March 21, 2011
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 12, No. 23

Sandra Day O'Connor Award Nominees Sought

The Women in the Profession Committee is seeking nominations for the 2011 Sandra Day O'Connor Award. Deadline for nominations is Monday, April11.

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 at an upcoming 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. That year, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor presented the first award to U.S. District Court Senior Judge Norma L. Shapiro. The award has since been presented to the late Juanita Kidd Stout, former justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court; Deborah R. Willig, first woman Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association; Professor Marina Angel, of the Temple University Beasley School of Law faculty; Third Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Dolores K. Sloviter (former Chief Judge); U.S. District Court Judge Anita B. Brody; Leslie Anne Miller, first woman president of the Pennsylvania Bar Association; Lila G. Roomberg of Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP; the late Judge Judith J. Jamison; Ellen T. Greenlee, chief defender of the Defender Association of Philadelphia; former Chancellor Audrey C. Talley; U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Marjorie O. Rendell; former Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge Phyllis W. Beck; Roberta D. Pichini of Feldman, Shepherd, Wohlgelernter, Tanner, Weinstock & Dodig; Lynn A. Marks, executive director of Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts; Roberta D. Liebenberg of Fine, Kaplan and Black, R.P.C.; JoAnne Epps, dean of Temple University Beasley School of Law; and Stephanie Resnick of Fox Rothschild LLP.

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 or by e-mail to

Last Chance for Legal Directory Discount

The expanded and updated 2011 Legal Directory is coming soon with more than 700 pages of firm and attorney entries, information for more than 350 local judges, government contacts, law organization profiles, ADR resources, Bar Association bylaws, contacts and committees, and more. It’s a wealth of vital information legal professionals in the region trust and rely on – all in one resource!

For attorneys on the go, the directory won’t fit in your pocket but your mobile device will – again, for 2011, the Legal Directory is online and optimized for your handheld. That’s thousands of listings at your fingertips. Simply click a phone number or e-mail; your handheld will dial or generate an e-mail template. That’s incredible convenience in print, online and mobile. Order this time-saving resource today — special pre-publication price, $20 off, ends March 31! To order, click here to visit

Bullying CLE March 21

The Pennsylvania Bar Institute will present the CLE "Bullying" on Monday, March 21 as part of its public policy series.

The U.S. Justice Department estimates that more than 25 percent of all American school kids will be bullied or abused by another minor each month. This translates into hundreds of thousands of bullying episodes every week, involving both physical and verbal abuse. The internet/technology driven world has added to this age-old problem with "cyber-bullying," an indirect, but just as offensive way, to mock and bully. Recent news stories have focused on young people driven to suicide by cyber-bullying. The level of bullying results in many children deciding not to attend school, with parents caught in the dilemma of wanting their child to receive a quality education, but not wanting to subject their kids to fear, intimidation and possible physical harm.

The program begins at 12 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Registration and lunch begin at 11:15 a.m. Click here to register.

Former Political Prisoner to Speak March 22

Alicia Rodriguez, a Puerto Rican nationalist and former political prisoner, will discuss her arrest in 1980 and her federal trial for seditious conspiracy to overthrow the United States government which culminated in a sentence of 55 years at a March 22 program sponsored by the Civil Rights Committee, Women's Rights Committee, Criminal Justice Section, National Lawyers Guild and the Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania.

Throughout her trial, Alicia Rodriguez and other Armed Forces of National Liberation (FALN) members declared themselves to be combatants and invoked prisoner of war status due to the unlawful occupation of the island of Puerto Rico. Rodriguez and 9 other prisoners were ultimately extended offers of clemency from President Clinton in 1999.

The program begins at 12:30 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register.

Accounting and Finance for Lawyers CLE March 23

CPA John E. Moore III will present the CLE "Winning Numbers: Accounting and Finance for Lawyers" on Wednesday, March 23.

Financial, business and accounting issues are at the heart of many legal problems. This nationally-acclaimed seminar goes well beyond traditional "debit and credit" to offer you a refreshing perspective and simple solutions for wading through complicated rules, terminology and analysis. Discover how common business transactions are summarized in financial statement form. Use Moore's proven methods for working effectively with statements offered by your client, your opponent, expert…even your firm's accountant.

