Feb. 17, 2011
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 12, No. 14

Bar Association Academy at African American Museum

The Philadelphia Bar Association Academy will present a behind-the-scenes tour of the African American Museum in Philadelphia on Wednesday, March 2.

Join us for an exclusive, after-hours tour as we celebrate the 35th anniversary of The African American Museum in Philadelphia - the first institution built by a major United States city to house and interpret the life and work of African Americans. At this unique wine-and-cheese event, you'll experience the richness and vibrancy of African American heritage and culture in four magnificent exhibition galleries filled with exciting history and fascinating art. The 35th anniversary celebration recently kicked off with an impactful new exhibition, "Patience to Raise the Sun: Art Quilts from Haiti & Their Power to Change Women's Lives." This powerful exhibition showcases a collection of 22 original art quilts and the unique collaboration that led to their creation.

The event, co-sponsored by the Diversity in the Profession Committee, will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at The African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch St. The cost is $20 per person. The event is open to members of the Philadelphia Bar Association only. To register, click here or visit Registration is limited and required in advance.

The Philadelphia Bar Association Academy provides civic and cultural educational experiences that allow for enhanced business development opportunities to members of the Philadelphia Bar Association. Academy programs provide a unique entry to the city's most vibrant institutions and leaders, offering Association members behind-the-scenes access to these institutions in a manner designed to benefit all participants.

Sotomayor to Receive Diversity Honor; Event Sold Out

U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor will be presented with the Philadelphia Bar Association's newly renamed Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award at the Friday, March 11 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon. Registration is closed for this event. Please contact Tracey McCloskey at 215-238-6360 or if you would like to be placed on the waitlist for a seat.

The change of the award's name, formerly known as the Chancellor's Diversity Award, "will add immeasurably to the prestige of the award and the incentive it will provide to make real progress throughout our legal community," Chancellor Rudolph Garcia said.

Justice Sotomayor was nominated to the Supreme Court by President Obama on May 26, 2009 and was sworn in to the nation's highest court on Aug. 8, 2009. The Bronx, N.Y. native and Yale Law School graduate was an assistant district attorney in New York City from 1979 to 1984. She worked in private practice from 1984 to 1992. She was nominated by President George H.W. Bush to the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York in 1991 and sat on that court from 1992 to 1998. Justice Sotomayor was a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit from 1998 to 2009. She was also a lecturer at Columbia University Law School and was also an adjunct professor at New York University Law School.

Also at the event, Immediate-Past Chancellor Scott F. Cooper 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."

The March 11 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon will be held at the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets, beginning at 12 p.m. Registration is closed for this event. Please contact Tracey McCloskey at 215-238-6360 or if you would like to be placed on the waitlist for a seat.

YLD Bootcamp: Tactics, Tips and Tricks, Feb. 18

Law students and new attorneys will receive practical and fundamental knowledge on the intricacies of the legal profession at the second annual "YLD Bootcamp: Tactics, Tips and Tricks for Law Students and New Lawyers," presented by the Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association on Friday, Feb. 18 from 12 to 5 p.m. at Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor. Bar Association Chancellor Rudolph Garcia will deliver welcoming remarks. The cost is just $10.

Last year's program was described as "wonderful," "well-executed" and "interesting" and was used as a model for the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division's Young Lawyer Bootcamp. The 2011 YLD Bootcamp will be even better, with more focused panels, lengthier breaks for concentrated networking, dedicated Q&A sessions, and a revamped concluding social event.

The four, streamlined sessions are:

Exploring the Road Less Traveled: Choosing Alternate Career Paths with moderator Jennifer Coatsworth, Margolis Edelstein and panelists Debra Aisenstein, James DeCrescenzo Court Reporting; Trial Technologies, Inc.; Digital Reporting Service, LLC; Justin Goldstein, Plaintiff Advisory Group; Sabrina Sacks Mann, president, Sacks Legal Search; and Sara Woods, executive director, Philadelphia VIP.

Honoring the Veterans: Advice from the Bench with moderator YLD Chair Carolyn Chopko of Feldman Shepherd and panelists Judge Daniel Anders, Family Court Division of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas; Judge Lori Dumas Brooks, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas; Judge Charles Cunningham, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas; and Judge Gary Glazer, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.

