the late Juanita Kidd Stout, former justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court; Deborah R. Willig, first woman Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association; Professor Marina Angel, of the Temple University Beasley School of Law faculty; Third Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Dolores K. Sloviter (former Chief Judge); U.S. District Court Judge Anita B. Brody; Leslie Anne Miller, first woman president of the Pennsylvania Bar Association; Lila G. Roomberg of Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP; the late Judge Judith J. Jamison; Ellen T. Greenlee, chief defender of the Defender Association of Philadelphia; former Chancellor Audrey C. Talley; U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Marjorie O. Rendell; Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge Phyllis W. Beck; Roberta D. Pichini, Lynn A. Marks and Roberta D. Liebenberg.

Click here to download a nomination form.

Take Survey on Future of Jenkins Law Library

The Jenkins Law Library is trying to reposition itself for the future and they need your input. They have developed a survey that should take no more than 15 minutes to complete.

Feedback from as many people as possible is needed so as Library users, your input is important. Responses are needed by close of business on Friday, Jan. 30. Take the survey by clicking here.

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

LMA Program on Client Feedback and Results Feb. 19

Every law firm makes claims of excellent client service on Wwb sites, brochures and proposals, but few measure their performance against client opinions. Firms willing to invest time and resources in an effective client feedback program have a powerful tool for demonstrating their commitment to client service and delivering on it.

On Thursday, Feb. 19, the Legal Marketing Association – Metropolitan Philadelphia Chapter will host "Establishing a Client Feedback Program that Delivers Quantifiable Results" an interactive program that will provide practical tips for starting an effective client feedback program that will deliver measurable results. The speakers will be Laura A. Meherg, founder and partner, and Nancy Mangan, senior consultant and client growth specialist of The Wicker Park Group, an organization that assists firms with the development of effective client service interviews and client growth programs.

Sponsored by Kelly + Partners, Inc., the program will be held from 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. at The Union League of Philadelphia, 140 S. Broad St.. The cost of attending the event is $10 for 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

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 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). 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 Dechert LLP, 2929 Arch 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.

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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