This program qualifies for 5 substantive and 1 ethics CLE credits. The program begins at 8:30 a.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

Protecting IP Rights in M&A Transactions March 23

Matthew I. Cohen will present "Protecting Intellectual Property Rights in M&A Transactions - Don't Be Volkswagen" at the Wednesday, March 23 meeting of the Mergers and Acquisitions Committee.

A decade ago, Volkswagen outbid BMW and acquired Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, the then makers of both Bentley and Rolls-Royce luxury cars. Unfortunately for Volkswagen, another entity owned the intellectual property rights to the prestigious Rolls-Royce name and distinctive "Double-R" trademark and chose to license the name and mark to BMW. Deprived of the ability to sell Rolls-Royce cars under the Rolls-Royce name, Volkswagen ultimately had to settle with BMW and cede the Rolls-Royce brand to BMW. Inadequate due diligence resulted in an expensive mistake. Cohen will discuss some of the important issues that M&A practitioners should consider when advising clients on the purchase or sale of businesses with significant intellectual property assets.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. at the offices of Klehr Harrison Harvey Branzburg LLP, 1835 Market St., Suite 1400. There is no cost to attend this meeting, but registration is required. Lunch will be provided. Click here to register.

Tax Return Preparer and PTIN Rules CLE March 24

The Tax Section and Probate and Trust Law Section will present the CLE program "Tax Return Preparer and PTIN Rules" on Thursday, March 24.

Panelists are Jerald D. August and David Schechtman. This seminar will give a thorough review of the latest changes to the IRS return preparer penalty standards and the associated IRS guidance. In particular, the panelists will consider the applicable rules under IRS Circular 230, rules governing accuracy related and civil fraud penalties, and the recently enacted rules governing Practitioner Tax Identification Numbers. The panel will suggest approaches for tax counsel to stay in full compliance.

The CLE begins at 12:30 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Check in and lunch begin at 12 p.m. Click here to register.

Speaking with Media When Stakes are High March 24

Communications coach Karen Friedman will present "Shut Up and Say Something: Conversing with the Media When the Stakes are High" at the Thursday, March 24 meeting of the Bar-News Media Committee.

Friedman will show you how to harness the power of the media to your advantage. A former award-winning television news reporter, Friedman will help you understand how to work more effectively with reporters to influence stories and make the media work with you. She is the author of Shut Up and Say Something: Business Communication Strategies to Overcome Challenges and Influence ListenersSpeaking of Success: World Class Experts Share Their Secrets.

The event is co-sponsored by the Law Practice Management Committee. The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headuquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register.

Bar Academy Presents Golf Primer March 25

Whether you are a regular golfer, or someone who has a hard time differentiating the club from the ball, join us for a special preseason primer on two of the more perplexing components of golf. Course rating and handicap computation will be demystified by experts from the Golf Association of Philadelphia.

According to the United States Golf Association, the USGA Course Rating System™ is the standard upon which the USGA Handicap System™ is built. It affects all golfers in the calculation of a Handicap Index®. Players "play to their handicaps" when their net scores (gross score minus handicap strokes) equal the USGA Course Rating™. Join us for this insightful primer, which will also feature a buffet lunch.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. To register for this free program, click here or visit Lunch is available for $8 for Association members who pre-register, and $9.50 for non-members. Registration is limited and required in advance.

The Philadelphia Bar Association Academy provides civic and cultural educational experiences that allow for enhanced business development opportunities. Academy programs provide a unique entry to the city's most vibrant institutions and leaders, offering behind-the-scenes access to these institutions in a manner designed to benefit all participants.

Bar's Speaker Series Kicks Off March 25

U.S. Attorney of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Zane D. Memeger, Pennsylvania Inspector General Kenya Mann Faulkner and Chief Federal Defender Leigh M. Skipper will kick off the new Philadelphia Bar Association Speaker Series sponsored by the Government and Public Service Lawyers Committee on Friday, March 25 from 4 to 6 p.m.

