Monday, May 21, 2007
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 8, No. 42

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 will be available at the door.

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

Traffic Court Committee to Meet Today

The Traffic Court/Vehicular Law Committee will meet today (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.

Program on Health-Care Reform Plan Tonight

The College of Physicians of Philadelphia will host a discussion tonight (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

Section to Get CPCMS Demonstration May 29

David Smith of the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts and Deputy Court Administrator Dave Wasson will conduct a demonstration on how to use the Common Pleas Court Case Management System effectively at the Tuesday, May 29 meeting of the Criminal Justice Section.

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.

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.

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.

Elder Law Committee Legislative Update May 31

Albert Foster will present a legislative update for elder law practitioners at the Wednesday, May 31 meeting of the Elder Law Committee.

Foster is the legislative liaison for the Association's Probate and Trust Section. The meeting begins at 1 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $7.50 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Issues Affecting LGBT Support Staff June 1

The Committee on the Legal Rights of Lesbians and Gay Men will hold a meeting dealing with issues affecting LGBT legal support staff in the workplace on Friday, June 1.

The committee hopes to hear from LGBT support staff members. You do not have to be a member of the committee to attend this program. The meeting begins at 12:30 p.m. in the 11th floor Committee Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Beverages will be provided; please bring your own lunch.

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.

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 at 7:05 p.m. Click here to order tickets online. The sign-in ID to purchase tickets is BARN and the password is 0612.

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 Association, their families and friends will be getting on their bicycles and riding across the Benjamin Franklin Bridge all the way to Atlantic County, N.J. as part of the American Cancer Society Bike-a-Thon.

The July 15 event 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. Last year the Philadelphia Bar team donated more than $93,000 and had more than 150 riders.

This past year, the Bar team lost its captain, Stephen T. Saltz, to his long battle against cancer. Saltz 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, the Bar Association team will honor Saltz having his name prominently displayed on newly designed jerseys. 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 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.

Nominations Sought for Sandra Day O'Connor Award

The Women in the Profession Committee is seeking nominations for the 2007 Sandra Day O'Connor Award. The deadline for nominations is Tuesday, July 31.

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 during the Association's Quarterly Meeting in October.

The committee established the award in 1993 to recognize the important contributions that women attorneys in Philadelphia have made to the legal profession.

That year, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor presented the first award to U.S. District Court Senior Judge Norma L. Shapiro. The award has since been presented to the late Juanita Kidd Stout, former justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court; Deborah R. Willig, first woman Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association; Professor Marina Angel, of the Temple University Beasley School of Law faculty; Third Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Dolores K. Sloviter (former Chief Judge); U.S. District Court Judge Anita B. Brody; Leslie Anne Miller, first woman president of the Pennsylvania Bar Association; Lila G. Roomberg of Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP; the late Judge Judith J. Jamison; Ellen T. Greenlee, chief defender of the Defender Association of Philadelphia; former Chancellor Audrey C. Talley; U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Marjorie O. Rendell; Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge Phyllis W. Beck; and Roberta D. Pichini.

Click here to print a nomination form for the 2007 Sandra Day O'Connor Award.

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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Trends in Municipal Finance May 22

PBI's May 22 Trends in Municipal Finance includes complex and structured transactions, interest rate "SWAPS," forwards and investment contracts. This course and manual have practical orientation that is geared toward school and municipal solicitors and lenders' counsel. This 6 substantive credit hour program will be held in Philadelphia on Tuesday, May 22, 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 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Registration begins at 8 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 22
Trends in Municipal Finance
6 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 23
Estate Law Update - Live via Satellite
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Thursday, May 31
Counseling "Baby Boomers" about Housing Issues
3 substantive CLE credits
12:30 to 3:45 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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