Aug. 1, 2011
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 12, No. 57

Early-Bird Savings for Bench-Bar at Harrah's

Enjoy early-bird savings when you register for the 2011 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference Oct. 14-15 at Harrah's Resort Atlantic City. Click here to save $80 on your registration fee. But hurry, this offer ends on Sept. 16!

The Bench-Bar & Annual Conference provides attendees with the opportunity to earn CLE credit while networking with colleagues and members of the bench.

Registration for members is $349 if booked by Sept. 16. For non-members, registration is $399. Members of the Young Lawyers Division and public interest and government attorneys can attend for $199. For those wishing to attend only the Grand Reception at The Pool at Harrah's on Friday, Oct. 14, tickets are $150 for all members and $175 for non-members. Tickets will be an additional $25 if purchased at the door.

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 and $349 for non-members. Members and guests wishing to attend without receiving CLE credit will pay $200. For non-members, the cost is $225. Admission includes all sponsored meals and events. Those wishing to attend programs on Saturday, Oct. 15 will only pay $229, while YLD members and government and public interest attorneys can attend for $79 and $279 for non-members. Click here to register.

Sponsors for the 2011 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference include The Legal Intelligencer, Iron Mountain and JAMS.

Get Smartphone Bench-Bar Shortcut

Get the free Bench-Bar smartphone shortcut in three easy steps!

(1) In your phone's web browser, go to
(2) Click the "+" menu button at the bottom of the screen
(3) Select "Add to Home Screen"

With this shortcut, you'll have one-touch access to a regularly updated schedule of events for this year's Bench-Bar & Annual Conference, plus registration and hotel links! And don't forget to join the conversation at this year's big event on Twitter at #BenchBar11. We look forward to seeing you at Harrah's Resort Atlantic City on Oct. 14 and 15!

Combating Human Trafficking CLE Aug. 2

The Women's Rights Committee will present the CLE program "Human Rights in Crisis: Combating Human Trafficking" on Tuesday, Aug. 2.

Faculty for the program includes moderator Krista Hoffman, Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape; James Dold, policy counsel, Polaris Project; Sen. Daylin Leach; Lisette McCormick, executive director, Pennsylvania Interbranch Commission for Gender, Racial and Ethnic Fairness; Hugh Organ, associate executive director, Covenant House; and Daniel A. Vélez, assistant U.S. Attorney.

The program is co-sponsored by the Civil Rights Committee, Criminal Justice Section, Family Law Section and Young Lawyers Division.

This 2 substantive CLE credit program includes a course book and lunch and begins at 12:30 p.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Market and Juniper streets. Registration and lunch begin at 12 p.m. Click here to register.

YLD Networking Happy Hour Aug. 3

The Young Lawyers Division will hold a networking happy hour on Wednesday, Aug. 3 at The Pyramid Club, 1735 Market St., from 5:30 to 7: 30 p.m. The event is co-hosted by the Emerging CPAs.

Enjoy drinks and appetizers while socializing with friends and colleagues and enjoying a spectacular view of Center City from the 20-foot-tall windows on the 52nd floor.

Chemtech Company Forum Aug. 11

Kaushik (Kosh) Daphtary, president of Chemtech International Inc., will lead a company forum at the Thursday, Aug. 11 meeting of the International Business Initiative Committee.

Chemtech International produces products involving materials handling, odor control, wastewater treatment and analysis, microbial water treatment stormwater safety, spill containment flexible berms and absorption products serving the chemical, automotive, pharmaceutical electrical and semi-conductor industries. Chemtech does 50 percent of its business in Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, South Africa and Australia, and recently announced new initiatives in Thailand and Hungary.

Learn how to more effectively represent companies in international business. He will lead a Company Forum, a different approach than the standard company presentation. The International Business Initiative has initiated a series of company forums in which there is informal, relaxed discussion led by an international business expert.

The meeting begins at 12 p.m. in the 11th floor Committee Room South of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Lunch is available for $8 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $9.50 for non-members. Click here to register.

Herron to Receive Brennan Distinguished Jurist Award

Judge John W. Herron, considered to be an architect of the First Judicial District's Commerce Case Management Program, has been selected as the recipient of the Association’s 2011 Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Distinguished Jurist Award.

Judge Herron will be presented with the award, which recognizes a jurist who adheres to the highest ideals of judicial service, at an upcoming quarterly meeting.

