Monday, March 26, 2007
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 8, No. 25

Oscar-Winner Richard Dreyfuss to Speak Today

Don't miss a rare opportunity to hear from Oscar-winning actor and social activist Richard Dreyfuss, who will be the keynote speaker at the Association's Monday, March 26 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue. Tickets are $50 for Bar Association members and will be available at the door.

Dreyfuss won the Academy Award for best actor in 1977 for his performance in "The Goodbye Girl." He was nominated for Best Actor in 1996 for his role in "Mr. Holland's Opus." He has appeared in dozens of films, including Stephen Spielberg classics "Jaws" and "Close Encounters of the Third Kind." Three of his films were recently included in the American Film Institute's list of the greatest 100 films.

Immediate-Past Chancellor Alan M. Feldman will be honored at the event. Feldman will be presented with a gold snuff 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."

Developing Rewarding Mentoring Relationships March 27

Former Chancellor Audrey C. Talley, Board of Governors Vice Chair Stephanie Resnick and Sharon L. Caffrey will be the panelists for the March 27 Women in the Profession Committee program "How to Develop a Rewarding Mentoring Relationship."

Talley is a partner at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP; Resnick is a partner at Fox Rothschild LLP and Caffrey is a partner at Duane Morris LLP. The program 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.

Program on ADR and Employment Law March 27

The Labor and Employment Law Committee and the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee will hold a joint meeting "Appreciating the Benefits of ADR in an Employment Law Context" on Tuesday, March 27.

Michael A. Marra, district vice president, American Arbitration Association, and Phil Goldman, ADR coordinator for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, will discuss the application of alternative dispute resolution as it relates to employment law matters.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th Floor Committee Room South 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.

Philadelphia Prisons Update CLE March 27

The Criminal Justice Section will present the lunchtime CLE program "Philadelphia Prisons Update: Practices and Procedures on Tuesday, March 27.

Speakers for the program include Thomas Innes, chief of prison services, Defender Association of Philadelphia; Maj. James DiNubile, deputy warden and commanding officer of Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility; Michael Resnick, chief of staff and director of legal affairs, Philadelphia Prison System; Christopher Thomas, director of classification, movement and records, Philadelphia Prison System; and Lt. Ernest Webb, movement coordinator, Philadelphia Prison System.

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 1-800-932-4637.

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.

Lawyers Coach to Address Committee March 29

Lawyers coach Phyllis Sisenwine will present "Choices: You are What You Choose" at the Thursday, March 29 meeting of the Minorities in the Profession Committee.

Sisenwine is a master certified coach and has an international practice providing coaching services to law firms and lawyers who want to increase profits and improve performance.

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.

YLD Happy Hour April 19 at RumBar

The Young Lawyers Division will host a happy hour on Thursday, April 19 at RumBar, 20th and Walnut streets, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The first 60 people in attendance will receive free drink tickets. Butlered hors d'oeuvres, discounted drinks and $2 draft beer will also be available. The restaurant will be closed to the general public until 6:30 p.m. The YLD Happy Hour is sponsored by Best Rate Mortgage Company.

Chancellor's Forum on Diversity Best Practices April 30

A panel of chief diversity officers will discuss what they've learned over the years at an April 30 Chancellor's Forum on Diversity Best Practices.

The panelists will focus on issues involving recruiting, retention and promotion. One ethics CLE credit will be available for the program, which begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St.

YLD Comedy Night with Ty Barnett May 12

Ty Barnett, stand-up comedian and finalist on NBC's hit "Last Comic Standing," will fill the Academy of Natural Sciences with laughter when he headlines the Young Lawyers Division's 2nd Annual Comedy Night at the Academy on Saturday, May 12. Click here to RSVP for this event.

In addition to a night filled with entertainment, attendees will join together to raise money for the Philadelphia Bar Foundation - the charitable arm of the Bar Association, supporting legal agencies assisting the indigent, elderly and disabled, as well as abused women and children. The event, which runs from 7 to 11:30 p.m., features comedy, dancing, an open bar, heavy hors d'oeuvres and a silent auction.

Comedian and Philadelphia-native Chris Coccia will open for Barnett and serve as emcee for the night.