Leading the Troops: Considerations Before Starting Your Own Solo Practice or Small Firm with moderator Brielle Rey, Dechert LLP and panelists Jeffrey Campolongo, The Law Office of Jeffrey Campolongo; Abbie Dufrayne, Petrelli Law, P.C. and Immediate-Past Chair of the Young Lawyers Division; Natalie Klyashtorny, Nochumson P.C.; and David M. Walker, Law Office of David M. Walker LLC.

Overcoming Enemy Lines: How to Thrive at Your First Job in a Down Economy with moderator Ed Beitz, White and Williams LLP and panelists Henry Noye, principal, Tr3 Consulting Group; Molly Peckman, Dechert LLP; Elaine Petrossian, Assistant Dean, Villanova University Law School; and Bar Association Chancellor-Elect John E. Savoth, Saltz Mongeluzzi Barrett and Bendesky.

The concluding networking event will include a short informative session presented by Kimberly Alford Rice, Principal/Business Development Advisor, KLA Marketing Associates. Food and beverages will also be provided. Register here.

Networking Essentials for Women Feb. 22

Kimberly Alford Rice, principal of KLA Marketing Associates, will present "Effective Networking Essentials for Women Lawyers" at the Tuesday, Feb. 22 meeting of the Women in the Profession Committee.

Networking is an essential skill for lawyers whether you are just starting your career or looking to expand your book of business. This workshop is targeted for women at different stages of their practice. 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 members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register.

Women in Profession Committee Seeks Bloggers

The Women in the Profession Committee is looking for volunteers to contribute bi-weekly submissions to the Committee’s blog. From the professional to the personal, if you have something interesting to say then we want to hear from you. Topics can include but are not limited to practical advice in your practice area, tips for success, personal reflections, work/life balance, and entertainment.

Submissions can be short (250 words) and can be published anonymously. Submissions will be reviewed by the co-chairs prior to posting. Visit the Women in the Profession Committee blog by clicking here.

Luzerne County Scandal Update Feb. 22

The Criminal Justice Section and the Civil Rights Committee will present an update on the Luzerne County Juvenile Court scandal and the Interbranch Commission on Juvenile Justice's report and recommendations on Tuesday, Feb. 22.

Marsha Levick, deputy director and chief counsel of the Juvenile Law Center and Mingo Stroeber, former chief of the Juvenile Unit of the Philadelphia Defender Association and former director of Philadelphia Family Court, will be the featured speakers.

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 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to RSVP.

Mediating Family Business Disputes Feb. 22

Dr. Craig Lichtman will describe his work mediating family business disputes at the Tuesday, Feb. 22 meeting of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Committee South of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to RSVP.

Judge Manfredi on Medical Malpractice Feb. 23

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge William J. Manfredi will discuss medical malpractice in the First Judicial District for 2010 at the Wednesday, Feb. 23 meeting of the Medical Legal 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 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to RSVP.

12th Annual Estate & Elder Law Symposium Feb. 23

The Pennsylvania Bar Institute will present the 12th Annual Estate & Elder Law Symposium on Wednesday, Feb. 23.

Designed for estate, elder and general law practitioners, this program offers important practice tips and recent updates in estate and elder law. This is a great way to hear about the latest decisions from our courts and legislative developments from Congress, including the new federal estate tax. Don't miss your chance to hear directly from our dynamic, fascinating faculty who are well-known in this area of the law – including Judge Stanley R. Ott, DPW Counsel and VA representatives. You choose the topics that interest you – two each hour after the opening plenary session.

The 6 CLE credit program begins at 9 a.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

Federal Court CLE on Judicial Recusal Feb. 24

The Federal Courts Committee will present the CLE program "To Judge or Not To Judge: The Question of Judicial Recusal" on Thursday, Feb. 24.

Panelists for the program include U.S. District Court Senior Judges Jan E. DuBois and Norma L. Shapiro and U.S. District Court Judge Gene E.K. Pratter. The moderator is Janet G. Perry, adjunct professor, University of Pennsylvania Law School.

