Thursday, May 31, 2007
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 8, No. 45

Judge Sloviter, Gwen Ifill to Speak at June 7 Quarterly

U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Dolores K. Sloviter will offer remarks on behalf of new members of the Association's Year Clubs at the June 7 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon.

The Year Clubs recognize attorneys who have been practicing law for 50 years or more. 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 event, which begins at 12 p.m. at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets.

Tickets for the June Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon are $50. Click here to purchase tickets online.

Bar Foundation Grant Applications Due Today

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

Human Relations Act Discussion Today

Stephen A. Glassman and Charles Nier of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission will discuss the Human Relations Act and its effect on minorities at today's (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.

Elder Law Committee Legislative Update Today

Albert Foster will present a legislative update for elder law practitioners at today's (Thursday, 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 Training Programs Scheduled

The Education Law Center will present the CLE program "Education Law: Student Discipline," today (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.

Family Court Practice Pointers June 4

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Elizabeth Jackson will lead a discussion on avoiding pitfalls in support litigation at the Monday, June 4 meeting of the Family Law Section.

Joining Judge Jackson will be support master Michael Grasso and support conference officer Fred Keller. The meeting begins at 12 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.

State Civil Litigation Quarterly Meeting June 6

Harris T. Bock and James C. Haggerty will present a program on the current status of the uninsured/underinsured motorists law at the Wednesday, June 6 Quarterly Meeting of the State Civil Litigation Section.

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.

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.

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

YLD "Philly GenNext" 20/20 Luncheon June 13

The Young Lawyers Division will host a 20/20 luncheon and panel discussion "Philly GenNext" on Wednesday, June 13 on what Philadelphia needs to do to become "the next great city."

The discussion will be moderated by Mark Schweiker, president of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. Panelists include Jon Hermann of Campus Philly; Robert Nix of the Police Advisory Commission; Greg Goldman of Wireless Philadelphia; Peggy Amsterdam of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance; and Gerald Furgione of Philly CarShare.

The program begins at 11:45 a.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is free and will be sponsored by Magna Legal Services. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Family Law Section Spring Reception June 13

The Family Law Section will hold its Annual Spring Reception on Wednesday, June 13 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Residences at Two Liberty Place, 50 S. 16th St., 57th floor penthouse showroom.

The section will honor Nicholas A. Cipriani, in whose honor the Inn of Court will be named. The event will feature wine, beer, butlered hors d'ouerves and a light dinner and breathtaking views of the city. Tickets are $50 for Family Law Section members; $45 for employees of the First Judicial District; and $55 for non section members.

Click here to order your tickets by June 8.

Barristers' Association Election June 13

The Barristers' Association of Philadelphia will hold its annual election at its June meeting on Wednesday, June 13 at the offices of Stradley, Ronon, Stevens & Young, LLP, 2600 One Commerce Square.

The nominations period for the elections is open, and will remain so until 5 p.m. on June 6. For information about voting eligibility and procedure, please visit

The candidates for president elect are DaQuana L. Carter and Sherman C. Toppin. Carter is an associate in the Philadelphia Office of Pepper Hamilton LLP. She focuses her practice on the defense of pharmaceutical and medical device products liability litigation, and civil, criminal and regulatory representation for health care providers. Carter is a member of the advisory board of Womens Way and a member of the leadership board of the Villanova University Minority Alumni Society. She also serves currently as Treasurer for the Barristers' Association of Philadelphia. She is a graduate of Drexel University and Villanova University School of Law. Toppin is partner at Stoner and Toppin, LLP, where his primary practice areas are Real Estate, Bankruptcy and Business Representation. Toppin also manages his own real estate brokerage, Sherman Toppin Real Estate, LLC, and serves as an Adjunct Faculty Member of Business Law and Commercial Law at Strayer University. Toppin currently serves as the Vice President of Administration for the Barristers' Association. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia and The College of William & Mary School of Law.

The candidates for vice president of administration are Joan Clarke and Thomas Fitzpatrick. Clarke is an associate at Miller, Alfano & Raspanti, P.C. Clarke has been an active member of the Barristers' Executive Board since 2006, participating in various committees including the Barristers' Annual Thanksgiving Drive, the 2007 Mayoral Forum and the Bench Bar Committees. Clarke is a graduate of the University of Rochester and the Vanderbilt University School of Law. Fitzpatrick is an Assistant District Attorney in the Family Violence and Sexual Assault Unit of the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office. Fitzpatrick is a graduate of Villanova Law School.

Citywide Summer Associates Reception June 21

The Young Lawyers Division and the YL will co-host an evening for summer associates at the National Constitution Center on Thursday, June 21 from 6 - 8:30 p.m. Tickets cost $60 and include an open bar, hors d'oeuvres and culinary stations. To register, please click here. If you have any questions, please call John Palmer at 215-557-2335.

Friends of Farmworkers Reception June 18

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.

Dr. Elijah Anderson to Discuss Violence in City June 19

Dr. Elijah Anderson, noted sociologist and author, will discuss his acclaimed book The Code of the Streets, and the generalized weakness of civil law in many poor neighborhoods, on Tuesday, June 19 at 4 p.m. The program is presented by the Public Interest Section.

He will address the concept of "no snitching" and the serious implications of this concept for the city. The presentation will be held in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St., and will be followed by a wine and cheese reception. There is no charge to attend this forum, however, space is limited. Pre-registration is required and available by clicking here.

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.

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.

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

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.

Visit Bar's Legislative Action Center

The Philadelphia Bar Association is unique among metropolitan bar associations in its commitment to a comprehensive legislative action program.

Association members have opportunities to affect governmental decision-making at the federal, state and local levels. Association sections and committees have the opportunity to review city, state and federal legislation and to make suggestions regarding legislation of interest. Sections and committees are often called upon to take a pro-active stance by assisting in the drafting of legislation, and are sometimes the impetus for initiating legislation.

Visit the Legislative Action Center for the latest news from Harrisburg.

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.

Order today at

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