"I am truly delighted that Judge Herron is being recognized for his exemplary service to our Philadelphia courts over many years, and for his extraordinarily accomplishments and devotion to our justice system," said Brennan Award Committee Chair Maria A. Feeley.

"The Justice Brennan Award is a terrific honor and I feel quite shocked and surprised to be this year's recipient," said Judge Herron. "It has been a wonderful privilege creating the Commerce Court and witnessing its growth and acceptance by the bar due in large part to the efforts of the core group of lawyers involved and Judge Albert W. Sheppard Jr. I am quite proud to share this award with all of them and with all members of the bar and the judges of this court who have supported the Commerce Program over the years."

Judge Herron, who now sits in Orphans' Court, is a graduate of Duke University and Dickinson Law School. He is a former assistant district attorney as served as chief disciplinary counsel for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court from 1973 to 1985. He was first elected to the bench in 1987 and has been retained twice since then. He was administrative judge of the FJD's Trial Division from 1996 to 2002.

Previous winners are Justice Brennan, U.S. Magistrate Judges L. Felipe Restrepo and Timothy R. Rice, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Annette M. Rizzo, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Albert W. Sheppard Jr., Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Sandra Mazer Moss, Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge Louis Presenza, U.S. District Court Judge Edmund V. Ludwig, U.S. Magistrate Judge James R. Melinson, U.S. District Court Judge Louis Pollak, Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Russell M. Nigro, U.S. District Court Judge James T. Giles, U.S. District Court Judge Louis C. Bechtle, U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Edward R. Becker, Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge Phyllis W. Beck and Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Alex Bonavitacola.

YLD Photography Contest Entries Due Sept. 30

The YLD welcomes submissions from all members of the Bar Association for "Summer in the City," a photography contest in which the winner and runner-up will receive a $200 and $100 gift certificate, respectively, to Ruth's Chris Steak House as well as have their images featured in The Philadelphia Lawyer, the Association's quarterly magazine.

Entrants are asked to submit an image that captures the atmosphere of a city during the Summer/early Fall months. The picture can be taken here in Philadelphia or in any other city.

One submission per entrant can be emailed to Matthew Laver at in JPG format. A professional panel of judges will select the winner. The deadline for entries is Friday, Sept. 30.

National Symposium on Diversity in Legal Profession Nov. 8

Chief legal officers and law firm managing partners from across the nation will assemble for the Philadelphia Bar Association's National Symposium on Diversity in the Legal Profession on Tuesday, Nov. 8 at The Union League of Philadelphia.

The half-day symposium will begin with a luncheon featuring keynote speaker Robert J. Grey Jr., (left) executive director of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. Grey is a past president of the American Bar Association.

Three concurrent breakout sessions may focus on topics such as the role(s) white men can play to advance diversity and inclusion in corporate legal departments and law firms; generational diversity and its impact in the workplace; successful pipeline initiatives and mentoring programs; and an employment law update. The symposium runs from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. and a VIP networking reception begins at 5:30 p.m. The VIP networking reception will provide a forum for discussion with remarks from a prominent speaker.

Speakers for the National Symposium on Diversity in the Legal Profession include Thomas E. Cabaniss, managing partner, McGuireWoods LLP, Richmond, Va.; Mark Hershey, senior vice president, general counsel & secretary, Armstrong World Industries, Inc., Lancaster, Pa.; H. Eric Hilton, senior vice president, secretary and general counsel, H. J. Russell & Company and Concessions International, LLC, Atlanta; Alan J. Hoffman, co-chair and managing partner, Blank Rome LLP, Philadelphia; James G. Liepold, executive director, NALP: The Association for Legal Career Professionals, Washington, D.C.; Curtis L. Mack, partner, McGuireWoods LLP, Atlanta; Robert A. Nicholas, partner and global director of legal personnel, Reed Smith LLP, New York; Karl A. Racine, managing partner, Venable LLP, Washington, D.C.; Robin Sangston, vice president, legal affairs, Cox Communications, Inc., Atlanta; Mark S. Stewart, chair, Ballard Spahr LLP, Philadelphia; Michael K. Tucker, executive vice president and general counsel, Avis Budget Group, Inc., Parsippany, N.J.; LeRoy J. Watkins, Jr., partner, Jackson Lewis LLP, Morristown, N.J.; Gerry L. Williams, partner, DLA Piper, Atlanta; Sherry D. Williams, senior vice president, chief ethics and compliance officer, Halliburton, Houston; and Sandra S. Yamate, chief executive officer, Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession, Chicago.

