Monday, Feb. 4, 2008
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 9, No. 10

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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.

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.

Probate and Trust Section Tax Committee to Meet Feb. 5

The Tax Committee of the Probate and Trust Law Section will discuss Heckerling, the Supreme Court decision in Rudkin and other recent developments at its Tuesday, Feb. 5 meeting.

The meeting will be held at the offices of Pelino & Lentz, P.C., One Liberty Place, 1650 Market St., 32nd floor. Photo identification is needed to enter the building. To RSVP, contact Committee Chair Roberta Barsotti at

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.

IP Committee Inaugural Session Feb. 6

The new Intellectual Property Committee will hold its first meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 6 to discuss programming and subcommittees.

The meeting begins at 12 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.

For more information about the Intellectual Property Committee, contact co-chairs Michael Berkowitz at or Kim Jessum at

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.

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

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.

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 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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Estate Planning in Death and Taxes on Feb. 7

Learn inventive planning techniques that will help save money for your clients at PBI's Death and Taxes. This is a great program for newer estates practitioners or anyone who could use a basic refresher course. This 6 (5 substantive/1 ethics) CLE credit hour program will be held in Philadelphia on Friday, Feb. 7, at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Juniper Street entrance (between 13th and Broad streets, opposite City Hall), from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. For additional information, or to register, click here.

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, Feb. 5
Representing a Buyer or Seller of Residential Property
3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits (Must attend entire program to receive ethics credit)
8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 7
Death and Taxes
5 substantive,1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 13
Immigration Through Film
3 substantive CLE credits
12 to 3:15 p.m.

Workplace Investigations of Sexual Harassment Claims
2 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits (Must attend entire program to receive ethics credit)
12:30 to 3:45 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 14
Contempt of Court: A Lesson in Legal History
3 substantive,1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.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.

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