June 22, 2009
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 10, No. 49

DA Abraham, Judge Moss, Savett on Mentoring June 30

Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne Abraham, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Sandra Mazer Moss and Sherry Savett will offer their thoughts on mentoring at the Tuesday, June 30 meeting of the Women in the Profession 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 for those who register in advance. Click here to RSVP.

Bar Launches PhilaBenchBar.org

The Philadelphia Bar Association has launched PhilaBenchBar.org, a web site devoted entirely to the Association's Bench-Bar and Annual Conference on Oct. 23 and 24 at Harrah's Atlantic City.

PhilaBenchBar.org contains all the details about the annual conference, including details about CLE programs and speakers. Members can also register for the conference and view photos from past events.

Visit PhilaBenchBar.org and register today.

Technology for the Small Firm Today

The Solo and Small Firm Committee and the Technology Committee of the Law Practice Management Division will discuss technology for the small firm at a joint meeting today (Monday, June 22).

Speakers for the program include Harper Dimmerman, The Law Office of Harper J. Dimmerman P.C.; Molly Barker Gilligan, Law Offices of Daniel J. Siegel, LLC; George W. Nicholson, Sage Solutions Group; and Alan Nochumson, Nochumson P.C.

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 RSVP.

Business Development for Shy Attorneys June 23

The Philadelphia Bar Association and the Training Resource Group will present "Business Development and Rainmaking for Shy Attorneys During Tough Economic Times" on Tuesday, June 23.

Among the topics to be discussed are styles that can be used for business development and networking strategies.

The program begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th floor Board Room of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for those members who register in advance. Click here to RSVP.

Franchise Law Committee to Meet June 24

A meeting of the Franchise Law Committee will be held Wednesday, June 24 at 12 p.m. at Dilworth Paxson LLP, 1500 Market St., Suite 3500 E.

Using the troubled auto industry as a backdrop, this program facilitates an open dialogue discussing current market trends affecting franchises, exploring the termination rights and remedies of auto dealers and other franchisees in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and contemplating the legal limitations on what manufacturers and franchisors can do to end a franchise. The lunch session may also touch on the importance of contract language and federal bankruptcy laws vis-à-vis franchise termination.

Lunch will be provided courtesy of Dilworth Paxson LLP. Please RSVP to Bonnie Chong at bchong@sunocoinc.com.

Nagle on Employee Free Choice Act June 25

The Labor and Employment Law Committee will discuss the Employee Free Choice Act with Robert Nagle at its Thursday, June 25 meeting.

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 RSVP.

Criminal Justice Section Summer Happy Hour June 25

The Criminal Justice Section will host a summer happy hour at McCormick & Schmick's, 1 S. Broad St., on Thursday, June 25 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Reduced drink prices and food specials will be available. The section will raffle a Philadelphia Phillies package, which includes two Phillies tickets (good seats), two Phillies hats and a cooler.

Mock Trial Information Session June 29

The Young Lawyers Division and Temple University Beasley School of Law LEAP Program will hold a mock trial information session for coaches and judges on Monday, June 29.

Every year, YLD and Temple LEAP put on a mock trial camp in the fall and the citywide John S. Bradway High School Mock Trial Competition in the spring. Philadelphia teams regularly distinguish themselves statewide and even in the national competition, which Philadelphia will proudly host in 2010. Come learn about the commitments and rewards of getting involved. Organizers, coaches, judges, teachers and students will talk about their experiences and answer questions. All area lawyers and law students are welcome.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 10th Floor Board Room of Bar Association
headquarters, 1101 Market St. A complimentary lunch will be served.

Update from Judge Woods-Skipper June 30

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Sheila A. Woods-Skipper will provide an update on recent changes in procedures at the Tuesday, June 30 meeting of the Criminal Justice Section.

These changes include court VOPs early release from custody for non-violent probation detainers and the use of a collection agency for fines, costs and restitution and the new procedures for in-patient FIR referrals, video conferences and issues relating to streamlining these types of cases.

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 RSVP.

Women in IP Committee to Meet July 8

Everyone faces limits in their ability to notice data, collect data, make decisions, and take appropriate action. These limitations arise because of our personalities and life experiences, which create lenses through which we view our world. Susan Letterman White, J.D., M.S. will look at some of the common lenses used by IP lawyers and scientists, suggest methods for mitigating their negative effects, and offer an opportunity for discussing with colleagues participants' ongoing challenges at the Wednesday, July 8 meeting of the Women in Intellectual Property Committee.

White works with law firms, law departments, and individual lawyers to help them improve communication skills, develop and implement growth strategies, and develop future leaders. She practiced employment and commercial litigation for over 20 years and was the managing partner of a Philadelphia law firm before pursuing a Master of Science degree in Organization Development from American University.

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 RSVP.

