Monday, May 14, 2007
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 8, No. 40

Judicial Commission Ratings Available Online

The results of the Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention's investigation into the qualifications of candidates for Philadelphia's Court of Common Pleas and Municipal Court in the May 15 primary election are available online at

"We wanted to get these names and ratings out as soon as possible and invite people to learn more about how and why we rate the candidates. They can do this by visiting our Web site at," Dalton said.

The Chancellor pointed out that the Association's Campaign for Qualified Judges has launched a pop-up window that appears whenever anyone visits the Association's Web site. The window lists the candidates' ratings, which can be printed out and taken to the polls on May 15. The Web site also features a complete "Voters Guide to the Judicial Elections." Dalton 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 thorough, non-partisan, objective ratings of the candidates." She said that the Campaign for Qualified Judges is also using television and radio spots, print ads and targeted e-mails to educate voters as the election draws near.

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 the Chief Public Defender, the President Judges of the Common Pleas and Municipal Courts, and representatives from the Asian, Hispanic and African American legal groups.

The ratings by the 30-member Judicial Commission follow extensive study and investigation by five-member panels of the Commission's own 120-member investigative division, which includes 40 non-lawyer members. Candidates found Recommended satisfied a cumulative review of criteria including legal ability and training, trial experience, character and integrity, judicial temperament, mental and physical capacity and community involvement. Complete details can be found at

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

Linda Carpenter
Gregory A. Coleman
Robert P. Coleman
Alice Beck Dubow
Michael Erdos
Joyce Eubanks
Ellen Green-Ceisler
Thomas Martin
Beverly Muldrow
Joseph T. Murphy Jr.
Thomas M. Nocella
J. Scott O'Keefe
Angeles Roca
Marvin Williams

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

Joyce Eubanks
Sean F. Kennedy
Joseph T. Murphy Jr.
Joseph J. O'Neill
Diane R. Thompson
Joseph C. Waters Jr.
Sandjai Weaver

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

Christian H. Clemente
Elvin P. Ross III
Rosa Ryan
Gerard P. Shotzbarger

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

Jacquelyn Frazier-Lyde
Robert M. Kline

Acting DHS Commissioner to Speak May 15

Dr. Arthur Evans, acting commissioner of the Philadelphia Department of Human Services, will discuss recent achievements at DHS and what to expect next on Tuesday, May 15.

The program is sponsored by the Public Interest Section's Legal Rights of Children Committee and the Family Law Section. Lunch will be provided by the Public Interest Section and there is no cost to attend this program, but reservations are required. Click here to RSVP for this program.

CLE on Impairment Rating Evaluations May 16

The Workers' Compensation Section will present the CLE program "Impairment Rating Evaluations: Fact or Fiction" at its Wednesday, May 16 meeting.

Panelists for the program include Judge Andrea L. McCormick of the Workers' Compensation Office of Adjudication and Dr. George L. Rodriguez of the Injury Rehabilitation Center. Find out how impairment ratings are calculated, and what your best means of attack are against the percentages reached. Dr. Rodriguez will give an overview as to how these evaluations are approached by the physician and where there is room for error in calculating the impairment ratings themselves and how best to support or defend against them.

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

E-Filing in Common Pleas Court May 17

The Law Practice Management Division's Technology Committee will present a program on e-filing in the Court of Common Pleas on Thursday, May 17.

The Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas plans to implement electronic filing in all civil cases on Jan. 1, 2008. Lawyers need to learn about the e-filing system, how it will affect their practices, and what they can do to prepare for the new system. The Court has indicated that, after a brief trial period, e-filing will be mandatory for all civil cases in Philadelphia.

The presentation will provide an overview of the new e-filing system, and will answer questions about how attorneys and their staffs can prepare for and achieve the maximum benefits from electronic filing. The panelists for this meeting include Judge William J. Manfredi, supervising judge, Civil Division, Court of Common Pleas; Charles A. Mapp Sr., deputy court administrator;
Joseph H. Evers, prothonotary; and Harold Palmer, programmer manager.

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

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.

Storm Water Regulations Explained May 17

Christine Marjoram, the Philadelphia Water Department's Office of Watersheds' Stormwater Program Manager, will explain why the City of Philadelphia promulgated new storm water regulations in 2006, how those regulations work, and what the impact has been on new development and redevelopment in the City at the Thursday, May 17 meeting of the Environmental Law Committee.

