April 7, 2011
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 12, No. 28

Ratings Released for Judicial Candidates in May 17 Primary

Chancellor Rudolph Garcia has announced the first round of results of the Association's investigation into the qualifications of candidates for the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and candidates for Philadelphia Municipal Court in the May 17 primary election. The investigation was conducted by the Association's Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention.

Garcia noted that the list of "Recommended" and "Not Recommended" candidates is still incomplete and said additional names and ratings will be announced as investigations are completed on the remaining candidates. Garcia said that the ratings provide the results for candidates who are on the ballot who submitted to the Association's evaluation process by the Bar’s announced deadline of Dec. 8, 2010.

"We wanted to get these names and ratings out as soon as possible and invite people to learn about these candidate ratings. They can do this by visiting our website at," Garcia said. The Chancellor pointed out that the Association's Campaign for Qualified Judges has launched a banner that appears on the homepage of the Association's website. The banner contains a link to print the candidates' ratings so voters can bring the list to the polls. Garcia said the Association wants voters to know "not just who to vote for but why the judicial elections are so important and why we invest so much time and energy in reviewing and rating these candidates. This is the one place for voters to find a thorough, non-partisan, objective rating of the candidates."

The Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention is independent and non-partisan. It includes lawyers and non-lawyers. Among the members of the Commission are community leaders, officials including the District Attorney, Chief Public Defender, City Solicitor, and the President Judges of Common Pleas Court and Municipal Court, and representatives of minority legal groups and various sections of the Bar.

The ratings by the 30-member Judicial Commission follow extensive study and investigation by the Commission’s own 120-member investigative division, which includes 30 non-lawyer members. Candidates found "Recommended" satisfied a cumulative review of criteria including qualifications such as legal ability, experience, integrity, temperament, community involvement and judgment. Complete details can be found at

"The Commission will complete more than 40 evaluations of candidates for the 11 open seats on Common Pleas Court and Municipal Court," said Commission Chair Richard S. Seidel. "That is an enormous undertaking involving many hundreds of interviews by the investigative division and careful review, consideration and deliberation by the Commission."

The following judicial candidates, listed alphabetically, were found "RECOMMENDED" for election to the Court of Common Pleas:

Drew Aldinger Recommended
Anne Marie B. Coyle Recommended
Charles Ehrlich Recommended
Michael Fanning Recommended
Angelo J. Foglietta Recommended
Vince Giusini Recommended
Roger F. Gordon, Jr. Recommended
Jonathan Q. Irvine Recommended
Vincent L. Johnson Recommended
Sayde J. Ladov Recommended
Harry J. Levant Recommended
Christopher Mallios, Jr. Recommended
Barbara A. McDermott Recommended
Maria McLaughlin Recommended
Carolyn H. Nichols Recommended
J. Scott O'Keefe Recommended
Kenneth J. Powell, Jr. Recommended
Fran Shields Recommended
Joseph C. Waters, Jr. Recommended

The following judicial candidates, listed alphabetically, were found "RECOMMENDED" for election to Municipal Court:

Michael Fanning Recommended
Kenneth J. Powell, Jr. Recommended
Vincent L. Johnson Recommended

The following judicial candidates, listed alphabetically, were found "NOT RECOMMENDED" for election to the Court of Common Pleas:

Martin S. Coleman Not Recommended
Jim Divergilis Not Recommended
Tom Fitzpatrick Not Recommended
Beverly Muldrow Not Recommended
Lopez T. Thompson Not Recommended
Ted J. Vigilante Not Recommended

The following judicial candidates, listed alphabetically, were found "NOT RECOMMENDED" for election to Municipal Court:

Martin S. Coleman Not Recommended
Jim Divergilis Not Recommended
Anita Smith Not Recommended

Additional names and ratings will be announced soon.

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.

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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.

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.

China Manufacturing Rep to Speak Today

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 today's (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

Guide to Criminal Practice in Municipal Court April 12

The Pennsylvania Bar Institute will present the CLE program "The Nuts and Bolts of Criminal Practice in Philadelphia Municipal Courts" on Tuesday, April 12.

This is an absolute must attend program for anyone who ever practices in the Criminal Division of Philadelphia's Municipal Court. Come get a step-by-step guide to courtrooms and procedures and gain first-hand knowledge of the Municipal Court Organization. Receive valuable tips from seasoned practitioners. Get your certification to handle court appointed misdemeanor cases in Philadelphia. Through this program you will learn something that will benefit both you and your clients and gain an "insider's view" of criminal practice in the Philadelphia Municipal Court.

