Thursday, March 30, 2006
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 7, No. 17

Fattah, Judge McKee to Speak
at Equal Justice Conference

U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah and U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Theodore A. McKee will deliver the keynote addresses at the American Bar Association and National Legal Aid and Defender Association's 2006 Equal Justice Conference in Philadelphia beginning today (March 30) through April 1, hosted by the Philadelphia Bar Association...READ MORE

Equal Justice Conference March 30 - April 1

U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Theodore A. McKee and U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah will deliver the keynote addresses at the American Bar Association and National Legal Aid and Defender Association's 2006 Equal Justice Conference in Philadelphia beginning today (March 30) through April 1. Click here for a conference schedule.

The Equal Justice Conference brings together all components of the legal community to discuss equal justice issues as they relate to the delivery of legal services to the poor and low-income individuals in need of legal assistance. The emphasis of this conference is on strengthening partnerships among the key players in the civil justice system. Through plenary sessions, workshops, networking opportunities and special programming, the conference provides a wide range of learning and sharing experiences for all attendees.

The 2006 Equal Justice Conference is being hosted by the Philadelphia Bar Association.

Elder Law Committee to Discuss Scams, Fraud

Katherine Weiss of the SeniorLAW Center will discuss the civil side of scams, fraud and financial elder abuse at the Thursday, March 30 meeting of the Probate and Trust Law Section's Elder Law Committee.

Weiss will discuss civil remedies for elder abuse and financial exploitation and advise attorneys how to recognize and remedy situations that are common problems for seniors. The meeting begins at 1 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $7.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this meeting.

U.S. Supreme Court Induction Deadline April 5

The Philadelphia Bar Association will move 50 of our members for admission to the Bar of the United States Supreme Court on Monday, May 22. The admission ceremony will be made to the full Court sitting in session in Washington D.C. The day's events will include a continental breakfast, the swearing in ceremony and then a group photograph and tour of the court. Each inductee is able to bring one guest only.

The court's requirements for a group admission ceremony are very rigid. To review these requirements and to download the forms for admission please visit the Supreme Court's Web site at Select the bar admissions tab on the left-hand side and this will bring you to the link for bar admission instructions and bar admission forms. Please read the bar admission instructions carefully. Once you have determined that you are eligible for admission, please print out and complete the admission forms. The instructions and guidelines are very specific and must be followed scrupulously. Do not fold the application and do not use staples. Use paper clips only.

Once you have successful completely the admission forms, please mail them with your check for $100 made out to the Philadelphia Bar Association to: David Burt, Director of Meetings & Special Events, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107. Do not send the application directly to the Supreme Court. This event will be on a first-come, first-serve basis and all applications must be received by 12 p.m. on Wednesday, April 5, 2006. If you have any questions regarding this event, please do not hesitate to contact David Burt at 215-238-6360 or via e-mail at

Bankruptcy Committee to Discuss Winding Down Business

Stephen R. Leibowitz will discuss his experience in successfully winding down a business outside of the Bankruptcy Court at the Thursday, April 6 meeting of the Business Law Section's Bankruptcy Committee.

The meeting begins at 12:30 p.m. at the offices of Duane Morris LLP, 30 S. 17th St. Lunch will be provided for all in attendance (sponsored by Duane Morris). All members of the Business Law Section and all attorneys interested in joining the section are welcome to attend.

Please RSVP to Donna Zeoli at by March 31. For more information about the Bankruptcy Committee please contact Committee Chair Kevin Buraks at 215-977-2473 or or Vice Chair Brad Sandler at 215-568-7515 or

Domestic Relations Rules on Section Agenda April 3

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Kevin M. Dougherty and Nancy P. Wallitsch of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Domestic Relations Rules Committee will discuss current and pending amendments at the Monday, April 3 meeting of the Family Court Committee.

Wallitsch and Judge Dougherty, chair and vice chair of the committee, will offer insight into current and pending amendments and the impact, mechanics and how to be involved. Judge Dougherty is the administrative judge for the Family Court Division. 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 register for this program.

Chancellor's Forum on Judicial Selection April 28

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge George W. Overton and State Sen. Anthony Williams, who represents Pennsylvania's 8th District, will be among the panelists at the Association's Chancellor's Forum on Judicial Selection on Friday, April 28 from 12 to 2 p.m.

Sen. Williams is one of the sponsors of Senate Bill 100, which would amend the Pennsylvania state Constitution to adopt a new judicial selection system for Philadelphia.

The bill would establish "a means to better ensure a strong, qualified, and diverse bench for Philadelphia County through creation of (a) specified criteria and (b) a judicial selection committee for potential judges for the Common Pleas and Municipal courts."

Other panelists will be announced in the upcoming weeks. The Chancellor's Forum will be held in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. For more information, visit

6ABC's Anita Brikman to Address Committees April 21

Anita Brikman, who has brought insight and clarity to difficult issues as WPVI - 6 ABC's medical reporter for more than a decade, will be the speaker at a joint meeting of the Medical/Legal and Bar-News Media committees on Friday, April 21. The lunch event begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St.

