Thursday, May 3, 2007
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 8, No. 37

YLD Comedy Night with Ty Barnett May 12

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

Click here to watch Barnett's performance on "Last Comic Standing."

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

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

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

Prison Conditions on Civil Rights Agenda

Renowned civil rights and criminal defense attorney David Rudovsky will discuss prison conditions the next mayor must address at the Thursday, May 3 meeting of the Civil Rights Committee.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center of the Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $7.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Hot Topics in Physician Employment May 3

Andrew Allison and Mike Wietrzychowski will discuss hot topics in the area of physician employment contracts at the Thursday, May 3 meeting of the Health Care Law Committee.

The discussion will focus on non-competes and other practice restrictions, termination and patient abandonment issues, background checks, grounds for termination, and other issues of interest to the health care bar. The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8.50 for those who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

My First Federal Trial CLE May 3

The Federal Courts Committee and the Young Lawyers Division will present the CLE program "My First Federal Trial" on Thursday, May 3.

While there are plenty of trial practice courses available to teach trial skills, this program is designed to fill the gaps and to learn right from the judges everything you really want to know, but are afraid to ask. Click here for additional information.

Examination of NJ Civil Union Law May 7

Helen Casale and David Steerman will present an overview of the New Jersey civil union law and its impact in Pennsylvania at the Monday, May 7 meeting of the Family Law Section.

The meeting begins at 12 in the 10th Floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $7.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Litigators on Shareholder Agreements May 9

The Business Litigation and Business Organizations Committees of the Business Law Section will present the lunchtime CLE "What Were the Drafters Thinking? Commercial Litigators on Shareholder, Partnership and Operating Agreement" on Wednesday, May 9.

Transactional attorneys regularly draft a variety of critical provisions, such as buy-sell arrangements, and management provisions, when preparing shareholder and other governance agreements. In some cases, years after the document was prepared, litigation arises concerning a provision that is vague or incorrectly drafted. This seminar will focus on such disputes and the provisions causing them from the perspective of two seasoned commercial litigators. The course planner is Matthew A. Cole and the panelists are Peter J. Boyer and Marc J. Zucker.

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. To register in advance please visit or call PBI Customer Service at 1-800-932-4637. Lunch is available for $8.50 per person. Click here to order lunch for this program.

Workers' Comp CLE Program May 9

The Workers' Compensation Section will present the CLE program "The Dolly Sagas: Mediating the Complicated Workers' Compensation and Third-Party Liability Case, Including Subrogation Liens" on Wednesday, May 9.

Whether you are a plaintiff or defense attorney handling personal injury litigation, a claimant or defense attorney handling workers' compensation litigation, or a judge who utilizes joint mediation techniques, this seminar will show you the ins and outs of workers' compensation subrogation on third party claims.

Panelists include Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Sandra Mazer Moss; Workers' Compensation Office of Adjudication Judge A. Michael Snyder; Lenard Cohen; Joseph M. Hankins; Tina Marie Rago; and Michael D. Schaff. The program begins at 9 a.m. at The CLE Conference Center, Wanamaker Building, 10th Floor. The program has been approved for 3.5 total CLE credits (2.5 substantive/1.0 ethics). For more information, visit or call PBI at 1-800-932-4637.

Appellate Courts Program on Supreme Court Term May 9

Elise M. Bruhl and Peter D. Goldberger will present the Appellate Courts Committee CLE program "Review of the 2006-2007 Term of the U.S. Supreme Court" on Wednesday, May 9.

This lunchtime CLE will serve as a practitioner's overview of current developments in the United States Supreme Court, as well as an introduction to the new Third Circuit Bar Association.

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 $32.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years, and $27.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. Registration, lunch and committee meeting begin at 11:45 a.m. at The CLE Conference Center, on the 10th Floor of the Wanamaker Building. Click here for more information.

Considerations for Sale, Disposition of Small Firm May 10

Ronald J. Levine and Gordon M. Wase will discuss considerations in planning for the continuation, sale or other disposition of a small practice or small firm at the Thursday, May 10 meeting of the Solo and Small Firm 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 $7.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Making Sense of Judicial Elections May 10

Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts, the League of Women Voters and the Committee of Seventy will present "Making Sense of the Judicial Elections" on Thursday, May 10 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. at Temple University Center City.

The program, hosted by the Temple Association for Retired Persons, will feature speakers from Philadelphia's largest media outlets as well as the Judicial Evaluation Commissions of the Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations in an interactive panel discussion format.

The program will be held at 1515 Market Street, Room 222. For more information, visit

YLD Forms Attorney Mentoring Program

Young attorneys have the opportunity to gain valuable insights from senior practitioners under the Young Lawyers Division's Attorney Mentoring Program. A group of 25 senior lawyers have agreed to serve as mentors to members of the Young Lawyers Division. These distinguished lawyers come from diverse backgrounds and include solo practitioners, attorneys from large firms and attorneys who have been in government service.

