June 17, 2010
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 11, No. 49

A Taste, Tour of Le Bec-Fin With Chef Georges Perrier

The Philadelphia Bar Association Academy will present "A Taste and Tour of Le Bec-Fin with Chef Georges Perrier" at Philadelphia's premier fine-dining restaurant on Wednesday, June 30 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

This happy hour reception will feature hors d'oeuvres and a tour of the famous Le Bec-Fin pastry kitchen, with remarks by Chef Perrier. Attendees will also learn about business development opportunities from executive staff. The program is open to all members of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

The cost is $35 per person. To register for this program, click here or visit baracademy.philadelphiabar.org. Please note that the event starts promptly at 5:30 p.m. and space is limited to the first 40 people who register in advance.

NAACP Chair Roslyn Brock to Speak at June 28 Quarterly

Roslyn M. Brock, chair of the National Board of Directors of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), will deliver the Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Memorial Public Interest Lecture at the Association's Monday, June 28 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon.

Stephanie Resnick, chair of the Litigation Department at Fox Rothschild LLP and chair of the Board of Governors of the Philadelphia Bar Association in 2008, will receive the 2010 Sandra Day O'Connor Award at the event, which begins at 12 p.m. at the Hyatt at The Bellevue, Broad and Walnut streets.

Brock made history in February 2010 when she became the youngest person ever and fourth woman to serve as chair of the NAACP. For more than 25 years, Brock has served as a leader in the NAACP. As a committed community advocate who works on behalf of vulnerable populations, Brock fights for quality education, civil rights, economic justice, decent housing, and accessible, affordable healthcare for all.

Raymond L. Shapiro, senior counsel to Blank Rome LLP, will be the featured speaker as members of the Association's 50-, 60-, 65- and 70-Year Clubs are inducted at the event. Click here to purchase tickets.

Bar Academy Suggestions Sought

The Philadelphia Bar Association Academy is seeking your suggestions for future programs. The Academy is a new civic and cultural education series for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association launched earlier this year by Chancellor Scott F. Cooper and chaired by Hon. A. Michael Snyder.  

Academy programs enable members to connect with many of the city's most vibrant institutions through exclusive, behind-the-scenes access and business development opportunities. Programs so far have included a lunch with executives of the Philadelphia Union, the region's newest professional sports franchise; an inside look at Philadelphia's top-rated all-news station, KYW Newsradio 1060; and our upcoming program on June 30 featuring a taste and pastry kitchen tour of the city's premier fine-dining restaurant, Le Bec-Fin.  

All programs are presented at no charge to attendees, or at a nominal cost to cover some portion of food, beverage, etc. To send program suggestions, please e-mail Mark Tarasiewicz at mtarasiewicz@philabar.org.

Ethical Guidance for Changing Firms June 17

The Law Practice Management Committee will present "Changing Firms: Ethical Guidance for Law Firms and Attorneys" on Thursday, June 17.

The featured speaker is Ellen Freedman, founder and president of Freedman Consulting and the Pennsylvania Bar Association Law Practice Management Coordinator. This program will outline the ethical, legal and practical issues these situations raise, and provide advice on how attorneys can address such matters while fully complying with their ethical obligations to the firms and their clients.

The program 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 RSVP.

YLD Diversity Scholarship Reception and CLE June 17

The Philadelphia Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division will emphasize the importance of diversity in the legal field by recognizing several outstanding local law students at its Diversity Scholarship Reception and presenting its first-ever diversity-related continuing legal education seminar, "The Dangers of Stereotypes and Subconscious Bias: Does It Impact Your Success in the Courtroom?" today (Thursday, June 17).

The 1-credit CLE will take place 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, 100 S. Penn Square, followed immediately by the Diversity Scholarship Reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Crystal Tea Room Atrium on the 9th floor.

The reception is co-hosted by the Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania, the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania, the Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia, and the Philadelphia Bar Association's LGBT Rights Committee. The CLE is co-hosted by the Bar Association’s Civil Rights Committee.

This year's Diversity Scholarship winners are: Dwight Bailey from Villanova University School of Law; Kevin Harden Jr. from Temple University Beasley School of Law; Priscilla Jimenez from Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University; Dalisai Nisperos from University of Pennsylvania Law School; and Abraham Tran from Rutgers School of Law, Camden.

