Monday, Aug. 11, 2008
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 
Vol. 9, No. 59

Register for Conference By Aug. 15 to Save

Association members and non-members have until Friday, Aug. 15 to take advantage of the early bird discount and save on registration for the 2008 Bench-Bar and Annual Conference at Bally's Atlantic City on Sept. 19-21.

This year's conference is expected to bring together more than 500 lawyers and judges from the Philadelphia area for three days of CLE programming that lets practitioners and the judiciary share ideas and best practices. The theme of this year's conference is "The Sound of Philadelphia."

Registration for the full three days of the conference is $549 for those members who register by Aug. 15. That rate includes all meals and CLE. For public interest attorneys, government attorneys and members of the Young Lawyers Division who register by Aug. 15, the full conference registration fee is $399. Other one-day and two-day registration packages are available. For those prices, visit

Bally's is now accepting hotel reservations for attendees. Book early for the best rates: rooms on Thursday, Sept. 18 are $99; rooms Friday, Sept. 19 are $144, and Saturday, Sept. 20 rooms range from $189 to $209. A limited number of rooms are available for the $189 rate on Saturday night. Call 1-800-345-7253 for reservations and mention you are attending the Philadelphia Bar Association Bench-Bar Conference to get these special room rates.

Bench-Bar Conference Scholarships Available

Scholarships to the 2008 Bench-Bar and Annual Conference, to be held Sept. 19-21 at Bally's Atlantic City, are available by lottery to Association members who are public interest or government service attorneys.

Scholarship winners will be drawn and announced on Thursday, Sept. 4 during a reception beginning at 5 p.m. at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor Conference Center.

To enter the lottery, please submit your name and organization to Dawn Burger at by Wednesday, Aug. 13. Scholarships include hotel accommodations for two nights at Bally's as well as all conference fees, CLE credits and meals.

You must be a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association to participate in the scholarship lottery.

Scholarship donations are also being sought. To donate a scholarship, please contact Conference Co-Chair Rosemary Pinto at 215-546-2604.

SeniorLAW Center HelpLine Event Aug. 13

SeniorLAW Center continues its 30th anniversary celebration on Wednesday, Aug.13 with an evening with the Pennsylvania SeniorLAW HelpLine. This is a unique pro bono opportunity to learn about how attorneys can help serve Pennsylvania seniors with limited representation.

The event will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. at SeniorLAW Center's offices in the Land Title Building at 100 S. Broad St., Suite 1810. For more information or to RSVP, call Sue Wasserkrug at (215) 701.3216 or e-mail

SeniorLAW Center is a nonprofit public interest law firm protecting the rights of older Pennsylvanians. Volunteers can provide pro bono services on the HelpLine at times convenient to them, in their own offices. The Aug. 13 event will include training, service and a cocktail reception to celebrate the work of SeniorLAW Center, which over the past 30 years, has worked to protect, defend and inform more than 300,000 seniors.

Trial of a Felony Case CLE Aug. 13

The Criminal Justice Section will present the CLE program "Trial of a Felony Case," a brand-new seminar that will allow you to take a seat in the courtroom and watch the masters try a felony case on Wednesday, Aug. 13.

Presiding over the trial will be Philadelphia Common Pleas Court President Judge C. Darnell Jones II. Presenting the case for the prosecution will be Peter Hobart, Kenneth L. McDaniel, Judith Frankel Rubino and Kevin R. Steele. Presenting for the defense will be Frank DeSimone, Byron Houston, Barbara Ann McDermott and Jack McMahon. The course planner is Troy Wilson.

After the jury reaches their verdict, they will return to the classroom to answer your questions. The faculty of master litigators will be joined by Jo-Ellan Dimitrius, the jury consultant who coached the “dream team” in the O.J. Simpson criminal trial. Dr. Dimitrius will share some insights on the jury process and how your selection of jurors can impact the outcome of your case.

If you are a civil or commercial litigator, you will finally have the opportunity to see how top-notch criminal practitioners approach direct and cross exam and opening and closing statements. Don't miss this great new PBI program!

The program will be held on The CLE Education Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. A total of 6 substantive CLE credits are available. For more information on standard tuition fees and registration, please call (800) 932-4637or click here.

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.

