Thursday, Feb. 28, 2008
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 9, No. 17

Mayor Nutter to Speak at March 17 Quarterly Meeting

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter will deliver the keynote address at the Association's Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon on Monday, March 17.

Nutter was sworn in as the 98th mayor of Philadelphia on Jan. 7. He is a native Philadelphian with an accomplished career in public service, business and financial administration. He served as a Philadelphia City Councilman for nearly 15 years representing the city's Fourth District encompassing the communities of Wynnefield, Overbrook, Roxborough, Manayunk, East Falls, Mt. Airy and parts of North and West Philadelphia.

The March Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon will be held at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets. Tickets are available online at

Immediate-Past Chancellor Jane Dalton will be honored at the event. Dalton will be presented with a gold box, an exact replica of the one presented to Andrew Hamilton for his defense of John Peter Zenger in 1735. The gold box is presented annually to the immediate-past Chancellor and is inscribed with the message "acquired not by money, but by character."

Elder Law Committee on Power of Attorney Today

Sandy Pfeffer, chief legal counsel for the Philadelphia Corporation for the Aging, will present "Capacity: Is this Power of Attorney Valid?" at today's (Thursday, Feb. 28) meeting of the Elder Law Committee.

Issues regarding capacity and the ability to execute a valid power of attorney instrument continue to raise red flags. Join us as Pfeffer shares his experiences, war stories, and expertise regarding this topic. Following this program, there will be a second meeting of the Guardianship Manual Committee. Please consider lending your time to this important effort.

The meeting begins at 1 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.

Antitrust Law Committee Planning Session Feb. 29

The Antitrust Law Committee of the Business Law Section will hold a planning meeting on Friday, Feb. 29 at 12 p.m. at the offices of Pepper Hamilton LLP, Two Logan Square, 18th and Arch streets, 30th Floor. Lunch will be provided.

The purpose of the meeting is to assess the types of activities the members would like to participate in this year and to determine which members would like to be involved in the planning of those activities. We will also discuss recent legal developments in antitrust law as it is likely that those developments will be the focus of some upcoming activities. Please RSVP to Gerard A. Dever at or call (215) 567-6565.

Corporate In-House Counsel Inaugural Meeting Feb. 29

Join Marilyn Heffley and Doug Gaston, co-chairs of the Corporate In-House Counsel Committee, for a brown bag lunch meeting on Friday, Feb. 29 to discuss ways to increase corporate in-house counsel membership in the Philadelphia Bar Association.

The discussion will also identify legal and professional issues of particular interest to corporate in-house counsel, identify CLE topics of interest to corporate in-house counsel and identify interested volunteers to join the committee. The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Committee Room South of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St.

Bar's Diversity Director to Speak Today

Dr. Sean Kathleen Lincoln, director of the Association's Office for Diversity, will be the guest speaker at today's (Thursday, Feb. 28) meeting of the Minorities in the Profession 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.

Family Law Section on Pensions March 3

The Family Law Section will present "What You Need to Know About Philadelphia Pension Plans: Civilian, Police and Fire" at its Monday, March 3 meeting.

Panelists for the program are Anthony T. Vanore, master in divorce, Philadelphia Family Court and Mark A. Altshuler of Pension Analysis Consultants. 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.

Probate Quarterly Meeting March 4

The Probate and Trust Law Section will hold its Quarterly Meeting "Trust Situs: Cherry-Picking Time" on Tuesday, March 4.

A trust's situs can have a substantial impact on the growth of the trust assets. A trust's situs can often be selected or changed to take advantage of differences in tax laws across jurisdictions. The issue as to what law applies after situs has changed is different from situs. The "million dollar" question remains, "How is situs itself determined?" If you have not thought about this issue, it is time! Our expert panelists will attempt to answer the "Why, How and What Now!" Step-by-step advice on why to change situs; how to change situs; and what now after change of situs has been made. The speakers for the program are Karen A. Fahrner and Margaret E.W. Sager.