Each year, the YLD presents a $500 scholarship to select first-, or second-year local law students in recognition of their excellence in academic achievement, community service, and commitment to the Philadelphia area. The YLD Cabinet and YLD Executive Committee liaisons to Philadelphia's minority bar associations select the scholarship winners from submitted applications

"The Dangers of Stereotypes and Subconscious Bias: Does It Impact Your Success in the Courtroom?," features panelists Scott Reid, Esq., a member at Cozen O'Connor and the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Cabinet Officer on Diversity; Hon. Renee Cardwell Hughes, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas; John S. Han, U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Organized Crime and Racketeering Section; Vincent Regan, Assistant District Attorney, Repeat Offenders Unit of the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office; and Deborah Starr, Ph.D, DecisionQuest Trial Consultants. The course will examine various approaches to coping with the biases, beliefs, and preconceived notions often held by those called for jury duty and detail the methods of overcoming these notions, including techniques for eliciting potential bias in voir dire and developing persuasive themes as a means of combating common social prejudices.

Dwight Bailey recently completed his second year at Villanova University School of Law and focuses his studies on criminal litigation. In addition to his academic endeavors, Bailey sits on the board of directors of the Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia, volunteers with Villanova's OUTLaw - its LGBT alliance - and is the current president of Villanova's Black Law Students Association. Bailey was also a member of the Villanova Law National Trial Team that won the ABA Arbitration Competition Regional Championship in 2009. He grew up in and around Philadelphia and graduated from Temple University in 2005.

Kevin Harden Jr. is a 2010 graduate of the Temple University Beasley School of Law and will be joining the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office after sitting for the Pennsylvania and New Jersey bar exams in July. During his time at Temple Law, Harden served on the Executive Committee of the Black Law Students Association and was appointed to the Moot Court Honor Society. He also served as an intern in the Media Relations division of the Michael Nutter for Mayor Campaign, in the chambers of the Honorable Leon W. Tucker of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, with the Defender Association of Philadelphia, and with the boutique-litigation firm, Fitzpatrick & Long, LLC. Harden is a lifelong Philadelphia resident, an alumni member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the oldest intercollegiate fraternity for college educated African-American men, and graduated from Kutztown University in 2007.

Priscilla Jimenez recently completed her second year at Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law and focuses her studies in health law. She served as co-president of the Latin American Law Students Association during the 2010 school year and serves as the student representative for the American Health Lawyers Association. She is a student member of the Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania and was one of the 2009-2010 recipients of the organization's Legal Education Fund Scholarships. Jimenez is also a violinist, having attended the Julliard School of Music and performed at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. She grew up in the Bronx, New York City and graduated from Gordon College in Wenham, MA in 2008.

Dalisai Nisperos is a 2010 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School where she served on the board of the Journal of Law and Social Change and was active in student groups dedicated to community service and diversity in higher education. She will soon embark on a judicial clerkship in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and intends to pursue a career in employment law. She grew up in Stockton, Calif.

Abraham Tran recently completed his first year at Rutgers School of Law in Camden and will begin his second year as a teaching assistant and 2010 Marshall Brennan Fellow. He was recently selected as an intern for the Montgomery County Diversity Law Internship Program and is a part-time summer intern for the Office of state Sen. Donald Norcross of the 5th Legislative District of New Jersey. Tran is heavily involved in community service efforts, including as a recent volunteer in a legal services clinic in Louisiana and as a demonstrator and speaker at a JENA 6 protest. He grew up in New Brunswick, NJ and graduated from Rutgers University in 2008.

Registration is required and separate for each event. The Diversity Scholarship Reception is free of charge and includes wine and cheese. Click here to register. The CLE program is $20 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for less than five years and $25 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association admitted for more than five years and non-members. Click here to register for the CLE program.

Area SSA Director to Speak June 18

Jim Riley, area director of the Social Security Administration will discuss enrollment of appointed representatives for online access to the electronic folder (e-Folder) for cases pending at the hearing level at the Friday, June 18 meeting of the Social Security Disability Benefits 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 who register in advance. Click here to RSVP.

Bar Foundation Golf Classic June 21

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation's 22nd Annual Golf Classic will be held Monday, June 21 at Huntington Valley Country Club in Huntington Valley, Pa.

The fee for players is $450. Members of the Young Lawyers Division may play at a discounted fee of $375. A foursome can play at the discounted rate of $1,700. Price includes all greens fees, golf cart, lunch, refreshments, dinner and cocktails. For those wishing to attend the cocktail reception and dinner, tickets are $125.

Several levels of sponsorship are available. Tournament Underwriter ($15,000) includes banner hung at clubhouse entrance; name on the cover of the souvenir program as underwriter of the event; microphone time at tee off; advertising in all publications; present skills competition prizes; includes golf for eight players plus four additional guests to the grand cocktail party; VIP parking for golfers; two tickets to the 2010 Andrew Hamilton Benefit; premium gift for sponsor and guests; and commemorative hole flag for guests.

