Monday, Feb. 5, 2007
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 8, No. 11

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.

Oscar-Winner Dreyfuss to Speak at March 26 Quarterly

Oscar-winning actor and social activist Richard Dreyfuss will be the keynote speaker at the Association's March 26 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue. Tickets are $50 for Bar Association members and can be purchased online by clicking here.

Dreyfuss won the Academy Award for best actor in 1977 for his performance in "The Goodbye Girl." He was nominated for Best Actor in 1996 for his role in "Mr. Holland's Opus." He has appeared in dozens of films, including Stephen Spielberg classics "Jaws" and "Close Encounters of the Third Kind." Three of his films were recently included in the American Film Institute’s list of the greatest 100 films.

"I am delighted that Richard Dreyfuss will be our speaker at the March Quarterly," said Chancellor Jane L. Dalton. "Although probably best known as a talented actor, Mr. Dreyfuss has been a longtime political activist. He is on the board of the National Constitution Center here in Philadelphia and has been studying the teaching of civics at Oxford University in England," she said.

"Mr. Dreyfuss speaks passionately and eloquently about the importance of an enlightened populace that understands the need for reason, logic, clarity, dissent, civility and debate. He urges that we educate our children to understand the important and unique ideals of the American republic, including the principals of freedom of thought, freedom of association and the personal responsibility of all citizens for their government," Dalton said.

Immediate-Past Chancellor Alan M. Feldman will be honored at the event. Feldman 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."

Update and Improve Property Settlement Provisions Feb. 5

Robert D. Feder will discuss ways to update and improve your property settlement provisions on retirement benefits at the Monday, Feb. 5 meeting of the Family Law Section.

Feder, of Schnader, Harrison, Segal & Lewis, LLP, is an editor and contributing author of Valuation Strategies in Divorce Valuing Specific Assets in Divorce. 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.

Rules and Procedure Committee to Get Updates

Dennis Brennan of the Dispute Resolution Center and Stanley Tompson of the Complex Litigation Center will be the guest speakers at the Wednesday, Feb. 7 meeting of the Rules and Procedure Committee.

Brennan will speak on new procedures for judge pro tem conferences; steps litigators and JTPs can take to make the process more effective; and the ongoing need for more JTPs and what the Committee can do to help. Tompson will speak on current issues at the Complex Litigation Center. Both speakers will address the new ID cards and security procedures at City Hall.

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. Click here to RSVP for this program.

PR Paradigm for Lawyers Feb. 8

Gina Rubel, president of Furia Rubel Communications, Inc. will present "The PR Paradigm for Lawyers" at the Thursday, Feb. 8 meeting of the Solo and Small Firm 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 $7.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

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

Minority Lawyers Roundtable Discussion Feb. 22

The Minorities in the Profession Committee will hold a roundtable discussion program on Thursday, Feb. 22 to outline goals, obstacles and issues for 2007.

Joining the discussion will be Reetu Dandora, president of the South Asian Bar Association; David Garnes, president of the Barristers' Association of Philadelphia; Maria Gonzalez-Calvet, president of the Hispanic Bar Association; and Grace Manno, president of the Asian American Bar Association of the Delaware Valley.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. There is no cost for lunch but an RSVP is requested. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Mediation Director to Address ADR Committee Feb. 26

P. Douglas Sisk, director of the Pennsylvania Superior Court Mediation Program, will be the featured speaker at the Monday, Feb. 26 meeting of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee.

The Superior Court has established an appellate mediation program to provide litigants with a prompt, effective, alternative means of creatively resolving disputes. The program is up and running and initially applies to civil appeals from the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The mediation process will occur on a fast-track basis during the pre-briefing stage of appeal.

With the implementation of this program, the Superior Court joins numerous federal and state courts that have adopted mediation programs as successful tools for case management. Sisk is an experienced attorney with extensive appellate and mediation experience and developed a similar program for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. As the program director, Sisk will select and mediate Eastern District appeals that are appropriate for alternate dispute resolution. Find out how to take advantage of this new program and how it operates.

The meeting begins at 12:15 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.

Client Development Workshop Feb. 28

Chuck Polin of The Training Resource Group will present a rainmaking workshop for attorneys looking to improve their client development skills on Wednesday, Feb. 28.

Polin will present an overview of a consultative approach to client development at the program, which will be held from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St.

To RSVP for this program, call The Training Resource Group at (215) 320-4652 or e-mail

Judicial Tips for Effective Advocacy Feb. 27

U.S. District Court Judge Cynthia Rufe will be among the panelists for the Women in the Profession Committee program Judicial Tips for Effective Advocacy on Tuesday, Feb. 27.

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.

Marutani Fellowship Applications Being Accepted

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation is now accepting applications from Asian-American first-year law students for the Judge William Marutani Fellowship.

