Monday, Feb. 20, 2006
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 7, No. 8

NPR's Mara Liasson to Speak at March 23 Quarterly

Mara Liasson, the national political correspondent for National Public Radio, will be the keynote speaker at the Association's March 23 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon.

Liasson's reports can be heard regularly on NPR's award-winning newsmagazine "All Things Considered" and "Morning Edition." She provides extensive coverage of politics and policy from Washington, D.C., focusing on the White House and Congress. Liasson also reports on political trends beyond the Beltway. During her tenure she has covered the 1992, 1996 and 2000 presidential elections. Prior to her current assignment, Liasson was NPR's White House correspondent for all eight years of the Clinton administration. She has won the White House Correspondents Association’s Merriman Smith Award for daily news coverage in 1994, 1995, and again in 1997. From 1989 to 1992, Liasson was NPR's congressional correspondent.

Also, Immediate-Past Chancellor Andrew A. Chirls will be honored by the Association at the event, which begins at 12 p.m. in the main Ballroom at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue, Broad and Walnut Streets. Tickets are $50 for Association members and $55 for non-members and can be purchased online by clicking here.

YLD Annual Meeting Feb. 22 at Loews Hotel

Philadelphia Phillies Vice President and former U.S. Attorney Michael Stiles (left) will be the keynote speaker at the Young Lawyers Division Annual Meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at Loews Philadelphia Hotel. YLD President Michael B. Hayes will outline his plans for 2006 at the event, which begins at 12 p.m. Tickets for the event are $35 and can be purchased online by clicking here.

Kassem L. Lucas, an associate with Pepper Hamilton LLP, will receive the Craig M. Perry Service Award. The award is presented annually to a young lawyer who has devoted substantial time and energy to community-oriented activities, including, but not limited to, pro bono and charity work. The award is named after Perry, a member of the YLD Executive Committee who suffered an untimely death.

Mellon Financial will receive the YLD Vision Award, which is presented to an organization that has provided outstanding support to the YLD in the fulfillment of its mission; namely, to promote and preserve the interests of young lawyers, improve the quality of the legal system, provide a forum for the exchange of views among young lawyers, encourage the professional development of young lawyers through educational and service programs, participate in the growth and advancement of the legal profession, and encourage young lawyers to represent deserving clients on a pro bono basis.

Accepting on behalf of Mellon Financial will be Michael C. Stewart of Mellon's Private Wealth Management group, who coordinates the corporation’s activities with the YLD.

Reception for International L.L.M. Students Feb. 21

The International Law Committee will hold a reception for International L.L.M. students on Tuesday, Feb. 21 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the offices of Duane Morris, 30 S. 17th St.

Come welcome more than 40 foreign lawyers, diplomats, judges and students from Afghanistan, Albania, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Bolivia, P.R. China, Colombia, Cote D'Ivoire, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Germany, Ghana, India, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Liberia, Mali, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Poland, Peru, Russia, Slovakia, Sudan, Taiwan, Turkey, Trinidad & Tobago, and Ukraine to the Philadelphia legal community!

The event is free to members of the Bar Association, but RSVP is required. To RSVP, contact Gene Burd at

Minority Bar Brainstorming Session Feb. 27

The Miniorities in the Profession Committee will hold a brainstorming session to discuss goals, obstacles and issues for 2006 with representatives of minority bar associations on Monday, Feb. 27.

Guests at the meeting will include Jefferie Garcia, president, Hispanic Bar Association; David Garnes, president-elect, Barristers Association of Philadelphia; Grace Manno, president-elect, Asian-American Bar Association of the Delaware Valley; and Bharati Sharma, president, South Asian Bar Association.

Lunch will be provided at no cost. Click here to RSVP for this meeting.

YLD Happy Hour Feb. 23 at Barristers Bar

The Young Lawyers Division will host a February happy hour with the Barristers' Association on Thursday, Feb. 23, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Barristers Bar, 1823 Sansom St.

The first 100 people to arrive will receive a free drink ticket. A free buffet will be available from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., with any additional appetizers being offered from half-off. Drink specials will include $3 drafts, $3 well-drinks, $4 cosmopolitans, and $4 apple martinis. All Young Lawyers and their colleagues are invited to attend. This happy hour is being sponsored by Trial Graphix.

Justinians to Honor Feldman, Cirucci Feb. 27

The Justinian Society will hold a luncheon in honor of Chancellor Alan M. Feldman and Daniel A. Cirucci, the Bar Association's former associate executive director of communications and public policy, on Monday, Feb. 27 at the Union League.

