Feb. 22, 2010
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 11, No. 16

Conversation with DA Williams Feb. 23

The Criminal Justice Section will present a conversation with District Attorney Seth Williams at its Tuesday, Feb. 23 meeting.

District Attorney Williams will share his plans for the year at the meeting, which begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP.

Justinians to Honor Cooper at Feb. 22 Luncheon

The Justinian Society of Philadelphia reception and luncheon in honor of Chancellor Scott F. Cooper has been rescheduled for Monday, Feb. 22 at The Union League of Philadelphia, 140 S. Broad St. Walk-in registrations will be accepted.

The reception begins at 11:30 a.m. and the luncheon will follow at 12 p.m. To register for the event, please contact The Justinian Society of Philadelphia at 215-545-0706 or e-mail justinian-uta@att.net or visit the Justinian Society web site at justinian.org. Ticket prices are $50 per person for members and $60 per person for non-members. A table of 10 is $450 for Justinian members and $550 for non-members.

LGBT Employees in the Workplace Discussion Feb. 23

Katie Eyer will discuss LGBT employees in the workplace at the Tuesday, Feb. 23 brown bag lunch meeting of the Labor and Employment Committee.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. at the offices of Greenberg Traurig, LLP, 2700 Two Commerce Square, 2001 Market St.

Leadership Skills for Women in Law Feb. 23

The Women in the Profession Committee will present "Leadership Skills for Women in Law" at its Tuesday, Feb. 23 meeting.

Panelists for the program include Kimberly Kashon, senior vice president, PNC Bank; Shelley Smith, city solicitor, City of Philadelphia; Claudia Springer, Reed Smith LLP; and Barbara Taylor, JanBara & Associates.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP.

Emergency Preparedness Seminar Feb. 24

Local experts estimate that 70 percent of regional businesses don't reopen after being hit with a fire, flood or blizzard. Don’t become a statistic.

The Philadelphia Bar Association is sponsoring the free seminar "Emergency Preparedness for Business: Learn How to Stay in Business when a Disaster Strikes" on Wednesday, Feb. 24, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St.

Presenting at the program will be Samantha (Sam) Phillips, deputy director for planning, Office of Emergency Management, City of Philadelphia; Joan Przybylowicz, deputy director for external affairs, Office of Emergency Management, City of Philadelphia; and Stacy A. Irving, senior director, Crime Prevention Services and chair, Philadelphia Crime Prevention Council, Center City District.

They will discuss business continuity of operations planning, where attendees will learn how to develop a business continuity plan; the corporate emergency access plan, to gain access to your facility when an emergency strikes; evacuation plans; and ways to receive critical information during a disaster with messages from ReadyNotify PA and AlertPhiladelphia.

There is no charge to attend. E-mail oem@phila.gov to register. A continental breakfast will be provided. For more information, visit phila.gov/ready or call 215-683-3250.

French Lawyers on Free Movement in European Union

French law interns Pauline Pichon and Thomas Chanon will discuss the free movement of lawyers in the European Union and the status of multijurisdictional practice in the U.S. at the Thursday, Feb. 25 meeting of the International Law 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 $8 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP.

Bar Foundation Seeks Marutani Fellowship Applicants

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation, in partnership with the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania, is seeking applicants for the Judge William M. Marutani Fellowship.

The Fellowship serves to honor the legacy of Judge Marutani, the first Asian-American judge in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and a distinguished member of the judiciary who served both the Asian-American community and the community at large for many years. Judge Marutani's exemplary career is a model for students committed to public service.

Stipends are provided to first-year Asian American law students from area law schools to take summer internships with public interest organizations or government agencies (including the judiciary) in the Greater Philadelphia area.

Click here for more information and the 2010 Marutani Fellowship application. Applications are due Friday, Feb. 26.

Marketing on a Budget Feb. 26

The Solo and Small Firm Committee will present "Marketing on a Budget: Surviving and Thriving During the Great Recession" at its Friday, Feb. 26 meeting.

