June 8, 2009
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 10, No. 45

Dual Honors for Temple's Epps June 9; Margolis to Speak

JoAnne Epps, dean of Temple University Beasley School of Law, will receive the Sandra Day O'Connor Award and deliver the Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Memorial Public Interest Lecture at the June 9 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon.

Alan W. Margolis, a founding partner of Margolis Edelstein, will speak on behalf of his fellow Year Club inductees at the event, which begins at 12 p.m. at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets.

Epps, a leading scholar in the areas of trial advocacy and criminal procedure, took over as dean at Temple Law in July. Epps has been a frequent speaker on evidence and advocacy, both domestically and internationally. The O'Connor 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 Women in the Profession Committee established the O'Connor Award in 1993 to recognize the important contributions that women attorneys in Philadelphia have made to the legal profession.

Tickets to the event are $55 for members and $60 for non-members. Click here to purchase tickets.

Probate and Trust Section Quarterly Meeting June 9

The Probate and Trust Law Section will discuss what estate planners should do or
un-do in a troubling economy at its quarterly meeting on Tuesday, June 9.

The faculty includes Thomas O. Hiscott, Rebecca Rosenberger Smolen and David L. Weinreb.

Registration and lunch begin at 11:45 a.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Juniper and Market streets. A total of 2 substantive CLE credits are available. For more information, click here.

Section members are also asked bring new or gently used children's books to the program, so they may be donated to newly adopted children that pass through Family Court.

Careers in Government, Public Service Panel June 10

The Government and Public Service Lawyers Committee, in collaboration with Attorney Career Development Committee, will hold a "Careers in Government and Public Service" panel and networking program on Wednesday, June 10.

Panelists include Ellen Greenlee, chief defender, Defender Association of Philadelphia; James Beyer, associate area counsel, IRS; Amy Kurland, inspector general, City of Philadelphia; Colleen Lynch, branch chief, SEC; Lauren Vida, attorney-legislative aide, Councilman Bill Green's Office; and Elizabeth Mattioni, chair, litigation group, City of Philadelphia Law Department.

The event begins at 4 p.m. in the 11th Floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Women Entrepreneurs and Investors June 10

Linda Galante, co-managing director of the Philadelphia chapter of Golden Seeds, a woman-friendly angel investor group providing early stage and growth capital to women entrepreneurs across all sectors, will be the guest speaker at the Wednesday, June 10 meeting of the Women in Intellectual Property 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 $8 for those members who register in advance. Click here to register.

Family Law Section Spring Reception June 10

The Family Law Section Annual Spring Reception will be Wednesday, June 10 at 5:30 p.m. at Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market St. Tickets are $50 for Family Law Section members, $45 for employees of the First Judicial District and $55 for non-Section members. Admission Includes one drink ticket and heavy hors d'oeuvres. Click here for tickets.

Summer Associates and Law Students Reception June 15

The Association's LGBT Rights Committee and GALLOP are co-sponsoring a reception for summer associates and law studens on Monday, June 15 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the offices of Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP, 1735 Market St., 51st floor.

This event is for all students who are spending their summers working in and around the Philadelphia region. Specials guests include Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judges Ann Butchart and Daniel Anders, along with Chancellor Sayde J. Ladov and and Past Chancellor Andrew Chirls.

Please RSVP by Friday, June 12 to Brian Sims at (215) 266-4696 or bsims@philabar.org or Larry Felzer at (215) 701-3202 or lfelzer@seniorlawcenter.org.

YLD Diversity Happy Hour June 16

The Young Lawyers Division will hold its annual Joint Diversity Happy Hour and Scholarship Ceremony on Tuesday, June 16 at the Mexican Post, 1601 Cherry St., at 5:30 p.m.

The recipients of this year's scholarships are Samea Lin, Temple University Beasley School of Law; Earthen Johnson, Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law; Maricruz Melendrez, Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law; Priya De Souza, Temple University Beasley School of Law; and Jennifer A. Supplee, Temple University Beasley School of Law.