The meeting begins at 12:30 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $7.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

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.

Traffic Court Committee to Meet May 21

The Traffic Court/Vehicular Law Committee will meet on Monday, May 21 at 12 p.m. in the 11th Floor Committee Room South of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St.

Lunch will be provided, but registration is required. Please contact Dawn Burger at 215-238-6367 or to register.

Learn What Clients Want at May 22 Program

A panel of corporate counsel will present the program "What Clients Want" at the Tuesday, May 22 meeting of the Women in the Profession Committee.

The panelists include Wanda Flowers, counsel, Sunoco; Teresa Ciccotelli, divisional counsel, Saint-Gobain Corporation; and Lorraine K. Koc, vice president and General Counsel, Deb Shops, Inc. 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.

Reception for Commerce Court Judges May 22

The Business Litigation Committee will hold its annual reception for Commerce Court judges on Tuesday, May 22 at 6 p.m. at the Westin Philadelphia, 99 S. 17th St.

Tickets are $80 and include heavy hors d'oeuvres and cocktails. Click here to purchase tickets for this event.

Action News' Nydia Han to Speak May 30

Nydia Han, consumer investigative reporter for 6ABC, will be the guest speaker at the May 30 meeting of the Bar-News Media Committee. The event is co-sponsored by the State Civil Litigation Section.

As a consumer investigative reporter, Han prepares reports that often touch upon products liability, class actions and other issues. She will discuss what lawyers can do to become a better resource to the news media. Han joined Action News in October 2002. Before coming to Action News, Han produced consumer investigations and also anchored for KTRK-TV, the ABC station in Houston. Over the years, she has helped viewers save money, avoid scams, and understand new technology. Prior to working in Houston, she was the investigative/criminal reporter for KOCO-TV in Oklahoma City.

Han is vice president of broadcast for the Philadelphia chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association and serves as member and volunteers for a number of other organizations. She received a Bachelor of Science in Journalism with a focus on International Studies from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Fluent in Korean, she also graduated from a program at Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea.

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

Human Relations Act Discussion May 31

Stephen A. Glassman and Charles Nier of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission will discuss the Human Relations Act and its effect on minorities at the Thursday, May 31 meeting of the Minorities in the Profession Committee.

Glassman is chairperson of the Human Relations Commission and Nier is supervising attorney of the Philadelphia Regional Office of the PHRC. A discussion on predatory lending and minorities is also planned for this program which begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $7.50 those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Workers' Comp Spring Party June 6

The Workers' Compensation Section will hold its annual Spring Party on Wednesday, June 6 at Manayunk Brewery and Restaurant, 4120 Main St., Manayunk, from 6 to 9 p.m.

Tickets are $45 per person and include two drink tickets per person, heavy hors d’oeuvres, an open-air deck and camaraderie. Click here to purchase tickets for this event.

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. Click here to purchase tickets for this event.

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 Children’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.

Tierney to Speak at Federal Bench-Bar June 8

Brian P. Tierney, publisher of The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News, will be the keynote speaker at the closing luncheon of the Federal Courts Committee's Annual Federal Bench-Bar Conference on Friday, June 8 at Loews Philadelphia Hotel.

Six federal judges and a host of top practitioners will be among the panelists for this annual event, offering 2.5 substantive and .5 ethics CLE credits.

Programs include discussions on the Third Circuit's model civil jury instructions and their impact on charging conferences; ways to crack down on the growing problem of identity theft; the new e-discovery rules - how are they working in practice; and dealing with the difficult adversary - tips from the bench and bar.

For more information or to register for this program, visit

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.

Public Interest Training Programs Scheduled

The Education Law Center will present the CLE program "Education Law: Student Discipline," on Thursday, May 31 from 12 to 2 p.m., at Klehr, Harrison, Harvey, Branzburg & Ells LLP, 260 S. Broad St. This program will cover relevant education law, as well as practical techniques in representing students in discipline hearings. Two CLE credits are available in exchange for handling one pro bono case referred by the Education Law center. This event is free. To register, please contact Deborah Gordon at

Philadelphia VIP will present a training program on divorce practice in Philadelphia on Thursday, June 7 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., at Philadelphia Family Court, Courtroom 1, 34 S. 11th St. Two substantive CLE credits are available in exchange for handling a divorce case from VIP. Training will be conducted by Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Idee C. Fox, divorce masters Dennis L. O’Connell and Anthony T. Vanore, and Michael Fingerman. Training will also include a tour of Family Court. For more information, or to register, please contact VIP at (215) 523-9550.