The program begins at 12 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

Small Business Committee Planning Session Feb. 24

Do you represent small businesses in the areas of transactional law, litigation, real estate, intellectual property - or any other discipline? Can you share your insights with your fellow Philadelphia Bar Association colleagues? Do you hope to represent small businesses in these areas in the future?

The Business Law Section's Small Business Committee is holding a planning meeting on Thursday, Feb. 24 at 12:30 p.m. in the 11th floor Committee Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register.

For more information about the committee, contact Chair Katayun I. Jaffari at 215-972-7161.

Bring Ideas to Municipal Court Committee Meeting

The Municipal Court Committee will hold its introductory meeting on Thursday, Feb. 24. Attendees are asked to bring one idea that would educate members of the Bar and the committee while appealing to a variety of practice areas.

The meeting begins at 12:30 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to RSVP.

Notice to Bar Association Members

Pursuant to Section 1100 of the Philadelphia Bar Association bylaws, notice is hereby given to all members of the Philadelphia Bar Association that the following amendment to the bylaws of the Philadelphia Bar Association were considered at the Nov. 18, 2010 Board of Governors meetings and were approved for submission to the members at the March Quarterly meeting to take place on Friday, March 11, 2011 at 12 p.m. at the Hyatt at The Bellevue.

Addition of Section 217 to the Bylaws, creating a Long-Range Advisory Council, as follows:

Section 217. Long-Range Advisory Council

A. The Long-Range Advisory Council (the "Council") shall consider the long term goals of the Association and make recommendations to the Chancellor and the Board regarding achievement of those goals through means which may take more than a single year. The Council shall have the discretion to meet and to make such recommendations as often as it deems advisable. Such recommendations shall be advisory only, and shall not limit the authority of the Chancellor or the Board, nor shall the Chancellor or the Board be required to conform agenda items, policy or resolutions to the Council's recommendations.

B. The Council shall consist of the following persons, each of whom shall be entitled to vote:

1. The Chancellor;

2. The Chancellor-Elect;

3. The Vice Chancellor;

4. The Chair of the Young Lawyers Division; and

5. Nine Members of the Association, who shall be appointed as follows:

(a) Each year, the Chancellor shall appoint three Members to serve on the Council for a term of three years, except as provided in Section 217(B)(5)(e) with respect to the initial appointments.

(b) To be eligible for appointment to the Council, a Member must be well respected and have an established record of service and commitment to the Association, preferably in a high leadership capacity. It is also preferable that appointed Members have no intention to run for any other elected office of the Association.

(c) Appointments to the Council shall be made with due regard for the Association's commitment to diversity.

(d) Members of the Council shall be eligible for re-appointment to successive terms.

(e) The first nine appointments to the Council shall be made by the Chancellor, with the consent of the Board, for the following terms: three for three-year terms, three for two-year terms, and three for one-year terms.

C. The Chair of the Council shall be appointed each year by the Chancellor from among the nine appointed members.

D. Any vacancy among the appointed members of the Council shall be filled for the duration of the unexpired term by appointment of the Chancellor.

Fastcase is Newest Member Benefit for Legal Research

Announcing a powerful new Philadelphia Bar Association member benefit from Fastcase®, the next-generation legal research service that puts a comprehensive law library of Pennsylvania state and federal cases, statutes and rules at your fingertips.

Activate your benefit today If your firm's Philadelphia office has 100 percent attorney membership in the Philadelphia Bar Association, you'll receive Fastcase® free!

If the 25 firms with the most Philadelphia lawyers use Fastcase® for as little as 30 percent of the research that they can't charge to clients, they can save an average of $35,000 per year. Smaller firms can also significantly reduce their unreimbursed expenses. Enjoy an economic advantage that goes right to your bottom line.

Fastcase® has features that more established services simply don't offer. It provides smarter and more powerful searching, sorting and visualization tools - including an interactive map of your search results - so you can see the most important cases at a glance. More than 500,000 lawyers already have access to Fastcase®.