The Speaker Series seeks to promote a broader understanding of the role of government and public service professionals while encouraging more young attorneys to consider a career in this sector of legal practice.

Chancellor Rudolph Garcia will offer welcoming remarks and Assistant District Attorney Deborah Cooper Nixon will introduce each speaker. The event will be followed by a wine and cheese reception, where attendees will have the opportunity for informal questions and answers with the guest speakers.

The event is free and open to all members of the Philadelphia Bar Association. It will be held at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Advance registration is required. Click here to register.

Center City District CEO on Law Firms' Role in City Economy

Paul R. Levy, president and CEO of the Center City District, will discuss "Law Firms' Role in the Economy of Center City: How to Prompt Sustained Growth" at the Friday, March 25 meeting of the Large Firm Management Committee Meeting.

Chancellor Rudolph Garcia will discuss Fastcase, a new Philadelphia Bar Association member benefit, at the program, which begins at 8 a.m. at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC, Two Liberty Place, 50 S. 16th St., Suite 3200. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. Click here to register.

COICA Act Discussion March 23

The Cyberspace & E-Commerce Committee will present a discussion on Combating Online Infringements and Counterfeits Act at its Wednesday, March 23 meeting.

Some groups describe the proposed legislation as unlawful seizure and censorship, others see it as a legitimate means to eliminate copyright infringement. The meeting begins at 12 p.m. at the offices of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis, LLP, 1600 Market St., Suite 3600. There is no cost to attend this meeting but registration is required. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to Susan Bender at 215-751-2237 or

Succeeding in Commercial Litigation March 29

The Women in the Profession Committee will present "Succeeding in Commercial Litigation" at its Tuesday, March 29 meeting.

Learn tips on leading a trial team, juror perceptions of women litigators, how to play the corporate game and strategies for getting the best cases. Panelists for the program include Barbara W. Mather, a partner at Pepper Hamilton LLP; Elizabeth K. Ainslie, a partner at Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP; and Sherrie R. Savett, member of the management committee at Berger & Montague LLP.

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 members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register.

Women in Profession Committee Seeks Bloggers

The Women in the Profession Committee is looking for volunteers to contribute bi-weekly submissions to the Committee’s blog. From the professional to the personal, if you have something interesting to say then we want to hear from you. Topics can include but are not limited to practical advice in your practice area, tips for success, personal reflections, work/life balance, and entertainment.

Submissions can be short (250 words) and can be published anonymously. Submissions will be reviewed by the co-chairs prior to posting. Visit the Women in the Profession Committee blog by clicking here.

Association Launching Classified Advertising Online

Attorneys looking for jobs and employers looking to fill vacancies will have a new resource available on the Philadelphia Bar Association website.

To help launch the new section of the website (, a special introductory price of $39 per advertisement has been announced. The $39 price per ad will be in effect for the first three months that the site is open. The site is scheduled to launch Monday, April 4.

Advertisements will be listed under four different categories: positions available; positions desired; rent/own space; and vendor services. Bar Association members can purchase ads and place them in any category. The ads will run for 30 days. The "positions available" category is for law firms or companies that have vacancies that need to be filled. "Positions desired" is for attorneys looking for a specific job situation, whether it be full-time work, part-time work, contract work or anything else. "Rent/own space" is the classified section's real estate listings where you can advertise available office space. "Vendor services" is the location where court reporters, expert witnesses and other non-lawyer professionals can offer their services to Bar Association members.

To post an advertisement, Bar Association members should go to Once there, you will be asked to either log in or create an account. Next, you create the ad by choosing a category and creating a headline for it. Advertisers can then add descriptions, qualifications and contact information. You can then review the posting before paying the introductory $39 fee. Once you confirm the order and submit the listing, the ad will instantly appear on the website. A confirmation will appear and a copy of the receipt will be e-mailed to you.

Attorneys who are not members of the Philadelphia Bar Association will be able to browse the titles of listings, but will not be able to see the entire listing without becoming a member of the Association.