YLD Comedy Night is part of an annual mission to raise money for the Philadelphia Bar Foundation by promoting access to justice for all people in the community, particularly those struggling with poverty, abuse and discrimination. That mission is accomplished by providing grants and technical assistance in support of quality legal services, addressing unmet legal needs and providing education on matters in the public interest.

Tickets are $65 per person and the show is open to the public. All tickets are general admission. Click here to RSVP for this event. for more information and to purchase tickets.

Registration Open for Bar's 28th Annual 5K Run/Walk

The Association's 28th Annual 5K Run/Walk returns to Martin Luther King Drive on Sunday, May 20. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Support Center for Child Advocates. Click here to register online.

The 5K race features a number of competition divisions: open-individual, Bar Association members, company teams, legal teams, and male and female divisions. Runners also are divided into the following age groups: 13 and younger; 14-16; 17-19; 20-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54; 55-59; 60-64; 65-69; 70-74; 75-79; and 80 and older. Awards are presented to the top three finishers in each division. Runners may also participate in a separate competition featuring legal and corporate teams. For information about the team competition, contact Michael Berkowitz at (215) 567-2010, ext. 132.

Registration for Bar Association members automatically includes members in a separate open bar competition. The entry fee for Bar Association members running in the 5K is $40 if applications are postmarked by May 16. Registration on the race day is $50.

In addition to the 5K run, a 5K walk begins shortly after the start of the run for those individuals and families who want to participate in this important cause. Individual walk registration is $20, and family registration is $60. Online registration for the event is available at until May 18. All runners and walkers receive t-shirts and other items after the event.

The Philadelphia Bar Association is being joined as the event sponsor by corporate sponsors Firstrust, Wawa, Iron Mountain, The Legal Intelligencer, USI Colburn Insurance Service, Special Counsel, Veritext L.L.C., Dolfin, and Document Technologies, Inc.

Contributing to the event as legal sponsors are the law firms of Akin Gump Strauss, Hauer & Feld LLP; Anapol, Schwartz, Weiss, Cohan, Feldman & Smalley, P.C.; Bennett, Bricklin & Saulsburg LLP; Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC; Caesar, Rivise, Bernstein, Cohen & Pokotilow, Ltd.; Cozen O’Connor; DLA Piper; Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP; Flaster/Greenberg; Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin; McKissock & Hoffman, P.C.; 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.

The law firms of Barrack, Rodos & Bacine; Fox Rothschild LLP; Pelino & Lentz, P.C.; and Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP are contributing to the Run/Walk as Legal Supporters.

Registration for the May 20 event begins at 7:15 a.m. The run starts at 8:30 a.m. and the walk begins at 8:35 a.m. For more information, contact Eric S. Marzluf at (215) 567-2010, extension 130 or by e-mail at; Tom Bell at (215) 887-2050, extension 107 or by e-mail at; or Louise Pangborn at (215) 925-1913, extension 125 or by e-mail at

The directors of the race are Manny Pokotilow, Tom Bell, Eric Marzluf and Michael Berkowitz. Click here to register online.

Exelon to Help Bar Members with Pro Bono Cases

The Philadelphia Bar Association, as trial project in coordination with Exelon Corporation, will offer pro bono opportunities to Association members whose corporate legal departments do not have pro bono programs.

Exelon's Philadelphia-area pro bono coordinator is aware of and continually seeks pro bono opportunities for corporate counsel. If you are interested, you can be advised of opportunities, some of which may be one-time occurrences, others being recurring opportunities in conjunction with ongoing programs sponsored by law firms. The recurring programs may provide you the opportunity to team with a lawyer in a firm and handle defined aspects of a case or to take a more primary lead in a case.

Opportunities will be provided in areas such as veterans, seniors, children, the homeless, real estate title issues or obtaining guardianships. If you have a specific interest, the coordinator will attempt to help you find projects that suit your desire. Contact Kevin Stepanuk at (215) 841-5848 or via e-mail at

Public Interest Groups Schedule March Events

The Rutgers Law School Association for Public Interest Law will hold the Rutgers Law School 2007 Public Interest Auction on Wednesday, March 28 from 12:30 to 2 p.m., at Rutgers Law School, 217 N. 5th St., Camden, N.J. Proceeds from the auction support grants to law students working for non-profit legal organizations during the summer. This event is free. For more information contact Eve Biskind Klothen at 856-225-6608.

