Monday, Aug. 7, 2006
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 7, No. 55

Early Bird Discount Available for Bench-Bar Conference

The deadline to receive the early-bird registration discount for the Association's 2006 Bench-Bar Conference is Tuesday, Aug. 14. Click here to register online.

The 2006 Bench-Bar Conference, to be held at the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City, N.J., on Sept. 29 and 30, will feature 19 different programs with up to 7.5 hours of CLE credit and all-star panels.

One-day Bench-Bar Conference packages also are available, as are individual tickets to the Friday, Sept. 29 Grand Reception. The Bench-Bar Conference brings together the Philadelphia legal community for continuing legal education seminars and provides an opportunity to foster the working environment between local judges and attorneys. The 2006 Bench-Bar Conference is chaired by Ronald A. Kovler and Laura A. Feldman.

Sponsors for the event include LexisNexis, Thomson West, USI Colburn Insurance Service, VeriText and JAMS. Click here to register online.

Bench-Bar Conference Scholarships Available

The 2006 Annual Bench-Bar Conference, "The Greatest Show On Earth," affords attorneys and judges the opportunity to join together to foster a strong working relationship while also addressing issues of importance to the Philadelphia legal community.

For your donation of $500, a Philadelphia Bar Association member who is an attorney for a governmental or public service agency will have the opportunity to attend the conference free of charge. Your generous donation will pay for one night's stay at The Tropicana, conference fees and CLE credit costs.

The goal is to offer 50 scholarships to these groups with allocation through a lottery. Benefactors will be recognized in conference materials and in Philadelphia Bar Association publications. To donate a scholarship, please contact Conference Co-Chair Laura Feldman at 215-546-2604.

Scholarship winners will be drawn and announced on Wednesday, Sept. 6 during a reception beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St., in the 11th Floor Conference Center. To enter the lottery, please submit your name and organization to Areetha Carter at by Thursday, Aug. 31.

Mary Robinson to Address Bar at Oct. 30 Quarterly

Mary Robinson, the first woman to serve as president of Ireland and the former United Nations high commissioner for human rights, will deliver the keynote address at the Philadelphia Bar Association's October Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon on Monday, Oct. 30 at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue.

"It's fitting that on the day we celebrate the achievements of women in our profession, we are honored to have Mary Robinson as our keynote speaker at our October Quarterly Luncheon. As the first woman president of Ireland and the United Nations high commissioner for human rights, as well as an accomplished barrister, Ms. Robinson has been a world leader in the struggle to promote the fundamental rights of all people," Chancellor Alan M. Feldman said. "We look forward to hearing from this global opinion leader, who has made a difference for so many throughout the world."

The Association also will present its annual Sandra Day O'Connor Award and Justice William J. Brennan Distinguished Jurist Award at the event. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased online at

Former PSU Player Taliaferro Latest "Hot Interview"

Former Penn State football player Adam Taliaferro talks about the devastating injury that ended his collegiate football career, his charitable foundation and life as a law student and summer associate in the latest "Hot Interviews with Very Cool People" podcast episode.

Visit to hear the latest programs that have been added. "Hot Interviews with Very Cool People" are interviews with the region's top movers and shakers in and out of the legal community.

104 Firms Raise $1.4 Million for Legal Services

One-hundred four firms have pledged more than $1.4 million in support of Chancellor Alan M. Feldman's Raising the Bar Campaign to support legal services. The latest firm to join the effort is Zarwin, Baum, DeVito, Kaplan, Schaer & Toddy, P.C.

The 104 law firms, representing more than 4,400 attorneys, have pledged $1,413,470. The Raising the Bar Campaign is a joint effort by the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Philadelphia Bar Foundation to increase funding for Philadelphia public interest law centers.

Each firm made a pledge of at least $300 per attorney in its Philadelphia office, with a number of firms committing to as much as $500. Seventeen of the firms are among the 20 largest as listed in PaLAW 2005. To contribute, contact Maureen Mingey, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation.

Click here for a list of the participating law firms and for more information about the Raising the Bar campaign.

Nominations Sought for Sandra Day O'Connor Award

The Women in the Profession Committee is seeking nominations for the 2006 Sandra Day O'Connor Award. Deadline for nominations is Friday, Aug. 11.