YLD Annual Meeting Featuring Michael Barkann April 14

A dedicated advocate for the transgender community, the founder of a program that offers marathon training to help improve the lives of Philadelphia's youth, and a general practice law firm with a long history of supporting the Young Lawyers Division will each be honored with a YLD community service award at the Division's Annual Meeting, Thursday, April 14 at 12 p.m. at the Crystal Tea Room in the Wanamaker Building, 100 Penn Square East, 9th Floor.

Comcast SportsNet's Michael Barkann, a seven-time Pennsylvania Sportscaster of the Year and a five-time Philadelphia Sports Emmy Award winner, will present the keynote speech at the event.

Natalie Hrubos will receive the Craig M. Perry Award for her pro-bono work representing low-income transgender individuals; Heather McDanel, the Director of Students Run Philly Style, will receive the F. Sean Peretta Award; and the law firm of Ciardi Ciardi & Astin will receive the YLD Vision Award. YLD Chair Carolyn Chopko will also speak. Click here to register. The YLD Annual Meeting is sponsored by TD Bank.

April 21 Chancellor's Forum with Mayor Nutter

The Philadelphia Bar Association will present the Chancellor's Forum, "A Conversation with Mayor Michael A. Nutter," on Thursday, April 21 at 12 p.m. at the Association's headquarters, 1101 Market St., in the 11th floor Conference Center.

Join us as we hear from the mayor, and engage in a question-and-answer session, as he discusses his proposed Fiscal Year 2012 Budget and Fiscal Years 2012-2016 Five-Year Plan recently presented to City Council. Mayor Nutter will be introduced by Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor Rudolph Garcia.

Chancellor's Forums bring expertise, in-depth analysis and attention to critical topics affecting the citizens of Philadelphia.

The event is free, and lunch is available for purchase for $5. Advance registration is required. Click here to register.

Feinberg to Speak at April 28 Chancellor's Forum

Kenneth R. Feinberg, President Obama's compensation chief and administrator of the federal 9/11 fund - which distributed nearly $7 billion to more than 5,000 survivors and families of victims - as well as the gulf oil spill fund, will be the featured speaker at a Thursday, April 28 Chancellor's Forum presented by the Business Law Section. Click here to register.

The Chancellor's Forum will be held at the Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia, 10 Avenue of the Arts, at 12:30 p.m. Tickets for this plated-lunch program are $35 for Business Law Section members, $45 for non-Section members who belong to the Philadelphia Bar Association and $55 for non-members.

Feinberg was named by President Obama in June 2010 as the independent administrator of a $20 billion fund set up by BP to compensate victims of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. He was appointed by the Secretary of the Treasury in 2009 to serve as the Special Master for TARP Executive Compensation.

Feinberg was the fund administrator responsible for the design, implementation and administration of the claims process for the Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund following the tragic shootings at Virginia Tech University in April 2007. Click here to register. The Chancellor's Forum is sponsored by TD Bank.

Get Admitted to U.S. Supreme Court May 23

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 23. 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 website at 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 Admissions 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 Admissions Form, please mail it to Philadelphia Bar Association headquarters 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, April 4, 2011.

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

Entries Sought for Ginsburg Legal Writing Competition

Entries are now being accepted for the Philadelphia Bar Association's 2011 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Pursuit of Justice Legal Writing Competition.

The co-chairs of the competition are Bar Association Vice Chancellor Kathleen D. Wilkinson, partner at Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman and Dicker LLP and Diane Penneys Edelman, Assistant Dean for International Programs, Associate Professor of Legal Writing, Villanova University School of Law.

The Bar Association recognizes the importance of excellence in legal analysis and writing skills, and seeks to award a student enrolled in an American Bar Association-approved or provisionally approved Philadelphia-area law school for authoring a top-quality competition submission.

This competition is open to full- and part-time law students who are in their second or third year of study during the 2010-11 academic year at one of the following six institutions: Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Rutgers University School of Law - Camden, Temple University Beasley School of Law, Villanova University School of Law and Widener University School of Law (Delaware Campus). Part-time law students in their third or later year of study are also eligible. Students must be in good standing at their institutions. The submission may not have been published previously, although it may have been prepared in connection with a law school course or for a law journal. The submission also may not have been submitted for any other competition during the time when it is under consideration for this competition, until after the time when awards are announced. The submission must be the work of one author alone (joint submissions will not be considered), and the author must certify that the submission has been prepared without substantial editing from others.