Kimberly Alford Rice, principal, KLA Marketing Associates, will be the featured speaker. Attend this program and learn how to build and maintain a strong network which delivers new clients; how to stretch a marketing budget and become established as an expert; ways to gain visibility among key audiences; and how to leverage technology to create a "tight" brand and up the ante of your 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 those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP.

Legal Directory 2010 Launches Mobile Access

Instant access to Greater Philadelphia law firm and attorney listings is now available whenever and wherever you go - literally thousands of key contacts at your fingertips, all at no additional cost with the purchase of The Legal Directory 2010.

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

With this free mobile feature, The Legal Directory 2010 becomes 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 www.thelegaldirectory.org. One purchase connects you to the most up-to-date contacts for law firms and lawyers in the five-county region.

Recognized as the official publication of the Philadelphia Bar Association, The Legal Directory 2010 delivers hundreds of new listings that are part of the most accurate database of Philadelphia-area firms and attorneys available. It also includes pages of indispensable information subscribers have come to rely on, including:

• Attorneys listed alphabetically and indexed by area of concentration;
• An index of judges, with phone numbers and addresses;
• Federal, state and county courts and government agencies;
• A special section devoted to corporate counsel;
• Alternative dispute resolution resources;
• Bar Association bylaws, contacts and committees; and
• A tabbed products, services and experts section with important information and resources in one concise area for all members of the legal community.

Order now and take advantage of the discounted pre-publication price of $59.95 (plus shipping and tax). This offer expires March 1, 2010.

For more information, e-mail legaldirectory@mediatwo.com or call 443-909-7843.

Probate and Trust Law Section Quarterly Meeting March 2

The Probate and Trust Law Section will hold its Quarterly Meeting "2010 and Beyond: The State of the Estate Tax" on Tuesday, March 2.

Faculty for the program includes Jerald D. August and John A. Terrill II, who will address the Federal Estate Tax, Gift Tax and Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax, as well as related Income Tax cost basis issues as they stand on the program date.

A total of two substantive CLE credits are available for the program, which begins at 12:30 at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

Director of Pa. Office of Health Care Reform to Speak March 2

Ann S. Torregrossa, director of the Governor's Office of Health Care Reform, will discuss Pennsylvania's draft strategic plan for implementation of the Philadelphia Health Information Exchange at the Tuesday, March 2 meeting of the Health Care Law Committee.

The meeting begins at 8:45 a.m. in the 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association, 1101 Market St. Click here to RSVP.

International Business Case Law Update March 4

The International Business Initiative Committee Meeting will present an update on new case law and other developments in international business at its Thursday, March 4 meeting.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Committee Room South of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP.

Pension Offsets CLE March 4

The Workers' Compensation Section will present the lunchtime CLE "Litigating Pension Offsets in Workers' Compensation - Whose Money Is It Anyway?" on Thursday, March 4.

Panelists include Workers' Compensation Judges David A. Cicola and Joseph Stokes, along with Arthur G. Girton and Jenifer Dana Kaufman.

Three substantive and one ethics CLE credits are available for this program, which begins with registration and lunch at 11:30 a.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

Business Development Skills Series Starts March 5

The Training Resource Group will present a series of programs to introduce business development skills to attorneys beginning on Friday, March 5.

The program is designed for attorneys who are now expected to develop business for themselves or their firms. Learn these essential skill sets that were never taught in law school.

The sessions will be held in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St., from 12 to 2 p.m. The March 5 session will cover building a network for business development and designing a business plan. The March 12 session will discuss the basics of networking and building a memorable 30-second commercial. On March 19, attendees will learn how to build a stronger network. The March 26 session will provide an introduction to a systematic approach to client development.

The cost is $795 per participant which includes four training sessions, one individual coaching session and materials. For more information call (215) 320-4650 or visit trainingresourcegroup.com.

CNN's John King to Speak at March 17 Quarterly Meeting

John King, most recently host of CNN's "State of the Union with John King," will be the keynote speaker at the Association's Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon on Wednesday, March 17.