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 download a nomination form for the 2006 Sandra Day O'Connor Award.

Brennan Award Nominations Being Accepted

Nominations are being accepted for the Philadelphia Bar Association's prestigious Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Distinguished Jurist Award. The award will be presented at the Association's October Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon on Oct. 30 at 12 p.m. at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue.

The award recognizes a jurist who adheres to the highest ideals of judicial service. Any member of the state or federal bench, whether active or retired, who has made a significant, positive impact on the quality or administration of justice in Philadelphia is eligible for consideration. Examples of accomplishments worthy of nomination include innovations in court administration, implementation of pioneering case management techniques, assumption of a leadership role in areas affecting the administration of justice, publication of a significant opinion, article, or other scholarly work, or the like.

This year's Brennan Award Committee is chaired by Stephanie Resnick. Nominations for the Justice Brennan Distinguished Jurist Award should be forwarded to: Brennan Award, Attn: Areetha Carter, Esq., Staff Counsel, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107. All nominations should include the full name, address and telephone number of both the nominee and the person submitting the nomination, a summary of the nominee's accomplishments, and any pertinent supporting material the committee should consider. All nominations must be received no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 8, 2006.

Legal Administrators Seminar Aug. 8

The Association of Legal Administrators, Independence Chapter, is holding the last in a three-part series of educational seminars on Tuesday, Aug. 8 at the offices of Pepper Hamilton LLP, 899 Cassatt Road, Berwyn, Pa.

The guest speaker for the seminar is Philip S. Deming, president of Philip S. Deming and Associates, who will present "Background Investigations: The Hiring Process." The session will provide information and tools to help you identify the "best suitable" candidate qualities, develop a background investigation process, and make the decision to hire. Registration/continental breakfast begins at 8 a.m. and the seminar runs from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. The cost is $25 for non-members; $20 for members and for those who attended the April and/or June event, the cost is reduced to $15. Please contact Sharon O'Donnell at (610) 584-9400 or Amy Coral at (610) 640-7810 to RSVP or for additional information.

YLD Meet the Bar at the Boathouse Sept. 7

The Young Lawyers Division will host "Meet the Bar at the Boathouse" on Thursday, Sept. 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Boathouse on the second floor of the Rittenhouse Hotel, 210 W. Rittenhouse Square.

Don't miss this exclusive event and great opportunity to network with the senior bar over cocktails and new menu sampling created by Chef Levin. Admission to the event is complimentary but limited to the first 65 YLD members who respond. Please RSVP by Aug. 31 to or by calling (215) 238-6367.

Discover Discussion Forums at

Discussion Forums are a new member benefit at available free to Section members and members of the Young Lawyers Division. Post a question, get an answer - it's that easy! You can also post replies to questions from other members. Best of all, you're already pre-registered for your Section's Discussion Forum! To get started, just log in to the Association's Web site at Once you log in, you never have to log in again!

Just follow these simple steps:
1) Click "Member Log-in" (upper right corner).
2) Enter your User Name and Password (click "Need Help?" to have them e-mailed to you).
3) Click "Remember Me" to bypass future log ins.
4) On your personalized homepage, click "My Discussion Forums" at the bottom of the page and you're in!

To start taking advantage of the Discussion Forums:
1) Click on the "New Topic" button.
2) Enter a subject in the Subject field.
3) Type your message in the Message body field and hit Submit to post.
4) Your message is viewable only by other members of your Section. To reply to a message, click "Post Reply."

Discussion forums are a quick and easy way to get answers from colleagues on important practice questions. What's more, by personalizing your Profile, you'll receive an e-mail when someone has replied to your posting! And with the "Private Message" button, you can send a personal message to a Forum member at any time!

We invite you to take advantage of this valuable new service today, available exclusively on the Philadelphia Bar Association's Web site. If you have any questions, we're happy to help. Just e-mail Mark Tarasiewicz at, or Brett Schaeffer at Go ahead, post a question today!

Professional Announcements Available in Bar Publications

The Philadelphia Bar Reporter and The Philadelphia Lawyer are excellent resources for any sort of professional announcement by your firm. Tell the legal community of greater Philadelphia about special new hires, associates ascending to partner level, career advancements, special awards and more.