Candidates may submit a law review quality submission on any topic relating to rights, privileges and responsibilities under federal law. Entries must be received by Monday, May 9 at 4 p.m.

The author of the winning submission will receive a cash award of $2,500, the publication of the winning submission in The Philadelphia Lawyer, on the Bar Association's website and/or in an appropriate Bar Association publication. The winner will be invited to a Quarterly Meeting of the Bar Association, at which time the award will be presented.

YLD Casino Night Fundraiser May 14

Play exciting games of poker, blackjack, craps and roulette at the Young Lawyers Division's brand-new Casino Night and Annual Fundraiser benefiting the Philadelphia Bar Foundation on Saturday, May 14 at the Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel from 7 to 10:30 p.m.

The event also features an open bar, a generous dinner buffet, a DJ, and a big ticket raffle.

Registration is $75 per ticket and $135 for two. One ticket includes $200 worth of chips to use at seven blackjack tables, three poker tables, a craps table and a double roulette table. Additional chips will be available for purchase at the event. There are no minimum bets, so play as freely as you like. Chips can be exchanged for raffle tickets toward a host of spectacular items to be auctioned off at the event.

All proceeds benefit the Philadelphia Bar Foundation, which is dedicated to promoting access to justice for all people, particularly those struggling with poverty, abuse and discrimination. Since 2006, the YLD's annual fundraiser - which traditionally featured a renowned comedian and a silent auction - has raised more than $313,000 for the Foundation.

Click here for sponsorship and ticket information.

Register for Bar Association 5K May 15

Registration is now available for the 32nd Annual Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Run/Walk set for Sunday, May 15 on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive adjacent to the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

While the 5KRun/Walk offers friendly individual competition for runners in 16 age categories for both male and female competitors in both Bar Association and non-Bar Association categories, the competition also includes the Caesar, Rivise, Bernstein, Cohen & Pokotilow Legal Team Competition for participating law firms. This legal team competition is fun for all participants because of its unique scoring system that allows teams with diverse age and gender classifications to be competitive with each another. A team's score is based on the individual rankings of the team members who do best in their individual age and gender classifications based on the finishing times of only the legal team competitors. A legal team includes between three and five members who must be bona fide full-time or part-time employees of the firm, so paralegals, law clerks and legal secretaries are encouraged to join attorneys on legal teams. The highly sought after trophy bowls are awarded to the top three legal teams. The entry fee for each legal team is a $400 contribution to Child Advocates and all team competitors also receive an exclusive team competitor T-shirt for having completed the event.

For more information, visit

Bar Association Night at the Phillies June 7

Join your colleagues and friends at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday, June 7 for Bar Association Night at the Phillies when the Phils play the Los Angeles Dodgers at 7:05 p.m.

Seating will be located in Terrace Deck (sections 418 and 426) at $28 per ticket. Net proceeds from tickets sold through this offer will benefit the Philadelphia Bar Foundation and SeniorLAW Center.

Please place your order by May 7. Tickets are subject to availability!

For groups of 25 or more, please contact Colleen Mogee in the Group Sales Office at 215-463-5000 ext. 5103. All groups of 25 or more will be welcomed on the Phillies side auxiliary message boards at the top of the 5th inning. To purchase tickets, visit and enter the promotion code PBAN.

Paralegals Seek Pro Bono Award Nominees

The Philadelphia Association of Paralegals is seeking nominees for its annual Pro Bono Award. The award will be made at PAP's April 12 bi-monthly luncheon.

