April 4, 2011
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 12, No. 27

Association Launches Classified Advertising Online

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

To help launch, a special introductory price of $39 per advertisement is being offered. The $39 price per ad will be in effect for the first three months that the site is open.

Advertisements are 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 are able to browse the titles of listings, but cannot see the entire listing without becoming a member of the Association.

Poll on Judges Standing for Retention Coming

This month, the Philadelphia Bar Association's Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention will be conducting a poll regarding those judges who will be standing for retention election in November 2011.

Again this year, the Association will also conduct an interim poll relating to judges in the Court of Common Pleas in the fourth year of their terms and Municipal Court judges in the second year of their terms. The poll will be conducted electronically.

All members of the bar in Philadelphia are urged to fill out the questionnaire when it becomes available. The Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention relies on the poll results to help determine whether a judge should be recommended or not recommended for retention.

The judicial poll will be an opportunity for you to contribute to the process of maintaining the quality of the judiciary in Philadelphia. In April, look for the announcement of the dates that the poll will be available and instructions for completion of the poll.

Fastcase Member Benefit Available Now

Announcing a powerful new Philadelphia Bar Association member benefit now available from Fastcase®, the next-generation legal research service that puts a comprehensive law library of Pennsylvania state and federal cases, statutes and rules at your fingertips.

If your firm's PHILADELPHIA OFFICE HAS 100 PERCENT ATTORNEY MEMBERSHIP in the Philadelphia Bar Association, you'll receive Fastcase® FREE! Login to Fastcase® at

If the 25 firms with the most Philadelphia lawyers use Fastcase® for as little as 30 percent of the research that they can't charge to clients, they can save an average of $35,000 per year. Smaller firms can also significantly reduce their unreimbursed expenses. Enjoy an economic advantage that goes right to your bottom line.

Fastcase® has features that more established services simply don't offer. It provides smarter and more powerful searching, sorting and visualization tools - including an interactive map of your search results - so you can see the most important cases at a glance. More than 500,000 lawyers already have access to Fastcase®.

Click HERE for a complete list of the comprehensive Pennsylvania and federal law library resources that this special member benefit includes. In addition, 100 percent participation firms can upgrade to the full Fastcase® nationwide database at a substantial discount.

For more information on the features included in Fastcase® for Philadelphia Bar Association members, call 866-773-2782. To learn how to activate your Fastcase® member benefit, call 215-238-6300.

Deadline for Supreme Court Applications is Today

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. today (Monday, April 4).

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

District's Response to Intergroup Conflicts Today

Kay Kyungsun Yu, chair of the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations, will discuss the public perceptions of the School District of Philadelphia's response to intergroup conflicts at today's (Monday, April 4) meeting of the Civil Rights Committee.

The meeting begins at 12 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.

Tracy on H.R. 3 at April 5 CLE

Carol E. Tracy, executive director of the Women's Law Project, will discuss H.R. 3, the "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act" at the Tuesday, April 5 meeting of the Women's Rights Committee.

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. Interested parties not seeking CLE credit may attend and purchase lunch separately. Click here to register for CLE credit.

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

Discovery Vs. Pa. Rules of Civil Procedure April 5

The Compulsory Arbitration Committee will discuss possible conflicts between Philadelphia standard discovery and the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure at its Tuesday, April 5 meeting.

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 $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register.

Mapp on Court Administration April 6

Charles Mapp, chief deputy court administrator for the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, will discuss current issues in court administration at the Wednesday, April 6 meeting of the Rules and Procedure Committee.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available or $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register.

China Manufacturing Rep to Speak April 7

Tom Annas, American representative of Shanghai Runtitan Group, a company with offices in Shanghai and Chester that outsources products for which there is demand in the U.S. and around the world and has them manufactured in China, will be the speaker at the Thursday, April 7 meeting of the International Business Initiative Committee.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register.

Commerce Court CLE Program April 11

The Commerce Case Management Program and the Business Litigation Committee will present the CLE program "How to Prepare and Try a Significant Case in the Commerce Case Management Program" on Monday, April 11.

Panelists include Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judges Mark I. Bernstein, Arnold W. New and Albert W. Sheppard Jr. along with Edward G. Biester, Melissa M. Gomez, Darryl J. May and Marc J. Sonnenfeld. The course planners are Mitchell L. Bach and E. David Chanin.

Join our expert faculty, including the Commerce Court judges, who will review in detail the operation of the Commerce Case Management Program, and provide insights on many of the key components of preparing and trying commercial cases. We encourage all those practicing or likely to practice before the Commerce Court to take advantage of this unique trial practice program featuring the judges before whom business cases are tried in Philadelphia.