Tournament cup/skills prize sponsor ($7,500) includes banner hung in clubhouse; recognition in the souvenir program; present skills competition prizes; includes golf for six players plus four additional guests to the grand cocktail party; commemorative hole flag for guests; and two VIP parking spaces for golfers.

Luncheon, Grand Cocktail Party or Putting Contest Sponsor ($5,000) includes name on sign at sponsorship location; recognition in the souvenir program; and four players plus four additional guests to the grand cocktail party.

Golf Cart Signs, Refreshment Cabana Sponsor ($3,500) includes name on golf carts or at refreshment cabanas; recognition in the souvenir program; and golf for two players and two additional guests to the grand cocktail party.

Hole Sponsor ($2,250) includes name on sign at tee; recognition in the souvenir program; and golf for two players.

For more information, contact Lynne Brown at (215) 238-6347 or visit philabarfoundation.org.

YLD Negotiation Workshop CLE June 22

The Young Lawyers Division will present a negotiation workshop on Tuesday, June 22 as part of the Live, Lunch & Learn Series.

Presenters Craig Circosta and James Leyden will engage in a mock negotiation of a typical merger and acquisition transaction. Attendees will listen in on sidebars, as lawyers interact with their clients and watch them go head to head on controversial provisions. The course planner is Adiah I. Ferron.

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. Click here to register for CLE credit. Lunch is available for $8. Click here to register for lunch.

Phila. World Trade Center Chief to Speak June 24

Linda Mysliwy Conlin, president of the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia, will give a presentation on benefits offered to those doing or seeking to do business internationally at the Thursday, June 24 meeting of the International Business Initiative Committee.

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. Click here to register.

Civil Rights Committee on Immigration June 24

The Civil Rights Committee will present a panel discussion on the constitutional issues surrounding federal preemption, general immigration law, and debate if states and municipalities can regulate the employment, housing, and/or grant of public benefits contingent upon a satisfactory showing of lawful presence in the United States on Thursday, June 24.

Panelists include Carmen Guerrero, Women's Center of Montgomery County; Robert Nix, Phoenix Strategies; Pennsylvania State Rep. Tony J. Payton, 179th District; and Professor Jan C. Ting, Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8. Click here to register.

Commercial Mortgage Workouts CLE June 25

The Pennsylvania Bar Institute will present the CLE program "Distressed Commercial Mortgage Loan Workouts: What to Do When Things Are Starting to Fall Apart" on Friday, June 25.

Commercial mortgage loan defaults are expected to reach unprecedented levels this year and next. With lenders still gripping tightly to their funds and being unwilling to lend to businesses, refinancing is increasingly difficult to achieve. Our distinguished faculty will examine the current state of affairs and give practical insights into how to help your clients through these difficult times.

The program begins at 8:30 a.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register online.

State of Real Estate Lending Market June 25

Shari Reams of PNC Bank will discuss the state of the real estate lending market at the Friday, June 25 meeting of the Real Estate Financing and Securitization Committee.

This brown-bag lunch meeting begins at 12 p.m. at the offices of Ballard Spahr LLP, 1735 Market St., 51st Floor. Please RSVP to Rachel Kipnes at kipnesr@gtlaw.com.

Palermo to Discuss Health Homes June 30

Peter Palermo, director of the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health will discuss healthy homes at the Wednesday, June 30 meeting of the Affordable Housing Committee of the Real Property Section.

Palermo will discuss lead-based paint, asbestos and mold. The meeting begins at 9 a.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. There is no charge to attend, however, registration is required. Click here to RSVP.

Chancellor's Forum on Civil Gideon July 7

Professor Russell Engler, director of clinical programs at New England Law School and a national expert on Civil Gideon, will be the featured speaker at a Wednesday, July 7 Chancellor's Forum on Civil Gideon.

Engler serves on the Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission and the Boston Bar Association's Task Force on Expanding the Civil Right to Counsel.

The program will also feature a panel discussion including Catherine C. Carr, Executive Director of Community Legal Services, and Joseph A. Sullivan, Special Counsel and Director of Pro Bono Programs at Pepper Hamilton LLP, who are co-chairs of the Association's Civil Gideon Task Force.

The event, which begins at 12 p.m. in the Association's 11th floor Conference Center, is free and open to all Bar members. Lunch will be provided. Advance registration is required. To register for the July 7 Chancellor's Forum, visit philadelphiabar.org.