Nationalities Service Center will be hosting an Open House at its new office on Thursday, March 29 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at 1216 Arch Street, 4th Floor, Philadelphia. Nationalities Service Center provides services to immigrants and refugees from around the world. This event is free and open to the public.

The Student Public Interest Network at Temple University Beasley School of Law will host "Philadelphia Forum: Revitalization Policy and its Neighborhood Impact," on Friday, March 30 at Shusterman Hall, 1834 Liacouras Walk (pedestrian access to Shusterman Hall from Broad Street, just north of Montgomery between Wachman Hall & Barrack Hall). The forum will explore the politics, policy and law of urban revitalization in Philadelphia, with specific focus on the communities surrounding the Temple University campus. Using the experience of West Philadelphia as a case study, panelists will examine both the positive and negative consequences of neighborhood transformation, from a social, economic and cultural perspective. The forum will begin at 4 p.m., and will be followed by a reception at 6 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit

Child Advocates 30th Anniversary Event April 26

The Support Center for Child Advocates will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a gala benefit reception and auction at the Union League on Thursday, April 26 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Child Advocates will present its Judge Lois Forer Child Advocacy Award to Dr. Audrey E. Evans. Attorneys John Branigan, Brett M.L. Blyshak, Gail Marcus, Molly Peckman, David Rovner, along with Dr. Cindy W. Christian, Laura Anne DeRiggi, MSW; Susan Sherman, RN and the Child Advocates Client Advisory Board will be recognized as the 2007 Distinguished Advocates honorees.

More than 500 members of the legal, business and medical community are expected to attend the event, which will raise the funds to help Philadelphia's abused and neglected children. For 30 years, Child Advocates have moved Philadelphia's at-risk children to safety by securing a permanent, nurturing environment for each and every one through free legal and social services.

To attend or to volunteer at the 30th anniversary event, contact Jane Barr Pino Associates (215) 628-9844 or e-mail

Third Circuit Forms Bar Association

Long regarded as one of the nation's leading federal Courts of Appeals, the Third Circuit now has a Bar Association to call its own. With the endorsement of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, a dedicated group of appellate practitioners from each of the districts within the circuit has formed a Third Circuit Bar Association. The Association seeks to improve the quality of appellate practice within the circuit and strengthen the relationships among the court, its staff and practitioners.

Modeled after circuit-wide bar associations in other circuits, the Third Circuit Association has established some ambitious goals. The Association intends to raise the standards of appellate practice, help develop rules of practice, promote events and educational programs that will aid the court in the administration of justice and facilitate bench/bar relations. One particular goal will be to assist the court in the planning and staging of its judicial conference. Held every other year, this conference brings judges and practitioners together from all corners of the circuit in educational programming.

The association has been spearheaded by Nancy Winkelman, the group's first president, and Jim Martin, president-elect. "We have set the dues at the modest amount of $35 a year to encourage the broadest participation possible. We intend to design and present our programs in a way that will benefit the experienced and novice practitioners alike no matter what their area of practice. I am hopeful that Third Circuit practitioners will make the most of it," said Winkelman.

Click here to download a membership application. For more information about the Third Circuit Bar Association, contact Winkelman at (215) 751-2342 or via e-mail at, or Jim Martin at (412) 288-3546 or via e-mail at

Help Available for Disabled Senior Attorneys

Senior attorneys who become disabled or families of disabled or deceased attorneys can now receive emergency assistance on practice issues from the Senior Lawyers Professional and Public Service Committee.

"Anyone in need of assistance to handle an emergency in a practice or to wind down a practice is eligible," said Louis W. Fryman, chair of the committee.

"A widow of a single practitioner, a partner burdened with his own files, or an attorney who is disabled either for the short or long term can receive assistance. It may be necessary to contact clients or the court concerning the problem or to review files in order to put the legal house in order," he said.

Parties needing the committee's help should call a Bar Association hotline at (215) 238-6391.

Submissions Sought for Law Week Poster, Essay Contests

The Young Lawyers Division is now accepting submissions for the Edward F. Chacker Essay Contest and the 2007 Poster Contest.

The YLD invites all high school seniors who attend public, private, charter and parochial schools in Philadelphia to participate in the 8th annual Edward F. Chacker Essay Contest. Named for former Chancellor Edward F. Chacker, the 2007 contest asks students to write an essay of at least 1,000 words on the question: Do lawyers have more responsibility as citizens to protect and/or promote democracy? Why or why not?

