Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 9, No. 9

Chernekoff on Effective Communication Feb. 5

Former television news anchor Jill Chernekoff, CEO of Chernekoff Communications, will present "Effective Communication for Winning In and Out of the Courtroom" at a Tuesday, Feb. 5 associate training session presented by the Law Practice Management Division and the Philadelphia Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators.

She will discuss communication excellence, including obstacles to good communication and developing clear and assertive communication skills as well as communicating powerfully and persuasively to increase your chances of winning.

The program begins at 8 a.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Admission is $25. Click here to register for this program.

International Law Meeting Today

The International Law Committee will hold an organizational and planning meeting today (Thursday, Jan. 31) at 12 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association, headquarters.

The purpose of the meeting will be to convey the new Chancellor's direction in how to make the work of the committees more productive; to seek input from the members on priorities for the year; to provide an overview of speakers and objectives, and to discuss plans for the 2008 reception for the international LLMs.

Lunch is available for $7.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Elder Law Committee on Guardianships Today

Anne Maxwell will lead an interactive session designed to answer basic and complicated questions about how to be effective in the guardian role at today's (Thursday, Jan. 31) meeting of the Elder Law Committee.

The meeting begins at 1 p.m. in the 11th floor Committee Room South 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.

Public Interest Career Fair and Reception Tonight

Greater Philadelphia Area Law School Consortium will hold a Public Interest/Public Service Career Fair and Reception tonight (Thursday, Jan. 31) from 5 to 7 p.m. at the offices of Dechert LLP at the Cira Center, 2929 Arch St.

Public interest and government agencies, law students and career services professionals from the greater Philadelphia area law schools will be in attendance for this complimentary reception celebrating public service.

For more information, contact Elizabeth Dunn at (610) 519-7228.

Workers' Compensation CLE Program Feb. 1

The Workers' Compensation Section will present the lunchtime CLE program "Vocational Regulations and Ethical Requirements" on Friday, Feb. 1.

Panelists including Judge Scott Olin, William C. Ford and David G. Greene will provide an overview of the new vocational requirements on vocational development and labor market surveys; as well as the impact of the new vocational requirements and what it takes to successfully litigate/defend a petition based upon a labor market survey.

The program has been approved for 1 substantive 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 will be available for an additional fee of $7.50 per person. Click here to purchase lunch for this program.

AABADV Lunar Banquet Feb. 1

The Asian American Bar Association of the Delaware Valley will celebrate the Chinese New Year with its Lunar New Year Banquet on Friday, Feb. 1 beginning at 6 p.m. at HK Phoenix Garden, 911 Race St.

In addition to a 10-course meal, the banquet will also feature a traditional Lion Dance performance by the Philadelphia Suns.

For more information about becoming a member or purchasing tickets for the banquet, please visit the AABADV Web site at

Family Law Section Panel Program Feb. 4

The Family Law Section will present "Grandparents, Relocation, Paternity, In Loco Parentis and Procedure" at its Monday, Feb. 4 meeting.

Panelists for the program are Michael E. Bertin, Elaine Smith, Samantha Evian, Susan Pearlstein and John A. Zurzola.

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.

Discovery Module for Civil E-Filing Feb. 6

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Esther R. Sylvester will discuss creation of the discovery module for civil e-filing at the Wednesday, Feb. 6 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 $7.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

PHCQA's Muther to Speak Feb. 7

Erik Muther, executive director of the Pennsylvania Health Care Quality Alliance, will be the guest speaker at the Thursday, Feb. 7 meeting of the Health Care Law Committee.

Muther will discuss PHCQA's effort to develop and launch a Web site that will compile all publicly available hospital quality and outcome data and make that information available to consumers. The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th Floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

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.

SEC Official on Regulatory Issues Feb. 11

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 at the Monday, Feb. 11 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 who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

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.

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.

Gibbons on Guantanamo Litigation Feb. 13

John J. Gibbons will talk about his litigation efforts on behalf of Guantanamo Bay detainees, Including his oral argument before the U.S. Supreme Court, at the Wednesday, Feb. 13 meeting of the Appellate Courts 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. Click here to RSVP for this program, which is co-sponsored by the Third Circuit Bar Association.

Mergers and Acquisitions Meeting Feb. 20

Barbara L. Elias and Mark G. McCreary will discuss virtual data rooms and using the Internet for due diligence at the Wednesday, Feb. 20 meeting of the Mergers and Acquisitions Committee.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. at the offices of Fox Rothschild LLP, 2000 Market St., 10th Floor. Lunch will be included at the meeting, courtesy of the Business Law Section. To RSVP, contact Curtis L. Golkow at or call (215) 299-2747.

Support Center Cosmos and Cosmetics Feb. 13

The Support Center for Child Advocates will hold a Valentine's Eve celebration "Cosmos and Cosmetics" on Wednesday, Feb. 13 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Saks Fifth Avenue, 2 Bala Plaza in Bala Cynwyd.

The evening will feature complimentary makeovers and light fare. A minimum donation of $50 is requested. To register online, visit

Getting to Know City's African-American Media Feb. 25

The Bar-News Media Committee will present "Getting to Know Philadelphia's African-American Media" on Monday, Feb. 25.

Panelists include Bobbi Booker, Philadelphia-based journalist, radio personality and blogger; Michael Days, Philadelphia Daily News; Harold Jackson, editorial page editor, The Philadelphia Inquirer; Sheinelle Jones, news anchor, Fox29 Good Day Philadelphia; Karin Phillips, community affairs reporter, KYW Newsradio 1060; Rhonda Hill Wilson, co-host, "The Morning Team," WURD 900 AM; and Lehronda Upshur, news anchor and public affairs director, Power 99, Q102 and My 106.1 FM.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center 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.

Mayor Nutter to Speak at March 17 Quarterly Meeting

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter will deliver the keynote address at the Association's Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon on Monday, March 17.

Nutter was sworn in as the 98th mayor of Philadelphia on Jan. 7. He is a native Philadelphian with an accomplished career in public service, business and financial administration. He served as a Philadelphia City Councilman for nearly 15 years representing the city's Fourth District encompassing the communities of Wynnefield, Overbrook, Roxborough, Manayunk, East Falls, Mt. Airy and parts of North and West Philadelphia.

The March Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon will be held at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. Tickets are available online at

Immediate-Past Chancellor Jane L. Dalton will be honored at the event. Dalton will be presented with a gold box, an exact replica of the one presented to Andrew Hamilton for his defense of John Peter Zenger in 1735. The gold box is presented annually to the immediate-past Chancellor and is inscribed with the message "acquired not by money, but by character."

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 competition takes place 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.

Copyright Society to Host Google's Patry March 11

William Patry, senior copyright counsel of Google Inc. and author of Patry on Copyright, will be speaking on "The Rhetoric of the Copyright Debates: The Use of Metaphors, Moral Panics, and Folk Devils in the Great Copyright Wars" will be the guest speaker at the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. Philadelphia Chapter meeting on Tuesday, March 11.

The program will be held at the offices of Woodcock Washburn LLP, 2929 Arch St., on the 12th floor of the Cira Centre beginning at 11:45 a.m. Admission is $10 for Society members and $15 for non-members. Please make payments at the door to The Copyright Society of the U.S.A., Philadelphia Chapter. Click here for more information.

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.

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.

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