The program begins at 12 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building. Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register for this 3-credit CLE program.

April 11 is Deadline for O'Connor Nominations

The Women in the Profession Committee is seeking nominations for the 2011 Sandra Day O'Connor Award. Deadline for nominations is Monday, April 11.

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.

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

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.

IP Committee Networking Event April 14

The Intellectual Property Committee will hold a wine-and-cheese networking event on Thursday, April 14 open to all law students interested in a career in intellectual property law and attorneys who currently practice intellectual property law.

The event begins at 4 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. There is no cost to attend but registration is required. Click here to register.

Judge Slomsky on Practices, Procedures April 18

U.S. District Court Judge Joel H. Slomsky will talk about his practices and procedures with a focus on effective advocacy in pre-trial matter at the Monday, April 18 meeting of the Federal Courts Committee.

The meeting 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.

CLE on Electronic Filing April 21

The First Judicial District will present a CLE program on electronic filing in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas on Thursday, April 21.

This course will provide in-depth instruction on the use of the electronic filing system. The electronic filing system was designed to allow for the filing of all civil cases and legal documents via the Internet from anywhere and at anytime using a personal computer. The system currently provides attorneys and litigants with unlimited online access to all papers and legal documents filed in their cases.

The program begins at 9 a.m. in Conference Room 380 of Philadelphia City Hall. Tuition is $135 and includes an electronic version of the e-filing manual. Click here to register.

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.

Freedom of Expression in Egypt April 25

The ACLU of Pennsylvania and the Bar Association’s Public Interest Section, Civil Rights Committee and Delivery of Legal Services Committee will present “Freedom of Expression in Egypt: Before and After the Uprising,” on Monday, April 25

The program will feature an Egyptian civil rights advocate who specializes in academic freedom with a prominent human rights organization based in Cairo. She is serving a professional internship with the American Civil Liberties Union, courtesy of the U.S. Agency for International Development’ Cairo Initiative, which is administered nationally by World Learning and locally by the International Visitors Council Of Philadelphia.

The program begins at 3:30 in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. and wil be followed by a wine-and-cheese reception. This program is free for all Public Interest Section members, but preregistration is required. Click here to register online.

Avoiding the Pitfalls of Handling Funds CLE April 25

Barbara S. Rosenberg and Joni J. Berner will present the CLE program "Avoiding the Pitfalls of Handling Funds" at the Monday, April 25 meeting of the Professional Responsibility Committee.

When lawyers engage in transactions of funds of clients and others, whether in their practice or in other capacities, they are subject to the Rules of Professional Conduct. Attend this seminar to learn how to avoid errors which can lead to disciplinary consequences, even for the most scrupulous attorney. Practical tips and available accounting systems will be discussed.

The program has been approved for 1 ethics 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. Click here to register for CLE credit.

Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register for lunch.

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.

Help YLD Present a Successful Law Week May 2-6

Volunteer lawyers of all ages are needed to offer free legal advice, visit high school classes, guide children on tours of the city's courtrooms, and present mock criminal trials for grade school students in celebration of Law Week 2011, an annual occasion marked by the Philadelphia Bar Association and presented by its Young Lawyers Division through a host of special events and services reaching thousands of citizens. This year's theme is "The Legacy of John Adams: From Boston to Guantanamo."

The weeklong fest, taking place May 2-6, is one of the most ambitious public outreach efforts of its type in the nation. All of the Law Week activities are under the direction of Bar Association Chancellor-Elect John E. Savoth and are coordinated by the Association's Young Lawyers Division with the help of scores of lawyer-volunteers. The Law Week 2011 co-chairs are Roxane Crowley and Matt Laver.

CLICK HERE to view the official Law Week 2011 webpage.

The following is a schedule of Law Week activities and contact information for those interested in volunteering:

Legal Advice Live!, Monday, May 2

LAL! kicks off the week with dozens of Philadelphia attorneys gathering to provide free, in-person legal advice from 12 to 2 p.m. at various branches of the Philadelphia Library, including the Central branch. Attorneys will provide answers to legal questions on a broad range of topics including personal injury, medical malpractice, landlord/tenant law, divorce and child custody matters, wills and estate planning, real estate law and employment law.

If you are interested in volunteering for this event, please contact Christopher Guth or Christopher Sharp.

Lawyer in the Classroom, Tuesday, May 3, through Thursday, May 5

This program features lawyers enthusiastically visiting different schools throughout the week to address students' concerns about the law and the legal issues that affect them as they enter adulthood and answer questions about the legal profession.

If you are interested in volunteering for the Lawyer in the Classroom program, please contact Eileen Carroll.