Join Association's Bike-a-Thon Team for ACS Ride

Team Philadelphia Bar Association will saddle up again this year and take part in the 37th Annual American Cancer Society Bike-a-Thon on Sunday, July 12.

The ride brings awareness to the issues of cancer and how it affects friends, families, colleagues and community. Another purpose of the ride is seeking to raise funds in support of cancer research. The ride leaves Philadelphia and traverses the countryside in New Jersey to an end point approximately 65 miles away in Buena Vista, N.J.

Recently, the Philadelphia Bar Association has taken a lead and sponsored a team to participate in the ride. This year, the Philadelphia Bar Association team is co-chaired by Mark Feinman and Jim Meyer. Click here to join the Philadelphia Bar Association team.

Riders who have participated in the past are encouraged to wear their Bar Association jerseys. A team photo will be taken at approximately 6:15 a.m. on July 12 in front of the U.S. Mint on 5th Street. For more information about the Bar Association team, contact Mark Feinman at markfeinmanlawoffices@verizon.net or Jim Meyer at jmeyer@schnader.com.

Learn about YLD Benefits at YLD Live! July 27

The Young Lawyers Division wants to hear from you! On July 27 at 12 p.m., join the YLD Executive Committee and other young lawyers at YLD Live!, an interactive meeting that will address how the YLD can better benefit you. YLD Live! is open to all YLD members and will include a complimentary lunch.

Whether you have an idea for a program or an event that would help young lawyers, a specific topic you would like to see addressed in a CLE or panel discussion, or a suggestion for a program the YLD could undertake in the Philadelphia community, the YLD invites you to join effort to shape the future of the profession.

Some things you can expect to learn are:
• The history of the YLD, its structure, and its mission;
• How the YLD can benefit you through its programs and initiatives;
• How to get involved with the YLD through social media;
• Advice/suggestions if affected by the economic downturn; and
• Upcoming YLD events

In addition to hearing from members of the YLD Executive Committee, attendees will break into groups for a more personal discussion about what the YLD can do for you. Cabinet members will lead these groups and answer questions as well as keep track of suggestions, opinions, etc., for future follow-up.

We will also be auctioning off four $25 gift certificates to the Mexican Post at YLD Live!, giving you another great reason to join us.

YLD Live! will be held at the Philadelphia Bar Association's headquarters, 1101 Market St., in the 11th Floor Conference Center. Click here to register.

Bar Foundation Seeks Award Nominees

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation is seeking nominations for two awards to be presented at the Andrew Hamilton Benefit on Saturday, Nov. 21 at the Please Touch Museum.

The Citizens Bank Pro Bono Award is presented by Citizens Bank, the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Philadelphia Bar Foundation, and is given annually to a Philadelphia law firm or corporate legal department demonstrating outstanding volunteer efforts to help provide legal services to those in need. The recipient of the Citizens Bank Award designates the $10,000 monetary award to one or more Philadelphia Bar Foundation grantees.

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation Award is given to an attorney who is working in the nonprofit legal services community. A $2,500 award will be presented each year to an attorney who is providing direct legal services to the poor and the underprivileged in Philadelphia.

Visit PhilaBarFoundation.org for more information. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Aug. 14.

Friends of Farmworkers Reception July 15

Friends of Farmworkers will hold its Annual Reception on Wednesday, July 15 from 5 to 7 p.m., at Moore College of Art & Design, 20th Street and the Parkway.

Susan Sherman, president and CEO, the Independence Foundation; Judge Phyllis Beck, chair of the Board of Directors and CFO, the Independence Foundation; and former Chancellor A. Michael Pratt, Pepper Hamilton LLP, will be honored at this event.

Karen Detamore will also be honored with special recognition for her 20 years of service to the Friends of Farmworkers. Individual tickets cost $80. For ticket and sponsorship information, please contact Arlene Rivera Finkelstein at 215-898-0459 or friendsoffarmworkers@gmail.org.

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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.

Retirement Planning CLE June 25

Join PBI for a presentation addressing important issues before you consider taking life-changing steps toward retirement. This 3 substantive CLE credit hour program will be held Thursday, June 25 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 12:15 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 23
Maximizing Your Client’s Recovery in Challenging Times
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Advanced Issues in Social Security Disability
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Wednesday, June 24
Civil Litigation 101
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Simulcast - PLI – Audit Committee Workshop 2009: What Audit Committee Members and Those Who Advise Them Need to Know Now
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thursday, June 25
Simulcast - Retirement Planning: Concepts & Controversies in Today’s Economy
3 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

The Government’s "Right to Take" in PA
3 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Video Replay - Loan Documentation
6 substantive CLE credits
9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thursday & Friday, June 25 & 26
Simulcast - PLI – Understanding ERISA 2009
12 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.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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