Brikman's "HealthCheck" segments have covered a variety of topics important to the health of individuals and families, including recent segments on avian flu, prescription drug recalls and mercury contamination in fish. Following the devastating tsunami of December 2004, she traveled to Indonesia to chronicle a medical relief mission undertaken by local physicians. In the fall of 2005, she presented two half-hour specials on 6ABC: "Heritage of Hope: 150 Years of Children's Hospital of Philadelphia," and "BodyWorlds."

Brikman, a Summa Cum Laude of Miami University in Ohio, worked at various television stations in Indiana and Ohio before joining the 6 ABC Action News team in 1994. To register for this event, visit

President Judge Jones to Receive Honor April 5

The Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund and Philadelphia Host Committee will honor Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas President Judge C. Darnell Jones II at its 4th Annual Awards of Excellence on Wednesday, April 5 at the National Constitution Center.

Click here for ticket information. For additional information, call (201) 227-8427.

Former Justice Nigro to Address Pay Raise Issue

Former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Rullsell M. Nigro will discuss the recent legislative pay raise backlash at the Monday, April 10 meeting of the Professional Responsibility Committee.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. A complimentary lunch will be served.

Organizations Schedule Spring Fund-Raisers

• Villanova University School of Law's Public Interest Fellowship Program will host its 9th annual Auction for Public Interest on Friday, March 31 at Villanova Law School. The event will run from 6:30 to 10 p.m. and will feature a wide variety of items including artwork, sports memorabilia and vacations. For more information contact the Public Interest Fellowship Program at Villanova Law School by phone at (610) 519-6000 or by e-mail at

The Legal Clinic for the Disabled's 4th Annual Spring Celebration & Silent Auction will take place Thursday, April 6 at Blank Rome LLP's Comisky Conference Center, 18th & Cherry streets. Tickets are $40 and include fine beverages and hors d'oeuvres, music by Melody Gardot and John Train. For information or tickets contact Tom Prettyman at (215) 587-3357 or

The Homeless Advocacy Project's April Benefit will take place Thursday, April 20 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the Conservatory of the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue. The evening will feature complimentary hors d'oeuvres and drinks in addition to dancing. An extensive auction will be held with a wide variety of items including sports memorabilia, dinners at the best Philadelphia restaurants, original artwork, collectibles, and much more. For tickets ($50 per person) or for information on sponsorship, please call Miranda Murray at (215) 523-9588.

HIAS & Council Migration Service will hold its annual fundraiser, "A Taste of Liberty," on Wednesday, April 26, from 6 to 8 pm at the National Liberty Museum. This year's honoree is Joseph Poon - world-renown master chef, immigrant entrepreneur, author, and philanthropist. In recognition of his creativity and contributions to our region, HIAS and Council will honor Poon with an "Immigrant Entrepreneur Award." Former Channel 10 News Anchor Steve Levy will host the event. For more information, to become a sponsor or reserve a seat, contact Steven Malamud at (215) 821-0920 or by e-mail at

The SeniorLAW Center will hold a "Take a Chance for Seniors" Casino Night on Thursday, April 27 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at Mellon Bank Center, 1735 Market St. Take a chance at our fun-filled, exciting evening of gaming to benefit SeniorLAW Center. Take a chance and test your luck at blackjack, craps, roulette, money wheel and poker. Use your winning chips to qualify for incredible prizes to be raffled away. Come gamble, eat, drink, enjoy live music and silent auctions. For more information, visit

Law Week Events Need Volunteers

The Young Lawyers Division needs volunteers for its annual Law Week celebration that runs from Monday, May 1 through Friday, May 5.

Events in which volunteer attorneys work with Philadelphia students will take place throughout the week including Lawyer in the Classroom and Lawyer for Day. In addition, there will be a Law Fair at the Gallery at Market East mall at which volunteer attorneys counsel area residents, free-of-charge.

Volunteers are needed for all Law Week events. For more information on these events, and how to volunteer, visit

Ginsburg Essay Contest Entries Due by April 28

The Philadelphia Bar Association is pleased to announce the Fourth Annual Legal Writing Competition in honor of the Hon. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. In so doing, the Bar Association recognizes the importance of excellence in legal analysis and writing skills, and seeks to award a student enrolled in a Philadelphia-area law school for authoring a top-quality competition submission. The deadline for submissions is Friday, April 28.

This competition is open to full- and part-time law students who are in their second or third year of study during the 2005-06 academic year at one of the following five institutions: University of Pennsylvania School of Law, The State University of New Jersey, Rutgers (Camden) School of Law, Temple University Beasley School of Law, Villanova University School of Law, Widener University School of Law (Delaware Campus). 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. 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.

The author of the first place submission will receive a cash award of $2,500, the publication of the winning submission in The Philadelphia Lawyer magazine, on the Bar Association’s Web site and/or in an appropriate Bar Association publication. The winner of the First Place award will be invited to the Quarterly Meeting of the Bar Association in October 2006, at which time the award will be presented. Click here for more information.

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YLD Comedy Night May 6

Comedian Christian Finnegan, of VH1's "Best Week Ever," will be the featured performer at the YLD Comedy Night on Saturday, May 6, at the Academy of Natural Sciences, from 7 to 11 p.m. Admission for the event is $55, which, in addition to the show, includes an open bar, heavy hors d'oeuvres, and dancing. Additional entertainment to be announced in the coming days. All proceeds from this event benefit the Philadelphia Bar Foundation. Click here to purchase tickets online.