At the event, Immediate-Past Chancellor Sayde J. Ladov 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 Quarterly Meeting begins at 12 p.m. at the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. Tickets are $55 and available at by clicking here.

King joined CNN in May 1997 and was appointed chief national correspondent in April 2005. He served as CNN's senior White House correspondent from 1999 to 2005. He is well known for his use of CNN's "multi-touch" board, which allows him to delve into data on election nights.

Successful Job Search Networking March 18

The Lawyers in Transition initiative will present "Seven Secrets for Successful Job Search Networking" with Kimberly Alford Rice, principal, KLA Marketing Associates, on Thursday, March 18.

Attendees will learn how to efficiently build a network, connect, and stay connected; how to make the best first impression; how to help your network to help you; and tips for testing the social networking waters in your job search and taking the plunge.

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 those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP.

Sandra Day O'Connor Award Nominees Sought

The Women in the Profession Committee is seeking nominations for the 2010 Sandra Day O'Connor Award. Deadline for nominations is Monday, March 22.

The award is conferred annually on a woman attorney who has demonstrated superior legal talent, achieved significant legal accomplishments and has furthered the advancement of women in both the profession and the community. The award presentation will be made during the June Quarterly Meeting.

The committee established the award in 1993 to recognize the important contributions that women attorneys in Philadelphia have made to the legal profession. Click here to download a nomination form. Please send nominations to the attention of Dawn Petit, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

Get Admitted to U.S. Supreme Court May 17

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 17. 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 web site at supremecourtus.gov. 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, March 29, 2010.

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

Lunch Program on Submitting to Editorial Pages April 22

The Association's Bar-News Media Committee will host "How and When to Share Your Opinion with the Press - Submitting to Editorial Pages" on Thursday, April 22.

Members will hear from editorial page editors from several area newspapers. Panelists will include Bernard Dagenais, editor of the Philadelphia Business Journal; Hank Grezlak, associate publisher and editor-in-chief of The Legal Intelligencer; Lisa Hostein, executive editor, Jewish Exponent; Irv Randolph, managing editor of The Philadelphia Tribune; and Idelle Howitt, managing editor, Metropolitan Corporate Counsel. Additional panelists will be announced.

The program will take place from 12 to 1:30 p.m. at Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St., in the 11th Floor Conference Center. Click here to register. For more information about the Bar-News Media Committee, contact Committee Chair Gina Furia Rubel at Gina@furiarubel.com.

FJD E-Filing Training Session April 22

The First Judicial District training session on electronic filing has been rescheduled for Thursday, April 22.

Electronic filing of all civil matters became mandatory in January 2009. This program will provide in-depth instruction on the use of the electronic filing system. It was designed to allow for the filing of all civil cases and legal document via the Internet from anywhere at any time. The system currently provides attorneys and litigants with unlimited online access to all papers and legal documents filed in their cases.

The faculty for the program includes President Judge Pamela Pryor Dembe, Administrative Judge D. Webster Keogh, Supervising Judge William J. Manfredi, Deputy Court Administrator Charles A. Mapp Sr., Prothonotary Joseph H. Evers, and Deputy Prothonotary Deborah E. Dailey, along with Harold Palmer, director of application systems development and Steven Wulko from quality assurance.

The program begins at 9 a.m. in Conference Room 380 of City Hall. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Click here for an electronic fillable registration form. Completed registration forms can be e-mailed to Kara.behlau@courts.phila.gov. The cost of the program is $125 and includes and electronic version of the e-filing manual. The program has been approved for 3 substantive CLE credits.

CLE Credits Available at Philly VIP Training March 17

Philadelphia VIP will hold a "Spotlight on Pro Bono" training program on Wednesday, March 17 for attorneys interested in taking on a guardianship or probate/homeownership case.

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Matthew Carrafiello will welcome attendees to the event, which will be held at the offices of Blank Rome LLP, One Logan Square, 130 N. 18th St., beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Each attorney who attends the seminar and accepts a VIP case within six months of the training will earn two substantive CLE credits. This free training will include breakfast and training materials.