The first 200 people to pre-register at philadelphiabar.org will be guaranteed two drink tickets, good for draft beer, house margaritas, house wine, sangria and well drinks. Appetizers and drink specials will be available throughout the evening. The scholarships will be presented at 6:30 p.m.

The event is co-hosted by the Barristers Association of Philadelphia, Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia, Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania, Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania and the South Asian Bar Association of Philadelphia. The YLD Diversity Happy Hour is sponsored by James DeCrescenzo Reporting LLC and Trial Technologies, Inc. Click here to register.

Conflicts of Interest CLE June 16

The Professional Responsibility Committee and Business Law Section will present the CLE program "Conflicts of Interest and Joint Representation" on Tuesday, June 16.

Avoiding conflicts of interest is one of the core obligations of an attorney. This program will address conflicts of interest which appear at the inception of an engagement and those that may arise later in the representation. Often, issues arise when there is a joint representation.

Faculty for this program include Sarah Bricknell, assistant general counsel, Duane Morris, LLP; Hope Comisky, professional responsibility counsel, Pepper Hamilton LLP and co-chair Professional Guidance and Professional Responsibility Committees, Philadelphia Bar Association; Kimberly S. Ingersoll, partner, Abrams and Ingersoll, LLP and co-chair Professional Responsibility Committee; Barbara S. Rosenberg, sole practitioner, Norristown and former disciplinary counsel, Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and co-chair, Professional Responsibility Committee; and Tamara Lee Traynor, assistant general counsel, Wolf Block LLP.

Registration and lunch begin at 11:45 a.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register.

Mergers and Acquisitions CLE June 17

David H. Glusman and Joseph L. DeSimone will present "Accounting Issues and Due Diligence in Merger Opportunities" at the Wednesday, June 17 meeting of the Mergers and Acquisitions Committee. One substantive CLE credit is available.

The course will cover review of financial statements with emphasis on the issues relevant to merger and acquisition activity. The presenters will focus on covenant issues, financial ratios which are important to understanding the covenants and the financial due diligence process.

The program has been approved for 1.0 substantive CLE credit. Participants wishing to receive the CLE credit will be required to pay a fee of $33.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years, and $28.50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years. Interested parties not seeking CLE credit may attend and purchase lunch for the fee of $8.50. If you wish to register in advance please visit pbi.org or call PBI Customer Service at 1-800-932-4637.

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. Lunch and registration begin at noon. Click here to register.

Stalberg to Address Federal Bench-Bar June 12

Zachary Stalberg (left), president and CEO of the Committee of Seventy, will deliver keynote remarks at the Federal Courts Committee’s annual Federal Bench-Bar Conference on Friday, June 12 at the Marriott Philadelphia Downtown, 1200 Market St.

A total of 3 CLE credits are available for this program, including one ethics credit. The conference features seven federal judges and a host of top practitioners and begins at 8:15 a.m. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.

Following introductions by Committee Chair Craig D. Mills and Vice Chair Grant S. Palmer, the conference begins with the session "How Not to Go to Jail with Your Clients – Handling Client Monies and Other Timely Issues." Panelists for this session are U.S. District Court Judge Joel H. Slomsky, Ellen C. Brotman, Ian M. Comisky and Louis D. Lappen.

U.S. District Court Judge Eduardo Robreno will present "Multi-District Litigation – Handling of the Asbestos MDL in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania."

Following a short break, Chancellor-Elect Scott F. Cooper, Sidney L. Gold and Kelly Dobbs Bunting will present "Layoffs and Dissolutions – Hot Issues in Employment Law" along with U.S. District Court Judges C. Darnell Jones II and Linda K. Caracappa.

U.S. District Court Chief Judge Harvey Bartle III, U.S. Bankruptcy Court Chief Judge Stephen Raslavich and Clerk of Court Michael Kunz will then present state of the court reports.