The event begins with a reception at 11:30 a.m. The luncheon begins at 12 p.m. Tickets to the event are $50 per person and $450 for a table of 10. For more information, contact The Justinian Society at (215) 545-0706 or visit

Program on Polish-Jewish Relations Feb. 27

The Louis D. Brandeis Law Society and the Jagiellonian Law Society will present a program on Polish-Jewish relations on Monday, Feb. 27 beginning at 5:15 p.m. at the Philopatrian Literary Institute, 1923 Walnut St.

The program, which has been submitted for one hour of ethics CLE credit, will feature speakers Rabbi Andrew Baker, director of International Jewish Affairs for the American Jewish Committee and the Rev. John T. Pawlikowski, professor of social ethics and director of the Catholic-Jewish Studies program at the Catholic Theological Union at the University of Chicago.

Special greetings at the event will be offered by Consul General Krzysztof Kasprzyk of the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in New York and Consul General Uriel Palti of the Consulate General of Israel in Philadelphia.

The event begins at 5:15 p.m. with cocktails and a buffet of traditional Polish and Israeli food. The program begins at 6 p.m. For additional information, visit or

President Judge to Address State Civil Section March 1

Judge C. Darnell Jones, President Judge of the Philadelphia Couurt of Common Pleas, will be the guest speaker at the Wednesday, March 1 meeting of the State Civil Litigation Section.

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 event.

DEP Counsel to Provide Update at March 2 ELC Meeting

Louise Thomson, Southeast regional counsel for the Department of Environmental Protection, will provide a DEP update at the Thursday, March 2 meeting of the Environmental Law Committee.

The meeting begins at 12:30 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 pay in advance. Click here to register for this meeting.

Judge Abramson to Discuss Commerce Court ADR

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Howland W. Abramson will describe new alternative dispute resolution procedures in Commerce Court at the Friday, March 10 meeting of the Business Litigation Committee.

The meeting, rescheduled from Feb. 13, begins at 12:30 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.

YLD Seeking Volunteers for Mock Trial Competition

The Young Lawyers Division is seeking volunteers to serve as scoring judges and presiding judges for the John S. Bradway Philadelphia High School Mock Trial Competition. Click here to sign up as a volunteer.

Volunteers are needed to serve as scoring judges and presiding judges at upcoming mock trials at the Criminal Justice Center on Saturday, Feb. 25 (with trials from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and additional trials from 12:30 to 3 p.m.).

Bankruptcy Committee Ethics Program March 2

The Business Law Section's Bankruptcy Committee is holding a bankruptcy ethics CLE, "Disclosure by Professionals Revisited," on Thursday, March 2.

This program will be taught by Michael Temin and includes one hour of CLE credit. The program will be held from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the offices of WolfBlock, 1650 Arch St., 26th Floor. Lunch will be provided and served from 12 to 12:30 p.m. This event, including lunch and the CLE credit, is complementary, and is limited to 50 attendees only. If you are interested in attending, you must RSVP to Donna Zeoli at no later than Feb. 24.

For more information about the Bankruptcy Committee, please contact: Kevin Buraks, chairman, (215) 977-2473, or via e-mail at or Brad Sandler, vice chairman, (215) 569-5092 or via e-mail at

Probate and Trust Section Quarterly Meeting March 7

The Association's Probate and Trust Section will hold its Quarterly Meeting "Are Storm Clouds on the Charitable Horizon?" on Tuesday, March 7 at The CLE Conference Center in the Wanamaker Building.

The program will discuss pitfalls and opportunities related to the use of common charitable planning techniques during a period of heightened scrutiny by Congress and the Internal Revenue Service. The topics to be covered include:

- Analysis of proposals in Congress and elsewhere to tighten the rules on private foundations, donor-advised funds, supporting organizations and other charitable vehicles.

- The new Form 1023 (Application for Recognition of Exemption) and Form 990 (Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax) - valuable insight into the compensation and governance issues addressed by the recent changes to these forms.

- Conservation Easements - new IRS requirements for charitable gifts of conservation easements (including new Form 8323 and attachments), brief overview of conservation easements as estate planning tools and discussion of established elements required by the IRS to qualify for a charitable deduction (including easement purpose, prohibited uses and perpetual life).