LegalLine, Wednesday, May 4

Free legal advice will be given to those who call the LegalLine hotline from 5 to 8 p.m. on May 4. The program is being sponsored by the Barristers Association of Philadelphia. Area residents can call lawyers at 215-238-6333 and have their legal questions answered confidentially without a fee. The lawyers will staff a phone bank at the headquarters of the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor.

If you are interested in volunteering for Legal Line, please contact Roxane Crowley.

Lawyer for a Day, Friday, May 6

Volunteer attorneys and judges pair with high school students and "show them the ropes" of their jobs by taking them into the courts during the Lawyer for a Day program. Several city courtrooms will be open to allow the participants to observe the proceedings. The students will meet the lawyers and judges and will participate in a concluding lunch, during which the students will recount their experiences and hear from the event's special guest speaker, Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams.

If you are interested in volunteering for Lawyer for a Day, please contact Matt Laver or David Walker.

"Goldilocks" and "The Big Bad Wolf" Mock Trials, Friday, May 6

Volunteer attorneys will use the facts of the well-known fairytales "Goldilocks" and "The Three Little Pigs" as the basis for mock criminal trials during the "Trials of Goldilocks" and the "Big Bad Wolf" program, taking place at seven different City Hall courtrooms. Volunteers will act as prosecutors, defense attorneys and witnesses in the criminal trials, which include opening statements, examinations and cross-examinations of witnesses, closing arguments, and instructions of the juries. At the conclusion of each trial, the students act as the jury and determine whether the Big Bad Wolf or Goldilocks is guilty of a crime.

If you are interested in volunteering for the "Trials of Goldilocks" and the "Big Bad Wolf" program, please contact Ryan Gatto or Justin Moriconi.

Poster and Essay Contests

The 2011 Edward F. Chacker Essay Contest is named for past Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor Edward F. Chacker and offers a $1,000 college scholarship to High School Seniors who attend public, parochial, charter or private schools in Philadelphia.

The 2011 Poster Contest is open to 5th-, 6th- and 7th-grade students from Philadelphia public, private, charter and parochial schools.

For more information on both contests, click here.

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. 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 $140,000 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.

Court Launches Judicial Fellowship Program

Thirty-five judges of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas have agreed to host up to 45 law school graduates as judicial fellows to provide them with substantive legal experience while benefitting the court system with this additional legal talent.

The Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas created a Judicial Fellowship Program in conjunction with the Philadelphia based law schools - the Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University, the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Temple University Beasley School of Law - to address the difficult hiring climate for lawyers that many recent law graduates are facing. Due to the popularity of the Judicial Fellowship Program, three Philadelphia area law schools - Rutgers University Law School, Villanova University School of Law and Widener University School of Law - joined the program last week, doubling the number of participating schools.

The Judicial Fellowship Program provides high-caliber law graduates professional development opportunities. At the same time, the judicial fellows help the busy court carry out key functions and maintain its superior quality of service to the Philadelphia community. Demands on the court have intensified with the existence of numerous vacancies on the bench that have not been filled with interim appointments due to the Commonwealth's budgetary constraints. Judicial Fellows work at least 20 hours a week in the civil, criminal, family and orphans divisions of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and Municipal Courts, carrying out the same duties as paid judicial clerks. The Fellowships help recent graduates gain valuable experience and strengthen their marketability for obtaining a paid position in law. Judges select judicial fellows through an application process administered by the court.

Judge Lisa M. Rau developed the program with help from Professor Chapin Cimino of the Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University as well as faculty and administrators from career services offices at the University of Pennsylvania's Law School and Temple Beasley School of Law. "This program will help the court maintain high quality service with fewer resources and help the many exceptional graduates from Philadelphia's law schools who are graduating during an especially difficult time in the legal economy," Rau said. "We appreciate the law schools' efforts to get the program started and for the enthusiastic response of judges who have agreed to host and mentor recent graduates."

"On behalf of the Trial Division, I enthusiastically support this creative program and applaud Judge Rau for her efforts. Our judges will benefit from the assistance of exceptional local legal talent; and those selected as fellows will be exposed to the major attorneys, firms and judges actively engaged in civil and criminal litigation in Pennsylvania’s busiest courts," said Administrative Judge D. Webster Keogh.

"This is a winner for both the courts and the new graduates. We are grateful to Judge Rau for developing the program," said President Judge Pamela Pryor Dembe. "The program will feature events where the fellows will be able to network with members of the Philadelphia Bar Association," Cimino said. "This is a really wonderful opportunity for some extremely capable graduates to gain notice from the bench and bar."