Conversation with Bankruptcy Bench July 9

The Pennsylvania Bar Institute will present a conversation with the bankruptcy bench on Friday, July 9.

This program features a panel of highly distinguished bankruptcy judges who will discuss their individual practices and procedures, and what they expect from counsel who appear before them. Whether you practice on the consumer or commercial side and whether you represent debtors or creditors, this is a not to be missed opportunity to hear from the bankruptcy judges in your region as they discuss their personal preferences and peeves and share advice the will help make your court appearances run more smoothly. The program has been approved for 2.0 substantive CLE credits.

The program begins at 2 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Click here to register online.

YLD Family Night at the Phillies July 29

Register now to join friends, colleagues and their families on July 29 for YLD Family Night at the Phillies.

The event, which costs $35 for adults and $25 for children 12 and under, includes a pre-game tailgate at McFadden's at the Ballpark from 5-7 p.m. followed by that night's Phillies game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Best to sign up fast, only 130 tickets are available and registration ends June 30. Non-members are welcome but must be accompanied by a Bar Association member. Click here to register.

Register for Bench-Bar and Annual Conference at Borgata

Registration is now open for the Bar Association's Bench-Bar and Annual Conference at the Borgata in Atlantic City, N.J. on Friday, Oct. 15 and Saturday, Oct. 16.

Thirteen CLE programs in a variety of practice areas are being planned for the Bench-Bar and Annual Conference. The CLE programs, in which attendees can earn up to eight hours of credit (including the opportunity to earn two ethics credits), will feature judges and some of the city's most well-known practitioners, who will use their expertise and experience to enlighten attendees.

A dramatic re-enactment commemorating the 275th anniversary of Andrew Hamilton's historic 1735 defense of printer John Peter Zenger will be offered for CLE credit as the opening program on Oct. 15. The case established the concept of freedom of the press and coined the term "Philadelphia lawyer."

A state-of-the-court program will also be offered for CLE credit as the closing program on Saturday, Oct. 16. Vice Chancellor John E. Savoth and Board of Governors Vice Chair Regina M. Foley are co-chairs of the 2010 conference.

Full-conference admission is $349 for members and $399 for non-members, if reserved by the early bird deadline of Friday, Sept. 17. For members of the Young Lawyers Division and government and public interest attorneys, admission is only $199. Visit philadelphiabar.org for a complete registration form and pricing guide.

Hotel reservations must be made separately by calling the Borgata directly at 1-866-692-6742. Guests must reference the Philadelphia Bar Association to receive the special rate. Discounted rooms are available from Thursday, Oct. 14 through Saturday, Oct. 16. if booked by Friday, Sept. 17.

Legal Directory Unveils Optimized Site for Mobile Devices

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Public Interest Events, Trainings Set

• The Friends of Farmworkers 2010 Reception will be held Thursday, June 17 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Moore College of Art, 20th Street and the Parkway. At this event, Joseph A. Sullivan, co-chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association's Delivery of Legal Services Committee and Special Counsel and Director of Pro Bono Programs at Pepper Hamilton LLP, and Andrew F. Susko, past President of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, and White and Williams LLP, will be honored. At the event, special recognition will also be provided to Daniel Sipe, immediate-past president of the Board of Directors of Friends of Farmworkers. Tickets are $80. To order tickets or for more information, please call 215-733-0878 or e-mail gguerrero@friendsfw.org.

• The Homeless Advocacy Project will present "Representing Clients in SSI Cases" on Tuesday, June 29. The program, presented by HAP Senior Staff Attorney Patricia Malley, will be held at the offices of Blank Rome, LLP at 130 N. 18th St., 11th Floor from 12 to 2:30 pm. The course is open to current and prospective volunteers. There is no charge for attendance and attendees are eligible to receive 2.0 substantive CLE credits. For more information or to RSVP (By Thursday, June 23), please contact Cary E. Moritz at cmoritz@philalegal.org or call 215-523-9587.

Controversy in Courts Collection at Free Library

The Rare Book Department at the Free Library's Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St., is currently hosting "Controversy in the Courts: Regicide, Rebels, and Regal Indiscretion," an exhibition of books, pamphlets and illustrations related to the trials of King Charles I, William Penn, Daniel O'Connell and Queen Caroline from the Hampton L. Carson Collection Illustrative of the Growth of the Common Law.

The exhibition runs through July 30 and may be viewed from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Tours of the Department are offered on weekdays at 11 a.m.
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