The Fellowship was established by the Asian American Bar Association of the Delaware Valley in conjunction with the Philadelphia Bar Foundation to honor the legacy of Judge Marutani, a distinguished member of the judiciary who served the Asian-American community and the community at large for many years.

The Fellowship recipient will receive a stipend not to exceed $5,000 (depending on sources of funding other than the Marutani Fellowship) for full-time summer employment (of at least 10 weeks) with federal, state or municipal government offices/agencies (including the judiciary) or non-profit/public interest organizations in the greater Philadelphia area. The Fellowship is available to Asian American first-year law students attending Dickinson School of Law, Rutgers-Camden University School of Law, Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law, University of Pennsylvania School of Law, Villanova University School of Law, Drexel University College of Law and Widener University School of Law.

Click here for copies of the application form and eligibility guidelines. Applications must be postmarked by Feb. 28 or received at the Philadelphia Bar Foundation Office (1101 Market St., Philadelphia PA 19107) by 5 p.m. on that date.

Women's Networking Event Feb. 22

The Women in the Profession Committee will cosponsor a reception following the Pennsylvania Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession Mid-Year Event on Thursday, Feb. 22

"Networking For Women Lawyers, by Women Lawyers" begins at 5 p.m. at The CLE Learning Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, between 13th and Juniper streets, opposite City Hall. The program begins with a panel discussion with Cathy Fleming, president of the National Association of Women Lawyers; Robyn Pollack, chair of the women's networking arm of the Philadelphia Chapter of TMA; Sherry Lowe; Alison Stein, founder and current board chair of the Younger Women's Task Force; and Deborah Epstein Henry, event moderator and Founder and President of Flex-Time Lawyers LLC.

The reception begins at 6:30 p.m. There is no charge for this event. Registration is on a first come, first serve basis. Registration is limited to 125. Registrations will not be accepted by phone. Click here to print out a registration form.

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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WHYY 91FM Seeks Phone Drive Volunteers

WHYY's 91FM on-air membership drive runs through Friday, Feb. 9. They are looking for volunteers to commit to a two-to three-hour shift on the phones in these time slots. Volunteers can determine their beginning and ending times:

Monday, Feb. 5, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.; Tuesday, Feb. 6, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 3 - 8 p.m.; Wed. Feb. 7, 6 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 3 - 8 p.m.; Thursday, Feb. 8, 6 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 3 - 8 p.m.; Friday, Feb. 9, 12 - 3 p.m.

Each volunteer will enter data using a headphone and computer. To volunteer, contact Sandra W. Chatfield, WHYY Community Relations Manager at (215) 351-1261 or by e-mail at

Retirement Luncheon for Judges Rapoport, Angell, Smith

The Historical Society and the judges of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania will host a retirement luncheon in honor of Judges Arnold C. Rapoport, M. Faith Angell and Charles B. Smith on Thursday, Feb. 15.

The luncheon will be held at The Downtown Club, 6th and Chestnut Streets, beginning at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 per person and should be made payable to:
Historical Society of the U.S. District Court; P.O. Box 53357, Philadelphia, PA 19105. The favor of your response is requested by Feb. 12.

AABADV Lunar New Year Banquet Feb. 23

The Asian American Bar Association of the Delaware Valley will hold its Lunar New Year Banquet, celebrating the Chinese New Year, on Friday, Feb. 23 beginning at 5 p.m. at H.K. Golden Phoenix Restaurant, 911 Race St.

In addition to a dinner including several courses of meat, seafood and vegetarian dishes, the banquet will also feature a traditional Lion Dance performance by the Philadelphia Suns.

Tickets for the banquet are $30 for members who are current with their dues by the time of the banquet; $35 for non-members; $10 for children; and $15 for law students APALSA members.

To RSVP, contact Catherine P.Y. Siu, The Benjamin Franklin, 834 Chestnut St., Suite 206, Philadelphia, PA 19107. Make checks payable to AABADV. Click here for additional information.

CLE Seminars Available for Pro Bono Work

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. For more information, please contact David Trevaskis at (800) 932-0311 extension 2236.

The Education Law Center will present a CLE program on student discipline on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 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

Saving the Assets of an Individual Entering a Nursing Home

Join us for the current information you will need and an in-depth look at the critical issues relating to reviewing your clients' financial picture with an eye to saving their assets at PBI's Saving the Assets of an Individual Entering a Nursing Home After the Deficit Reduction Act. This 2 substantive/1 ethics credit hour program will be held in Philadelphia on Wednesday, 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 12:30 p.m. You must attend the entire program to receive the ethics credit. Registration 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. 6
The Nuts and Bolts of Appellate Advocacy
3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits (Must attend entire program to receive the ethics credit)
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 7
Saving the Assets of an Individual Entering a Nursing Home After the Deficit Reduction Act of 2006
2 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits (Must attend entire program to receive the ethics credit)
9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 13
Your First Divorce Case
6 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 16
Trial Evidence: Artistry & Advocacy in the Courtroom
6 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4 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.

Earn as many as 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.

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