PAP’s Pro Bono Award is designed to acknowledge the dedication and motivation of a paralegal who has volunteered his/her time to enhance the delivery of quality, pro bono, legal services to the less fortunate population of Philadelphia. The winning paralegal will be honored by a $1,000 donation to a pro bono organization of his/her choice

The nominee must have enhanced the delivery of quality legal services to the Philadelphia legal community. The nominee must have, on a voluntary basis, performed the aforementioned services and accomplishments while holding full-time employment as a paralegal. Members of the PAP's Pro Bono Award Committee and Board of Directors are not eligible to nominate or receive this award. Employees of pro bono organizations are not eligible to receive this award.

A paralegal may self-nominate or may nominate a colleague for this award. An attorney may nominate a paralegal for this award as well. To nominate an individual for the Pro Bono Award, submit a nomination letter and the current professional resume of the nominee to: The Philadelphia Association of Paralegals, P.O. Box 59198, Philadelphia, PA 19102-9198, Attn: Pro Bono Award Committee. The nomination letter and professional resume must be received by PAP on Wednesday, March 23.

Ramos to Receive La Justicia Award March 24

The Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania will recognize Pedro Ramo for his dedication to the Latino community by awarding him the 10th annual La Justicia Award on Thursday, March 24 at 5:30 p.m. at Dechert LLP, Cira Centre, 2929 Arch St., Philadelphia.

The Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania (HBA) is a professional organization that is committed to the social, economic, professional, and educational advancement of Hispanic attorneys and the Hispanic community. The HBA's La Justicia Award recognizes individuals with a longstanding commitment to the advancement of the Latino community and who exemplify those qualities of the human spirit to which we should all aspire.

For more information about the tenth annual La Justicia award ceremony, please contact HBA President Lorena Ahumada: 215-496-7227. You may also visit the HBA website at

SeniorLAW Center SeniorPROM April 1

SeniorLAW Center's 2011 SeniorPROM will be held Friday, April 1 from 6 to 10 p.m., at the Westin Philadelphia, 99 S. 17th St.

Blank Rome LLP, Ethan Fogel (of Dechert LLP) and Harry Gross (columnist for Philadelphia Daily News) will be receiving special awards. This prom for all ages includes cocktails, dinner, live music and dancing. Prom attire is optional! Individual adult tickets are $125. Tickets may be purchased online at For sponsorship opportunities or for more information, contact Larry Felzer at 215-701-3203 or e-mail

International Law and Self Defense CLE April 4

The Louis D. Brandeis Law Society of Philadelphia, in partnership with the American Jewish Committee will sponsor a full-day CLE program with Professor Amos N. Guiora on Monday, April 4 at Blank Rome LLP, One Logan Square, 18th and Cherry Streets, in the firm's board room.

Professor Guiora will discuss international law and self-defense. The program has been approved for five substantive credits and one ethics credit. A dairy lunch is included with registration.
Professor Guiora teaches at the University of Utah's S. J. Quinney College of Law where he helps lead the college's efforts to provide cutting-edge research, innovative training, and public service initiatives in the prevention and mitigation of global conflict.

Professor Guiora writes and lectures extensively on issues such as the legal aspects of counterterrorism, rearticulating international law, global perspectives on counterterrorism, terror financing, international law and morality in armed conflict, educating IDF commanders and soldiers on international law and morality, religion and terrorism, domestic terror courts, self defense, and geo-politics and international law.

Prior to joining the faculty at the Quinney College of Law, Professor Guiora was Professor of Law and the Founding Director of the Institute for Global Security Law and Policy at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. Before joining Case Western in 2004, Professor Guiora served for 19 years in the Israel Defense Forces Judge Advocate General's Corps (Lt. Col. Ret.), where he held a number of senior command positions, including Commander of the IDF School of Military Law, Judge Advocate for the Navy and Home Front Command, and the Legal Advisor to the Gaza Strip.

During his military service, Professor Guiora was involved in the capture of the PLO weapons ship Karine A, implementation of the Gaza-Jericho Agreement, the Israeli-Palestinian Interim Agreement, and "Safe Passage" between the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. Professor Guiora also had command responsibility for the development of an interactive software program that teaches an eleven point code-of-conduct based on international law, Israeli law, and the IDF code.

Professor Guiora will draw upon his teaching and military experience to present a unique series of classes focuses on international law and ethical responsibilities. For further information, please click here.