Click here for a complete list of the comprehensive Pennsylvania and federal law library resources that this special member benefit includes. In addition, 100 percent participation firms can upgrade to the full Fastcase® nationwide database at a substantial discount.

For more information on the features included in Fastcase® for Philadelphia Bar Association members, call 866-773-2782. To learn how to activate your Fastcase® member benefit, call 215-238-6300.

Free Online, Mobile Access With Legal Directory Order

Get the convenience of instant access to greater Philadelphia law firm and attorney listings whenever and wherever you go. That's literally thousands of key contacts at your fingertips. All this is available - at no additional cost - with your purchase of The Legal Directory 2011!

The huge Legal Directory database is searchable via your handheld device thanks to a more streamlined interface that is ideally formatted to fit smaller screens. It is also fully interactive: Click on a phone number and your handheld dials it; select an e-mail address and an e-mail template is instantly generated!

This free mobile feature makes The Legal Directory 2011 the ultimate multi-platform database. All of the information is available to you in a traditional print version as well as handheld and online at One purchase connects you to the most up-to-date contacts for law firms and lawyers in the five-county region for an entire year!

As the official publication of the Philadelphia Bar Association, The Legal Directory 2011 delivers hundreds of new listings, further enhancing the most accurate database of metro-area firms and attorneys available. No other publication gives you all this vital information in one place. The Legal Directory is your one-stop source for:
• Bar Association bylaws, contacts and committees.
• Federal, state and county courts and government agencies.
• An index of judges, with phone numbers and addresses.
• Attorneys listed alphabetically and indexed by area of concentration.
• A special section devoted to corporate counsel.
• Alternative dispute resolution resources.

Order now and take advantage of the discounted pre-publication price of $59.95 (plus shipping and tax). This offer expires Feb. 28, 2011.

For more information, e-mail or call 443-909-7843.

Advertise in The Legal Directory 2011

There's still time to advertise in The Legal Directory 2011, the only official directory of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

The Legal Directory contains listings for more than 18,000 attorneys and law firms. Many listings include areas of concentration, fax numbers and other contact information. The Legal Directory Online's listings reflect the most up-to-date information on file.

For information on advertising opportunities, contact David Hoeckel at or call 443-909-7824.

Volunteers Sought for Mock Trial Competition

The YLD is once again teaming up with Temple University Beasley School of Law to host the 2011 John S. Bradway High School Mock Trial Competition and needs volunteers to act as judges and coaches. Each spring, students from approximately 50 public, private, and parochial schools are given the opportunity play the roles of attorneys and witnesses in a fictitious criminal or civil case, focusing on real legal issues. The top two teams from Philadelphia go on to the state championship where they compete to move onto the national championship.

Being a volunteer is a truly rewarding experience and provides a great service to the students. Only two to three hours of your time is needed. If you have volunteered in the past, we thank you and hope that you will do so again this year. If you have not yet volunteered for the event, we encourage you to do so. Just complete the form HERE. Please direct any questions to Kristy Littman at or Joe Guzzardo at

There are also still some schools that do not yet have attorney coaches. Like acting as a judge, volunteering to coach requires a commitment of as little as a few hours a week for the final month leading up to the competition. We need coaches for schools in various neighborhoods, but particularly in Northeast and Northwest Philadelphia. Anyone interested in coaching should contact Joshu Harris at

Please remember, volunteer judges and coaches need not have any litigation experience to make a huge impact in a short time on Philadelphia high school students. Legal training and experience of any kind is an invaluable resource to students as they work to master the basics of persuasive advocacy and legal reasoning. With hundreds of student competitors, the John S. Bradway High School Mock Trial Competition's success depends upon the support of the entire legal community. Volunteer today! Click here to view this year's case materials.

Applications Being Accepted for Marutani Fellowship

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation, in partnership with the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania, is accepting applications for The Judge William M. Marutani Fellowship, named in honor of Judge Marutani, the first Asian American judge in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

The Fellowship is offered to Asian Pacific American first-year law students and provides a stipend for the student to subsidize a summer internship position with a non-profit public interest organization or with a federal, state or municipal government entity (including the judiciary) in the greater Philadelphia area.