A professional announcement in The Philadelphia Bar Reporter and The Philadelphia Lawyer will be placed in a publication with more than three times the circulation of any other legal publication in Philadelphia!

A professional announcement has tremendous impact and will benefit your firm in the increasingly competitive environment in which we work. Your firm will stand out as a fertile breeding ground for outstanding legal talent when placing a professional announcement.

The individuals recognized in the announcement will have a tangible piece of history that will serve as a keepsake that he/she will never forget. For rates and information, please call Howard Hyatt, senior account manager, at (410) 902-5797 or (800) 466-8721, extension 250.

Legal Directory 2006 Now Available for Purchase

The Legal Directory 2006 is now available. If you've ordered your copy, it will soon arrive; if not, place your order now for this indispensable resource - and receive free access to The Legal Directory Online.

This year's edition includes listings for more than 1,500 law firms and 17,000 attorneys in Philadelphia and the surrounding Pennsylvania counties, Delaware and New Jersey, in addition to Bar Association contacts and committees; information on federal, state and county courts and government agencies; a judges index; alternative dispute resolution resources; and a special business-to-business section tailored to the legal community.

New for 2006, each copy of The Legal Directory includes complimentary access to The Legal Directory Online. So information will be only a few mouse clicks away and accessible wherever you go.

Over the coming weeks, new features will be available on The Legal Directory Online. You can still search for firms and attorneys; but you'll also have information on local courts and court rules, area bar associations and breaking legal news at your fingertips.
Click here to order The Legal Directory 2006 today!

Weekly Spotlight: Pa. Institutional Law Project

The Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project provides free civil legal assistance to institutionalized persons in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. PILP is part of the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network. PILP is the only legal entity solely dedicated to serving this population. PILP's goal is to allow institutionalized persons access to our judicial system.

PILP defines institutions as prisons, jails, state hospitals (mental illness) and state centers (mental retardation). There are approximately 95,000 persons so confined with the vast majority in prisons and jails. PILP provides a full range of civil legal assistance and specializes in civil rights litigation for constitutional violations. PILP also addresses legal issues for recently released individuals in step-down units such as halfway houses and community living arrangements. PILP receives more than 10,000 requests for service each year primarily through the mail. PILP has a variety of self-help materials for those individuals who cannot be provided direct representation. PILP has translation services available for non-English speaking clients, especially the detained immigration population.

PILP follows the traditional legal aid delivery service engaging in community education, advocacy and litigation. PILP provides individual and group representation including class action litigation. PILP's recently revised priority policy emphasizes substandard medical care, access to the courts and overcrowded/substandard living conditions.

In the advocacy arena, PILP partners with like-minded community based advocacy groups interested in criminal justice reform. PILP provides testimony when requested by our legislators. PILP also serves on various boards and committees studying the criminal justice system. PILP has offices in Philadelphia, Lewisburg and Pittsburgh with a total of five staff attorneys. Visit the PILP Web site at

Negotiation: Reaching Agreement on Your Terms

One the of country's most sought-after and respected trial consultants and lecturers, Dr. Paul M. Lisnek, will move you to new levels as he teaches you how to develop your own style to become a master of the art of negotiation at PBI's Negotiation: Reaching Agreement on Your Terms. This 5 substantive/1 ethics credit hour program will be held in Philadelphia on Thursday, Aug. 10, 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. Registration 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, Aug. 8
Technology Law Forum
8 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 9
Technology Law Forum
8 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 10
2 + 2 = What? Sentencing & the PA Department of Corrections
3 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Negotiation: Reaching Agreement on Your Terms
5 substantive, 1 ethics CLE credits
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Sheriff's Sales in Pennsylvania
3 substantive CLE credits
12:45 to 4 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 11
Estate Planning for the Non-Traditional Family
3 substantive CLE credits
8:30 to 11:45 a.m.

Navigating the 2006 PFA Amendments
4 substantive CLE credits
9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

More information is available on the PBI Web site at, on the page devoted to Philadelphia programs, by calling 1-800-247-4724, or by e-mailing Note: some events sell out; before walking in, call PBI to confirm that space is still available for the program that interests you.

Earn up to 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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