If you are interested in being matched with a mentor through this program, please contact either Dan McKenna at or Kate Skubecz at If you would like to be matched with a mentor with a specific background, please specify that, and we will do our best to accommodate your request. Based on the responses, young lawyers and mentors will be partnered and contact information will be provided to each party.

A luncheon hosted by the Young Lawyers Division will be held on Tuesday, May 8 for mentors and mentees. Thereafter, mentors and mentees will be able to develop an ongoing mentoring arrangement.

Program on Health-Care Reform Plan May 21

The College of Physicians of Philadelphia will host a discussion on Monday, May 21 about Gov. Edward G. Rendell's health-care reform proposal, "Prescription for Pennsylvania," which aims to offer health-care coverage to all Pennsylvania residents.

Rosemarie Greco, Gov. Rendell's director of health-care reform, will present the proposal. Regional health-care leaders Kenneth Braithwaite, senior vice president of the Delaware Valley Healthcare Council, and Gloria Donnelly, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Professionals at Drexel University, will discuss the proposal with Greco following her presentation.

This free event begins at 6:15 p.m. at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, 19 S. 22nd St. A reception will follow the program. To register, or for more information, please call 215-563-3737, ext. 304, or e-mail

Election Day Volunteers Sought

With a heated Democratic Mayoral primary, and many contested seats on City Council, this year's May 15 primary is the most significant election Philadelphia has had in many years. By volunteering just a few hours of your time, you can help safeguard the integrity of the elections and ensure that voters who want to vote are able to do so freely.

The Committee of Seventy and the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (the nationÂ’s largest voter protection program) are pleased to offer all attorneys the opportunity to serve on non-partisan Election Day legal teams.

Lawyers are asked to register by logging on to Click on "Events" and follow the directions to sign up for one of the convenient training dates listed below.

Each legal team will be assigned to support a cluster of 3-5 citizen teams working in the field to facilitate a quick response to problems at polling places across Philadelphia.

The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15. Attorney volunteers have the option of serving in the morning, afternoon or evening (each shift runs from 4-5 hours).

It's a great opportunity to use your legal and dispute resolution skills and to experience the democratic process first-hand. If you are eligible for pro bono credit, Seventy will certify the hours earned.

One-hour trainings will be held at the Philadelphia offices of DLA Piper, located at One Liberty Place, 1650 Market St., Suite 4900. All assignments and materials will be provided at the required training sessions (choose one date):
Thursday, May 3, 6 p.m.; Monday, May 7, 12 p.m.; and Tuesday, May 8, 6 p.m.

For more information, call Christopher Sheridan at 215-557-3600, ext 104.

If you know non-lawyers interested in volunteering on citizen teams, direct them to

Bar Association Conducting Poll on Judicial Retention

The Philadelphia Bar Association's Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention is currently conducting a poll regarding those judges who will be standing for retention election in November 2007.

Again this year, the Association is also conducting 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. All members of the bar in Philadelphia are urged to fill out the questionnaire. The poll will remain available until 5 p.m. Friday, May 11, 2007.

Click here to take the poll now!

If you are unable to, or prefer not to complete the poll electronically, you may come to the Philadelphia Bar Association, 10th Floor, 1101 Market St., with your Supreme Court attorney card and receive a copy of the questionnaire from the Association. You may also e-mail Areetha Carter, Esq. at or call Carter at (215) 238-6351 and provide your name and Supreme Court identification number and a ballot will be mailed to you.

Real Property Spring Reception May 17 at Maggiano's

The Real Property Section will hold its Annual Spring Reception on Thursday, May 17 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Maggiano's Little Italy, 12th and Filbert streets.

Tickets are $10 per person and include beer and wine, pasta and hors d'oeuvres. Come to Maggiano's and raise a glass with your fellow real estate practitioners. Click here to purchase tickets online.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contributing to the event as legal sponsors are the law firms of Akin Gump Strauss, Hauer & Feld LLP; Anapol, Schwartz, Weiss, Cohan, Feldman & Smalley, P.C.; Bennett, Bricklin & Saltzburg LLP; Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC; Caesar, Rivise, Bernstein, Cohen & Pokotilow, Ltd.; Cozen O'Connor; DLA Piper; Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP; Flaster/Greenberg; Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin; McKissock & Hoffman, P.C.; Neil A. Morris Associates, P.C.; Pepper Hamilton LLP; RatnerPrestia; Raynes McCarty; Sandals & Associates, P.C.; Schander Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP; Semanoff Ormsby Greenberg & Torchia, LLC; WolfBlock; Woodcock Washburn LLP; and Zarwin, Baum, Devito, Kaplan, Schaer & Toddy, P.C.

