Monday, March 3, 2008
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 9, No. 18

YLD Annual Meeting and Reception March 25 at g

The Young Lawyers Division will hold its Annual Meeting and Reception Tuesday, March 25 at g, 111 S. 17th St., below Davio's, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $35 and include an open bar and heavy hors d'oeuvres. The YLD will officially welcome its new chair, Scott P. Sigman at the event. The F. Sean Peretta Service Award will be presented to Maria Feeley of Pepper Hamilton, LLP. The Craig M. Perry Community Service Award will be presented to DaQuana Carter of Pepper Hamilton, LLP. Dechert LLP will receive the YLD Vision Award.

The event is co-hosted by Young Advocates for Mural Arts, which will be holding a raffle where the winner will paint a new mural and receive lunch at a Center City restaurant. To purchase tickets by March 19, visit

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.

IP Committee to Meet March 5

The Intellectual Property Committee will meet Wednesday, March 5 at 12 p.m. 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.

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.

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 LLP, 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 Monday, March 3. There is no charge for this event, but reservations are required.

Board Creates Elections Committee

The Board of Governors has approved a resolution eliminating the Nominating Committee and creating an Elections Committee and revising the nominating process. The action came at the Board's Feb. 28 meeting.

The Board also approved a resolution from the Civil Rights Committee endorsing the Prison Abuse Remedies Act of 2007.

Chancellor A. Michael Pratt also appointed two new members to the board of directors of Philadelphia VIP. They are Lise A. Fisher and Rhasheda S. Douglas. Kim R. Jessum was appointed to the Association's Audit Committee.

Panel on Rule of Law in Pakistan March 6

Ryan Hancock, assistant chief counsel for the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, will be the moderator for the Civil Rights Committee program "Defending the Rule of Law in Pakistan" on Thursday, March 6.

Panelists include Hamid Khan, former president, Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan; Sahibzada Anwar Hamid, senior advocate, Supreme Court of Pakistan; and Shahid Buttar, a civil rights lawyer for Muslim Advocates.

The program 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.

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."

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.

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 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.

YLD Happy Hour March 19 at Finn McCool's

Join the YLD on Wednesday, March 19 for its happy hour at Prime Lounge, located on the second floor above Finn McCool's (12th and Sansom streets).

After closing in summer 2007 for renovations, Finn McCool's has recently reopened as an Irish pub with 16 taps on the first floor. Prime Lounge has a DJ and bottle service.

The happy hour will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and will feature drink specials and appetizers. The first 60 people in attendance will receive a ticket for a free drink. No RSVP required.

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.

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.

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.

Garcia Announces Candidacy for Vice Chancellor

Rudolph Garcia, a partner with Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC, has announced his candidacy for Vice Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

Garcia has served three multi-year terms on the Board of Governors and a variety of other leadership positions, including chair of the State Civil Litigation Section, the Federal Courts Committee, the State Civil Committee, the Bylaws Committee and the Web Site Committee.

The Association’s election is held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting in December.

Civil Gideon Plenary Session April 10

The Public Interest Section and the Pennsylvania Bar Association will hold the plenary meeting "Civil Gideon: A Right to Counsel in Civil Cases" on Thursday, April 10 at 4 p.m.

The program will feature opening remarks by Chancellor A. Michael Pratt and Andrew F. Susko, president of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. Panelists include Pa. State Rep. Kathy M. Manderino; Debra Gardner, legal director, Public Justice Center of Baltimore; and Laura Abel, deputy director of the Justice Program, Brennan Center for Justice, New York University School of Law.

A wine and cheese reception follows this free program, which will be held in the 11th Floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Space is limited. Click here to register for this program.

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.

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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.

Retail Real Estate Transaction CLE March 6

Pick up practical insights and practice points on representing clients in the sale or acquisition of lifestyle, stand-alone, big box, community strip and other retail projects at PBI's The Real Estate Development Transaction: Retail Projects. Gain valuable insight on the challenges and processes involved in such transactions. This 4 substantive CLE credit hour program will be held in Philadelphia – Simulcast on Thursday, March 6, 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 12:45 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.

Tuesday, March 4
Cherry-Picking Trust Situs: Cherry-Picking Trust Law
2 substantive CLE credits
12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Legal Issues in Hiring and Firing Employees
4 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Wednesday, March 5
School Law
4 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Thursday, March 6
The Real Estate Development Transaction: Retail Projects
4 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Friday, March 7
The Mortgage Crisis – Part of PBI’s Public Policy Series
2 substantive CLE credits
12 to 2 p.m.

More information is available at, on the page devoted to Philadelphia programs, by calling 1-800-247-4724, or by e-mailing Note: some events sell out; before walking in, call PBI to confirm that space is still available for the program that interests you.

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

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