Additional information and registration instructions are available online at Or, feel free to contact Brandeis Chancellor Adam E. Laver at or 215-569-5764.

The Louis D. Brandeis Law Society of Philadelphia is a Jewish law society, dedicated to advancing and enriching the personal and professional interests of members of the Bench and Bar. It promotes opportunities for leadership development, social interaction, education and community service.

Public Interest Events, Training Programs Scheduled

HIAS and Council will present a free pro bono training program on citizenship procedures and fee waivers on Wednesday, March 23 from 12 to 2 p.m., at Duane Morris LLP, 30 S. 17th St. Register with Shaloo Jose at or 215-821-0909. This training will prepare volunteers to participate in National Citizenship Day on April 30.

Face to Face is holding its annual Silent Auction and Reception on Friday, March 25 at 6:30 p.m. at Ancillae Assumpta Academy, 2025 Church Road, Wyncote PA. Tickets are $35. For more information, call Marie McCabe, executive administrator, at 215-849-0179 or contact her by e-mail at

The Support Center for Child Advocates will hold the training program "How to Handle a Child Abuse Case," Wednesday, April 6, a full-day, 6-CLE credit course offered through PBI. Register at Join us for this volunteer workshop training and hear experts in the field of child advocacy explain how you can make a difference in the lives of child victims. For additional information, please contact Jodi Schatz, director of Intake and Pro Bono Services, or call 267-546-9228.

Rutgers School of Law - Camden will hold its Annual Evening APIL Auction and CLE on Thursday, April 7. This year's auction is preceded by the free 1.5 hour CLE presentation (NJ or PA credits apply) "Advocacy Skills." Overcoming "stock stories" in statutory construction is the concept. If your client's motor vehicle license has been suspended, may he still drive an electric scooter? Nationally-renowned legal writing expert Professor Michael R. Smith will address ways that lawyers can think through and argue for or against the stock structure inherent in these types of statutory arguments. This presentation has been made possible by The JALWD Visiting Scholars of Legal Rhetoric. After the CLE, come bid on Phillies tickets, golf with Dean Solomon, Broadway show tickets, and other great items, all to benefit summer public interest scholarships. Click here to RSVP for the CLE. To RSVP for the auction, contact Pam Mertsock-Wolfe at

The Support Center for Child Advocates will hold its Annual Benefit Reception and Auction on Wednesday, April 13 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Crystal Team Room on the 9th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Dr. Amy Gutmann, president of the University of Pennsylvania, will receive the 2011 Judge Lois G. Forer Child Advocacy Award. The Support Center will also honor 2011 Distinguished Advocates Anne M. Aaronson, Christopher E. Dunne, Richard J. Gelles, Ph.D., Ira Harkavy, Ph.D., Dolores Miller, James H. Steigerwald, Leslie A. Sudock and Marge and Mike Thackray. Award-winning actor Dermot Mulroney will serve as master of ceremonies. Click here for registration information.

Property Distribution in Pennsylvania March 24

"Slicing Up the Pie: Property Distribution in Pennsylvania" offers a comprehensive walk through every step to the equitable distribution process and includes a course book with searchable CD ROM. Materials provide through analysis of the law and practical tips necessary to direct novice and experienced practitioner. This 3 substantive CLE credit hour video encore program will be held Thursday, March 24 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 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Check-in begins at 8:30 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, March 21
Simulcast - Bullying
2 substantive CLE credits
12 to 2 p.m.

Tuesday, March 22
Succession Planning for Attorneys
3 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Advanced Issues in Estate Planning
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Simulcast - PLI - Institutional Investor Forum 2011
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Wednesday, March 23
Winning Numbers: Accounting & Finance for Lawyers (PEG)
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Commercial Documents Series 2011 - Representations & Warranties in Acquisition Documents
2 substantive CLE credits
12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 24
Video - Slicing Up the Pie: Property Distribution in Pennsylvania
3 substantive CLE credits
12 to 3:15 p.m.

Friday, March 25
Bridge the Gap 2011
4 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

*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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