The faculty includes Jaffray Louise Edens, senior planner, Environmental Management Center, Brandywine Conservancy, Inc.; Frederick J. Gerhart, partner with Dechert LLP; Kathy C. Mandelbaum, director of the Graduate Tax Program and associate professor of law at Temple University Beasley School of Law; and Eric J. Vieland, of cousel at Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP. The course planners are Paula M. Jones of McCarter & English LLP; Laura E. Stegossi of Blank Rome LLP, Judith B. Stein, vice president of Wilmington Trust Company; and Jeffrey C. Wolken, vice president of wealth advisory services at Wilmington Trust Company.

The program will be held at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building. Registration for this program begins at 11:45 a.m. The Section's Quarterly Meeting begins at 12:15 p.m. and the CLE program runs from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. and is worth 2 substantive CLE credits. Click here to register for this program.

Traffic Court, Bar-News Media Committees Seek Volunteers

The Association is considering re-creating its Traffic Court Committee. Anyone interested in joining the committee or serving as its chair should contact Areetha Carter at

The Bar-News Media Committee facilitates good relations between lawyers and the news media through topical panel programs. To volunteer for committee service, e-mail Saul Segan at or James Elam at

Senior Lawyers Committee Forming

A new Senior Lawyers Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association is being formed, to be chaired by Louis W. Fryman, Chair Emeritus of Fox Rothschild LLP.

Individuals interested in serving on the committee should contact Ken Shear at or call 215-238-6338. Individuals also can request membership in the new committee by completing the signup form on the Association's Web site by clicking here.

Pa. Bar Presents Public Service Institute March 9

The Pennsylvania Bar Association will present the "Public Service Institute" on Thursday, March 9, at the Hilton Garden Inn, 1100 Arch St., Philadelphia, from 8:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event includes two CLE credits in ethics and a luncheon.

Pennsylvania first lady and 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Marjorie O. Rendell (left) is the keynote luncheon speaker. The day will begin with an opening plenary session at 9:15 a.m. featuring PBA President William Carlucci and Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor Alan M. Feldman. Two concurrent two-hour breakout CLE programs will follow, starting at 10 a.m. The programs will focus on public service for lawyers who are in different stages of their practices. The program will conclude with the luncheon featuring Judge Rendell. Visit for more information.

The PBA cordially invites all legal services attorneys to attend the program and is offering a discounted registration fee of $40. The PBA is waiving the CLE fee. To register, call the PBA Meetings Department at 1-800-932-0311, ext. 2234, or click here to download the registration form.

Rutgers Public Interest Auction March 8

The Rutgers University School of Law – Camden Association for Public Interest Law will hold its 11th Annual Goods & Services Auction on Wednesday, March 8, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. in Room 106 of the Law School.

Proceeds from the auction provide grants to law students working in unpaid public interest summer positions. For more information, contact auction co-chair Matt Rudolphi via email at, or by phone at (856) 296-0998. Donations may be sent to: Colleen McNally, Pro Bono Coordinator, Rutgers University School of Law – Camden, 211 N. 5th St., Camden, NJ 08102.

Legal Directory Comes With a Free Online Subscription

The Legal Directory 2006 plus The Legal Directory Online are now together at one low price. For the first time, every hard-copy edition comes with a complimentary online subscription. As always, both printed and online editions of The Legal Directory will contain comprehensive, up-to-date listings of area law firms and attorneys.

New for 2006, the online version also will include all the indispensable resources found in the printed directory - information about the Philadelphia Bar Association, its officers and committees; contacts for state, federal and local government agencies; listings of law-related associations, organizations and law schools; and an index of area judges.

Plus, The Legal Directory Online will include valuable new features - local court rules, links to area bar associations and other content of interest to the legal community.

It's all available, both the printed book and expanded online resource, for one price - $57.95, plus shipping and tax. Beginning April 1, the price becomes $77.95, plus tax, shipping and handling.

Recent Developments in Assessment Law & Procedure

Designed for experienced practitioners, "Recent Developments in Assessment Law & Procedure in Pennsylvania" features an expert faculty that will highlight and analyze the important developments, giving you knowledge, insight and strategies necessary to successfully represent your clients. This 3-substantive credit hour program will be held in Philadelphia on Feb. 23, at The CLE Conference Center in the Wanamaker Building from 12:30 pm to 3:45 p.m. Registration begins at 12 p.m. For more 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.

Thursday, Feb. 23
Advanced Civil Practice
3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Recent Developments in Assessment Law & Procedure in Pennsylvania
3 substantive CLE credits
12:30 to 3:45 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 24
Strategies for Success - Opening
2 substantive CLE credits
9 to 11:15 a.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 up to 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.