U.S. District Court Judge Cynthia M. Rufe, Stephanie A. "Tess" Blair, Gerard G. Boccuti, David J. Kessler and Donald W. Myers are the panelists for "E-Discovery: Perspectives from the Bench, Outside Counsel and the Client.”

Steven Orlofsky will present an update on the Third Circuit Bar Association.

If you do not attend the full program, you will receive only substantive credits for the time of your attendance. If you do not attend the full program, you will receive only substantive credits for the time of your attendance. Click here for additional information or to register.

Bar Night at the Phillies June 17

Join your colleagues and friends at Bar Association Night at the Phillies on Wednesday, June 17 as the World Series champion Phils take on the Toronto Blue Jays at Citizens Bank Park at 7:05 p.m. Tickets are $28.

Seating (subject to availability) with fellow Philadelphia Bar Association supporters will be located on the Field Level Outfield (Sections 145 - 148). There is a special $2 discount off the cost of these tickets. To order your tickets for this special event, click here and enter the promotion code BAR.

Bar Foundation Golf Classic June 22

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation's 21st Annual Golf Classic is moving to a new location. The event will be held Monday, June 22 at Huntington Valley Country Club in Huntington Valley, Pa.

The general fee for players is $375. Members of the Young Lawyers Division may play at a discounted fee of $350. Price includes all greens fees, golf cart, lunch, refreshments, dinner and cocktails.

Several levels of sponsorship are available. Tournament Underwriters ($15,000) get a banner hung at clubhouse entrance; name on the front cover of the souvenir program as sponsor of the event; distribution of skills competition prizes to winners; eight players plus four additional guests to cocktail reception; and VIP parking for golfers. Other levels include Tournament Cup/Skills Prize Sponsor ($7,500), Luncheon, Cocktail Buffet, Reception or Putting Contest Sponsor ($5,000) and Hole Sponsor ($2,000). For more information, contact Lynne Brown at (215) 238-6347. Click here to register.

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Save with Early Bird Registration for Bench-Bar

Association members have until Friday, Sept. 18 to take advantage of reduced registration rates for the 2009 Bench-Bar and Annual Conference at Harrah's Atlantic City on Oct. 23-24.

Full conference admission is $349 for members and $399 for non-members. For members of the Young Lawyers Division and government or public interest attorneys, admission is just $199.

For those wishing to attend only the Grand Reception at The Pool at Harrah's on Friday, Oct. 23, tickets are $125 for all members and $150 for non-members.

For those wishing to attend Friday's session only, tickets are $299 for members, $149 for the Young Lawyers Division and government or public interest attorneys. For non-members, the cost is $349.

Members and guests wishing to attend without receiving CLE credit will pay $175. For non-members, the cost is $200. Admission includes all sponsored meals and events.

For those wishing to attend only the Friday, Oct. 23 Quarterly Meeting, tickets are $55 for members and $60 for non-members. Tables of 10 are available for $550 for members and $600 for non-members.

Those wishing to attend programs on Saturday, Oct. 24 will only pay $229, while YLD members and government and public interest attorneys can attend for $79. The cost for non-members is $279. Click here to register.

Justinians to Honor Judge Presenza June 10

Former Philadelphia Municipal Court President Judge Louis J. Presenza will be honored at the Justinian Society and Foundation Annual Meeting and Scholarship Luncheon on Wednesday, June 10.

The reception will begin at 11:30 a.m. and the luncheon will begin at 12 p.m. at the Union League of Philadelphia, 140 S. Broad St. Tickets are $60 for members and $75 for non-members. For more information, visit justinian.org.

Theodore Bikel Concert to Benefit Juvenile Law Center

Broadway and folk legend Theodore Bikel, a lifelong social justice advocate, will celebrate a rich career devoted to art and activism with a star-studded 85th birthday benefit concert for the Juvenile Law Center at Carnegie Hall on Monday, June 15.