The attached PDF application form can be filled out online and submitted electronically or can be printed out and mailed to Lynne E. Brown, Deputy Executive Director. Philadelphia Bar Foundation, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107. Applications are due March 4, 2011. Click here for more information and the 2011 application.

Please feel free to contact Lynne Brown at 215-238-6347 or with any questions.

Get Admitted to U.S. Supreme Court May 23

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 23. 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 comprehensive. To review these requirements and to download the forms for admission please visit the Supreme Court's website 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 made payable to the Philadelphia Bar Association. The cost to attend the ceremony is $225 which includes your application fee and a continental breakfast. Please include an additional $25 if you plan to bring a guest. Per the Supreme Court's rule, each inductee is permitted to bring only one guest. Please send payment to: Attn: Dawn Petit, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 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, April 4, 2011.

If you have any questions regarding this event, please do not hesitate to contact Dawn Petit at 215-238-6367 or

Entries Sought for Ginsburg Legal Writing Competition

Entries are now being accepted for the Philadelphia Bar Association's 2011 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Pursuit of Justice Legal Writing Competition.

The co-chairs of the competition are Bar Association Vice Chancellor Kathleen D. Wilkinson, partner at Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman and Dicker LLP and Diane Penneys Edelman, Assistant Dean for International Programs, Associate Professor of Legal Writing, Villanova University School of Law.

The Bar Association recognizes the importance of excellence in legal analysis and writing skills, and seeks to award a student enrolled in an American Bar Association-approved or provisionally approved Philadelphia-area law school for authoring a top-quality competition submission.

This competition is open to full- and part-time law students who are in their second or third year of study during the 2010-11 academic year at one of the following six institutions: Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Rutgers University School of Law - Camden, Temple University Beasley School of Law, Villanova University School of Law and Widener University School of Law (Delaware Campus). Part-time law students in their third or later year of study are also eligible. Students must be in good standing at their institutions. The submission may not have been published previously, although it may have been prepared in connection with a law school course or for a law journal. The submission also may not have been submitted for any other competition during the time when it is under consideration for this competition, until after the time when awards are announced. The submission must be the work of one author alone (joint submissions will not be considered), and the author must certify that the submission has been prepared without substantial editing from others.

Candidates may submit a law review quality submission on any topic relating to rights, privileges and responsibilities under federal law. Entries must be received by Monday, May 9 at 4 p.m.

The author of the winning submission will receive a cash award of $2,500, the publication of the winning submission in The Philadelphia Lawyer, on the Bar Association's website and/or in an appropriate Bar Association publication. The winner will be invited to a Quarterly Meeting of the Bar Association, at which time the award will be presented.

Register for Bar Association 5K May 15

Registration is now available for the 32nd Annual Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Run/Walk which will be held Sunday, May 15 on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive adjacent to the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

While the 5KRun/Walk offers friendly individual competition for runners in 16 age categories for both male and female competitors in both Bar Association and non-Bar Association categories, the competition also includes the Caesar, Rivise, Bernstein, Cohen & Pokotilow Legal Team Competition for participating law firms. This legal team competition is fun for all participants because of its unique scoring system that allows teams with diverse age and gender classifications to be competitive with each another. A team's score is based on the individual rankings of the team members who do best in their individual age and gender classifications based on the finishing times of only the legal team competitors. A legal team includes between three and five members who must be bona fide full-time or part-time employees of the firm, so paralegals, law clerks and legal secretaries are encouraged to join attorneys on legal teams. The highly sought after trophy bowls are awarded to the top three legal teams. The entry fee for each legal team is a $400 contribution to Child Advocates and all team competitors also receive an exclusive team competitor T-shirt for having completed the event.

For more information, visit

Judges to Speak at Barristers' CLE Feb. 22

The Barristers' Association of Philadelphia will present the CLE program "Jurist to Justice: Six Decades of Achievement (Views from the Bench) on Tuesday, Feb. 22.

Speakers include U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Theodore A. McKee, U.S. District Court Judge C. Darnell Jones II, Philadelphia Municipal Court Supervising Judge Lydia Y. Kirkland and Municipal Court Judge Karen Y. Simmons. The moderator is Judge John L. Braxton. Additional panelists may be added.