The program will be held from 11:30 a.m, to 5 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. This program has been approved for 4 substantive/1 ethics (integrated) CLE credits. Click here to register online.

Recruiting Attorneys of Color at Small Firms April 12

Bernard Smalley, Laura Feldman and Sheryl Axelrod will discuss what small and solo firms are doing to recruit and retain attorneys of color at the Tuesday, April 12 meeting of the Solo and Small Firm Committee.

Mark W. Tanner will moderate the program, which 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.

Municipal Court Committee on Fair Housing April 13

The Municipal Court Committee will host a discussion of how L & I issues interface with fair housing the municipal courts on Wednesday, April 13.

Panelists include Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge Bradley Moss; Phil Lord of the Tenant Union Representative Network; Michael Bolden, housing attorney with Community Legal Services; and Rosemary Branigan, a supervisor with the Fair Housing Commission.

The meeting begins at 11:30 a.m. in the 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for Bar Association members and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register.

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.

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.

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.

E-Filing in Appellate Courts April 20

Karen Bramblett, prothonotary of the Pennsylvania Superior Court, will discuss e-filing in the appellate courts at the Wednesday, April 20 meeting of the Appellate Courts Committee.

Bramblett will talk about the current status of e-filing plans, how the new system will work, and the drafting of new rules to implement e-filing. In addition, Bramblett wants to hear from our members as to their expectations for the new system and what rules changes they would recommend to accompany the implementation of e-filing.

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.

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.

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.

Tax Section CLE April 26

The Tax Section will present the CLE program "Codification of Economic Substance" on Tuesday, April 26.

The Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 codified the existing economic substance doctrine. The new legislation imposes a strict liability penalty for failing to satisfy the economic substance test, which will likely result in more aggressive use of the doctrine by the IRS in corporate audits. The IRS has indicated that it will not release any list of safe harbor transactions. Join our expert panel as they guide you through the new provisions codifying the economic substance doctrine and analyzing the impact of these new rules on tax planning and tax controversy disputes.

The program 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 online.

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.

Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor Rudolph Garcia will welcome attendees, and Albert S. Dandridge III, past chair of the Business Law Section, will introduce Feinberg.

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

Public Interest Events, Training Programs Scheduled

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

The Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia will hold its 2011 Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, April 27 at 12 p.m. (registration and networking begin at 11:30 a.m.), at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, in the new Terrace Ballroom (entrance is on North Broad Street). This event will recognize leaders in arts and business as well as business/arts partnerships that have significantly contributed to the enrichment of the Greater Philadelphia Region's cultural landscape, and will feature music by the Opera Company of Philadelphia, and a dance performance by Miro Dance Theatre. For more information or to register online visit or call 215-790-3620.

HIAS and Council will hold its Annual Fundraising Event, Celebrating the Courage of Immigrants on Thursday, April 28. Judith Bernstein-Baker, HIAS and Council's executive director, will be honored at this event. The guest speaker at the event is Gideon Aronoff, CEO and president, HIAS, Inc., and the moderator is Dave Davies, WHYY. A Cocktail Reception and the Program will begin at 5:30 p.m., at the National Museum for American Jewish History, 101 South Independence Mall East, Philadelphia. The museum is open free of charge to all HIAS and Council guests from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. A private tour of the museum is available. For more information, contact Sarah Peterson at or call 215-832-0920.

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.

AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania will hosts One Divine Night: It Would Be A Drag To Miss It, featuring WMMR's Pierre Robert and the Captivating Queens of Illusion at 507 S. Broad (at Lombard). on Thursday, May 12. Once owned by Father Divine, founder of the Peace Mission Movement, this George Pearson-designed mansion has been painstakingly restored to its former grandeur and will serve as a magnificent backdrop for the evening's entertainment. Guests will enjoy an evening of provocative performances and delectable food and drink generously provided by Tim Bellew catering at FARE, Moore Brothers Wine Company and Flying Fish Brewing Company. For sponsorship and tickets, please contact the AIDS Law Project at 215-587-9377.

• Join Nationalities Service Center at the White Manor Country Club, for a golf event to celebrate 90 years of working to improve the lives of immigrants and refugees by helping them become socially and economically self-sufficient and engaged members of our community. The event will be held Monday, May 16 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at White Manor, 831 Providence Road, Malvern. Please contact Leyla Dursunova at NSC at 215-609-1522 or for golf reservations and/or sponsorship opportunities. For more information, visit

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

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