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 Rhonda Hill Wilson. Nominations for the Justice Brennan Distinguished Jurist Award should be forwarded to: Brennan Award, Attn: Tracey McCloskey, 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. 5, 2008.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan Jr. was the first recipient of the award in 1995. Other recipients of the award, which is now named in honor of Justice Brennan, include the following: President Judge Alex Bonavitacola of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas (1996); Judge Phyllis W. Beck of the Pennsylvania Superior Court (1997); Chief Judge Edward R. Becker of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (1998); Judge Louis C. Bechtle of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (1999); Chief Judge James T. Giles of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (2000); Justice Russell M. Nigro of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court (2002); U.S. District Court Judge Louis H. Pollack (2003); Judge James R. Melinson, retired U.S. Chief Magistrate (2004); U.S. District Court Senior Judge Edmund V. Ludwig (2005); Philadelphia Municipal Court President Judge Louis J. Presenza (2006); and Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Sandra Mazer Moss (2007). The Brennan Award was not given in 2001.

Buying a Vacation House CLE Aug. 20

Radio host Jay Lamont will be among the panelists for the CLE program "Buying a Vacation House" on Wednesday, Aug. 20.

Lamont, host of Philadelphia's longest-running real estate program, "All About Real Estate," will be joined by panelists Blair H. Granger, Tonna Gruber and Maury B. Reiter.

The program begins at 9 a.m. at The CLE Conference Center on the 10th floor of the Wanamaker Building, Juniper Street entrance, between 13th and Broad streets, opposite City Hall. Click here for more information.

Bar Foundation Seeks Award Nominees

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation is seeking nominations for two awards to be presented at the Andrew Hamilton Gala on Saturday, Nov. 1 at the First City Troop Armory, 22 S. 23rd St.

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 that the award will be given to a qualifying law-related public service agency.

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.

Click here for more information. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Sept. 12.

Nominees Needed for Paralegal Pro Bono Award

The Philadelphia Association of Paralegals is now accepting nominations for its 2008 Pro Bono Award, which is designed to acknowledge a paralegal who has volunteered his/her time to enhance the delivery of quality legal services at one of Philadelphia's public interest legal organizations.

The winning paralegal will be honored with a $1,000 donation to a local pro bono organization. Click here for further information about the eligibility guidelines and nomination process. The deadline for nominations is today (Monday, Aug. 11).

Public Interest Events, Trainings Scheduled

The Education Law Center will present the pro bono training program, "Education Law: Student Discipline," on Tuesday, Sept. 9 from 1 to 3 p.m., at DLA Piper, One Liberty Place, 1650 Market St. This training is open to all attorneys and will cover relevant education law as well as helpful practical techniques in representing students in discipline hearings. Two substantive CLE credits will be provided for free in exchange for handling a pro bono case referred by the Education Law Center. Please RSVP to Deborah Gordon Klehr, at (215) 238-6970, extension 313, or at

Villanova School of Law will host the Lawyering Together orientation dinner at on Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 5:30 p.m., at Villanova School of Law, 229 N. Spring Mill Road, Villanova. Lawyering Together matches law students with volunteer attorneys to work on pro bono cases referred by one of the local public interest legal organizations. For more information about becoming a Lawyering Together volunteer, or to RSVP to attend the orientation dinner, please contact Liz Dunn at (610) 519-7228 or via e-mail at

Philadelphia VIP's LawWorks Project will hold Corporate Pro Bono Day on Tuesday, Sept. 23 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (registration/snacks provided from 10:30 to 11 a.m.), at the Enterprise Center, 4548 Market St. This program will provide free legal advice by pro bono attorneys for new and established small businesses. Pre-registration is required by Sept. 19 (no walk-ins will be accepted). For registration or questions, contact Martin Costello at (215) 523-9562 or e-mail

HIAS and Council Migration Service of Philadelphia will hold its Annual Luncheon on Wednesday, Sept. 24 from 12 to 1:30 p.m., at 2100 Arch St. HIAS will welcome Burmese/Myanmar refugees at the luncheon, and will honor Shmul Kaplan with a special citizenship award. RSVP to Sarah Peterson at or by phone to (215) 832-0920. Tickets are $40 ($15 for public interest attorneys).

Rutgers School of Law will hold the Mary Philbrook Public Interest Award ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 25 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Rutgers University School of Law-Camden, 217 N. 5th St., 2nd Floor Bridge, Camden. This year's Mary Philbrook Public Interest Award will be presented to Carol E. Tracy, executive director of the Women's Law Project. Tickets cost $50. To purchase tickets, contact Eve Biskind Klothen at (856) 225-6608 by Sept. 18.