In celebration of its 60th anniversary, the Barristers' Association presents this one-hour ethics CLE program designed to educate attorneys on the advancement of diverse attorneys in the legal profession from the perspective of judges from various courts.

The CLE begins at 4:30 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. A reception will follow. Click here to register and for more information.

Penn Law Group Holding Program on Prisons

The Prisoners' Education & Advocacy Project, a pro bono group at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, is sponsoring a program on prison privatization with Professors Alexander Volokh and David Rudovsky on Friday, Feb. 25 at 12 p.m. at the law school, 3400 Chestnut St., Room G214. Lunch will be served.

The events are free. An RSVP to would be appreciated.

New Partner and In-House Counsel Conference Feb. 25-26

The Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association will hold the inaugural "New Partner and In-House Counsel Conference" on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 25-26 at the Four Seasons Hotel on Logan Square in Philadelphia.

The program provides two days of practical tips and advice that can immediately help you navigate this landscape with greater ease and success through unique CLE, networking and a nationally acclaimed faculty. Conference highlights include more than 8 CLE credits including 1.5 ethics; networking sessions and small group discussions; and tracks that guide you through the issues and information you should be familiar with as you take on this new role.

The Philadelphia Bar Association is a co-sponsor of this event. Visit for more information.

Philadelphia VIP 30th Anniversary Event March 19

Philadelphia VIP will hold its 30th Anniversary Gala Celebration on Saturday, March 19 at the Westin Philadelphia, 99 S. 17th St. The event will begin with a patron's reception from 6 to 7 p.m., cocktails and a silent auction from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dinner, an awards ceremony and dancing to the music of The Inferno will follow from 7:30 to 11 p.m.

Tickets are $175 each, $100 for young lawyers and $75 for public interest or government attorneys. Please visit to purchase tickets online.

For more information about the Anniversary Gala Celebration and other VIP events, including VIP's Speakers Series, please visit VIP's 30th Anniversary page on the VIP website. For sponsorship opportunities or more information call Samar Aryani-Sabet at 215.523.9568.

Public Interest Events, Training Programs Scheduled

Philadelphia VIP will present a program on maintaining family income on Tuesday, Feb. 22, featuring introductory remarks by Chancellor Rudolph Garcia and a keynote address by Richard Negrin, Deputy Mayor of Administration and Coordination and Managing Director of the City of Philadelphia. This program is part of a speakers series planned by VIP to commemorate its 30th anniversary of providing access to justice for all Philadelphians. The program will be held at 12 p.m., at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC, Two Liberty Place, 50 S. 16th St., Suite 3200. The program is free and open to all current and prospective volunteer attorneys who are interested in learning more about VIP's priority areas and volunteer opportunities at VIP. To register for the program, contact Christina Ortiz at More information about VIP's speaker series, 30th Anniversary Gala Celebration on March 19 and other special events and training programs is available at

• HAP veterans attorney Michael Taub will present a free training for attorneys interested in learning How to Handle Veterans' Benefits Cases. The course will be presented on Wednesday, Feb. 23 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the offices of Saul Ewing LLP, 1500 Market St. The program is open to current and prospective HAP volunteers. The training meets the 3 substantive hour CLE requirement to maintain certification with the Department of Veterans Affairs (and PA CLE). Following the clinic, attendees will be expected to represent a homeless veteran through HAP's Pro Bono Veterans project. To register, RSVP to Cary Moritz at or call 215-523-9587 on or before Feb. 18.