The program begins at 12:30 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building. Two substantive CLE credits are available. Click here for more information.

International LL.M. Reception March 4

The International Law Committee, in conjunction with the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Temple University Beasley School of Law, will hold its annual reception in honor of international LL.M. students on Tuesday, March 4 at 5:30 p.m. at the offices of Duane Morris, 30 S. 17th St.

The international LL.M. students are spending the academic year in Philadelphia. Come welcome about 50 foreign lawyers, diplomats, judges and students - from Afghanistan, Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Cameroon, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Egypt, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lebanon, Liberia, Korea, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, P.R. China, Peru, Poland, Philippines, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom and Venezuela - to the Philadelphia legal community. Come share some of your personal and professional experiences with legal specialists from around the world or simply learn more about their countries, cultures and legal practices.

To RSVP, contact Amanda Orson at or call (215) 979-1847
by Thursday, Feb. 28. There is no charge for this event, but reservations are required.

Crossing Diverse Practice Settings March 5

The Young Lawyers Division and Drexel University College of Law will present "Achieving Career Balance: Crossing Diverse Practice Settings" on Wednesday, March 5 at 5:30 p.m.

Panelists for the program include Danielle Banks, a partner with Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP; Sandra D. Crawford, an associate with Rawle & Henderson, LLP; Alan Nochumson of Nochumson P.C.; and Nancy R. Peterson, vice president and deputy general counsel of Allied Barton. The program will be held in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. There is no charge to attend this program but registration is required. Click here to register for this program.

Social Security Payment Issues March 7

Lak Sphabmixay, assistant manager of the Social Security Administration's downtown office, will discuss payment issues at the Friday, March 7 meeting of the Social Security Disability Benefits Committee.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th Floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $7.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

IP Committee to Meet March 5

The Intellectual Property Committee will meet Wednesday, March 5 at 12 p.m. in the in the 11th Floor Committee Room South of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St.

The committee's mission statement, subcommittee assignments and Bench-Bar Conference will be discussed. Lunch is available for $7.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Brehons to Honor Judge Keogh March 3

The Brehon Law Society will be honor Judge D. Webster Keogh, administrative judge of the Trial Division for the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, at its St. Patrick's Day Party on Monday, March 3.

In addition, Niall Burgess, the Irish Consul General of New York, will be in attendance. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Vesper Club, 223 S. Sydenham St.

The event is open to all members of the Bar and admission can be paid at the door although an RSVP to John O'Malley at would be appreciated. Event is free for members of judiciary.

Public Interest Training Session Set

Philadelphia VIP, Women Against Abuse and the Legal Clinic for the Disabled will present a pro bono CLE training program on divorce on Friday, March 7 from 12 to 2:15 p.m. The program will be hosted by Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel, One Penn Center, 19th Floor, 1617 JFK Blvd. Please contact VIP at (215) 523-9550 to register. Two CLE credits will be provided in exchange for taking a pro bono case. This program is open to all attorneys.

Workers' Comp Lunchtime CLE Program March 7

Halmon L. Banks III and Kenneth F. Demarco will present the CLE program "Breaking News - A Review and Discussion of Recent Case Law Relative to Medical Bill Issues in Workers' Compensation Cases" on Friday, March 7.

Banks and Demarco will provide an in-depth discussion of recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court and Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Cases involving medical bills issue in Pennsylvania workers' compensation cases. Significant decisions from the last six months will be discussed, including cases involving petitions for review of utilization review, fee review petitions and penalty petitions. The panel also will address possible future trends.

The program has been approved for 1 substantive CLE credit. Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay a fee of $25 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years, and $20 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. If you wish to register in advance please visit or call PBI Customer Service at (800) 932-4637.

The program will be held in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Registration begins at 12 p.m. Lunch is available for an additional $7.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here to purchase lunch for this program.