The winner will receive a $1,000 college scholarship. Submissions should include the student's name, address, telephone number and school on a cover sheet accompanying the essay.

All 4th-, 5th- and 6th-grade students who attend Philadelphia public, private, charter and parochial schools are invited to participate in the 2007 Poster Contest. Students are asked to draw a picture which best illustrates what democracy means to you. Posters should be produced on standard 22 x 28 inch poster board and students should include their name, address, telephone number and school on the back of the poster. First, second and third prizes will be awarded.

All entries for the Edward F. Chacker Essay Contest and the 2007 Poster Contest must be received by 12 p.m. on Monday, April 23, 2007. Please submit entries to Amy Muldoon, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor Philadelphia, PA 19107.

Applications Sought for YLD Minority Scholarship Program

Applications are now being accepted for the Young Lawyers Division Minority Scholarship Program. The scholarship, established in 2006 by the YLD Executive Committee, awards $500 for deserving minority law students who desire to practice law in Philadelphia upon graduation.

Applications should be submitted as soon as possible to the Asian American Bar Association of the Delaware Valley, the Barrister's Association of Philadelphia, the Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania, the South Asian Bar Association of Philadelphia and the National Bar Association, Women Lawyers Division, Philadelphia Chapter. Each group will forward three applications to the YLD for consideration on April 16, 2007. The YLD will award the scholarship based on academic achievement; demonstrated commitment to community service and involvement; financial need; and career aspirations and goals.

Interested candidates should submit to the appropriate minority bar association named above, a resume, transcript, and a brief essay (not to exceed 850 words) addressing (at the candidate's discretion) the scholarship criteria set forth above. Any questions regarding the scholarship should be directed to Sozi Tulante at or at 215-496-7073 or to the individual minority bar association to whom a law student is interested in applying.

Order Your Copy of The Legal Directory 2007

The Legal Directory 2007 will be available in early April, and you won't want to miss the newest, most comprehensive resource for the Philadelphia-area legal community. This is your last chance to order your copy at a special pre-publication price.

This year's edition includes listings for more than 1,600 law firms and nearly 18,000 attorneys in Philadelphia and the surrounding Pennsylvania counties, Delaware and New Jersey.

But The Legal Directory 2007 also includes all the indispensable information you've come to rely upon - Bar Association bylaws, contacts and committees; information on federal, state and county courts and government agencies; a judges index; corporate counsel listings; alternative dispute resolution resources; and a special business-to-business section tailored to the legal community.

Once again this year, each copy of The Legal Directory will include complimentary access to The Legal Directory Online. So the information you need will be only a few mouse clicks away. Online firm and attorney listings are updated throughout the year, so you'll always have access to the most up-to-date addresses and phone numbers.

Order The Legal Directory 2007 now for the discounted pre-publication price of $57.95 (plus shipping and tax). Order today at

Reappointment of Bankruptcy Judge

The current 14-year term of office of Stephen Raslavich, United States Bankruptcy judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia, is due to expire on Oct. 28, 2007. The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit is considering the reappointment of Judge Raslavich to a new 14-year term of office. Members of the bar and the public are invited to submit comments for consideration by the Court of Appeals regarding the reappointment of Bankruptcy Judge Stephen Raslavich.

All comments should be directed to one of the following addresses: by e-mail at or by mail to the Office of the Circuit Executive, 22409 U.S. Courthouse, 601 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19106-1790. Comments must be received no later than Tuesday, April 10, 2007.

LPM Hotline Can Help Improve Your Practice

The Association's Law Practice Management Division offers committees with programs to help you manage your law office as well as a hotline to help you with staffing, bookkeeping and other issues. Contact the Law Practice Management Hotline at (215) 238-6314.

Whether you are just starting your own firm or trying to grow your established practice, the LPM Division is available to help. The program features a bank of consultants available to counsel Bar Association members with both innovative and practical information on topics including marketing, management, technology and finances.