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

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

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

Bar Foundation Accepting Grant Applications

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation is now accepting applications for grant requests.

Applications are available on the Bar Foundation's Web site or by contacting the Bar Foundation at 215-238-6334. Completed applications are due to the Bar Foundation by May 31. If you have any questions, please contact Maureen Mingey at 215-238-6334 or

PBS' Gwen Ifill to Deliver Higginbotham Lecture June 7

Gwen Ifill, moderator and managing editor of PBS' "Washington Week" and senior correspondent for "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer," will deliver the Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Memorial Public Interest Lecture at the Association's Thursday, June 7 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon.

A lifelong champion of individual rights, Judge Higginbotham had a legal career that spanned nearly half a century. Since Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the ChildrenÂ’s Defense Fund, delivered the first Higginbotham lecture in 1999, notables such as Juan Williams, Charles J. Ogletree, Chaka Fattah, Cornel West and Kweisi Mfume have filled the role. New members of the Association's 50-, 60-, 65- and 70-Year Clubs will also be honored at the event. The Year Clubs recognize attorneys who have been practicing law for 50 years or more.

Ifill is frequently asked to moderate debates in national elections, most recently the Vice Presidential debate during the 2004 election. She spent several years as a Washington Week panelist before taking over the moderator's chair in October 1999.

Bar Association Night at the Phillies June 12

Join your colleagues and friends as the Phillies take on the Chicago White Sox at Citizens Bank Park at Bar Association Night at the Phillies on Tuesday, June 12. Click here to order tickets online. The sign-in ID to purchase tickets is BARN and the password is 0612.

Register Online for 2007 Bench-Bar Conference

Bar Association members can now register online for the 2007 Bench-Bar Conference Sept. 28 and 29 at Bally's Atlantic City. Click here to register online.

This year's conference is expected to bring together more than 500 lawyers and judges from the Philadelphia area for two days of programming that lets practitioners and the judiciary share ideas and best practices. Up to 7 CLE credits will be available.

Bally's Atlantic City offers a world-class spa, salon, fitness center and 18 restaurants to meet every craving. Experience the Old West at Bally's Wild Wild West Casino with nearly 74,000 feet of gaming accessible via a short walkway connected to Bally's.

Bally's is now accepting hotel reservations for attendees. Book early for the best rates: rooms on Thursday, Sept. 27 are $99; rooms Friday night are $144, and Saturday night rooms are $189. Call 1-800-345-7253 for reservations and mention you are attending the Philadelphia Bar Association Bench-Bar Conference to get these special room rates.

Public Interest Groups Schedule Spring Events

Equality Advocates Pennsylvania (formerly The Center for Lesbian and Gay Civil Rights) will hold its 11th Anniversary Celebration on Wednesday, May 9, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Moore College of Art and Design, 20th Street & the Parkway. Tickets cost $125. For more information, visit or contact Alicia Marie Williamson at 215-731-1447, extension 13, or

The SeniorLAW Center will hold a casino night on Thursday, May 10 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at Mellon Bank Center, 1735 Market St.

Come play, eat, drink, and enjoy live music, cocktails and silent auctions. This will be a fun evening to support very serious work. SeniorLAW Center provides free legal assistance to thousands of elders in Philadelphia, and through the toll free SeniorLAW HelpLine (877-PA-SR-LAW), helps elders throughout Pennsylvania

The SeniorLAW Center will honor Jane E. Lessner of Fox Rothschild LLP and Diane E. Menio of CARIE for their commitment, advocacy and work on behalf of seniors throughout Pennsylvania.

Tickets are only $65 (which entitles you to $40 in gaming chips!) To order tickets or for more information, call (215) 701-3203, e-mail or visit

Community Legal Services will host its Annual Breakfast of Champions on Friday, May 11 at 8 a.m., at Sofitel, 120 S. 17th St., Philadelphia. The 2007 Champion of Justice Award will be presented to the keynote speaker of the event, state Rep. Dennis M. O'Brien, speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. The Equal Justice Awards will be presented to Alan Feldman, Thomas B. Roberts, Jordana Greenwald, Pam Walz and Joyce Wilkerson. This event is free. To reserve a seat, please call Anna Perng at (215) 981-3732, or send an e-mail to, by Friday, May 4.

Friends of Farmworkers will hold its annual reception will be on Monday, June 18 where U.S. District Court Judge Juan R. Sanchez will be honored for his public service, particularly to the Latino community and his support of language access in the judicial system. Immediate-Past Chancellor Alan M. Feldman and Jessica Rosario will also be honored. The event will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn, 11th and Arch Streets, from 5 to 7 p.m.

LPM Hotline Can Help Improve Your Practice

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Order Your Copy of The Legal Directory 2007

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

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