"The economic downturn has created an urgent need for programs that help new lawyers find jobs," said Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor Rudolph Garcia. "The Judicial Fellowship Program gives highly qualified graduates an additional credential and valuable experience to assist them in finding subsequent employment. The Philadelphia Bar Association is proud to support this innovative program."

HAP Annual Benefit April 7 at Sofitel

Homeless Advocacy Project will hold its Annual Benefit on Thursday, April 7 at The Sofitel, Philadelphia, 120 S. 17th St. from 5:30 to 8 p.m..

Attendees will enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, music and both a silent and live auction. All proceeds go towards the support of HAP's mission to provide free civil legal services to Philadelphia's homeless.

Tickets are $75. To purchase tickets, or to obtain more information about the event, sponsorship opportunities or donate auction items, please contact Andee Bloch at 215-523-9598 or

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 focusing 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

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

• A free pro bono training program on Citizenship Procedures will be presented by HIAS and others from on Thursday, April 8 from 12 to 2 p.m., at Jewish Community Services Building, 2100 Arch St. Register with Shaloo Jose at or 215-821-0909. This training will prepare volunteers to provide free representation on National Citizenship Day on Saturday, April 30 to eligible lawful permanent residents who wish to apply for U.S. citizenship.

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.

The Women’s Law Project will hosts the First Annual Myra Bradwell Lecture from on Tuesday, April 26 from 5:30 to7:30 p.m. in the Roberts Room, Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP, 123 S. Broad St. Carol E. Tracy, executive director will speak. Leslie Stiles, recently retired as executive director of the Pennsylvania Commission for Women, will be honored. RSVP to Nan Langen Steketee at 215-928-5765 or

Philadelphia VIP's Speaker Series program "Preventing Homelessness" will be held Tuesday, May 3 at 12 p.m. at White and Williams LLP, 1650 Market St., One Liberty Place, Suite 1800, featuring a keynote address by Owen Lefkon, former assistant attorney general of Massachusetts. To register for this free event, please e-mail Christina Ortiz at This event is co-sponsored by the Philadelphia Bar Association's Public Interest Section.

SEC Attorney Career Roundtable April 19

The Philadelphia Regional Office of the Securities and Exchange Commission, in an effort to increase the interest of minority attorneys in applying for employment opportunity at the Commission, is hosting an Attorney Career Roundtable on Tuesday, April 19.

The event will target minority attorneys who are located in the Philadelphia/New Jersey metropolitan area and is scheduled to take place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. (networking session 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.) at the Philadelphia Federal Reserve, 100 N. 6th St.

Participants of this event will also be able to view the Philadelphia Federal Reserve's exhibition "Money in Motion" from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. There will be a panel discussion from 6:30 to 8 p.m. concerning preparation for interviews with SEC staff, networking, enjoyment of job, career challenges, educational preparations, etc.

Should you have any additional questions please feel free to contact Lawrence D. Parrish at (215) 597-2768 or by e-mail at

Enhancing Your People Skills for Attorneys April 8

Increase your ability to succeed in almost all aspects of work and life with PBI's "Enhancing Your People Skills for Attorneys." You will be ready to apply what you learn when you walk out the door. Sign up to receive three follow-up emails to help you succeed with what you have selected to apply. This 6 substantive CLE credit hour program will be held in Philadelphia on Friday, April 8 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 4:15 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.

Tuesday, April 5
Understanding the Basics of Elder Law
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Simulcast - PLI - Pension Plan Investments 2011: Current Perspectives
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Litigating the Failed Real Estate Deal
2 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
12:30 to 3:45 p.m.

Wednesday, April 6
How to Handle a Child Abuse Case
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Simulcast - Trial Strategy with Mongeluzzi, Stern & Tanner
4 substantive CLE credits
12:30 to 4:45 p.m.

Thursday, April 7
15th Annual Insurance Institute
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Appellate Advocacy Practicum
Supreme Court, Room 454
3 ethics CLE credits
1:30 to 4:45 p.m. (A reception follows program)

Friday, April 8
Enhancing Your People Skills for Attorneys
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Video - Ethics Potpourri - An Attorney’s Work and Taran’s Wanderings
1 ethics CLE credits
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Simulcast - Advanced Piercing the Corporate Veil
2 substantive CLE credits
12 to 2 p.m.

Monday, April 11
Unemployment Compensation
4 substantive CLE credits
8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Video - Ethics Potpourri - PBA Professionalism Committee Update
1 ethics CLE credits
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

How to Prepare and Try a Significant Case in the Commerce Case Management Program
3 substantive CLE credits
12 to 3:15 p.m.

CLE With the Sixers 2011
Wachovia Center, 3601 S. Broad St.
1 ethics CLE credits
5 to 6 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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