The Association's Law Practice Management Division is offering programs designed to help members in many different areas. For more information on any of these subcommittees, contact the committee chairs listed below:

Vendor and Consultant Referral Program Committee - Mary Platt at and Marla A. Joseph at

Financial Management Committee - Joel D. Feldman at and Thomas A. Brophy at

Technology Committee - Carl G. Roberts at and Daniel J. Siegel at

Business Management Committee - Margaret Klaw at and Jeffrey A. Lutsky at

Marketing Committee - Merritt A. Cole at and Harper J. Dimmerman at

The Law Practice Management Division is chaired by Joseph A. Prim Jr. and Carl G. Roberts.

If you need help with staffing, bookkeeping or developing your Web site, we have the consultants to assist you! Contact the Law Practice Management Hotline at (215) 238-6314.

City Hall Security ID Application Program Expanded

Attorneys who do business at Philadelphia City Hall are urged to apply for their new security cards. A new security system is being implemented for City Hall within the next several months.

Attorneys can go to Room 112 near the northeast corner of City Hall Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. for the next several weeks to fill out an application and have a photo taken for the new badge. The photo and application process takes just 10 minutes. Click here to download the application form.

Web Guru has His Favorite Online Sites

by Brett Schaeffer

Can' site. Need to paper. That's how I feel some days, and I'm sure I'm not alone.

My job, however, requires that I spend a good portion of my day looking, not only at the Bar Association's Web site, but dozens of Web sites - for design ideas, new technology features, the latest YouTube sensation - it can be draining.

Yes, there is a lot of chaff, but there's also plenty of wheat. Here, then, is a list of some current favorite sites, from the thoughtful to the frivolous.

For the Political Junkie: Don't be fooled by the title, this local politics blog isn't simply for college student-activist set. This is hands-down the best place to stay plugged into our city's civic life. It's not unusual to read posts and comments from City Council members or mayoral candidates. Founded in 2004 YPP has become a legitimate place for candidates and constituents to exchange views. The comments rarely digress into the name-calling nonsense that can plague other political blogs.

A collaboration of WHYY, The Daily News and the Committee of Seventy, this site is chock-full of news, anecdotes, polls, etc. on the mayor's race. More impressive than the content, perhaps, is the collaboration, something not often seen in the world of Philadelphia journalism. Bravo to the folks who put this together. Of course, after the May 15 primary the race may not be so interesting, and could be dormant until 2010-11.

For the Hipster:
OK, this one isn't for everyone. And truth be told, I'm not the target audience. However, DailyCandy has been working its magic in cities throughout the country for seven years with a simple formula: A daily e-mail on where to go and what to buy - written, it seems, by a fashionable in-the-know friend, who also happens to sketch quirky-cool illustrations that accompany the punchy writing.

For the Sports Fanatic:
Ah, spring. Even in our cynical city, this baseball season brings hope. If you're ready for the real scoop on the Fightin’ Phils, this is the place to go:

For the Eavesdropper: If you're the kind of person who can't help listening to the couple in the booth behind you at the restaurant, this is your home. It's also a great site if you have 10 minutes to kill during the day. It pains me to say this, but the New York version is actually a little better.

For Everyone: Yes, I know, craigslist has been around forever. (Actually, since 1995 but that's practically forever on the Internet.) Here's the thing, though: What would we do without craigslist? People have rented Shore houses, hired nannies, sold year-old IKEA furniture, met their soulmate, and probably conducted some illicit activity - all through craigslist. There's even a movie: 24 Hours on craigslist.

Brett Schaeffer is Web editor of the Philadelphia Bar Association. For more information about writing for "In Their Own Words," contact Bar Reporter Online senior managing editor Jeff Lyons at

Like Kind Exchanges Program March 29

Learn how to gain the benefits of tax deferral in your deals in PBI's Like Kind Exchanges of Property: Creative Planning Techniques. Examine a host of issues that impact this popular exchange technique. Our distinguished faculty discusses the current issues that need to be understood before advising your clients. This 5 substantive credit hour program will be held in Philadelphia on Thursday, March 29, 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 2:15 p.m. Registration 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 27
Tough Problems in Workers' Compensation
3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits (Must attend entire program to receive the ethics credit)
8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Wednesday, March 28
20th Annual Civil Litigation Update
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Thursday, March 29
Like Kind Exchanges of Property: Creative Planning Techniques
5 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Commercial Document Series 2007 - Commercial Real Estate Document
2 substantive CLE credits
12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Friday, March 30
Unemployment Compensation
3.5 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

More information is available on the PBI Web site 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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