For additional information on the National Symposium on Diversity in the Legal Profession, contact Naomi K. McLaurin at 215-238-6340 or

Watch Webinar on Philadelphia Jail Study

The Philadelphia Research Initiative hosted a public webinar to discuss the findings of its study "Philadelphia's Less Crowded, Less Costly Jails: Taking Stock of a Year of Change and the Challenges That Remain."

The report found that Philadelphia's jail population decreased dramatically last year, due primarily to reductions among the number of individuals held pretrial and those held for alleged violations of their probation or parole. The decline appears to be largely the result of new practices and procedures adopted by the various agencies that comprise the city's criminal justice system - with the goal of making the system more efficient. Speakers for the program were Larry Eichel and Claire Shubik-Richards of the Philadelphia Research Initiative.

Click here to view the webinar.

AIDS Law Project Summer Movie Party Aug. 5

The AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania will hold its 12th Annual Summer Movie Party at The William Way Community Center, 1315 Spruce St. on Friday, Aug. 5. The party will begin at 6 p.m., and will offer cold drinks, craft beer and food. The featured movie, “Look in Any Window (1961),” starring Paul Anka, will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $20 per person in advance; $25 at the door. For ticket and sponsorship information, visit or call 215-587-9377.

Philadelphia VIP Announces Move to 1500 Walnut

Philadelphia VIP, the hub of pro bono legal services for low-income clients in Philadelphia, is pleased to announce that the office has moved to 1500 Walnut St., Suite 400.

"In order to serve more clients with critical legal needs, our organization continues to grow. Because of that growth we are excited to move into a larger office space," said Executive Director Sara Woods. "We are thankful for all of the support we have received from our friends, volunteers, and donors for helping make this move possible. We welcome them to our new space."

VIP promotes equal justice for the poor by providing civil legal services not otherwise available, collaborating with other legal services organizations and promoting a culture of volunteerism by educating and exposing attorneys and law students to issues of poverty. The new office facilities will help VIP to better meet the needs of our clients and our community.

Philadelphia VIP’s contact information as of July 18 will be:

New Address:
Philadelphia VIP
1500 Walnut St., Suite 400
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Philadelphia VIP’s Telephone and Fax Numbers will remain the same:
Direct Line: 215.523.9550
Fax Number: 215.564.0845

For more information on Philadelphia VIP, visit: or e-mail:

Access The Legal Directory 2011 on Your Handheld Device

Attorneys on the go can access The Legal Directory 2011 on handheld devices. With thousands of listings at your fingertips, simply click a phone number or email; your handheld will dial or generate an email template. Visit to sign on.

The newly released, expanded and updated Legal Directory has more than 700 pages of firm and attorney entries, information for more than 350 local judges, government contacts, law organization profiles, ADR resources, Bar Association bylaws, contacts and committees, and more. It's a wealth of vital information legal professionals in the region trust and rely on - all in one resource.

For $79.95, you get the incredible convenience of print, online and mobile access to The Legal Directory. To order, visit

Free Fastcase Training Webinars Scheduled

A series of free webinars have been scheduled for Philadelphia Bar Association members to help them familiarize themselves with Fastcase®, the new member benefit legal research tool.

Fastcase® puts a comprehensive law library of Pennsylvania state and federal cases, statutes and rules at your fingertips. If your firm's Philadelphia office has 100 percent attorney membership in the Philadelphia Bar Association, you'll receive Fastcase® free!

Webinars for Fastcase Research Tips (in depth) will be held:
Wednesday, Aug. 10, 3 to 4 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 14, 1 to 2 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 12, 3 to 4 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 9, 1 to 2 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 14, 3 to 4 p.m.

Webinars for Case Law Nuts & Bolts (Overview) will be held:
Tuesday, Sept. 6, 12 to 1 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 1, 12 to 1 p.m.

Webinars for Searching for Statutes (Overview)
Tuesday, Aug. 2, 3 to 4 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 4, 3 to 4 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 6, 3 to 4 p.m.

Fully-Paid Bar Membership for Villanova Law Students

Through an agreement negotiated by Dean John Y. Gotanda, the Philadelphia Bar Association is pleased to offer all current students of Villanova University School of Law the opportunity to register for fully-paid membership in the Philadelphia Bar Association. This is an annual membership that can be renewed each year and will be paid for by the law school while you are a student. (Note to 3L students: If you registered before graduation, your membership will be paid by the law school and will continue through December 2011.)