Philadelphia VIP will present a pro bono CLE training program on homeownership/probate on Friday, Feb. 25 from 12 to 2:15 p.m., at Blank Rome LLP, One Logan Square, 130 North 18th St. Two substantive CLE credits in exchange for handling a VIP case within six months. To register, call 215-523-9550 or e-mail

Rutgers – Camden Law School Association for Public Interest Law will hold its 16th Annual Auction on Wednesday, March 2, from 12:30 – 2:20 p.m., at Rutgers University School of Law-Camden, 217 N. Fifth St., Room 106, Camden, N.J. The auction raises funds for summer stipends, awarded to students working in unpaid public interest and public service positions with nonprofit public interest legal organizations and government departments. Come bid on lunch with professors, golf with Dean Solomon, tickets to Philadelphia sporting events, and other exciting auction items. For donations or questions, contact Pam Mertsock-Wolfe at

• The Pennsylvania Bar Association will present the pro bono seminar "Reaching Out to the Neediest Among Us" on Monday, March 7, from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. (registration at 8:30 a.m.), at the CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Juniper Street entrance. A networking breakfast will be held from 8 to 9 a.m. and lunch will be provided to all registrants. This program will be available via simulcast at various locations throughout Pennsylvania and will provide five hours of substantive CLE credits and one hour of ethics CLE credit. Sessions include "Wills for Heroes;" "Pro Bono Program in a Box;" "Teen/Youth Courts as an Alternative Juvenile Justice Program;" "Making the Most of Electronic Tools;" "Addressing Mortgage Foreclosure Issues;" and "Older and Wiser." For more information or to register online visit

Philadelphia VIP will present a pro bono CLE training program on taxes on Wednesday, March 9 from 12 to 2:15 p.m., at Dilworth Paxon LLP, 1500 Market St., 3500E. Two substantive CLE credits in exchange for handling a VIP case within six months. To register, call 215-523-9550 or e-mail

Mazzoni Center Legal Services will host Open Bar II, an event to commemorate Mazzoni Center's first year as Philadelphia's only agency providing direct legal services to low income lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons facing legal obstacles related to sexual orientation and/or gender identity. The event will be held Wednesday, March 9 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Kokopelli, 1904 Chestnut St. Director of Legal Services Amara Chaudhry will provide a brief program following appetizers and cocktails. Promotional co-sponsors of Open Bar II are GALLOP (Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia) and the Philadelphia Bar Association. For more information or to register for Open Bar II, please visit or contact Troy Porter at or 215.563.0652, extension 270. The event is free for law students and costs $20 for young lawyers (under 30 years) and $40 for all others.

• The 30th Annual Penn Law School Edward V. Sparer Symposium will be held Friday, March 18 in the Levy Conference Center, at University of Pennsylvania Law School, 3400 Chestnut St., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (registration starts at 8:30 a.m.) This year's symposium is "Partnering Against Poverty: Examining Cross-Disciplinary Approaches to Public Interest Lawyering." CLE hours will be available for this event. Please contact Lauren Ikpe at 215-898-0459 or e-mail if you have questions regarding the symposium. Click here to register.

The Legal Clinic for the Disabled will hold its Ninth Annual Spring Celebration & Silent Auction on Friday, March 18. Hosted by Duane Morris, LLP, the event will take place at the Morris Café, 30 S. 17th St., from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $50. For more information contact Linda A. Peyton, executive director, at 215-587-3214 or

The SeniorLAW Center's 2011 SeniorPROM will be held Friday, April 1, from 6 to 10 p.m., at the Westin Philadelphia, 99 S. 17th St. The event includes cocktails, dinner, live music, dancing for all ages! Individual adult tickets are $125. Tickets may be purchased online at For sponsorship opportunities or for more information, contact Larry Felzer at 215-701-3203 or e-mail

The Support Center for Child Advocates will hold the training program "How to Handle a Child Abuse Case," Wednesday, April 6, a full-day, 6-CLE credit course offered through PBI. Register at Join us for this volunteer workshop training and hear experts in the field of child advocacy explain how you can make a difference in the lives of child victims. For additional information, please contact Jodi Schatz, director of Intake and Pro Bono Services, or call 267-546-9228.

Marian Anderson Scholars Competition Feb. 27

The Marian Anderson Historical Society will hold the Marian Anderson Scholars Competition Concert/Dinner/Celebrity Ball on Sunday, Feb. 27.

The Marian Anderson Scholar/Artists will perform classical and spiritual selections from Anderson's repertoire in honor of her 114th birthday.

The event begins at 6 p.m. at The Franklin Institute, 20th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Visit for more information.
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