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

Join Bar's ACS Bike-a-Thon Team

The Philadelphia Bar Association American Cancer Society Bike-a-Thon team is back again and stronger than ever. For the fourth straight year, members of the Bar Association, their families and friends will be getting on their bicycles on Sunday, July 15 and riding across the Benjamin Franklin Bridge all the way to Atlantic County, N.J. The American Cancer Society Bike-a-Thon will celebrate its 35th year this year and will raise money in the fight against cancer. The American Cancer Society Bike-a-Thon raised more than $1.7 million last year and had more than 4,500 riders participating.

This past year, the Philadelphia Bar team lost our captain, Stephen T. Saltz, to his long battle against cancer. Stephen was an avid cyclist and participated in the ACS Bike-a-Thon over the past years when he was physically able to do so. Stephen was an inspiration to the entire Bar Association. This year, we will be honoring Stephen by having his name prominently displayed on our newly designed jerseys.

Last year the Philadelphia Bar Team donated more than $93,000 and had more than 150 riders. This year, we've gotten off to an incredible start with many firms becoming corporate sponsors of the event and team participation well on the rise. The ride is fun, easy and for the entire family. All you have to do is hop on your bike and start riding; a little practice would help!

We are making a difference! For the second straight year cancer deaths have fallen. However, the grim reality remains that with every second of 2006 two Americans were diagnosed with cancer and one died. Just look around your firm, your family, your friends and I am sure that you can find someone who has been touched by this disease. The theme for this year’s bike-a-thon is "Who Are You Riding For?" Do something special for someone and ride in their memory or honor, or just go to ACSBIKE.ORG and make a donation or become a volunteer.

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

The Pennsylvania Bar Association Outreach to Children Committee, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Legal Services Network Conference, will hold an interdisciplinary summit that will bring together approximately 200 professionals from various disciplines together to improve the system of justice when courts come in contact with children. The Thursday, May 24 summit will feature keynote speaker Jonathan Kozol, noted author on poverty and its impact on children. Panelists will include Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Max Baer. The event is being held in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network's Annual Conference, serving as the major focus of the second day of that conference, and the PBA's Legal Services to the Public Committee, which will incorporate the summit as that committee’s 2007 Pro Bono Conference. Click here to download a registration form.

Friends of Farmworkers will hold its annual reception Monday, June 18 where Lydia Hernandez-Velez, senior vice president, Wachovia Bank and former secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Banking, will be honored for her lifelong commitment to the betterment of the Latino community. 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. For ticket information, call (215) 733-0878.

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

The Legal Directory 2007 is now available, and you won't want to miss the newest, most comprehensive resource for the Philadelphia-area legal community.

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

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

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

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5th Annual Nonprofit Institute May 15

The Pennsylvania Bar Institute will present its 5th Annual Nonprofit Institute Tuesday, May 15. We've gotten rave reviews from our past attendees! We are looking forward to yet another spectacular event this year. This year's institute will feature some brand new and exciting topics, as well as some of our old favorites. This 6 CLE credit hour program will be held 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 5 p.m. Registration 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, May 15
5th Annual Nonprofit Institute
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits (Determined by your workshop choices)
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Wednesday, May 16
Introduction to Special Education Law
3 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

A View from the Bankruptcy Bench
2 substantive CLE credits
12 to 2 p.m.

Autism and Education
3 substantive CLE credits
1:15 to 4:30 p.m.

Friday, May 18
Global Warming: Is There a Legal Remedy to Reverse Climate Change?
Part of PBI's Public Policy Series
2 substantive CLE credits
12 to 2 p.m.

More information is available on the PBI Web site at, on the page devoted to Philadelphia programs, by calling 1-800-247-4724, or by e-mailing Note: some events sell out; before walking in, call PBI to confirm that space is still available for the program that interests you.

Earn as many as 4 credits on your computer, at your convenience at PBI's Online Campus, at More than 300 classes are available, including nearly 50 one-hour ethics programs. 24/7 CLE.

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