Attorneys interested in registering for the training should e-mail phillyvip@phillyvip.org or call (215) 523-9550.

Brehons To Host "Duffy's Cut" Authors

Immaculata University professors Bill Watson, Francis Watson, John H. Ahtes and Earl H. Schandelmeier will discuss their book, The Ghosts of Duffy's Cut, at the Thursday, Feb. 25 meeting of the Brehon Law Society.

The Ghosts of Duffy's Cut is the story of 57 Irish Catholic immigrants who were brought to Chester County by a fellow Irishman to construct one of the most difficult stretches of American railway, the so-called Duffy's Cut of the Pennsylvania Railroad in Chester County. Within six weeks, all 57 were dead under mysterious circumstances. Set against the backdrop of a rapidly industrializing America, this books tells the story of these men and the mistreatment that claimed their lives. The Duffy's Cut story was the subject of a recent documentary which aired on the Smithsonian Channel.

The program will be held at the Vesper Club, 223 S. Sydenham St., and begins with a networking happy hour at 5:30 p.m., followed by the authors' discussion and a question-and-answer session. For questions about this event or the Brehon Law Society, contact John O'Malley at jomalley@volpe-koenig.com.

Public Interest Events, Trainings Set

The 17th Annual Temple SPIN (Student Public Interest Network) Auction will be held Thursday, March 4 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Duane Morris LLP, 30 S. 17th St. A reception will be held at 5 p.m., followed by the auction at 5:30 p.m. This event is free. No RSVP is necessary. For more information contact Maureen Olives at 215-204-3705 or molives@temple.edu.

Rutgers University Law School-Camden will hold its Annual Public Interest Auction on Wednesday, March 10 from 12:30 to 2 p.m., at the Law School, 217 North 5th St., Room 106, Camden, N.J. For more information, contact Pam Mertock-Wolfe at (856) 225-6406 or at pmertsoc@camden.rutgers.edu. In addition, the law school will hold an evening auction of luxury items and adventures, with silent and live components. The tentative date of the evening auction is April 1, with further details to follow.

SeniorLAW Center and Villanova School of Law will partner on Tuesday, March 16 in presenting a pro bono CLE training program to serve older Pennsylvanians, "Personal Planning 101: Wills, Living Wills, and Powers of Attorney," from 6 to 8 p.m. (registration and light dinner at 5:30 p.m.), at Villanova School of Law, 299 Spring Mill Road, Villanova. Participants will learn how to prepare and execute basic personal planning documents, including simple wills, living wills and financial and health care powers of attorney. Attendees will not only learn the relevant Pennsylvania law and pertinent definitions, but also drafting tips and ways to address common misconceptions their clients may have about this area of law. This training program is free and two CLE credits will be available to those who agree to provide pro bono services to a SeniorLAW Center personal planning client. (A nominal administrative fee payable to PA CLE Board.) To register, please call (610) 519-7228 or send an e-mail to dunn@law.villanova.edu.

Philadelphia VIP will conduct a free CLE pro bono training program, "Spotlight on Life Planning: Probate and Guardianship," on Wednesday, March 17 from 8:30 to 11:00 a.m., at Blank Rome, One Logan Square, 130 N. 18th St. Each attorney who attends one of the CLE seminars on probate or guardianship and accepts a VIP pro bono case within six months of the training will earn two substantive CLE credits. Breakfast will be provided. For more information and to register, please contact Theresa Brabson at jvolunteer@phillyvip.org or 215-523-9567.

• The Public Interest Employment Grants Board will hold Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law's "Slice of Justice" Public Interest Auction on Thursday, March 18 from 6 to 10 p.m., at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. All money raised at the auction will subsidize summer employment for Drexel Law students. Food, drinks and live entertainment will be provided. The Auction is open to the public and costs $20. For more information, contact Karen Pearlman at kpearlman@drexel.edu or (215) 571-4722.