Tax Section CLE on IRS Code Changes March 11

The Tax Section present and the Pennsylvania Bar Institute will present the CLE program "The New Internal Revenue Code Section 409A: The Known and Unknown Consequences for Your Clients" on Tuesday, March 11.

Speakers for the program are Robert A. Bildersee of Bildersee & Silbert LLP and Amy P. Kelly of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP. This seminar will address the rules in 409A and the Final Regulations that impact executive compensation, deferred compensation arrangements, nonqualified retirement plans and equity incentive plans. Two substantive CLE credits are available as well as two CPA credits. Registration and lunch begin at 11:45 a.m. at the CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building. Click here for more information.

Senior Lawyers Committee to Meet March 12

The Senior Lawyers Professional and Public Service Committee will hold its first meeting of 2008 on Wednesday, March 12 at 12 p.m. in the 10th Floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St..

Lunch will be provided. There is no cost to attend this program, but registration is required. Click here to RSVP for this program.

7th Annual La Justicia Reception March 11

The Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania will hold its 7th Annual La Justicia Award Reception on Tuesday, March 11 at 5:30 p.m. at the Pyramid Club, 1735 Market St.

Andi Perez, executive director of Youth United for Change, will be honored for her advocacy on behalf of the Hispanic community. Additionally, the 2008 boards of the Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania and the HBA-Legal Education Fund will be inaugurated. The event is sponsored by Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC.

The event is open to the general legal community. To confirm your attendance, e-mail

Latino Elders Pro Bono Project and Celebration March 14

The SeniorLAW Center and PECO will hold a Latino elders pro bono project and celebration on Friday, March 14 at at Somerset Villas, 200 E. Somerset St., from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Contact Karen Buck, executive director of SeniorLAW Center at or call (215) 701-3201 for more information.

Presentation on Museum of History of Polish Jews March 18

The Philopatrian Society, the Jagiellonian Law Society and the Brandeis Law Society will hold a presentation on the Museum of History of Polish Jews currently under construction in Warsaw on Tuesday, March 18.

The primary speaker will be Michael Berkowicz, New York Region Chair and Treasurer of the North American Council of the Museum. The program begins at 6 p.m. at 1923 Walnut St. For information, contact Marian Kornilowicz at (215) 564-1700, or visit

Law School Public Interest Auctions

• The Rutgers University School of Law-Camden Association for Public Interest Law will hold its 13th Annual Goods and Services Auction on Wednesday, March 5 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., at Rutgers School of Law. 217 North 5th St., Room 106, Camden, N.J. For more information, contact Pam Merstock-Wolfe at (856) 225-6406 or

• Temple University Beasley School of Law Student Public Interest Network will hold its 16th Annual Auction on Wednesday, March 5, at Duane Morris, LLP, 30 S. 17th St., Philadelphia. A reception will be held at 5 p.m., followed by the auction at 5:30 p.m. All proceeds are used to subsidize summer grants for students to volunteer in public interest legal services organizations. This year, SPIN will honor Dean Robert J. Reinstein with the Inaugural SPIN Award for a member of the Temple Law community dedicated to public interest. Click here to visit the SPIN online auction between Friday, Feb. 29 and Friday, March 7. This event is free. No RSVP is necessary.

• Villanova University School of Law will host its 11th annual Public Interest Fellowship Program Auction on Thursday, March 28 at 6 p.m. The evening begins at the law school with a silent auction and lasts until approximately 10 p.m. when the last live auction item is sold. The PIFP Auction provides financial support to law students who commit their summer to doing public service legal work, as well as funding the Villanova loan repayment assistance award.

• The Public Interest Employment Grant Board will hold its Inaugural "Slice of Justice" Public Interest Auction on Thursday, April 3 from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Drexel University School of Law, Behrakis Grand Hall, Creese Student Center, Chestnut Street, between 32nd and 33rd streets. All money raised at the auction will subsidize public interest summer internships for Drexel Law students. The Auction is open to the public and costs $15. For more information, contact Karen Pearlman at or (215) 545-4596.