Bikel, his wife, Tamara Brooks, and all those performing are donating their time and performance fees in support of Juvenile Law Center. Performers (to date) include: Alan Alda; David Amram; Beyond the Pale; Artie Butler; Patricia Conolly; Arlo Guthrie; Judy Kaye; David Krakauer; Serendipity 4 (Theodore Bikel, Tamara Brooks, Merina Kljuco and Shura Lipovsky); Tom Paxton; Noel Paul Stookey & Peter Yarrow; Susan Werner; and Michael Wex.

Tickets are on sale at the Carnegie Hall Box Office and can be purchased online by clicking here.

All proceeds will support Juvenile Law Center, a national 501(c)(3) charitable public interest law firm that advocates for youth in the child welfare (foster care) and juvenile justice systems. Juvenile Law Center has recently been featured by ABC News "20/20," The New York Times, and People magazine for representing youth in the Luzerne County, Pa., judges scandal, a juvenile court corruption case being addressed as one of the most egregious violations of children's rights in U.S. legal history. Please contact the Juvenile Law Center for information on sponsorship packages at (215) 625-0551. For more information on the event, visit jlc.org.

HAP Training Session June 16

The Homeless Advocacy Project will present the pro bono CLE training program "How to Prepare for an SSI Hearing" on Tuesday, June 16 from 12 to 1:30 p.m., at Dilworth Paxson LLP, 1500 Market St., Center Square, East Tower, 35th Floor. The course will be presented by HAP Managing Attorney Michele Levy. The course is free and open to current and prospective HAP volunteers, and will provide 1.5 substantive CLE credits in exchange for volunteering with HAP. To register, contact Michele Levy at 215-523-9585 or e-mail at mlevy@philalegal.org. Deadline for registration is Tuesday, June 9.

Judge Urges Attendance at VIP Title CLE June 25

Dear Probate and Trust Section colleagues:

I write to urge you to support Philadelphia VIP's efforts to assist low income clients with title issues by participating in their June 25 training at White and Williams LLP from 12 to 2:15 p.m. I will be there to welcome all of you who attend. There are more than 14,000 potential clients who live in homes in their deceased relatives' names who need legal assistance and cannot afford it.

Without legal assistance, these clients cannot enter into payment agreements for delinquent real estate taxes or obtain free repair services from the City of Philadelphia, and therefore they face losing or abandoning their homes. Your colleague Kevin Gilboy and VIP staff attorney Kelly Gastley will be teaching this seminar. Also, you receive 2 hours of free CLE for taking a case, and lunch will be provided.

In this critical economic time, I know that it is even more difficult to ask you to give free legal services. But this is the time when I also ask you to remember that as professionals we have an obligation to help those who need our services more than ever.

I look forward to seeing you there.
Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Anne Lazarus

From VIP: Attorneys receive 2 free CLE credits if they accept a VIP case within 6 months of the training. Please contact Philadelphia VIP at (215) 523-9550 or phillyvip@phillyvip.org (including your full name and contact information), to reserve your space. White and Williams LLP is located at 1650 Market St., One Liberty Place, 18th Floor.

Gaming Law Update June 11

The staff of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board will provide an update and review of recent litigation and administrative proceedings, along with licensing, enforcement and compliance issues; and Internet gambling issues and more at PBI's Gaming Law Update. This 4 substantive CLE credit hour program will be a held Thursday, June 11 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 1:15 p.m. Check-in 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, June 9
Philadelphia Bar Association Probate & Trust Law Section June 2009 Probate and Trust Law Section Quarterly Meeting
2 substantive CLE credits
12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 10
Legal Writing Techniques for Winning Arguments
6 substantive CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Simulcast - PLI - ABCs of Mutual Funds 2009
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thursday, June 11
Gaming Law Update 2009
4 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Thursday and Friday, June 11-12
Simulcast - PLI - Acquiring or Selling the Privately Held Company 2009
11.5 substantive, .5 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Friday, June 12
2009 Federal Bench Bar Conference
3 substantive CLE credits
8:30 to 11:45 a.m.

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

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