The Legal Clinic for the Disabled will hold its Eighth Spring Celebration and Silent Auction on Friday, March 19. Hosted by Duane Morris, LLP, the event will take place at 30 S. 17th Street, Philadelphia, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The ticket price is $50. For more information contact Linda A. Peyton, executive director at 215-587-3214 or lpeyton@mageerehab.org.

The 29th Annual Edward V. Sparer Symposium will be held Friday, March 19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., followed by a reception from 4 to 6 p.m., at the Paul Levy Conference Center, University of Pennsylvania Law School, 3400 Chestnut St. The symposium, "Expanding Access to Justice in Times of Crisis," will focus on the challenges of expanding legal services and explore innovative strategies to deal with the economic downturn and any crisis. Panels will include: Fulfilling Gideon's Promise: Expanding Access to Criminal Legal Services in Times of Crisis; Justice for Some? Challenging Limited Access to Civil Legal Services; and a Best Practices Breakout Session. There will be a keynote luncheon presentation by Professor Peter B. Edelman. Panelists include Jonathan Rapping, Abbe Smith, Robin Dahlberg, Laura Abel and Alan Houseman, with more to come. CLE credit will be available. For more information and to register, contact Tory Messina at vmessina@law.upenn.edu.

Villanova Law School Walter Lucas Public Interest Fellowship Program (PIFP) will hold its Annual Auction Friday, March 19 at Villanova Law School, 299 N. Spring Mill Road Villanova. The event will begin with a Silent Auction from 6:30 to 8 p.m., followed by a live auction from 8 to 9 p.m. (doors close at 9:30 p.m.). For more information, contact Jane Nylund at JNylund@law.villanova.edu.

The 4th Annual Widener Law PILA (Public Interest Law Alliance) Silent Auction will be held Tuesday, March 23 at Widener University School of Law, 4601 Concord Pike, Wilmington, Del. This all-day event is free. For more information contact Sydney Howe-Barksdale at 302-477-2264 or sthowe-barksdale@widener.edu.

Volunteer Judges Needed for Mock Trial Competition

Volunteer judges are needed for the 2010 John S. Bradway Philadelphia High School Mock Trial Competition, which is run by Temple University Beasley School of Law and the Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

The rounds of competition will run through March 13. Just click here and scroll down to sign up using our new and improved sign-up form.

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 Mock Trial Competition, we encourage you to and are confident the experience will be rewarding. As a judge, you can chose to fill as many time slots as your schedule will allow and you do not need trial experience to participate. We encourage you to volunteer for multiple sessions. All you need is a willingness to give some time and be wowed by the high school students. Click here to volunteer.

ABCs of Foreclosure Proceedings Feb. 26

"ABCs of Foreclosure Proceedings" is a seminar designed specifically for the novice. You’ll get "A to Z" instruction on the foreclosure process from the first step (the Act 91 notice) to the last step (the final collection on the deficiency judgment). This 6 (5 substantive/1 ethics) CLE credit hour program will be a held Friday, Feb. 26 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 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Check in begins at 8 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.

Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 22-23
Simulcast - PLI - Nuts and Bolts of Financial Products 2010
13 substantive CLE credits
Monday - 9 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Tuesday - 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 23
Means Testing
3 substantive CLE credits
12 to 3:15 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 24
11th Annual Estate & Elder Law Symposium
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits (Must attend entire program to receive ethics credit)
9 a.m. to 4:10 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 25
Handling the Sexual Harassment Case
4 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Simulcast - PLI - Going Private 2010: Doing the Deal Right
7 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 26
ABCs of Foreclosure Proceedings
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Evidence for Trial Lawyers
6 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Simulcast - PLI - Leveraged Financing 2010
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Prisoner Civil Rights Litigation 2010
Federal Courthouse Ceremonial Courtroom, 601 Market St.
2.5 substantive, .5 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

*Earn as many as 4 credits on your computer, at your convenience at PBI's Online Campus, at www.onlinecle.pbi.org. More than 300 classes are available, including nearly 50 one-hour ethics programs. 24/7 CLE.

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