Pa. Bar Women in Profession Program March 6

The Pennsylvania Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession will hold its Philadelphia Mid-Year Event on Thursday, March 6 at the Federal Courthouse, 601 Market St.

The program will feature panel discussions on how to successfully manage breaks in practice and reentry into active legal practice by "women in the know" and best practices for promoting effective communication among women lawyers from different generations.

Registration begins at 1:45 p.m. and a reception follows at 4:45 p.m. The program is being sponsored by the PBA’s Commission on Women in the Profession at no cost to the attendees. As an option, 2.0 hours of substantive CLE Credits are available for the program at a cost of $50.

Reservations are required. RSVP by Feb. 28. Registration is on a first come, first served basis and is limited to the first 100. No registrations will be accepted by phone. Click here to download a registration form.

Temple Wins 20th Straight National Trial Team Regional Title

For the 20th consecutive year, Temple University Beasley School of Law's National Trial Team has captured the National Trial Competition Region III championship. The competition was held Feb. 15-17 at the Philadelphia Criminal Justice Center.

In gaining its 12th regional sweep, Temple defeated teams from Dickinson, Duquesne, Penn, Rutgers-Newark, Seton Hall, Villanova, West Virginia, Widener-Delaware, and Widener-Harrisburg law schools in sharing top honors.

Temple's team travels to Texas on March 27 to compete for the National Trial Championship against the winners and runners-up from the other regional contests. Consistently ranked among the nation's top three law schools for trial advocacy by U.S. News & World Report, Temple Law has won the NTC national championship three times and finished second three times in the last 13 years. Click here for more.

Support Center Annual Benefit April 16

The Support Center for Child Advocates Annual Benefit Reception and Silent Auction will be held Wednesday, April 16 at 5:30 p.m. at the Crystal Tea Room in the Wanamaker Building.

The Support Center's 2008 Judge Lois Forer Child Advocacy Award will be presented to Lynne Honickman, founder of Moms Against Guns and creator of Honickman Learning Center. The following individuals will be recognized as distinguished advocates:
Joseph Baldassari, Barbara Beckman, Susan Blumenfeld, Pam Ende, Mary Graham, Cathleen Palm, Suzanne Root and Cassie Solomon. Click here to register for this event.

Copyright Society to Host Google's Patry March 11

William Patry, senior copyright counsel of Google Inc. and author of Patry on Copyright, will be speaking on "The Rhetoric of the Copyright Debates: The Use of Metaphors, Moral Panics, and Folk Devils in the Great Copyright Wars" at the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. Philadelphia Chapter meeting on Tuesday, March 11.

The program will be held at the offices of Woodcock Washburn LLP, 2929 Arch St., on the 12th floor of the Cira Centre beginning at 11:45 a.m. Admission is $10 for Society members and $15 for non-members. Please make payments at the door to The Copyright Society of the U.S.A., Philadelphia Chapter. Click here for more information.

Pa. Minority Prelaw Conference March 12

The Law School Admission Council Office of Minority Affairs will present the Pennsylvania Minority Prelaw Conference on Wednesday, March 12 beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

The conference is an opportunity for high school students to learn about college, law school and the legal profession and meet with law students, judges, law professors and admission professionals.

Transportation and lunch will be provided. For more information, please contact
Glenn E. Bell at (215) 968-1387 or

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Komen Race for the Cure May 11

The 18th Annual Susan B. Komen Philadelphia Race for the Cure will be held Sunday, May 11 at Eakins Oval near the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Online registration for the 2008 Komen Philadelphia Race for the Cure is open. Register now to beat the rush and join the tens of thousands who will celebrate survivorship and the efforts to fight breast cancer on Mothers Day, May 11. An exclusive Lilly Pulitzer scarf designed to lift your spirits while helping a great cause is available for a donation with your registration. Click here for more information and to register for the race.

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