Thursday, March 13, 2008
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 9, No. 21

Last Chance to Buy Tickets Online for March 17 Quarterly

Don't miss your last chance to buy tickets online for the March 17 Quarterly Meeting where Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter will deliver the keynote address.

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."

Legal Presentation Skills Training Seminar March 18

Renowned trial lawyers Robert J. Mongeluzzi and Mark J. LeWinter will present Legal Presentation Skills in the third installment of the Associate Training Program on Tuesday, March 18.

This seminar will help guide attorneys on how to structure language for persuasion and clarity; use physical and vocal skills which can mean the difference between a good presentation and a great one; and establish credibility in communications with clients, judges, witnesses and staff.

The program, sponsored by the Law Practice Management Division and the Philadelphia Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators, has been approved for 1.5 substantive CLE credits. Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay a fee of $40 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years, and $35 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. If you wish to register in advance, visit, call PBI Customer Service at (800) 932-4637

The program begins at 8 a.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building, 13th and Market Sts. (please use Juniper Street entrance). Continental breakfast and registration begin at 7:30 a.m.

Panel on City's Immigrant Youth March 18

The Legal Rights of Children Committee will present a panel discussion on Philadelphia's immigrant youth at its Tuesday, March 18 meeting.

Panelists include Ingrid Jean-Baptiste, Support Center for Child Advocates; Margaret Niebler, HIAS and Council Migration Service; Twinckle Vaidya, Philadelphia Law Department; and Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Flora Barth Wolf. The panel will address the challenges facing the growing number of both documented and undocumented immigrant youth in the dependency system.

The meeting begins at 3:30 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Cookies and beverages will be provided.

Darfur Native to Address International Law Committee

Dr. Ali B. Ali-Dinar, a native of Darfur, and Temple University Beasley School of Law Professor Joanne Epps will discuss "The Situation in Darfur: Evolution and Prospects" at the Wednesday, March 19 meeting of the International Law Committee.

Dr. Ali-Dinar is the associate director of the University of Pennsylvania's African studies center and President of the Philadelphia-based Darfur Alert Coalition. He is an expert on the humanitarian crisis in Darfur and will discuss what could be done to help people in Darfur today. In June 2007, Epps traveled to London as a member of an American team which provided training to Sudanese lawyers representing victims of the Darfur crisis and will tell us about her experience.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. at the offices of Pepper Hamilton LLP, 3000 Two Logan Square, 18th and Arch streets, in the Philadelphia Conference Center on the 31st Floor. Pepper will be offering lunch to those who RSVP to Nancy Mazer promptly at or 215-981-4616.

Judges Turned Litigants Discuss Perspectives March 19

Former Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge Robert Graci and former Third Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Timothy K. Lewis will discuss the unique perspective of judge-turned-litigant at the Wednesday, March 19, meeting of the Appellate Courts Committee and the Third Circuit Bar Association.

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.

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 70 people in attendance will receive a ticket for a free drink. No RSVP required. The March Happy Hour is sponsored by Summit Court Reporting.

E-Filing in Court of Common Pleas March 20

The Technology Committee of the Law Practice Management Division will present E-filing in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia on Thursday, March 20.

The presentation will provide an overview of the new e-filing system, and will answer questions about how attorneys and their staffs can prepare for and achieve the maximum benefits from electronic filing. The panelists for this meeting include Charles A. Mapp Sr., deputy court administrator, Civil Division, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas; and Harold Palmer, programmer manager of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.

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.

Deputy Mayor for Public Safety to Speak March 25

Everett Gillison, deputy mayor in charge of public safety, will be the guest speaker at the Tuesday, March 25 meeting of the Criminal Justice Section.

Gillison will discuss the administration's vision for a new Philadelphia and how the Criminal Justice Section can help effectuate Mayor Nutter's criminal justice related programs. Gillison has agreed to a brief question and answer period at the end of the section meeting.

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.

Polish Your Professional Image Program March 25

Sara Canuso will present "Creating Your Most Polished Professional Image to Achieve Your Highest Potential and Career Success" at the Tuesday, March 25 meeting of the Women in the Profession Committee.

Canuso is president of A Suitable Solution. 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 wh register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Rendell to Deliver Keynote at YLD Annual Meeting March 25

Gov. Edward G. Rendell will be the keynote speaker at the Young Lawyers Division 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. Click here to purchase tickets for this event.

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 with a friend, and receive lunch at a Center City restaurant. To purchase tickets, click here.

Program on History of Poland's Jews March 18

The Louis D. Brandeis Law Society will present a multimedia program focusing on the history of Poland's Jews and detailing plans for the construction of the new Museum of The History of Polish Jews planned for Warsaw, Poland.

The program will be held Tuesday, March 18 at 6 p.m. at the Philopatrian Society at 1923 Walnut St. Polish and Jewish food will be served at the event and tickets are $25. For more information call Brandeis Chancellor Lou Podel at 215-769-0100.