Membership in the Bar Association provides you with opportunities to professionally connect with practicing lawyers and judges in a cooperative and learning environment, allowing for one-on-one interactions that are invaluable in building your career and obtaining contacts for potential job opportunities.

A similar agreement exists for students at Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University.

Registration is required to receive your law school-sponsored fully-paid membership in the Philadelphia Bar Association. To register, click here and complete the form.

As a member of the Philadelphia Association, you'll receive:

• Access to the "Members Only" portion of our interactive website,, that lets you view "Bar Classifieds" employment opportunities and place Classified ads at a fraction of the cost of other online services

• Fastcase®, the next-generation legal research provider, available free of charge

• Invaluable networking opportunities with local attorneys and judges at hundreds of events each year, including Chancellor's Forums, substantive panel programs and practice group receptions

• The opportunity to join more than 50 Committees and nine Sections in specific areas of legal practice (such as intellectual property, business litigation, international law, workers compensation, criminal, etc.) as well as targeted interest groups (diversity in the profession, women in the profession, solo practitioners, etc.)

• Automatic membership in the Young Lawyers Division (YLD)

• A subscription to The Philadelphia Lawyer quarterly magazine; the Philadelphia Bar Reporter monthly newspaper; Bar Reporter Online twice-weekly e-newsletter; YLD weekly E-Zine; and Upon Further Review monthly caselaw e-publication

• A vibrant social media network including Facebook sites for the Bar Association and the YLD, Twitter, podcasts and blogs including "PhiLAWdelphia" - the blog of the YLD

• Insurance brokerage services provided through USI Affinity

• Discounts on CLE programs offered through the Pennsylvania Bar Institute

• A legislative program to champion your interests to lawmakers at City Hall, in Harrisburg and in Washington

• Much, much more!

For questions, or to learn more about the advantages of Philadelphia Bar Association membership, call our Membership Department at 215-238-6313.

Take Part in VIP's 30 for 30 Challenge

Matthew S. Olesh and Martha F. Reilly of Fox Rothschild LLP, co-chairs of Philadelphia VIP's 30th Anniversary Engagement Committee, are calling upon the generous members of Philadelphia's legal community to participate in the "30 for 30 Challenge."

They are asking all Philadelphia-area attorneys to commit to 30 hours of pro bono service this year with an organization of their choosing in honor of Philadelphia VIP's 30th anniversary.

The "30 for 30" pledge form is available on Philadelphia VIP's website at All pledge signers will be recognized at a special 30th Anniversary ceremony during National Pro Bono Week this October. Philadelphia VIP will also track all participation and provide special recognition to practices of varying sizes with the highest rates of participation.

Support Center for Child Advocates Golf Classic Oct. 3

The Support Center for Child Advocates will hold its Sixth Annual Child Advocates Golf Classic on Monday, Oct. 3 at Huntingdon Valley Country Club.

Before golf, Cleantech Alliance Mid-Atlantic will present a CLE program on the science of clean energy and green development. For more information, visit

Making Your Case with a Better Memory Aug. 4

Invest a day with Paul Mellor to strengthen your mind. Brain freeze? Memory lapse? Senior moments? Whatever you want to call it, thousands of attorneys experience it every day. The good news is you can do something about it. The benefits of improved memory are high: save time in preparation, make polished presentations to jurors and judges without notes, become a better listener in the courtroom (or anywhere), and some much more. Would you like to have more time, less stress, better concentration, no trouble remembering names and faces? Then sign up today! This 6 substantive CLE credit program will be held Thursday, Aug. 4, 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 4:30 p.m. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. Lunch is included with the program. 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, Aug. 2
A Day on Real Estate - East
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:10 p.m.

Human Rights in Crisis: Combatting Human Trafficking
2 substantive CLE credits
12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 3
Motorcycle Law (video)
3 substantive CLE credits
12 to 3:15 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 4
Making Your Case with a Better Memory
6 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Bob Dylan and the Art of Taking Legal Ethics Seriously (video)
1 ethics CLE credits
12 to 1 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 5
Social Media in the Workplace: Facebook, Twitter, foursquare & Other Web 2.0 Sites
3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Law Firm Responsibilities and Recovery (video)
1 ethics CLE credits
1 to 2 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 8
Family Law Institute 2011(video)
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

*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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