The Legal Clinic for the Disabled, Inc., will hold its 17th Annual Stroll & Roll on Sunday, Sept. 28 at Lloyd Hall, Boathouse Row. Registration begins at 9 a.m.; 5K walk, run or stroll begins at 10 a.m. The cost is $30. For more information, contact Linda Peyton at 215-587-3357 or

Crime and Punishment Chancellor's Forum Sept. 10

District Attorney Lynne M. Abraham and Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey will be among the panelists for the Wednesday, Sept. 10 Chancellor's Forum "Crime and Punishment – The Philadelphia Story."

Abraham and Ramsey will be joined by Everett Gillison, deputy mayor for public safety; Mark Harrell of Men United for a Better Philadelphia; and David Rudovsky, senior fellow at University of Pennsylvania Law School. The panel will be moderated by Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Chris Satullo.

The panel will discuss the problems and challenges surrounding the issue of crime and punishment in Philadelphia and the ways in which community and civil rights groups can work with law enforcement to reduce crime in the city.

The program begins at 12:15 p.m. in the 11th floor Conference Center of Bar Association headquarters, 1101 Market St. Registration begins at 11:45 a.m. There is no charge for lunch, but registration is required. Click here to RSVP for this program.

Senior Lawyers, YLD Team Up for Mentoring

Young attorneys will once again have the opportunity to gain valuable insights from senior practitioners under the Young Lawyers Division's Attorney Mentoring Program.

More than 20 senior lawyers have agreed to serve as mentors to members of the Young Lawyers Division. These distinguished lawyers come from diverse backgrounds and include solo practitioners, attorneys from large firms and attorneys who have been in government service.

If you are interested in being matched with a mentor through this program, please contact Michael B. Hayes at

Philly Attorneys Rock JC Dobbs Oct. 2

Join the YLD for PhiLAWpalooza on Thursday, Oct. 2, as attorney musicians play at the legendary JC Dobbs on South Street.

If you are an attorney musician and are interested in performing at PhiLAWpalooza, please contact Stephanie Mensing.

Order The Legal Directory 2008 Now

The Legal Directory 2008 and The Legal Directory Online are now available. We've added hundreds of new attorneys, making this edition the most comprehensive ever produced.

As in past years, each copy of The Legal Directory 2008 comes with a free subscription to The Legal Directory Online. Online listings for both attorneys and law firms are updated year-round, making this an ever-changing, useful resource. The Legal Directory Online also features links to court rules, area bar associations and more. All are only a mouse-click away.

The printed edition of The Legal Directory 2008 includes the indispensable information you've come to rely upon - Bar Association bylaws, contacts and committees; information on federal, state and county courts, and government agencies; a section devoted to law-related organizations, organizations and nonprofits serving Greater Philadelphia; the judges' index; corporate counsel listings; and a special business-to-business section tailored to the legal community. You'll have at your fingertips more than 18,000 attorney listings and nearly 1,700 law firm listings.

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

Solving Drivers Licensing Problems

PBI's Solving Drivers Licensing Problems will help you assist clients whose driving privileges are threatened or have been revoked. You need to know the law and the administrative process involved so you will know what options are available. This 6 substantive CLE credit hour program will be held Thursday, Aug. 14, 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 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Check-in begins at 8 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. 12
Developing and Trying the Case: A Case Study of “A Few Good Men”
8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Video – Economic Development Incentives in Pennsylvania
12 to 4:15 p.m.

Video – Ethics Potpourri: Lawyers Advertising Ethics Issues in a Web 2.0 World
10 to 11 a.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 13
Video – The Mortgage Crisis (Part of PBI’s Public Policy Series)
10 to 12 p.m.

Trial of the Felony Case
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 14
Video – Internet Law Update
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Neighbor Law
8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Solving Drivers Licensing Problems
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 15
Effective Legal Negotiation Skills
8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Video – Ethics Potpourri: Ethics Issues for Non-Lawyers in the Law Office
10 to 11 a.m.

Monday, Aug. 18
Civil Jury Instructions: Practical Uses of the Update Instructions
12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Video – Death and Taxes
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Literature and the Law (American Justice and Ethics)
12:30 to 4:45 p.m.

Video – Using Technology in Your Law Practice
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

More information is available 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 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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