Philadelphia lawyer Michael Berkowitz, New York region chair of the museum, will discuss plans for the new edifice as well as the rich and vivid history of Polish Jews.

This museum is planned not just as a meeting with the past but also as an interactive center of culture and education. It will fill the gaps in the knowledge many people have about their common heritage. It will restore the lost consciousness of their multicultural history to Poles, the memory of the creative life of their ancestors to Jews, and it will show all visitors the life of Polish Jews as an inseparable part of global and European heritage.

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.

Third Annual YLD Comedy Night May 10

Join the YLD for a night of laughs on Saturday, May 10 featuring comedians Lynne Koplitz and Doug Benson. Tickets are available now and include open bar, heavy hors d'oeuvres, a silent auction and a DJ.

For sponsorship information, please contact Brian Chacker. To donate items to the silent auction, please contact Abbie DuFrayne. All proceeds benefit the Philadelphia Bar Foundation.

29th Annual 5K Run/Walk May 18

More than 700 runners and walkers will make their way along Martin Luther King Drive on Sunday, May 18 at 8:30 a.m. for the Association's 29th Annual 5K Run/Walk.

The event will include both a 5-kilometer (3.1 miles) run and a 5-kilometer walk, both of which can be entered by individuals. Legal and company teams can enter the team competition in the run. Legal and company teams can enter the team competition in the run. For Association members who sign up as members of the Bar, your finishing time will be recorded in both the open competition and the Bar competition. This will allow you the chance to win a medal in your age group in both competitions.

The event will support the Support Center for Child Advocates. The Association is being joined by FirstTrust; Wawa; Iron Mountain; Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC; The Legal Intelligencer; USI Colburn Insurance Service; Veritext L.L.C.; Special Counsel; and Document Technologies, Inc. as sponsors. Legal sponsors include the law firms of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, L.L.P.; Anapol, Schwartz, Weiss, Cohan, Feldman & Smalley, P.C.; Caesar, Rivise, Bernstein, Cohen & Pokotilow, Ltd.; Cozen O'Connor; DLA Piper; Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP; Fox Rothschild LLP; Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin; Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP; Neil A. Morris Associates, P.C.; Pepper Hamilton LLP; RatnerPrestia; Raynes McCarty; Sandals & Associates, P.C.; Schander Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP; Semanoff Ormsby Greenberg & Torchia, LLC; WolfBlock; Woodcock Washburn LLP and Zarwin, Baum, Devito, Kaplan, Schaer & Toddy, P.C. In addition to the legal sponsors, the law firms of Bennett, Bricklin & Saulsburg; Flaster/Greenberg P.C.; and Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP have contributed to the Run as legal supporters.

Everyone who participates will receive a t-shirt. At the finish line after the run there will be a variety of refreshments, giveaways and other post-run activities that are fun for the entire family.

Anyone interested in running or walking may obtain a race application at Caesar, Rivise, Bernstein, Cohen & Pokotilow, Ltd.; 1635 Market St., 11th Floor; Philadelphia, PA 19103, or by calling (215) 567-2010. Online registration will be available at For more information, please contact Eric S. Marzluf at or (215) 567-2010, extension 130; or Tom Bell at and (215) 887-2050, extension 107.

Law firms and companies may enter teams in the 5K run by calling Michael Berkowitz at (215) 567-2010, extension 132 or e-mailing for team applications. The deadline for team registration is May 9.

Law School Public Interest Auctions

• 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.

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.

Legal Clinic for Disabled Spring Celebration April 10

The Legal Clinic for the Disabled will hold its Sixth Annual Spring Celebration and Silent Auction on Thursday, April 10 at the Morris Cafe at the offices of Duane Morris LLP, 30 S. 17th St.

The Legal Clinic will present its annual White Hat Awards to White and Williams, LLP and Evan Caplan. Amy Slater will be honored with the Special Volunteer Recognition Award.

The celebration begins at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $50. For additional information, contact Tom Prettyman, executive director of the Legal Clinic for the Disabled at (215) 587-3357.

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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Susan G. Komen Philadelphia Race for the Cure May 11

Did you know one in eight women are diagnosed with breast cancer? And, a woman dies of the disease approximately every 13 minutes — almost five per hour.

Look around you, with these devastating odds, chances are this disease will impact several of your loved ones, or yourself. Participation in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® offers you a tremendous way to be empowered against the odds to help make a true difference in the fight against breast cancer.

More than a 5-K run/walk, the Race in Philadelphia is a Delaware Valley Mother's Day tradition for celebrating survivors, remembering loved ones, and uniting the community in the hope of the cure. Opening ceremonies begin at 7 a.m. at Eakins Oval/The Philadelphia Museum of Art. Click here for details and to register.

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